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This Modern World

If something like this happened in my neck of the woods, the only “neighbors” I’d expect to come to my aid would be a swarm of realty developers and contractors. The latter would offer bilingual bids to rebuild; the former offer bids to take the lot off my hands so they could build some uglyassed, multi-dwelling piece of shit.

Amish [tag]neighbors[/tag], however, kick ass…

The Grabers escaped unharmed from the tornado that plowed through Webster County.

Not so their home. It was torn apart by the twister’s fury.

But in less than 15 hours, the Grabers were back in a new home rebuilt on the same spot — a peaceful valley south of Missouri 38 about 10 miles east of Marshfield — by more than 100 men and boys from neighboring [tag]Amish[/tag] homesteads near the Grabers.

“By 2 p.m., we were mopping the floors,” he said.

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Zsa Zsa Busted for Whoring Clooney [UPDATED]

This is too funny:

Oscar-winner George Clooney may make politically provocative films like “Syriana.” But he doesn’t write politically provocative blogs.

So imagine his ire when [tag]Arianna Huffington[/tag] used some of his recent answers to political questions in a way that makes it look as if he wrote one for her [tag]Huffington Post[/tag] blog site.

What? Georgie didn’t actually write this shit?[update: it’s been yanked] I wasted two precious seconds of my life snarking a piece of “fake but accurate” blogging?

“He doesn’t object to the quotes,” says Stan Rosenfield, Clooney’s valiant rep. “He said those things and those are his views. Arianna asked for permission to use the quotes and he gave it to her. What he didn’t give permission for was the use of his quotes without source attributions to make it appear that he wrote a blog for her site. Which he did not. When he saw the posting Monday, we called and asked her to make the change, to simply attribute the quotes and make it clear that he did not write a blog. But she refused. And it’s now Wednesday.”

So it turns out that the post, which was presented as an entry by über Hollywood liberal Clooney over at Zsa Zsa’s House of Preening Asshatted Moonbats, was actually snippets of interviews Zsa Zsa doctored up to make it look like there were actual fabulous famous people posting over at her loony bin–as she had promised when she rolled out her junk–instead of merely a pack of C and D level (or totally unknown) whacked-out [tag]moonbat[/tag] hacks.

Rather than keep waiting, [tag]Clooney[/tag] got pro-active and issued this statement:

” Miss Huffington’s blog is purposefully misleading and I have asked her to clarify the facts.

I stand by my statements but I did not write this blog. With my permission Miss Huffington compiled it from interviews with Larry King and The Guardian. What she most certainly did not get my permission to do is to combine only my answers in a blog that misleads the reader into thinking that I wrote this piece. These are not my writings – they are answers to questions and there is a huge difference.”

Dahhling! You are SO busted!

I’m guessing Zsa Zsa just got her ass banned from the “fabulous people” party lists for the forseeable future.

UPDATE: Arianna, spinning as fast as she can.

I hope she realizes that her “explanation” means no one is ever gonna believe postings at her joint under a “name” contributor’s byline–whether actor or politico, and every “celeb” tier in between–should be considered anything more than crap scribbled and submitted by a PR flack, since she’s admitting she’s got no problem running that kind of thing and making believe it’s real.

(h/t: Ace)

A “Fisking?” More Like an “Obliterating”

I used to have a visceral, irrational loathing of Jeff Jarvis, because of his association with the Fingerboard Follies, specifically the electronic edition of our useless local fishwrap I like to call “The Retreat” (which I am convinced I could effectively put out of business in sixteen months for under two hundred thousand bucks… I mean bury the bastards).

But when the Buzzboy is on….

This morning Jarvis goes to town on an uppity journalist who believes great heaving dinosaurs like he/she works for are all that protects society’s hapless bastards [ed. note: that means everyone that is NOT a “journalist”] from falling into the Dark Ages:

You infer that you are all that stands between us and the black plague. What hubris. There are many ways to inform society. Society informs itself if given a chance, if we enable that to happen.

Instead of arguing that the world must stay as it was, instead of being satisfied informing the world the old way, your way, why not imagine the new, better, and bigger ways there are to inform society today? Why not imagine the ways that you can use the internet to connect more people to more information than ever before? Why not? Because, I suspect, you fear it cuts you out of the role of the gatekeeper. But gatekeepers are fixtures of feudal societies. The internet tears down the castle walls. You can’t win with this feudal metaphor trick, not when you’ve been a member of the closed and privileged priesthood for too long.

read the whole thing.

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