Monthly Archives: May 2017

TNR falsely claims Zimmerman racially profiled 7-year-old black boy; Updated

http://twitter.com/#!/chopnshoot/status/349956008392671232

No, he didn’t. But the false claim that George Zimmerman racially profiled a seven-year old back child has been floating around the Twittersphere for awhile now:

http://twitter.com/#!/MindOfPryze/status/359050033129205760
http://twitter.com/#!/PaintingDaBlues/status/183602115262939136

Earlier this month, The New Republic published an article in which a law professor repeated the falsehood:

… Zimmerman was an edgy basket case with a gun who had called 911 46 times in 15 months, once to report the suspicious activities of a seven year old black boy.

As Michelle N. Meyer notes, not all of those calls were to 911 (some were made to a non-emergency police number) and they were placed over a period of 7.5 years not 15 months. Most importantly,

Zimmerman’s call (to the non-emergency police number) regarding a seven-to-nine-year-old black boy was placed because Zimmerman was “concerned for [the] well being” of that child, who was walking unaccompanied on a busy street (see page 37).

From the police log:

concerned for well being

The New Republic revised the article in response to complaints. Here’s what it says now (the typo is in the original):

… Zimmerman was an edgy basket case with a gun who had called the polics 46 times in 15 months, once to report on a seven year old black boy.

Some “correction.”

http://twitter.com/#!/avik/status/360561104235151361

Indeed. But what do you expect from the magazine that made Stephen Glass and Scott Thomas Beauchamp famous?

Update:

Well, would you look at that.

http://twitter.com/#!/sistertoldjah/status/360811236574760961

Here’s TNR’s new correction:

This article has been corrected. Zimmerman called various law enforcement officials 46 times, not just 911, as originally stated. He made the calls over an eight-year period, not over the course of 15 months, as originally stated. The original sentence also cited a call Zimmerman made about a seven-year-old boy; the clause has been removed as it implied that Zimmerman was reporting suspicious activity. It appears that Zimmerman made the call out of concern. We regret the errors.

Atlantic writer defends publication of obvious Fox News Photoshop

http://twitter.com/#!/NPR_Not_Neutral/status/304141672705581057

Last week, Van Jones spread around a truly pathetic Photoshop of Fox News asking, “Was the Russian meteor a plot by President Obama to prove that global warming is real?”

fox-news-russian-meteor-photoshop

It was such an obvious Photoshop that Jones was forced to tweet an admission of his willfully ignorant mistake (before deleting the evidence of his screw-up).

But that didn’t stop “real journalist” James Fallows from rating it “mostly true” (in his fantasies) and, really, isn’t that good enough for you Faux News viewers?

#protip from @jamesfallows: You can publish any falsehood you want with the disclaimer “Is it ‘true’? I don’t know.” theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) February 20, 2013

Writing at The Atlantic, Fallows asked, “How much of this illustration, now zooming around the Internet, is actually ‘true’? I don’t know.” Ah, yes. The ol’ “don’t know, don’t care” disclaimer.

@jamestaranto @jamesfallows You don’t even need to be tech-savvy to tell that’s an obvious photoshop. Is this his first time on a computer?

— Matt Berry (@mttbry) February 20, 2013

Sure, Fallows could have read the freakin’ Google and actually debunked the Photoshop as Twitchy did last week.

@buzzfeedandrew @jamesfallows @daveweigel Odd you didn’t think to just google it b4 posting. google.com/search?hl=en&c…. 1st result answers Q

— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) February 20, 2013

Or he could have looked at the image and noted the obviously fake text and “Election HQ” logo. But you know, journalism.

@daveweigel Did you miss the part where I said several times that it looked fishy?

— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) February 20, 2013

Fallows doesn’t need you plebs to tell him how to do his job.

@buzzfeedandrew Thanks for the counsel!

— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) February 20, 2013

Hey, James, any thoughts on the CNN anchor who asked if global warming can cause asteroids? Hint: Not a Photoshop.

Update: Fallows did issue an update noting that the Fox image is fake. He linked to Twitchy’s original post debunking the painfully obvious Photoshop, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be linking to this Twitchy post anytime soon.

.@twitchyteam @michellemalkin Fallows v briefly acknowledged he was wrong. He linked to a Twitchy post, but not his! theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

— NatlProgressiveRadio (@NPR_Not_Neutral) February 20, 2013

Hat tip: @NPR_Not_Neutral

This Dog Was Scared, Wounded, And Starving When They Found Her. Now Look At Her!

