A minor smattering of this week's conservative news. This edition is brought to you by the letters D, U, M and B.
1. I don't care what reality is, I knows what my peepers peeped.
Via Sadly, No!, conservative bloggers were up in arms over a supposed Code Pink banner that said "We support the murder of the American troops." It's outrageous! Scandalous! And... never happened, of course. It was a year-old photoshop job, and one that the photoshopper directly copped to, as well.
But that didn't stop wingnuts from asserting it really, really happened. One of the commenters from "Gathering of Eagles" (yes, the same group that beat the crap out of a father after snatching the picture of his fallen son away from him) says forcefully "I was there and hundreds of us saw it."
Ah, mass hallucinations. That would indeed explain a lot about Gathering of Eagles.
2. The Islamo-Fascist menace now has matinee performances.
Also via Sadly, No!, on a roll, ubernut David Horowitz (he of the exposing the insidious plot to brainwash our children by teaching them stuff) is promoting Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. According to Horowitz, a photo which "shows a teenage girl being buried before being stoned to death for alleged sexual offenses, will serve as the poster for the protest Week. The stoning took place in Iran."
Only problem? The photo's not from a stoning. It's a still from a 1994 Dutch film. The girl depicted is an actress. In a film. A film.
So the poster for "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" is based on a still from a fictional (foreign!!!) film. And Horowitz is truly a poster child for something, but it's probably not what he intended. And sorry: nobody ever got an Oscar for pulling one over on David Horowitz. And Horowitz could not be reached for comment, as he is out attempting to solicit Bat Boy for donations.
3. Support the troops! But not that one.
Via pretty much everywhere, conservative bloggers and representatives are very, very up in arms over David Shuster pressing Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn for the name of the last soldier killed in her district. But the person Shuster named wasn't from her district, they asserted! Liar! Liberal! Fire him! Boycott! Tuna Salad! MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams even forced Shuster to apologize on air.
You know where this is going, right? Yep. Shuster was right, and the wingnuts were wrong. So Blackburn got a retraction affirming that this dead soldier wasn't from her district at all, when in fact the DOD, the soldier himself (Pvt. Jeremy Bohannon, for the record), and the person at whose home he was staying all had affirmed otherwise.
Nice going. No, really -- what a class act, that Blackburn. You can tell she really cares about the troops. And good job, conservative blogs.
4. Yeah, Bill O'Reilly is a liar. He works for Fox. What else is new?
Bill O'Reilly isn't a conservative blogger, but he certainly plays one on TV. So it shouldn't exactly be news, at this point, that he lies through his teeth even about very provable things. Is it sickness? Is it endemic to conservatism? Or does Fox just have absolutely no ethical standards whatsoever, thereby elevating the most dishonest and incompetent to the somewhat underwhelming "pinnacles" of what they roundly insist to be journalism?
The latest flat lie Bill has been caught in, in this whole mess of "golly gee, those black people sure are sivilized!" racist drivel, is that he's been saying he didn't get a single complaint about that show, despite the big deal all the mean, cruel, out-to-get-him actual journalists have been making it into.
Oh, let's just end this quickly. Yep. He got a complaint. It was on his show. He answered the damn call. It's on friggin' tape.
Good God. This guy is in serious need of an intervention. Perhaps he can go to whatever clinic it was that fixed up Mark Foley -- I hear they do bang-up work.
You know, they really should turn being uncannily, compulsively, comically wrong into an Olympic sport: I'd put the abilities of our conservative friends right up there with the best the world could offer. We could make it like Thunderdome, except with more nacho cheese flavoring. Two lies enter, eight lies leave.
What's most hilarious is that these people get really, really angry when we don't take them seriously. Hell, I'd consider not taking them seriously to be the kindest possible response.