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Cool Republican Bro Had Fun Spreading Dumb Fake Hurricane Rumors Last Night

How creepy does it feel to blank out your own eyes on a photo you post online? Pretty creepy, we bet!Good morning, New Yorkers! We hope that you are reading these words right now, because that means you have power and Internet access and probably are in your own home, which we sincerely hope is not soggy and gross! Last night was pretty bad for New York, but we know that not everyone can be out protecting the public or repairing downed power lines or carrying sick babies to safety, so many were at a loss as to how to conduct themselves in this treacherous hour. Some read, or dicked around on the Internet, or Instagrammed pictures of destruction, while others, including an extremely minor GOP NYC luminary who went by ComfortablySmug on Twitter, just stone cold spread a bunch of fake rumors about storm damage, for kicks.

Buzzfeed has collected all of the dumb Tweets on its Tumblr, because Buzzfeed itself was knocked offline by the storm last night, just as Your Wonkette was, briefly. (Insert half-baked joke here about “the cloud” and, like, actual storm clouds or whatever.) Among the fake news that ComfortablySmug spread last night was that the NYSE trading floor was flooded (it wasn’t, although CNN believed it), that Con Edison was shutting down all power in Manhattan (which earned a Twitter rebuke from Con Edison), and that the MTA announced that the subway would be closed for a week (in fact, they haven’t figured out how long it’ll be closed yet.)

The ComfortablySmug Twitter account is anonymous, though it does prominently endorse Mitt Romney and include links a links to the Romney campaign’s donate page and some some douchey financial analyst firm, obviously. Wonkette immortal Jack Stuef managed to link ComfortablySmug to actual human Shashank Tripathi, who naturally is some kind of low-level staffer or volunteer at a NYC Republican Victory Center, and was spotted holding a campaign sign in November 2010.

Why would Tripathi post plausible but false things about a major disaster in a city where he lives, in the middle of said disaster, when lots of people are reading Twitter and freaking out about it? Nobody knows! When Mitt Romney is earning so many Pinocchios for lying about Chrysler, at least we know it’s because he wants to be president. Tripathi would seem to have no such concrete benefits to gain. Maybe it’s because trolling people on Twitter is fun! Just ask Chris Christie, who took a break from disaster cleanup to undermine Mitt Romney’s campaign by personally thanking Barack Obama this morning, fof lulz. [Buzzfeed]

UPDATE: Jack Stuef has all sorts of details about this fine person!

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Josh was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, leaving him with a love of chicken wings and a tendency to say “pop”. He taught ancient Greek and Roman history to undergraduates before fleeing from academia in terror; worked for a failed San Francisco dot-com that neglected to supply him with stock options or an Aeron chair; lived in Berlin, where he mostly ate Indian and Ethiopian food; finished in third place on his sole Jeopardy! appearance (the correct answer was “Golda Meir”); and was named 2007 Blogger of the Year by The Week, for obvious reasons. Josh is the creator/editor of COMICS CURMUDGEON (which you should read) and does geeky editing and writing about geeky things such as "the Java programming industry for JavaWorld." He lives in Baltimore with his wife Amber and his cat Hoagie.

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  1. Limeylizzie

    This makes me really angry, what a fucking asshole. It was very scary last night and this fool wants to do this? Luckily we have power, never lost it at all, no trains, buses but all in all we, in Harlem, really were fortunate.

    1. Jimmyone

      Glad you and yours are ok…How about Queens? I have a friend I can't contact there…my brother lost his house and cars in Conn. and I can't find him either…no cell phones and land lines are out….
      and to mention a thought I have about this whole disaster…Fuck you Mitt and your horse you rode in on…

      1. Limeylizzie

        I think Queens is a mess, lots of flooding , Rockaways are devastated, Breezy Point is pretty much just gone. one man killed by falling tree.

        1. Jimmyone

          thanks LL…still trying to locate my friend in Queens…I heard from my brother…He and his family were in the house when the trees (old very large oak trees) fell on his house…they had to crawl out a hole in the wall next to the squashed car…all were ok…

          1. Limeylizzie

            If you need me to do anything for them, let me know, we will have bus service tomorrow, so life should be a bit easier.

