Ohio, Obama, What’s the Difference?

From the comments at the Townhall post on the hoax Michelle Obama story:

A few comments later, this reply:

clendon & animalgirl:

the flag you’re asking about is the state flag of ohio.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Republican base. Kind of explains why the Corner is the way it is, doesn’t it?

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117 replies
  1. 1
    r€nato says:

    This merely serves to prove their point. The Vast Obama Conspiracy has roots which go back nearly 200 years.

  2. 2
    Comrade Stuck says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Republican base. Kind of explains why the Corner is the way it is, doesn’t it?

    LOL. Aren’t they precious little critters.

  3. 3
    HRA says:

    Proof positive of the ignorance of too many and the desperation of being on the brink of a loss.

  4. 4
    Comrade Jake says:

    Cue Byron York asking when the Democratic Governor of Ohio decided to change its state flag to match Obama’s seal.

  5. 5
    Josh B. says:

    Thank GOD!

    I saw the flags being discussed in the comment, and not being familiar with the Ohio State flag (sorry, Ohioans), I was kinda wondering the same thing as the poster…but in a "guys, didn’t you learn ANYTHING from the stupid seal business?!?" kinda way…glad to hear I was wrong.

  6. 6
    Jorge says:

    I hope they don’t get a look at the Puerto Rican flag or I’m in deep trouble.

  7. 7
    Shinobi says:

    "Is he planning on creating an African county in the US."

    Uhm….so… wouldn’t any county created in the US be by definition American? Also… is this a question? Or just the stupidest thing anyone has ever said phrased as a question?

    Stupid makes my brain hurt.

  8. 8
    r€nato says:

    "Is he planning on creating an African county in the US."

    I believe that back in the day, they called this ‘segregation’. And white conservatives were generally in favor of it.

  9. 9
    Clendon says:

    It’s an honest mistake.

  10. 10
    Ed Marshall says:

    Obama hasn’t even been elected yet and he’s already oppressing these people! That’s mad skilz there!

  11. 11
    Elliott says:

    I know I’m just being picky, and I am trying to stop myself, but I cannot:

    You cannot have an African country in America. It is not possible. African countries are in Africa, by definition, and Africa and America are mutually exclusive, geographically.

  12. 12
    Comrade Darkness says:

    Bah ha ha ha. Ah, man, such joy these people bring. The irony is, some filtering through a real organization would make these guys seem less loony. Good thing they intentionally threw away the filter; we need the laughs these days more than ever.

  13. 13
    Zifnab says:

    @r€nato: Nonsense. Segregation wasn’t about giving Africans their own country – at least not one in which they had the right to vote.

  14. 14
    Nim, ham hock of liberty says:

    I like how the poster didn’t want any "looney left" responses.

    Serious discussions only, please, of how this shows Obama is planning to create an African country within the United States.

  15. 15
    Colonel Danite says:

    This is the kind of post that makes it difficult to read this blog at work. I laughed so hard my coworkers think I’m insane.

  16. 16
    r€nato says:

    the OP wrote ‘county’, not ‘country’.

    I’m assuming he really meant ‘county’.

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  19. 19
    Perry Como says:

    HELP HELP I’M BEING SUPPRESSED!

    Those comments are classic.

  20. 20

    […] John Cole reports on some serious investigation in Ohio. This is an absolute must-read. […]

  21. 21
    Dennis - SGMM says:

    "Is he planning on creating an African county in the US."

    No, but he has secretly promised every black family forty acres and a mule.

  22. 22
    ann sand says:

    It would be funny if so much weren’t at stake. Tennessee has early voting starting today (10-15-08)….big turnout across Memphis…i had to wait 45 minutes to vote, when usually 5 or 10 minutes maximum. People are SO excited about voting for Obama.

  23. 23
    Comrade Stuck says:

    "Is he planning on creating an African county in the US."

    I got 5 bucks says Kristol uses the word Afrocentric on FNS this week. Make that a virtual 5 bucks.

