Wednesday, March 29, 2006


CIP coined the word "stuplicity", the combination of stupidity and duplicity that characterizes the Republican party of today.

The Republican candidate for Congress in the 50th district in California, Howard Kaloogian posted the picture below with the accompanying text:

"We took this photo of dowtown [sic] Baghdad while we were in Iraq. Iraq (including Baghdad) is much more calm and stable than what many people believe it to be. But, each day the news media finds any violence occurring in the country and screams and shouts about it - in part because many journalists are opposed to the U.S. effort to fight terrorism."

There are a lot of reasons to believe that the picture was taken in Turkey.
Proof conclusive is now available in the comments on this thread. The picture is from Bakirkoy, a suburb of Istanbul. "jem6x" found the picture on, from the portfolio of a photographer named Faruk. (Like jem6x, I too am hosting copies of the photos, not that traffic from my site is going strain anything.)


You can see the structure of glass and blue metal with a triangular roof, the billboard with the little girl, and the poster all along one wall of someone with sunglasses in both pictures.

BTW, I had asked on, soc.culture.turkish, whether anyone could identify the place, and there too, someone answered Bakirkoy.

All I can say is that if Kaloogian gets elected, he'll simply be one among many in the rascals and scoundrels in that august body known as the House of Representatives, and won't be outstanding in any way. I don't know why we are so stupid to tolerate such people in public life.

P.S.: the "2.NOTER" is Notary Public #2, and is likely to be "BAKIRKÖY 02, MERYEM SEVIL ÖZDEMIR", another find by a kossack.
(see Isn't the Internet amazing?

P.P.S: It is a staffer's fault.

P.P.P.S: He was for it before he was against it.



Rae Ann said...

His being from California might be a better explanation than his being Republican.

Arun said...

I think Texas Republicans are equally stuplicitous. Yes, the dupidity of the voters there do let them survive and even thrive. talks about his excuses. It may be that his Baghdad tour group didn't get away from the airport; and didn't go to Istanbul.

Arun said...

Martha Zoller's account of the Iraq trip.