The Most Ridiculous Shit I’ve Seen Today: Open Thread

This video is supposed to be devastating.  Devastating!  Sure, ok — if by “devastating” you meant “Laugh OL ridiculous.”

You laughed.  Admit it.  Either that or you sat there with your jaw agape before you quit watching around the one minute mark because what the crap was that?

Sigh.

If there’s one thing that drives me up a fucking wall, it’s this asinine notion that women are asking that the government hand out free birth control.  I mean, what is that? Why?  Why do these people continue to believe shit that simply isn’t true?  (That’s a rhetorical question.)

All women want is to have contraception coverage in health insurance plans that they are already paying into. Why is that so hard to understand? Wingnuts are convinced that Obama is going to force woman to take birth control pills and pass the cost of those pills on to innocent couples who live and die by the rhythm method.

It’s driving me nanners.

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58 replies
  1. 1
    r€nato says:

    This message brought to you by The Ministry of Truth.

  2. 2
    David Koch says:

    I have to pay for my aspirin.

    Why does Obama want to give women free aspirin to put btwn their knees?

  3. 3
    danielx says:

    Wingnuts are convinced that Obama is either going to force woman to take birth control pills and pass the cost of those pills on to innocent couples who live and die by the rhythm method.

    They are also convinced that liberals are going to marry their children to others of the same sex and make them enjoy teh ghey. By force. Through sex education.

    I had no idea that liberals a) had so much political power, and b) took so much interest in the sex lives of other people. Somehow I thought the latter in particular was a Republican theme; as in wanting to tell just about everybody when, where, how and who to fuck, or more likely, not to fuck. Did I miss something?

  4. 4
    Yutsano says:

    That was…

    I don’t even know what the hell that was. But Susan B. Anthony would be disgusted that this group took her name to spread bullshit like this.

  5. 5
    Jebediah says:

    You know, if our wonderful mass media had even a mild, weak commitment to objective truth, we could maybe have nice things.
    It drives me right round the fucking bend that this is just one more in a long, long list.

    ETA: I mean the long list of utter bullshit spoutings that don’t get challenged by the media, if it wasn’t clear. Because I am very tired and not sure if I can tell if I am making sense or not. Time to go to bed and dream the dream from a comment in the other thread: that Obama will win and invoke anti-trust on the giant media corporations.

  6. 6
    David22 says:

    Up is down, white is black, evil is good, freedom of reproductive choice is to be denied choice.

    So, what’s new with the Rupublican/Teabagger Party?

  7. 7
    r€nato says:

    Freedom means having Catholic cardinals and your boss call you a dirty slut for wanting the health insurance you earned, pay for contraception.

  8. 8
    r€nato says:

    …and anytime you hear a conservative say, “the REAL such-and-such is so-and-so”, you know they are majorly projecting.

  9. 9
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Didn’t watch the vid, sorry. I’ve got an allergy to stupid, and it’s already been acting up lately.

    But as to your plaintive, if rhetorical, “why?” it’s because that’s all the trained monkeys known as Republican strategists know what to do. Never offer any solutions to anything, find an Other, and tell all the angry people that the Other is to blame. Given that the Other in this case is women who use/want to use birth control medication (95% of women? More?) I’m thinking they might have stepped in it this time.

  10. 10

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  11. 11
    Soylent Green says:

    Yes it’s idiotic, but it’s smart politics from the Rovian playbook. Take your opponent’s strength and twist it into a weakness; take your weakest area and pretend it is your strength. As we go ever deeper into this inane campaign, we will see more and more efforts to label the war on women as a Democratic initiative. It’s in the same vein as Mitt taking credit for saving Detroit.

  12. 12
    daveNYC says:

    @danielx: Liberals are simultaneously powerful enough to destroy family, religion, and all of western civilization while also being pathetically weak enough to let the variously colored foreign hordes bust in and do all the destroying. I don’t think there is any dystopian novel that the wingers haven’t reinterpreted as an instruction manual.

  13. 13
    YellowJournalism says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: Yeah, I shouldn’t have watched that. I think it gave me hives.

  14. 14
    gaz says:

    This video was created by the Obama campaign or the Democratic party in order to mock the GOP.

