Conservative icon Joe The Plumber, whose name isn’t Joe and who isn’t a plumber, continues to defy the laws of stupid by allowing the dumbest content on the Internet to be published on his website, Joe For America.
The most recent bout of buffoonery comes in the form of a post claiming that an Egyptian scientist has found indisputable proof that Moses and the Exodus from Egypt is a historical truth rather than a Bible story meant to teach metaphorically.
Joe’s writer, if you can call him that, isn’t so much astonished by the fact that Exodus has been proven by a scuba trip to the Red Sea, but that mainstream media, namely CNN and the New York Times, hasn’t reported on it:
A group of scientists lead by Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader and Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, have recovered a total of more than 400 skeletons, hundreds of weapons, pieces of armor and the remains of two war chariots scattered over an area of approximately 200 square meters.
My goodness that is compelling. There’s a University, a guy who sounds foreign, and the metric system. It must be true. The Bible is real. Incontrovertible evidence.
It doesn’t stop there. There was even an amazing blade belonging to a nobleman found, providing what Joe’s writer calls “undeniable scientific proof” of the Biblical event:
Amazing. There’s just one problem. Being a bit of a skeptic, I felt the need to do a little research of my own. I put the professor’s name into this thing we call Google, and lo and behold I found the source of Joe’s story:
It’s slightly less factual than The Onion, and comes complete with this in its disclaimer, right there at the bottom of the article Joe’s writer took the article from:
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
And then there was a chuckle, that led to a snort, that eventually erupted into a parting-of-the-sea style epic laugh as I reveled in the fact that not only did a conservative blogger fall for this garbage, but that it managed to get past the editors and probably Joe himself.
Do you think they knew it was satire and just didn’t care since they understand the dense nature of their audience?
It’s entirely possible, considering the comments are full of “praise God” and “not that we needed proof but now we have it” types of posts. Even after a few people point out that the story was taken 100% from a satire site the sheep who call Obama supporters “low information voters” come to the article’s defense, calling for faith in God and glory be his name and my oh my the fun that can be had with those people.
I highly recommend stopping by.
For this blogger it was nothing short of a joy to discover yet again that conservative ideology is based not only on fantasy, but on hand-fed fiction designed to make ordinary people laugh.