UPDATE: GOP YouTube Debate – To skip, or not to skip.

I am sure you have already heard the fervor over this one, but just in case you are massively out of the loop…

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the questions CNN selected for the Democrat’s debate – you owe it to yourself, at least for a good laugh. I have added some audio from the HH show where they run through all the questions. (Just scroll over on the right and you’ll find it in the Bonus Box file thing. Or click here.) Basically, it was a big freekin joke. CNN chose 38 questions out of thousands that were submitted. Then, they had the audacity to turn around and claim that they were, “not their questions”. Nice play on words CNN…

Either way, the whole thing turned into one big circus event that was much more of an agitprop publicity stunt than a “new media” experience. Not to mention – Al Qaeda fighters sitting in Waziristan watching the debate will have already concluded that they have an easy win, because we are just too stupid a country to take anything seriously. I mean really – snowman puppets asking presidential candidates about global warming…? What. The. Crap.

Anyway – so now, the Republican’s are talking about not attending their own CNN YouTube Debate. We’ll of course, with CNN choosing the questions, the candidates are going to get served a load of crap, the same way the MSM usually hands them crap. Here is Hugh’s take on the deelio:

The CNN YouTube debate was orchestrated by MSMers with no names and no accountability for the buffoonery that ensured. The GOP candidates skipping such a circus is not the same as the Democrats passing on a Fox News Channel debate moderated by Brit Hume and Chris Wallace, and I’d blast the GOPers if they skipped an MSNBC debate. In fact I’m all for letting Keith Olbermann moderate a debate of the GOPers because poor old Keith wouldn’t know what hit him. It isn’t about being willing to go anywhere and answer anything, it is about refusing to walk into a media box canyon where the anonymous MSMers will have had a few days to pick the best thirty body slams from tens of thousand of moonbat-generated videos. Would Patrick recommend the GOP candidates attend a YearlyKos sponsored and nutter-moderated debate? That’s what the YouTube Debate, GOP edition will be.” – Hewitt

Now – I can totally agree with that point, but the fact is – Joe Person, sitting at home, will only see Republicans skipping the debate as a big fat wuss out. Average people, with only a casual interest in politics, will read the headline, GOP Skips YouTube Debate, as the Republicans being afraid to talk with “the people.” This is because “average people” don’t believe that CNN is a slant left news organization. Of course – this does nothing to change the fact that it does slant left. What? Not convinced? Let’s take the following video selection for example:

Please. Do you really think that wacko represents gun owners? Remember – these questions were hand picked by CNN. There is no way you are going to tell me that out of several thousand entries there wasn’t one sensible question about guns. So with that in mind – what sort of questions do you think they will choose for Republicans?

Still, I don’t think it is a wise move to skip the debate. If anything, this could be a great chance to point out just how stupid some of the questions CNN chooses, turn out to be. Plus, even if CNN throws candidates loaded questions – it is a good opportunity for the candidates to prove their own leadership skills. I agree with Michelle Malkin’s take:

…conservatives shouldn’t abandon YouTube to the moonbats and jihadists. The GOP candidates should see it as an opportunity.

If the questions are stupid, say so.

If the forum is biased, say so.

Wouldn’t it be a breath of fresh air to see a Republican candidate take command, show some intestinal fortitude, and kick some MSM/left-wing assets?” – Malkin

That’s exactly right. This is an opportunity to turn a loose-loose situation into a big win. The GOP shouldn’t be afraid of being treated unfairly (they should be used to it by now). If CNN gives them an inappropriate and/or stupid question – all they have to do is call them on it. “Why exactly did you choose, out of thousands, THAT question ?”

So you can see both sides of the coin here. The whole thing will be a silly crock. The fact is that, they aren’t just “average people” asking “average questions”. CNN will choose what they want and then they don’t have to feel bad about the question because, it wasn’t really “their question”. But Joe Person sitting on their couch may not realize this point, and to not show up will be interpreted by those who aren’t too interested it politics as a major cop out.

You can read several other different opinions here:

Ultimately, I do agree with Hugh in this way:

“CNN should scrap the circus and invite a panel of John Burns, Bill Gerson, Thomas Ricks, Rowan Scarborough, Mark Steyn and Michael Yon to ask the questions. There’s a debate worth watching –for hours.”