  24. 24
    NonyNony says:

    They’re this stupid now and Obama hasn’t even won yet.

    Imagine how stupid they’re going to get after he wins the election.

    I think it’s safe to say that the Clinton era won’t hold a candle on the Obama era for right-wing nuttiness and loony theories about our President.

    Can someone – anyone – tell me anything at all reassuring about how this time it might be different? At least Obama doesn’t seem to have had any "bimbo eruptions", so that’s a plus.

  25. 25
    DFD says:

    I’m assuming he really meant ‘county’.

    Ohio will have it’s very own African county don’tchya know.

  26. 26
    El Cid says:

    Which state will be split up to form the great Empire of ACORNIA?

  27. 27
    Comrade Darkness says:

    And Tennessee’s flag maker was apparently stoned.

  28. 28
    Dennis - SGMM says:

    Can someone – anyone – tell me anything at all reassuring about how this time it might be different?

    Not me. I figure that it won’t be long before the wingers start referring to Biden as "The Deputy Spade."

  29. 29
    Ed Marshall says:

    Can someone – anyone – tell me anything at all reassuring about how this time it might be different?

    That Obama is going to win by a massive margin and Republicans are going, for the near future, be something you are ashamed to associate with or admit to being?

  30. 30
    Brachiator says:

    @Elliott:

    You cannot have an African country in America. It is not possible. African countries are in Africa, by definition, and Africa and America are mutually exclusive, geographically.

    No, you see, Obama is African American. Therefore, he can establish an African country in America. Or maybe a half African country. On the other hand, Sarah Palin could openly advocate the creation of the Independent Republic of Hock Mommystan and be still be all-American. Because, shut up, that’s why.

    Such are the ways of Wingnut Logic.

  31. 31
    moe99 says:

    Back to Ohio with this Al Jazeera interview of some of Palin’s most vocal supporters.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRqcfqiXCX0

    This is good reporting, the reporter is not injecting his beliefs and letting the people damn themselves with their own words. It’s ironic that it comes from Al Jazeera. why can we not have reporting like this in the US?

  32. 32
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    At least 25% of the American electorate needs to be put on anti-psychotics medication.

  33. 33

    Short version: what Just Some Fuckhead said!

    (My long version is a waste of bandwidth.)

  34. 34
    Laura W says:

    I noticed a huge bear silhouette on the right side of Palin’s blazer yesterday. I was sure she was planning to create a hairy, chubby, gay man secessionist state up in Alaska.

  35. 35
    Robin G. says:

    That… just tickles me.

    The sooner these morons are driven into the wilderness and we have a sensible, functional GOP to do the work of a sensible, functional opposition party, the better off the entire country will be.

  36. 36
    NonyNony says:

    That Obama is going to win by a massive margin and Republicans are going, for the near future, be something you are ashamed to associate with or admit to being?

    Won’t work. They’ll just insist that the ballot boxes were stuffed by phoney voters registered by ACORN. They’ve been laying the groundwork for this for years now.

  37. 37
    El Cid says:

    @NonyNony:

    The plus side is that there’s no exciting "newness" to this right wing Reaganite lunatic bin.

    During the 1990s they could still always claim that their crazy right wing approach to the Universe had never really been tried.

    Well, now, we’ve tried it. It’s crap. They had every branch of government and all these right wing base / Stink Tank / publication / blog freaks had their 15 months or more of fame.

    It’s being about as widely rejected as any political philosophy we’ve ever had.

    So when they emerge to scream from Minorityville that Emperor Haile Obama is oppressing them, I think a lot of people may remember for the next 2 years, maybe the next 4 years, maybe the next 40 years if Obama does a great job, that the last time these freaks had their way the whole country went to sh*t.

    Maybe that wasn’t what you were asking, but it’s what I think of when I’m thinking about the future of the Right Wing Nut Squad effect.

  38. 38
    scarshapedstar says:

    It’s just an all-devouring black hole of dumb and fail out there.

