Wednesday, October 12, 2011

100% Facts Free



On Monday night's edition of ABC World News Tonight, alleged journalist Diane Sawyer asserted that the "Occupy Wall Street" movement has now "spread to more than a thousand countries -- every continent but Antarctica."

There's just one small problem: there are only 195 recognized countries in the entire world, and the other 800+ countries Ms. Sawyer is reporting on exist only in her imagination. And presumably, she thinks that Antarctica is the only holdout because it's populated entirely by tiny little millionaires and billionaires in tuxedos...and no one has the nerve to tell her that they're actually penguins.


Of course, it's hard to present much in the way of facts about the ongoing protests, in part because the facts are so inconvenient if the news media and Obama administration are going to to spin this as an important, wholesome, and authentic uprising by mainstream Americans.

For example, ABC probably doesn't want to report that proud communist and former Whitehouse Czar Van Jones is whipping up the crowds with demands to take everything from the evil rich people, so the new order can "give everything" to the shouting rabble. And it would be embarrassing to report that the demands of "Occupy Wall Street" include "becoming immortal, and having sex with animals."


In any event, Hope n' Change would like to suggest that ABC News dump evil millionairess Diane Sawyer as soon as possible and replace her with Warren Buffet's cleaning woman.

She may not actually be paying more taxes than Mr. Buffet, but we're betting she could deliver more facts than Ms. Sawyer.

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Meanwhile in Antarctica...
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40 comments:

Proof said...

"More than a thousand countries..." You just multiply all 57 states by the number of czars Obama has appointed. Then round down.

Coon Tasty said...

I wonder how the North Korean OWS movement is coming along?

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

What's so delicious about these moronic mistakes by libs in the media is that they are now public record and out there forever. They can pretend it didn't happen, but they know we know. Thanks, Stilton. Since I never watch that Obama-sucking hag I would never have heard about this tasty bit of weapons-grade stupid without good folks bearing the burden of seeing it and reporting on it.

Emmentaler Limbuger said...

Listening to the MSM and the libtards is very much like monitoring signals from another planet, really. I'd sure like to treat it that way, but I've little faith in their audience's ability to separate the chaff from the grain - especially when there is little to none of the latter. Plus, this strategy has worked for them far too often to simply dismiss it. Scary...

DavidD said...

Is it possible that she meant to say "1000 cities" (in X number of countries) but misspoke?

In how many foreign cities have there been "OWS" protests? Is it maybe close to 1000?

I'm not defending the "OWS" protestors, or even Diane Sawyer; it just seems to me like it could just have been a minor slip.

Yes, it's a lot like the time Obama said there were "57 states"--when he started to say he'd been to all 50 states but then remembered that there were two he was not going to visit and one more that he had left to visit, which meant he'd been to ... 47 states, except that he ran the numbers 50 and 47 together as 57. Sheesh. Watch the video.

Now you've got me defending Obama. I'm going to need a stiff drink.

Jim said...

@ Proof...that was as brilliant as it was funny!! LOL

Chuck said...

@DavidD - of course they were slips of the tongue ... everyone knows that. The point is: they (who made the slip) won't own up to it and if they had been made by a conservative, they'd be THE news cycle talking point for the next 5 days!

Anonymous said...

Just watched her on you tube and she said 250 cities and 1000 countries so I don't see a slip of the tongue.

Chris said...

And then there's "AntARTica" -- um, that's actually pronounced AntARCtica, Diane dearie, unless your teleprompter typist is English-challenged and didn't spell it correctly for you. I imagine you also heartily laughed (or was it cackled) at the "dumb" Bush saying "nucyewlar". Yup, yew shore dew talk more gooder than that, furr shurr.

Suzy said...

Love the comic today AND everybody's comments!!!! North Korea...hahaha, right? As far as a slip of the tongue...we know well and good that Republicans are NOT allowed to have slips of tongues or they get reminded of it for the next century. (Or slips of spelling...) So turnabout is fair play.

Jim Hlavac said...

