Douchebag o’ the Day

…I’m prepared to accept whatever result they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong.

-Anthony Watts, prominent global warming denier, 3/6/2011 expressing confidence that a scientific study by a leading global warming skeptic, would rebut the global warming trend  observed by mainstream climate scientists.

With his testimony, Dr. Muller has totally destroyed any credibility he might have had with me.

-Anthony Watts, prominent global warming denier, 3/31/2011 expressing outrage upon learning that the results of the aforementioned scientific study tended to confirm, rather than rebut the global warming trend  observed by mainstream climate scientists.

(Hat Tip: Salon, and Paul Krugman)


In other moments o’douche, Donald Trump is hired by Fox.

I dunno, I think ol’ Douche-hat is vying for the title this morning:

The GOP’s empty stage

Douchiest line, nestled in what is otherwise a boring GOP fluff piece:

The unpopularity of President Obama’s agenda, the obvious unsustainability of blue-state spending habits (evident in budget battles from California to New York) and the looming entitlement crisis have created a remarkable opportunity for conservatives to reimagine government’s role

Can somebody please tell this douchebag that it’s the “blue states” which continue to pay to keep his beloved “red states” from backsliding into the 19th century?

If there weren’t serious ramifications, it would be funny.

But there are. I would certainly like to see when the Blue States say they’ve had enough. That time could come sooner than later.



Texas, the reddest of the red states is facing a huge budget deficit and is responding by proposing a budget that will cut education funding and close 1/2 the states’ nursing homes.

California may be a nominally blue state, but its budget troubles are squarely the result of right-wing ballot initiatives.

@SanFranLefty: I hope he get caught downloading kiddie porn, and soon.

@Serolf Divad: Hey now, show some respect. Texas lost the “reddest of the red states” title to Arizona a few years ago.

@SanFranLefty: I actually came across the 5th Circuit opinion recently while doing research on the elements of a malicious prosecution claim. That’s a shame.


If you’re going to tell someone that they didn’t get the job the person applied for, do you do it by phone call on a Friday afternoon?

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: At least they called. What’s worse is when you apply and interview and there’s radio silence.

@SanFranLefty: True. That has happened to me. Fuck the USAO.

I was out when she called and got a cryptic VM message with which to drive myself crazy all weekend. I figured they wouldn’t ruin my weekend by telling me on a Friday, so it must be good news. Ha! Wrong again.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: No, I don’t want to ruin their weekend. I usually make those calls in the middle of the week. And I contact every applicant, but I usually only receive 5-10-ish resumes for open positions. If I have to leave a message then I do explain that another candidate was selected for the position, but I encourage them to call me back if they have questions.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Yes. If I have to do it. In my line of work one almost never gets a call telling you that you didn’t get the job. The preferred method is never to call you then if they see you in public they hide so that they won’t have to feel ‘uncomfortable’. At least they called. By me that’s a respectful and correct thing to do. I’d rather you’d got it but on to the next.

Buried lead from the original LAT story:

Anthony Watts, a former TV weatherman who runs the skeptic blog…

Cue Kenan Thompson.

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