    2. HistoriCat

      Well of course Harlem didn't lose power – this just shows that Barry Obummer was responsible for the storm.

      (Very happy to know that you are ok.)

  2. Come here a minute

    You can't get credit for a scoop (EXCLUSIVE MUST CREDIT COMFORTABLESMURF) if you wait for the thing to actually happen!

  3. Barbara_

    I sincerely hope that everyone is okay. My daughter in Delaware is okay and Mina didn't mind the storm one bit. Is Sorosbot okay?

    1. Mojopo

      My Mom in WNY is fine – I'm so relieved. Some folks in the area are w/o power, but she's OK and has a generator. She lives alone, so we spent a good amount of time on the phone for the past 24 hours.

      1. Beowoof

        Here in Rochester we seemed to make it through with no injuries or loss of life being reported so far. (Knock on wood) Most damage so far seems minor. We took it seriously here, it was noisy last night with the wind, and people were evacuated from near Lake Ontario.

          1. Beowoof

            Thanks, we made it through relatively unscathed here. I am feeling pretty bad for the folks in NYC and NJ.

    2. HistoriCat

      Excellent news Barb! Talked to my mom this morning – no power but no damage for her. As long as she can manage to stay warm, I think she will be OK.

      Hoping Sorosbot is alright – although wasn't he due to fly west this week? Maybe he's just gnashing his teeth at the flight delays.

    3. SorosBot

      Thanks Barb; I'm fine, Philly did not get it as bad as some other areas. Very glad your family made it through fine too. It looks like much of Jersey is devastated; they really got fucked by this.

    1. Sparky McGruff

      If he's a hardcore republican, he's almost certainly a sociopath. That's the current republican platform. They've moved from positioning themselves as the 'party of fiscal responsibility" to the "party that hurts people for kicks"

    2. HobbesEvilTwin

      That's too easy an answer. Clearly, he's a plant from the Obama campaign to make Mittens look like a douche*

      *like Mittens needs help

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      That is pretty much the trifecta of assholery, innit?

      Aside from the mess in Riverside Park (generic storm damage), we got off easy in my neighborhood. (Morningside Heights is well-named). One weird item was the box from a delivery truck, ripped off and wrapped around a light pole. What's weird is that nothing else nearby, on this quiet side street, showed any sign of wind damage.

  4. Loch_Nessosaur

    Tripathi's just looking to be appointed as Secretary of Misinformation if Romney gets elected.

  5. dennis1943

    After I watched Christie say nice things about the President, I assumed the fetal positiion under my desk…….call me when the Apocalypse is over…….

    1. Ground Zero Mostel

      Christie is a master of passive-aggression. He really believes he can beat Hilary in 2016 and will do whatever he can covertly to see that Romney loses in 2012. I can't wait to see the Hilary smack him down in 2016.

  6. finallyhappy

    The idiot at CNN said he got the NYSE flood info from an Weather Service chat board. I got photos of Gozillla and Neptune on a beach, sharks on a porch in Jersey, Lady Liberty with her skirt a la Marilyn Monroe on my FB and twitter -why can't I get a well paid TV "reporting" job?

    By the way, here in Silver Spring, MD, we had no power outage(ok- I admitted I have a generator but we never lost power), Metro is starting up slowly at 2 PM as are many stores and businesses- but all schools and gov't are shut all day(except given the miracle of the intertubes- my son can do his online college classes- yes, a real college) . There are power outs in the DC Metro area, streets closed for flooding or trees down but we are so much better off than NYC- I think we were protected by the nearby presence of our Kenyan Muslim Socialist/ Marxist /Communist Overlord

    1. gullywompr

      Here in Loudoun things are pretty good, a few trees down (cut one up this AM), power stayed on. Got lucky.

  7. BadKitty904

    As for this dickhead – is that even legal? It's certainly the moral equivalent of shouting "fire!" in a crowded theater.

    Of course, the NYC Republican Victory Center will now issue a disclaimer and, ideally, an apology, right? Right?

