More of That Wonderful Worldnetdaily Spin

An obscure program from the US Agency for International Development is funding a project to save ancient Egyptian artifacts from water erosion, so naturally the Worldnetdaily reports on it with the ridiculous headline: OBAMA SEEKS TO APPEASE PAGAN GODS.

Amid surging violence in the Mideast, from Gaza to Syria to Iraq, the Obama administration is stepping up efforts in Egypt to preserve a multi-deity temple to the “creator god” Horus and the “crocodile god” Sobek.

After footing a multi-million-dollar bill to help the government of Egypt lower the water level at the Temple of Kom Ombo and other archeological sites, U.S. taxpayers are now shelling out more cash to extend the project beyond its contractual end date, according to procurement documents WND discovered via routine database research.

The Groundwater Lowering Activity for Pharaonic Monuments Areas initiative seeks to reduce the impact of water runoff onto Egypt’s historic sites, even though the problem by the administration’s own admission largely stems from irresponsible agricultural practices.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, awarded a sole-source, no-bid contract extension to CDM International to continue providing Egypt with engineering services related to the design of water-runoff systems.

And I’m sure that’s exactly how it went. This wasn’t a decision made by some nameless bureaucrat for a grant that is about 1/1,000,000th of the federal budget for the purpose of preserving ancient cultural artifacts. I’m sure the grant application went directly to President Obama’s desk and he told his minions, “We must appease those pagan gods! Give them the money!”

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  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    That’s what I would have done in his position!

  • Artor

    Since when is Horus a “creator god?”

  • blf

    I suppose it’s never occurred to whirling nutter delusions that, by and large, the Egyptian people are quite proud and protective of that ancient heritage and go to some astonishing lengths to protect and preserve it — despite mostly believing in great sky faeries who, according to the faeries’s “interpretors” and assorted hanger-ons, think similar heritage should be destroyed as blasphemous idols and false faeries (and have occasionally done so for that, or similar reasons).

    I wonder what they would say if some goofballs where to blowup a site (say, for sake of argument, the Great Pyramid): “Obama Orders Destruction of the Last Surviving Seventh Wonder as an Insult to Islam”?

  • Chiroptera

    Can anyone detect a difference any more between WND and The Onion?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Don’t worry. I got them to switch to being for it by promising to rename it the Reagan Temple of Kom Ombo.

  • teawithbertrand

    @4

    Onion readers get the joke. WND readers ARE the joke.

  • Michael Heath

    WND:

    . . . the Obama administration is stepping up efforts in Egypt to preserve a multi-deity temple to the “creator god” Horus

    I’d be happy betting that there’s as much evidence Horus is the creator god compared to all other gods.

    Somehow I don’t see the “journalists” at WND using scare-quotes when referencing the Christian god.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Once again USian fundies’ goals align with radical Muslims. This time they’re both in favor of the destruction of incredible historical artifacts.

  • Chiroptera

    If that article is critical of this particular aid to Egypt (it’s hard for me to read the tone, but I’m not fluent in wingnut), then it seems to be more of the garden variety “the government just wastes tax payer money on useless projects.” Whoever wrote the headline seems to either not read or not understand the article; that seems to be a common problem with real news media, too, where an editor, not the writer, makes up the headline.

  • CJO

    It’s a strange building, built basically as two temples side by side, each dedicated to two different sets of gods. It’s the only one like it anywhere.

    Artor, #2:

    Horus is not really a creator god, but these things were pretty fluid in Egyptian belief (not that the writer of the article has any clue). Both Sobek and Horus were at various times and places closely identified with Re, so both of the deities principally worshiped at the site had solar and creator aspects. Sobek could additionally be identified with Horus, too, in eras when he (Sobek) was elevated in royal iconography, so it was all like a big grab-bag of divine identities and aspects.

  • reddiaperbaby1942

    There’s a convenient way to conceptualize these expenditures: assuming that the population of the US is currently around 319 million, lets say (to make calculation simple) that the “multi-million” cost of the project is $ 3.19 million (it’s probably less): that makes it exactly one cent per American. Even taking into account that some of the 319 million people are babies and young children, that still doesn’t seem like a lot.

    I often use this way to conceptualize public expenditures, for instance on education, science or the arts, when the RWNJs start screaming about the waste of taxpayers “hard-earned” money — one of their favorite phrases, along with “hardworking Americans” (code for white middle-class men).

  • freehand

    reddiaperbaby1942 says: […]that makes it exactly one cent per American.

    .

    Just for contrast, the Iraq war has cost us Yanks about $3,000 each, including babies. Not counting indirect costs, either, such as fallout from a decade of occupying a couple of Muslim countries.

  • dingojack

    reddiaperbaby1942 – Or put it this way:

    McDonald’s reported $7.2 billion in second quarter sales, a 1% improvement over the same time in 2013 but $100 million shy of the Street’s $7.3 billion estimate. Net income came in at $1.39 billion, down from $1.4 billion in the year-ago quarter and resulting in earnings of $1.40 per share, a figure that missed the $1.43 per share analyst consensus. Stateside, same-store-sales declined 1.5%, a drop the company attributed to a decline in traffic amid other “broad-based” challenges.”

    Forbes 22/7/2014.

    Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    After footing a multi-million-dollar bill to help the government of Egypt lower the water level at the Temple of Kom Ombo…

    You see? You see? The president is a Kom Ombonist! Eleventy!

  • caseloweraz

    freehand: Just for contrast, the Iraq war has cost us Yanks about $3,000 each, including babies. Not counting indirect costs, either, such as fallout from a decade of occupying a couple of Muslim countries.

    And I don’t recall the WND complaining about that expenditure, ever.