Last night I stormed out of a friend's house, when he and another liberal got all rhapsodic about the protests -- they complained about the bank bailouts -- I said, "guys, I was against the bailouts, you told me they were necessary and that I was being duped by the big banks. You both voted for a guy who pushed the trillion bucks in bailouts. And hired Geithner who was one of those bailed out... why are you now against Obama and the bailouts you wanted?" and they looked at me and said, "but the banks had to be bailout or the system would have fallen." It spiraled into bigger idiocy from there until I just got up and walked out. I couldn't take it. I'm not sure there's hope for them.

Coon Tasty said...

@Chris - Don't ALL Americans mispronounce "Antarctica"?

@AHD - I think you underestimate the Left's ability to be oblivious to things they don't want to know about. "Inconvenient Truths", if you will...

John the Econ said...

I was so disappointed. Over the weekend, I was in a city that was supposed to be having an "occupy" movement taking place in a park across from the Federal Reserve. I was equipped with my camera and planning on doing the "Occupying Your Time Scavenger Hunt:

http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/07/occupying-your-time-the-daily-caller-scavenger-hunt/

When we arrived, the only occupiers of the park were Mrs. Econ and I. Whatever protesters were there had given up and left. We claimed the park in the name of Free Market Capitalism.

But going into an election year, we should seek to encourage such overt and vibrant displays of the liberal pathology. I am quite confident that the vast majority of "silent America" will prefer the values of the Tea Party" over these irrational and literally insane mobs. Few people want loons who chant that they want to have sex with animals driving public policy.

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

Coon Tasty:
I think my problem is that I always overestimate the Left's cognitive skills. I continue to hold out the foolish hope that we can reason with them, lay out the truth in front of them, and let them "come to Jesus" on their own. I should accept that they won't.
Jim Hlavac:
I don't know if it's worse to have friends who are as you describe or your own family. My mother thinks Obama is "just wonderful". Of course, she is a Californian. You can't pick your family but you can move away from them. To salvage your friendships you might have to accept there are subjects you just don't talk about.

Emmentaler Limburger said...

@Chris: It was Carter that I first noticed pronouncing it nuke-you-lur. I was in 8th grade, and it drove me nuts to hear a president sound like such an ignoramus.

Chris said...

@Coon Tasty -- You're probably right to a large extent. Which segues nicely from "consensus" English to "consensus" science, of which I'm sure the lovely, eeeevil-greedy-rich (gasp, vapors!, she IS???) Diane is a loudly toxic-CO2-belching proponent thereof. She'd have fit in nicely with the flat-Earth/heliocentric-universe consensus-driven crowd as well.

I thereby bid a happy WENSday to one and all. Nope, I don't pronounce it wed-nes-day, either. But I refuse to say SAMwich! :o)

@Emmantler: Carter's mispronunciation was PRECIOUS to the max...his being a nookyewlar eng-uh-neer and all that! Delicious irony!

My Dog Brewski said...

@Chris:
Humpday and sammich works for me.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- Wow, quite a fun dialogue going on here this morning! I'll just throw in some random brain droppings while sipping my coffee...

I'm assuming that the "1000 countries" remark was either a slip of the tongue or something incorrectly written on Sawyer's teleprompter. But can she still be blamed if she only read it aloud? Of course she can, if we apply the standard that the media used after Dan Quayle incorrectly spelled "potatoe" from a printed card supplied by the school he was visiting.

And people saying "AntARTica" drive me nuts. My hackles similarly rise at "nuke-you-ler," "libary," "Febuary," and "real-a-tor." And just to keep things moderately political, I wince every time Obama refers to "Pokky-ston."

Regarding Jim Hlavac's comments about his clueless friends and their shifting opinions on the bank bailouts, it makes me think back to 2007, when the crap first hit the fan. It was widely (and correctly) believed that our entire financial system was about to fall. Candidate McCain rushed back to Washington to try to help avoid disaster... but candidate Obama continued to campaign, sneering that he could do "two things at once." So he either badly underestimated the actual fiscal risk... or simply thought that his campaigning was more important than the condition of the country. Of course, now we know that Obama can't do two things at once and, in fact, can't do anything except campaign.