    On the other hand, it would be fun to turn this into a viral email as a hoax. I wonder how many right-wingers would fall forit?

  39. 39
    libarbarian says:

    This merely serves to prove their point. The Vast Obama Conspiracy has roots which go back nearly 200 years.

    Dude, they totally suckered our ancestors into "enslaving" them they could come over here and fuck up our shit in 2008.

    Crafty bastards.l

  40. 40
    Elliott says:

    Reassurance:

    Clinton got blindsided by the black-helicopter set, and the Republicans had not exposed their nutters yet. Now, the freaks have been on the TV enough that the sensible-sounding front-end has had to repudiate them.

    Then: "Jump, or my mob is on you." "OK"

    Now: "He’s gonna make bin-ladenstan in my backyard!" "Is that shit yours?"

  41. 41
    Comrade Stuck says:

    Not me. I figure that it won’t be long before the wingers start referring to Biden as "The Deputy Spade."

    :-)

  42. 42
    ImJohnGalt says:

    Goddamn some days the posts and commenters here make me cry tears of laughter.

    Thanks.

    Mailed my ballot in yesterday. OMG WHAT IF OBAMA COMES OUT AS A CRAZY MUSLIM BEFORE THE ELECTION? MY VOTE IS LOCKED IN!

    [ahem]

  43. 43
    Perry Como says:

    One expects them to be speaking in tongues and running loose on the streets, disembowling the unfaithful.

    Leave Sarah Palin’s family alone!

  44. 44

    Wow. Teh Suck is so powerful I could use my computer as a vacuum cleaner.

    But at least the Concerned Conservatice Citizens StFu after the state flag tutorial.

  45. 45
    Paul D says:

    @Clendon:

    No, Clendon.

    It’s a dishonest and ignorant mistake.

  46. 46
    rob! says:

    well…in that Simpsons clip that was going around a few days ago, Homer references that Ohio is not part of America. so, technically, Obama was speaking in front of a foreign flag, hence he’s unfit to be President. makes total sense.

    at this point, i’d bet money that Obama wins PA, IN, VA, CO, FL, NH, MI, and NM, but LOSES Ohio–i think that’s the one toss-up state that McCain manages to win.

    but by then, it all be too late. (cue bwa-ha-ha-ha laugh)

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    Laura W says:

    I have been meaning to ask you people this forever:
    Do you think it would be any different if Obama’s mom was black and his dad white? No? Well…still wondering.

    That parrot is expired.

    I sent a friend the link to John Cleese discussing Palin yesterday and my email subject line said: "I miss the dead parrot on the tee vee, don’t you?" We are recently reunited college buddies (UC Santa Barbara) from the late 70s, when a decent "lid" was $10, Sat. Nite Live ruled, and Monty Python was god. She’s in Iowa now and told me how the primary caucus night went for her. Pretty fun.

    (Oooo…got my first Network Timeout since the upgrades.)

  49. 49
    Nylund says:

    These guys would eat Obama’s poo if they thought they could pick up the remnants of Moroccan spices that proves he’s part of some larger African conspiracy.

  50. 50
    Elliott says:

    @Brachiator:

    A mulattocracy? A mullahtocracy? Holy Mary, mother of risen Christ.

  51. 51
    Josh Huaco says:

    @Calouste:

    ZOMG!! ONOS!!
    The Brits have taken Hawai’i! ! !

    And the French have seized our strategic corn reserves!

  52. 52
    Zifnab says:

    @NonyNony: No one gives a crap anymore. 16 years ago, when Clinton walked in to office in the middle of a Republican Dynasty, large swaths of the country hated all Democrats period. Guys tuned into Rush in droves to hear about how horrible a President the Clenis was. Republicans won in a landslide in ’94 in reaction to the "evil liberals!" threat to America.

