Showing posts with label Satire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Satire. Show all posts

January 5, 2023

The Bunion reports: Compromise candidate for Speaker is Ginni Thomas

The Burning Bunion reports: Compromise candidate for Speaker is Ginni Thomas
Hal Brown

This is a shameless ripoff of oft quoted satirical website The Onion. It turns out that The Bunion, my original  name, was an idea too good to be original. In 2014 there was a Boston University student satire website with the name The Bunion so I named this The Burning Bunion. I can only aspire to be somewhat as clever in my attempts at satire as the good folks at The Onion are.

Breaking news: A backroom deal was finally struck among House Republicans with a compromise candidate to be the Speaker of the House. It is Ginni Thomas. While she is politically the polar opposite of Nancy Pelosi one thing the two have in common is they like to wear colorful scarves. 

Democrat political fashion guru Lisa Bungalow told The Bunion in an exclusive interview "while I loathe her politics and when I see her on TV it already makes me nauseous, at least she will keep bringing a splash of color to the podium."

Bungalow noted that when she was with her husband Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas she often wears red to complement what, like Donald Trump, is a signature red tie.

Saturday night Live took notice of this:
Kenan Thompson and Aidy Bryant
Sparticum Voluminous of The Okey-dokey Online Law Review in an email to The Bunion wrote "this would be like getting a Speaker of the House and a Supreme Court Justice rolling into one as second in line to the presidency." He noted that "everyone knows that Ginni and Clarence Thomas share everything. She advices him and he advises her."

Update: I wrote this above yesterday. Was I prescient or what? This story was on HUFFPOST this morning:
I put a comment on HuffPost. Perhaps some readers will see it and click to read this story.

October 31, 2022

Mired in Muskland, Third Edition

 Mired In Muskland
by Hal Brown

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Twitter got off to a rocky start that Musk caused himself when he retweeted a horrible lie about Paul Pelosi and didn't delete it for hours. He could have anticipated the five-fold increase in racist  tweets and done something to remove them too.

I am still recovering from pneumonia and find that I don't have the mental energy to write anything about politics. I'm trying to amuse myself by developing a comic series about Elon Musk. Who knows, maybe it will get his attention. Through the character Head Twit Bot (really me trying to be both his conscience and his therapist - I was a therapist for 40 years) I am trying to send Chief Twit (below right) a message. 

Although the comic has only two characters at present if I keep this up I anticipate adding new ones either as guests or regulars. For example, this guy:

I thought of today's comic strip when I went to sleep last night and put it together when I woke at 2 AM with an intense pain under my ribs so to divert my attention. I spent more than two hours making it. Of course I posted it on Twitter. It will be interesting if I'm banned because of it.

Two examples of Musk doing what I assume is his best to be funny:

Excerpts from Musk's letter to advertisers

The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is
important to the future of civilization to have
a common digital town square, where a wide
range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy
manner, without resorting to violence. There
is currently great danger that social media
will splinter into far right wing and far left
wing echo chambers that generate more
hate and divide our society.
In the relentless pursuit of clicks, much of
traditional media has fueled and catered to
those polarized extremes, as they believe
that is what brings in the money, but, in doing
so, the opportunity for dialogue is lost.

That is why I bought Twitter. I didn't do it
because it would be easy. I didn't do it to
make more money. I did it to try to help
humanity, whom I love. And I do so with
humility, recognizing that failure in pursuing
this goal, despite our best efforts, is a very
real possibility.

That said, Twitter obviously cannot become a
free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be
said with no consequences!
Fundamentally, Twitter aspires to be the
most respected advertising platform in the
world that strengthens your brand and grows
your enterprise. To everyone who has
partnered with us, I thank you. Let us build
something extraordinary together.
It all sounds great, which rhymes with hate, which apparently will have no place on the new Twitter according to Chief Twit. 

It is more than a cliche since this is a both legal and a generally accepted exception to free speech:
When there actually is a fire, shouting fire could cause a panic, so properly notifying theater management is the appropriate way to handle it if you are the first to smell smoke.

Neither I nor my alter ego, Head Twit Bot, should have to explain to Elon how hate speech, conspiracy theories, and lies which can incite people to act violently is an exception to free speech. 

Obama's quote for the day and my comment (not about Elon Musk):

During a weekend campaign rally in Georgia, Obama acknowledged Walker's status as a great football player but questioned what other qualities he had that made him worthy of being a United States senator.

"Some of you may not remember, but Herschel Walker was a heck of a football player... does that make him the best person to represent you?" Obama asked the crowd. "Let's say you're at the airport and you see Walker and you say, 'Hey, there's Herschel, Heisman winner. Let's have him fly the plane!'"

I wouldn't be so sure that one of Walker's alter personalities - he's admitted to having had about a dozen - has developed so he can actually fly an airplane. Either that of he has an honorary pilot license. 

Recent archives (entire archives are in right column)


Last week Canada was in second place with over 100. This week it has been Russia.

October 30, 2022

Second Edition Mired in Muskand Comic Series

By Hal Brown 

The first edition is here.

Pictoon Number One for Oct. 30 (click images to enlarge)

Updated based on this:

These are the images I used to put this together:

This is where I found the gold Lexus. It was made for a sheik.

I'm still recovering from pneumonia and woke abut four times over the night coughing. At 3 AM  I also managed to knock a glass of water off my bedside table and got my pillows and sheets soaked. By then I was pretty much awake and got the idea for my first pictoon. By 4 AM I couldn't wait to find and put the images I needed together so I made myself a cup of coffee and the result is what you see above. 

Created with love from my sickbed

The more I learn about Musk and his life the more fascinated I am by him. For example, what he finds amusing, or perhaps downright hysterically hilarious isn't exactly what I'd call adult humor. I added the image below:

The most famous quotes from "Apocalypse Now" are Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore's saying "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" and  Col. Kurtz's last words, "the horror, the horror," but then there's this:

Will Twitter turn into the Chief Twit's version of Mr. Dark's Pandemonium Carnival? Beware the merry-go-round.

Full disclosure: Depending on the terms and scope of authority and I'd consider being put on the Twitter Moderation Council.

I found Trump in Medieval painting of legal Hell

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