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Monday, January 10, 2005

Koufax awards

Ok dudes well isn't this interesting. So much happens when I'm gone. Seems that TIWWWB was put on the nominee list for a Koufax award last Thursday. No I don't know WTF it is either, it's some kind of lefty award's for blogs. Koufax was a lefty, get it? Hardy har. I guess if you're a lefty it's better than calling it the Bill "Spaceman" Lee Awards. Anyway TIWWWB is up for Best Single Issue Blog. (Boy is that ever appropriate LOL :) Also, Screaming memes of the TIWWworld is also in the running (Best New Blog). Congrats Memes!

The... possibility that these two blogs aren't "really" left-wing at all, does not seem to have been raised in either thread. But hey, why should it? They're real, right? Who can say?

So apparently the Commissar guy at Politburo Diktat got a wind of this and gave a.. diktat, I guess, to his readers to go vote for TIWWWB. Check out the thread, IWW's got a few votes, though (sigh) probably not enough to put him (her?) over the top.

But! The plot thickens! Apparently now the guys at Koufax awards have.. figured it out. Figured out that all might not be as it seems, that is. Why, you see, (they say, in an "Update"..heh ;), they knew that these two sites were parodies all along! it was just a "honey pot"! That's why they put TIWWWB on the list on Thursday but then made this "we knew all along" post on Monday. Right? Ha ha so the joke's on us! Don't you feel stupid! I know I sure do! Um.. LOL. Anyway, that's their story and they're stickin' to it.

Just some of the TIWWWBy goodness we've all come to expect.

UPDATE: Oh, and if you read between the lines of his "Update1", what he's saying is he got lotsa emails over the weekend warning him "Hey, psst TIWWWB is a parody dude don't let them spoof ya". But uh, he knew all along. Yup, that's his story alright. ROTFLOL

UPDATE 2: over a day now and still none of the Koufax Award readers seem to have a clue as to which are the two "honey pots". Boy this has been a long round of Final Koufax Jeopardy. That Jeopardy jingle just keeps going and going, getting on my nerves. But of course, the joke's STILL on all of us "wingers"! I sure feel stoopid! (BTW, don't you love how lefties, so incomprehensibly, use "winger" as shorthand for "right-winger"? Um, by dropping the "right" part of that equation, didn't you become too vague? Explain it to me lefties, is a "winger" a left-winger or a right-winger? If "winger" is short for "right-winger" then do tell, what's short for "left-winger"? or is there no such thing as a left-winger? It's kinda like calling Koufax a lefty and Don Drysdale a "hander". Mayks cents2 ME!!!1)


Blogger EvilPundit said...

The best part is that they asked their readers to "spot the parodies" -- and none of the readers could find them! TIWWB also got a couple of real left-wing commenters from this.

January 23, 2005 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

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January 23, 2005 at 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Diane,

You loveley little thing. I'm am so embittered by that evil neocon from CUANAS, and the way he referred to you as Daisy, whom he is intamating is not a real person.

It's almost like he's implying that maybe you are not a real personhood either.

I've seen Diane, everybody, and believe me, she is real. A she's got a nice rack of kebabs too.


Screaming Memes

January 23, 2005 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger  said...

ok I just need to say i have no idea what memes is talking about.

And why does he think I'm daisy? daisy's an IWW character. I'm a real person.

January 23, 2005 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Screaming Memes said...

Dearest Diane,

I, Memes, does not think your Daisy. It is Pastroius, the evil neocon, whom thniks your Daisy. I was only pointing out that he called you Daisy (falsely, slanderously,) just after he said Daisy was a fake personhood.

It seems that he is implieing that you , also, are a fake personhood. I don't think that is fair to you're person.

Get it?

Screaming Memes

January 24, 2005 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Listen up Memes, I don't know if any of you are real or not. That's not the issue here. I was merely attempting to clarify an issue regarding myself and Vanessa (the real person behind the "Daisy" character.

While it is true that I made a mistake in my comment and accidentally referred to Diane as "Daisy" (and for that I apologize) I certainly meant no harm by it. It was, in the end, an honest mistake. And one I can not change, may I add, because, as you know, blogger does not allow one to simply edit a portion of a comment. Instead one must trashcan the entire comment, and repost, with the edit included, thus detroying the original sequence of the "Comments" dialogue.

