Category Archives: Idiocy

Headline of the day: Yes, it really happened

From Telesur English, a candidate confesses to an animal sacrifice:

US Senate Candidate Admits to Drinking Goat’s Blood

“I did sacrifice a goat,” Augustus Sol Invictus, running for the nomination of the Libertarian Party, told a newspaper in Florida. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness,” he admitted. And “Yes” he continued, “I drank the goat’s blood.”

Headline of the day: Yes, it really happened

Back in the old days when newspapers were published with lead type, a technology that offered no room for the creative “type-squeezing” allowed by modern digital technology, pages often didn’t quite match the layouts drafted by editors, so the gaps were filled in by what journalists called “itchy piles” advertisements, tiny ads selling marginal products, or by one- or two-paragraph “fillers” transmitted by AP and UPI for just that purpose.

Invariably, many if not most of these fillers were about eccentrics in little English towns with names like Blattersworth-on-the-Avon.

Well, now the tables have turned and its British papers who are filling in their holes with tales of eccentric Americans, with The Independent in the lead.

Following up on yesterday’s offering, the latest from The Independent:

Doritos attacked: Republican hopeful Mike Huckabee boycotts makers of ‘anti-Christian’ crisps

Frito-Lay offered to send a bag of rainbow-coloured Doritos to anyone who donated $10 or more to the It Gets Better project

Headline of the day: Yes, it really happened

From The Independent:

China’s President Xi Jinping ‘turns down Mark Zuckerberg’s request to name his unborn child’ at White House dinner

The President reportedly said the honour would be ‘too much responsibility’ 

Quote of the day: Eugenics, the Alaskan version

House Republican Don Young, tweaking colleagues over their potential support for measures to keep the gray wolf on the endangered species list, as quoted by the Washington Post:

“How many of you have got wolves in your district?” he asked. “None. None. Not one.”

“They haven’t got a damn wolf in their whole district,” Young continued. “I’d like to introduce them in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”

American law enforcement, Ferguson style

From the scathing Justice Department investigation [PDF] of racism in the Ferguson, Missouri, police, justice, and governance system, examples of idiocy committed to digital form:

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Quotes of the day: Prince Philip, faux pas king

Some choice examples from the Independent, which offers a generous collection of the Queen’s consort’s choicer bigoted blatherings on the occasion of his receiving a knighthood from Australia [who knew?]:

On a 2002 visit to Australia, he asked a group of aborigines: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”

Talking to a Scottish driving instructor: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”

To a British student in China: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll go home with slitty eyes.”

On travelling, said to the Aircraft Research Association: “If you travel as much as we do you appreciate the improvements in aircraft design of less noise and more comfort – provided you don’t travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly.”

While inspecting a fuse box: “It looks as though it was put in by an Indian.” He later clarified his comment: “I meant to say cowboys. I just got my cowboys and Indians mixed up.”

Headline of the day: Citoyens, aux barricades!

From the homepage of the London Daily Mail and linking to this article:

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