Our Indian friends at Animal Aid Unlimited recently discovered a street dog that was in desperate need of help — and would’ve died without a rescue. The pup was suffering from a maggot-infested neck wound that was both threatening her life and making it miserable.

Without treatment she would have died in a day or two. Luckily they got to her in time and she’s been transformed into the most adorable, happy little dog now!

The men and women behind Animal Aid Unlimited really are angels on Earth.

If you’d like to contribute, please visit their site and donate! They do truly wonderful work and help animals that otherwise would be forgotten.

This Soldier Suffers From PTSD, But Found Therapy In Hiking With His Dog…And Cat

It’s always a gift to have a soldier return home from war, but nowadays, about 20% of veterans returning from the Middle East struggle with PTSD, which is a different kind of battle entirely.

When Stephen Simmons came back from Iraq in 2008, he had trouble adjusting to life at home. His body had become so accustomed to the endorphins that were triggered by his high-stress occupation. To combat this, Simmons created his own “adventure therapy” program. He, his dog Puppi, and his cat Burma hike Oregon’s mountains to help the vet get back on track.

I’ve never seen a cat so cool with hiking…and in the snow, no less! I guess if Simmons can use the hikes to get over his PTSD, Burma is willing to get a little wet in the process.

Essential: As government reopens, Vice President Biden brings the muffins

http://twitter.com/#!/iowahawkblog/status/390903465569837056

As the federal government reopened this morning, the essential people who never left were on hand to welcome back those who had been furloughed.

http://twitter.com/#!/USTreasury/status/390948085309796352
http://twitter.com/#!/VP/status/390947457581842432
http://twitter.com/#!/WhiteHouse/status/390957217966354432

This is why he’s vice president, people. Biden was already declared the “coolest man alive” when he showed up at campaign headquarters last fall with doughnuts, and the muffins surely demonstrate just why he’s so essential.

http://twitter.com/#!/AaronBlakeWP/status/390852300048052225
http://twitter.com/#!/VanityFair/status/390880130567925761
http://twitter.com/#!/TheDailyShow/status/390964798424244225

‘Not The Onion’: Equipment stolen from news crew at presser for DC mayor’s anti-crime initiative

The irony is strong in this one:

You can’t make this stuff up:

An ABC7 News crew car was broken into while attending a press conference held by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier to discuss a Task Force created to fight robberies.

Well that’s off to a good start.

‘We screwed that up completely’: ‘Hick-Ups’ compiles worst of Hickenlooper

For a comprehensive look at the big-money, behind-the-scenes machinations intended to turn Colorado into a blue state, definitely track down Citizens United’s “Rocky Mountain Heist,” or at the very least, check out the film’s trailer on YouTube.

For a quick “blooper reel” of Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s gaffes, though, check out Revealing Politics’ “Hick-ups,” a look back at Hickenlooper’s greatest (or worst?) moments in the last year. Caution: even though the video clocks in under two minutes, do not drink every time you hear the words “staff” or “facts.”

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Better call Saul! You should consider these #HolderReplacementNominees [photos]

http://twitter.com/#!/JDtheBard/status/515154746902986752

Well, Sweet Meteor of Death would certainly be a breath of fresh air after the disaster that was Eric Holder, but we hear SMOD’s in pretty high demand these days.

So, in case he/she/it’s not available, here are some other good #HolderReplacementNominees:

Jesse Jackson #HolderReplacementNominees

— Jodi 戰士 媽媽 (@APLMom) September 25, 2014

Sharpton. #HolderReplacementNominees

— Leslie (@LADowd) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees Howard Dean

— Privileged Hank ن (@_HankRearden) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees Lois Lerner. She already has the whole "plead the fifth" and the smug attitude down pat!

— Chel-Politichick (@mychel) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees Chris Hayes

— CrankyGordon (@CrankyGordon) September 25, 2014

Ronan Farrow #HolderReplacementNominees

— Leslie (@LADowd) September 25, 2014

And now for the really serious contenders:

I humbly submit my nominee to replace outgoing AG Holder: pic.twitter.com/888WfnvWju

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/j3i1cBkuCk

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/mjn1ojcwt4

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 25, 2014

@instapundit #HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/Zj0qfaRYCq

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees The Cowardly Lion

— CrankyGordon (@CrankyGordon) September 25, 2014

@trogdor8768 It's a shoe-in. #HolderReplacementNominees cc: @GayPatriot pic.twitter.com/KYnjImemRe

