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Lens flare in Egypt video inspires Fox to go full-blown ‘apocalypse’

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, February 14, 2011 16:08 EDT
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Democracy is coming to Egypt. To Fox News, this might as well be the apocalypse.

Joking aside, the “apocalypse” is actually, literally what one Fox News website was fretting over recently, asking whether a video of protesters in Egypt unmasked an ethereal harbinger of mankind’s demise.

As a point of reference, lens flare can happen in different ways depending on the type of lighting and camera equipment, but many times it will surface as a series of spots or circles, or an extension or mirroring of a light source in another part of an image or video.

It is not an exotic or rare effect by any means, and can be manipulated by skilled photographers for their own artistic ends. But on Fox Nation yesterday, what was easily explained as lens flare in a video shot amid the Cairo protests became fodder for a sign of the “apocalypse” — which seems to sync up with the network’s overall narrative of late.

Their headline was like something out of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show: “Horseman of Apocalypse Shows up in Cairo?”

“This is an incredible piece of video,” a post with no byline reads. “At the 1:20 mark you clearly see some greenish figure moving through the crowd.

“Between the crowds of protesters and barricades, the video shows a flowing, pale green image that resembles an erect rider atop a horse in Medieval-like barding. The ethereal figure remains for a few moments before floating over protesters’ heads and off the screen.”

Instead of showing a “flowing, pale green image that resembels an erect rider atop a horse,” the video shows a green lens flare bouncing off a burning pile of debris. It moves the same as other light blips on the footage, and floats off as the cameraman moves the lens.

The video apparently came to them by way of Fox and Friends stand-in anchor Clayton Morris.

The same Fox News editorial site mistakenly published a satirical Onion “news” story last November and endured a merciless ribbing on the Internet for their mistake. The editors scrubbed the post and deleted all user comments — many of whom appeared to be replying as if it were a real story.

Commenters on the Fox Nation “apocalypse” post weren’t so easily fooled, but it was impossible to say if the majority were Fox readers or send-overs from social media powerhouse Reddit.com, which promoted the link early Monday.

The Fox News Channel’s various conservative media personalities have been promoting a conspiratorial view of the protests that have gripped the Middle East in recent months, with some hosts alleging that a global Muslim empire has begun to emerge from the unrest, indicating that the West should be fearful of pro-democracy movements.

There was no evidence of any such thing transpiring.

A recent University of Maryland study found that regular Fox News viewers were more likely to believe a number of pervasive falsehoods about the state of American politics and world affairs.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, an unnamed former Fox News employee recently told liberal blog Media Matters that “stuff is just made up” by the network’s employees — a list of individuals that now includes a majority of the leading candidates vying for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination.

This video is from Euronews, published to YouTube on Feb. 3, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    The Rapture can’t come soon enough.

  • jimbowski

    IT’S JEEESUS!!!!

  • BrainRagYell

    Man, this is so stupid. EVERYBODY knows that–just like Vampires (duh)–you can’t catch any of the Horsemen on film.

    Except for Famine.

    That one’s a scene-stealer.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    This is true. I read about it in my “Crusader” comic from Jack Chick publications.

    Link related:

    http://media.chick.com/digital-comics/0116/0116_1.html

  • Guest

    More quality analysis from the geniuses over at Fox. >.>

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Really? I think that it is not very responsible for the public airwaves to be disproportionately owned by crazy people.

  • Anonymous

    We are being conditioned for the projection weapons.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    the tide goes in the tide goes out…nobody knows how!…the sun, the moon, who put them there?..how did they get there?…someone had to put them there…xD

  • Anonymous

    Millions of fox viewers believe anything fox says……………………jim jones ring a bell ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Conservative whackos like FOX exploits actually want the apocolypse. Dont they realize that should it occur they would be the ones sent straight to Hell for ignoring the messages of love and forgiveness?

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    I don’t remember any of the horsemen being green,must be a sign our dollars we gave Mubarak just went up in smoke! Did anybody on FOX get a good look at the rider,look like Franklin,or maybe a SWISS FRANKlin?

  • Guest

    Yeah. Let it peel away the christians and give those of us remaining at least a SHOT at sanity.

