Over at Attytood, Will Bunch has posted about this pictoral curiosity currently placed on the website of Howard Kaloogian, who is running as Republican candidate in San Diego to replace the Duke-Stir.
On Kaloogian's website, the picture reads thusly:
"We took this photo of dowtown 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."
Now Kaloogian must think I am like many of the people who will vote for him: idiotic. There is obvious, prima facie evidence that this picture is not one of Baghdad.
- the streets aren't filled with rubble
- the buildings aren't ablaze
- no one is running frantically as if their life depended on it
- the white people in the lower left foreground are not being beheaded by armed militants
- uhm...there are white people in the picture
- the taxicab in the right foreground has obviously been recently washed, which means that there would have to be water available--clearly, this location has not tasted the sweet kiss of Halliburton!
- also, coalition forces are not shown emptying their clips into the taxi's passenger compartments
- it just doesn't look like the sort of place where the US Ambassador has told the elected leader that he's not allowed to lead anymore
Thus, I have a crisp sawbuck that says, unequivocally that Kaloogian is a) a big fucking liar and can thus b) eat three square feet of balls.
And guess what, the blogosphere has spoken, and they have ruled that I am correct. Using this little known thing called Google--the same thing used to defeat another Republican sucker with no game, Fall Out Boy Domenech--it has been discovered that the signage in the picture, and it is from Istanbul, Turkey--not Baghdad.
Of course, we happen to know someone very dear to our hearts who has recently returned from Istanbul! So, Kriston, what's your verdict? Did Contstantinople get the works?