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“South Park” Takes on Obamacare Website, Paints Sympathetic Portrait of Kathleen Sebelius…
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South Park promoting Ron Paul?

Word has it the Ron Paul campaign will get a nice sized shot of publicity in the arm from South Park’s long-time libertarian creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (check out HoT’s almost creepy love for them). Here’s an early sneak peak of Ron Paul in cartoon form that was floating around with the rumor (which looks legit):

We’ve also heard Rick Santorum makes an appearance in the episode called “Faith Hilling“. I’m guessing that has something to do with faith healing as a story told by the troupe of fourth graders, in the most tongue in butthole cheek manner possible. see more…

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South Park coming back on October 6th

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Facts about South Park (other than them being awesome) [PIC]

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South Park Episode on 9/11 Conspiracies

This is the kiss of death for the “Bush was behind 9/11″ bozos, and I’m happy to share these three clips of the episode posted on YouTube:

Part 2 & 3 after the jump.

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South Park, Comedy Central and the American Taliban

Speaking of the American Taliban, WTF is up with Comedy Central? From the AP:

Banned by Comedy Central from showing an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the creators of “South Park” skewered their own network for hypocrisy in the cartoon’s most recent episode.

The comedy – in an episode aired during Holy Week for Christians — instead featured an image of Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag. [snip]

Parker and Stone were angered when told by Comedy Central several weeks ago that they could not run an image of Muhammad, according to a person close to the show who didn’t want to be identified because of the issue’s sensitivity.

The network’s decision was made over concerns for public safety, the person said.

Comedy Central said in a statement issued Thursday: “In light of recent world events, we feel we made the right decision.” Its executives would not comment further.

With Comedy Central bending over to fanatics and Playboy considering it, many might consider the Islamic world too radical for their tastes. Before the “U.S. is always best” crowd jumps all over them, I thought we might wish to take a quick look at how backwards we are, too.

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Something Rotten in South Park?

Note: this article contains dead links, the url is still in the hover/alt text. Keep the web working, curate content well!

Yesterday, I ran an update on South Park, Tom Cruise and Scientology. In it I mentioned that Isaac Hayes, who provided the voice for Chef, had been reported to have left the program because creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had poked a bit too much fun at Scientology. According to reports all over the MSM and the ‘net, Hayes is alleged to have said:

“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins”

I awakened to an article at Fox News that stated that Hayes could not have possibly made that statement. From the mysterious Fox report:

Isaac Hayes did not quit “South Park.” My sources say that someone quit it for him.

I can tell you that Hayes is in no position to have quit anything. Contrary to news reports, the great writer, singer and musician suffered a stroke on Jan. 17. At the time it was said that he was hospitalized and suffering from exhaustion.

Considering my general lack of trust of Fox News and the mystery source involved, I decided to wait a bit and see if additional confirmations of this report surfaced, but they didn’t. After seeing Nick Gillespie run the story, I decided to do likewise. Because my gut tells me that Hayes has been such a vital organ (or at least a reproductive one) of the program for years, this seems a bit out of character.

Now comes this whammy from the Boston Herald:

The 10th season of Comedy Central’s highest-rated series premieres tomorrow night with, of all things, “The Return of Chef.”

Despite the fact that Isaac Hayes quit the show last week, his character takes center stage exhibiting “strange behavior” that prompts Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny to save Chef from causing more damage to South Park.

Who replaces Hayes’ voice? And what happens to the veteran character?

“Tune in Wednesday,” said Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani. “We’re purposely keeping this a little mysterious.”

While it’s possible that a succubus drained the life from Chef, it’s considerably more likely that Hayes did indeed suffer a stroke and then got Sarah Brady-ed by a brainwashed friend or family member. We may get some clues on the program when it airs tomorrow.

Let’s just hope they don’t turn Chef into an overweight white woman with lunch-room-lady facial hair. After all, that’s what they did to Jim Brady.