  • Anonymous

    It’s clearly Kermit the frog come to life.

  • Anonymous

    We sure have come a long way from seeing the face of Jesus on a toasted bagel.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    JEEEBUSSS!!!
    (correction)

  • http://twitter.com/cburrell3 Charles Burrell

    The Rapture will not affect Fox News in any noticeable way. Their editorial staff, corporate leadership, and on-air talent will all be available for work the following morning.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4R2P2BMMM5JTCYWGEU4YW6UWQ Dago T

    I’m pretty sure sure I see a second gunman behind the picket fence…

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    Why should we be surprised? There was a congressmen that actually said that Global Warmer isn’t true because god wouldn’t flood the earth again…

    So these idiots use 4,0000 year old ‘science’ and refuse to believe true science.

  • Anonymous

    Well that settles it for me! If Fox said it it must be true.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PSKROFVS7E4PVTI2CEPLFWEJII John

    If you watch it in freeze frame, you will clearly see that the horse takes a quick dump….just before going off screen.

  • Surya Dharma

    An example of how the state of mind of the Fox News viewers are shaped! As per the University of Maryland study that found “regular Fox News viewers were more likely to believe a number of pervasive falsehoods about the state of American politics and world affairs.”
    “Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.”–Eric Hoffer

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5XKDORJ6HIVIZ6V5OTK76KTEY Immortal

    It’s about the right time for the horsemen to show up. Ronald Wilson Reagan (aka 666, “the beast”) would have just turned 100 (if he could have just remembered to stay alive). Nostradamus probably just “forgot” about Alzheimers, I guess.

  • Anonymous

    If an all powerful God who created all of us including the stupid assholes at Fox News wanted to send us a signal he could probably be a littles less equivocal about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=676805629 Charles E. Dudley Jr.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse#Pale_Horse

    When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hell was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
    — Revelation 6:7-8˄ NIV
    The fourth and final horseman is named Death. Of all the riders, he is the only one to whom the text itself explicitly gives a name. Still others apply the names “Pestilence”[9] or “Plague” to this horseman, based on alternative translations of the Bible (such as the Jerusalem Bible). Unlike the other three, he is not described carrying a weapon/object, instead he is followed by Hades. However, illustrations—like those above—commonly depict him carrying a scythe (like the Grim Reaper) or a sword.
    The color of Death’s horse is written as khlôros (χλωρóς) in the original Koine Greek, which is often translated as “pale”, though “ashen”, “pale green” and “yellowish green”[8] are other possible interpretations. The color suggests the sickly pallor of a corpse.[4][10] Other translations hypothesize a reference not yet to “greenish”, but “mottled” or spotted.
    The verse beginning “they were given power over a fourth of the earth” may refer solely to Death and Hades, or it may summarize the roles of all four horsemen; scholars disagree on this point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Brown/690547972 Daniel Brown

    Pretty awesome effect! I’d go so far as to say on par with what Hollywood may have come up with if they wanted to create a ghost apocalypse horseman running through this shot.

    But as good as it looks, simpler explanations take precedence.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s not be so hasty in criticizing Fox. There’s got to be a rational explanation for this. They probably polled their viewers and determined the majority are apocolyptic thinkers and would enjoy a premonition of the horseman.

    They are, after all, in the entertainment industry.

  • Anonymous

    They already use that one every day, saying that everyone else is lying and they’re the ones telling the truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Martin/100000564476826 Gregory Martin

    I told those guys that drinking the office printer’s cleaning solvent would end badly, but NOOOOOOO, they just had to see for themselves.

  • DesertSun59

    3X ditto. Get rid of the mythology-addicted wastrels.

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    Don’t tell Israel they will have America put him on a cross and they will deny his existence.

  • AnzaSummer

    America’s democracy is failing and I believe the lion’s share of the credit goes to Fox News.

  • http://bilweeler.newsvine.com/ Bill Wheeler

    Or on the grassy knoll….?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KHUGSYMRDZ635QMFO5P6UA5MTM nunya

    Most religions prophecy the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that these prophecies come true.

