Category Archives: Humor

That’s it. We’re officially on a brief hiatus. . .

This will be our last post until we get settled in our new digs in Los Angeles. Or maybe Redondo Beach. Or wherever.

We hope to be back up in a week or so, but until then, a little something for your amusement from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Hungry For Power Games: Democratic National Convention Edition

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Julius Flickerman and his pet weasel Caligula are back, descending into the belly of the beast to report from the DNC in Philadelphia.

John Oliver takes on on Trump, music pilferage

He’s back from hiatus, offering his take on the Mistake by the Lake.

From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Republican National Convention

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John Oliver discusses last week’s unsurprisingly surprising Republican convention.

And in another segment, Oliver teamed up with some well-known recording artists concerned about the appropriation of their work by candidates, including The Donald.

Featured artists include Usher, Josh Groban, Michael Bolton, Dan Reynolds, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson from Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, and Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynold:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Campaign Songs

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John Oliver and some of America’s favorite recording artists remind politicians not to use their songs without permission on the campaign trail.

Dan Adel: The faces on Mount Trumpmore

Vanity Fair commissioned painter/illustrator Dan Adel to offer his take on the faces that would logically accompany The Donald on American’s iconic sculptural peak.

While we concur that Tricky Dick and Dubious Dubya are good mount mates, we disagree with his pick of Herbert Hoover, both because two men with backgrounds in a tiny minority religion are one too many [both Nixon and Hoover were raised in Quaker homes], and because there’s another Republican who’s a better choice.

Yep, Calvin Coolidge is our pick for the fourth man.

Yes, Coolidge was considerably more quiescent than The Donald, earning himself the sobriquet of “Silent Cal.”

But there’s another reason, too. Hoover, like Nixon and Bush, were notoriously monogamous, while Trump is certainly not.

And that brings us to our pick of Coolidge, who is best known to today’s younger Americans not as the businessman he was, like Trump, but for the Coolidge Effect, a trait Trump personifies:

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John Oliver’s jock itch: Tackling sports doping

As a short, fat kid, we always looked at sports with a slightly jaded eye, especially given the demigod status accorded jocks in high school and college.

The quarterback of our high school football team would later be indicted for his role in a savings and loan scam involving the brother of a future President of the United States, and the jock in question was actually one of the nicer athletes we encountered in school and sheltered us from some of his bullying teammates.

Later on in college we graded papers, only to discover that star jocks who failed test after test somehow managed to wind up with Cs and Bs on their report cards.

We also grew up in the Cold War, where the Olympics were, like warfare, simply an extension of politics by other means.

All the same, growing up we were also huge baseball fans, with the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals our favorite teams. Willie Mays and Stan Musial were our heroes.

But enough of that and on with the show.

From Last Week Tonight:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Doping

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Doping scandals have cast a shadow over the Olympic Games. Until we eliminate drugs from sports, we should at least update our athlete promos.

‘Yes Minister’ explained the Brexit. . . in 1983

Back in the early 1980s, Yes Minister, a genially cynical British comedy, explored the hypocrisies of governance in a faded empire.

In this clip, via Iceland Pirate Party founder Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby explains Britain’s policy stance vis a vis the European Union [AKA Common Market]. It’s eerily prescient, given the events now unfolding on the Continent:

Yes Minister — Why Britain Joined the European Union

The Brexit: An animated take on a heated election

With the UK vote on whether or not to remain in the European Union now in its final minutes, we turn to those folks at Taiwanese Animators for a humorous take on a momentous decision:

UK EU referendum 2016: Britain to decide European Union future in crunch Brexit vote – TomoNews 

Program notes:

LONDON — Britain votes on its four-decade-long membership of the European Union this Thursday, with the option to Bremain in or Brexit out of the 28-country-politico-economic alliance.

Brits are dead split over the EU. And when figures on boths side of the debate like Prime Minister David Cameron, mop-headed flip-flopping former London mayor Boris Johnson and U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage are talking out their asses with half-truths and threats, we honestly can’t blame them.

The Brexit crowd reckons leaving the EU would return immigration control and sovereignty and make Britain great again. Do they mean the empire?

The Bremain bunch meanwhile prophecize of nothing but the UK’s impending doom should Brexit happen.

A leave vote may spell the downfall of the EU and the U.K. itself, while remaining might well result in a United States of Europe. Either way, it’s going to the wire, and Europe will never be the same after the votes are tallied on June 23 — a day before a certain Mr. Trump pays a flying visit to Britain.

Larry Wilmore nails the Oakland Police crisis

It’s a story about underage prostitutes, political instability, suicide, and digital idiocy, as the city next door to Casa esnl cycles through top cops faster than. . .well, add your own analogy here.

From Comedy Central:

The Nightly Show – Police Crisis in Oakland, CA

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Scandal rocks the Oakland, CA, police department after revelations involving racist text messages and underage prostitution come to light.