10.19.2008

Tell us it's just satire, please!


OK, if you read my post yesterday - “The Obama Potentate flag?” - about the Web author who mistook the Ohio state flag for an “Obama Potentate flag,” it’s time to embarrass this guy!

His site is “thatsrightnate,” and you can probe his mind HERE. Good luck!

After being razzed off the planet over his Ohio state flag post, here’s a piece of his mind:

“UPDATE: Since I made this post I have been attacked by many well-known bastions of anti-American socialism like Daily KOS, The Opinion Mill and cookinglight.com. My only regret is that my mistake gave these ideologues fodder for their rage against a country I love so well."

He ends with: "Furthermore, a politician has a responsibility to not only avoid impropriety, but also the appearance of impropriety. The fact that we all so easily believed this about Obama leaves the blame squarely on his doorstep. If he had avoided the appearance of being so vain, none of us would have so easily believed this. I call upon Mister Obama to apologize to people like myself and Bob Grant who had our credibility hurt by this flag fiasco."

Oh, wait. This just gets better! Read on:

I rarely check the Site Meter on DemWit to see my visitors’ locations, but this morning I discovered I had an onslaught of new visitors from all over the country. Being naturally curious, I clicked on a “referring URL” and discovered that a “thread” had been established on cookinglight.com (LINK) which featured my entire post, the photo of the Ohio flag and a link to DemWit. Hence, all the new visitors.

On this site, I found many comments about my “The Obama Potentate flag?” post, including this one which is, well, just priceless:

“OK, it gets better: I found the original blog (thatsrightnate), and someone wrote this comment:

‘You think THAT’s bad. Huh - what ‘til you see the flag Obama had made for campaigning in South Carolina! It has a CRESCENT and a PALM TREE … clearly a REFERENCE to Osama bin Ladin, ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!’

“And after that, the blogger (thatsrightnate) added this update!!”

“UPDATE - A reader has just pointed out to me that Obama has also made a flag for campaigning in South Carolina that contains a flag (sic, he means palm tree) and a crescent moon. I don’t think you can get much clearer evidence of his true motives. As for those of you who are saying it is the Ohio state flag–that doesn’t make it right. I don’t care if Obama makes flags for all 50 states–Old Glory is the only flag I need. When will this man stop? Will he be happy before all 50 states have their own flag? What happened to unity?”

Now, no matter how many times I’ve read this last thatsrightnate post, I can ascertain no other meaning than this: he thinks Obama is having each of the 50 states create a flag supporting him?

Please, I beg of you, dear readers, don’t lose your faith in democracy just because lunatics like this have votes which carry as much weight as your own!

And to thatsrightnate: tell us that your site is clever satire, please. We really would sleep better at night.
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JUST FOR LAUGHS: Go back to the cookinglight.com thread HERE. (For some reason, the site opens at the bottom of the page, so scroll up.) All the comments feature photos of the various state flags with hilarious tongue-in-cheek remarks linking them to Obama. For example, these remarks about the California state flag: “A Russian bear and a red star. Need I say more?” Enjoy!

7 comments:

just call me jeff said...

sad fact? how many people woulda just said "see i told ya so" right up to the moment the rational world points out the straight up dumbass truth. sigh. how i wish stories like this would just go away.

Eowyn said...

Maybe right before an election we have the same place we all had as college seniors--in the wee hours after the bars closed. I don't know what else to think.

Transplanted Buckeye said...

BJ, This is all to funny to even be able to describe.

It's a knee slapper at the same time it's a tear jerker for the ignorance displayed here. Yep, gonna get education! At Ohio State!

I hope ya get a thousand hits on this. Love 'em. Keep 'em coming.

Oove Oou, (Obama made me do this. He's taking over our langguage too!) He's just not going to stop until he makes this Obama Land.

Before we know it churches will be singing "Camping in Obama Land" instead of "Camping in Beulah Land."

"Beulah Land" - an idyllic land near the end of life's journey in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.

Just an ole transplanted Buckeye

bbj said...

Ohhh, BJ - I've been out of pocket and hadn't heard about this.

I'm just sitting here shaking my head. Unbelievable!

The ignorance is so frightening.

Anonymous said...

um, i'm gonna "tell [you] it's just
satire". as proof, here's an excerpt from "cindy mccain's courageous stand":

http://thatsrightnate.com/2008/05/09/cindy-mccains-courageous-stand

"One thing I’ll say for the McCains though. They still have a spark to their relationship and that’s refreshing to see. The exchange reported by author Cliff Shechter a few months ago reminded me of when Cheers was funny:

“At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, ‘You’re getting a little thin up there,’” Schechter writes. “McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, ‘At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” It’d be nice to see sparks like that flying in the White House again."

as bbj said "The ignorance is so frightening," but even more so is the lack of appreciation for good satire.

funny blog, tho.

B.J. said...

Anon: Thanks! Perhaps it is the mark of good satire that it is hard to detect. I am greatly relieved if thatsrightnate is satire, but I cannot deny that fools do exist on the Web. Sometimes, it is easy to believe that such ignorance exists when there is so much documented evidence to support it. Also, relieved my South Carolina flag has nothing to do with al Qaeda, LOL. Actually, the palmetto tree is honored because it was used for building forts; the rubbery texture of its wood caused cannonballs to bounce off the walls. Bouncing off the walls is something we bloggers often do! Best to you in Cambridge! BJ

Anonymous said...

glad to help, bj! i've posted a reply to you on nates's blog; those are my comments there directly above and below yours.

agreed that some situations are so absurdly self-parodying that they become nearly impossible to distinguish from satire. one of nate's alert readers pointed out that this is an instance of "poe's law", described in part by the urban dictionary:

"No matter how bizzare, outrageous, or just plain idiotic a parody of a Fundamentalist may seem, there will always be someone who cannot tell that it is a parody, having seen similar REAL ideas from real religious/political Fundamentalists."

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Poe's+Law

cheers from cambridge, gina

p.s. if you're planning to hunt me down to thank me in person, give me a little warning and i'll put some coffee on.