  • Ma’at

    We can not let these people run ANYTHING. If it means physically throwing them out of office, so be it.

  • hegesias

    I’m hoping Obama’s new PR flak will make an attempt to expose Fox News. However, now that Obama has declared himself a full-fledged Republican, I am strongly doubting anything of the kind will be entertained.

  • Anonymous

    Fox’s contempt of its audience knows no bounds. But you have to give them credit, they do know their audience.

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    Imagine a world with nobody except rational thinking, science educated, liberals who value fairness over financial profit. Utopia!

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of Fox and just watching what I could stand of Glenn Beck and his Caliphate Conspiracy, couldn’t make me help but think what would have happened if a major news network would have continually put forth the Loose Change conspiracy theory after 9/11. Would that have even been allowed? How can Fox get away with these stories of total speculation? Why was no one constantly harping on the Bush/bin Laden connection? Why was no one continually harping on Bush rushing the Saudi’s under suspicion out of the country when no one else could fly? There were way more “true” dots to connect than the crap Beck it broadcasting. Unbelievable how they can get away with it. Can’t someone sue them or is this all part of the “plan”?

  • http://twitter.com/TDHunt Trent Hunt

    While I am not convinced in total of the validity of the story I will do further research on the Fox web site and all media outlets to get it correct. Of your assertions, what you are doing yourself is laying out a statement of fact without one single item to back up your statement. At this point in time do not get angry and please fight the urge to attempt to insult me by sending a snarky reply. Just prove your point by stating an instance with evidence to back up what you are stating. Please just do not take something that you read or something that someone say and use that as your thesis statement. Plus just so you know I read to numerous to count publications and watch every news show to get all the facts from all sides. Please avoid name calling, if we as human beings can rise above name calling and restart a healthy dialog more topics of intellectual difference would be solved.

  • enorceht

    those saddlebags looked really stuffed … that’s how mubarak got his 40 to 75 billion out of the country

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Did you happen to catch the part about the cable Wikileaks released that said there was a plan spoken about in 2008 to bring down Mubarek in 2011?

    Yet we’ve got people, like that hemorrhoid Cenk Uygur on MSNBC, saying, “Oh the Egyptian people overthrew Mubarak in 18 days.”

    Wake up, people. Revolutions don’t just magically happen.

  • enorceht

    and in almost a whisper could be heard

    It’s not easy being green
    It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
    And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re
    Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
    Or stars in the sky
    (kermit)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    Conservatism is a hell of a drug

  • Anonymous

    Good one. I was thinking about the visual projection into the sky of the second comming of Christ.

  • Anonymous

    Many of these people believe that the second comming will occur in 2012 but it isn’t really proper to to give a time since you’re not supposed to know when but then there are signs. I predict that in January of 2013 a whole lot of rubbish is going to get thrown out. Christain and otherwise.

  • http://bravonewworld.blogspot.com/ Tim Bravo

    I’d just like to say that the first time I saw this footage, it was on THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW. I love Rachel. I despise FOX. But to say this is a FOX thing is irresponsible and partisan.

  • Anonymous

    Its not a lens flare its reflections from the window they were shooting through….

  • Anonymous

    Apocalypse-loving Republicans are at it again.

    Driving downtown awhile ago, I saw a van parked on the side of a busy street with signs spouting that the end of the world will be on May 21, 2011 (some Family group with a website listed). Question: why do right-wingers WORSHIP DEATH? Of course they do. Whether it’s the Rapture Republicans or the Fox “Big Lie” Republicans led by the crazed Roger Ailes, they all WORSHIP DEATH in one form or another. Or should I restate this that they worship the death of others in one form or another, not themselves, even though their beliefs and policies ALWAYS end up dealing death often to those close to them. So what will happen on May 21st? Nothing. May 22nd will follow, like the sun rising in the east, another day, another fraudulent end-of-the-world target date passed, with the right-wing death fantasy unfulfilled…with the crazy right-wingers rolling out another “rock solid” end-of-the-world date afterward, like has happened countless times before. Of course, it all the die-hard Rapturists were serious about ending “their world” on May 21st, then they would pull a Rev. Jim Jones on that date…and “their world” would end, but only for themselves, leaving all the rest of us out of their insanity. But I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, even the nutty Rapturists, because invariably (like at the People’s Temple, like at the Branch Davidian Waco compound), a whole lot of innocent children end up paying the price for the insanity of some religious fundamentalist adults.

