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7/30/2005

Fringe Leftist: MSNBC Makes Up Thunderstorm to Support Bush

Filed under: Humor,Morons — Patterico @ 6:27 pm

I have a Bloglines folder labeled “Morons,” which contains exactly two blogs. I almost never link either, but this time I can’t resist.

I am going to quote the silly post and comments in full, in case they are later altered:

July 28, 2005 Bush gives the finger to Boy Scouts, too

Fails to show up for Boy Scouts waiting for hours in blistering heat:

The Boy Scouts marched onto the field singing, plopping down in the grass to wait for President Bush. But hours later, the news that Bush couldn’t make it was drowned out by sirens and shouts as hundreds fell ill because of the blistering heat.

About 300 people, most of them Scouts, suffered from dehydration, fatigue and lightheadedness Wednesday — just days after four Scout leaders were killed at the national Jamboree while pitching a tent beneath a power line.

No word yet on whether Bush blew off the Boy Scouts because he was reading The Pet Goat, riding his trike, or flipping off the press.

Update: Reader SoCal Lawyer cuts thru my snark and notes that the article states that Bush blamed thunderstorms and high winds for Bush blowing off postponing the event. No doubt the heavy rain and wind accounted for the stifling heat and dehydration suffered by the waiting scouts. We all know how hot wind and dry rain can be.

God damn lawyers — can’t sneak anything past ’em.

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Comments

SoCal Lawyer wrote:

Or, perhaps it was bad weather and it was unsafe to land his helicopter?

July 29, 2005, 17:24:10

Bombay wrote:

No doubt it was those same high winds and thunderstorms which accounted for the blistering heat and dehydration of the scouts.

— Alex

Got that? Moron twin Alex claims that Bush made up the high winds and thunderstorm, which Alex knows because the scouts were suffering from blistering heat and dehydration.

Here’s where it gets funny. Alex omits the fact that the story itself reports the thunderstorms and high winds as fact:

Soldiers carried Scouts on stretchers to the base hospital, located about three miles from the arena stage. Others were airlifted from the event while Jamboree officials called for emergency help from surrounding areas to transport Scouts during the storm, which brought high winds and lightning.

I’m sure that this is just another example of the vast right-wing conspiracy (today’s featured conspirator: MSNBC) making up facts to cover Bush’s behind. Right, Alex?

Heh.

UPDATE: It gets better, as Joseph half-heartedly tries to explain his moron twin’s fumbling sarcasm as utter sincerity. Meanwhile, Alex rages impotently.

14 Responses to “Fringe Leftist: MSNBC Makes Up Thunderstorm to Support Bush”

  1. Your site meter indicates that you average 2,385 hits per day; Martini Republic, the site you linked, doesn’t have a public site meter, but my guess is that however many it normally gets, you quadrupled or quintupled (or more)their hits. Their comments might be pure idiocy, but I’m guessing that they are actually thanking you right now!

    Dana R. Pico (a071ac)

  2. Sorry Patterico, but you’re way off here. Everyone knows that the Mossad controls the weather patterns in the United States, and since Bush is their puppet it’s clear that he invented this “crisis” to divert attention to the criminal behavior of KKKarl Rove.

    Leopold Stotch (d18973)

  3. Knowing just a little something about flying gained during 25 years as an Army aviator (helicopters and fixed wing), and another ten years flying turboprop and wide body jet airplanes with an airline or two, I’d guess I’m at least as adequately qualified to offer an opinion as were the “authors” cited above.

    I would suggest that even if there weren’t high winds and thunderstorms in the immediate vicinity of the Jamboree site at Fort A.P. Hill (as even the article states there were), that doesn’t in any way suggest that the extensive line of severe thunderstorms that passed throught Northern Virginia, including directly over my house and my office, shouldn’t impede the ability of Marine One to safely transport the president between the WH and the Jamboree site. The Marine pilots who fly the president are top notch professionals, the best of the best, who know how to say “no” to even the president when flying in severe weather would risk tragic results. In this case they were clearly right in their decision not to fly in this weather.

    Alex might also want to take a weather class or two before he pontificates on weather phenomena again. Though his ignorance of weather is arguably profound, he might learn, among other things, that while blistering heat and accompanying humidity causes dehydration in humans, blistering heat causes unstable air in the atmosphere and when combined with high moisture content is a direct cause of severe thunderstorms, in this case an extensive line of severe thunderstorms. I personally looked at the weather radar plot of the line of severe thunderstorms that moved through Maryland and Virginia on the day in question and would not have chosen to fly any aircraft of any description anywhere near it, nor did I chose to even drive home in the associated high wind, rain and lightning that I also personally observed. The evening commute throughout the DC region was severely disrupted due to heavy downpours and power outages.

    It’s truly unfortunate that some folks are so blinded by their hatred for Bush that even their obvious total lack of knowledge of the facts in the instant case and of aviation in general doesn’t stand in the way of making absurd and ridiculous assertions.