I figured that, as we are rendering these thoughts and occurences for history's sake, it would be better that I did not interfere with the sequence of the dialogue.

I truly do hope you would be understanding.

In any event, at least, now, I have made myself clear.


P.S. Oh and, by the way Memes, learn to spell.

January 24, 2005 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes I feel as if I weren't real.

But then, the locusts appear, and proceed to sting the insides of my eyeballs, bringing frightening clarity to the reality of my existence.

The Plimsoul

January 24, 2005 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Screaming Memes said...

Sir Pastroius,
You would be so blod as to attack my spelling? Just like a FASCIST!!!

As to you're ramblings on and one about the "Dilogue Sequence" and it's supposed import to the historical construct, get over you're slef, buddy. No one reads you're stupid bolg anyway.

Day after day you wax rhetorical, saying stuff like , "Anti-Semitism this and Anti-Semitism that". And no readers. Don't you get it, no one cares?

Because one man's freedom fighters is another man's terroiristes (fr.), and besides the Palesteinians are Semites to.

We would all do better if the neocons would just get over themsleves. And if those desert people can't work out a peace agreement, than just let them all kill each other, that's what I always say.

Screaming Memes (M.S. Critical Theory, minor, Circular Rsng.)

P.S. Did you know that Sir Pastroius, (who thinks he's so friggin smart), only has a B.A. in Literature, from a State University, (no less.) What an idiot.

January 24, 2005 at 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are all so stupid. Even you Pastorius. Just because you use alot of big words doesn't mean you're saying anything.

But you guys are funny though.


January 24, 2005 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You tell him Memes. I hate that necon.

Jerry Mander

January 24, 2005 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For any of you who might be wondering, "Well, what does Stan think about all this?", well, here's my two cents:

I happened across this weird, quite busy, blog called ScreamingMemes ( which was quite funny for a while. It was hosted by someone who had an exaggerated inability to spell.

I joined in occasionally with an exaggerated ability to spell, just for the fun of it. But I soon found that he was very anti-Bush and anti-Republican, which was okay by me, but there were odd things about it all which I didn't get, like religious things thrown in which seemed bizarre from a left-wing point of view. And occasionally I noticed him atually advocating violent revolt against the government (tossed out in a seeming bit of anger, but it was hard to tell because of the weird pretend-childish way he wrote), without worrying about the consequence of putting that on a public blog in war time.

I was astonished and thought what is going on here. I even fantisized about informing on him, or trying to shut him down.

Well, I didn't but my curiosity, to put it mildly, eventually led me to check out one of the websites he had linked, the one at the top of his list, called CUANAS, or Christians United Against the New Anti-Semitism.

I noticed a lot of posts by ScreamingMemes there, (who now calls himself Pastorius). There were no spelling mistakes. In fact they were written a lot like I tend to write. I thought that's interesting: Christians allied with Jews. Good idea. I can't say I'm either, really, so it didn't mean much to me.

As I read further I began to notice that this guy was not anti-Bush at all, but very pro-Bush. On this blog he never referred to Bush as 'Bushitler', as he did on the other blog. In fact he saw Bush as just the opposite, the free world's saviour against what he saw as the fascist factions of the Moslem world.

It took me a while to grasp what was going on. On one blog he pretended to be violently anti-Bush and anti-Republican, and had hundreds of young people visiting regularly and lapping it all up. Yet on this blog he was just the opposite, and this turned out to be his real attitude.

I couldn't then, and still can't, figure out what he was trying to do by pretending to be a left-wing radical. But at least it now made sense that he thought he could say those radical things and get away with it, because he didn't really believe them.

How the CIA would actually respond to that, however, is an interesting question to ponder. If you're inciting violence against the government, and the people you are inciting believe in you, and yet you don't believe in it yourself, ...Well, put it this way, if I was the CIA I wouldn't care what he believed in personally. Inciting violence is inciting violence.

Anyway, that's all I have to say now. I just want to give a shout out to my sweetheart and say hopefully, in another life, we can all meet under more pleasant circumstances.


January 24, 2005 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Hi Stan,

I'll have you know, I am not Screaming Memes. I am Pastorius (not the noted jazz musician).

