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Satire or Asshole? Week 5 Cliven Bundy Edition

by TeaPartyCat ()

It’s been quite a ride for Cliven Bundy. After a week of being lionized by conservative media outlets, including the full George Zimmerman treatment from Sean Hannity, he felt he needed to tell us his thoughts on race, and it wasn’t pretty:

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Now if a month ago I had written a satirical post about a conservative hero who would pontificate about whether African Americans were better off as slaves, it would seem too far fetched to be true. It’s 2014 after all. And yet, there it is.

So having said that, try to tell satire from reality in further statements by Bundy and other conservatives reactions to his statements.

 

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1. Conservative radio host Dana Loesch says that the only problem was that Bundy wasn’t trained in public relations, so his comments about blacks being better under slavery sounded bad.
Satire or Asshole?

2. Cliven Bundy: “I’m not racist, some of my best cows are black.”
Satire or Asshole?

3. Sarah Palin: “It’s despicable how the lamestream media is playing the race card against little ol’ Cliven Bundy with their ‘Gotcha Racism’.”
Satire or Asshole?

4. Cliven Bundy’s bodyguard, who is African American, said, after the slavery comments, that “I would take a bullet for that man.”
Satire or Asshole?

5. Paul Ryan suggests Cliven Bundy should stop saying 'Negroes’ and start saying 'urban voters’.
Satire or Asshole?

6. Cliven Bundy defended his comments on slavery, saying “Maybe the problem wasn’t with slavery, but just a few bad slave owners. I think I’d be a pretty good slave master.”
Satire or Asshole?

7. National Review writer says that yes, Bundy’s views are racist, but the guys at the Alamo were racist too, and they’re still heroes.
Satire or Asshole?

8. Rand Paul, after initially supporting Bundy before the racial comments, condemns Bundy, saying “Cliven Bundy’s remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with his plagiarizing of my dad’s newsletters.”

Satire or Asshole?

9. Sheriff Richard Mack: “I’m disappointed at Cliven Bundy. He’s discrediting our whole movement of using women as human shields.”
Satire or Asshole?

10. After criticism over the “better off as slaves” comment, Cliven Bundy claims he’s not racist, and if people are offended because he says “negro” or “black boy” or “slave”, then it’s MLK’s fault for not getting ending racism, not Bundy’s fault.
Satire or Asshole?

The full answers to the quiz are posted here.


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Satire or Asshole Quiz: Week 4

by TeaPartyCat ()

Just as a reminder of how hard it can be to tell satire from reality when it comes to the GOP these days, earlier this week I highlighted how Mike Huckabee went on to do something I satirized him for a year ago.

But that wasn’t the only time where actual assholes did something that seemed like exaggeration only the day before– when the Sebilius resignation story broke on Thursday evening, I tweeted:

But then on Friday Ted Cruz entertained the idea that he might attempt to block any replacement unless the law is dismantled:

Fox News gave Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) the opportunity Friday to say that he would use the confirmation of the next Health and Human Services Secretary as an instrument in his quixotic quest to repeal Obamacare.

He didn’t exactly say he would try to block the confirmation of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated to replace Kathleen Sebelius – but he didn’t exactly pass on it either.

Not exactly my quote, but not too far off either. So you’ll be forgiven if you can’t get all 10 of this, the fourth edition of “Satire or Asshole?”

 

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1. BREAKING: Number of uninsured plummets, GOP blames Obamacare for “robbing people of their uninsurance.”
Satire or Asshole?

2. Fox News had a panel on “Race In America”, and all 5 panelists were white.
Satire or Asshole?

3. Heritage Foundation president and former senator Jim DeMint said that “big government didn’t free the slaves.”
Satire or Asshole?

4. Paul Ryan: “My budget promotes GOP unity. Conservatives can all agree to crack down on ‘inner city’ moochers and leave white ranchers alone.”
Satire or Asshole?

5. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly criticized Stephen Colbert because “he gives cover to the powerful people who are selling Americans a big lie.”
Satire or Asshole?

6. Rupert Murdoch: "Fox News doesn’t promote the Tea Party. That’s bullshit. We recognize their existence.”
Satire or Asshole?

7. Eric Cantor explained why the House GOP won’t vote on the Equal Pay law: “We want women to have equal pay too. It’s just Democrats want to fix it with laws, whereas we will fix it with wishful thinking.”
Satire or Asshole?

8. Detroit News columnist criticized Democratic candidate Lisa Brown, saying “She’s still milking the vagina business, and is a minor celebrity among feminists.”
Satire or Asshole?

9. Rick Santorum reminded his followers on the last Friday of Lent: “Remember no meat on Friday. That’s the most important part of being Catholic other than making women’s reproductive choices.”
Satire or Asshole?

10. Rush Limbaugh reacted to Colbert getting Letterman’s job by saying “CBS has just declared war on the Heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values. Now it’s just wide out in the open.”
Satire or Asshole?

The full answers to the quiz are posted here.


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Satire or Asshole Quiz: Week 3

by TeaPartyCat ()

This is the third edition of “Satire or Asshole?”, our challenge to see if you can tell the real assholes from satire in the week’s events.

 

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1. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a law giving lobbyists more time to contribute to campaigns and voters less time to vote.
Satire or Asshole?

2. Sarah Palin called Noah starring Russell Crowe “a shoo-in for this year’s Best Documentary.”
Satire or Asshole?

3. Sen. Dan Coats showed up to the wrong Senate hearing, but then asked questions anyway.
Satire or Asshole?

4. Hobby Lobby issues statement saying, “Our employees are making so much money from 401k investments in Plan B pills and IUDs that they can pay for their own contraceptives.”
Satire or Asshole?