John the Econ, if you want to get a picture of an Occupy Wall Street protestor, you first need to set out some bowls of organic granola and let the protestors get used to feeding there for a few days. Also, be sure to approach them from downwind... the scent of soap can spook them.

Colby said...

OK... I'm going to catch hell for this, but Ms Sawyer IS blonde and was a beauty queen. She cut her journalistic teeth working for Nixon.

Being and old hippie, I see little comparison of these spoiled brat pseudo-hippies and the real deal from the 60's. At least we knew exactly what is was we wanted; ending the Vietnam war. That was pretty much it. Well, legalized pot was on the list, but there was a pretty clear focus on the war. These people are about as focused as Osama Bin Laden's eyes are right about now. And, I don't think you're going to bait them with bowls of granola. Maybe an Ipad or a PS3....

JustaJeepGuy said...

As for the pronunciation of the word "sandwich", I always use the old Pogo comic strip as my guide. Walt Kelly spelled it "sangwidge" and that's how I pronounce it.

Emmentaler Limburger said...

@Stilton: just AXE me what mispronunciation gets my gall. C'mon AXE me. Oh. Shit. Gave it away...

@Jeepers: "We have met the enemy, and he is us!"

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Colby- I agree about the protestors' lack of focus. I have no idea why the ONLY news stories about them aren't all variations on the "Idiots take to the streets" theme.

@JustaJeepGuy- Hey, Walt Kellyisms are always correct. Even now, in times of stress I've been known to shout "Hoo-ey! The jute mill is exploded!" I love Pogo.

@Emmentaler- Good one! And great Pogo quote - now more true than ever.

Pete(Detroit) said...

Anon - 250 cities and 1000 countries?
Nukkin Futz, she is...
Feb-U-airy is one I constantly struggle w/. And I agree, there is no 'w' in 'sammich'
There's also no 'r' in 'wash'... that's one (along w/ lie-barry) that grinds me.

Otoh, I decided I was officially an adopted Texan the fist time I noticed myself using "Fixin too"

pryorguy said...

I'm with you, Colby...was telling someone the other day (someone younger!) that this is a great picture of the 60's and all the protesting back then! Also, I told them that I felt that the 60's was when it all started to unravel and it hasnt stopped yet!

Coon Tasty said...

@SJ

The misspelling of "potato" was actually printed on a card that was then given to Quayle? Really? Wow. - You will be unsurprised to know that *that* little detail is unknown outside of the USA.
Y'know, my liberal friends often complain that the media has a conservative bias...and I laugh right in their faces.

Colby said...

OK... the one that grates on my nerves is eKcetera. And you hear supposedly educated people saying it this way ALL THE DAMN TIME!

Coon Tasty said...

OK, as a non-American English speaker, the one that really annoys me is when I hear my American friends say, "I could care less." - What they actually mean is, "I *couldn't* care less."
If you *could* care less, it means that you DO care.
/rant

Anonymous said...

http://www.mediaite.com/online/occupy-boston-defines-irony-causes-cancellation-of-food-drive-and-small-business-heavy-festival/

Winning the hearts and minds, eh?

Coon Tasty said...

In Ann Coulter's latest column she calls the OWS movement "The Flea Party", because they are blood-sucking parasites.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Pete(Detroit)- Ah, yes...Warshington, gararge, and (per last night's debate) "agendar." However, "Fixin' to" is a perfectly good colloquialism.

@Coon Tasty- Quayle was visiting a school and helping with a spelling bee. He'd been given cards with the words to use. When he got to "potatoe" he felt uncomfortable with it, but didn't want to say anything since it had been prepared by the school. Needless to say, he should have spoken up. Meanwhile, I keep reading posts from the Occupy Wall Street crowd, and they can't spell worth a damn.

@Colby- "Ekcetera" bugs me too, as does "astrick" (instead of asterisk). Not that I've got anything against ass tricks.

