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Posted by Charles II on July 30, 2012

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Sorry, Chick-fil-A Wingnuts: Most US Gas Comes From Canada And Mexico

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 30, 2012

Oh, joy. I think I just tumbled onto the new thing that’s gone viral among the right-wing email smear crowd.

The glibertarian wing of the pro-Chick-fil-A and anti-gay-rights crowd is apparently pushing the old “if you pick on one group you must pick on them all no matter what” line, their updated versions being variations on “if you boycott Chick-fil-A then you must boycott all gasoline too because it all comes from Saudi Arabia where they execute gays”. (See here for a typical variation.)

What the smear propagators won’t mention is that most gas used in the US doesn’t come from Saudi Arabia or any other Mideast nation, but Canada and Mexico. But hey, what’s a little fact-forsaking when the goal among right-wingers is to protect Chick-fil-A at all costs?

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Telegraph V. Guardian, Olympic And NHS Cherry-Picking Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 30, 2012

So this is how the Torygraph trolls for page views:

The London Olympics are the most Right-wing major event in Britain’s modern history. Billions of pounds are taken from poor and middle-income taxpayers and service users to build temples to a corporate and sporting elite. Democratic, grassroots sport is stripped of money to fund the most rarefied sport imaginable. The police and the state are turned into the enforcement arm of Coca-Cola. How did this event suddenly become the toast of the Left?

The author of this passage, Hugh Gilligan, then proceeds to quote precisely one (1) person in support of his thesis, and that person just happened to be Guardian columnist Richard Williams who — in a piece that Gilligan chose to eschew linking — stated the following, in reference to a portion of the opening ceremony dedicated to honoring the National Health Service that featured NHS and Old Labourite supporter JK Rowling herself reading the opening lines of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan: “Cameron and his gang will surely not dare to continue the dismemberment of the NHS after this.

That’s not a gush, Mr. Gilligan — that’s a statement of fact, and you know it. This part of the Olympic ceremony just made it a lot harder for your boy Cammies to push through more austerity against the NHS. Already, the anti-austerity group UK Uncut’s taken a still shot from the NHS tribute and put it into their literature, as seen in the graphic reproduced above.

What Gilligan’s piece really is, is just another episode in the Torygraph’s war on the Guardian. Notice that the only person the author could be arsed to quote in support of his article’s thesis is a Grauniad writer? And notice that he ignores sardonic non-cheerleading pieces like this one: done nearly two weeks ago.

Here’s one that was filed shortly after Gilligan’s Torygraph piece. It discusses the problems posed for London’s Islamic community by the Games, problems that go far beyond traffic snarls.

But of course even if the Muslim article had appeared earlier enough for Gilligan to read it, chances are good he would have ignored it anyway. Can’t let facts stand in the way of a good storyline, eh, Gillie?

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