    1. sbj1964

      Republicans never apologize for lying they just claim it's true no matter what the facts are.It seems to work for them because conservatives are not rooted in reality in the first place.

  8. Chow Yun Flat

    but we know that not everyone can be out protecting the public or repairing downed power lines or carrying sick babies to safety,

    Unpossible, since utility workers, firemen and hospital workers are represented by unions and are told by their union bosses not to save babies or restore electricity in emergencies.

    1. eggsacklywright

      He's sending his private detectives to get the lowdown on this storm thing and the results will be yuge.

    2. imissopus

      From the Twitterz of the real Donald Trump (say around 10:30 this morning on the East Coast:

      "Hurricane is good luck for Obama again- he will buy the election by handing out billions of dollars."

      "Not only giving out money, but Obama will be seen today standing in water and rain like he is a real President — don't fall for it."

      Stay classy, Donald!

  9. Goonemeritus

    In times of crises the indomitable human spirit longs to reach out to its fellow man and offer a few words of derision.

  10. natl_[redacted]_cmdr

    Well this tool seems like a real upstanding member of society unlike all those moochers putting out fires and working on restoring power and people literally saving babbies.


  11. freakishlywrong

    I live in Floriduh and I was horrified by what the NE, (and inland!), had to go through. (Especially my beloved Manhattan).

    1. BadKitty904

      Same here. We're kinda used to it down here and know how to react. I'm shocked, however, that these poor Yankees have to go through all this. Lord knows, they're tough as taxes and will come through alright, but it still seems…odd.

      Lucky for us climate change is a total myth or this kind of storm might become common…

  12. FakaktaSouth

    Screw anyone that would make trying to fix this mess harder. This is BAD. When Chris Christie is the voice of reason, we are all just. so. fucked. BUT when Mitt's GOP is wanting to privatize everything, the guy who knows from corporate corruption KNOWS he needs that sweet sweet federal help, because his state is TRULY in big time trouble.

    I happened to take the very last plane out of Newark on Sunday and just in case anyone was wondering, prommie left his NJ waterfront manse and is staying a bit inland at a friend's – with no power, no warmth and is of course cursing the darkness AND the candles…BUT, he is safe and I would like to know that about some of the other NorthEasterners in the crew here, if y'all don't mind. Fuck weather, man, I hate it.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        I am wondering about him and James Michael Curley, who I know is also a Jersey-dweller. With all the power outages and trees and flooding and damage, it is rather nerve-wracking.

    1. Terry

      Mitt's plan? To abolish FEMA, then in the case of natural disaster sent nice notes to governors and mayors telling them they're on their own and isn't it great that they have the power to handle this all on their own. The notes will be on creamy linen paper with embossed text.

    2. fuflans

      i imagine prommie's cursing everything damn thing – well and fluently.

      yeah, i really REALLY want that mittbot joplin clip to keep making the rounds. this is exactly what we'll be up against if these tools get elected. has this country really forgotten 2000-2008?*

      * rhetorical question only.

    3. sati_demise

      had to evacuate the Javitts center on Sunday. Am going to miss my plane tomorrow because we evacuated to Vermont.

      1. Gleem McShineys

        You see this cat Taft is a fat mother–
        (Shut your mouth)
        But I'm talkin' about Taft
        (Then we can dig it)

    1. predilectrix

      tee hee. It's one thing to give a grudging thank you, and another to spend about a minute describing how concerned and competent the president has been. That crunching noise you hear is Willard's bones as CC throws him under the moving FEMA bus. For more fun, check the WAPO article in which Romney's storm efforts are shown up as the grandstanding they are:

      Aides said Romney campaign offices would continue collecting supplies to donate later to storm victims — a move that goes against the advice of professional emergency managers, who have long advised that donations of money and blood are more critical in the hours before and after a storm. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision20

    2. rickmaci

      Win win for Gov. Krispy Kreme. Rombot wins, he can shrug it off as being something he needed to say to be sure NJ got a giant hunk of fed money. Rombot loses, nobody will give a shit what he said about BHO by 2016.

