Schadenfreude, coming through

Hard to believe, but check out the source this anti-choicer uses to back up his essay on the callous horror of abortion.

The Onion.

Satire and irony are now officially dead.

The author has a new post up—he still doesn’t get it. He’s still babbling about the fictional author of the Onion piece getting all those abortions.

It’s a marvel. There really are people that stupid out there.

(via Curly Tales of War Pigs)


  1. MYOB says

    I can’t for the life of me understand how this person could read that and think it was real? The outlandish commentary by the writer in question who treated having an abortion like having your sweet sixteen birthday party was way over the top. Of course the commentary style was meant as sarcasm but this website guy ‘Pete’ clearly thinks thats how liberals really feal about abortion? That they truly do behave that way? Are they so totally out of touch with humanity?

    Obviously yes.


  2. says

    Absolutely brilliant. Some of the comments are entertaining as well. I especially like, “I’m pro life, but sweet Jesus you’re an idiot.”

  3. Monimonika says

    Ah, but you have to take into consideration the writings of Anne Coulter, which are pretty much written in the same style as the Onion article (or so I surmise*) but are meant to be taken at face value.

    Unless, Coulter’s writing IS actually satire and the Far Right Wingalings are silently snickering at all of us… Nah!

    *I’m not getting anywhere near any of Coulter’s books. Thanks for the warnings!

  4. DFX says

    While it is amusing, it is also frightening. The man is so brainwashed he thinks that liberals actually celebrate abortions. How out of touch with reality do you have to be? Holy shit. I fear for our country.

  5. Keanus says

    I face anti-abortion protesters weekly at a Planned Parenthood clinic and can attest they are humorless, live in a black and white world, and view anyone who disgrees with them as grotesque caricatures of reality. Making conversation with such wing nuts is impossible–and I’ve tried, many times.

    Given their religious beliefs anyone who doesn’t agree with them is demonic and a servant of satan. I know because I’ve been told that to my face countless times. I’ve heard it so often that I often check to be sure I haven’t grown horns or a forked tail.

  6. natural cynic says

    If you look at this fool’s webpage for the next day, he STILL doesn’t get it!

  7. Swintah says

    Oh, and the comments are just too precious! Thanks for the link PZ – you made my day!

  8. Robyn B. says

    Oh. Their. God.

    I like to think if all the anti-choice people were at his level, then women in places like South Dakota would have much less to worry about.

    But somehow I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Pete is the rule, rather than the exception.

    And I’d give anything to read his take on ‘A Modest Proposal’…

  9. says

    Per that bozo’s site meter, as a result of all the linkage that post has gotten, he’s recieved more hits in the last few hours than in the entire previous year. Behold, the PZ Myers Effect!

  10. says

    Oh, PZ– tell me you’re not surprised. You really did know that the hardcore Operation Rescue folks are as dumb as a house full of chickens, right? Right?

  11. says

    The man is so brainwashed he thinks that liberals actually celebrate abortions.

    Yes. That’s something else that shouldn’t be as surprising as it apparently is. Have we not been paying attention to how these people operate?

  12. says

    Oh Gawd–that is embarassing. Who was the ball player that said, “If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much”?

  13. Marc Buhler says

    While I was reading the comments another few were added, bringing him up into the 90’s …. perhaps he will be proud of the *number* of replies rather than what they say.

    Fancy picking a story that old, anyway.

    Looking at some of the previous posts on the “March Together” site, none of them had more than a few comments. Most had just one or two comments, if any, so it is quite possible that he has *no idea* yet that so many replies have been made, nor what the replies are saying. You’ll have to keep a watch on this site to see if the article and the comments (great reading!) stay up or not. Internet Fame at last!

    (signed) marc

  14. says

    Hee, hee!
    To be fair, though , we must note that Ellen Makkai beat him to it.
    To parapharase Mill, Christians are not necessarily dumb, but it often seems as if most dumb people are Christians.

  15. says

    Please forgive me for following up on my own comment.
    I remember Ellen Makkai with a perverse fondness, from when her derailed columns appeared regularly in the Denver Post.

    Just to refresh, I checked the WorldNut Daily’s archived copy of her article, and found that it had ben cleansed of any credulous quoting of the Onion. I then went to the Wayback Machine, and found that their archive of the day in question was OK for the front page, but that the commentary section also linked to an updated version in which Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. Not to be so easily deflected, I then Googled all over until I found Ellen’s sweet, sweet vacuity preserved in the original.
    Now, when the WND goes to that amount of trouble to expunge all evidence that one of their own was such a fatuous chump, it tells you a lot.

    With ridicule, O my brothers and sisters, we shall be free. Savage and unrelenting ridicule.

  16. Sunny says

    I seriously fell off the chair after reading that post.

    Thanks, PZ. That totally made my day.

  17. Rey says


    I didn’t bother to read the first post (even though I did scroll through the 100+ comments, and I started to think that the piling on was a tad unnecessary until…), but I read the follow-up. Wow. Look at how the guy uses the word “blog”. Look at his last sentence. “Thick as a brick” doesn’t begin to describe it.

    Perhaps I’m just blinded to these folks’ nature because I grew up surrounded by satire (the whole “ironic” ’90s, anyone remember that?). Ford Prefect had to learn what sarcasm was, I guess the same goes for these folks with satire and irony and other higher brain functions (including embarrassment, perhaps).