5. Supreme Court rules that billionaires may purchase and own politicians “just as the Founding Fathers owned slaves.”
Satire or Asshole?

6. GOP candidate for governor of Massachusetts said ““I think Obama may as well be a homosexual himself.”
Satire or Asshole?

7. Rick Perry refuses to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Satire or Asshole?

8. Charles Koch writes an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal saying in part “How dare you call it un-American when Supreme Court judges I entertain in Palm Springs just happen to change US laws for my benefit.”
Satire or Asshole?

9. After the Obamacare enrollment numbers were released, Ted Cruz worried that “Working families are now saving so much on healthcare they might even be able to afford food, too.”
Satire or Asshole?

10. Condoleezza Rice complained that Americans are war weary.
Satire or Asshole?

The full answers to the quiz are posted here.


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Satire or Asshole? Week 2

by TeaPartyCat ()

This is the second edition of “Satire or Asshole?”, our challenge to see if you can tell the real assholes from satire in the week’s events. If you missed last week’s inaugural quiz, you can still take it here.

 

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1. Hobby Lobby’s owner was before the Supreme Court claiming that it violates his religious freedom to have to cover “abortifacients” as part of the company health plan. And according to the owner, if you eat a blueberry the morning after sex and don’t become pregnant, then by definition that blueberry was an “abortifacient”.
Satire or Asshole?

2. Weighing in on the Hobby Lobby birth control case, Rick Santorum tells Fox News that “As far as I’m concerned, the only acceptable form of birth control is sweater vests.”
Satire or Asshole?

3. As the scandal over the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge continues, Chris Christie announces he’s done a thorough investigation of himself and found himself innocent of all wrongdoing.
Satire or Asshole?

4. After Chris Christie revealed the results of his investigation, Donald Trump releases hiw own internal investigation that finds The Donald is “fantastic.”
Satire or Asshole?

5. Mitt Romney, who famously failed to forsee that he might lose the 2012 election and therefore didn’t write a concession speech, complains that Obama isn’t a good leader because he couldn’t see the future and stop Putin in Crimea.
Satire or Asshole?

6. After the National Labor Relations Board allows Northwestern football players to unionize, Gov. Scott Walker ordered University of Wisconsin not to play Northwestern, “even if we have to forfeit”.
Satire or Asshole?

7. After Stephen Colbert gets embroiled in controversy over a tweet which took a quote mocking Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder out of context, Donald Trump takes the side of the protesters, tweeting, “Let’s stop using humor to expose racism! Leave the real racists alone! #CancelColbert”
Satire or Asshole?

8. Conservative radio host told parents this week to avoid the movie Frozen, saying it will turn kids to lesbianism and witchcraft.
Satire or Asshole?

9. Ted Nugent, who recently called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and then refused to apologize, compared his struggle against gun control to Rosa Parks’ struggle against segregation, calling Parks “my hero”.
Satire or Asshole?

10. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) reacted to news of an oil spill in Whiting, IN, by saying, “I’d like to apologize to BP after Lake Michigan spoiled more than 1,500 gallons of their oil.”
Satire or Asshole?

The full answers to the quiz are posted here.


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Satire or Asshole? A new game.

by เล่นสล็อตออนไลน์ลุ้นรางวัลใหญ่TeaPartyCat ()

Since we started this site, a week hasn’t gone by without two things happening:

  1. Someone sends us something outrageous that turns out to be satire. No one has sent us an Onion post, but we’ve had things sent in that appeared in Daily Currant or Wink Progress or other satirical sites (the two stories linked were actually sent in by indignant followers). But these examples remind us that we all (especially actual journalists, who we see getting fooled more and more these days) need to make sure we’re able to spot (or at least verify) when something’s real or when it’s satire.
  2. We post something and people’s reaction is, No way. That’s not real. But yes, it is. Yesterday was an example with the legislator who wants to stop women from having sex during divorce but not men. It seems like a parody of the worst impulses of the worst men in the GOP, but it’s not– it’s real.

So with that in mind, I’ve come up with a new game I’m calling Satire or Asshole?. I will post 10 quotes or story titles and you have to guess whether they are real or satire. Full answers appear in a second post, and each question links over if you just can’t wait until the end. See how many you can get. Good luck.

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1. Westboro Baptist Church announced the death of founder Fred Phelps. In lieu of flowers they ask that you blame something on the gays.
Satire or Asshole? answer

2. A 2014 GOP primary candidate said: "Autism and Alzheimer’s are God’s punishment for allowing gay marriage.“
Satire or Asshole? answer

3. Rand Paul: "I think questions about my father are out of bounds. And besides, I’d like to focus on what Hillary’s husband did 20 years ago.”
Satire or Asshole? answer

4. “The media is only covering the Malaysian Airlines flight to avoid talking about Benghazi.”
Satire or Asshole? answer

5. “Women don’t need equal pay laws; they just need to be better negotiators.”
Satire or Asshole? answer

6. Texas town pays Ted Nugent $16,000 to stay away.
Satire or Asshole? answer

7. “Rapists and pedophiles use abortion to destroy the evidence,” and therefore it should be outlawed.
Satire or Asshole? answer

8. Louie Gohmert: “I knew how intelligent, what a great leader, and governor Sarah Palin had been. And what a great leader she is.”
Satire or Asshole? answer

9. Mother-in-laws have a legal right to grandchildren, and therefore must approve any abortions by their daughter-in-laws.
Satire or Asshole? answer

10. “Wives are obliged to have sex with their husbands even if they’re not in the mood.”
Satire or Asshole? answer

The full answers to the quiz are posted here.


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