This Leftist presidential candidate announcement is perfect satire as various bits and pieces could have been written by AOC-ward or other “woke” Americans.
The finest satire site on the web is The Babylon Bee.
While we wait for Bookworm to finish her legal research and turn her attention back to providing insightful and thought provoking posts on this blog . . . how about a laugh or two. I thought comedy dead with the rise of the proggie left and their countless victim-centric shibboleths. Fortunately, there is a wonderful site, the Babylon Bee, that you really should visit several times a week. It is a Christian based satire site that pokes clean fun at everyone and everything, very much including Christians. I’m tempted to say that the writers at that site have a wicked sense of humor, but somehow, that does not feel appropriate. Some examples:
I was a little girl when the phrase “Question Authority” became the mantra for teens and young adults. To give that generation credit, even as they stopped bathing and warped their brains with drugs, they really did make an effort to challenge the shibboleths that the academic establishment and the media sent their way. Unfortunately, all of their ultimate conclusions were absolutely wrong, but at least they tried.
These wrong conclusions have now become the academic, political, and media shibboleths of the 21st century. War is bad; the current “science” emanating from the liberal establishment cannot be questioned; Israel is an evil, apartheid state; whites created a corrupt America so that they and their misbegotten creation must be destroyed; illegal immigrants are all victims of white hegemony and need to be welcomed with open arms; Muslim terrorists are merely disappointed job seekers; etc.
What’s terribly sad about the current generation of teens and young adults is that they wouldn’t dream of questioning these authoritative pronouncements — and this is true despite the fact that they are the first generation to have at their fingertips a powerful tool that gives them all the information they need to ask questions and, perhaps, come up with different answers.
Did you know that the military has it’s own version of the inimitable Onion? For those unfamiliar with the Onion, it is a brilliant satire site — and frankly, in today’s world, it’s very hard to maintain satire when the reality in which we live is so ridiculous and bizarre.
Anyway, a friend of mine directed me to a site called The Duffle Blog, which is a military satire site. It’s dedicated to churning out such articles as “US Praises Massacre Of Syrian Civilians Without Use Of Chemical Weapons.” Yes, that’s exactly what happened when, for two years, our President was content to sit by as more than 100,000 Syrians died. We all know that this whole “let’s bomb ’em” thing is because Obama has to make good on last year’s off the cuff about crossing a “red line.” Another incredibly funny one is “Admin Error Sends Bradley Manning to Death Row, Nidal Hasan to Gender Reassignment Surgery.” Even the title is funny.
I wrote a post for Mr. Conservative about Obama’s proposed intervention in Syria, and ended up distilling in the last paragraph my problem with this whole nerve gas thing. The lead-in to this paragraph was a quotation from Obama admitting that Americans are weary of war and dubious about any benefits resulting from lending America’s might and, possibly, her blood to yet another Middle East war, especially one that involves combatants that are both enemies of America:
In a narrow way, Obama is correct: The world does hold chemical weapons in abhorrence. We also know, though, that when Muslim nations in the Middle East go to war, they have a history of resorting to the utmost barbarity. In the context of their warfare, it’s very hard to say that a gas attack is any worse than cannibalism, random beheadings, and the use of children to commit their bloody acts. In other words, in the Middle East, the people themselves are the weapons of mass destruction.
Incidentally, if you want a good analysis about just how little Syrian fighters, Syrian affairs, and Syrian outcomes matter to America, primarily because the battle is internecine Muslim warfare, you can find one on my blog . . . in the comments section, from Kevin_B, a young Belgian man.
It turns out that Iowahawk isn’t the only gifted satirist in the conservative community. Zombie’s got the goods on O’Donnell (satirically, of course).
The answer to the above question: When it’s impossible to distinguish the satire from the real thing.
I received several emails today alerting me to a post at Power Line that purported to reprint a directive from a powerful person at a major media outlet, describing how to cover the upcoming Republican Convention. Here, let me share some of it with you:
We all know that network news coverage of national conventions has come in for severe criticism in recent years. While no one expects gavel-to-gavel coverage anymore, we’ve been accused of superficial and insufficient coverage, and of refusing to allow the parties to tell their story in their words before we pounce.
This year’s Republican convention provides us with a golden opportunity to restore our convention coverage to its former glory. If we handle things properly, and follow the guidance set forth below for each day of the convention, we can give the Republicans all the air time they want while still providing our viewers with the real story of the convention.
