. . . but perhaps won’t. I swear it seems as if someone has a concession at Tea Party functions selling self-lobotomy kits, and they’re selling like $10 iPhones.
File this in the “Whom the gods destroy, they first make mad” department, with loss of sense of humor as a key symptom.
You may have seen this ad during the Super Bowl, and though you may have cringed a bit at the way it tweaks people who show concerns about the environment and who urge cleaning up pollution, you probably found it pretty humorous.
But over at the
Club the Constitution Constitution Club site, they appear to think it’s an ad from the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security.
So some hoaxster with the apt handle The Rat at
Club the Constitution Constitution Club dug up a dull, run-of-the-mill document out of the Department of Homeland Security that talks about DHS policies on working to implement the government’s environmental justice policies. “Environmental justice” is shorthand for “don’t dump garbage or toxic pollution in or close to the homes of poor people just because they are unlikely to have lawyers at the moment.”
Then The Rat flew off the handle, a truly head-exploding, insane Gish-Gallop rant about Homeland Security:
In its just-released Environmental Justice Strategy document, the DHS says the idea is to “include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities” and to incorporate environmental justice in “securing the homeland.” Roll that around in your head for awhile:
“Federal law enforcement” agents conducting “emergency response activities” in the name of “environmental justice” for the purpose of “securing the homeland.” The Green Police. Oh. My. God.
You couldn’t make up craziness like this guy, The Rat, could you? He clearly has no clue about the history of environmental justice (and is Google-challenged on top of that) — or he’s venally working to make people believe falsehoods. What’s the harm in including “environmental justice practices in our larger mission?”
Does this Rat, who appears to be a complete idiot, fail to understand that “emergency response activities” are commonplace, and occur whenever an 18-wheeler carrying a load of chemicals turns over on the freeway? Does The Rat fail to understand that spills need to be cleaned up? (Real rats are very clean creatures, actually. While they live in filthy, they do not prefer it, and they keep their dens very clean. This is one way a real rat, say Rattus Norvegicus, or Rattus rattus, is superior to this faux rat.)
Here’s the description of the Audi advertisement from Auto123.com, showing none of the insanity the right wingers try to insert:
As reported by Audi
HERNDON, Va.,– Green Police, the Audi Super Bowl ad, provides an uncommon avenue for green advocates, anteaters, Styrofoam, the legendary rock band Cheap Trick and the 2010 Green Car of the Year to find their inner connectivity.
How all of these rather disparate elements come together hasn’t been revealed yet by Audi. But in the end they will provide an entertaining look at how we all face a dizzying array of choices that can impact the environment. Some of these choices are easier than others. But, the Green Police ad will show, one of the best choices is driving the Audi A3 TDI, which won the prestigious 2010 Green Car of the Year award presented by Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.
The Audi Green Police ad will air Super Bowl Sunday in the fourth quarter of the largest television event of the year. But Super Bowl ad followers, Audi aficionados and others can get sneak peeks at what’s coming.
Audi released a teaser edit of the Green Police Super Bowl ad today, which highlights the crucial role anteaters can play in keeping the planet green. Think Styrofoam. One Super Bowl reviewer online is already betting the Audi Green Police ad will win top honors for “Best Use of an Unusual Animal in a Super Bowl Ad.” Audi disclaimer: No anteaters were harmed in the filming of the Green Police Super Bowl ad. To find that teaser video, go to www.facebook.com/audi.
Another preview of the Audi Green Police ad is the available download of the theme song of the spot. The legendary rock group Cheap Trick returned to the recording studio to remake their smash hit “Dream Police” into “Green Police.” Fans also can find that download by going to the Audi Facebook page.
For Audi, the Super Bowl has been a premium platform for promoting the performance and prestige of its cars the past three years. But underlying the fun of this year’s Green Police Super Bowl ad is a serious message: If 30% of Americans drove clean diesel cars like the Audi A3 TDI, the nation could reduce oil consumption by 1.5 million barrels a day. What’s more, clean diesel engines reduce CO2 emissions by 30%.
“Those are real-world benefits that the A3 TDI offers for today’s concerns about fuel consumption and greenhouse gas,” said Scott Keogh, Audi of America Chief Marketing Officer. “Super Bowl ads are all about fun, but the best ads point consumers to products that enrich their lives. That’s what we’ve done with the Green Police.”
Got that? It’s a straight up, funny-as-anything Super Bowl ad pushing Audi’s TDI Diesel engined cars.
Have the right-wingers genuinely lost their humor senses? Are they so shallow in their reading they didn’t catch the humor? Can’t they tell a joke from reality?
