Tag: Humor
Equality Requires Men and Non-Mom Working Women to Work Less
The latest feminist volley, “Finding balance requires changing the lives of men,” from Professors Joan C. Williams and Anne-Marie Slaughter, calls to mind nothing so much as “Harrison Bergeron,” Kurt Vonnegut’s brilliant short story projecting to its logical conclusion what the demand for strict equality would result in: everyone equally handicapped. Thus, as employers...
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Diminishing His Position
Many find much to criticize in a certain late-night comedy sketch featuring the president. Indeed, the man has much to answer for. He has a very important job in society. Millions of young people look up to him as a role model. He surely has much better things to do with his time. And...
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Government Gives Itself a 99.9% Score
President Obama has called the Secret Service prostitution scandal a “little distracting” and has emphasized that “99.9 percent” of the time the agency does its job professionally. “A couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from what they do,” he says, although there are perhaps as many as twelve agents implicated in the “knuckleheaded” behavior. This...
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Ode to the Welfare State
The following was nationally distributed in the United States by the Associated Press and appeared in the New York Daily News on Friday, November 4, 1949. The measures being referenced are those in the Fair Deal, the cradle-to-grave welfare state proposal of President Harry S Truman to follow up on Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal...
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Another Agency in Search of a Mission: Department of Homeland Security Issues Warning on Turkey Fryers
Thank goodness for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—the $57 billion per year super-agency created when the already bloated Department of Defense turned out to be incapable of defending even its own Pentagon headquarters. I mean, if it didn’t exist, how else could Americans learn that vats of boiling oil pose a danger? For...
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Stephen Colbert ‘Takes On’ Occupy Wall Street
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert “takes on” Occupy Wall Street in a hilarious yet actual segment with protest representatives from “the consensus within the press group,” Justin (“a male-bodied person”) and “Ketchup” (“a female-bodied person”), in a “Co-Optportunity” with what Colbert calls a cult, oh sorry, I mean “movement”.
Berkeley College Republicans Draw Attention to Race-Based Admission Policies
CNN reports that the “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans is causing quite a stir in the People’s Republic of Berkeley. Seems like the demonstration of just how out of hand it is to use race in school admissions or anything else is bothersome to some folks.
Weird Al Yankovic: “Party in the C.I.A.”
In the new hit album by pop-singer “Weird Al” Yankovic, Alpocalypse, he includes the song, “Party in the C.I.A.”, which is a parody of the hit song by Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.”
Zora and Spike on “that Greek slut”
Spike Lee has reminded us of his longtime, and all too predictable, belief that Cleopatra was black on the occasion of Liz Taylor’s funeral. This instantly brought to mind Zora Neale Hurston’s pithy retort to similar claims by W.E.B. DuBois: “I resent his putting that Greek slut, Cleopatra, into the same race as me.”
Blogger, Post at Your Peril
Whenever a writer composes anything more elaborate than a grocery list and allows it to be published, even on the Web, he bears a certain resemblance to Christopher Columbus in the navigator’s voyage of 1492. Which is to say, he knows where he wants to go, but he is not sure that the course...
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