Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I'm so glad people like thus only exist on the Internet 

Read an idiot argue that tax brackets ought to be indexed to inflation.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Father of few, boyfriend of many 

This tape was found in a tape recorder in a Salvation Army. You probably don't want to listen to it at work or around your kids: it starts out as a diary about the speaker's depression but quickly turns onto a sex diary. The cassette was found by Steve from Slabo and came with an issue of his zine, Slop Hut.

Side 1

Side 2

Side two is crazier.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Class warfare at the teaparty 

My 2009 Stimulus Act tax cut just showed up in my paycheck. Hurray for the muttonhead winger freaks duped by billionaires to protest across-the-board tax cuts for everybody making less than $250K a year! Conservatism at it's finest.

The angry workers, mighty in their numbers, are marching irresistibly against the arrogant. They are shaking their fists at the sons of privilege. They are laughing at the dainty affectations of the Leawood toffs. They are massing at the gates of Mission Hills, hoisting the black flag, and while the millionaires tremble in their mansions, they are bellowing out their terrifying demands. "We are here," they scream, "to cut your taxes."

Thomas Frank
What's the Matter with Kansas? p 109

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Winger's purplexed 

And incohairent, I add.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

''Torture'' Phalluses Give Beetles Breeding Boost 

Couldn't think of a better title for this.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Presidential election results predetermined 85 million years ago 

No lie!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Absolutely smashing! 

arp 147

A new Hubble photograph of galaxies that smashed through one another.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Christians pray to golden calf 

Oh the stupid. Via apostropher.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

I give pretty good snake massages too 

But for free,

Ada Barak's snake spa, in Talmei Elazar, northern Israel, uses California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes for the massages, which cost £40 ($70).

Miss Barak believes that physical contact with the reptiles can be a relaxing experience. She says that she was inspired by her belief that once people get over any initial misgivings, they find physical contact with the snakes to be stress relieving.

Miss Barak began offering the service at the Talmey El'Azar tourist attraction in 2006 and now most of her income comes from exhibiting plants at her carnivorous plant farm, which eat everything from insects to small mammals.

(via). (video).

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Future Shock and the Force 

Captain Ed, holder of Glen Greenwald's single funniest blog post he ever read title is forced to hand over the cup in little more than a week.

(Greendwald makes the identical point in the Update as was made a few posts down here at approximately the same time, "the Right has become such a sewer of self-parody that they are destroying actual political satire." Certainly there has been been a great disturbance in the Force.)

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Stock market, Rupublicans erratic: humorists lament the impossiblity to write satire about the McCain campaign 

The tumult in the stock market should come as no surprise to those who realize exceptionally good or bad days are driven by the psychological perceptions of those hoping to make a gain in the sort term, but I think everyone regardless of stripes is shocked by the erratic behavior of the GOP over the last few days. Politics is now finnier than political satire could ever be. Just a few examples follow.

Today, the RNC introduced an ad blaming Democrats for the passage of the Wall Street bailout bill, which of course didn't pass,

They must not have caught wind of McCain campaign's claims of taking credit for the sure passage of the same bill,

McCain attempted to blame Barak and Democrats for shooting down the widely unpopular piece of legislation - who exactly is McCain expecting to appeal to here? Undecideds who were both for the legislation and against the Democrats on the same side of the legislation as McCain? It's too confusing to ponder for very long.

Even better, McCain and Palin attempt to couch a real-time debate between them as ... uh, a "Gotcha" question from a Palin supporter at a rally,

Then again, that's nothing compared to McCain's short debate with himself.

Here's Palin contrasting the choice before voters this presidential election, "I'm the new energy, the new face, the new ideas [vs] ... experience."

If an anonymously penned book about this election got zapped back to, say - July, it would be an immediate best seller --- in the vein of Being There and Dr. Strangelove.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

If I weren't so jaded, it would be unbelievable 

Palin is such a trainwreck, I can only commit so many posts to her since her ascendant star has fallen, but this is to be filed under truth is stranger than fiction: Her latest explanation for why she fired Walt Monegan is he wanted to acquire Federal money to combat sexual assult. Well there's an earmark Alaska can do without. Not.

Alaska leads the nation in reported forcible rapes per capita, according to the FBI, with a rate two and a half times the national average - a ranking it has held for many years.

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