Couldn’t find a better choice than this:
Couldn’t find a better choice than this:
That an anti-Muslim flame-thrower would try to turn his followers’ fear into cash:
KPNX television reporter Brahm Resnik tweeted on Sunday that Ritzheimer had set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10 million to “protect his family or run against” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
It is, of course, not impossible that Ritzheimer might be at risk. See Hebdo, Charlie and Theo Van Gogh, e.g. Obviously, none here wish Ritzheimer more than regular ridicule, and it is my devout hope that the Muslim community in this country continues to act as they have so far: emphasizing that sheer dicktitude on display, and demonstrating the virtues of another path:
The contentious nature of Ritzheimer’s protest on Friday didn’t prevent some productive interaction between the two sides. From the Washington Post:
Jason Leger, a Phoenix resident wearing one of the profanity-laced shirts, accepted an invitation to join the evening prayer inside the mosque, and said the experience changed him.
“It was something I’ve never seen before. I took my shoes off. I kneeled. I saw a bunch of peaceful people. We all got along,” Leger said. “They made me feel welcome, you know. I just think everybody’s points are getting misconstrued, saying things out of emotion, saying things they don’t believe.”
Paul Griffin, who had earlier said he didn’t care if his t-shirt was offensive, assured a small crowd of Muslims at the end of the rally that he wouldn’t wear it again.
“I promise, the next time you see me, I won’t be wearing this shirt,” he told one man while shaking his hand and smiling. “I won’t wear it again.”
But to return to the defining thread of this kind of nonsense: whether or not Ritzheimer may indeed face anything more than scorn, you have to be impressed — not in a good way — at hiseffortless pivot to the trough. Rage and bigotry as a profit maximizing strategy.
The reanimated corpse of Dr. Jonas Salk, the medical researcher who developed the first polio vaccine, rose from the grave Friday morning on what authorities believe is a mission to hunt down idiots.
The usual suspects beware.
Another drive-by post, but go read the whole of Andy Borowitz’s update to his eponymous report.* It’ll help your mood.
*Yes. I did put this post up solely for the purpose of getting to type “eponymous.” It’s the little pleasures…
Image: Antoine Wiertz, The Premature Burial, 1854.
Drive-by post here, as I grapple with a deadline alas already in my rear view mirror, but I couldn’t resist offering up a taste of David Sirota’s latest for the commentariat’s mastication:
Federal law enforcement officials have launched a criminal investigation of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and members of his administration, pursuing allegations the governor and his staff broke the law when they quashed grand jury indictments against Christie supporters, International Business Times has learned.
Two criminal investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday interviewed the man who leveled those charges, Bennett Barlyn. He was fired from the Hunterdon County prosecutor’s office in August 2010, and subsequently brought a whistleblower lawsuit against the Christie administration, claiming he had been punished for objecting to the dismissal of the indictments of the governor’s supporters for a range of corrupt activities.
…The investigators are examining what state and federal laws may have been broken in the process. Barlyn said the investigators appeared to be at an exploratory stage, with no certainty that criminal charges would ultimately be filed.
Early days, obviously, and nothing yet (publicly) that links Christie himself to the events under scrutiny. Seems unlikely that this could be Bush Crime Family action either. I’d like to think the Bushies are at least smart enough not to get their mitts dirty when they don’t need to.*
So, I guess my take-away is that Christie-gigging has truly bipartisan appeal. Nobody likes the man.
IOW: Moah popcorn, please. (and my deepest sympathy to the citizens of New Jersey for being saddled with this sterling example of a public servant. Except maybe not that deep — y’all elected the guy yourselves, as I recall.)
*Christie in recent days has seemed to be his own circular firing squad. In such moments, it would seem to me to be the wisest course to let your rival keep enjoying the carnal knowledge of his own domesticated flightless fowl.
Images: Jacob Martham after an engraving by Hendrik Goltzius, Beached Whale, 1602.
Ferdinand Richardt, Still Life With Chickens and Fish, before 1895.
Admittedly, he’s just trolling, but Dinesh D’Souza is a good troll. I mean really:
If there is the slightest chance he actually believes he merits comparison to Dr. King, all I can say is wow, dude, That’s some fine delusions of grandeur you got there.
If in fact he is doing what I’m 99% sure he is, just acting like an asshole (i.e., naturally) and poking those who find in King an actual hero of social and racial justice, then what is there to say.
First, I guess, that living inside D’Souza’s head must be its own, truly horrible punishment. And second — as stated above — that’s some world class classlessness all in less than 140 characters. Good job, mate.
No GG fanboi, me, I can’t find anything amiss with this statement:
140 characters (+/-) of truth.
Then there’s this:
I know. Calling out Republican hypocrisy is akin to blaring Dog Bites Man above the fold, but still — I remain almost impressed by how thoroughly President Obama’s critics are so damn good at being utterly blind to the contradictions.
I’d say we should just point and laugh, but these feral children have real power. Feh.
I’ve been saving this for a day when we need some comic relief. Seems like this might be one.
About a month ago, the FTC cracked down on a product I had no hint could possibly exist. (Get offa my lawn!)
That would be caffeinated underpants.
“The revolutionary new anti-cellulite iPant from Wacoal. …embedded microcapsules combine the best selection of active ingredients: caffeine, retinol, ceramides, vitamin E, fatty acids and aloe vera. Caffeine is a renowned active slimming agent that promotes fat destruction.”
The Norm Thompson online catalog has already been expunged of all claims of weight loss, but from the FTC documents:
Take up to 2” off hips and 1” off thighs in just weeks. The shapewear’s secret? Caffeine. . . . Caffeine helps break down fat; botanicals flush out toxins.
Alas. Obama’s jackbooted thugs over at the Federal Trade Commission have no respect for the genius of the free market:
The FTC…ruled that the trials relied upon to make these claims were faulty: they were unblinded, had no controls, and even then didn’t produce the results claimed. After 28 days of wearing caffeinated britches, the average hip circumference reduction was less than 0.166 of an inch; the average reported thigh reduction was 0.125 of an inch.
Or, in blunter terms:
“Caffeine-infused shapewear is the latest ‘weight-loss’ brew concocted by marketers,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said. “If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear.”
Words to live by.*
The two companies cited in the FTC complaint are paying smallish fines and ceasing and desisting. As the Wired article linked above notes, however, there are other
companies cockroaches out there selling this same scam. There will be suckers.
With that, this thread — it is open.
*Not unlike this advice: If some Republican tells you they can raise revenue by cutting taxes, steer clear.
What — you thought I could avoid all politics today?
Image: Gustave Courbet, The Wrestlers, 1853