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

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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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  • 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.

    • BadKitty904

      Glad to hear you guys are OK! Well done, Stormrider! :0)

    • Barbara_

      I'm so glad you are safe, sister. I was so upset with worry last night.

      • Limeylizzie

        We lost internet for a while and had some flickering lights but other than that, no prob.

    • Terry

      Thank goodness, Lizzie. It's good to be up the hill a bit in storms like this.

    • 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…

      • 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.

        • 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…

          • 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.

    • 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.)

  • 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!

  • 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?

    • BadKitty904

      I'm happy to hear the good news, Barbara! :0)

      • Barbara_

        Thanks Kitty Kitty.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • Mojopo

          I saw that! I'm glad you're OK.

          • Beowoof

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • YasserArraFeck

    RupubliTards – air goes in, bullshit comes out. Who can explain it?

    • PugglesRule

      Faulty plumbing?

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I don't know. Perhaps Tripathi is a sociopath?

    • BadKitty904


    • 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"

      • Biff

        Transformed from an Army of Dicks to a Party of Dicks.

    • kittensdontlie

      Scaring sheeple is what wingnuts do best.

    • 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

    • not that Dewey

      Sure, you say that about all the Republicans.

      Oh, wait.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Only because it's so easy.

        • PugglesRule

          And usually true.

          • bobbert

            I'm admiring the binder.

    • MommysFetusJar

      Is our friend here the same comfortablysmug who wrote about his charming ways with the wimmin' folk: http://t.co/ZMxJSQ5k

      What a miserable ass.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Shashank Redumbtion.

  • Pragmatist2

    He's a Republican in the Finance business and he's on Twitter. Of course, he's an asshole.

    • OneDollarJuana

      And he drives a BMW.

      • BadKitty904

        America First!

    • 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.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    He just forgot to put the "JK, LOL" at the end of his tweets. Could happen to anyone.

  • Loch_Nessosaur

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

    • Boredw/Gravitas

      The post every rethug is qualified for.

    • proudgrampa

      Ministry of Truth!

      • MosesInvests

        Doubleplus good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Appletruth/133951326629923?sk=wall deanbooth

    He approaches Republican enlightenment, when you cease to lie for personal gain and lie simply for its own sake.

    • eggsacklywright

      Following the true (socio-) path.

      • PubOption

        Eight fold socio-path?

        • eggsacklywright

          Nah, just a tri-path. Three's enough, yes?

  • 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…….

    • http://www.marionstein.net 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.

  • freakishlywrong


    • elviouslyqueer

      RT @LaGuvBobbyJindal

    • TootsStansbury


      ps got an email from Pops.

    • eggsacklywright

      Shiva be vengeful. Many arms will come down upon him.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The caste system breeds perfect Republicans. No surprise there.

  • 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

    • gullywompr

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

  • memzilla

    Drudge Report is lying about the extent of NYC power outage, probably using a photo of the 1965 blackout. This is what it really was (from the NYT building, natch). And here's the next Times Square Tourist T-shirt.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Maybe Drudge thinks he can get Con Ed voted out of office. What a dumbass.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      "New York Goes Dark"
      He wishes.

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • Mojopo

    What a fucking asshole. We need a new Gitmo for trolls.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      The old one would work just fine.

      • Mojopo

        I feel like it has too many amenities for guys like Shashank.

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ 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.

    • not that Dewey

      And, as such, are too busy phone-banking for the Democrats to put out fires or save babies.

  • http://www.notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton/proclaim.html#declaration Joshua Norton

    Republicans desperately count on the fact that being a pathologic liar isn’t a felony and the only way to effectively deal with one, is.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Unfortunately, being a flaming asshole isn't a crime, either.

  • rocktonsam

    did national treasure and NYC darling Donald Trump make it through the storm safely?

    • PubOption

      I assume that he couldn't go out, because of possible hair damage.

    • eggsacklywright

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

    • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com 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!

      • Biff

        Oh for fuck's sake.

  • Goonemeritus

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

    • eggsacklywright

      And the occasional kick, ala Alex in Clockwork Orange.

  • 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.


  • freakishlywrong

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

    • 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…

      • freakishlywrong

        The "new normal". The bad guys are winning this one.

  • 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.

    • BadKitty904

      Did CR_eature scuttle inland?

      • eggsacklywright

        Comfortably napping under a nice rock, I bet.

        • thatsitfortheother1

          I feel so guilty for having that plate of fried baby squid in Spain last month…

          • eggsacklywright

            "…and they are wery tender baby ones. In polyunsaturated ghee."

      • 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.

        • BadKitty904

          And where's Actor been?

          • eggsacklywright

            Good question. He's usually one of the more productive members of this society.

          • HistoriCat

            Still twittering this morning.

    • 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.

    • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ 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.

    • sati_demise

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

  • BaldarTFlagass

    He also tweeted that the giant Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man was wreaking havoc in the Tribeca.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Meanwhile our favorite Jersey Shore sammich and doughnut tester Chis Christie sayz Obama deserves "great credit" for storm response. Why does the Jersey Gov so hate Willard?


    • freakishlywrong

      See: 2016.

    • kittensdontlie

      CC is clearing the field for a 2016 run.

      • not that Dewey

        "clearing the field" = eating the other candidates?

    • eggsacklywright

      21st century Taft.

      • 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)

    • 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

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • thatsitfortheother1


    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      It's instinctive, not thought out.

  • 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?

    • sbj1964

      They're target demographic.

  • http://www.notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton/proclaim.html#declaration Joshua Norton

    We should be hearing the famous wingnut "Can't you take a joke?" defense any time now.

    • memzilla

      Along with the grudging "I'm sorry if you were offended" non-apology apology.

  • 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."

    • sati_demise

      He then farted, which pushed any water completely out of the tunnels

  • freakishlywrong

    I'd like to make him UN comfortably smug.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      US out of UN!

    • 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…

      • CrankyLttlCamperette

        With votes?

      • Biff

        Benedictine locals?

  • memzilla

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

  • 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.


    • CalvinsChoice

      Jindal would be a thousand miles away raising money for his imaginary presidential campaign.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Well, at least the asteroid missed.

    • sbj1964

      Mittens was for the Asteroid before he was against it.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      The gravitational pull of Chris Christie altered its course.

      • Steverino247

        Into that gaping maw where everything else is swallowed up. The White Hole…

      • eggsacklywright

        The great Rotund-a.

  • http://www.boskolives.wordpress.com boskolives

    If Sandy took out Trump's Casino and Towers, and that hair like substance crawling around his head, it was worth it.

  • 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.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I guess that's probably why he's got that shit-eating grin going, too.

  • 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?

  • http://wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    Troll be trolling.

    It doesn't matter if serious shit happens.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Lucidamente1

    I think we've found Romney's choice for FEMA director.

  • 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….

  • not that Dewey

    I'll need some information first
    Just the basic facts

    • UW8316154

      Can you tell me where it hurts?

  • 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?

  • http://sciencekick.blogspot.com valthemus

    Does this count as further evidence that most "conservative humor" should automatically be classified as hate speech?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      On a Venn diagram, there certainly is a hell of a lot of overlap.

  • DahBoner

    Beaver Creek. Not exactly roughing it.

    Is this, uh, down there in Brazil?

  • 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

  • Dr. Matt

    It's no doubt a librul sock puppet just trying to make the teabagtards look bad.

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    No one has made a "Shashank in Shawshank" joke yet?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ttommyunger

    I can't be sure, but I smell a fourth seat on Faux & Fiends!

  • 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?

  • 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.