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Michelle Obama’s Nutter Phonecall: An Obvious Hoax

Posted in politics with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by alphabetfiend

Despite its prominent place on the wordpress dash today, the story about Michelle Obama phoning API is a FAKE. It certainly sounded fishy with Michelle referring to un-named “evil” people who want to keep the black man down. Duh. It’s a right-wing hoax and they even signed it (repeatedly) with their favorite word. EVIL. Right-wingers love EVIL. They love to pepper their sentences with EVIL. Yes, I read it and it was that oft-used right wing word that tipped me off.

But just on the very bizarre off chance that Michelle Obama had become a nutter, I forwarded the post to the RobotBoy with the subject “Wierdness on WP dash this AM.” He is the political fiend in our pairing so I turn to him in times of wanton uncertainty. He wrote back: “Sounds like bullshit, haven’t seen any other mention of this story.” Later he forwarded me an article from Huffington Post (“Here’s the deal”) that said the fake phone call had the blogosphere (that’s us) fascinated. Arg. Fascinated? Shoot me now. Huff Post summed up the hoax thusly:

The article, from an organization calling itself “African Press International,” claims to have gotten a phone call from an irate Michelle Obama, in which she railed at the outlet for “spread[ing] rumours created by American bloggers and other racist media outlets in their efforts to damage a black man’s name,” and “evil people who are out to stop her husband from getting the presidency.” The fake Michelle Obama insists that her husband “loves his country” and promises the organization favorable treatment if they “write a good story about her husband.”

So no, Michelle Obama is not nutter. Byron York (The Corner) had to point that out to those rabid right-wingers because the word “evil” works them up into a vortex of lunacy. They foam at the mouth and spew crazy-talk. Logic holds no sway. Silly Rabbits! Trix are for kids! (or foxy tricksters.) Don’t they know that we aren’t as focused on EVIL as they are?

Naturally, a mere contemplation of the obvious should have short-circuited the belief that this interview was real, thus sparing York from having to point it out. The Obama campaign has been, throughout the season, notoriously disciplined and highly aloof from the press. Michelle Obama… wouldn’t be calling up random bloggers to yell at them. If she did, she’d be doing that all the damned time! Beyond that, there were obvious signs that the interview, and the organization, is fakety-fake McFake. For example: there are two “r’s” in “Farrakhan.” “Inauguration” is not spelled “innoguration.” And you’d think that a writer for “African Press International” would be clear on the concept of capitalizing one’s own publication’s name. Nevertheless, these obvious signs proved too elusive for some people, hence Byron York’s involvement.

Whew! Glad that’s over! Oh wait, they’re going to keep insisting and believing it’s real. You know they will!  Which is gonna be so so so annoying.

For a good laugh go see this great short read at a fellow bloggers page. So funny it hurts.

McCain Dreams of Dictatorship! Isn’t that a Deal-breaker?

Posted in politics, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2008 by alphabetfiend

Who’d a thunk that a presidential nominee could say he’s always aspired to be a dictator and America would just nod, “Well, isn’t that nice, it’s good to have a dream. Think big, boy, think big.”  OK, maybe we didn’t say that but we said nothing. Nothing. Like it’s no biggie. How can that be? If we elect John McCain, that’ll be all the atta-boy he needs. He’s running for President of the United States but he wants more power than the oval office allows. Are we down with a dictator, America?

Captain America sez "Down with Dictators!"

Captain America sez "I'm voting for the guy who's not a dictator. And doesn't want to be."

I was gonna write about Californication yesterday… but then McCain said some crazy scary shite even for him. Clear as day, easy as pie, like it was a familiar thought, John McCain said “If I were a dictator, which I always aspire to be –“ and my jaw dropped. My solar plexus tightened. I got the wicked chills. Writing about a sexy TV show went straight out the window. Instead I furiously typed away in a rush to post before McCain’s comments hit the evening news and the clip blew up all over the net (it’s on video, there’s no rumor, there’s no innuendo.) But I haven’t heard a peep about it and the piece I posted has had only a handful of hits. This worries me. This should’ve raised some hackles.

But this hubby & his honey moment was evil?

This hubby & his honey moment was pure evil.

After Senator Barrack Obama received the democratic nomination, he and (future first lady, fingers crossed) Michelle Obama shared a “we did it, baby” fist bump. That innocent gesture had everyone so spooked that the Obamas were accused of being Taliban-supporting terrorists. Yet McCain confesses that he has always aspired to be a dictator and it’s not even a blip on the radar? Maybe I’m naive but that surprises me. America is a Democracy not a Dictatorship. A presidential nominee should be the first to uphold our country’s vaunted “democratic ideals.” Why is no one saying “What up with that, old man? Wanna take it outside?” Aren’t those fighting words in this the old U-S-of-A? It oughta warrant a tighty-whitey wedgie at the very least.

Normally, I loves me a maverick but McCain doesn’t deserve his nickname. Not anymore. He’s a loose cannon nutball, not an outlaw trickster with a fresh vision and a brave plan. And now that he’s saying I’ve always aspired to be a dictator, well, I have to wonder if maverick is just code for something darker and more sinister.

Mao is a gas as Mickey but in real life, no. No no no.

Despite being a recent pop fad, dictators are still evil despots. McCain’s comment oughta be a deal breaker. Dictators are death. They’re silly as flocked Kozik busts but in real life, in our real lives, no good. No good! Bad. To the bone.

Is Pinko Smokin' Joe a McCain hero?

Is Pinko Joe a McCain hero?

I got the Robot Boy a Smoking Joe for his birthday and it’s a witty touch atop a stack of books on punk rock, trickster gods & Anarchy. But I would never invite the real Stalin over for cake and ice cream. The Robot Boy might — for the sake of dialogue — but political conversations can be a downer; toss in a Tyrant and that’s a real party pooper.

You’d think that McCain’s comment (“If I were a dictator, which I always aspire to be–“) would’ve dropped like a hot steaming turd all over the Republican Party. Party’s over, folks, go home and wash the stink off. Letterman was spot on when he said the McCain campaign’s “starting to smell.”

As my dad used to say — “No shit, Sherlock.”

Alphabetfiend is Dia VanGunten — a writer & wanna-be circus freak living in Austin, Texas.

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