The Fallen Eagle Has Landed. With a Thud.


Oh man, the latest freakout in the right wing blogosphere is quite hilarious. The White House twitter account has a fallen eagle on it! OMG! It’s some sort of secret Muslim signal, like those infamous “terrorist fist bumps” that the president and first lady give one another. The Jawa Report appears to have started the faux furor:

Dear leaders White House twitter account’s background image has a fallen Eagle as in upside down.

Here’s the image:

falleneagle

Uh, yeah. Now here’s the whole image, which is of Obama sitting at his desk. The eagle is on the ceiling of the oval office and it’s upside down only because that’s the way it faces if you’re looking at the president’s desk.

fallleneagle2

But being a wingnut means never letting things like reality get in the way of spittle-flecked outrage. Jim Hoft, the dumbest man on the internet, puts up a guest post that strikes the proper tone:

Note the fallen Eagle (it is upside down). Is this proof of the administration’s contempt for this nation? They’ll likely claim “There’s No There There” but was this really an accident?

Islam often makes use of symbolism to flaunt the destruction of non-believers.

Now, Obama does too.

Twitchy initially joins the chorus of stupid, then they issue a “correction” noting that this is just a picture of Obama. But they still have to get this in:

But would it have been so difficult for the White House tweeters to flip the seal right-side-up?

Well…I suppose they could have flipped Obama upside down. Or they could install a rotating eagle so that it appears right side up no matter where you’re standing in the oval office. Or they could have photoshopped it, but then the wingnuts would throw a fit about that and claim that it proves his birth certificate is fake too. And Twitchy’s readers reacted with joyous inanity:

the illegal alien muslims fraud is coming unraveled…

The ObamAss is signaling our enemies that he’s weakened the country enough that their takeover can now succeed.

By the way:

Oval Office Bush fireplace

OMG! It’s the president AND the pope with a “fallen eagle.” So much symbolism. Someone call Dan Brown.

Comments

  1. space cadet says

    Little known fact:

    E Pluribus Unum translated backwards is Peace Be Upon Him

    If that’s not proof of Obama’s Muslim powered time machine then I don’t know what is.

  2. Anthony K says

    This fucked up patriot symbol fetishism is reason #3,498,093 I’m glad I’m not American.

  3. shouldbeworking says

    Those lines on the carpet makes me think that the sun is shining out of the eagle’s ass. Typical American exceptionalism again?

  4. matty1 says

    That second photo is crying out for a caption competition. A couple of pre-entries

    “So that’s how we used to torture people in the inquisition”

    “I have nothing up my sleeve…”

  5. space cadet says

    Anthony K,

    Patriot symbol fetishism is a good way to put it. I live in the Central Valley in California, which is one of the pockets of conservatism in an otherwise mostly liberal state. It’s not uncommon to see people driving with small flags attached to multiple windows of the car, along with numerous bumper stickers of the flag or “America: love it or leave it” type sentiments. It’s as if they’re in a competition, with the winner being the person with the most patriotic “flair”.

  6. Scr... Archivist says

    Maybe the eagle seal works like a Claddagh ring?

    And that picture of Dubya with Darth Sidious is priceless. “Join me, and together, we can turn rugs upside-down!”

  7. DaveL says

    You misunderstand, Ed. The eagle in the picture of Obama at his desk is a “fallen eagle” because it’s on the ceiling. The one in the picture with GWB is not a “fallen eagle” because it’s on the floor. Remember, in the land of wingnuttia, things fall up.

  8. schism says

    Does it never bother these people that secret conspiracies would have to be dumber than shit to post clues publicly?

    Conspiracy theorists themselves are dumber than shit, so they’re probably too busy congratulating themselves for being as smart as the people who rule the world to notice.

  9. kantalope says

    I’ll second the laser show but can’t be Pink Floyd – they’re brits
    can’t be Foreigner….obviously
    Queen?……hehe, no.
    Boston? Kansas? too regional?
    Kiss has a certain appeal
    Beach Boys…..maybe 30 years ago…or 40

    maybe someone else knows what the official white house laser rock house band should be.

    Oh, and the whole dome should rotate not just the seal. And the floor could spin too.

  10. scott says

    Remember, in the land of wingnuttia, things fall up.

    Only if God or St. Reagan want them to. It’s the Theory of Intelligent Gravity.

    Does it never bother these people that secret conspiracies would have to be dumber than shit to post clues publicly?

    That just proves the arrogance of the conspirators! Also, no commie or mooslim or lieberal is as smart as a Real American, which is why global conspiracies of scientists to lie about evolution or global warming are always uncovered by a guy and his pastor in Tennessee.

  11. lofgren says

    This obsession with symbols over substance is one of the most fascinating aspects of human nature.

  12. Larry says

    Spacecadet #5:

    I live in the Central Valley in California, which is one of the pockets of conservatism in an otherwise mostly liberal state.

    I grew up in Visalia before moving to the bay area after college so I’ve got a pretty good idea about the people there. Its always been amusing to me that they rail against gubmint in an area whose primary industry, agriculture, is so heavily dependent on government subsidies and government water, they couldn’t exist without them.

    Keep your government hands off my water canals!

