Recreation for wingnuts

I’ve always believed that those prone to cause mischief should be distracted with recreational activities that keep them from causing harm. So I’m a firm believer in Midnight Basketball, toddlers’ play groups and the Bohemian Grove gathering for rich guys.

Given that, I can’t help but applaud the creation of a new online game for paranoid, Tri-Lateral-Commission-fearing, Obama-stole-the-election-believing wingnuts. It will give them something to do rather than clean their weapons for the next townhall meeting.

It’s January 2011. The GOP is about to assume control of both houses of Congress—having been voted in by a public deeply suspicious of Democrats after President Barack Obama conducted clandestine talks with President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. But two days before the new conservative majority is to be sworn in, Obama announces that this Congress will not be seated, that the United States (a creation of “racists and warmongers”) will be replaced by a North American Union, that the US Constitution will be dissolved, and that private ownership of firearms will be outlawed (as part of a United Nations treaty banning firearms globally). In response, millions rise up, and the Revolution begins.

A Glenn Beck movie project? Perhaps. But it’s also the premise for a new online computer game hosted by a website called United States of Earth.

If this isn’t a symbol for our times — with a new poll showing that 52 percent of Republicans believe ACORN stole the election for Obama — I don’t know what is.

According to The Nation’s David Corn, the site’s designers claim to hate Republicans and Democrats equally.

This game, though, is no right-wing plot to foment anti-Obama paranoia. Its organizers—who are not identified on the site—are a small group of Ron Paul-loving libertarians living in Brooklyn, according to Michael Russotto, one of this band. He insists the game’s designers and editors are not advancing any partisan agenda and that this anti-Obama scenario is one stunt they’ve devised to bring people into their larger “United States of Earth” project, in which players build their own empires and try to “dominate other members’ regimes across real-world maps.” According to Russotto, the site’s designers despise Democrats and Republicans, and they will show their political balance next week, when the site introduces an “Ambush Bush” scenario, which will give players the chance to hunt down the ex-president in Texas.

We’ll see which game draws more outrage.

52 comments Add your comment

mike

November 20th, 2009
7:36 am

Who cares about this crap? Is Tucker not aware of the hateful and ignorant crap put out by liberals at places like Democratic Underground?

This is the lowest and lamest form of partisan punditry: find an extremist and associate him with the party that you do not support. We could all spend the day pulling out examples of such crap from both sides. It proves nothing.

We all know that their are extremists on both sides, but partisan hacks like Tucker love to throw this red meat out there because they would rather see a country tearing itself apart than live in a world of reasonable co-existence. (In Tucker’s case, it is also because she can’t write anything meaningful.) In this manner, Tucker, Beck and the rest of the divisive hate mongers are all the same.

Why is the AJC wasting its scarce resources paying a mindless partisan to copy and paste snippets of articles and festoon it with dorm-room commentary? You can get this garbage in the comment section of an AP feed and not have to pay for this shallow and divisive dreck. The AJC needs to dump Tucker and buy some blog software that works or better yet, some actual journalists.

not a CT fan

November 20th, 2009
7:43 am

here’s a list of some of the new taxes that are in the 2074 page senate health care bill. wonder how many more there are in this bill and the house 1900+ pages. these taxes will take effect on passage but the health care will not begin until 2014. does anyone actually believe that this can work for the benefit of the American people? the egos of the people who came up with this piece of garbage is amazing. they should be booted out in the street asap.
Individual Mandate Tax = Income Surtax
Employer Mandate Tax
40% tax on “Cadillac” Health Insurance plans
Medicine Cabinet Tax (has to do with HSA/FSA accts)
HSA withdrawal tax hike
Excise tax on charitable hospitals
Tax on Innovator Drug companies
Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers
Tax on Cosmetic Surgery
Higher Payroll Tax on Upper Income
Tax on Health Insurers
Elimination of tax deductions for employer provided retirement drug coverage
Hike in Medicare Payroll Taxes
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax hike

Marco

November 20th, 2009
7:46 am

Ms. Tucker, is there a game for the left wingnuts who believe Bush stole both elections, 9/11 was a inside job and countless other theories. Excuse me there is, it’s the MSM. My bad!

