Category Archives: Satire

So the world’s culture changes… not necessarily for the better…

Is our view of social interaction unusually influenced by television crime drama? You Betcha!

For instance:

Dorothy, Dorothy! And what are you doing with your attack dog Toto?

Hey, did you see that they auctioned off the gingham dress that Judy Garland wore in the movie for $480,000.00?

Friday Morning Humor – What if Men were treated like Women?

I found this yesterday and, believe me, this is a clear statement:

There you go, Ladies… pass it around.

And a really funny quote to start the day…

… this is the kind of thing that makes me realize why Obama is so far ahead of his critics. On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Obama joked about Donald Trump’s latest challenge:

“This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya. We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn’t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America I thought it would be over.”

— President Obama

Looks like a lie can be exploded by a funnier lie.

 

The Jon Stewart / Bill O’Reilly Debate

 

If you missed it last night, here it is:

Enjoy yourself.

 

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Does Big Bird sum up the Debate?

 

Jeff Danziger in the L. A. Times:

So what is memorable from the debate?

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Robert McKee in the Augusta Chronicle:

Are the issues food or labor?

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Nick Anderson in the Houston Chronicle:

Did you see them serve up their achievements or potentials?

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Clay bennet in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

As displayed by his announcement to cure the deficit by dropping PBS and Big Bird.

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Gary McCoy for Universal Press Syndicate:

Oh well… Halloween is coming. Do you think we can forget politics for a while?

A Wonder of Science (Rated “R”)

This isn’t for kids… but it might be for you:

 

🙂   🙂   🙂   🙂   🙂

Jon Stewart takes on Fox News

Chris Wallace tried to trap Jon Stewart in a liberal trap, but Stewart’s views of Fox as a conservative ideological network stand up. Stewart wins! here’s the video:

Don’t forget… there’s a Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart Debate on October 6. It costs $4.95 to hear the 90 minute show live. Hey…cheaper than the movies and probably more entertaining!

Jon Stewart (detail of original picture)

Bill Nye the Science Guy is a true hero…

… but he did not, as a mischievously placed article put out by the Daily Currant stated, use foul language and push science versus creationism arguments challenging Todd Akin to a debate.

This happened after a video was released on You Tube saying evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka “the science guy,” if grownups want to “deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.”

Here’s the video:

See. Pretty damned specific.

Just for your entertainment, however, here is Bill Nye on Seattle’sAlmost Live” in his superhero guise as Speed Walker:

Thanks, thanks, thanks to Bill Nye. It’s good having him around.

Cartoon(s) of the Week – What was the Republican Convention like?

 

Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

What a tremendous image the Republicans set at their Convention…

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Steve Sack in the Star Tribune:

It was interesting to guess who was in charge…

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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Of course, I wonder why so many seniors at the Convention thought Romney and Ryan were their solution…

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Pat Bagley in the Salt Lake Tribune:

The Convention showed us how Romney started in the lower middle class…just like us!

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David Horsey in the L. A. Tribune:

The Convention, however, had great moments of entertainment…

 

 

The Republican Guide to Female Anatomy:

 

Hey there folks… ever wonder how the Akins and Ryans and Tom Smiths come to their considered conclusions on rape and incest and the general needs of women?

Why, they have precise technical information like this:

Of course, the statements of “experts” are much appreciated.

My thanks to Rosie Fenton at pic.twitter.com/sReVt96H.

 

Comedy Writer and Saturday Night Live Alum Tom Davis has Died

 

From the L.A. Times:

Franken & Davis on SNL

Davis died Thursday at his home in Hudson, N.Y., his wife, Mimi Raleigh, told the Associated Press. He had throat and neck cancer.

Classmates while growing up in Minneapolis, Davis and Franken developed stand-up routines in Minnesota and Los Angeles before landing the gig on “Saturday Night Live.” They wrote and performed on the show, creating the Coneheads characters and skits featuring Bill Murray‘s Nick the Lounge Singer.

As performers, Davis was the quiet one, overshadowed by the flashier Franken, who is now a Democratic senator from Minnesota. Davis told the AP in 2009: “If we were Sonny and Cher, he would be Cher.” The two had a falling out in 1990 but later reconciled.

Davis stayed with “SNL” from its first season until 1980, then returned for another run from 1985 to 1994 and again in 2002-03. He was among the “SNL” writers who shared Emmy Awards in 1976, ’77 and ’89. He won another writing Emmy in 1978 for a Paul Simon variety show.

 

Carrtoon(s) of the Week – News of the Right

Sorry I missed last week while I was in the Hospital. I’ll try to make up for it this week with the following selection:

David Horsey in the L. A. Times:

Shedding a light on  the Right…

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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

Discovering humor in the House…

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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Exploring the focus of Fox…

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Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Giving up groans for Arizona

A Fairy Tale from Paul Krugman…

Settle down kiddies and listen to this, before you nod off to passive sleep and let those Republicans walk all over us…

Once upon a time, …America was a land of lazy managers and slacker workers. Productivity languished, and American industry was fading away in the face of foreign competition.

