Tag Archives: WTF

They Come Out of Piñatas?

30 Jul

Quite possibly the best caption ever. Thanks, Roll Call.

Antoine Thompson Deflects the Easy Questions

8 Jun

Check out WGRZ’s Ron Plants trying to ask Antoine Thompson what could possibly be the simplest, most basic question a reporter could ask a useless state legislator.

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HT Shredd & Ragan

Greasy Fingers Smearing Shabby Clothes

7 Jun

Just when you think a really weird sex-on-a-picnic-table story from Batavia couldn’t get any weirder, this happened:

Corona said that her husband of seven years is transgendered and that they have been unable to have sex. That is part of the explanation of what she calls “inappropriate behavior.”

…followed by…

In an attempt to confirm Corona’s statements with her, I drove over to her house after reading the WHEC story. She was not at home, but her unshaven and slightly disheveled husband was.

The 42-year-old Mr. Corona said he’s been reading The Batavian. He said he wondered why nobody was considering him in this situation. I said that normally we don’t try to talk directly with people involved in pending legal cases.

I asked him if he had seen the comments that his wife made. He said yes. I said, “You’ve seen her latest comments to News 10?” He said, “yes.” I asked, “any reaction?” he said, “in what way?”

I asked him what he thought about her saying he was transgendered, and he said, “Do I look transgendered to you?” I said, “no,” and he said, “well, there you go, then.”

Paladino: Health Care Reform = 9/11

23 Mar

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The above audio is a snippet of Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino speaking with 970-AM morning drive host Curtis Sliwa this morning. Likening the passage of an historic health care reform package to guarantee quality, affordable health coverage to all Americans to the jihadist murder-by-plane of about 3,000 souls in Pennsylvania, DC, and lower Manhattan, Mr. Paladino called on Attorney General “Prince” Andrew Cuomo to join 13 other Attorneys General who had filed suit to block implementation of the health care law.

And here I thought the Republicans wanted to stop frivolous lawsuits.

HT Capitol Confidential

Glenn Gramigna: Journamalist

9 Feb

Illuzzi Lite Glenn Gramigna wrote this today. It’s in all caps, so it must be of critical screaming importance:

Pundit Publishes Phoney Brown Chats…But Why?
Written by Glenn Graminga, Editor

WHY IS OTHER SITE PUBLISHING PHONEY CHATS

WE WOULD NEVER PUBLISH OBVIOUSLY FALSE MATERIAL WHICH PURPORTS TO PORTRAY WRONGFUL BEHAVIOR WITH REGARD TO ANYONE, IT IS A VIOLATION OF THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHIC OF DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU. THIS STUFF IS GARBAGE AND SHOULD NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.

I particularly enjoy Gramigna’s usage of the royal “we”…

…and who said they were Brown chats?

Anyway, we published them because it’s interesting, newsworthy, and Chris and I thought it would be interesting for people to weight the whole Syaed Ali story against what he was accused of sending out. We also thought that people could and would do what they did – compare the writing in the chats to the writing habits of whoever puts together SAIL-IT’s web content.

We were both crystal clear that we thought the chats were so phony (that’s how you spell it, Glenn) as to be downright humorous.

Names were redacted to protect them us (because the emails are clearly defamatory). In fact, anyone with basic intelligence could have read my post or Chris’ post and figured out “why” we posted it. It is written out in English, after all.

Here’s a different question that’s raised. Now that Ali’s company is an advertiser of Gramigna’s, why does Gramigna or Ali care if these materials are posted if they’re so clearly untrue, and weren’t sent by Ali?

More Hilarity from the Yale Cheerleader of the Free World

11 Jul

Bush is at this year’s complete-waste-of-time-o-rama, the G8 summit, where he ended a meeting with a funny quip that might someday find its way onto the Times’ crossword puzzle:

The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate change, ended a private meeting with the words: “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”

He then punched the air while grinning widely, as the rest of those present including Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy looked on in shock.

