Category Archives: Idiocy

Quote of the day: Lessons in shark-jumping

From Washington Post columnist Dana Millbank, recounting the antics of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Bibi headed to Washington for another round of head-butting and glad-handing:

Three weeks ago, he declared in a speech that “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews” but was advised to by a Palestinian cleric to “burn them.” It took a week of international furor before Netanyahu retracted his remarks.

Two weeks ago, he scolded but did not fire his deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, who said that “my dream is to see the Israeli flag flying over the Temple Mount” and called on Israel to allow Jews to pray on the mount, where al-Aqsa Mosque stands.

 Last week, Netanyahu appointed as his new chief of public diplomacy a man who called Obama an anti-Semite and who said Secretary of State John Kerry has the intellect of a 12-year-old.

Headlines of the day: Ben Carson, good or bad?

Following up on that photo of Ben and Jesus,  the Ben Carson myth is founded on a tale he tells of having been a bad, bad boy tell an encounter with Jesus on the throne [no, it wasn’t Jesus sitting on the heavenly throne, but Ben sitting on that mundane object sometimes called the porcelain god].

But for the myth to work, his tales of a bad “before” and a cherubic “after” have to be true, and that’s where he’s running into trouble.

From New York Magazine, a truly surreal headline:

Ben Carson Defends Himself Against Allegations That He Never Attempted to Murder a Child

The Washington Post notes the reason for Carson’s reluctance to admit he may have been a better boy than he claims:

Why Ben Carson’s claim that he stabbed someone is so key to his appeal to white America

And as for the good boy who emerged out of all those youthful troubles?

First, from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Ben Carson may have fabricated a story about being the ‘most honest’ student while at Yale

Finally, wrapping it all up with the New York Daily News:

Ben Carson admits he lied about West Point scholarship, insists stories about troubled childhood are true

Headline of the day: An hysterical prescripticon

Following up on today’s editorial cartoon, another Republican contends for the same base, via the Washington Post:

Ben Carson believes Joseph built Egypt’s pyramids to store grain — and it just might get him some votes

John Oliver on Republicans who are eager to kill

The latest edition of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver features a devastating picture of Republican politicians who are out for blood.

Specifically, he focuses on the relentless zeal of gubernatorial candidates who would rather see poor constituents die than fund Medicaid programs in their states.

From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Medicaid Gap

Program notes:

The election in 2016 decides our new president, but the one this year could determine whether many Americans will have healthcare.

Headline of the day II: Bonkers Benny dials down

From the New York Times:

Netanyahu Retracts Assertion That Palestinian Inspired Holocaust

Polanski wins a temporary Polish reprieve

A Polish court ruled that Roman Polanski shouldn’t be extradited to the U.S., where a humiliated Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office continues to demand he return to the U.S., a nation he fled after am arrogant judge breached an agreement he had made with that same D.A.’s office.

Polanski had pled guilty to a chrge of statutory rape for the a 1977 drug-and-alcohol fueled encounter with a 13-year-old photographic model in the home of actor Jack Nicholson.

Then-prosecutor Roger Gunson, defense attorney Douglas Dalton, attorney Lawrence Silver representing the young woman, and Judge Lawrence Rittenband all agreed that Polanski would undergo a psychiatric at the state prison in Chino, and then be released from custody.

As we have written previously, the judge had violated judicial canons by asking friends and at least one reporter [your humble blogger] what to do with the case. While we declined to provide advice, others did, and the judge reneged on the plea bargain and demanded Polanski spend more time behind bars, at which point the director fled.

Rittenband’s about-face angered all the lawyers involved, and led authorities first in Switzerland and later Poland to seize the director, moves rejected by Swiss justice department in the first instance and a Polish court in the second after examination of the facts.

With that by way of preface, more on the Polish decision, via the Guardian:

The film-maker Roman Polanski has won the latest round of his battle to avoid extradition to the United States over a 1977 child sex abuse conviction, after a Polish court rejected a US application.

Judge Dariusz Mazur, at Kraków district court, said he accepted claims from Polanski’s lawyers that the application was in breach of the European convention on human rights because Polanski has admitted guilt and served a prison sentence for the offence. The case is open to appeal.

Polanski was not in court to hear the decision, but later said he was “very happy” and could “breathe now with relief”. Asked at a press conference whether he thought his battle to avoid extradition was over, he said: “I don’t know. I am tired. It takes so much time. I have lost so much time. At my age a year is a long time.”

He said he had no hard feelings against the United States. “This is issue is just about one court: Court 100 in Los Angeles. You can’t blame a whole country for one court.”

NBC News reported on the reaction of the woman at the center of the case:

“I believe they did the right thing and made the right decision given all the facts,” she told NBC News in an exclusive interview. “Since I’m well aware of how long this has been going on, I’m very pleased and happy.”

Geimer, 52, said that’s partially for “selfish” reasons — the media attention around each twist and turn of the nearly 40-year saga has been horrible for her and her family. “Everyone wants to use the most sensational words they can,” she explained in a phone interview. “It’s unpleasant to be talked about in those terms.”

As for Polanski, Geimer said:

“I’m sure he’s a nice man and I know he has a family and I think he deserves closure and to be allowed to put this behind him,” Geimer said. “He said he did it, he pled guilty, he went to jail. I don’t know what people want from him.”

Sadly, the Polish case may not be over, as the Los Angeles Times reported:

However, the ruling can be appealed, and the district attorney’s office said Friday it would continue to seek his return to Los Angeles. “Obviously, I’m disappointed, but we’ll keep pushing,” said Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey.

If Friday’s decision is appealed, the further hearings would take place in a new political environment in Poland that could be detrimental to Polanski’s case. The conservative Law and Justice party just won power after an election campaign in which its leader openly called for Polanski to be extradited, to show there was no favoritism under the law for the rich and famous.

Headline of the day: Bibi’s new level of crazy

And even Germany agrees, via the Guardian:

Germany refuses to accept Netanyahu’s claim Palestinian inspired Holocaust

Germany says it has no reason to change its view of history after Israel’s prime minister blames mufti of Jerusalem for inciting Holocaust

Another German also disagrees, via EF Productions:

Hitler Finds Out That Bibi Thinks the Grand Mufti Convinced Hitler to Kill Jews

Program note:

Yes, this is another Downfall parody video.