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Monday, September 14, 2009

The Alternative: Rabid White People? 

For all Glenn Beck and Fox News could gin up, they got a fraction of the 2 million they had hoped for Saturday in D.C. (60,000 - 70,000 actually showed up, according to official estimates by the Washington Fire Dept.). But they were rabid. And lied, incidentally, about their numbers. Of course. Wouldn't you? (More good pics on Scrutiny Hooligans, along with news that promoters of the 9/12 protest used Obama inauguration photos to bolster their claims of 2 million screaming meanies.)

Conservative writer David Frum summed up the current conservative fringe in the Republican Party as a combo of "wild accusations" and "paranoid delusions" arising from "the fever swamps." And he thinks it ain't helping the Republican Party get back on its electoral feet.

Meanwhile, in Raleigh, the John Locke Foundation/Civitas Institute/John William Pope Conglomerate for Doctoring the News hosted a Conservative Leadership Conference which featured (and we're not making this up) a keynote address by deposed beauty queen Carrie Prejean, whose talents include posing topless and opposing gay marriage. The Civitas Institute has been a bit vague on attendance, claiming "hundreds" who were hungry for the philosophical stylings of Miss Prejean, but our inside snitches say they barely hit 200, and several of those paying customers were some young progressive infiltrators from Durham doing oppo.

I dunno. With numbers like these, the Republican Party could hold a really loud, well attended national convention ... which is maybe all they want. Because, clearly, they don't want to attract actual voters.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Diet Some People Eat Up 

A friend told us about coming back to Boone up U.S. 321 down the mountain and stopping in at a brand new Wendy's. Set up in that Wendy's in a prominent spot, and turned up loud, was a large TV screen tuned to Fox News.

My friend protested and was told that it was permanently tuned in to Fox News, apparently for the nutritional value.

Seeing as how my friend had already put in his order, he took the logical next step: he told the young lady behind the counter that she would need to come find him outside, since he had no intention of listening to the propaganda while waiting for his Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger with fries. And she agreed. (She had no use for Fox News either, but her boss was apparently on a mission.)

In some American fast-food joints, it's just not enough, apparently, to lard up your arteries. Gotta anesthetize those brain cells too!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Republican End-Game: Close Your Eyes and Swing Wild 

The dangers of treating Joe the Plumber like a foreign policy expert. He gets totally embarrassed by (get this!) Shep Smith on Faux News.

Then there's Liddy Dole, trying to tag Kay Hagan as "godless." Mark Binker of the News & Record has the most complete coverage of Dole's last minute smear, noting that Hagan "is about as angry as I've ever heard her." Hagan is, fer gawd's sake, a Sunday school teacher at a Greensboro Presbyterian Church.

We predicted the GOP would go lower than we've ever seen them go before, but we wouldn't necessarily have predicted that Dole would be the leader of that particular slime crew.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Democratic Convention, According to Fox News 

Michelle Obama gave a weak and ineffective keynote speech at the National Democratic Convention last night, if we consider the carnage and not just the pretty words. The initial sign of trouble came when Hillary Clinton supporters began retching on the convention floor. Some said it was from radiation, but we haven’t been able to confirm that. (We’re also told that the speech curdled milk two counties away, and the moon glowed red.) Although Ms. Obama was trying to soften her image, about five minutes into her speech she transformed without warning into a 30-foot tall steel Decepticon and began stomping Clinton delegates throughout the vast Pepsi Center, hurling folding chairs and sound equipment at the ceiling, rumbling with a metallic voice, “Get Whitey! Get Whitey!” There were almost no survivors.

In other news, John McCain is still a prisoner of war.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Art of the Smear 

The Obama campaign fights back in a surprising, totally up-front, frank and holistic way.

Not that it will make any difference to the people who love them some Faux News. Or for those who know how to hit 'Forward,' especially for the crud that flatters their own prejudices.

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