Peadawg

November 20th, 2009
7:51 am

Cynthia, are you not going to answer my question from your last blog “They were wrong about Medicare, too”?

I’ll repeat the question: How can you say they were wrong about Medicare, but endorse Obama’s health care plan?

I’ll check back this afternoon(not really expecting anything since I doubt you have a logical answer).

mike

November 20th, 2009
7:54 am

This blog software is horrible.

kayaker 71

November 20th, 2009
7:56 am

Wing nut….. a favorite name for disenchanted liberals who seek to marginalize the competition. Anyone who has a distaff opinion, no matter whether true or not, is a wingnut. Anyone who disagrees with the standard liberal jargon, the looney toons excuse for this administration to push this country into the bucket….. must be a wingnut. This word seeks to close debate, just like someone calling you a racist for criticizing black people. It closes the door, tosses aside any rational opinion by someone on the other side of an argument….. if you are a wingnut, you can’t possibly have anything cogent to say about the present mess we find ourselves in.
Cynthia, you are supposed to be an editor with some intelligence and forsight. I have read some of your work and you can put together a sentence with the best of them. The content is not always to my liking but I will say that you are a worthy opponent. Until you start the name calling. It then brings you down to the level of all the rest of those who seek to bury conservative thought, no matter what the cost. Bottom line….. this is below your station. You know better…. at least I hope you do.

ApparentlyARepublicanWingnut

November 20th, 2009
8:13 am

How on Earth that you ever won a Pulitzer for the garbage that you write is beyond me. You’ve just put yourself into the same category as those Republican wingnuts that you despise by writing this nonsensical drivel. Journalism is officially dead! I felt like I was stepping onto an elementary school playground when I read the immature name-calling.

ApparentlyARepubWingnut

November 20th, 2009
8:14 am

How on Earth that you ever won a Pulitzer for the garbage that you write is beyond me. You’ve just put yourself into the same category as those Republican wingnuts that you despise by writing this nonsensical drivel. Journalism is officially dead! I felt like I was stepping onto an elementary school playground when I read the immature name-calling.

StJ

November 20th, 2009
8:38 am

Good post Mike. You hit the nail on the head. (I’m tired of “First!”)

Turd Feguson

November 20th, 2009
8:38 am

PS3 Need for Speed sounds more fun.

Call it like it is.

November 20th, 2009
8:41 am

Hey, where’s the link for the game? Sounds like fun to me. Besides I’m bored after cleaning up all of my guns last night.

Scarecrow

November 20th, 2009
9:11 am

“Peadawg” do you have a job? DAMN!you are an opinionated little sucker! Maybe you should send in your resume of OPRAH’s job!!! WOW! you are full of it!!!!!

Peadawg

November 20th, 2009
9:16 am

Yeah, I’m at my job right now.

That wasn’t an opinion though, that was a question. I asked Cynthia this question last week and she never answered. She posted a similar blog yesterday and I asked again…no answer. I’m still waiting for answer and I’ve come to the conclusion that Cynthia doesn’t have a logical answer to my simple question. She is all for Obama’s health care plan, but speaks out against Medicare because it cost too much, etc.

Donovan

November 20th, 2009
9:20 am

INCREDIBLE! The AJC acturally pays a salary to this whack job? Tucker is so alienated that she has to revert to this type of writing in order to get attention; pathetic. Don’t you find it interesting that liberals (and I won’t mention Bookman) find it necessary to search out isolated cases or individuals who they feel will support their line of thinking? It’s a devisive tool practiced by deparate people who try to prop up a losing ideology.

Larry

November 20th, 2009
9:26 am

CT – thanks for sending your wingnut fans into orbit again! Hopefully, someday one of your thoughtful and articulate columns will actually cause their heads to explode.
“The sad truth is that their anger and resentment (and no small amount of racism) is being exploited by their corporate masters to protect their own billions.”

Kevin

November 20th, 2009
9:35 am

I love it when Pulitzer Prize winners resort to name calling.

Cynthia, you’re so talented . . .

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
9:40 am

I seem to recall an old saying -

Something about what goes around, comes around

With all the junk spewed by lefties about President Bush – I wonder why the ACORN angle took so long – actually I think it was the New Black Panthers with their billy clubs or the thugs from SEIU.