    Harry Arthur (b318a5)

  4. useless idiots

    Useful idiots are liberals that are useful to illiberal causes because they are, uh, idiots. Patterico points to a (presumed) liberal who is too much of an idiot to be of use to anyone. This guy actually accuses the Whitehouse of making up bad weathe…

    Doc Rampage (59ce3a)

  5. Your site meter indicates that you average 2,385 hits per day; Martini Republic, the site you linked, doesn’t have a public site meter, but my guess is that however many it normally gets, you quadrupled or quintupled (or more)their hits. Their comments might be pure idiocy, but I’m guessing that they are actually thanking you right now!

    Absolutely! And we’re not just thanking Patterico for misreading the post three times and linking anyway! If Patterico, fair-weathered Martini Republic™ reader/commenter Cathy Seipp and the illustrious Dana R. Pico © read our blog on the very same day, that would be amazing traffic for us!

    joseph (29d1ff)

  6. Joseph, perhaps the reason few people visit your blog is the lack of true intellectual discourse there, unless of course they want to share one of your cool aid martinis.

    Harry Arthur (b318a5)

  7. Your site meter indicates that you average 2,385 hits per day; Martini Republic, the site you linked, doesn’t have a public site meter, but my guess is that however many it normally gets, you quadrupled or quintupled (or more)their hits. Their comments might be pure idiocy, but I’m guessing that they are actually thanking you right now! (me, earlier)

    Absolutely! And we’re not just thanking Patterico for misreading the post three times and linking anyway! If Patterico, fair-weathered Martini Republic™ reader/commenter Cathy Seipp and the illustrious Dana R. Pico © read our blog on the very same day, that would be amazing traffic for us! (Joseph)

    Gicen that I didn’t sign my name with a © attached, and that the articles on my website Common Sense Political Thought are copyrighted by the website itself, I have to wonder if Joseph has now copyrighted my name . . . or at least my name with the adjective “illustrious” attached.

    Please, Mr. Patterico, you’re an attorney: tell me if I’m going to now have to pay royalties to Joseph and/or Martini Republic™ to use my own name now!

    Dana R. Pico (8d0335)

  8. Dana,
    I don’t think you’ve thought out how much trouble your really in. Based on the rulings by the the FEC and at least one Federal Judge this appears to meet the definition of a “political contribution”. I hope you’ve gotten in touch with your accountant/attorney to make sure you’ve properly documented your multi-million dollar contribution to the DNC!

    Lew Clark (37275b)

  9. I tell you what, Bush can’t play ball with Barney without PO’ing some people.

    Dwilkers (a1687a)

  10. Re: “fringe leftist”

    How do you define the fringe when prominent Democrats post items at hate sites like The Daily Kos, attend Michael Moore propaganda film premieres, and support the efforts of socialist anti-GWOT groups such as moveon.org? Who are the mainstream Democrats?

    The Editors, American Federalist Journal (bdb60f)

  11. 1. The so called mainstream media either supports the left/lunatics or the terrorists. What an alliance!

    2. This is the latest example and its true

    “ABC News: Where More Terrorists Get Their News Than From Any Other Source”

    http://satire (DOT) myblogsite.com/blog/_archives/2005/7/30/1091999.html

    NOTE: MY SITE IS NOT WORK-PLACE SAFE BECAUSE IT CONTAINS PICTURES OF SEMI-CLAD BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND HOT CARS.

    David (03f14c)

  12. And if you have continued to follow the thread cited above you’ll discover that the real reason the Scouts were unprepared for the heat: no gay Scouts or gay Scoutmasters.

    And Alex was really being straight-forward and sincere in his comments – not a hint of sarcasm.

    So, there you have it.

    Harry Arthur (b318a5)

  13. Your site meter indicates that you average 2,385 hits per day; Martini Republic, the site you linked, doesn’t have a public site meter, but my guess is that however many it normally gets, you quadrupled or quintupled (or more)their hits.

    Tough to say. Bloglines says the feed of theirs that I subscribe to has 7 total subscribers. My feeds have a total of about 240 subscribers. That’s one metric you can use.

    Like I say, I hardly ever link them, but this was just too rich to pass up.

    Patterico (756436)

  14. Lew Clark said:

    I don’t think you’ve thought out how much trouble your really in. Based on the rulings by the the FEC and at least one Federal Judge this appears to meet the definition of a “political contribution”. I hope you’ve gotten in touch with your accountant/attorney to make sure you’ve properly documented your multi-million dollar contribution to the DNC!

    Now, this does have me worried! I’m not sure how the making of a multi-million dollar contribution is going to affect my less than multi-million dollar income when the Infernal Revenue Service inquires about it.

    But, if this supposed multi-million dollar contribution could be considered as something that would subtract from Senatrix Clinton’s available campaign funds in 2008, I’ll accept the risk gladly.

    I just wonder if I’m up there with George Soros.

    Dana R. Pico (8d0335)


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