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Archive for March 23rd, 2009

Why Rightwing ‘Humor’ Isn’t Funny

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2009

Canadian satirist Rick Mercer explains:

“If you’re going to do satire, three of the most important rules are you have to tell the truth, you can’t be a bully and don’t be an asshole.”

The typical rightwing “humor” is 0-for-3.

Mr. Mercer, by the way, was responding to “jokes” on Fox Noise that slandered the Canadian military.

[edited to add] The same day the Fox Noise talkers’ belittlement of the Canadian military hit the headlines, the bodies of four Canadian soldiers arrived home from Afghanistan. Their deaths last Friday increased the total Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 116.

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Pssst! Bobby Jindal, This Is Why We Need Volcano Monitoring

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 23, 2009

Thanks to Eileen B, we get to see loverly pics of the Mount Redoubt volcano, as well as maps showing the nearness of an oil terminal to said volcano.

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Seneca Doane Shows Us How It’s Done

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 23, 2009

While DailyKos writhes in the midst of yet another food fight, Seneca Doane steps up to the plate and shames the food fighters:

As many of you may know, I have been pushing people to make phone calls to NY-20, through this DCCC link, to help Democrat Scott Murphy defeat his opponent, Jim “Jimmy Disco” Tedisco, who chickened out of a debate this week, in the election on March 31 that will choose a member of Congress to replace now-Senator Kirstin Gillibrand.

By and large, you’re not doing it.  I know this because I am the #2 caller on that site, and I haven’t done that much.  (#1, bless that person, is way ahead of me.)  I had planned to do a lot this weekend, but I got an e-mail from my boss mid-day Saturday inviting me to either complete a work project ASAP or face ominous consequences, so I’m only up to 65 calls instead of the many more I’d planned to do.  Still, only one person is (admittedly way) ahead of me.

So the titular instance of abusive behavior on this site is about to come from me.  It’s directed at you.

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