Thursday, April 09, 2009

Stupid goes fast. Stupid goes real fast.

I know I promised to talk about the changes in technology today, but I heard this and couldn't resist. It has every element I love to make fun of - people who blindly hate Obama, NASCAR, blog comments and morans.

On April 1st, Car and Driver wrote a story they clearly labeled as an April Fool's joke. The story? Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR. This by Jared Gall of C&D:

In a move sure to spark outrage, the White House announced today that GM and Chrysler must cease participation in NASCAR at the end of the 2009 season if they hope to receive any additional financial aid from the government ... A complete withdrawal from America’s premier racing series is expected to save more than $250 million between GM and Chrysler, a substantial amount considering the drastic measures being implemented elsewhere.

This story included this after the title: “HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY! THIS IS A JOKE. LIGHTEN UP, PEOPLE.”

But, did that stop bloggers, and even some news sites from picking it up as gospel? Hey, you don't have to be literate to blog, as this site proves almost daily. Here, after a perfunctory search are some choice comments:

i can actually say that you dont understand the move. forcing them to pull out would leave a ton of R&D on the table, tons of advertising and a major divot in americana.

Unfortunately it's no joke dude!

Bam Bam will piss of an entire segment of the population.

So much for the pursuit of happiness! NASCAR Fans are not his voter base and Team Obama will be changing more than tires. So wave bye -bye to capitalism and freedom. Because at the rate that Congress is spending trillions of dollars, soon we will all be homeless and sleeping out of our cars.

...not a popular one. This one move may have lost the Democrats the 2012 election if the economy doesn't recover. Imagine the rage of the nascar dads...

This is getting way out of hand.

Wow! Wonder when the Communistic rule will begin. First, the gun BS, Then telling a CEO of a corporation to step down, now to telling two companies to pull out of a sport. What's next, tell the blue collared American worker that his job is not his anymore and to report for his new job tomorrow. Somethings not right. Makes you think a little.

But only a little. Apparently, this last guy hasn't heard that the blue-collared worker has already been escorted off the premises by the corporate CEOs he wants to protect. Too bad there is no new job to report to, sparky.

You know, there was a time you had to listen to talk radio to hear comments this stupid, but thanks to the Internet, you can get stupid all day long. And you don't even have to watch Glen Beck. Double bonus!

So, I guess this post is about technology after all. Tomorrow, I promise I'll post about docs and the breakthrough that has put filmmaking in the hands of just about everyone.

That is, unless I get distracted by some other shiny object.

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