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Thursday, July 24, 2008

See his Right-Wing Connection V: His newest fans

Hey PRTistas, take a gander at who's copying the moves of the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist this time.

Birds of a-feather Photoshop together!

New from FOX News (h/t Media Matters) --

-- compare to this classic by Kiln Ovendoor:

Yes, the right wing Death Star has looked at the contents of Ken Avidor's toolbox, and likes what it sees.

Also today: Q- "Who Will Stop Rep. Mark Olson?"
A- Apparently not the Dump Mark Olson Blog!

Look who's Bachmann-bashing is #1! (hint: it's ours)

Dare we hope Fox is planning a new show -- "Avidor & Colmes"?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Like a Pig in Slop, and other bliss similes

Kiln Ovendoor the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist must be in heaven. Not only has his new "Personal Rapid Transit is Bogus" blog rocketed to the top of the Google hit parade, but recent news has given new energy to the guilt-by-association side of his anti-innovation campaign. It's going to be an anti-PRT Surge (©Resmuglican National Committee)!

1. Kenwood has been getting in touch with his inner parole officer, tracking the release status and whereabouts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) of former Minneapolis councilman Dean Zimmermann (G-Your Hair Smells Terrific). As long as Kenmore is on the case, we can be sure Zimmermann will not be able to hold a job or live within 1,000 feet of a school -- because isn't bribery the kind of offense you should have to pay for the rest of your life?

2. State Rep. Slappy Olson (R-16 Candles) has decided to go for a promotion to the State Senate -- good news for Labridor's dusty Dump Mark Olson blog, which therefore gets a new lease on life. May that blog's record of accuracy live long and prosper!

Yes, the Zimmermann and Olson PRT-smear threads survive for another election cycle! If Humidor continues to be as successful as he has been at dumping Michele Bachmann, in a few months we should be saying a big hello to Mayor Zimmermann and Senator Olson!

It's 11 pm -- do you know where your Ken Avidor is?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pics of the Day - "Skyweb Express" is all wet!

"Craig Horsfield’s Skyweb Express, USA655 at the St. Francis YC dock after winning the first West Coast Mini 650 Offshore Race. Congrats to Craig and his crew Tom on their achievement!"

Never Sea Land

"...the Professor and Mary Ann, here on Ken Avidor's Isle!"

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dear Readers - You did it!

You took my advice, embraced the opposition, and did something to help a propagandist feel good about himself. You helped make Kiln Ovendoor the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist's new blog #1 on Google!

That's right-- type in "personal rapid transit" bogus, hit enter, and Personal Rapid Transit is Bogus is Number One! Even higher than Kenwood's original PRT is a Joke page!

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You guys are *sniff* the best *sob* readers in the world! Now I'm all verklempt.

Ken Avidor is "Number One" all right

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Schmuck To The Future!

Kennel Ration the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist took a break from his new "Personal Rapid Transit is Bogus" blog today -- returning to Dump Bachmann to slam PRT, thereby sapping energy from the effort to unseat Rep. Michele Smoochy Bachmann (MN-666).

For the second post in a row, I have to compliment him. His post is like the old days, as if he hadn't left DB after being caught tossing softballs at social conservative, pro-gun, pro-highway Elwyn Tinklenberg. Some highlights:

  • A setup question that goes nowhere. He poses the question, "what happened to Bachmann's plan to get Minnesotans to ride around in pods?" but then proceeds to bury it under a couple quotes from the Advanced Transit Association newsletter. He never really gets around to answering the question.

  • Non-denial denials. The first ATRA quote includes a description of his famous phone conversation with then-ATRA Treasurer Larry Fabian. The reader expects Labridor is going to disprove, after all this time, the account of his profane tirade. Contemporaneous notes? An audio recording? A witness? But no. He doesn't really address this either.

  • Guilt by association. The first ATRA quote also characterizes Humidor's tactics, including "he attacks people more than ideas and is ready to condemn with guilt by association." Kenmore then makes his fans happy by doing exactly that -- mentioning PRT in the same breath as Dean Zimmermann's bribery case and Mark Olson's domestic violence! He also trots out the ultimate tar brush, the Pod Squad cartoon that implies PRT is a crime.

But the best part of the whole post, what really makes it perfecto, molto bene, happens right up front. Just like the time he used Google Maps to 'prove' the Cardiff PRT test track had been bulldozed, today he fiddles with time-space in a way that would make Hawking proud.

After quoting a July 10,
2008 article about Smoochy Bachmann's new 'energy tour' gimmick, Kenwood writes that "While she claims Democrats "refused to address our nation's rising gas cost", this is sort [sic] of legislation Bachmann worked on:"

What did he put after the colon? A quote from a public radio story. Except it was from April
2004 -- over four years ago (when gas was not $4+ per gallon), and more than two years before Smoochy went to Congress in January 2007!

He doesn't address the issue of why Smoochy hasn't put forward a PRT bill in Congress, or why the Resmuglicans didn't either in all the years they controlled both houses. But when liberals
like Debbie Cook get involved in PRT, he attacks them.

Wasn't that great? It's another example of why I'm so glad he's back on the internet. It's a blogging style, a presence we can only hope he brings to Personal Rapid Transit is Bogus!

Archives: Hello Minnesota 6th Congressional District! (10/10/2007)
Schmuck To The Future "II": He shadows me again at Viropop (7/12)

I'm gonna get me some kibbles and Ken Avidor!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Pause button - see his great new blog!

I'd like to hit the Pause button on this blog's format for a moment, and issue a hearty congratulations to Kern Avitype the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist.

That's right. The lad has finally broken out of his narrow, only-hating-PRT niche. Most recently he won a share of Honorable Mention in a beer commerical-making contest, which is a great honor.

The other quality effort is his newest blog, "Personal Rapid Transit is Bogus."

One has to admit that he has certainly broken new anti-innovation ground with his new blog. Yes, instead of the same tired old debunked talking points, he has created a riveting mix of British soccer news, Led Zeppelin commentary, music trivia, South Asian entertainment news, U.S. presidential news, and information about unemployment in Connecticut.

And of course, what anti-PRT blog would be complete without insightful analysis of hot chicks in swimsuits.

Yes, he's done it again--it's so audacious that if I were a hat person I would take mine off to him.

In fact, I think this new balance of propaganda and comprehensive infotainment is so compelling, that I hereby urge everyone with a blog or website about Personal Rapid Transit to link to Personal Rapid Transit is Bogus under the Skepticism category. Feature it, urge people to check out its opposing views, and mention it often in emails, blog entries and forum posts.

A serious contrary view like
Personal Rapid Transit is Bogus deserves wide, wide, WIDE exposure. Did I mention wide?

Thank you for your attention, and now back to our regular format.

I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Ken Avidor