Earlier today, after reading a post Pamela Geller published at Atlas Shrugs, I published a piece under the headline, Is State Dept Playing April Fools Joke on Israel? The difference between our posts? I videotaped my computer screen as I went through the motions and clicks on the State Department web site to show proof that, at least for a while on April Fool’s Day, the page dedicated to information about Israel was gone.
Within a few hours, Andrew Sullivan had caught wind of my post and honored me as a Hewitt Award nominee in a post published at his The Atlantic blog, The Daily Dish.
What is the Hewitt Award? According to this Sullivan post, it is “named after the absurd partisan fanatic, Hugh Hewitt (and) is given for the most egregious attempts to label Barack Obama as un-American, alien, treasonous, and far out of the mainstream of American life and politics.”
Who else has been nominated? The following individuals were finalists for the Hewitt Award 2009:
Based on his actions and the statements he’s made since climbing onto the world stage three years ago, I’m convinced President Barack Obama would be happy to see Israel and all of its Jewish inhabitants disappear from the surface of the Earth.
Truth be told, his posture toward the Jewish State — minus out-and-out calls for Israel’s destruction — seems to mirror that of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Evidence of that can be found today, on April Fool’s Day of all days, on the U.S. Department of State web site — albeit in a virtual sort of way as shown on the short video below.
UPDATE 4/01/10 at 7:09 p.m. Central: For all of the idiots people who demand evidence, proof, etc., I point you to Gateway Pundit’s latest about Obama’s treatment of All Things Israel. Stick this in your pipe and smoke it!
Only three days after being “treated” to a $2.5 million Super Bowl commercial touting the 2010 Census as a “Snapshot of America,” I spotted another advertisement for the 2010 Census and took a photo of it (below).
Plastered to the back of a bus I encountered on the way back from St. Louis Lambert International Airport late this morning, the ad caught my attention for something I think is funny, if not ironic. Did you spot it yet?
Okay, here’s my take: I was struck by the irony of the date that appears in the lower-right corner of the ad space: April 1 (a.k.a., “April Fools Day”). Talk about a double-entendre´ of a message:
The U.S. Postal Service expects to save more than $100 million annually through a series of cost-cutting steps, but a handful of other steps reportedly being taken by the agency during its economic crisis will raise both cash and eyebrows.
Eighty district offices will be closed, according to a recent news release. In addition, more than 1,400 mail processing supervisor and management positions at nearly 400 facilities around the country are being eliminated and nearly 150,000 employees nationwide are being given the opportunity to take an early retirement.
According to an unidentified agency source, however, the agency is taking three other steps as follows:
The Postal Service will soon begin replacing its familiar red, white and blue outdoor mail receptacles with new coin-operated mailboxes. In addition to paying for stamps, Postal Service customers will be required to deposit 25 cents into a slot in order to deposit a letter at a mailing location other than their home mailbox. So as not to confuse customers who wait until the last day to mail their tax returns, this program will not begin until April 16 and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009.
In order to lower printing and production costs and boost affinity program revenues, the Postal Service will no longer offer self-adhesive stamps or stamps pretreated with nasty-tasting moisture-activated adhesives. Instead, customers will be able to choose from a variety of “Flavor-Lick” and “Fresh-Scent Spray” adhesives that capitalize upon unique marketing arrangements with several name-brand companies. To date, the list of companies said to be partnering with the Postal Service on the “Flavor-Lick” initiative includes — but is not limited to — Coca-Cola®, Listerine® and Red Bull®. A partial list of the companies said to be participating in the “Fresh-Scent Spray” initiative includes — but is not limited to — Dolce&Gabbana®, Glade® and Yankee Candle®.
In an effort to help reduce world hunger, the Postal Service plans to phase out traditional wood-based paper envelopes. In place of them, the agency will offer only envelopes made of rice paper after July 1. Furthermore, the Postal Service has notified envelope manufacturers and customers alike that the agency will no longer deliver envelopes not made of rice paper after Dec. 31, 2009.
If the measures above are successful, many government watchdog agencies expect the Postal Service to implement several other ideas, many of which were reportedly submitted by third graders.
Despite the strong possibility that it’s use might incite anger in animal activists, the “Kitty Corner” combat weapons accessory featured in the video below might actually benefit warriors in the urban battlefield environment.
[Note: Before you dismiss this completely as the late-arriving April Fools Day joke it might be, watch the video from the Discovery Channel's Future Weapons program and listen to the explanation about the one second of delay such a device might prompt in an adversary. You'll find that such an accessory might actually provide a soldier or Marine with a slight advantage. At a minimum, it will offer the warrior far from home a warm fuzzy.]
Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find my 2008 April Fools Day prank — concocted several weeks ago and posted early this morning at Bob McCarty Writes — mentioned in an article published at the CNET News Blog.