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USAToday has a long history of dumb, and they should have been renamed USSA (United Socialist States of America) because that seems to be their bend/lean. But here's an example of their dumb.


Chainsaw Bayonet

The latest double-face palm from USAToday was not over their bad explanation of what a bump stock is (or ignoring that people can do the same thing with a belt loop or shoe string). Then they went full retard in explaining what makes AR-15's so dangerous, all the accessories that you can mount (on most other guns)... including the dreaded, "chainsaw bayonet".

Seriously. I thought it was a joke. But I checked, it was real article.... then they took it further, and promoted it with a tweet and a custom animation on the accessories for a AR-15, again including the chainsaw bayonet.

This of course, lead to a lot of mocking under the predictable hashtag #ChainsawBayonet Including the sharkwithfriggenlaser, velocoraptor and a smaller AR-15 under your AR-15 accessories.

Who didn't see that one coming?

Correction

When laughed at that it's not a real accessory, USSAToday offered a correction/clarification.... "The [Texas] shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet."

Like that was the problem with their article? Someone needs to explain, "they were mocking you for mentioning it as a serious accessory, not because you originally falsely inferred that the Texas shooter might have used one".

It's real, kinda...

Ironically, there really is a chainsaw attachment, which is probably how they got duped.

A few games have used the chainsaw attachment (Dead Space 2, Gears of War, etc) as an absurd weapon (like the infamous BFG).

So some people made spoof chainsaw attachments (in real life)[1], but they made it to mock the absurdity of people afraid of guns, by putting a chainsaw on the end of a boom-stick, as if that would make the gun more dangerous. And those games were probably making fun of a movie (Army of Darkness, etc). that used chainsaws, when a gun would do fine without it. So it's a mock of a spoof.

But it's not a real accessory (as in something that makes the gun more usable or lethal). It doesn't make for a good chainsaw or zombie killer, and you could attach a chainsaw to any other gun, or a car, or baseball bat. It's absurd uselessness is what makes it funny.

So they make these devices as a novelty, mocking movies or games, that itself was mocking people that don't know better.

It's like cow-tipping, or snipe hunting, you have to be a rube to fall for it.

USSAToday, was a complete rube.

And I'm still not sure they recognize it, even after it's been explained to them. Slowly. A few times. As they refuse to offer a retraction.

Double down on stupidity

To show that this wasn't a one time mistake, they ran a fallacy ridden article, the next day, on how this is a special class of weapon that does ultimate damage to the human body, showing they know absolutely nothing about guns, ballistics, or the human body.

Examples

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2019.03.22 Mueller Report - The Mueller Report is out. I don't care if you like/dislike President Trump, I care whether people will defend the truth or perpetuate a lie. Soon we will be able to read the full report, but the summary is a smackdown: (a) there was no hint at collusion by Trump or his team, in fact they rebuffed attempts by the Russians. (b) without collusion there couldn't have been obstruction, but even if there had been, Trump wasn't close to obstruction (c) the media narrative has been a fraud (d) the media wasted 2,284 minutes, and 533,074 articles (245 million responses) to coverage of the fake narrative. The media doesn't admit their mistake and apologize to Trump and the public are not journalists following the facts, but polemics mad that someone shined the light of truth on their deception. And right on cue, a bunch of FakeNews, Democrat politicians, and Hollywood sheep try to spin this as it, "stops short of exonerating on obstruction", or shifting the narrative to Mueller's competence, Trump's guilt on something else, or anything other than their 2-year fraud. But all the outlets that championed it as the end of Trump, or shown for frauds. Expecially when they won't just apologize.

2019.01.23 NY Reproductive Health Act - This law has nothing to do with Roe, once you read past the surface, and any outlet that doesn't offer that context is FakeNews. The outlets that don't cover it, says as much about them as those that cover it poorly.

2018.06.21 Immigration Girl -
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Time Magazine never ran a cover article complaining about immigrant abuse during Obama, when this was happening more widely. But they photoshopped a FakeNews picture on their cover (and worse article) with Trump looking down callously on a girl that was crying and being separated from her mother. The context of the original makes it worse. American outlets (NYT, WaPo, etc) don't fact check their own kind, so it was the DailyMail that broke the fraud.

2017.05.25 NATO - Trump criticized NATO (as he has during his campaign) for bearing the brunt of NATO costs (true), and intimidates them into living up to their obligations and coming up with more money. The leftists, their Press and their fact checkers all pretend this is end of days and proof that:
    • Demanding more defense spending (against Russia) makes him a puppet of Russia.
    • That him claiming the U.S. pays 70-90% of NATO is a lie. It's true... depending on what you mean.
    • He "shoved" Montenegro Prime Minister.
    • That he's alienating our allies and going to break up NATO.
    • A year+ later, the head of NATO admits that his tough talk got NATO contributions up by over $100B, and it is stronger than ever, thanks to Trump.

2016.09.27 Alfred Olango Shooting - Alfred Olango was a Ugandan refugee living in El Cajon are of San Diego. Alfred was a repeat drug dealer, drunk driver, who illegally owned a firearm, and otherwise repeat felon with mental issues. Police were called to the scene of a disturbance where Alfred was walking erratically into traffic, and causing a ruckus. When police approached him, he quickly pulled a large vape pen (3" long silver, with a 4" case) from his pocket, got in a shooting stance while pointing it at a cop, who returned fire. Alfred's sister claimed cops killed his brother for no reason, and the media played along, fostering outrage and violent protests. This later led to an assault on a Trump Supporter for filming a protest while wearing a MAGA hat.


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