    That groundswell of conservatism just doesn’t exist anymore. America got its 6 years of full-blown Republican Nirvana. And it sucked. Hard. Bush as broken virtually every campaign promise that brought him into office. Honor and Integrity to the White House? Ha! Limited Government? Haha! No more Kosovo-style foreign adventurism? Lols! Safety? Security? Spreading Democracy? *laughs* Economic prosperity? You must be joking.

    What is Obama going to do that will justify all the pooh-flinging we expect to see? At least Clinton got a blow job on the taxpayer’s dime. And he screwed with the FAA. Obama just gets to dance around America fixing things that obviously need fixing. After 8 years of clusterfuck stupidity, his job is going to be impossibly hard but his standards will be ridiculously low. If he manages to cut the screw ups in half by 2012, he’ll be a national hero. It’s going to be really really hard to gin up a case against Barry O, and really really easy to ruthlessly mock the Bush dead-enders who try.

  53. 53
    Comrade Darkness says:

    A mulattocracy? A mullahtocracy? Holy Mary, mother of risen Christ.

    You mean Mulletocracy, don’t you?

  54. 54
    Tom Ames says:

    And the communist leather-daddies run California!

    But I guess we already knew that.

  55. 55
    Tsulagi says:

    Is he planning on creating an African county within the US

    And I don’t want to hear any looney left comments

    The serious adults in the Party of Bush right…bitchslapping the inferior Onion on a daily basis.

    But wait, there’s a whitey audiotape! Oh noes! At one of the really smart base organs, Newsbusters…

    UPDATE! UPDATE!

    Listen, I’ll be the first to admit that I was wrong. And I think I was wrong.

    I just got off the phone with a very reputable source that says there is absolutely, positively an audiotape showing that Michelle Obama did in fact say what she said.

    I’m really hoping McCain goes all in with this tonight. Be The Mav!

  56. 56
    Perry Como says:

    @Elliott: I fully support the creation of a Mulletocracy.

  57. 57
    Comrade The Moar You Know says:

    Can someone – anyone – tell me anything at all reassuring about how this time it might be different?

    Yes. Or rather more precisely, no. It will be different from the Clinton years. I expect riots. If we’re lucky, perhaps they’ll all secede and go to Alaska or Alabama or some place like that. We can get the nukes and our own out, and let them live in the insane reality-free world they’ve always wanted. And I really think that’s the best scenario we can hope for.

  58. 58
    RememberNovember says:

    This Whitey story was trotted out months ago…debunked…man this is like watching a rerun of Charles in Charge.

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    JR says:

    Exact same thing happened on the crazy Rapturists website. Read at your own risk. Note how when people point out that it was the flag of Ohio, the thread suddenly goes quiet.

  60. 60
    Punchy says:

    Can always tell when you’ve been GOS’ed. Site goes dead for 10 minutes. Sure enough, you’ve been front-paged by the Hystericals.

  61. 61
    El Cid says:

    If the right wing nutbags decide to riot under an Obama administration, I think they’ll find out 2 things, quicklike:

    (1) They better be damn careful where they show their a**es, because there are a lot of people who aren’t interested in putting up with their sh*t.

    (2) All those Unitary Executive, NSA, Homeland Security magic powers they just gave the President aren’t gone.

  62. 62
    JR says:

    @Tsulagi: Hooray! I bet that source also has the "whitey" tape! And the Kenyan birth certificate!

  63. 63
    Perry Como says:

    Fafblog ftw:

    FACT! Barack Obama was a community organizer. ACORN is made of community organizers. Acorns come from oak trees. Oak trees belong to the genus Quercus, which includes Quercus faginea, the Portuguese oak. The prime minister of Portugal is José Sócrates, whose last name looks like Socrates, who lived in Athens, which is also a city in Georgia, whose state fruit is the peach, which is native to China, which is exactly what Osama bin Laden was eating off of while he was plotting to destroy the Twin Towers. It’s all connected, people – they just don’t want you to know! And they could be black.

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    ninerdave says:

    Wow, just simply fucking wow.

  65. 65
    Tymannosourus says:

    This election has taken a turn for the surreal.

