This is fantastic: whipping up some moral panic, showtunes-style! If you’ve never seen it, stick with it a couple of minutes ’cause it just keeps building and building.
This kind of thing still happens today, of course…except it’s distinctly non-musical and it’s distributed via Fox News. Oh, and it’s way more racist.
How utterly disappointing, yet I think everyone knew something like this was coming. National Geographic is now, in all but the name, dead. 126 years of mind-blowing photography and stories down the toilet — although I doubt anyone will miss the shitty programming they had on their network. I’m guessing the magazine will now begin shilling oil-sponsored stories about the “scam” of climate change, and NRA-sponsored stories about arming children with machine guns to prevent school shootings. You know, the usual right-wing line.
What all these talented people should do is band together to create their own magazine!
Rupert Murdoch Lays Off National Geographic Staff
Today is the day in which Rupert Murdoch took charge at National Geographic – Memo reveals that massive layoffs began instantly.
The name now belongs to Rupert Murdoch, and he has plans for it. The CEO of National Geographic Society, Greg Knell, tried to claim back in September that there “there won’t be an [editorial] turn in a direction that is different form the National Geographic heritage.” Murdoch’s move today only served to prove Knell’s words hollow, with hundreds of talented people now served their pink slips. And with the recognition that Murdoch’s other enterprises do not reflect the standards held by National Geographic, and with Murdoch’s history of changing the editorial direction of purchased properties, today’s move indicates that we can expect a similar shift for National Geographic.
Here’s something to brighten your day! Fox “News”, a.k.a. the unofficial mouthpiece of the oligarchy, is saturated with blatant, unapologetic liars on its shows. Everyone knows that! This guy just happens to have one lie bigger than most…and then some.
Fox News ‘terror expert’ Wayne Simmons arrested for lying about 27-year career as CIA officer
A frequent Fox News guest analyst has been charged with fraud after falsely claiming to be a former CIA agent, US prosecutors say. Wayne Simmons of Annapolis, Maryland, portrayed himself as an “outside paramilitary special operations officer” for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 to 2000. He allegedly tried to use that claim to get government security clearances and work as a defence contractor.
Oh, and there’s more!
The indictment also alleged that Mr Simmons defrauded a victim out of about $125,000 in a real estate-related scam.
That sound you hear is me jumping up and down and clapping like an excited schoolgirl. Not because of the scam, but because he’s long been one of Fox’s many talking (lying) heads. Also because he was arrested and indicted for his behavior.
Fox News: bringing you Grade-A premium lying assholes since forever.
I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria
Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation. They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.
We’re losing people like my father to the despair of Fox News, and it’s all by design.
This article speaks directly to what’s going on with some relatives of mine. They believe every bit of fear-mongering that Fox News spews out, so of course they’re absolutely terrified about the future of our country. One in particular has taken it to a new level of paranoia. Here’s just a taste of what this person thinks is going on — it’s like reading from the All-Is-Lost Handbook For Terrified White People:
- “The liberals” are going to destroy our economy with the Affordable Healthcare Act
- We’re unfairly punishing the rich in order to satisfy Obama’s socialist agenda and redistribute their wealth to the lazy unemployed
- The Mexicans and Native Americans are all lazy and living on government handouts
- The government’s coming for our guns because they’re buying up all the country’s ammunition
- Buying gold is actually a good way to defend against the coming economic collapse
- Obama’s a Muslim and his secret agenda is to take down America in the name of Allah or whatever
The end result of all this, of course, will be the total collapse of society as we know it and having to defend your house with a shotgun from roving bands of crazies who want to rape and pillage “the good people.” This person actually talks about this stuff as if it’s actual fact, as if it’s going to happen beyond the shadow of a doubt. The evidence? Whatever Fox News says, of course. Why would they lie? They’re the only ones telling the truth out there amongst the Biased Liberal Media That’s Biased™! Why can’t you see that!!!1!!1!
A lot of what Fox News spews is directly targeted at white middle-aged folks who tend to already be afraid of the future and afraid of change. Hell, I’m only 42 and I’m already terrified of what state I’ll be in when I’m old ‘n’ creaky, but I’m at least trying to have somewhat realistic expectations — not the apocalyptic visions of a living hell on earth that Fox News is peddling.
While I don’t know if “haboob” is the “correct term” for a dust storm, since most T.V. weatherfolk are likely to just call it a dust storm, it’s still entertaining to see the flag-waving draggers of knuckles get their racist panties in a twist when that word is used.
Racist Texans Lose Their Shit Over Muslim Dust Storm
A couple of days ago, a large haboob — the meteorological term of Arabic origin for a sand/dust storm — raced across the panhandle of Texas and provided numerous opportunities for residents to take beautiful pictures of the wall of sand against the blue sky.
On its face, nothing seems controversial about a simple dust storm, but this is ‘Merica, dammit! Of course it’s controversial among a certain subset of Texans when you use the correct term for something.
How dare they use that word used by brown people to describe something in this land of white people?? Nevermind the other words of Arabic origin we use every day… A bunch of simians in Arizona had the exact same reaction a couple of years ago (surprise, surprise), flipping their shit and demanding the word “haboob” stop being used because it offends their delicate, Muslim-hating sensibilities. And, naturally, in both cases it somehow led to accusing Obama of being a Muslim…because apparently all Muslim roads lead to Obama.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: fuck Texas.
Naturally, the god he’s referring to is his god. Not Shiva, Allah, Odin, or any of those other “wrong” gods. No, this guy knows his god exists and is the right one for everyone.
A Christmas gift for atheists — five reasons why God exists
1. God provides the best explanation of the origin of the universe.
2. God provides the best explanation for the fine-tuning of the universe.
3. God provides the best explanation of objective moral values and duties.
4. God provides the best explanation of the historical facts concerning Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
5. God can be personally known and experienced.
This is truly hilarious. He’s basically saying that it’s dumb to continue learning how things in the universe work, because “God” should be the final answer to explain everything. Don’t learn or think, just believe. You know…like a good slave. Meanwhile, science is curing diseases, exploring space, and improving the quality of life for many millions…
Here’s an excellent takedown: A Christmas Gift for William Lane Craig – Five Reasons Your Specific God Probably Doesn’t Exist
Five reasons Americans already love ObamaCare — plus one reason why they’re gonna love it even more, soon
Because just like Republicans railed against Social Security and Medicaid and Medicare when they were first proposed, those programs are now highly effective and broadly popular parts of our social safety net — supported even by strong majorities of Republican voters.
Americans of all political stripes like choice and competition, which is precisely what the ObamaCare health insurance exchanges will create.
So, for those of you who have been too busy criticizing ObamaCare for partisan reasons to actually look at what’s in the law — and see what Americans like about it — here is a handy-dandy review:
Holy fuckin’ shitballs, folks! If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyeballs I’d never have believed it was possible: Foxtard News has actually posted a list of the benefits of the Affordable Healthcare Act offers. And they’re grounded in facts, something Fox has little dealings with. The last paragraph is the real kicker, though.
The cost of doing nothing on health care reform was too great and the cost of repeatedly refighting the political battles of the past is obscene. But then again, it makes perfect sense why Republicans refuse to just give up and shut up — because the minute they do, there will be no more distractions from all the good things about ObamaCare.
BAM! Is this an actual attempt to — gasp! — educate their readers? Will it work? Can they even read? Stay tuned!