  • Anonymous

    Yes the Egyption people were a big help in getting rid of Mubarak. Now the military would like them to go home and go back to work and be nice.

  • Anonymous

    No it’s GREEN CHEESUS!!!

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Booooring, who would be left to entertain us with their stoooopidity? Every court/society needs a few fools to provide the laughs least we take ourselves too seriously!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    I would have to smoke weed to see what FOX news claims to have found…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmorganhazard Bob Hazard

    And what was the context on TRMS? Post a link maybe?

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Clayton sit down and shut up I didn’t say “Roger says”.
    Ok people listen up:
    Roger says Obama’s a Muslim,

    Roger says Obama’s not a citizen,

    Roger says Obama is a weak as Carter,

    Roger says Obama should have seen Egypt coming,

    Roger says Obama missed an opportunity to really cut the budget,

    Roger says Obamacare is governments take over

    Obama is a centrist….Sorry Geraldo I didn’t say Roger says

    Roger says Obama should stop apologizing to the world

    Roger says the Stimulus didn’t work

    The stimulus funded much needed infrastructure projects….Sorry Chris I didn’t say Roger says

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    IF it was a drug I would be in favor of making it illegal and locking up the users and executing the dealers!

  • Anonymous

    what a bunch of maroons and their self-fullfilling prophesies….

  • Anonymous

    Me thinks you protest to much!!

  • http://twitter.com/Mistyparrot Steve Lane

    Ya see! Ya see!! He’s a coming for ya! All you librals gonna git it but good. Ah knows cause St Ruperts minions tells me so!!!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Of course…we’re getting this drek from the same idiots who weekly see the face of Christ in their pancakes burnt spots. Here’s a news flash…it isn’t Jesus…you just can’t cook.

  • Anonymous

    Hey FAUX NEWS, take heed:

    Democracy—Leonard Cohen

    It’s coming through a hole in the air,
    from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
    It’s coming from the feel
    that this ain’t exactly real,
    or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there.
    From the wars against disorder,
    from the sirens night and day,
    from the fires of the homeless,
    from the ashes of the gay:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
    It’s coming through a crack in the wall;
    on a visionary flood of alcohol;
    from the staggering account
    of the Sermon on the Mount
    which I don’t pretend to understand at all.
    It’s coming from the silence
    on the dock of the bay,
    from the brave, the bold, the battered
    heart of Chevrolet:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

    It’s coming from the sorrow in the street,
    the holy places where the races meet;
    from the homicidal bitchin’
    that goes down in every kitchen
    to determine who will serve and who will eat.
    From the wells of disappointment
    where the women kneel to pray
    for the grace of God in the desert here
    and the desert far away:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

    Sail on, sail on
    O mighty Ship of State!
    To the Shores of Need
    Past the Reefs of Greed
    [. From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/l/leonard-cohen-lyrics/democracy-lyrics.html .]
    Through the Squalls of Hate
    Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

    It’s coming to America first,
    the cradle of the best and of the worst.
    It’s here they got the range
    and the machinery for change
    and it’s here they got the spiritual thirst.
    It’s here the family’s broken
    and it’s here the lonely say
    that the heart has got to open
    in a fundamental way:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

    It’s coming from the women and the men.
    O baby, we’ll be making love again.
    We’ll be going down so deep
    the river’s going to weep,
    and the mountain’s going to shout Amen!
    It’s coming like the tidal flood
    beneath the lunar sway,
    imperial, mysterious,
    in amorous array:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

    Sail on, sail on …

    I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
    I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.
    And I’m neither left or right
    I’m just staying home tonight,
    getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
    But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags
    that Time cannot decay,
    I’m junk but I’m still holding up
    this little wild bouquet:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

  • Anonymous

    You mean “pursuit of happiness” could be obtained?

  • Anonymous

    I know……..my dog told me! Errr, cat.