Mr Bush, whose second and final term as President ends at the end of the year, then left the meeting at the Windsor Hotel in Hokkaido where the leaders of the world’s richest nations had been discussing new targets to cut carbon emissions.

Man, that’s funny. Climate change aside, pollution is something that intelligent people agree is negative. Why is the President behaving like an attention-starved eight year-old at a summit of the eight richest countries?

Not satisfied with just uttering Pythonesque absurdities, Bush also decided that it would be a swell idea to insult Italy and its Prime Minister:

Mr Bush also faced criticism at the summit after Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, was described in the White House press pack given to journalists as one of the “most controversial leaders in the history of a country known for government corruption and vice”.

Luckily, our long national nightmare comes to an end – regardless of the outcome of this year’s Presidential election – on January 20, 2009. Only 193 days to go!

Breaking News: Spitzer Involved in Prostitution Ring: CAUGHT ON TAPE

10 Mar

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UPDATE 6: (Putting it up here for its sheer newsworthiness): By clicking this link, you can read the criminal complaint, as well as the affidavit in support of the request for search and arrest warrants. Paragraphs 73 – 85 deal with “Client-9”, who is reportedly Eliot Spitzer, Governor of the State of New York. He is caught on tape arranging for the transfer of money to the escort service, and helping arrange for “Kristen’s” travel from New York City to Washington, D.C.

LEWIS said that they would probably not know until 3 p.m. if the deposit arrived because Client-9 would not do traditional wire transferring.

A headline from the New York Times: Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.

Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He is set to make an announcement about 2:15 this afternoon at his Manhattan office.

Mr. Spitzer, a first-term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform and end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children.

Just last week, federal prosecutors arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation. Administration officials would not say that this was the ring with which the governor had become involved.

Update:

From the New York Sun:

During a court hearing in the case, at which the four people were arraigned, it emerged that all three of the assistant U.S. attorneys assigned to the prosecution are part of the U.S. attorney’s public corruption unit. One is the bureau’s chief, Boyd Johnson III. The unit investigates wrongdoing by both elected and nonelected officials and bureaucrats at various levels of government.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, Yusill Scribner, would not comment when asked whether a public official was among the clients of the Emperors Club. But the involvement of the public corruption unit raised eyebrows among the defense lawyers.

“When we first got the case, we were surprised that these were the assistants handling the case,”

Now we know why.

The Times story has now added:

Just last week, federal prosecutors arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation. Administration officials would not say that this was the ring with which the governor had become involved.

But a person with knowledge of the governor’s role said that the person believes the governor is one of the men identified as clients in court papers.

The governor’s travel records show that he was in Washington in mid-February. One of the clients described in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring, the Emperors Club VIP on the night of Feb. 13.

Mr. Spitzer appeared on a CNBC television show at 7 a.m. the next morning. Later in the morning, he testified before a Congressional committee.

New York’s Channel 4 will have the presser live.

UPDATE 2: Sources: Spitzer Will Resign as Governor

George Holt > Eliot Spitzer?

UPDATE 3: Spitzer gave a very short statement acknowledging that he “failed to live up to the standard” that he had set for himself. He apologized to his family and the public, and said that politics is about ideas and the public good. He did not resign outright – not yet, anyway. He indicated that he needed to “take some time to regain the trust” of his family, and he did not take questions. He said he’d “report back” to us “in short order.”

You know, this is one of those stories I had to triple-check and make sure it was the real New York Times website I was reading.

UPDATE 4: The Times is now reporting that Spitzer was recorded on a federal wiretap arranging for the hooker’s services:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a person briefed on the federal investigation.

An affidavit in the federal investigation into a prostitution ring said that a wiretap recording captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.

WBEN is saying that Fox News is supposedly reporting that Spitzer has been indicted. I can’t confirm that anywhere. Looks like he hasn’t been indicted. Yet.

Via Ben Smith comes Here’s a cached version of the escort service site with which Spitzer is linked.

UPDATE 5: At least he wears a lapel pin. Also, for sheer entertainment value, Sir Norman Fry, M.P.:

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