  13. jamsie25

    That really PsMO. What a complete and total dick. Why would this person do that kind of crap knowing he'd eventually get outed? What was his point? Boggles the mind how those people think.

  14. SigDeFlyinMonky

    The operating system for the Publican party is a codified social pathology. So we are suprised when it attracts sociopaths and assorted emotionally stunted individuals?

  15. RomneysLogCabin

    " [sic] Chris Christie, who took an oxygen break from personal hygiene to undermine Mitt Romney’s campaign by personally sweating on Barack Obama this morning, proceeded to eat three foot-long Twinkie and mayo subs."

    1. BadKitty904

      He's in NYC. Now that he's been outted, presumably some of the big, burly locals will explain to him, at length, the error of his ways…

  16. memzilla

    This will be an excellent time to ask Christie exactly what he believes about Big Gummint Money and FEMA.

  17. fawkedifiknow

    If this was Louisiana, and it was Jindal on the other end of the line with the Prez, he'd be lying about the conversation, and accusing him of a failure of leadership because the wind wouldn't quit howling.


  18. OneDollarJuana

    You know why his eyes are blacked out. Look at the angle of the other guy's arm and guess what it must be holding.

  19. Mojopo

    WTF is the #thingsthatoffendObama trend on Twitter this AM? Did Sheldon Adelson pay them for today, or were their services discounted for the storm?

  20. StillGoinGreen

    I can't even be outraged about a Repuke lying anymore, and I can usually become outraged by ANYTHING! I have been known to go into a fit of unprecedented rage when my Charmin two-ply seperates, but Repukes needlessly lying…MEH??!! I do, however, send out a "Good job!" to FATASS for calling it like he sees it and giving Barry credit where it is due (even on FUX and Fiends). I still fucking hate him, though.

  21. Terry

    "Why would Tripathi post plausible but false things about a major disaster in a city where he lives, in the middle of said disaster, when lots of people are reading Twitter and freaking out about it? Nobody knows! "

    It's because he's an asshole.

  22. zumpie

    Well considering he's aligned with the NYC Republican Victory Center, I'd just say he's full on delusional. And maybe thought he could somehow blame the Evil Kenyan Muslin Usurper for these fake atrocities.

    And oh yes, he's a fucking douchebag

  23. Beowoof

    Why am I not surprised that a republican once again shows absolutely no concern for other humans. Their complete lack of concern for anyone but themselves and their own wallet shows up again and again. How could anyone but a sociopath be republican.

  24. Toomush_Infer

    My God, that had to be bad – they're blaming the snow here in the Tip of the Mitt on Sandy – that's about a gazillion miles away FYI…. how old are these sociopath: Resnublican jokes getting, anyway…? It just goes without saying – but can anybody make a reasonable case for why so many women are voting for the Big Liar (equals Romney, I know….)? It troubles me immensely – I've put my faith in the judgment of women for the last 63 years….

  25. Troglodeity

    A lying Republican who's in the finance business with the nickname "comfortably smug."

    Are we sure this isn't Mitt Romney's private Twitter account?

  26. Detesticle

    Christie is just trying to sink Mittens in 2012 so that Christie can have an open-seat run for prez in 2016, for the obvz

  27. rickmaci

    We all know the Kenyan witch doctor who has been secretly living in the White House worked up some voodoo to cause this monster storm as a warning to anyone who dares to oppose the re election of his half Kenyan voodoo apprentice. I saw this on the internets someplace. Daily Caller I think. Maybe Drudge.

  28. bikerlaureate

    Yay Jack.

    In a better reality Tripathi would suffer some kind of consequences for this, instead of atta-boys from his fellow Republican operatives who are oh, so much more principled and trustworthy than us DFH's.

  29. redarmyzombie

    "Why would Tripathi post plausible but false things about a major disaster in a city where he lives, in the middle of said disaster, when lots of people are reading Twitter and freaking out about it?"

    Because Republicans are Harkonnens, and are thereby evil. I though we went over this already?

  30. Biel_ze_Bubba

    A bit of a happy ending here: this dumbfuck has been forced to resign from his GOP position (too bad it wasn't his real job), and he's looking at an official investigation.
    See the third news item here.

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