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha. Not the grumpy old men in the balcony?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KXMM5MVAYZHUSPNY3W7Y57F2QI Laszlo

    Henny penny, the sky is falling!

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, an unnamed former Fox News employee recently told liberal blog Media Matters that “stuff is just made up” by the network’s employees -
    I do NOT say this tongue-in-cheek. FOX should be tried for war crimes. Brainwashing and taking advantage of lazy and/or slow minds with non-stick memories. In the history of mankind there seems to be no other source that has so successfully polluted and distorted so much intellect at one time. And this is why other nations laugh and mock Americans?!?!? I can understand why.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Ah, but real court fools are historically the wisest of men and consultants to the power-that-be. Truly. I am wracking my brain to think of where they DO fit in….even clowns and comediennes are at their best when they understand human frailty. Gosh, What CAN be done with them? Short of ending them to Mars. The Russians have just completed their trip (simulated) to the moon and are now turning back toward earth. Combine that with some interested private space travel agency and they could probably be baffooned into going to Mars to escape the Rapture.

  • Anonymous

    Fox News HAS to be laughing at the fools they obviously believe their viewers to be. Their news is always delivered in a somewhat sarcastic tone, and I sometimes wonder if it’s all not one long poorly delivered joke.

    Then all I do is look at what this country has become, and I am so grateful I can afford to leave this sinking ship.

  • Anonymous

    We would fund comedy.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    During which the rider lifts from the horse and lets wind.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Are you serious?

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    It is much easier, not to mention necessary, to have a nation of ignorant for institutional dominion. And I agree. I believe FOX should be charged with war crimes; crimes against the mind.

  • AstroCat

    I LOL’D.

  • Political Atheist aka Javaman

    Fine, get raptured and leave the world to the sane. We are tired of you fucking it up.

  • parrots_abound

    This is what happens when you believe in invisible fairies who ride horses at the appropriated ‘end time’ of invisibleness.

    Green radioactive horse sighting FAIL. Bible prophecy FAIL. Godstuff FAIL.

  • Anonymous

    Say, fellas – when you all get raptured, can I have your guns?

  • surgethis

    I wish the crazy right wingers who support war and refuse to educate themselves would hurry up and rapture up already.

  • Greg Eckhart

    I’m going with Fox News on this one.

    It’s comforting to know that a greenish erect Crusader rose up from the cries of Egyptian slaves and was sent forth to smite the children of Israel.

    That ain’t a lens flare…that Jesus talking digitally!

  • godistwaddle

    The “Rapture” is a win-win for us atheists. Most of the anal orifices are gone, and we get the leftovers.

  • Anonymous

    It’s JEBUS! AND I DON’T EVEN BELIEVE IN JEBUS!!!!

    -Homer Simpson

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TYIU3QOWDZ4SVYF5M2IFHO52V4 Gray Rider

    LMAO. Haven’t had that big a laugh in a while.

    It was Dick Cheney on his Haliburton Horse.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VKTCM2DCWPVUXEKN5G5QNTBJNQ Dustin A

    No, they never read the Bible, just heard it from a sermon in a local church; they don’t read ancient Greek, Latin, or Hebrew, therefore have no understanding of the word “agape” — the word used by Christ in the Bible more than any other word… by a landslide. They just cling to the lines like: “gotta take care of your own first” and “killing is okay in the name of national defense (ask King David they say)”. And they definitely don’t understand Revelations, so anytime something “scary” happens it’s just easier to stick their head in the sand and wait.

  • Anonymous

    The horsemen seems to be facing backwards.Will the Apocalypse be a comedy?

  • Word Warrior

    When 2012 was predicted to be the End Time, no one said whose End Time it would be. ;) If it is the end of organized religion, the world will surely be a better place.

  • Word Warrior

    Maybe he was a headless horseman? But then he couldn’t face anything.

  • Anonymous

    I suppose I have to chime in here and say: I have nothing to do with this.

  • Anonymous

    Just a suggestion for fox. Isn’t the revolution in Egypt the end result of W bringing democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq? Little disappointed you haven’t floated this yet. You can send the check to my swiss bank account.

  • Anonymous

    “Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.” brilliant and true.