With Bush out of the way, Republicans will turn to what they do best — bashing the opposition. The heavy guns will be trained on Obama and it will become imperative that we capture the raw hatred, and dare I say envy, that the delegates will manifest. Close-up shots and interviews with the meanest looking (and “largest”) delegates are strongly encouraged. If a delegate seems too restrained, pose well-phrased questions such as: “Are you bothered by the fact that Obama doesn’t look like the presidents on our paper money?” and “Do you think an Obama presidency will restore our image overseas?”
It is not our place, of course, to attribute the rabid hatred these delegates feel towards Obama to race. But viewers may be able to connect the dots if we intersperse our coverage with film clips of Bull Connor, old-time Alabama state troopers (preferably “large”), and the hosing and beating of black protesters in the early 1960s.
The past two Republican conventions have produced a not inconsiderable bounce for the GOP. This has given rise to plausible charges that our coverage has been slanted in favor of the Republicans. By following the principles set forth above, we can do our best to make sure that there is no bounce, and hence no bias in our coverage.
Many asked me if this was the real deal. I was skeptical because of the post title (“Minnesota dream”), and I did think that the tone was a bit extreme. However, so much of what comes from the Left has this extreme tone that wasn’t dispositive. Nor was the fact that a media figure was trying to undermine the Republican Convention. After Rathergate (“fake but accurate”), we have no reason to believe that the media won’t do its best to control the debate by inserting negativity towards Conservatives. Still, my feeling was “satire,” so I didn’t blog.
As it turned out, I was correct. Power Line’s Paul updated the post to assure us all that he wrote this from his imagination: “For those of you who didn’t read all the way to the Major League Soccer reference, this is something I made up as a joke. It does have the ring of truth, though, doesn’t it?” John added, though, that a lot of people took it very seriously.
And why shouldn’t they? Zhombre emailed me a link to a newspaper’s own blogspot — a genuine, not satirical, site — with a post that reads every bit as ridiculously as the above satire:
August 04, 2008
Lunch with Joe
Joe Lieberman is scheduled to swing through Tampa on Thursday for a John McCain fundraiser at the Avila estate of Mark and Christel Yaffe. The cost is $500 per person/couple for the noon event. And just because: The Yaffe’s 28,000-square-foot home is valued at $8-million, according to the property appraiser’s web site.
Stop me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall any newspapers printing the size or fair market value of those homes hosting Obama fundraisers. When Obama lolled around with the rich in San Francisco, we didn’t get blow-by-blow details of their home’s furnishings and values. Indeed, that little visit made news only because Obama inadvertently revealed what he feels about the rest of us poor, embittered, God-loving fools.
So if the “real” news looks like that little squiblet, how in the world are we supposed to figure out something is fake when it sounds exactly the same?
….And everything that’s wrong with modern liberal political discourse is summed up in these two beautiful paragraphs that Michael Gerson wrote about Al Franken (emphasis mine):
Our popular culture, of course, violates even these expansive boundaries of tastelessness with regularity. We laugh at comedies featuring the C-word, and at cartoons of foul-mouthed third-graders. In the cause of relevance and realism, our common life is already decorated with excrement. Why should political discourse be any different?
For at least one reason: Because vulgarity is often the opposite of civility. This is not, of course, always true. I know a brilliant and large-hearted academic with roots in south Philly who uses the F-word with the frequency of “like” or “and.” But the vulgarity of “The Jerry Springer Show” or misogynous rap music — the cultural equivalents of Franken’s political “satire” — generally expresses contempt and cruelty. Franken is not content to disagree with Karl Rove; he calls him “human filth.” He is not satisfied to criticize Ari Fleischer; Franken terms him a “chimp.” The objects of Franken’s humor — including political opponents and women — are not merely mocked but dehumanized. His trashiness is also nastiness. Rather than lampooning the emptiness and viciousness of our political discourse — a proper role for satire — Franken has powerfully reinforced those failures.
Regardless of where you stand politically, in terms of our country’s ethos of respect for our fellow man, those highlighted sentences are stand-alone reasons not to vote for Al Franken.
By the way, out of curiosity, are any of you Minnesota voters? That is, am I writing this post with an eye to anyone who can take a stand in Minnesota?