In contrast, environmental justice is, by now, a rather well-established movement to marry civil rights laws and anti-pollution laws to prevent poor neighborhoods from being unfairly burdened by pollution, in a drive to clean up pollution for the benefit of all. It’s an old enough concept that it goes by its initials, EJ. See Wikipedia’s quick and concise entry:
The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines EJ as follows:
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation [sic]. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
- To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.
- To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process.
- To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-income populations.
Could a serious-minded American citizen disagree with anything in those two definitions? That’s right out of the Boy Scout Manual, it’s Leave No Trace writ large — it’s been the policy of the U.S. government since the early 1970s, proposed by Republicans as a means to conserve our nation’s lands, waters, and other resources.
There is nothing in the DHS environmental justice policy statement to suggest the agency will do anything more than worry about whether the agency itself is environmentally friendly, and fair to minority populations in the dumping of its wastes. Actually, there is nothing in the document opposed to pollution — only statements outlining that every group in the agency is responsible for following policy. The document says, in too many words, that no one can use the excuse, “It was the custodian’s job to see the used fluorescent light tubes were disposed properly.”
That crazy right wing! They just get more and more distanced from reality the closer the election looms!
Links to the post at
Club the Constitution Constitution Club, with the implied allegation that Obama will be sending cops out to fine you and your local gendarmerie for using Styrofoam cups, make up a new Anti-Green Wall of Shame, made by unthinking people spouting off about what they do not know:
- Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Forms Green Police
- The Big Picture » Here Come the Green Police! DHS Launches ‘Environmental Justice’ Units « The Constitution Club
- Who’s Up For The Green Police? » Pirate’s Cove
- Who’s Up For The Green Police? | Right Wing News
- April 24, 2012 | Another Slow News Day
- The Church of the Global Warming Fascists (AGW) revising their theology, another fall – Christian Forums
- Hold onto jaw before reading « Pull My Chain
- Where Is He Wrong? | SelfAdoration.com
- THE GREEN POLICE ARE REAL! DHS LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE STRATEGY | iBC_FN | iBankCoin Financial News
- Forget Homeland Security, Now It’s About “Environmental Justice” – Tea Party Nation « Gds44′s Blog
- Forget Homeland Security, Now It’s About “Environmental Justice” The Federal Observe
- Here Come the Green Police! theflyingcameldotorg
- The Mind, It Boggles, Short Little Rebel (Who complains at the next blog, “This was a strategy that Hitler bragged about it.” Hitler worried about dumping pollution on poor people? Bullfeathers; the woman knows nothing about the topic.)
- The Mind, It Boggles, Western Rifle Shooters Association (Do you sense an astonishing echo chamber effect here, with no thought at all to what words are actually echoed?) (Note the discussion of shooting federal agents in comments; they must think no one is watching, or cares.) (Ooh. Also see this astonishing claim by Mike, in comments: “Marx and Engels discussed using environmentalism to destroy the capitalist west.” Pretty good, since environmentalism didn’t exist before either Marx or Engels died; nor did they talk abut “destroying” the west, especially since “the west” didn’t become parlance for capitalism until after 1946; Marx died in 1883, Engels in 1895.)
- InfoWars gets the Audi joke, but completely misreads the policy document (there is no new unit of DHS; there is no group of uniformed cops to enforce environmental rules)
- Steven Hayward at Powerline, who probably knows better, gets all panicky and whiny and says you should be fearful
- Intelhub fell for the hoax, and added to it
- (Updated May 3) Alan Caruba never hesitates to pile on if he thinks it’s nasty enough, and he does it again here at the aptly-named Absurd report, not pausing to understand the inaccuracy of the original report, nor giving a thought to the irony of posting such absurdities; Caruba gets suckered again
- Presstitution got suckered
- Caruba has his own echo chamber -- and like an echo, there’s no brain working in the process (Ruthfully Yours)
- gds44 got suckered (again) — more echoing Caruba (doesn’t anyone on the right ever think for themself?)
More than a dozen blogs, operated by at least a dozen bloggers — all of whom conserved a great deal of energy by failing to use any of their gray matter neurons before parroting a hoax. Oy. (My experience is that most of those blogs are terrified that someone will leave an opposing opinion in comments — if you successfully post a comment at any of those blogs, will you let us know in comments? The Ghost of Stalin stalks heavily among the blogs of the unthinking right.)
How many people will be suckered by this hoax? More than a dozen so far, and counting.
P.S.: The Audi advertisement was for the 2010 Super Bowl; that’s some digging.
Update, May 3: A few wags at the original site now claim it’s parody, that they know it’s not so. Alas, they don’t post that, and as you can see by the update above, other anti-American Clean Air types continue to pile on, not hesitating to attack our national government for fun.