@Anonymous (two above)- It's far more important to protest in the name of doing good than actually doing good.

Coon Tasty said...

@SJ

Yes, I remember when the incident happened...but all that was shown on the news channels in the antipodes was Dan Quayle purportedly incorrectly "correcting" that child. Until today, I had never known that Quayle was merely going off a card printed by someone else.
It was clearly shown out of context, to make him look stupid.

Emmentaler Limbuger said...

@Stilton: Asterisk is an easy word for me to remember how to pronounce! I just paraphrase Nathan Hale: "I regret that I have but one asterisk for my country."

FlyBoy said...

Let us not forget the most often mis-used word of all: "IRREGARDLESS". (The proverbial flame that burns my ass the mostest)

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Coon Tasty- While not widely reported at the time, the true story of Dan Quayle is easily available now. Here's a years-too-late summary from the Washington Post:

Working from an inaccurate flash card prepared by a teacher, he corrected William Figueroa, 12, when the child spelled "potato" on the blackboard – making the boy add an unnecessary "e" at the word's end.

Quayle would never hear the end of it. The media assault for this goof was truly relentless. The young Figueroa crystallized the effects of this incident on Quayle's public image when he said that it "showed that the rumors about the vice president are true – that he's an idiot."


@Emmentaler- That was truly beautiful.

@Flyboy- Good one! And can anyone explain to me why you can't put out a fire of a flammable substance by adding an inflammable one?

John the Econ said...

Dan Quayle was a genius compared to Gore.

Meanwhile, notice how the "occupy" narrative is evolving as it seeks a rational meme. Now, they seem to have zeroed-in on "student loan debt" as the prime boogieman of all of their problems.

Who the hell put a gun to their heads and made them take out 5 and 6-figure student loans?

There's a financial show I like to listen to when I'm in the car, and I am always astounded when I hear desperate calls from idiots who have taken out 6-figures in student loans to get jobs that pay barely above the poverty line.

Okay, I get it if you're planning on being a doctor in a specialty that might eventually be paying you >$200k/yr. But going over $100k in debt to be a $30k/yr social worker? The last thing "poor" people need is advice from people who make those kinds of personal financial decisions!

I went to a cheap state school, and worked my whole way through. Yeah, few will be hiring me simply because of who printed the diploma, and I'll never be making the big bucks the easy way on Wall Street. (not that it was ever my goal to) But few opportunities in life have been denied me because of this. In the end, you create who you are.

What I have total contempt for are these clueless losers with little more mental acuity than your average Miss America contestant whining about how America has cheated them because they supported "Hope and Change" when they were in school, and all they got when they got out was unemployment, a body piercing or two, and student loan debt.

Time to grow up and take the reigns of your life losers!

Emmentaler Limburger said...

@John: You and I are of one mind on this - though I did take out a student loan (Engineering degree. Worth it.) The difference is the ethical background of those who take the loans - mine was like a monkey on my back as long as I knew it was there - cheap money, or not - and I made payments on the principal and wiped it out in my first year of career employment. In any case, here's what I had to say when this issue first surfaced as a "social issue" a few years back: http://pateratic.com/?m=200807&paged=5.

In my current position, I've had the opportunity to interview new grads for hire. In only one instance was I confronted with someone who might have been better suited to occupy Wall Street than to occupy a desk in the place of my employ. This could be because the Occupy crowd couldn't interview for such a position in the first place with their educational background; however, I prefer to think that it is because the Occupy folks are a degenerate fringe and not indicative of this generation.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@John the Econ- In yesterday's Dallas Morning News, there was a letter floating the idea that forgiving all student loans would be the quickest and best way to energize the economy, because the students could then spend their money elsewhere. Of course, the letter writer hadn't thought through the fact that all of that "forgiven" debt comes straight out of taxpayers' pockets. Or the fact that many students are claiming they don't have the money to pay back the loans (meaning they also wouldn't have money to plug into the economy).

