Showing posts with label Phony. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Phony. Show all posts

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Liz Wahl is as Brave as Any Phony Out There


The sheer phoniness of Liz Wahl's on-air resignation doesn't seem to be getting much play.

Then there's this from James Kirchick's story:
Wahl initially reached out to me in August, after I launched my own impromptu protest on RT against Putin’s homophobic repression. Wahl felt morally compromised working for the network, she told me, but wasn’t yet prepared to quit.
When did Miss Wahl figure out that she needed to be an ethical person in order to remain marketable in the television field? Her best photos seem to be other there, and people are falling all over themselves to praise her for sticking it to Putin. The problem is, I can't believe she didn't know what this regime was like a year ago, two years ago, ten years ago. The Russians are not experiencing anything resembling democracy and the rule of law died in Russia before it was ever established in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union.

What part of Putin's plan to be dictator for life did she miss? What part of the widespread killing of journalists did she fail to note?

I say she's a fraud.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Really? McAfee Doesn't Need a Lawyer?


If you want to guarantee yourself a headache, just try and follow the exploits of John McAfee.

Apparently, he was able to get out of Guatemala and come to the United States and, by doing so, he has escaped the rather incompetent arm of the law in Belize.

My question is, are they simply going to seize his property in Belize and call it even?

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Film Business Always Dies After Labor Day


Another day, another example of how nothing can be made into news.

If the trends say that the box office receipts in North America almost always decline after Labor Day, and if it's the week or two after Labor Day and film receipts are down, then, the question is, so what?

If the people who run the film business know that dumping a film on the public in early September is a great way to get some product out the door without anyone noticing, why is anyone surprised when people don't pay to go see this stuff?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Todd Akin Isn't Going Anywhere


This is what hubris looks like.

If Todd Akin stays in the race, it will make it that much easier to convince people that the War on Women is real, and it's here to stay as well. If Akin sticks to his guns, and loses, he can simply blame it on the liberals and collect at the wingnut welfare trough.

Akin is delusional. I hope he is front and center in Tampa and I hope every American is allowed to revisit his terrible remarks early and often. He is very, very close to Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and, if history tells me anything, you're a fool if you don't exploit the personal relationships and associations of political candidates.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Janine Turner is a Birther


Former television actress and erstwhile movie star Janine Turner has gone full tilt for the "birther" nonsense that is no longer sweeping America.

Here, she explains just a little of what she believes:


That's from May 23, 2012. Yes, you read that correctly.

Long after everyone moved on, Turner was still pushing birther nonsense. Does that mean that she won't be taken seriously anymore? Of course not. She'll still be welcome on television and on the radio.

For some reason, she is getting attention for her conservative talk show in the Dallas, Texas area. Perhaps someone can explain why she hasn't moved on from something that was dropped more than a year ago by even the craziest of wingnuts.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Two Bills in Thirteen Years


Paul Ryan, the "intellectual" powerhouse of the Republican Party, has gotten two bills signed into law since becoming a Congressman thirteen years ago.

One renames a post office after Bill Clinton's failed Secretary of Defense; the other changed the way hunting arrows are taxed.

With success like this, it is difficult to understand what a real Republican legislator would look like.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

You Get Your Information From Wikipedia?


I guess this is evidence that you should not be getting information from Wikipedia; if this is what's happening, then a repository of knowledge that can be manipulated in order to put someone in a more positive light isn't worth anything.

Wikipedia is a quick lookup tool. If you're using it to actually prove arguments and pad out your college thesis, you should probably go back and read this story again.

Monday, August 6, 2012

This Is Why They Call Her Franzia Pundit

Ann Althouse, writ large.

Now, for proper context, let's look at the facts about Wade Michael Page:


My guess is, when you front a neo-Nazi band, and then kill people, there's definitely a connection between the music and the murders. When you think you know something about music, art and culture, at least pretend to understand that fronting a neo-Nazi band really isn't about working out those creative demons in your head--it's about whether or not you're going to gin up the courage to follow through on your hateful, vengeful, ignorant rhetoric.

Really? Fronting a neo-Nazi band has nothing to do with killing people? It's all just an artsy-fartsy expression of airy-fairy nothing ness? Well, okay then. I guess the use of indicators of behavior mean nothing.