    That’s the only plausible explanation for it, I swear.

  15. 15
    jharp says:

    I have to tell you. Watching videos posted on BJ is a real drag for me.

    I use Firefox via Linux and block scripts. So to watch this video I have to open a different browser (Chromium or SeaMonkey) and it takes quite some time for them to set up to play the vid.

    Anyways, just an FYI. Like the site a lot. Miss a lot of of the vids due to it being a hassle.

  16. 16
    tam1MI says:

    You really want to go crazy?

    Mitt Romney’s favorability numbers rising sharply

    “Men have not changed their opinion, but the women surveyed in this poll have become much more positive about Mr. Romney, up 13 percentage points, and slightly less favorable toward Mr. Obama, down 7 points.”

    That ad up there you think is so stupid?

    It’s working. :(

  17. 17
    owlbear1 says:

    Why? Because they love being the star victim of their very own you choose conspiracy story.

    GOP media draws the outlines and they get to color in the details.

  18. 18

    @jharp: What, are you using a NoFlash script or something?

  19. 19
    Constance says:

    @Yutsano:

    Exactly. I just emailed a friend demanding to know how these deluded humans managed to co-opt Susan B. Anthony for their purposes. Susan managed to think her way past custom and education to become an agnostic. One wonders if she would have been pro-choice were she alive today.

    And yes, she was part of the temperance movement but alcohol was a serious problem, given that the males could drink away the weekly paycheck then wander home to beat the wife and children who had no rights under law and just had to suck it up.

    I’m not so sure that things are much better now but we’ve at least learned that Prohibition doesn’t work.

  20. 20
    owlbear1 says:

    @jharp:
    I had to click one button and it still wasn’t worth the hassle.

  21. 21
    Hill Dweller says:

    @tam1MI: There have been a couple of outliers among the major polls in the last couple of months showing Romney actually leading Obama among women. They were obviously bullshit, but they were published. I’ll wait for a few more showing Willard gaining ground before buying that one.

    Romney can try to rewrite history, but the Obama campaign is skilled enough to illustrate Willard’s radical beliefs on women’s health and tie them into the Republicans’ insanity.

  22. 22
    Hill Dweller says:

    As an aside, when virtually every national news show decides to go after the President for negative ads/celebrity endorsements on the very same day, it certainly makes one think these people are being run behind the scenes by Republicans.

  23. 23
    RadioOne says:

    Yeah it’s another horrible ad from the GOP. I don’t really understand why we spend so much time trying to understand why conservatives believe what they do. They clearly aren’t trying to convince us that they’re right!

    I also don’t get why the Democrats have to play defense this year. They want the government to help create jobs, the Republicans clearly don’t. Why not go big on that?

  24. 24
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @RadioOne:

    Democrats don’t need to play defense. And that ain’t what Obama’s doing, despite a thousand opinion-weasels wishing he’d act more like the nice demure Democrat that’s easy to write stories about.

  25. 25
    Hill Dweller says:

    @RadioOne: That’s the thing, the Obama team has gone after Romney, certainly not to the extent they’ve gone after him, and the media are already whining.

    As I pointed out above, they’re all whining today about Obama running negative ads and ads with celebrities. Three days after Willard holds a fundraiser with that racist Donald Trump, they’re worried about Obama hurting their sensibilities. It’s always been a double-standard, and it won’t change during this election.

  26. 26
    RadioOne says:

    Charles Babbage proves that facts won’t persuade anyone anyway

    On two occasions I have been asked,—”Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

    we need to play offense this election.

  27. 27
    freelancer says:

    If you’re a woman who thinks that limited access to Birth Control is an Orwellian plot to get you to conform, you are against liberty.

    The Onion couldn’t have come up with a better ad.

    FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.

  28. 28
    sparrow says:

    @freelancer: Apparently in the spirit of Orwell, BRITISH ACCENTS ARE SCARY!

  29. 29
    Joey Maloney says:

    What would happen if we took ads like this and added a laugh track? No other changes, just laughter whenever the ad makes an especially stupid or false claim. And maybe a tag, something like “C’mon, do you REALLY think we’re THAT stupid?”

