Archive for November 21, 2011

Fox: Pepper Spray is a “Food Product”

Wow, Fox’s hard hitting team is at the top of its game tonight.

Hours after we learned how horrible “pepper spray” is, Fox says pepper spray is…drum roll please… a “food product!”  (Is this akin to pizza being a vegetable?)

Per Megyn Kelly:

it’s “like a derivative of actual pepper.  It’s a food product essentially.”

Read more about how awful pepper spray is at the link above and watch Kelly selling her $oul to Roger Ailes here.

Pepper spray is like “actual pepper?”  It’s a “food product?”

Oh. My. God.  We’re watching history in the making here folks. This is going to top the “terrorist fist jab” as Fox’s greatest hit.

November 21, 2011 at 9:56 PM 2 comments

Fox News Viewers Are Less Informed Than the Uninformed

Those of us who worked on Outfoxed have been screaming for seven years about how watching Fox makes you dumber than dumb.  Here’s another survey to back that up:

A new survey of New Jersey voters comes to a provocative conclusion: Fox News viewers tend to be less informed about current events than those who don’t watch any news at all.

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“The results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all,” said Dan Cassino, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson.

So, if you don’t watch any news at all you know more than people who watch Fox.

Think about that.

And think about the fact that Fox has the highest rating of any “news” channel in the United States.

November 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM Leave a comment

Michael Bloomberg — You’ve Been Had

Last night when New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg held a press conference and announced that his NYPD “foiled” a very limp-looking (my words, not his) “terror plot,” I surmised Mikey’s objective was primarily to divert attention from the thuggish tactics the NYPD used against Occupy Wall Street protesters and to, in essence say, “See. Without my cops, you could be dead so forget those ‘little’ indiscretions and those dirty looser hippies.”

Well, voila.  Lookie here:

New York bomb suspect Jose Pimentel not a serious terror threat: FBI sources

FBI did not pursue Pimentel case because they thought he was incapable of carrying out terror plot, according to officials

The FBI did not pursue a case against an alleged al-Qaida sympathiser accused of plotting to blow up police and military personnel because it believed he was mentally unstable and incapable of pulling it off, officials said on Monday.

Investigators from the New York Police Department, which announced the arrest of Dominican-born US citizen Jose Pimentel, 27, at a press conference late on Sunday night, sought to involve the FBI at least twice.

But both times the FBI concluded he wasn’t a serious threat, according to officials who spoke to the Associated Press.

From NYC to UC-Davis — the curtain is being pulled back on these wizards of Oz.

November 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM Leave a comment

Landslide

Wow.  What a dramatic photo:

Contra Costa (CA) Times -- Robert Casillas / Staff Photographer

Details here.

November 21, 2011 at 7:25 PM Leave a comment

Christians in Egypt Link Arms to Protect Praying Muslims

Christians in the United States could learn a thing or two from Christians in Egypt:

Our photo of the day:

November 21, 2011 at 6:57 PM 4 comments

How Hot is “Pepper Spray?” Roughly Two Million Times Hotter Than a Habanero Chili

Pepper spray.  When people talk about the pepper in pepper spray they ain’t talking about the pepper you have in the shaker sitting next to your salt or those green specks on your pizza:

I checked the Scoville Scale for something else yesterday. I was looking for a way to measure the intensity of pepper spray, the kind that police have been using on Occupy protestors including this week’s shocking incident involving peacefully protesting students at the University of California-Davis.

As the chart makes clear, commercial grade pepper spray leaves even the most painful of natural peppers (the Himalayan ghost pepper) far behind. It’s listed at between 2 million and 5.3 million Scoville units. The lower number refers to the kind of pepper spray that you and I might be able to purchase for self-protective uses. And the higher number? It’s the kind of spray that police use, the super-high dose given in the orange-colored spray used at UC-Davis.

The reason pepper-spray ends up on the Scoville chart is that – you probably guessed this –  it’s literally derived from pepper chemistry, the compounds that make habaneros so much more formidable than the comparatively wimpy bells. Those compounds are called capsaicins and – in fact – pepper spray is more formally called Oleoresin Capsicum or OC Spray.

But we’ve taken to calling it pepper spray, I think, because that makes it sound so much more benign than it really is…

More…

Absolutely.  “Pepper spray” doesn’t begin to describe it.

Ah hah.  We’ve been dumbed down again!

November 21, 2011 at 6:44 PM 3 comments

CNN Counters President Obama With Grover Norquist

Approximately 15 minutes ago, President Obama made a brief statement about the “failure” of the super committee.  With that in mind, here is my Tweet of the Day:

So, that confirms it.  Grover Norquist is the Republican party.

 

November 21, 2011 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

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