August 15, 2007

Another AFP Scoop In The Making


A middle-aged Minnesota man shows two pieces of currency which he says hit his house following a pork-filled appropriation process by Congress this summer, in the predominantly conservative Twin Cities suburb of Eagan.

I'll allow AFP the rights to this picture and caption. After all, it would be newsworthy and accurate, since it just quotes me without actually determining whether what I said was a load of horse puckey.

UPDATE: Flip tops me here. Do not sip your coffee before clicking; management will not be responsible for damage to your monitor.


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Comments (26)

Posted by filistro | August 15, 2007 5:41 PM

Speaking as one of the multiple layers of factcheckers, I'd like to point out that the Minnesota gentleman is quite a lot cuter than the Iraqi woman.... but she has a flashier ring.

Posted by Jazz | August 15, 2007 5:49 PM

Man, you are so going to retire if those bills did any damage to your home. Lucky bastard. You lucky, lucky bastard.


Posted by Fred | August 15, 2007 5:58 PM

Actually, your caption is a lot more accurate as AFP's photo showed unfired cartridges. As has already been said, the only way they could have hit her house is if someone
threw them at her. Yours is at least physically possible.

Posted by Fight4TheRight | August 15, 2007 6:02 PM

He HAS to be telling the truth! "He's" wearing a Gophers tee shirt!

Posted by Tom Shipley | August 15, 2007 6:19 PM

that's a terrible picture.

Posted by brooklyn | August 15, 2007 6:24 PM

Heehehehehe !

The Captain Rocks...

Posted by Wise Ol Bird | August 15, 2007 6:30 PM

Middle-aged my Aunt Louise
I call BS.
He can't be any older than me...

Posted by Official Fact Checker for AFP | August 15, 2007 6:30 PM

As an official fact checker for AFP I would ask that you send the currency in question directly to my office so I can authenticate your story.

It is my understanding that the extensive testing required will make it impossible to return the currency to your possession.

Thank-you for your time in this matter.

Posted by Ray | August 15, 2007 6:34 PM

Ed, that's my money. I was giving some to my wife here in Minneapolis and a big wind blew some away. I'd appreciate it's timely return. Thank you in advance.

Posted by arb | August 15, 2007 6:42 PM

Looks like fautography to me. Note the shirt's lettering. The picture is backwards. We need a special prosecutor!

Posted by RBMN | August 15, 2007 6:52 PM

I'm inclined to believe it. That's certainly not something you see everyday--a fulltime blogger with a hand full of cash.

Posted by Rovin | August 15, 2007 6:54 PM

I'd be more suspicious if one of the bills had the head of Harry Reid on it.

Hang on tight to the money Ed, I'm sure there's a democratic tax increase coming to your neighborhood soon.

Posted by Ray | August 15, 2007 7:01 PM

"the predominantly conservative Twin Cities suburb of Eagan."

This story is FAKE! NO ONE could confuse Eagan with conservatism!

Posted by Bill M | August 15, 2007 7:09 PM

Who is that handsome devil????

But seriously, Cap'n, that has to be the best put down of AFP ever!!!!

Posted by marc | August 15, 2007 8:01 PM

Sorry, I ain't buying it.

Those bills are "unspent."

You're no better than the AFP and their unspent rifle shells.

Posted by Chuck | August 16, 2007 12:58 AM

Ooohh, reuseable hand gernades. How useful!

Posted by onlineanalyst | August 16, 2007 2:45 AM

Is that one of your biggest fans beside your head? No, I would have to say that I am, although I have plenty of competition for that role.

Hang on to that "cool" cash. And hang on, too, to that "fake but accurate" photo. It's apt to go to #1 with two bullets. Heh!

Posted by Only One Cannoli | August 16, 2007 3:39 AM

Whoa. That really happen?

Cute how you flipped the picture horiz. AFP probably likes their photos already mangled. How would you like some mutton chops, a pompadour and a white sequined jumpsuit? You could be a minnesota elvis. Just say the word.

Posted by Locomotive Breath | August 16, 2007 6:19 AM

Are you sure that's not Les Nesman and frozen turkeys?

Posted by AFP | August 16, 2007 7:28 AM

The blurring and reversal are obviously deliberate attempts to make it more difficult to fact-check this photo. Is that a type of fan which would be found in Minnesota, or would it be more likely found in nearby Wisconsin? Our staff are also having a hard time deciphering the symbols on the blue border at the top of the wall. We are attempting photo enhancement to determine if that is a suit coat hanging in the background, as there is a low probability of middle-aged Minnesota men actually wearing suits. The more we look, the harder it gets. Who's behind this likely fraud? Porkbusters?

Posted by rbj | August 16, 2007 7:41 AM

Pshaw, that's nothing. I have photos that I claim show that space aliens hit my house. And that the only reason they hit the house is that they let Elvis fly the ship. I'll get them to you real soon.

Unrelatedly, anyone know of a good tutorial for Photoshop?

Posted by Mark | August 16, 2007 8:00 AM

This money belongs to John Murtha, He is bought and paid for.

Posted by Amphipolis | August 16, 2007 8:31 AM

They had to call out the snow plows to move all the currency from the streets of Johnstown.

Posted by Jim | August 16, 2007 9:02 AM

hi i claim to be an "english teacher" and you can tell i am because i use correct punctuation when trolling on conservative websites for fun, like capitalizing my words when i am supposed to, and you right wing nut jobs get yourselves in a lather and make s**t up and make a big deal out of nothing and lie about the media having a liberal bias and that is why you are going to have you a**ses handed to you again in 2008.

nea marxists rule; neocon bush lap dogs drool.

Posted by filistro | August 16, 2007 2:45 PM

Hey, all you photoshop genius types...

Maybe this is really some kind of obscure lefty joke. Look carefully at the "elderly Iraqi woman" in the AFP release.

Is that not Colin Powell?

Seriously. Go look at the image.

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