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Mitch McConnell’s Office Pulls a Shapiro, Demagogues Obvious Joke As If It Were Fact

1:10 pm in 2012 election by Phoenix Woman

Mitch McConnell: Worried Gitmo prisoners will get GI benefits

Mitch McConnell: Worried Gitmo prisoners will get GI benefitsRemember how earlier this month Breitbart legacy-keeper Ben Shapiro, who is either one of the stupidest persons alive or one of the most mendacious (or quite possibly both), decided he was going to take a set of obviously-facetious comments made by a New York Daily Newsjournalist, treat them as factual, and use them as clubs with which to beat up Chuck Hagel?

Turns out this sort of thing is quite common among the conservative set. Back in October, the Duffel Blog — which is a satirical site, sort of a military-minded version of The Onionput up a post stating that Guantanamo prisoners were to receive G.I. Bill benefits. And guess what? One of Senator Mitch McConnell’s constituents (a person who like Shapiro is stupid or mendacious or both) reported it as fact to McConnell’s office, which in turn forwarded the note to DoD on the assumption it was fact.

McConnell’s staffers aren’t the first conservatives or Republicans to demagogue stuff from the Duffel Blog. In November, thousands of Romney fans, treating a satirical Duffel Blog posting as fact, called for a recount after the blog posted a 100%-fact-free piece stating that military absentee ballots were delivered a day late.

It almost makes me want to start a rumor just to see how fast some conblogger picks up on it.

Right-Wing Nutjobs: Racism’s OK, But Don’t You Dare Cuss!

1:00 pm in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

Gentle Readers, tell me now, which is worse — swearing up a storm, or creating a cuss-free cartoon that invokes the old "we must protect our white wimmen!" racist/sexist nastiness that gave us, among other things, the tragedy of the Scottsboro Boys?

See, this conservative Republican guy and Daily Caller ally called Andrew Breitbart — a foe of the anti-racism group the NAACP, he who employed James O’Keefe, the doofus whose takedown smear of ACORN is now biting him in the ass as his victims seek legal redress — has decided that you will be Oh! So! Shocked! to hear that an FDL writer uses strong language. Ironically enough, the language in question was employed in response to the conservative Republican smear job on the scorchingly righteous words of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a man who, having helped save the life of one president and provided guidance to another, has earned the right to use strong language himself to criticize racism and bigotry.

Meanwhile, even as Breitbart is hoping you’re all going to wear out your fainting couches in reaction to all that righteous cussing by an FDL writer in defense of a righteously-strong-worded black man, and even as that doofus Congressman Wolf (R-VA) bangs the Turner Diaries Fear the Angry Scary Black Men drum with his bizarre Black Panther fantasies, the very oily Michael Brodkorb, the Deputy Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota and their chief spokesflack, links approvingly to a blog that features among other things a cartoon that depicts Obama as a gang-rapist. (If you’d rather not give the guy any traffic, go here instead.) And what is the conservative defense? In this case, it’s to try to pull a tu quoque, because apparently cussing by non-conservatives is far worse than the conservative racism that the conservatives somehow can’t see:

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