    There’s no way that that guy’s vote counts as much as mine, is there? Guys…….?

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    db says:

    Ignorance is a disease that spreads rapidly – especially when you are opposed to contraceptives for your brain:

    Freepers freakout over Obamahio flag

    What were those new flags behind Obama in video on Greta’s show
    Fox Greta Van Sustren Show | 10-13-08 | scott jefferys

    Posted on Mon Oct 13 19:55:10 2008 by scott jefferys

    I was just watching the Greta Van Sustren interview with Steve Forbes. They watched a video of B. Hussein and at 10:08 he was shown at a podium infront of four flags, two were clearly American flags, but what the hell were the other two? I shocked to think that it looks like he has come up with HIS OWN VERSION of the American flag!!!! Take a look at them, they have that same look as his Presidential seal, or his calipso louie logo, they look like some third world verion/ cuban flovored version of the Stars and Stripes. Maybe someone can go back and find it to post. I don’t have the computer skills. UNBELIEVABLE is all I can say. Hope I did this right sh

  67. 67
    Laura W says:

    at this point, i’d bet money that Obama wins PA, IN, VA, CO, FL, NH, MI, and NM, but LOSES Ohio

    No NC?
    I have a very good feeling about my recently-adopted state of residence. (and CO, the state from whence I came.)
    I did a super-scientific survey as I drove thru the post office parking lot today. Out of 12 cars, 3 had Obama stickers and one McShame. I live in a small, very white town in the WNC mountains in a red county. As are all the surrounding counties. The support for O/B here is amazing. I realize that the pride and excitement of the Obama supporters translates into advertising their votes, in contrast to the shame and embarrassment the Rethugs must feel. Who can blame them for not going public with their vote?
    But still. I see half a dozen Obama stickers to every one McCain. I likes this a lot.

  68. 68
    lilysmom says:

    Times like this I really miss Molly Ivins and Ann Richards. Poor Wingnuts…God bless ’em. They cain’t hep it. They were born with teh stoopid in their brainz.

    Maybe it is all the lead in their drinking water.

  69. 69
    NonyNony says:

    @Zifnab:

    Really?

    A while back I wondered if Obama was going to turn out to be another Clinton or another Carter. I stand by those two possibilities at the moment (mostly because I’m a pessimistic sonuvabitch). Because we’re going to be going through a long, hard slog to rebuild what the GOP destroyed and the right-wingers are going to be blaming it all – constantly and incessantly – on the Democrats. When things don’t start to recover instantly on January 21st 2009, it’ll be all the Democrats fault.

    And I don’t expect the media to be helpful in this matter. Not at all. They’re going to continue to suck and let right-wingers make stupid claims completely unchallenged by reality.

    The only things that have me kind of comforted are the fact that El Cid is right – this stuff isn’t new anymore. It’s crawled out on a rock and died for everyone to see. And as you say, the right has kind of severely lowered expectations for Obama – when he gets into office and turns out not to be a bomb-throwing radical but instead a slightly left of center moderate, the mushy middle of the country will probably breathe a sigh of relief. Of course, the mushy middle of the country mostly liked Clinton too (see his approval ratings – relatively high through most of his term in office except right around ’94).

    The other bit of hope that a friend just reminded me of is that Clinton and Carter both really were ‘outsiders’ to the DC circle. And they were both perceived as ‘Southern bubbas’ who just didn’t ‘get’ DC (as Broder once described Clinton coming in and "trashing the place"). Clinton and Carter both fought as much with their own parties in Congress and with the DC media as they did with the Republicans. Obama may actually have a good chunk of the Congress at his back since he really isn’t an ‘outsider’ in the way that Clinton and Carter were. And he’s more of a ‘compromise to a middle path’ sort of guy than a ‘fighter’ like Clinton was. That may help him a lot. Since if he doesn’t have to worry about the knives from his own party, he can concentrate a bit more on the knives from the GOPers.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    John? Anyone? Please do something with this (h/t Kevin in the comments at Rumproast) a nice lady called Tammy has a rather charming photoshop job on her page at Team Sarah.