UPDATE: Another clue in da big mystery.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Boing Boing is tracking the story as well.

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Libertarian Pop Media: South Park Creators Interviewed by GQ

GQ just interviewed Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park, and it’s great. To illustrate, here are the opening lines of the article:

You did an episode about Paris Hilton, in which she opens up a retail store called Stupid Spoiled Whore. Why pick on Paris?

Trey Parker: Okay, for me, she’s a whore. Whatever. She’s a dumb, ugly whore. But then I walked into a Guess store, and she was all over the place. I’m like, Wait a minute, they’re treating her like a glamorous model now? Does anyone notice how dangerous this could be to little girls?

On-screen she eventually competes with Mr. Slave in a “whore-off.” How do you come up with an idea like that?

TP: I think she came up with that idea, actually. We just made a cartoon out of it.

Normally, its pretty easy to either smackdown an article or provide a bit of snark to liven it up. As they left absolutely nothing to bitchslap, I’m relegated to merely reproducing a few quotes. On libertarianism:

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Colorado GOP congressional assembly primary challengers

First and foremost — Check out these slick badges:

Well, maybe not so slick:

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HoT ranked #80 libertarian site, with a bullet

That’s according to a new system of code and API pulls from compete.com data, developed by Patrick McEwen of Capital Free Press.

All the smart kids know not to bother worrying about accuracy on compete.com’s stat’s at our level of traffic (pushing 10K a month now, which is magnificent considering the daily post rate is severely diminished from 2006′s explosive peak). But while we fill a stadium’s worth of libertarians and curious onlookers every month, it’s always good to consider the big picture of the libertarian web.

We want to congratulate Lew Rockwell at #1, kicking ass and take names on libertarian’s behalf with all their articulate goodness. Bless them for waving the keyboards at The Fed with admirable consistency. They pull an eye-popping 790K people every month, which is more than the entire population of Austin, Texas and gaining on San Francisco. see more…

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Photos: Ron Paul draws huge crowds in California

On Tuesday, April 4th at CSU-Chico State, a mighty mob of people showed up to hear and meet Ron Paul. The campaign cheekily lobbed a message at their opponents, “Hey Mitt, Rick and Newt–this is what a revolution looks like” along with this photo.

Indeed, the revolution is still kicking according to reports of a capacity crowd Wednesday, April 5th at another massive rally in Los Angeles where the line to get in was rumored to be a mile long. see more…

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GOP debate goes ‘westward ho’ with Las Vegas gala

From time to time, here at Hammer of Truth one of us will liveblog a debate or something. This is what it looks like.

On Tuesday October 18th, 2011 seven GOP candidates for president got on stage to once again lay into each other in the new public blood sport democratic process of of getting to know our next commander in chief. From left to right on the stage were Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann. John Huntsman boycotted and ultimately shot himself in the foot. Gary Johnson was once again not invited because if there are two libertarians on stage that might start making it seem normal and we can’t have that.

The order is chronological, which I did drunk so there’s probably mistakes in it. Onward! see more…

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SHEP SMITH: I Didn’t Cover Sarah Palin Bus Tour Because It’s Not News…

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How do we eradicate malaria? By ignoring eco-fascists


I am often conflicted when I see some Hollywood star lending their gravitas to a cause or political campaign. They after all enjoy the same First Amendment rights as the rest of us. The problem for me however is that they are also very often ignorant about the subjects on which they pontificate. Lacking the knowledge, experience, or wisdom to understand a subject does not stop a lot of folks, but the stardom gives the Hollywood crowd a megaphone to spout some of the most insane nonsense known to mankind. I’ll give some examples. Shakira, stated that she would rather her concerts were attended by pigs than Jews, because of how the Israelis treat the, “Palestinians.” I guess she is O.K. with the 50,000 Katusha rockets per year which rain down on Israeli neighborhoods targeting schools and farms. (not true, please see the comments). Andy Griffith is all over T.V. telling us that we’re going to love the improvements made to Medicare via the new Health Care Debacle. All these commercials are airing even as State Medicare funds are zeroing out due to a cut off of Federal Funding. Madonna, who I am convinced slept through or skipped every High School science class in her less than A caliber academic career, is lecturing the rest of us on Global Warming. The height of the stupidity though has to be DDT. see more…