  30. 30
    Citizen_X says:

    @RadioOne: Obama’s on offense, but certain Democrats headquartered around the Wall Street corridor–Cory B00ker, Harold Ford, and yes, even Bill Clinton–have been taking rather dramatically to the fainting couches over such harsh, harsh rhetoric.

  31. 31
    Jewish Steel says:

    For those who like that kind of thing, TBogg has been at war with the FDL commentariat for the past couple of days. It’s pretty entertaining. But only for those, as I say, who like that kind of thing.

  32. 32
    David Koch says:

    @Jewish Steel: I think he’s they only person over there who’s gonna vote for Black Metrosexual Abe Lincoln. He really doesn’t fit there.

  33. 33
    PurpleGirl says:

    @jharp: I use a Flash blocker (a Firefox plug-in) and it gives me the choice to play a video or not. It’s not a big hassle. Noscript was a bit more of a problem.

  34. 34
    Jewish Steel says:

    @David Koch: It’s a mystery. Maybe Jane has a few grainy black and whites of some bassets in compromising positions. TBogg stays to protect their honor.

  35. 35
    PurpleGirl says:

    @Constance: The best I can tell from Susan B. Anthony’s writings and her relationship with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she was against abortion because at her time, it was often dangerous and often men forced their wives/women to have them. I don’t believe that SBA saw the issue the same way we do. (Sorry no cites for this.)

  36. 36
    Maude says:

    @PurpleGirl:
    Nice to see that you are up too.
    People seem to take historical figures and adapt what they say to the current time. Some biographers do this and it makes me want to toss the book in the garbage.
    Vibrations? Gee,that would set me off and I’d be ranting.

  37. 37
    David Koch says:

    Okay. This is funny.

    Apparently the commentariat at FDL are convinced the administrators are in Obama’s pay.

    See, this is what happens when you start a Khmer Rouge style purity purge – sooner or later, you’ll get accused of not being pure. Now FDL is being accused of being right-wing hippie punchers.

    As much as we laugh at the wingnut conspiracy theories, the lefty delusions are just as funny. They keep tellin TBogg that NØbama is a secret republican, sent by Wall Street to infiltrate and destroy the Democrats from within, to which he asks, if that’s true then why are they bothering to pour a billion dollars against Obama.

    I do actually blame this paranoia on marijuana. For some people, pot produces wicked paranoia.

  38. 38
    PurpleGirl says:

    @Maude: The vibrations had stopped last evening and I went to sleep around 11 p.m. But they started up again and woke me up around 2 a.m. I’ll call the property manager at 9 a.m. or so, or send him an e-mail about it. I paid the June maintenance, maybe it’s time to tell them “no more payments until you fix the insulation in the system.” Ranting at them only gets their attention for short period of time. They know I’ve researched warrant of habitability.

  39. 39
    bjacques says:

    Ham-fisted and belabors the point, like conservative “humor.” It’s begging for a parody. Anyone who thinks it’s already a parody is lazy.

  40. 40
    Pseudonym says:

    At this point I think it would be worth it for pro-Obama rich folks to put together a SuperPAC broadcasting the most ridiculous ads imaginable. Maybe Colbert can start with his. Make the viewing public have to guess whether it’s real or satire. I can just imagine how they would have gone in the past: “While our Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush was bravely missing out on his job defending the skies of Texas from foreign invaders, some question whether John Kerry, who looks French, really deserved a Purple Heart for being wounded in action in Vietnam, where he was fighting while commanding a patrol boat, in an actual war, where he was actually wounded, and didn’t get to wear a codpiece.”

    More recent suggestions would be appreciated.

  41. 41
    Baud says:

    The Most Ridiculous Shit I’ve Seen Today

    To be updated daily.

  42. 42
    harlana says:

    Alll women who participate in and promote this sort of business are traitors to their sex.

    This is the fucking thanks that the women’s movement gets for fighting for women’s right to vote and have some fucking control over how many kids they have to bear.

    That’s what burns me up most of all. That somebody fought to allow women, 93 years later, to turn around and stab other women in the back. Just because they want to control the size of their own families?!