Then square-jawed, tough-minded buyout kings like Mitt Romney and the fictional Gordon Gekko came to the rescue, imposing financial and work discipline. Sure, some people didn’t like it, and, sure, they made a lot of money for themselves along the way. But the result was a great economic revival, whose benefits trickled down to everyone.

You can see why Wall Street likes this story. But none of it — except the bit about the Gekkos and the Romneys making lots of money — is true.

– Paul Krugman, NY Times

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Moving backward in the 21st Century

Matt Bors in The Village Voice:

,,, and the circle goes ’round…

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Mike Thompson in the Detroit Free Press:

… get used to it.

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Rob Rogers in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Meanwhile, we abandon our intelligence…

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Nick Anderson in the Houston Chronicle:

…and without intelligence we’ll believe anything…

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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

… even when presented with the truth.

 

Music for the Evening… hee hee hee

Romney Mitt the Demon Barber of Wall Street (music, of course, by Sondheim. lyrics by Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby):

Afternoon Entertainment : Katie Goodman on the Current Situation.

It doesn’t matter if you are Republican or Democrat.

If you have a bad language problem, predominantly the “F” word, don’t play this.

Breathing easier?

Tuesday Afternoon Entertainment – The Partisan Report

Here’s the Partisan Report on Thomas Friedman:

🙂

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Ch-ch-ch-Changes…

Matt Wuerker in Politico:

Some things never change…

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Jeff Danziger in the L. A. Times:

… other things don’t change by law…

 

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David Horsey in the L. A. Times:

… some personality traits may never change as well…

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John Cole in the Scranton Times-Tribune:

…some American opinions don’t change, either…

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Rob Rogers in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

… and, as I said before,  some things never change…ever.

 

Even a Conservative sees the reality of lobbyists…

“Lobbying is a form of legalized bribery.”

Christopher Buckley

Here is a former speechwriter in the Reagan White House (and a fine American satirist) who made this statement on Morning Joe this morning. Interesting that he also favors President Obama over Mitt Romney… although he is upset that the Bowles-Simpson report was walked away from by the Administration. In reality, libertarian Buckley was dropped as a conservative National Review writer for endorsing Obama in 2008.

However, in commenting on his political involvement:

“My last name happens to be Buckley. That’s my only connection with politics.”

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Foreign Policy is not a Republican strong suit…

Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Keeping the foreign policy claims equal…

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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

…means reinterpreting history…

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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

… and distorting reality…

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David Horsey in the L. A. Times:

…and hoping no one notices.

 

John Cleese lectures on Creativity…

I needed something this morning to get myself back into action. At times like this, there’s nothing like John Cleese.

Wow…Summer is going to be fun!

If you were a Dark Shadows viewer in the 70s then you’re going to have a real treat this summer.

Tim Burton has mad a film version of the vampire soap opera with Johnny Depp as Barnabas. See you all at Collinwood!

Cartoon(s) of the Week – The politics of money…

Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

America seems to be based on the importance of money…

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Ben Sargent in the Austin American-Statesman:

…and it is easy to sell the rich folks’ budget to the candidate…

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Pat Bagley in the Salt Lake Tribune:

… and money leads principle in getting the nomination…

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Steve sack in the Star Tribune:

…and let’s make sure the government doesn’t get what’s due…

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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

… as long as the Middle Class gives its all.

Tina Fey On The ‘Success’ Of Sarah Palin

Linda, thanks for directing me to this one…

And a Bravo to Tina Fey.

Good Morning on a lovely Saturday…

I’m over at WSHC (89.7 FM) getting ready for my 11 AM show  (which you can also listen to on the internet from wherever you are at http://www.897wshc.org/listen_live/index.html.)

Last night Elly and I went to Shepherdstown Film Society where we have spent many enjoyable Friday nights. The film was George Clooney‘s Good Night and Good Luck which was about Edward R. Murrow‘s exposure of Senator Joseph McCarthy on CBS television news. Filmed in black and white and very cleverly using visual and sound clips of the actual Army McCarthy hearings and other 1954 or so contemporary television videos, Clooney, who plays news director Fred Friendly, and Richard Straithern, who plays Murrow, bring off performances that arfe damned close to reality.

Todd Cotgreave, the CEO of WSHC, did the film introduction last night and ran the discussion afterward and those of us who stayed around for it had an enlightening conversation on McCarthyism and that period in American history when so many people were accused of being Communists.

As a follow-up to last night’s conversations, I’m going to play some of Bob and Ray’s 1954 radio sketches from their Mary Backstayge Noble Wife soap opera where Ray Goulding did an amazing parody of Joe McCarthy. It will start with Bob Elliott discussing what they were doing in the Backstayge series and he will also play some original McCarthy material. Then I’ll play one of the episodes which deal with the real-estate hearings in Skunk Haven, NY, protesting Harry Backstayge’s building of a 14 story home. Commissioner Carstairs (the McCarthy character) is the lead prosecutor of the case and it is quite funny.

Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding

So many people who wanted to attack McCarthy in the 50s avoided doing it out of fear that they would be falsely labeled as Commies. The fact that Bob and Ray could do their imitation and not suffer from it is because, as usual, they were remarkably non-poltical. I’ll be playimng these clips sometime during the first hour of my show (from 11-Noon).

Tune in if you can.