  • Anonymous

    I’m here. Reagan was just one of my minions. (and a pretty crappy one, god, I hated Nancy.)

  • Anonymous

    Fox ‘News’ is aimed at idiots, dunces and the easily deceived.
    Murdoch has a history of yellow journalism.
    There used to be laws against foreigners like him (and Americans) buying up multiple media outlets.
    Of course many laws no longer exist, are not enforced or can be exempted by those who have the money.
    Money is the only standard now.

  • Anonymous

    This is actually a shrewd strategy by the Reich — errr, Right — which discovered in 1980, to its delight, that it could tap into the vast pool of stupidity, racism and superstition in which most Americans dog-paddle through life. The result has been one huge election victory after another, with only a few brief setbacks. With countless radio and TV channels and Fox News itself pumping non-stop religious nonsense to the masses 24/7, America can only go one way — down and to the right. Look out the window. It’s happening now.

  • Guest

    Unfortunately, when the Rapture does come, according to Christian mythology, not all Christians are going.
    I think the number is around 144K “True Believers” who make the cut, which still leaves plenty of Christians Earth-bound, to continue screwing things up for the rest of us.

    “I admire your Christ but I do not like your Christians, because your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
    -Ghandi

    Before the rise of the Third Reich

  • Guest

    “Every court/society needs a few fools…”

    But what do we do when the Jesters outnumber the Journalists??

  • Guest

    Public Campaign Finance Reform

  • ekwhite

    If the Mayans were so prescient, wouldn’t their calendar have ended some time around 1492?

  • ekwhite

    Oh – it looked more like dirt on the lens to me.

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    They woudn’t want to MISS it… for god’s sake. It’s not like you could view that from “heaven” or in their case most likely hell. roglmao

  • Anonymous

    Horsemen? Comedy? Political Commentary?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAaWvVFERVA

  • Rush Goofbaugh
  • Anonymous

    its not a lens flare, it is some reflection in the window they were shooting through. You can also see 3 lights in the room that move withe the “horseman” which all move with the pan of the camera, when the camera jiggles the “horseman” and the 3 lights jiggle.

  • morty62

    It will never happen, unfortunately. But the continual striving for it has created more than a few dystopias.

  • fukum

    Doesn’t apocalypse define as change anyway?

    Stupidity runs bone-deep on the right

  • Anonymous

    Duly noted. It is a fact.

  • Mr. Neutron

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#41400327
    The “green horseman” is at 10:26 into the video. This is the “World’s eyes on Egypt” segment from Feb 2, 2010. Brian Williams and Richard Engel are talking on the right, live video from Tahrir Square is on the left.

    Nobody from MSNBC mentions the “green horseman”.

    There weren’t many cameramen from the West in Tahrir Square, so many outlets used that same video – but not everybody freaked out over the lens flare and started talking about pale horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    Perhaps days later, Rachel talked about how other people, like at Fox, were seeing green horses in camera flares – she likes to find funny things in the media. But I couldn’t find this, if it exists.

  • Anonymous

    “Between the crowds of protesters and barricades, the video shows a flowing, pale green image that resembles an erect rider…”

    Has anyone from FOX yet identified whose erection that was?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    I wonder why that 144k number didn’t increase as the population of the planet exploded… either god didn’t know there’d be over a billion xtians (and over a billion muslims who also hold the same kind of myths) and that there’d be less than 1/10 of 1% of his “creations” going… or the guys that fabricated the myths (more, the guys that perpetuate them) never adjusted their counts as modern society turned a planet’s worth of inhabitants into single cities.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Like an Imperial Star Destroyer, the Horsemen dump their trash before jumping to hyperspace.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Got a link to the cable that says someone will work to take down Mubarak this year? If the cable was released then we could all read it, that gives weight to the argument. If there is no cable, then it’s more delusional ranting from Beck. This would be a great time to either put up or shut up :)

  • Anonymous

    C’mon! When did POX Noise ever let the truth get in the way of good story to scare their sheeple!?!

  • Anonymous

    They will reveal themselves in time. Along with the fourth horseman of the muppocalypse.