That’s the best case scenario – which of course will never happen because most people are really more interested in what jail Lindsey Lohan will be in this week… (sigh).

UPDATE: Ok, after reviewing the questions online – I think I have basically changed my opinion. Every question I have heard so far has been either inanely stupid or completely irrelevant towards getting any shard of actually useful information from the candidates. Check them out for yourself and let me know what you think. Of course, I shouldn’t really be surprised. For example:

Firstly, are we talking about political candidates or theologians? Secondly, perhaps LaughingDeath should actually try reading the Bible before quoting it. The commandment is most directly translated, “You shall not murder,” not, “you shall not kill“. Completely different concepts. Obviously – LaughingDeath was too busy trying to set up a clever trap question to actually do some real study. Even if this question is not selected by CNN – this is a prime example of the uselessness of this whole venture. Serious candidates for the presidency of the United States of America shouldn’t have to put up with this bull-crap. Still – I guess they could just call CNN out on the ignorant nature of their chosen questions… Again, what do you think?

Carnival – The Barf Ship

Weathering a Cyclone

Extra Dramamine indeed…

Family Opens Punching-bag to find Underwear Raunch-fest

Seriously – What the crap?

Punching Hamper

A Cincinnati-area family got a smelly surprise when they opened a punching bag they purchased earlier this year.

Joe Heckel said he and his son were moving a TKO brand heavy punching bag from their garage to the basement when they decided to see what was inside in case the bag later leaked. But Heckel said that instead of sand or plastic pellets, he found the bag full of men’s and women’s underwear, some of it used.”(There were) bras, thongs and bathing suits. We could not believe there were clothes inside instead of sand,” he said.

Heckel said the smell was “bad, real bad.”

But on Thursday, a company representative saw Heckel’s story on a Houston Web site and called him.

Heckel said Thursday that the representative told him that the underwear in the bag was a “quality problem” that they were dealing with, and that the people who had made the decision to put underwear in the bags had been fired.

The representative said a new, non-underwear-filled bag would be shipped to Heckel shortly.

A “Quality problem???” BWUAHAHAHA!!!
Right. Gotta love the standard “smooth things over” company verbiage.

No, A “quality problem” is when the grommet on the hanging strap isn’t sewn on correctly. Not when the bag is full of used codpieces.

What’s the next bag going to be filled with? Dead dogs? Fish heads? Rancid swine-flesh?

Perhaps the same guy that stuffed the underwear in the bag was responsible for this other sack of feces

And what exactly happened to this pair? It looks like the owner’s right butt-cheek exploded.

source: [WLWT]

Sack of Crap Closes N.D. Pool

…further pool related news.

The largest pool in the state’s largest city was shut down on one of the hottest days of the year after vandals tossed a large bag of fecal matter into the water.

A swim team noticed the problem at the Island Park pool when they arrived to practice on Wednesday morning, park district officials said. The bag likely contained dog or other animal waste, officials said.

Dave Klundt, assistant director of recreation, said the vandals “may think it’s a funny prank, but they don’t understand they’re displacing a lot of people on a hot day.”

The temperature had reached 95 degrees on Wednesday afternoon.

Klundt said workers used 42 gallons of a chemical and water solution to disinfect the pool. The process takes 12 to 18 hours, he said.

About 750 people visited the Island Park pool on Monday, parks district officials said. Three other public pools in the city have been at or near capacity this week.

Sewage pool

Happy Friday Morning Codpiece Wake-Up!!


…Better than a black cup of espresso?

Tonight Show :: Headlines

Pool and Water Stolen From Back Yard


Someone stole 1,000 gallons of water from Daisy Valdivia’s backyard. And they didn’t spill a drop.Valdivia woke Wednesday morning to find that her family’s inflatable pool, hip high and 10 feet in diameter and filled with water, was stolen from her backyard in the middle of the night. There is no evidence that the water was poured out, pumped out, evaporated or drunk.”I’ve never heard of a pool being stolen, let alone one with water in it,” Valdivia said.

According to Valdivia, the theft must have occurred between 1 a.m., the time her husband went to bed, and 5 a.m., the time she woke to put out the recycling.

“For them to do something that fast, that’s what amazes me,” she said.