  18. says

    When I checked out the link above, I was surprised that the entry hadn’t been removed after “Pete’s” error was pointed out. Was he not checking his blog?

    Or perhaps he simply wants to believe that the Onion article really is true because he not only chose to dismiss what the “opposition” is telling him, but it fits his beliefs about pro-choicers? (Kind of like how the creationists think that by repeating tales about lack of transitional fossils and so forth, it will become accepted fact).

    My second guess, as it turned out, was close to the truth:

  19. wswilso says

    Don’t miss Pete the blogger’s subsequent post. Even after all of the abuse and ridicule, he STILL doesn’t get it!!!

  20. G. Tingey says

    The disgruntled chemist said …
    “Clueless people just make me laugh.”


    Clueless people are VERY DANGEROUS, especialy if they are in power.
    This is equivalent to stupid = funny, as exploited by many so-called humorists.
    I just get very, very angry.

    Stupidity and cluelessness get innocent people killed.
    Not funny at all.

  21. Ginger Yellow says

    Priceless:”Either way, I think I did a good job of turning the “satire” right back at them, don’t you?”

  22. David Harmon says

    “… such a fatuous chump”

    Shouldn’t that be “chimp”? Most of us evolved… some folks stayed right where they were….

  23. says

    Satire and irony may not be in good shape, but it’s good to know that absurdity is still out there filling up the bathtub with brightly colored machine tools!

  24. Lya Kahlo says

    This simply reveals the biggest fault in and problem with the forced breeding agenda. His (apparently honest) belief that anyone pro-choice celebrates abortions, or murder would make him especially vulnerable to falling for the Onion article.

    This guy is either a total moron or (or possibly “and”) so blinded by his need to be morally superior that he truly believed the Onion article was indicative of a woman seeking an abortion and the pro-choice movement as a whole.

    I had to thank him for making me laugh. Usually, forced breeding agenda mysogynists make me mad. This one, hilarious!

  25. Pierce R. Butler says

    Watch out for those “Genocide Awareness Project” people – their specialty is setting up huge displays (also on trucks & airplane banners; all over the US) of grisly photos of Klan lynchings, Holocaust death camps, and abortion remnants, attempting to establish these as all the same.

    They’re in it entirely for the shock value: no amount of argument or pleading from African-American or Jewish community leaders has ever made them reconsider this exploitation of a heritage they can’t claim; no complaints from outraged parents get them to move their show away from schoolchildren’s view.

    Needless to say, the debates they stage are also rigged (typically, under their other name of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, they try to get university faculty to sign up beforehand without even mentioning their displays). Not surprisingly, their head honcho, Gregg Cunningham, is a former Republican state legislator from Pennsylvania.

    The only time I’ve heard of anyone setting them back even slightly was when a friend of mine challenged them about the lack of pictures of Darfur, etc: raising awareness about actual on-going genocide is not part of the agenda of the Genocide Awareness Project.

  26. Eisnel says

    I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous!” And God granted it.
    – Voltaire

  27. Pierce R. Butler says

    Keith Douglas: Your friend is very wise.

    She’s good-lookin’, too!

  28. SteveV says

    Apparently his 2nd follow-up was posted within the last few minutes. Already 4 or 5 comments and counting (including mine). This should be good for a few days at least folks.

  29. j says

    We’re up to 600+ comments and 500+ comments for the first and second posts, respectively.

    He’s an idiot.

  30. g says

    My favorite comment?

    “I’m pro life, but sweet Jesus you’re an idiot. For your next post, how about a passionate speech on the need to immediately free Prince Albert from the can?”

  31. Pastor Fuzz says

    Margaret Atwood said it succinctly years ago in her novel “Surfacing.” To wit: “. . . stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results . . .”

  32. Marc Buhler says

    Hi PZ…

    The article in Wikipedia for The Onion now has a mention of “Pete” and his efforts. There have been over 80,000 hits to his blog in just a day or so, and about 1500 comments to the three entries he has made in this regard. (e.g. “ROTFLMAO! what else is there to say. oh shit, I just laughed my small intestines out!”)

    So there you go, PZ – if you want to increase your traffic and get *lots* of comments, just cite The Onion as fact!

    (signed) marc


  33. ginmar says

    He’s moved his blog to blogger and is still protesting too much, this about how people are insulting him. Er, those aren’t insults if they’re accurate, dude.

  34. Rey says

    “Point one – My article was a joke, which obviously thousands of you didn’t get, all the while accusing me of being the stupidest person on the planet.”

    Heh heh, leetle late to be backpedaling now, dude. If it was a joke, then who are you making fun of? Your own movement? Does he think he’s “turning the satire against us” again? But the comments are closed, so he can’t be whacked with the clue hammer another 1,000 or so times.

  35. junk science says

    I love that he’s whining that people are “mad” at him. Like there’s anyone who isn’t absolutely delighted at what a joke he is.

  36. Michael says

    He’s only cut off the link to the comments, which are still accessible – the original thread can be reached here.

  37. Kim Boone says

    I’m off to the doctor now. First I dislocated my jaw by dropping it to the ground, then I collapsed a lung from laughing, and to make matters worse, the needle of my freshly bought titanium irony-meter popped out and pierced my right-eyeball.
    It was all worth it though…