Monday, February 16, 2009

Five hours of stupidity

Blazing Cat Fur noticed a story this afternoon on an English website about the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. Who's that? From wikipedia:
    The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organisation with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. It groups 57 member states, from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkans, Southeast Asia, South Asia and South America. The official languages of the organisation are Arabic, English and French.
For reasons that remain unlear our firey feline made a joke at the expense of Barbara Hall, the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (or OHRC):
    Paging Barbara Hall - Organisation of the Islamic Conference plans human rights commission within the OIC.
Did the hirsute fever confuse the OIC and OHRC? It sure looks like it. And not only him.

Over at Free Dominion, fourhorses quoted the story, but changed the headline to
In doing so, he replaced OIC in the headline with OHRC, and filled out the abbreviation.

And then we were off to the races. Over the next five hours:
  • free_life2: “Danger, Will Robinson, DANGER!”
  • Connie Fournier: "Where are we going? And why are we in this handbasket?"
  • Fabulous Fred: "If we do nothing we know what to expect."
  • J.B. Stone: "Gaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh...........!!!"
  • Fabulous Fred: "It is time for as Christian Human Rights Commission within the OHRC. "
  • Connie Fournier: "I'm slowing changing my opinion from 'we mustn't sink to their level' to 'we can only win through the doctrine of mutually assured destruction'".
  • Edward Kennedy: "When you feel the hatred and anger, the bitterness and the rage, be thankful to your tormentors for they have given you the means that will be your ultimate victory over them, their tyranny, and their imposed bondage."
Etc., etc., for five hours. Until poster LittleCanuck noticed that the story has nothing to do with Ontario. Never did. OIC, not OHRC. But it took five hours before LittleCanuck from Calgary read the headline, read the story, and noticed they didn't go together.