    http://www.teamsarah.org/profile/Tammy37

    It shows Obama shining Palin’s shoes (how quaint), however poor Tammy is distraught that people (democrats) are *shock* being disrespectful to Palin and actually posted this little gem (which after you have gone through the 5 photo slideshow shows up right underneath the offending photo)

    “Fine if you don’t support a candidate but when did it become socially acceptable to display vile and disgusting behavior towards ANYBODY running for office?!?!? I cannot for the life of me understand this…”

    I. KID. YOU.NOT.

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    Bitty says:

    @moe99: I’d bet all the money I have (not that much; don’t get excited) that those fine Amurkins had no idea they were talking to an Al Jazeera correspondent.

    Now they’ve consorted with a "terrorist." Ha!

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    comrade scott says:

    You mean Mulletocracy, don’t you?

    That would occur only if Palin and the First Dude/Putz end up in the White House.

    If that happens, we’ll look back on President 19%’s administration fondly.

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    Tom Ames says:

    Clendon likely made an honest mistake, but only insofar as he did not recognize the Ohio State flag. As a west-coaster, I might have also missed this.

    The bucket of warm fail is only emptied out onto unsuspecting winger heads with this conclusion:

    1. Obama modified the flag (I believe)
    (therefore)
    2. Stanley Kurtz is fucking right!!!
    (so)
    3. OMFG Obama is going to create an African nation in the heartland!!
    (and)
    4. Deny it if you can, loony left MSM Whether underground community organizers!!

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    Kathleen says:

    I have no words to even describe the hilarity. just, oh my god.

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    Dork says:

    The only way Obama survives 4 years as Prez without pushing up daisies is if he goes all "Candygram for Mongo!" about 6 times a day with all the crazy racist fucks that infest this country…

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    ppcli says:

    Laura W.:

    How can you distract us with the Dead Parrot sketch, when you can watch Palin discussing the foundations of democratic collective government! (That’s Michael Palin, of course, playing Dennis:)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

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    kay says:

    Thanks. How fun.

    I’m in Ohio and have an email list of politically active "ladies". We’re a club, of sorts.

    They’ll really enjoy this. Ridiculous, perhaps, but Ohians love their state flag, because it’s INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE (the unusual notched shape).

    Or so we thought!

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    Keep digging, guys, keep digging. Soon the hole will be too deep to crawl out of and we can all go back to our normal, sane, lives. You need not even hand them a shovel. Lacking implements, they will happily dig with their fingernails.

    To: scott jefferysYeah, I noticed Obama in front of a new “O” flag. Google taught me it was the Ohio flag, but do you recall Barack posing in front of, say, the Pennsylvania flag or the Illinois flag? I still think the use of the O flag was deliberate, even if he was in Ohio. Kinda like having his own virtual presidential seal.

    and better yet, the sig on the line above:
    "EVIL TRUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING"

    Sorry, evil does what to The Donald?

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    JenJen says:

    Yeah, being an Ohioan we’ve always thought the Obama symbol always looked suspiciously like our own state symbol, not flag, mind you.

    Well, except for the wheat. And the arrows.

    As for our flag, it’s hard to mistake, because it’s the only one in the Union that’s pointy, isn’t it?

    We’re Ohio, bitches, and we like being different, so we came up with, like, this weirdly-shaped flag.

    Ohio wins the internet!

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    I actually noticed that the middle flag in one photo of Obama in Ohio was different. And so I did what may seem unfathomable – I considered the possibility that it could be the state flag, looked it up on the internet to confirm, and then went about my business.

    Which, as a liberal, involves burning real American flags and kicking puppies.

    /snark

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    yet another jeff says:

    Nope, definitely no such thing as "peak wingnut."

