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No Shortage of Foolery

Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010 3:42 AM

Did you hear about the global warming scientist who froze to death at the South Pole? (The conclusion being, since one can freeze to death at the South Pole, there can't be any global warming.)

Guess what? It's a hoax.

One of the tip-offs was the pilot named 'Jimmy Dolittle' - the historical reference being Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, who led the April 18, 1942 raid over Tokyo. It's not impossible for someone to have named their son after a famous aviator, but it was another cute coincidence piled on top of the remarkable claim that the scientist died a short distance away from base, with an ironic plea for help written with a rope in the snow beside him.

Sarah Palin's 'Real American Stories' is set to debut tonight, and had been promoted as featuring interviews with rapper/actor LL Cool J and country music artist Toby Keith.

Both of whom have stepped forward to say no such interviews were ever conducted.

LL Cool J notes that the program repurposed an interview he did in 2008 and misrepresents him.

FOX has removed the interview from the program. (Toby Keith's interview is apparently still included.)

The Catholic League's Bill Donohue took to the airwaves with a bizarre defense of the resurgent child molestation scandal facing the Vatican.

It's not molestation, it's homosexuality.

Um ... Bill? It still happened in Catholic churches, involved Catholic priests, and canonical authorities who repeatedly cleaned up and covered up the molestation of young men and women by priests.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that the Bush Administration conducted illegal wiretaps of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers, calling into question the legality of the broader terrorist surveillance program.

But, in a decidedly Same-As-The-Old-Boss moment, the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder are appealing the ruling, saying it jeopardizes state secrets. (The old 'Sssssh! Don't tell the terrorists we're listening to their phone calls!' excuse.)

It's not enough to issue a we-don't-do-that-in-my-administration memo. Without accountability, the authority, integrity, and honesty of the entire system - government as well as the law - is called into question. Breaking the law and security through secrecy are the hallmarks of the incompetent.

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