Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Stupidest Thing(s) I Have Heard This Week.

I can’t decide between these great morsels of stupidity, so I’ll go with all of them.

Rush Limbaugh is leading the charge for the oh-so-righteous right that it really wasn’t Israel that bombed that building in Qana. It was a staged event by Hizbollah (a.k.a., “Hezbos” to Rush’s dittoheads). They got some dead bodies of children from somewhere and then laid them out so that they could dupe western photographers into taking these heartrending photos of dead kids.

Via Digby at Hullaballo

“You know who really killed those people are the Hezbos. Hezbollah killed those people. Hezbollah put those people in that building and brought the rocket launchers in close by, knowing full well that the launcher would be targeted. That building didn't fall for eight hours after it was hit. What do you bet that the Hezbos finished the job that the Israeli bomb did not actually complete? What do you bet they killed their own people for the PR aspect? These people cannot compete militarily with any industrialized nation, so they have to fight the PR and the spin war. And it is amazing to me to see how easily the duped US and world media is.”

What's amazing TO ME the amount of contortions that the right goes through to make themselves feel better (a.k.a., self-righteous AND morally outraged) when things out there in the world don’t exactly conform to their view of the world.

Donald Rumsfield said today that he never painted a overly-optimistic picture of Iraq, in response to some hard comments and questions from Senator Clinton.

"Rumsfeld disputed Clinton's contention that his assurances on successes in the past "have frankly proven to be unfulfilled."

""I don't think that's true," he said. "I have never painted a rosy picture. I have been very measured in my words." He contended it would be tough finding "instances where I have been excessively optimistic.""

Ha. That’s one really neat thing about the web. When you say something incredibly stupid like that, it doesn’t take very long for enterprising people to dig out what you said about the very same subject in the past three years (like this story at Think Progress). These guys don’t understand technology. No wonder Ted Stevens from Alaska thinks the web is run with “tubes”.

I wish I could remember where I saw this, so I could get the specifics correct and provide a link. Someone was complaining about not being able to afford to buy a house on either a fireman’s or policeman’s salary, and said that he would have to get a second job in order to afford one. Some big shot financial guy in Texas (where else) said that this was actually great news. He called it “diversification of income”, which he said would be a real aid in getting a bank loan for a house. He said that loan officers really look favorably upon diversification of income…..

Do these people really have any concept of either how heartless or stupid they sound, or maybe both simultaneously, when they open their mouths and say what they really think? Or do they think that no one really cares? Un-frickin-believable.

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