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A “Retard” Says Goodbye

In a post about the 9/11 conspiracy theories, SVD recently said that – wait up, let me just blockquote what he said:

I’ve been of the mindset for a long time that the government is far too incompetent to pull off 9/11, and it seems Matt and Trey are on my side on this one. Feels extra good to be on the common sense side of libertarianism watching this.

I still expect our resident conspiracy readers to fill the comments with links to websites and “truth.”

Haha”¦ retards.

Perhaps I am missing some inside South Park joke- I have mentioned that I am not a regular viewer- but calling people who may disagree with the government version of 9/11 retards is pretty damn rude. I do not afix a stupid label upon those believing the government story. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. I think some members of US government were complicit. I do not understand how a person working for a campaign that witnesses first hand the lies, manipulation, and exclusion of new ideas could even bring the word “retard” to his mind, let alone click “publish” once it is articulated.

HoT is (from the About page)

admittedly libertarian-leaning and openly advocate Libertarian Party candidates and policies, we are also introspective and take our own party to task from time to time.

It is my opinion that the Libertarian Party is the only political party that calls on the government to do what it should. The government in the USA- at least according to my recollection of Civics- is accountable to the American people. It is not the job of the public- the 30 something and growing percent anyway- to prove that a coverup happened. It is the job of our government to tell us the truth. The burden of proof lays upon the servants of the people. The burden should be on those bathing in power and controversy.

It is the responsibility of the people to demand that the burden be met. Our government is failing us, and some of the people entrusted with posting those failures have offended at the least me, at most, 30+% of our country.

Some say that we are preaching to the choir here. HoT has a freedom minded readership. When the choir fights amongst each other over which song god likes most, the hymn suffers. I am no longer part of the choir. Retards don’t usually sing in tune anyway.

It has been an interesting year here. I hope that we will all sing in tune one day but this is my last post. I hope you all live as freely as it is important to you.

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Mel Gibson on Religion, Handcuffs and Toilet Humor

By now, everyone knows that Mel Gibson has finally gone off the deep end. Here are some details about how far he’s taking it:

TMZ has learned that Deputy Mee audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report.

Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.” The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he ‘owns Malibu’ and will spend all of his money to ‘get even’ with me.”

The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: “F*****g Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?”

The deputy became alarmed as Gibson’s tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, “What the f*** do you think you’re doing?”

A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?”

We’re told Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how “f****d” he was and how he was going to “f***” Deputy Mee.

Gibson was put in a cell with handcuffs on. He said he needed to urinate, and after a few minutes tried manipulating his hands to unzip his pants. Sources say Deputy Mee thought Gibson was going to urinate on the floor of the booking cell and asked someone to take Gibson to the bathroom.

South Park came close to predicting this one correctly. Here’s “The Passion of the Crazy Mel Gibson” YouTubed for your viewing pleasure.

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Your Turn: Ask Doug Stanhope Anything

By now regular readers of Hammer of Truth know of Doug Stanhope’s aspirations for president in 2008 on the Libertarian ticket, but you may not know why I personally view this as a bit of an eventuality for our political party. Let me first point out an excellent article focused on one of Stanhope’s many friends — Lewis Black — which has a relevant bit on how comedy is becoming more entwined in today’s politics:

It’s no secret that more and more Americans are getting their news from comedians than from traditional news sources. Politicians and pundits are jealous that comics can make a point and get a laugh at the same time “” jealous to the point of hiring comics to make their speeches and news shows more “punchy.”