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    Mac G says:

    Only elitists know their state flag anyway. :)

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    Tzal says:

    I went over and actually read the thread. Apparently some talk show hosts are picking this Obama Flag story up. The next 4-8 years are going to rule.

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    Famous Monkey says:

    Oh noes, Barack Obama has taken over Ohio and replaced it with his flag!

    Oh noes, Ohio is a swing state!

    Oh noes, Obama is a swinger!

    Oh noes, Swingers is a movie about dancing!

    Oh noes, only them there negroids dance good!

    Oh noes, Obama is gonna make me look stuped on the dance floor!

    Oh noes, uh, I’ve run out of things to be scared of!

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Exact same thing happened on the crazy Rapturists website.

    Fucking hell, that site is hilarious. It’s my new online crack, methinks. They have a whole subforum dedicated to the One World Government.

    Rapture nuts ftw!

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    Martin says:

    So, we’re giving Ohio to Africa? They vote like African nations do, so I think they’ll fit in pretty well. I like this plan.

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    Cris v.3.1 says:

    Well, how about that? Miche11e Ma1kin actually called out this nonsense two days ago.
    http:// michelle malkin dot com /2008/10/13/its-not-an-obama-flag-its-ohios-state-flag/

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    Cris v.3.1 says:

    @Tom Ames: By the way, Tom: Clendon was the one who pointed out the mistake, not the one who made the mistake.

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    Tom Ames says:

    Not that it matters, but at the original link, Clendon DEFINITELY was pushing the wingnut-woo.

    Someone named "Heather" called him on it.

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    Mike G says:

    Nope, definitely no such thing as "peak wingnut."

    I suspect that Reich-Wingnut Stupid is an abiotic process, so unfortunately we will never run out.

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    Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    @Tom Ames:

    1. Obama modified the flag (I believe)
    (therefore)
    2. Stanley Kurtz is fucking right
    (so)
    3. OMFG Obama is going to create an African nation in the heartland!!
    (and)
    4. Deny it if you can, loony left MSM Whether underground community organizers!!

    Damn straight. It’s not the fact that they couldn’t recognize the Ohio state flag that’s the problem (hell, I wouldn’t have recognized it), it’s the thought process that leads to conclusions like "ZOMG Obama will create an African nation in the heartland" that needs to be ridiculed, because it’s the same though process that got us mired in Iraq, that prompted us to suspend habeas corpus and embrace torture. It’s like a quarter of the country is paranoid delusional.

    Clendon, seriously, you believed that crap?

    And I cannot tell you how much fun it is to receive lectures on flag etiquette from the same group of people who have appropriated flag imagery for their own purposes, and who stuck little American flags on their car antennas that eventually became little torn, faded, stained, shabby-looking rags.

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    J says:

    Speaking of which, what about the McCain campaign’s TV flack background image?

    See, for instance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbMuk3wDlo

    They went and printed their campaign slogan over the top of the flag! I suppose desecrating our sacred flag is okay, if you’re a Republican.

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    binzinerator says:

    On the other hand, it would be fun to turn this into a viral email as a hoax. I wonder how many right-wingers would fall forit?

    Hoax? What difference would that make to these people? They don’t really care if it’s factual or not as long as it supports their racist paranoid fuckedup fundie worldview.

    IIRC there was a post by Tim F. that linked to a study that showed how conservatives were in fact more likely to believe something after it had been debunked.

    These people for the past 8 years have fucking demanded they be lied to. These people don’t need or even want truth. Never have for the past 8 years, and they sure as hell don’t want it now.

    These people are in fact terrified by reality.

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    @Comrade Darkness:

    The description of the design/symbolism of the Tennessee flag seems apropos of this historical moment: "The final blue strip relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much crimson when it is limp."

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    mikeyes says:

    Technically it is a pennant because it is not rectangular and more specifically a burgee with the swallowtail. While pennants are flags, flags are not pennants.

    It is, by far, the best looking state flag in the country.

    If you look at wikipedia you will find that the only other pennant at the state or above level in the world is Nepal’s. I guess that means that BHO is going to make us the next Nepal.