Screaming Memes is a satire page, Stan. You know, like jokes. I mean, at the very least didn't the Snapple ads make you wonder, for God's sake?


January 24, 2005 at 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll have to remember that. Next time I do something really disgusting and somebody complains - I'll just say, "It was satire, you dummy!"


January 24, 2005 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Screaming Memes said...

So, now Sir Pastroius is trying to slander my good name by insinutating that I do not mean what I say. What exactly do you mean by that?

Here, let me say, this, it's the CUANAS site that is a satire. Do you here me? A Satire. He doesn't mean what he says, or say what he means.

It the Screaming memes site that is serious. I know because I wrote it.

Screaming Memes

January 24, 2005 at 6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate you, can't you get that threw you're thick head (granite mixed with pewter and fesces, odd compound, but strangely impentreble).)

I would still be blogging and commenting on IWW, but I don't ever want ot set eyes on the likes of Memes, again.

Oh, and has anybody seen Clover? I knitted her a cute little wool jumper for early springtime, sent it over fro Christmas. She never noted receival. I worries (a littel)

Luv you all (X'es, O's, P's and Q's)

PS. If anyone can figure a way to make Memes disapear, I will retrun to blogging.

January 24, 2005 at 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate you, can't you get that threw you're thick head (granite mixed with pewter and fesces, odd compound, but strangely impentreble).)

I would still be blogging and commenting on IWW, but I don't ever want ot set eyes on the likes of Memes, again.

Oh, and has anybody seen Clover? I knitted her a cute little wool jumper for early springtime, sent it over fro Christmas. She never noted receival. I worries (a littel)

Luv you all (X'es, O's, P's and Q's)

Daitsy the Lamb

PS. If anyone can figure a way to make Memes disapear, I will retrun to blogging.

January 24, 2005 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Screaming Memes said...

That wasn't Daisy. I don't know who that was, but that's a cruel cruel trick to play onme. Why don't you go call up the mother a a dead child and say you'r the child, for God's sake. That's what you have done to me. I'm having a hrad enough time with my greif allready.

Screemaing Meems

January 25, 2005 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I think your characterization of me is unfair. However, I do find it funny. I don't believe I ever incited violence against the government of the Memes website. The reason I did the Memes site is because I kept seeing major newspapers in France and Germany, and "peace" protesters here in the United States imply, or outright say, that Bush was the equivalent of Hitler, and that he is attempting to establish a totalitarian Christian police state within the borders of America.

I find such talk preposterous. So, I decided to satirize such talk by writing about it (in a very cracked manner) as if it was really happening.

Stan if you really think about it, Memes did not ever actually advocate violence. He said things like we need to "remove the Bushitler regime" or "put an end to the Bushitler Reich" or "overthrow the government" but never did I advocate violence. In fact, a motif on the Memes site was an advertisement saying, "Drink Snapple while you're overthrowing the government."

And think about it the paranoia of many of the posts centered on clouds in the sky and the looks on people's faces. Come on. We tried to make it very obvious. And there were very few people who ever actually believed it. And those who did I would direct to CUANAS as I did with you.

At first, I thought you got the joke. When I realized you didn't then I directed you to CUANAS. When I started CUANAS, I started it under the name of Pastorius. I could have kept the name, but I decided to use the Screaming Memes name on both sites so that I could make the satirical nature of the blog extra clear to people who didn't get it.

And the topics, think about it, "The Tanks Have Landed". Since when do tanks land? And have you ever heard of tanks in the streets of America? And what about the "Reignmaker", the mysterious weather machine which we claimed caused an "interruption in the weather"? And what about the protest against "Bushitler - Chancellor of jesusland" where thousands of people lined the streets of New York City and urinated on Bush/Cheney bumperstickers? We claimed that the major media outlets were there to cover the protest.

Does that really sound like it could be true?

Anyway, bro, sorry you're so upset with me.


January 25, 2005 at 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you are wondering what I, Anonymous Poster, think of Stan. Stan, you stumbled across an obvious parody site and didn't get the joke, so you were embarassed. Fine. But now you are making veiled threats to "alert authorities" or whatever about the Memes site advocating revolution. Not fine. Couldn't you just get on with your life instead? Unfortunately, you seem to have had your desired effect, and my favorite parody site is taking great pains to unmask itself. A shame.

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