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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Stuff I Didn't Get To -- 6/26/09

Artist's depiction of Ark
Not nearly as important as Michael Jackson

-Headline of the day-
"'Ark of the Covenant' about to be unveiled?"

Noted homosexual Joseph Farah's always credulous WorldNetDaily announced yesterday with jubilation that the ark containing the tablets on which God carved the Ten Commandments for Charlton Heston will be revealed. Huzzah, hosanna, and hallelujah!

According to the report, "The patriarch of the Orthodox Church of says he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, perhaps the world's most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia..."

"The idea that the Ark is presently in Ethiopia is a well-documented, albeit disputed, tradition dating back to at least 642 B.C.," we're told. "The tradition says it was moved to Elephantine Island in Egypt, then to Tana Kirkos Island in Ethiopia and finally to its present site at St. Mary's of Zion Church in Axum." See? It's all historical and everything.

So, today's Friday... The report -- from yesterday -- says the "announcement is expected to be made at 2 pm Italian time from the Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome." Let's see, that's the Central European Time Zone... 2 pm...

Hell, that was about 7 in the morning US Central Time... Hey, where's the freakin' Ark? I've got Nazis to melt.

You know what? I'll bet the news was overshadowed by that guy dying. You know, the one from the early '70s cartoon.

Not even Yahweh can get the attention of the cable news networks today... (WorldNetDaily, via Right Wing Watch)

-Going out with a bang-
Today marks another, much less noticed, end. We get one final Dan Froomkin column from the Washington Post's online presence. "What a stupid move by [editorial page editor] Fred Hiatt," writes Joe Sudbay at AMERICAblog. Amen. Maybe one reason Dan was fired was because he didn't suck enough, as the following paragraph from that final post shows:

When I look back on the Bush years, I think of the lies. There were so many. Lies about the war and lies to cover up the lies about the war. Lies about torture and surveillance. Lies about Valerie Plame. Vice President Dick Cheney's lies, criminally prosecutable but for his chief of staff Scooter Libby's lies. I also think about the extraordinary and fundamentally cancerous expansion of executive power that led to violations of our laws and our principles.

"How did the media cover it all?" he asks. "Not well. Reading pretty much everything that was written about Bush on a daily basis, as I did, one could certainly see the major themes emerging. But by and large, mainstream-media journalism missed the real Bush story for way too long... Hopefully, the next time the nation faces a grave national security crisis, we will listen to the people who were right, not the people who were wrong, and heed those who reported the truth, not those who served as stenographers to liars."

Can't have thorough writers showing how lazy and gullible everyone else is, so out the door you go, Dan Froomkin. Can't set that bar so high.

"Basically, I think the Post sucks," writes Sudbay. If it didn't before, it sure does now. (Washington Post)

-[Insanely hyperbolic] Quote of the day-
"I rise in opposition to this rule and to the underlying legislation. I'm just not sure to which I'm more opposed. Americans are watching as from Iran to North Korea, the forces of darkness are attempting to silence the forces of democracy and freedom. The irony is on this day, the Democratic process and the nation's economic freedom are under threat not by some rogue state, but in this very chamber in which we stand. Good people may disagree on the impact or the merits of this bill. But no one can disagree with the fact that the speaker and her rules committee have silenced the opposition."
-Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey, on the debate on climate legislation.

To prove him right, Pelosi had the Sergeant at Arms beat him stupid with a tire iron. The House of Representatives is just like Iran and S. Korea.

Let's face it, we've all faced this level of brutal oppression in our own lives. I was at a Chinese restaurant once and got sweet and sour chicken, when I ordered sweet and sour pork. It was Tiananmen Square all over again.

Courage, Phil Gingrey. Know the world is watching. (Think Progress)

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