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The New Internet Phenomenon: Getting Caught Being Stupid

By Jesse Taylor
Saturday, July 12, 2008 13:25 EDT

Things that probably should never enter into your everyday job duties:

  • Dinesh D’Souza books.
  • Complimentary bowls of Circus Peanuts on your desk.
  • Klan robes.

Three paramedics at Newark’s University Hospital were fired this week after grainy images taken by a cellphone camera surfaced showing two student interns garbed in white sheets to look like robes of the Ku Klux Klan.

Officials at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which operates the hospital, and its emergency medical services unit, called the episode “ugly and abhorrent,” and “not be tolerated at any level.”

University president William F. Owen, who disclosed details of the incident on Friday, said one of the paramedics offered to resign, but was terminated instead on Monday. Two others were subsequently fired on Thursday.

“You don’t walk away from something like this,” he said, clearly angry.

Apparently, cell phone pictures were taken of the hazing – which, if I were Megan McArdle, would lead me to ask if the iPhone could end racism. Luckily for all involved, I am not Megan McArdle, and so I simply comment this: if you’re going to base an offensive hazing off of an objectionable YouTube video, at least make it Dancer vs. Baby:

Morons these days. Sheesh.

The best of the worst – Karen Hughes and Mark Penn combine ‘consulting’ forces

By pams
Friday, July 11, 2008 21:59 EDT

Haven’t I been telling you all primary season long about the Beltway consultant class, always more concerned about self-preservation and their next meal ticket, poisoning politics and democracy? Here’s bold additional confirmation of it. The $3 million-dollar/month former Clinton “chief strategist” Mark Penn, whose arrogance and incompetence destroyed Hillary Clinton’s campaign, has gotten in bed with Bush’s babysitter, Karen Hughes, to form a PR/communications firm. This is so DC. (WSJ): Former Clinton strategist Mark Penn,…


Chilly Willy

By Jesse Taylor

I read the chapter on the Left and eugenics. It was dumb. That this Planned Parenthood clinic meant for a Martin Luther King Boulevard in Portland is never built. If you’ve read Jonah’s Liberal Fascism chapter on eugenics and the Left, this might just give you chills: The building’s designer,…


Lost In The Wilderness

By Jesse Taylor

In the past two days, the National Review has run pieces declaring Barack Obama both Barack W. Bush and Barack McGovern Clinton. Add that to McCain’s propensity to compare Obama to William Jennings Bryan and Jimmy Carter, and I can’t help but think that the GOP has ceased all attempts…



By Jesse Taylor

I’ll admit – my favorite thing that Bill Donohue ever did wasn’t try to get Amanda retroactively annulled from life. It was when he attacked a Catholic priest for saying something he didn’t like. This is because the stated mission of the Catholic League is this: Motivated by the letter…


I promise, a real post later

By Amanda Marcotte

I have much work to do today, because Marc and I are moving right before Netroots Nation, and work is just piling up. But I have a post for later today about how to have maximum amounts of super fucking fun in Austin while you’re here for Netroots Nation (or…


Shorter Michelle Malkin (and LGF, Blackfive, etc.)

By auguste

From Photoshop Disasters * Iran’s military is so inept they have to Photoshop their missile tests, which just proves what a clear and present danger they are to the United States.…


No comment yet from Michelle Malkin

By auguste

Would have thought this would be right up her alley. Last week, Silvio Berlusconi’s new rightwing Italian administration announced plans to carry out a national registration of all the country’s estimated 150,000 Gypsies – Roma and Sinti people – whether Italian-born or migrants. Interior minister and leading light of the…


Not even if the ticket was also a winning lottery ticket

By auguste

Last night at Wanted I was mercifully spared the ubiquitous Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award with the guy chasing his girlfriend through the paintings of an art gallery. For my sins, however, I was treated to not one but two instances of this: Fortunately for my faith in humanity, this was…


Unfortunately, there’s no scale on the offense level of the patterns on your underwear

By Amanda Marcotte

This is apparently the Flint, Michigan police force’s guide on how to tell someone is wearing too-baggy pants. Seriously, they give out tickets for this, or else the illustration is lying to me.…