— Run! It's Dr. Kanko! (@kankokage) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees This Shake Weight Dude- He'll flex his muscles & Obama becomes the Dept of Just Me. #TCOT pic.twitter.com/VVpunWPQ88

— Lady Strawman Slayer (@TheyJustRazedIt) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees Hodor pic.twitter.com/5Eb89smRoY

— Matthew (@Matthops82) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/1psbrjOOge

— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/LD6wCrzspe

— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees at least HAL9000 would go after everybody… pic.twitter.com/ed1ev3kTBg

— anxiouscoder (@anxiouscoder) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees Is this too dated/obscure? pic.twitter.com/tm8TMv64JN

— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees The polar bear from #FloodWallStreet. The People's Bear pic.twitter.com/HL7Xpmf5nD

— Sugarcane (@5ugarcane) September 25, 2014

Maybe once he gets out of jail.

McGruff the Crime Dog #HolderReplacementNominees http://t.co/GoER8VM5NF

— Nicholas Pearce (@WarDamnGunners) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees Pee-Wee Herman @_HankRearden @APLMom pic.twitter.com/gvILSi35GX

— SGT★JON℠ (@sgtj0n) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/DM0OHbCsAt

— Matthew DesOrmeaux (@cynicusprime) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/MO9CQakCMT

— Matthew DesOrmeaux (@cynicusprime) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/ow8p8VCvJb

— Padraig (@Peetweefish) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/Hog4URz3qB

— Padraig (@Peetweefish) September 25, 2014

#HolderReplacementNominees pic.twitter.com/XLO4evkfwg

— HeavyHokie (@heavyhokie) September 25, 2014

Hee! Saul Goodman? We hear that guy’s fantastic.

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Related:

Whoa: ‘Department of Scandal’ getting a vacancy? Eric Holder reportedly resigning

So, why’s Eric Holder resigning now? Here’s one promising theory

GROAN! Sally Kohn’s reason Eric Holder won’t be moving to Salem, Mass. is hack-tastic

Full Twitchy coverage of Eric Holder

‘Even if I were American’: Are Obamacare call centers outsourced too?

http://twitter.com/#!/UriBlago/status/392445251509424128

We already know that the “glitchy” train wreck that is HealthCare.gov departed from Canada; specifically, from a company named CGI Federal. This morning, President Obama suggested that those who are unable to log on try the 800 number instead, which many say gets them little more than operators directing them back to the broken website.

This Twitter user beat the rush by calling last night, and found that those involved in the Obamacare rollout aren’t answering questions on a lot of things. For example, when asked, this operator apparently answered that “even if I were American, I am not supposed to tell you.” (We’re told the operator did say he was in the United States but could not divulge which state “for security reasons.”)

http://twitter.com/#!/DraftRyan2016/status/392036467247415296

Even if I were American? That’s a pretty big clue right there. The Huffington Post reported last month that Cognizant Technology Solutions, one of the top firms for procuring H-1B visa workers, was “set to charge Illinois up to $109.28/hour, or $218,560 per position per year,” to help with the state’s Obamacare rollout.

http://twitter.com/#!/NOPeteHere/status/392317825823432705
http://twitter.com/#!/davidpotts43/status/392445716930764801

Yes, White House, can you confirm that for us? And are American citizens answering that number you gave out?

Dan Riehl on Joan Walsh: ‘If she’s going to open her mouth, wish she’d do something I might actually enjoy’

http://twitter.com/#!/DanRiehl/status/206439222691901442

@misslexi9162 I know, but one can always fantasize, right? LOL

— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) May 26, 2012

I think I may have just discovered the most polite way of telling Joan Walsh to suck on this. lol

— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) May 26, 2012

&, please, no indignant protestations of any alleged sexist attack. The woman is a pox, not a woman as ive evr considered sum1 2 B 1

— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) May 26, 2012

Riehl is a conservative blogger who writes for our friends at Breitbart.com. Walsh is editor-at-large of Salon.com.

Riehl was responding to Walsh’s despicable comments about Andrew Breitbart.

Walsh is vile and we can understand being infuriated by her remarks. We were as well.

But the disgusting sexualization and dehumanization that Michelle Malkin wrote about in her “4 stages of conservative female abuse” are always wrong, whether the target is S.E. Cupp, Nikki Haley, Sarah Palin, or a liberal like Joan Walsh. She doesn’t deserve such misogyny. Leave that to Barack Obama’s top PAC donors.