But then again the SEIU and ACORN share the same building in the Big Easy.

Birds of a feather

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
9:41 am

Bullseye, Cynthia. The trolls are reeling, as if you hit them right between the eyes.

That’s some fine shootin’

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
9:45 am

Hmm, isn’t the Service Employees International Union the one that represents the hookers in Nevada? Wonder how a bunch on male thugs got involved with them? I guess something for everyone.

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
10:02 am

I never thought that the seemingly harmless word, “wingnut”, had any legs. Like the word moron. Overused. Impotent.

Boy was I wrong. That word is as effective as a shoe-kick on a mound of ants.

Glenn Beck, wingnut, is in a new progressive phase of his condition. It’s hard to follow crying through his nervous breakdown during the inauguration last winter on camera, but he’s done it.

Check it out.

It would be funny, but the possibility exists that the dungeonsNdragon graduates and trekkie-rejects he inspires could mob-think themselves into the rebellion that online war-games are supposed to prevent.

Venting frustration in cyberspace should be a good thing, unless Glenn Beck’s emoticon face evokes half the fury that a simple word like “wingnut” creates here among the sophisticated critical thinkers on this blog.

Good thing Cheney cant shoot straight, eh?

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
10:25 am

Chris Broe,

Remember your words when we turn out those that vote for the exploding deficit.
Bush wasn’t conservative enough and Obama is too Marxist for any thinking person.

Every time the conservatives try to go moderate – we lose – guess what we plan this time.

Joan

November 20th, 2009
10:36 am

I hear so much about the “vicious” right wing, but on balance, the hatred and vitriol that spews from the mouths of liberals is extraordinarily nasty and beneath contempt. Just look at the facts, and you will be a conservative, unless you are on welfare, don’t want to work, work for the government, or on a union pension plan. If you are among those on the “take” I totally understand your liberal bias, but if you are paying your own way, why on earth would one want to vote for the tax and redistribution policies? And quit being so nasty Tucker, it (should be) beneath this paper’s dignity.

Rant

November 20th, 2009
10:59 am

Maobamaism defined — A ‘person’ who cannot reason is a fool, a ‘person’ who will not reason is a bigot, a ‘person’ who dare not reason is a slave – William Drummond

Common Sense

November 20th, 2009
11:13 am

Ms. Tucker:

If you would just debate me now and then that would be my recreation.

For example, yesterdays thread on the “up or down vote”.

Ms. Tucker:

Two points ………….

This is so hypocritical ………. even for you. The Dems. used this tactic all of the time and will in the future. It’s part of the game to allow those not “in power” to still wield a little power.

Kind of like California has two Senators but so does Rhode Island ! Now tell me ………. is that fair to all the residents of California ???

jt

November 20th, 2009
11:14 am

It is good that young business-people love Ron Paul.
This is from the good doctor himself——————————

“This is all because the Constitution is treated like a suggestion manual instead of the supreme law of the land. Under the Constitution, politicians’ hands are supposed to be tied in most of the areas they involve themselves in today. But somewhere along the line, politicians stepped out of Constitutional bounds and started pretending to solve our problems for us. All we have to show for it is more problems.

Today, Washington politicians can busily “solve” one problem, knowing that unintended consequences from that “solution” will keep them and their friends all very busy tomorrow. The people are ultimately left suffocating under the burden of Washington’s helping hands. It is coming to a point where our economy, our dollar, and indeed, the rest of the world have had about all the help from Washington that they can stand. The United States is headed the way of Rome and the Soviet Union, for the same reasons, unless we reverse the trend.

I continue to hope that enough Americans will realize that the true strength of our country doesn’t come from Washington, but rather the limitations placed on government in the Constitution. We must resolve to reverse the destructive course that we are on and then never again let big government problem-solving take over our lives and our country.”

Ron Paul

Common Sense

November 20th, 2009
11:15 am

P.S. to Ms. Tucker:

Here’s another one ………….

Is God a capitalist ?

Sister Faith

November 20th, 2009
11:37 am

Gosh Cynthia….you really rouse the rabble….they seem to be crawling out from under their rocks all over the place…..

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
11:42 am

Common Sense,

I know CT will say He is a socialist or a progressive, but -
I would say God is a very benevolent dictator.