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    Jay Severin Has A Small Pen1s says:

    That’s funny as hell.

    Shouldn’t that guy be banned from posting/blogging until after November 4th?

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    Matt says:

    My son just walked into the room and asked me why I was looking at an Ohio flag. He’s 4. Sigh…

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    Can someone – anyone – tell me anything at all reassuring about how this time it might be different?

    The main thing I can see is that so much of the anti-Clinton spew was fueled by Scaife. Who knows how much of a factor that would be now.

    Also, rumor is that Murdoch is trying to be less inflamatory (wife’s influence).

    So there’s that.

    On the other hand, the Internet wasn’t such a big deal in those days …

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    Nylund says:

    Its times like this I wish I were a wingnut. I could have so much fun pointing out that the Arizona State flag is basically just combination of the flags for Imperial Japan*, North Korea, and Vietnam.

    (* I admit, the rising sun of the Arizona flag is actually more like the Macedonian flag than Imperial Japan)

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    jonas says:

    Holy shit — no wonder they love Sarah Palin. It’s like six year-olds looking up to Einstein. Compared to their brains, she’s sheer scintillating genius.

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    MarkusB says:

    Way late to this thread, but I has, just has, to add my LOLs.

    lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol ….

    … oh, lol ^32 or so.

    Thanks.

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    BRD says:

    That is great, beautiful how they jump to conclusions. I went to an Obama rally on Friday in Columbus- he did speak in front of Ohio and US flags. The Ohio flags were at half staff- not sure why.

    By the way, I didn’t hear anyone calling Sarah Palin a traitor or saying kill John McCain.

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    St Wendeler says:

    a comment from an ignoramus about the Ohio flag? Malkin had already discussed the Ohio flag two days earlier, yet this idjit posts on Townhall on Wed and you pick it up?

    No one criticizing Obama has made the argument that Barry wants to create an African country within the US… that’s just an asinine thing to suggest.

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    Jason says:

    The great thing about the rapture ready thread was that at least one of them was from Ohio.

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    Lesley says:

    You couldn’t make this much Dumb up.

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    stickler says:

    This has to be one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on the entire Internets.

    But while we’re discussing the nefarious plots to control our precious vital fluids (or, alternatively, corn), y’all should pay attention to the Oregon state flag. Sure, the front bears a happy state seal with a rugged farmer. But look at the reverse!

    It’s a beaver!

    Oregon is a secret gynocracy!

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    chris says:

    Don’t despair. Lunacy and paranoia are merely states of the mind.Thank God (if I may) there are those out there who will ground us on occasion.

    For example, "[i]n the first sketch, Chevy Chase plays a job interviewer, and comedian Richard Pryor plays the applicant. Chase decides to play word association with Pryor — tree/dog, fast/slow, rain/snow. But then Chase starts throwing out racially loaded words and phrases: Negro. Colored. Burr head. Spearchucker. Jungle bunny. And finally, nigger. Pryor’s responses? Whitey. Redneck. Cracker. White trash. Honky. And finally, dead honky.
    [Second,] SNL cast member Garrett Morris plays an inmate auditioning for a prison theater production. To the white judges, he sings, “I’m going to get me a shotgun and kill all the whiteys I see/When I kill all the whiteys I see, then whitey he won’t bother me.” Dan McGraw, Ft. Worth Weekly 9/5/07.

    To misquote Red Skelton… "and Gawd bless SNL."

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    Johnny Pez says:

    @Cris v.3.1: Things have reached a pretty pass when Stalkin’ Malkin has become the voice of reason.

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    Fred says:

    WOW…….

    You are an idiot. 11 million Ohians will tell you that the Ohio State Flag is a pennant with a big fat "O" on it. If you need help with this, Ohio begins with an "O".

    MORON…..

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    BryanM says:

    When did one person become a "base"?

    This post is quite a stretch. Seems a bit desperate.

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