In politics, commentary and comedy “” the lines of distinction between the three blur more every day “” everyone wants to speak for the regular guy. Politicians and commentators point the finger at comedians or the more ubiquitous “Hollywood” as elitist and out-of-touch, not as close to real Americans’ opinions as those from inside Washington’s Beltway. That line of thought, if I may quote Black, makes me want to “eat my brain” or “gouge my eyes out.”

Call it the Daily Show effect, if you will. And it seems Libertarians stand to benefit the most from it (consider our biggest celebrities are Penn Jillette, Drew Carey, South Park’s Matt Stone and a smattering of other comedians).

Well, here’s your chance to talk directly with Stanhope about his campaign. He’s agreed to answer questions about his issues, why he’s running, and basically anything you can come up with. So this is the discussion thread to ask those questions. I’ll take your questions, try to consolidate them where appropriate and have him answer in a few days, so fire away in the comments.

Update: The comments section is now closed and Stanhope will be getting back to us soon enough.

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Copernicus III: The Da Vinci Code

In their latest attack on the First Amendment, it seems the Roman Catholic heirarchy is taking notes from liberals on the Second Amendment. Like the liberal claim that the right to keep and bear arms is only for the militia, perhaps Catholics are stating the freedom of speech and of the press exists only for religious bodies. From Reuters:

In the latest Vatican broadside against “The Da Vinci Code”, a leading cardinal says Christians should respond to the book and film with legal action because both offend Christ and the Church he founded.

If people actually start to win such suits, I’ll expect a major attack on South Park next.

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Are Democrats Abandoning Their LGBT Allies?

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“‘Supporting an LGBT fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton will actually hurt our community,’ wrote Van Capelle in a leaked memorandum to his board of directors. ‘We have become a community that throws money at politicians and we demand nothing in return.’

His comments have started a healthy, if not painful, debate about the place of gay people in the Democratic Party. Van Capelle expressed a growing feeling among many Democrats that the LGBT community isn’t getting a good return on its investment. These disgruntled Democrats believe that gay people raise millions of dollars for the party and provide armies of volunteers, but gain little.”Wayne Besen

The latest round of Democrats turning their backs on their strongest supporters seems to have started when former Clinton staffer and campaigner Paul Yandura sent a letter to gay Democratic activists urging them to no longer send money to the Democrats because of their failure to combat anti-gay ballot initiatives around the country. From the Washington Blade: see more…

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Tom Cruise’s Dietary Habits Getting Pretty Scary

According to this source, Tom Cruise was taken out of context when stated that he planned to eat afterbirth (with “fava beans and a nice chianti”, I’d hope):

Cruise, 43, told GQ: “I’m gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious. I’m gonna eat the cord and the placenta right there.” When it was pointed out that it would be a big meal, Cruise replied: “OK, maybe I won’t.”

While he may not be planning to consume Katie’s placenta, he still needs to eat some crow over his attack on South Park.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: In a similar vein, Hawaiians aren’t allowed by law to bury their children’s placenta even though it’s a religious duty. I guess if Cruise’s appetite was Scientology-endorsed (it’s not), I’d still laugh at it, but I’d have to side with him from a libertarian POV — no matter how gross I personally think it is.

Another Update by Stephen VanDyke: Apparently this was all a joke by Cruise (sadly, the Hawaiian story is true). Just goes to show how far out there he’s gotten thanks to his Scientology nuttery if some offhand joke is taken so seriously by so many.

Now if no one minds, I’m going to go vomit a little thanks to Stephen Gordon’s accompanying picture of choice.

Update by Stephen Gordon: It seems the two have successfully procreated. Hopefully the newborn Suri will rebel against her cultist father as she becomes a teen. Perhaps she’ll even like South Park (soon to be in it’s 25th season when she becomes of age).

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Pic of the Day (or last three years, even)

People rag on me daily for my position on the U.S. military engagement in Iraq and for covering South Park related issues. Here’s (finally) absolute proof that the South Park message significantly impacts the American political scene — as well as soldiers on the firing line.

It’s also proof that the designation “South Park Republican” is absolute oxymoronic bullshit.

