Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fact Checking helps

It really make you look like an idiot if you post items as true that when fact checked turn out to be false.

In this case Granbo, The Gun-toting granny Ava Estelle.

Great story, without a shred of truth to it at all.

Sorry, but this supposed news story about a "Rambo Granny" taking the law into her own hands is a fanciful tale of imagined revenge and nothing more. It originated as a 20 October 1998 article in the Weekly World News, an entertainment tabloid whose stock in trade is the outrageously fictional.

Regrettably, Grambo exists only in gunloons' hearts, newsgroups, and inboxes, but that sort of thing doesn't stop the gunloons and other similarly vengeful types from cherishing her.

No one has been able to find any record of the grandmother or the suspects. The folks at the Darwin Awards have listed this story as an urban legend. Daniel Rezmann from the Office of Public Prosecutions in Australia wrote to the Darwin Awards saying he's searched the records and found nothing about the two suspects or the granny.

Seriously, how could anyone honestly swallow a tale of vigilante justice in which the police spokesman is characterized as "admiring" of someone who turned a firearm on two others? As righteous as a cause might be, the moment a crime victim or one of her sympathizers takes matters into her own hands, that person becomes a criminal engaged in illegal activity. Police would not be "baffled" about what to do with such a person outside of the US of A — an arrest would be made and charges laid: just ask Tony Martin.

Anyone familiar with Australian slang woul point out that people outside the US would not refer to someone as a bum (as the supposed police investigator did when he said "... hunting those bums down"). A "bum" Down Under is the body part one sits upon — in that dialect, the term does not enjoy the diversity of meaning it does in North American slang. An Aussie would refer to the person as a "dero" or something similar.

In short. the slang attributed to the people in this story would never drop from the lips of an Australian (unless he'd spent her life chained to a rock in the Ozarks). The fact that the characters in this piece of fiction used the wrong dialect was what clued me to the fact that this was a FAKE!

Fact Checking--it takes a little time, but it keeps you from making a complete dumbfuck of yourself.

Yep, this story also fits our narrative in that gunloons swallow any lie they are told without question--even when it comes from the Weekly World News.

See this list of websites about how this story is a fake


  1. Bwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Weekly World News?

    That is freaking hilarious. I wonder how much swampland, and how many bridges these fools have bought? Because, seriously, they are tragically credulous cretins who are far too trusting, too gullible, in swallowing undigested the shit promoted as news or fact by the right.

    I use the term cretin with a full appreciation for its origin and meaning:

    Word Origin & History

    1779, from Fr. Alpine dialect crestin, "a dwarfed and deformed idiot" of a type formerly found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, from V.L. *christianus "a Christian," a generic term for "anyone," but often with a sense of "poor fellow."

    1770–80; < French; Franco-Provençal creitin, crestin human being, literally, Christian (hence one who is human despite deformities)

  2. Cretin etymology and found in the OED's etymology as well.

    Yes, they do make idiots of themselves for not going beyond the surface of this obviously false story.

  3. Funny. I saw that somewhere. Yeah, just another figment of the gunloon fantasies, just like the notion of protecting their home against a dozen home invaders with their assault rifle, or the government coming to take their guns away, or a student in a classroom singlehandedly defending his cohorts from a rampaging gunman.

  4. Hello Mike,
    Well within my Republican Party I have run into many claiming the "Tea Party" or "Patirot" mantle who are the worst offenders of taking the lowest form of Bull Crap as fact without taking the little time to check out if is accurate or not. Bottom line is they DO make a complete "dumbfuck" of themselfs.

    A fact I somewhat enjoy when they do and I just shake my head.

  5. Engineer, thanks for stopping by.

    Laci. I enjoyed the post very much. Maybe we need to invent some kind of gun-control super hero. Now, there's a project for ya.

  6. Maybe it's time the ninja gun thieves, who steal guns from those concealed carrying using martial arts techniques, make their appearance.

    The CCW person is walking down the street. Next thing he knows, he's been knocked out and his gun is missing.

  7. Good stuff here, ladies and gentlemen. I need not tell you that many right-leaning blogs 'believe' lots of stuff because it fits their philosophy of life.

    They are 'believers' in part, in my opinion, because many of them are religious 'believers as well. They have been programmed early in life to kowtow to 'authority figures' and, further, not to question.

    It's a perfect prelude to becoming an ignorant citizen ripe for political propaganda.