  • Guest

    I guess it is all about elitism. Everyone does it. (ie, The Jews are the Chosen people) My son goes to a Catholic school that is named after a Christian “holy” war.
    Our Lady of Victory.
    Because it is ok to spill more blood in the name of Mary and Jesus Christ, so long as it is not ours, (the supposed enlightend).

  • Wyrdless

    OMG this is SO funny. The limits of human stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

    Dead_Head has the right idea.

  • Wyrdless

    144k/ 12 tribes of israel = 12,000 per tribe. The Jews are the sacred 144k and they aren’t going to be raptured, they will be safe from the devastation.

    Supposedly

  • Wyrdless

    the 144k are the protected jews, not the ones who will be raptured.

  • Anonymous

    Sarah Palin sure wants to know when and where the erection occurred, and what Obama knows about
    it.

  • Don Corleone

    More like the Rupture. Idiot’s bubbles bursting everywhere out of sheer stupidity.

  • shinyorbs

    4-way window pane? Purple microdot? flashbacks? haha

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when Christofascists run a television network.

    “Rapture! Woooooooooooooooh ! SCARY !!!”

  • http://www.ameridane.org/ thingwarbler

    Which still tells us that their tooth fairy is terrible at planning… at last count, there were over a million hard-core ultra-orthodox Jews alone — they’re going to be awfully disappointed when they realize that less than one-in-ten of them got anything out of all that fervent praying…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    Whatever that is, it’s pretty damn cool.

  • Wyrdless

    Divine justice?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Well, really, what can we expect from a demographic who sees the “Virgin Mary” in a dripping faucet’s ice or in toast or mineral deposits on an overpass abutment? I saw that “4th horseman” and the poor fool was riding the horse backward.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    They still have to get through the Mayan Calendar’s Unversal Cleansing on December 21, 2012. That trumps Christians’ and Jewish ideas.

  • http://oceanographerschoice.tumblr.com/ oldcollegetry

    Fox News loves freedom (for rich white conservatives)!

  • Anonymous

    the last time I looked at that Rapture site…they were planning on it in the next day or so. One lady said she had to run out and get her hair done. Wonder if she was one of the 144K…or even knows about that number.

  • Anonymous

    Why do these fools insist on making abortion a necessity?

  • Anonymous

    I hear they’ve been having trouble with the pigs and the ponies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Will the Rapture make all these shit-heads disappear?

    Oh, if only.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    But then, you WOULD say that, O dark one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Worse. Ultra-maroons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    They’re pro-life for any fetus likely to become a Fox watcher and Republican voter.

    Pro-death for anyone else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Making the Tea Party phenomenon one big overdose?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    The Internet was the biggest player in Egypt’s revolt.

    The free flow of information is the despot’s worst enemy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Good point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    But, if God is merciful, they’ll have no audience.

  • Guest

    Hey dbpink
    Up the dosage butt wipe!

  • Anonymous

    I thought everyone knew that the rapture occurred 1/1/2000. It was no big deal since only a handful of people around the world were called. They were all poor and in remote locations. It’s hard to find truly righteous people, maybe impossible now.

  • Anonymous

    That it explains it!

  • Anonymous

    Can we persuade them to chase a comet?

  • Anonymous

    The allure of the rapture is that it is their “get out of death free” card. They are all terrified of death since they know that by their own asserted standards they are all condemned to hell when they die. Rapture fantasy says they go to heaven without needing to die, thus skipping the judgment line.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t somebody assemble a good video production crew, or, I don’t know, maybe a 13 year old with some rockin’ cgi skills, and create a few videos that would convince these people the end of the world already happened, they got left behind and THERE’S NO REASON REMAINING TO ACT ALL GLEN BECK CRAZY-LIKE every frikkin’ day of the week??

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    I wonder why Fox (Faux) would assume it was the Fourth Horseman? I would have thought the would have made it the Second Horseman: War. The problem is if you read Revelations, there is no Green Horseman. White, Red, Black, and Pale, but no Green

    Any yes, I had to look them up in Wikipedia. Hey I may have studied New Testament in divinity school but I am Unitarian Universalist. Revelations is not big in our tradition.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    I had to laugh when everyone predicted the world would end 1/1/2000. When I studied New Testament in divinity school my NT professor showed us how to prove (just from the clear evidence in Matthew and Luke) that Jesus could not have been born in the Year One. I do not remember the exact years since it was over 30 years ago but based on who is listed as being in all the Roman and Jewish offices in the gospels he could have only been born (I think) between the years 4 and 6 BCE.