Props to Daniel via Xeni.

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Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology Really Going off the Deep End

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone not only push the limits, but they may now wax prophetic. From the concluding scene of “Trapped in the Closet”:

Tom Cruise: You made me look stupid. I’m gonna sue you, too.

Stan: Well, fine. Go ahead and sue me.

Cruise: I will. I’ll sue you in England.

President of Scientology: You are so sued, kid.

Stan: Well go on then, sue me.

President of Scientology: Were going too!

Stan: Okay! Good. Do it. I’m not scared of you. Sue me!

To my knowledge, no papers have (yet) been filed, despite Tom Cruise’s proclivity to challenge people who suggest that he’s a bit light in the loafers (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

It all started earlier this week when Issac Hayes (a Scientologist who provides the voice for the character Chef) is reported to have lost his chocolate salty balls by quitting the program:

“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.

Keep in mind that this comes from a man who not only insists that others suck his balls but who also has participated in a television program which had the Virgin Mary bleeding out her ass. It seems Matt Stone agrees:

Stone said: “In 10 years and over 150 episodes of South Park, Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslim, Mormons or Jews.

“He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show.”

Now Andrew Sullivan is reporting that Cruise declared war on South Park and may be the force behind the pressure applied to Viacom to pull the re-run of the “Trapped in the Closet” episode. Cruise denies these allegations.

I’m of the (uninformed) opinion that the pressure more likely came directly from Church of Scientology, who were challeneged with this line from the show:

Stan: I’m not the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology is just a big fat global scam.

Comedy Central already has a track record of complying with extortion demands over religious issues, so this would be the obvious line of attack for Scientologists. Here’s John Henke’s take:

…and the well-known tendency of Scientology to file nuisance lawsuits to quash criticism – i.e., barratry. (“the purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win” L. Ron Hubbard) Indeed, and in the interests of full disclosure, my own father’s ministry has been sued by the “Church” of Scientology and even given “a detailed description making it appear that Scientologists or agents of the church may have gained access to Watchman Fellowship’s Texas office without our knowledge.

Parker and Stone rarely leave any stone unturned, but they seem to have forgotten one.

Stan’s dad: “Wasn’t L. Ron Hubbard a science fiction writer?”

Head of Scientology: “Yes, but he was also a prophet who know the secret truth about the nature of life.”

Everyone knows that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the One who knows the secret truth about the nature of life, but the creators of South Park seem reluctant to take on this diety.

Is South Park offensive? Hell, yes — that’s the intent. It’s also provocative and satirical and protected speech under the First Amendment. Comedy Central has the right to pull their programs from their line up — but as we’ve suggested before, you also have the right to voice your displeasure with their decision.

Perhaps Al Barger summarized the entire South Park phenonomon best:

South Park has gotten to be very good at stealthily committing acts of education against their unsuspecting audiences. They come looking for good old fashion poo and gay jokes, and get slipped significant factual educational information when they’re not looking.

It’s pathetic that a cartoon does a better job at political education than the main stream media, our elected politicians or the Republicans and Democrats. Let’s continue to support Parker and Stone.

If you missed the episode, download it here to form your own opinion. I thought it was funny as hell.

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Cartoon’s Fanatic Freakout = Fundie Failure

It seems many cartoonists won’t be cowed by fundamentalist threats and are firing shots back at the fanatics with more editorial cartoons. The most widely used theme seems to be to point out the hypocrisy of the threats. Whereas it’s perfectly acceptable for the religious nutjobs to poke fun at other religions, turnabout is suddenly not so cool with them.

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And in related news, the Catholic fanatics in New Zealand tried to boycott that infamous “Bloody Mary” South Park episode… the result was humorous, with viewership increasing over 600 percent.

It seems the lesson fanatics seem unable to learn is that if you don’t like a satirical cartoon of your religion, it’s better off to ignore it or not watch it (hello… earth to self-control). Because venting a spleen and flipping out is only going to make more people point and laugh.

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