Cutting the RW Crap: PDFs and Oxycontin: a Potent Mix!

There is no end to the excuses the right wingers are trying to use to tar and feather Democrats when it comes to the stimulus. The latest load of crap that has been going around the right wing crap machine is the notion that President Obama and the Democrats have broken their promise of transparency and openness, by not making the final stimulus bill available for 48 hours before voting on it.

This is a load of crap in so many ways, not the least of which is the fact that the final, consolidated bill was an amalgam of the House and Senate versions of the bill, which had been out for more than 48 hours. There were few changes, and all Congresspeople have a staff to look over the bills and track any changes. Speaking of which, they could have done a track changes on the documents themselves, and concentrated on just the parts that had changed.

Besides; all Republicans were under orders from The Boner to vote against the bill, even before it was written, so it wouldn't have mattered if they had read the bill or not.

Okay, so along those lines, check this out, from Recovering Addict Limbaugh on yesterday's crapfest. This is priceless:

There was a promise from the Obama administration, the new era of
responsibility and transparency, that all such legislation would be
posted on the Internet for five days so that the public could read what
is being voted on.  Ain't going to happen.  In addition, they have
reformatted the bill.  They've made it a PDF file when they posted it. 
Now, for those of you that don't use computers, basically what that
means is that it cannot be keyword searched.  A PDF file is essentially
a picture of a page, and so you can read every page but you cannot
keyword search it.  It's not a text file as legislation normally is, as
posted on these public websites.  They don't want anybody knowing
what's in this.

Now, Limbaugh has been using computers for some time, so it's difficult to believe that he's just a PDF novice, but the only PDF files tat are not searchable are image files, and the Government Printing Office doesn't create those; especially for a bill that is over 1100 pages long. How cumbersome would an optically scanned PDF of 1100 pages be to deal with?

PDFs are easily searched. Not only that, but they can be turned into text files, or Word files, and comparisons can be made between two different documents, so that your staff, if you have one, can examine only the portions of the document that have

There are two possibilities here; I'll let you decide which one it is.

Either Limbaugh, who most say is never seen in public without his MacBook, knows nothing about PDFs, or…

Limbaugh knows about PDFs, but is relying on the collective stupidity of his audience in trying to pull the wool over their eyes, and feed them a line of untrue bullshit.

I know which one it is… do you?

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