I also paid my own way through a state college, taking out loans along the way and paying them all back. Ironically, I've never had a job in which they asked if I had a college degree (I've worked in creative fields, and employers are far more interested in what you can show you've done).

@Emmentaler- I like your piece (at the link). I know there are some students who take it for granted that they won't have to pay back their loans, but the ones I know seem to have a greater sense of responsibility.

Of course, now that the government has taken over college loans, I wonder how many students will have their loans forgiven if they put time into "approved" pro-social activities (like being community organizers).

John the Econ said...

@Emmentaler Limburger, read your piece and wholly agree. What is it that makes it so difficult for these people to understand one of the most simple concepts of financial commerce; that when one borrows money, that at some future date they are expected to pay it back?

I can only attribute it to the liberal sense of entitlement that wholly infects academia. Eduction through high school is free, so why shouldn't the college of my choice be free as well? So instead of making it free, they invent all these mechanisms to make it seem, at least at the beginning, to be so.

After high school, for various reasons I spent my first years at a junior college. (It was cheap, and gave you an advantage at the department I wanted to transfer into at the state university) At the time, tuition was $25 a semester. A college education for $25 a semester! Where else in the world can you get a college education that cheap?

In one semester, I had a class that was down the hall from the "financial aid" office. Why does a school that only charges $25 a semester need a "financial aid" office? Each day, I'd look over the people lined up at the window; almost without exception they had the latest clothes, sneakers, and jewelery. Imagine my disgust! They get to keep their cool stuff, and pay even less than I do!

Then, due to various reasons, it was announced that the tuition was going up to $50 a semester. You would have thought they'd cancelled Christmas from the uproar; endless rhetoric about all of the people who'd now be denied a college education. Over $25?

If you had to, at the time you could easily make $25 in a weekend picking up aluminum cans at local parks. If the difference between getting a college education and not getting a college education wasn't even worth the trouble of spending a weekend picking up aluminum cans, then clearly a college education isn't worth all that much to you and you really don't belong there.

One of the biggest problems with education today, other than the insular ideological environment and staff renumeration that in no way is connected to performance is that everyone can go. By subsidizing both the schools and the financing of students, we've created an "education bubble" that is little different from the "housing bubble". Students, well financed either by parents and/or cheap, subsidized student loans have bid up the price of a college education to irrational and unsustainable levels. And half of those people do not belong there academically, but they are admitted anyway since they've got cash behind them and it keeps the whole system going. Perhaps an "education crash" would go a long way to solving the problem.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@John the Econ- I've heard others refer to the "Education Bubble" in which the price of a college education has become preposterously high (and the resulting risk of defaults becomes dangerously high).

It's especially disturbing because I feel rather strongly that the kids are still getting $50 worth of education per semester, even if they (or their parents, or the taxpayers) are being charged $10k or more per semester. It's craziness.

With few exceptions, I think many college courses could be replaced with online classes and/or computer apps. And should be.

To that end, India has just come up with an iPad style device which they can build for $45, and which will be sold (with government subsidy) to impoverished people for $35, so they can get access to education and business materials.

Why we're not doing things like that over here would be a mystery if it weren't for the teachers unions, and a culture which has turned school into a form of esteem-building daycare (up through and including college).

John the Econ said...

@Stilton, the $35 college education will not happen here because education is an industry. And like any other industry, it will do whatever it can to protect its turf against cheaper competition.

Of course, if you ask nearly any college educator or administrator, they'll give lofty explainations as to how they aren't a "business". They they are either lying or fooling themselves.

The only reason a college education is as expensive as it is, is because of government subsidy. It is no different than the housing bubble. Cheap money has allowed consumers to bid the price into the stratosphere. Cut off the subsidies, and I promise you, the price will come down.

Also, if I had the power to, I'd eliminate all subsidies for the BS degrees. You know the ones. These are the degrees that have the lowest standards of entry, and pump out virtually unemployable idiots at the other end. (The "Occupy" movement is full of these people. We have enough "community organizers" without actually having to subsidize them.