Jess

November 20th, 2009
12:00 pm

Mr. Nobody

November 20th, 2009
12:02 pm

Cynthia, I can’t wait until King Obama begins hitting your deep pockets with those high taxes…why is it that you don’t dare to debate with some of these fine points made on your blog? Coward!

Jess

November 20th, 2009
12:17 pm

Never knew Cynthia to be a name caller before, except of course racist which has become meaningless from overuse in her case. Well maam, I would never call you an unflattering name, My parents taught me better.

ctucker

November 20th, 2009
12:32 pm

Jess wrote: Never knew Cynthia to be a name caller before, except of course racist which has become meaningless from overuse in her case. Well maam, I would never call you an unflattering name, My parents taught me better.

Jess, I had no idea I was talking about you. I stand by the word “wingnut,” which I assumed applied only to a tiny minority of you. Are you a wingnut?

Van Priest

November 20th, 2009
12:42 pm

Wow! I just love to see someone turn wingnuts into a bunch of Rumple Steel Skins.

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
12:44 pm

Cynthia,

It depends on whether you are a progressive wingnut or a conservative wingnut? We must be fair.

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
12:50 pm

Cynthia,

Can you explain to me how you justify spending a trillion dollars on this healthcare program that still leaves 6% of the needy uninsured?

The massive tax increase for the next 4 years that will pay for the first few years of this program that will be brutal on the lower income folks.

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
1:55 pm

I think what Cynthia Tucker tried to say today is that….

… Obama is not Hitler, but there sure is a furor over his administration.

… Palin can vogue rogue on magazine covers, but she will never be a serious pin up girl, (like Levi).

Wally

November 20th, 2009
1:57 pm

Garbage, divisive, denying, delusional view of reality, truth spinning, and repeat the lies at every opportunity. Sounds familiar. Oh, yes. Wasn’t that GOP 101 for the first eight years of this century? And hasn’t the entire world been sunk into the worst recession since the Great Depression on the heels of nearly eight straight, undiluted years of your “garbage”? Sure there was a Democratic majority the last two years, but you filibustered and refused civilized discourse and bipartisanship almost to a woman/man. If the same thing (this recession) had happened after a Democratic reign, there would have been lynchings in the streets.

I don’t for a second believe yours is an accurate characterization of the liberal press. But if it were, they would have learned it from precisely your side of aisle, Mike. What rock did you live under between Jan 2001 and Jan 2009? Your diatribe made you the biggest hypocrite since the Pharisees.

It is very possible your side is going to win in the coming election cycles. If you do, I think we can kiss freedom, prosperity, health care, just plain law and order, and the planet good-bye. And what really galls me is that, as you just did, you will point in every direction but your own to affix blame.

I’m sure you believe you’re going to Heaven when you die. How’s it going to feel when you look back from on high and your descendants are cursing you? How’s it going to feel when you realize you have been relegated to the nether regions of Heaven because of your offenses against that “sweet savour” so cherished by Yahweh after the flood. Do you really think that mere admission into the Pearly Gates is going to allow you Heavenly peace if you’re wrong and you didn’t do the necessary footwork to find out what was right?

You won’t be able to fool or deceive either Jesus or God like you have gullible and under-educated conservatives.

We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and everyone with any sense knows that it can’t be fixed even in a matter of years. For conservatives to be condemning current administration policies and strategies for rescuing the economy from what their own philosophies did to it, is injudicious in the extreme and leaves all of you open to the accusation of self-serving power mongering and unstatesman-like conduct.

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
1:57 pm

Now, Cynthia, not all the Born Again Birthers are wingnuts.

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
2:06 pm

Nice Pharisees reference, Wally.

However, I think Jesus did say to give to Caeser’s what is Caeser’s, and that implies that it’s okay to be a wingnut, a moonbat, a libtard or a repudlickan.

For isn’t it the divine right of kings that we had to overcome? Didn’t Shakespeare teach us that the problem lies not in our stars, but in our selves?

Don’t you remember when unnamed, faceless republicans outed Valerie P and we all realized that the problem lay not in our nomme de plumes but in naming our Plames? (sorry).

Wait, I’m not finished, I can still save this comment…..

