The Stupidest thing I ever heard

There is a new conservative conspiracy theory. Harry Reid did not injure his eye in a gym accident. Harry Reid was apparently beaten up by the Mafia.

These cooky conspiracy theories are probably going to stay around and just get more and more outlandish. I am not as nostalgic as others for the alleged golden age of bipartisanship. I think Rick Perlstein showed that the mid-century American consensus politics were largely an exception rather than a rule.

What I am concerned about is the seemingly growing number of conservatives that sees any Democratic victory and/or elected politicians as being invalid and wrong as a matter of course. There is nothing wrong or abnormal about being disappointed when your side loses an election or a policy debate. There is something highly concerning when the opposition just chooses to ignore the other side winning anything in a popular democracy.

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14 thoughts on “The Stupidest thing I ever heard

  1. …the Mafia in Vegas?

    Are Republicans aware of what year it is? There is almost no organized crime operating in Vegas, and hasn’t been for decades. (Organized crime doesn’t operate particularly well where the vices they supply are *legal* and, more importantly, *very very regulated*.)

    Also, the idea that the Mafia would run around beating up *politicians* is, uh, fairly interesting. Organize crime *blackmails* politicians, or provides hookers and/or drugs, or blackmails politicians who take advantage of their hookers and/or drugs.

    Beating people up is *bookie* behavior.

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  2. Okay this is the stupidest thing i’ve heard today, but it’s early only around noon, so there is time. I haven’t even looked at most the poli blogs i follow, so this may get bumped down out of the medals.

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  3. “Harry, that’s a nice Senate you got there. I’d hate to see anything happen to it.”

    “Get the hell out of my office, Cruz.”

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  4. Jeebus…

    That sounds implausable. But I’ll be honest, “a piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break a number of ribs and bones in his face.” sounds pretty damn sketchy too. What kind of machine? Broke in what way? Christ, don’t reporters ask these questions or do they just rely on press releases? After all, shouldn’t Consumer Reports be looking at any possible rash of Congressperson injuries from work out machines?!!??

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    • It was a resistance band breaking. Or possibly slipping.

      His type of injury is actually pretty common, including the eye injury. It’s like being punched really hard, often in the face or even the eye.

      You can see some really example on Youtube of people who happened to be filming themselves when it happened.

      And I really suspect there *will* be lawsuits about this sort of thing, eventually.

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      • Ouch. I’ve seen one of those break. NOT pretty.

        That was a 35 year old who had it break. Smacked him in the face, bloodied up his nose, and that was BEFORE he hit the ground. (Surprising thing about them breaking. Not only does part of it whip back and hit you, but you’ve been exerting all this force and suddenly there’s no resistance and Newton strikes with a vengeance).

        He looked like he went a few rounds with a heavyweight boxer. I can’t imagine what it’d look like if it happened when you’re pushing 70.

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  5. Not the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard, luckily.
    “You put projectile vomiting on your resume?”
    “You e-mailed your plans to moon the Queen to Scotland Yard? Did you not check your mailing list??”
    “Your soloist is a Whale? That’s why we’re recording on a helipad?”
    “Your dog exploded your house? HOW?”

    … real life stupidity is always, always crazier than what people make up.

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