    In case you don’t know BCE (Before the Common Era) is the same thing as BC (Before Christ). Also before any Right Wingers question why I only mentioned Matthew and Luke those are the only two gospels that even mention Jesus’ birth. If the Romans were anything other than great engineers they were great record keepers.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Glenn Beck of course.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Hell Murdoch eliminated the need to change the law he became a US citizen. I guess that shows how much citizenship means to him.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Monty Python came back together just to produce it.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Occam’s razor

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    If anyone on Fox said anything about the Forth Horseman, or any Horseman of the Apocalypse, I want to hear one professional videographer from Fox say what it is in a professional publication. No host or guest host from Fox and Friends, Glenn Beck, or Hannity (or any host or guest host from any Fox New program) counts.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Eric Hoffer is the only professional philosopher or social commentator I know of who also worked as a Longshoreman at the same time he had an academic post. I want to see anyone at Fox claim he did not have real world experience.

  • http://johnharvey.us/ SgtCedar

    Their audience will grow enormously.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M2DIUX5ZHP3WTRIL7KTSOOMQQA Larry Olson

    I do video professionally. This flare is caused by a protective filter that is commonly placed on top of the lens glass. However, in highly contrasted imagery, it causes a mirrored reflection of bright areas as the light is refracted by the filter.

    Fox News. Overreactive moronic fearmongers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EOBSDI4XMIENRZR55PF25KLMF4 Donnie

    First I’ll preface this with the fact that I am an Atheist. But if there were a rapture and a heaven; if most of the people that were going to be in heaven were the same closed minded Conservatives we have here then you can have your heaven. But I know that can’t be true because in heaven those same closed minded Christian neocons couldn’t hate or spread hate. They would have to love all. Even those that did not agree with them. I know I know. Christians think you must be Christian in order to be a good descent patriot. Growing up I learned at a young age to rely on science and not fables to explain things. Even if it was something that I didn’t want to hear or challenged my preconceived beliefs. I had faith in what was tangible. Not just blind faith. Since then I served in the Air Force, saw combat in Bosnia and Operation Desert Storm, and have been a firefighter/EMT for the last 15yrs. I have on nearly a daily basis put my life on the line to defend, protect , or help others. All while being an Atheist. Imagine that. You do not have to be religious to be a good person or do whats right. Prisons are full of Christians and religious people. We should be judged as individuals not what “club” we belong to. Fox is always reporting FEAR! Fear and 24/7 demonization of the Dem’s and the Left. When was the last time Fox reported anything negative when it comes to a Republican or someone on the Right? Anybody?… When was the last time a Fox News programs DIDN’T report negatively about a Dem or the Left? I rest my case…

  • http://laughingmuslim.blogspot.com/ Edward

    Why and how does anyone take Fox seriously anymore.

  • Nickelthrower

    Greetings,

    I did several albums for a particular 7th Day Adventist Church. I worked with their pastor for hundreds of hours and he knew that I thought everything he believed to be 100% ridiculous – he knew this because I flat out told him so. I asked him once why he continued working with me as he very well knew that I was an Atheist. His reply shocked me: “Church is for the believers but you do business with the pagans – they wont flake out or try to rip you off. Most of us think this way.” In time, we became friends and he had me over to his house on many occasions but his family never once bothered to try to “convert” me as they preferred the company of people that did not live in a fantasy world.

    Finally, I love to ask people to give me a short list of Atheists that have started wars? Anyone?

  • Nickelthrower

    Greetings,

    I was raised Roman Catholic and went to a Catholic school – only the “bad” kids read Revelations. There is way too much evil going on and no patron saints or holidays in Revelations so we didn’t bother with it much.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fierylocks FieryLocks

    Who ya gonna call?

    GHOSTBUSTERS!

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