Scott

November 20th, 2009
2:06 pm

Cynthia, I think this may be the first time you even mention ACORN. Of course, you won’t talk about how they are a corrupt organization. All of those cold hard facts are left out for some reason. Why is that? Why haven’t you used your Pulitzer winning investigative skills and figure what is wrong with that organization? Are you too scared to see the results? That’s what I thought.

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
2:17 pm

Asked and answered. Cynthia need not blog another word. The troll has the floor, and he’s such an intuitive profiler, that he could win at solitaire tic tac toe……(mike&mike show, ESPN2)

BTW: It’s time I flesh out a bit Mike&Mike did on their show on ESPN2 yesterday. The one mike said that he won at solitaire tic tac toe. the other mike said that meant that he lost.

It was funny, but I thought I could take the bit and run with it, so with their permission and your indulgence…

“I won at solitaire tic tac toe”

who won?

I won.

You? You won something?

yeah.

You.

Yeah, me. I won.

At tic tac toe.

Right.

Then who lost?

The other guy.

What other guy? You said it was solitaire.

It was, And I won. the other guy lost. What?

But, if you won, and it was solitaire, then that means that…..that means that….

What? I won something, cant you be happy for me? This is what you do all the time. You never support my victories. Never.

Alright. Congratulations. You beat yourself at tic tac toe.

I hate you.

Common Sense

November 20th, 2009
2:25 pm

To El Jefe:

The Bible teaches that those who accepted His salvation will be rewarded according to how much they worked for God here on earth. The more good works ………….. the greater the rewards (”that you may receive your reward in Heaven”). Likewise it teaches that those sent to Hell will be judged on their works (”beaten with many stripes”). Sounds pretty capitalistic to me …………….. :o

In addition:

“The poor you will have with you always”

“If a man will not work, let him not eat”

Jess

November 20th, 2009
2:26 pm

Ms. Tucker,

Yes maam, I suppose I am a wingnut based on the blogosphere’s usual usage of the word.

Peadawg

November 20th, 2009
2:31 pm

Cynthia, you answer someone else’s question, why not mine? Or do you just answer question that you have a logical answer to? You can’t think of a good answer to mine, can you?

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
2:43 pm

Wally,

So much anger coming from the progressives. Why is that, are you not the party of tolerance and open-mindedness?

Here we have another example where the progressives are intolerant and very closed minded about the issues. They fly off the handle and refuse to debate.

Instead of attacking the issues, they attack anyone that has a brain and wants to discuss HealthCare.

How typical.

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
2:51 pm

Common Sense,

Hence the “very benevolent dictator”.
God answers to no one but himself.

How else do you deal with an all powerful Deity except to admit you fall short of His expectations?

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.(sorry progressives, this leaves you out)
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (sorry progressives, this leaves you out also)

Scott

November 20th, 2009
3:01 pm

Cynthia, we have a new game for libs. Go on MSNBC without any credibility, go out to a rally for a Conservative politician, find a teenage girl in the crowd and grill her using incorrect information that you maintain on a note card. That sounds right up the typical liberal’s alley. Did Nora go to the Cynthia Tucker School of Journalism? What a joke.

Common Sense

November 20th, 2009
4:01 pm

To El Jefe:

Sorry …….. these two get me back in ……….. :o

Blessed are those who mourn (for what my country has become under liberals),
for they will be comforted.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (fighting against the slaughter of our unborn children),
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Jess

November 20th, 2009
4:10 pm

The poll you refer to stating 52% of republicans think Obama’s presidency was stolen for him by ACORN is the worst kind of misleading poll.

The question asked was,do you think Obama won the election legitimately, or do you think ACORN stole it for him. There were only two acceptable answers. If you say it was legit then you are basically saying you think ACORN did no wrong. The only way one could express the sentiment that ACORN was doing something wrong was to say he did not win legitimatlly.

The responses were a condemnation of ACORN, not Obama. Had the question simply been Do you think Obama’s election was legitimate, you would have gotten an entirely different set of numbers.

Scott

November 20th, 2009
4:23 pm

Also in that poll, did you notice that 52% of those polled DO NOT support Obama’s healthcare reform while 40% do. Cynthia, how come you won’t discuss that number? Again, you only cite sources when it benefits you and your mixed up agenda.