  13. tbp1 says

    It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally learned that there is literally nothing, no matter how transparently ridiculous or obviously false, that right wingers won’t work themselves up into a froth about, as long as it appears to reflect badly on a Democrat, especially the president.

  14. says

    I suppose they could have flipped Obama upside down.

    I think the wingnuts would find that acceptable … if it was in real life and someone was pouring water on a towel over his face.

  15. abb3w says

    Fetishism and idolatry both seem apt terms for the obsession. It seems a dysfunction in abstract reasoning, with elements similar to Wason selection task failure and OCD.

  16. imthegenieicandoanything says

    “Jim Hoft, the dumbest man on the internet”

    So, this means Louie Gohmert is NOT on the internet, because he – a man who defends his asparagus! – is easily the dumbest living human being (something we must assume until credible evidence arises that he is, in fact, psychically-molded dogshit animated and controlled by alien superbeings as part of a VERY elaborate prank) on the face of the earth, as well as its atmosphere and all of the crust and a fair percentage of the mantle.

    Louie Gohmert is so dumb, he manages to be dumber than the Texans who voted for him. Something which, like relativity, surpasses the understanding of the ordinary human mind and can only be explained by complex mathematical formulas.

    Also, I do not spend much time under slimy rocks, so where else do the wingnut ‘Mer’kin ultra-scumbags exist? Are they common, or do they simply run and hide when some ordinary Joe like myself comes around?

  17. Anthony K says

    This obsession with symbols over substance is one of the most fascinating aspects of human nature.

    It is, and I should be more careful not to insinuate that Americans are unique in this respect. We have our own as well, but they tend not to take the form of flags and Founding Fathers to the same degree as they appear to in the USA. Unless we’re travelling. Then we maple-leaf the shit out of our bags and packs. But Founding Fathers? The average Canadian would be hard pressed to say anything about Sir John A. MacDonald other than mumbling something about Confederation and railroads.

    Then again, we had that shit-fit when a Sikh RCMP officer fought to have turbans recognised as acceptable official RCMP uniform in the early 90s. There was a lot of hand-wringing about how sacred RCMP traditions are, not so much about the fact that the RCMP drive around in Crown Victorias, despite the fact that Crown Victorias are not a type of horse, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police haven’t taught recruits riding since the 60s.

    So I guess we’re a slightly different kind of stupid about symbols.

  18. Olav says

    Anthony K #23:

    and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police haven’t taught recruits riding since the 60s.

    They haven’t? Huge desillusion. Next you’ll tell us the Mounties aren’t always ultra-honest and polite.

    But seriously, I would have thought that riding a horse can still be a valuable skill in some parts of Canada. But I will admit I know next to nothing about your country. I have only ever been in Québec (Ville), where there are no Mounties. Had a great time there. That was twenty years ago.

  19. lofgren says

    @Anthony K

    So I guess we’re a slightly different kind of stupid about symbols.

    Even here you only focus on nationalistic symbols. I would say this error is common in many other contexts as well.

    A recent example might be when people had a shitfit over the sale of Django Unchained action figures, as if owning a Django doll is somehow akin to owning an actual black man. Django Unchained doll = image of Jamie Foxx. Jamie Foxx = actual person. It is acceptable to buy and sell one of these things, not the other.

  20. says

    I’ll second the laser show but can’t be Pink Floyd – they’re brits
    can’t be Foreigner….obviously
    Queen?……hehe, no.
    Boston? Kansas? too regional? [hee]
    Kiss has a certain appeal
    Beach Boys…..maybe 30 years ago…or 40

    Hendrix.

  21. dan4 says

    @22: Take a sedative, dude(ette). We don’t need another hysterical idiot like anubris on these boards.

  22. dan4 says

    Come it think of it, imthegenieicandoanything IS probably anubis (under a sock puppet name).

  23. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    The Eagle has landed.

    That always makes me think of Apollo 11 :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QS3JSRGk3o

    No thud there just a great sense touchdown by Neil Armstrong.

    The USA did that once remember? Greatest moment in all Human history arguably.

    Now, now in flippin’ 2013, we’re going to have *this* silly nonsense ’bout Obama and symbols and shit? Really?

    We’ve fallen this far and thudded into such stupid slop as this? Is this the best the right wingers can do?
    I am disappoint.

    The Eagle did not fall in 1969. It landed soft and smooth and proud.

    The upside down eagle symbol in the White House office won’t fall now and not will Obama’s presidency. Not over crap like this. Let’s move on and take another giant leap to something grander and better and more worthy of of our energy and minds.

  24. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Argh. Typos -that’s :

    No thud there just a great tense touchdown by Neil Armstrong.

    O’course.

  25. birgerjohansson says

    Re. Symbolism.
    Since Shi’ites have no problem with respectful images of muhammed, we could put up a giant statue of him outside New York as a foi, claiming it is intended to placate Shi’itesl.
    Sunnite fundie terrorists (like Al-Quaeda) will feel compelled to attack the statue before they attack anything else, and Merican fundies will have a case of exploding heads. Win-win.

    Upside-down or reversed symbols: An elephant looks kind of like a brontosaur.

  26. mitchell maxberry says

    Can some one please tell me who’s eagle is on the podium when Obama gave him Ramadan speech ? It sure as heck wasn’t the American Bald Eagle .

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