    Because it doesn’t just end here. Fuck these people with an ice-cold vaginal probe.

    And fucking Jan Fucking Brewer. Nuff said.

  43. 43
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Parody ad? Rat fuck? This can’t be real. No one is that deranged, right?

  44. 44
    harlana says:

    @David Koch: i think there is a point to be made that republican leadership has pushed the President and some Dems to the right.

    Now, I always had no doubt that the President started as a moderate so which way will he go if pushed? The republicans pushed back much, much harder and further to the right than anyone imagined. Because they know they’re not going to get everything, so they’re shooting for the stars, hoping to get the moon.

    I’m sorry it has to be this way and I still support Obama.

    But by 2008, I just wanted retribution for the crimes against the country, that was the Hope and Change I was looking for. The Hague. I was thinking about that last night.

  45. 45
    harlana says:

    if you don’t believe it’s real, read the comment below the video.

  46. 46
    Matt McIrvin says:

    it’s this asinine notion that women are asking that the government hand out free birth control.

    They SHOULD. I probably sound like some kind of agent provocateur here, but what the hell is so wrong with asking the government to hand out free birth control? It probably costs negative dollars in the long run. It’s insane that we’ve gotten to the point that this is even a taboo to avoid.

  47. 47
    Zagloba says:

    @David Koch: I do actually blame this paranoia on marijuana. For some people, pot produces wicked paranoia.

    I smoked the paranoid shit once. Dear goddess that was a weird afternoon… not least because three hours of it was spent at the Prague opera house watching Verdi.

  48. 48
    Nemesis says:

    Damn. Team Obama has really stepped it up.

    Great ad, guys!

  49. 49
    Tonybrown74 says:

    @tam1MI:

    It’s working. :(

    Um, no …

    His favorability going up is all about conservatives and Tea Baggers falling in line with the presumptive GOP nominee.

    Stop freaking out. Start working on getting as many people as you can out for the vote in November. Stay positive.

  50. 50
    g says:

    Christ!

  51. 51
    Another Halocene Human says:

    @danielx:

    I had no idea that liberals a) had so much political power, and b) took so much interest in the sex lives of other people. Somehow I thought the latter in particular was a Republican theme; as in wanting to tell just about everybody when, where, how and who to fuck, or more likely, not to fuck. Did I miss something?

    It’s amazing how much in life comes back to parenting styles. Paranoid authoritarian parents believe they can mold their children like putty. By extension, outside “bad” influences can mold their children as well. It couldn’t possibly be that their child is just different from the cookie-cutter stamp or rejects some of the parent’s values or prejudices on his or her or hir own.

  52. 52
    Another Halocene Human says:

    I for one could never understand why we were supposed to resent Blacks or Native Americans or Jews, as my mother so clearly did, especially when I clued in early that White gentiles had it better than anyone else (especially if you’re blond/blue, at least that’s what television told me).

    Oh, and the sekyular school system didn’t teach me that… I worked that one out on my own.

  53. 53
    Another Halocene Human says:

    Actually, when my mom started ranting about how the Jews get everything by being “squeaky wheels” I wondered why she didn’t become a squeaky wheel instead of backing down and hiding every time she ran into any sort of obstacle in life.

  54. 54
    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Matt McIrvin: You’re right, but it’s an insanely insulting lie when you’re talking about women with employer-provided health care. Which is what the issue here is, not what may or may not be provided to those without access to health insurance.

    (The Planned Parenthood debate speaks to that more directly.)

  55. 55
    artem1s says:

    By my count this is the second time they have invoked 1984 in one of their ads. I’m thinking they honestly believe that this will cause all of us who are sporting iDevices to suddenly wake up from our drone-like devotion to the ObotHead and flock to polls in support of Locutus Rmoney? Silly us trying to resist them! Because the best way to get the youth/female/hip/not-old-dead-white-guy vote is to imitate a 28 year old commercial shown once on TV. FSM help us all.

  56. 56
    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    conformity! that’s gotta hurt.

  57. 57
    lou says:

    What really riles me is Susan B. Anthony really? Her grave must be humming really really loud.

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