Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday B.S. Roundup ~ October 19, 2013

1. Obama's Reading Material

What the hell is this... A picture is worth a thousand words. SOMEONE WAS AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME WITH A CAMERA. IT WAS REPORTED THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS FURIOUS THAT HE WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA AND IT WAS PUBLISHED AND TRIED TO BLOCK IT. The name of the book Obama is holding is called: The Post-American World, and it was written by a fellow Muslim.(Fareed Zakaria) "Post" America means: The World "After" America !" If each person sends this to a minimum of twenty people on their address list, In three days, all people in The United States of America would have the message. I believe this is one photo that really should be passed around.

Yes, the picture is legitimate but - and this will come as a big surprise - the book is inaccurately depicted in this meme which is making the rounds again. It was first reported back in 2008 and I've seen it pop up periodically whenever folks are looking for yet another way to malign the president. The line, "Obama was furious..." is a relatively new addition with no evidence other than "it was reported". Yeah, I'll bet. And that "fellow Muslim" jab? Honestly, if you continue to believe that nonsense, you are being intentionally obtuse. 

FactCheck: Obama's Reading Material
Snopes: What Does Obama Read?

If you'd like a good review of the book, read this:

The New York Times Sunday Book Review

2. Trucker rally

This has been a fun one. Reports vary regarding the actual number of trucks which showed up in D.C. to protest, well, whatever the hell they were protesting. But even Fox News admits it was underwhelming:

Dozens, not thousands, show up for DC trucker protest

So that is why supporters felt the need to post false photos of the event. Like this one, which shows a traffic jam in Italy:

Or this one taken during a Make-a-Wish Foundation event in May:

And my personal favorite, of an event in Australia. If you click on the photo you can clearly see "V8 Supercars Australia" on the first two trucks, and you don't even need to click on it to see "Course Car" on the car in front. 

These photos also ignore the easily proven fact that it was raining in D.C. on the day of the rally. If you have to resort to lies or fake photos what does that say about your cause?

3. Foreign Student? 

Nice try. Well, actually, not really. We'll skip all the routine facts regarding Obama's name, school history, etc. and move along to one which even the most rabid, anti-Obama, conspiracy-theorist should have trouble defending: Columbia University did not begin issuing digitally generated ID cards until 1996. 


If you run across anything you want me to check out, leave me a comment. 

Now go forth and share the truth!

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