In and of itself, not everyone who fronts a Neo-Nazi band goes out and shoots up a Sikh temple; I'll grant you that. But when someone does, it kinda is about the music and the murders being linked to one another that fronting a jazz combo or a mopey sadcore band simply does not suggest.

In other words, hateful extremism is a pretty good indicator of links between associations and behavior. If not, then I guess law enforcement practices regarding how it investigates hate crimes has been barking up the wrong tree since forever.

Ann Althouse is the stupidest person on the planet right now, and this, of course, depends on what Bob Owens and Joel Pollak are up to.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This is What Happens When You Allow People to Steal Valor


You knew this was bound to happen:
New Jersey has sued two state residents, claiming they collected tens of thousands of dollars in donations for a bogus 9/11 charity. 
In the lawsuit filed Monday in Superior Court, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office claims 66-year-old Mark Niemczyk of Tinton Falls, N.J. and 40-year-old Thomas Scalgione of Manahawkin, N.J. used the money they raised for their own personal gain. It also alleges that the pair — who both have criminal records — failed to register the charity as required by state law. 
The two men have driven throughout the state in a pickup truck painted with the names of first responders who died in the terrorist attacks. Niemczyk claimed to be an ex-Navy SEAL while he solicited donations. 
When NBC 4 New York inadvertently stopped Niemczyk without recognizing him at his apartment complex in Tinton Falls Monday, Niemczyk spoke about himself in the third person. 
"Whatever money I know he collects goes out," he said.
The Stolen Valor law, recently knocked down by the Supreme Court, makes it a right to act like a jackass and claim to be someone who earned military honors. The problem I have with that is that it is all too often done to defraud people, not to pump up a weak resume.

There is definitely a free speech aspect here. Making up lies about yourself in order to impress others is protected free speech; to me it is fraud and should be handled as such.

I hope these clowns end up losing everything, especially their truck.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Another Flip Flop For Mitt Romney


The problem with foreigners is that they don't behave like the people Romney pays to shine his shoes:
Mitt Romney found that all politics are, in fact, local after being forced Thursday to clarify remarks about London's preparation for the Olympics, which prompted a minor uproar in the British press. 
In his interview last night with NBC’s Brian Williams, Romney called several logistical issues at the 2012 Olympic games here “disconcerting” -- including a contracted security firm’s failure to provide enough personnel -- and said that a possible planned strike by customs and immigration officials was “not something which is encouraging.” 
Local press seized on the comments, which generated buzz on British television today and which one newspaper columnist called “derisory." Even Prime Minister David Cameron reacted, pointing out that the London games were being held in a major metropolitan area, not in “the middle of nowhere,” a comment interpreted as a reference to the games Romney headed in Salt Lake City in 2002.
I realize that the only thing Romney has to do is appear presidential at this point, but his failure to accomplish even the visuals and not offend his hosts is an amazing failure. Who is advising Romney and why haven't they been fired yet?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Communism is So Over, Man


The Daily Caller dissolves further into madness and irrelevance with this whopper of a "story."

Did you catch a whiff of the anti-semitic overtones? A "Jewish" summer camp for activists? Oh, heavens. Is that where this failed media experiment is aligned now? Does that mean they have gone full evangelical wingnut?

This is a classic example of inductive reasoning. If someone has no evidence, they look for an example of where someone somewhere held an opinion a long time ago that can be conflated to mean this when it really doesn't mean that. And it means that they absolutely, positively have to be true believers of that same outdated opinion and have an insidious plot to destroy America by introducing Communism, which, of course, has been utterly rejected time and time again by the American people.

I mean, holy cow. Is it time for that Red Dawn discussion group yet?

Phony and Manipulative Practices at the Olympics


Watching sports on mute eliminates a lot of nonsense. Who actually needs "enhanced" or phony sound affects when watching someone perform their sport?

In point of fact, most of the competitors utter nothing and make no discernible sounds when performing; why does anyone believe that these things need to be artificially enhanced?

This is why the London Olympics are going to go down as being much, much worse than the Beijing Olympics; instead of fake facades and hidden dog carcasses, we get someone riding a hot level.