Category Archives: Humor

And now for something completely different. . .

Would you believe Germans vs The Donald.

The principal German in Question is Jan Böhmermann, a political satirist with a regular late night TV show [Neo Magazin Royale] who is currently facing charges of lèse-majesté [really] for allegedly besmirching the alleged honor of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a truly beautiful sendup since pulled offline by his German network.

Böhmermann’s sin was to respond to a complaint from the Terrible Turk that a gently satirical song was defamatory with a poem that truly was defamatory [referring to penis size, sexual practices, and much more] as proof that his original vocal offering wasn’t defamatory.

The criminal charges sought by Ankara couldn’t be pressed without the permission of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who promptly knuckled under to Erdogan, all the while decrying the statute in question and promising to see it overturned. . .afterwards.

Ignacio Chapela, a friend and UC Berkeley prof the university once tried famously to oust because of research he conducted that Monsanto didn’t like, forwarded this link from Switzerland, where he’s currently conducting research.

From Neo Magazin Royale [and it’s in English]:

BE DEUTSCH! [Achtung! Germans on the rise!]

Program notes:

The world is going completely nuts! Europe feels threatened by 0.3% refugees, the USA are about to elect a man, of who no one really knows who is pulling the strings under the toupee and just as if that was not bad enough, Germany of all nations has to disabuse the world of how to behave morally right. I mean GERMANY! They did not even win one single world war in history!

John Oliver gives little credit to these reports

Know what’s the number one source of debt showing up on credit reports?

It’s debt from medical bills.

And know what your credit report is used for?

Damn near everything.

And how many credit reports contain errors?

About one in four — and if you’re that one, it could cost you a chance at a job. [And if you try to get it fixed. Good luck.]

Needless to say, there’s plenty more in the last web posting from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Credit Reports

Program notes:

Credit reports play a surprisingly large role in our lives, but even more surprising is how often they contain critical mistakes. John Oliver helps credit agencies see why this is a problem.

Donald Trump opens war on the environment

We open with a clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Department Of Environmental, You’re Fired

Program notes:

If he becomes president, Donald Trump will definitely get rid of the Department of Environmental, which is a thing that does not exist. Good job, President Trump!

Colbert’s funny and spot on, but there’s a darker meaning to the story.

Yes, Trump is willfully ignorant and a preening bully boy, but his hatred of the “Department of Environmental” is obviously focused on the Environmental Protection Agency, which is not a cabinet level department but rather an independent agency [though its director is traditionally accorded cabinet level ranking].

And the irony, of course, is that the EPA was created in 1970 by a Republican, one Richard Milhous Nixon of all people — the same guy who one proposed a minimum guaranteed income for all Americans.

We suspect Trump’s hatred of the EPA comes in its role as a frequent obstacle to the ambitions of developers like Trump, whose megalomaniacal schemes are occasionally derailed because their developments would damage sensitive environments or threaten imperiled species.

Ignorance, combined with wealth and narcissistic ambition [solid gold bathroom fixtures, anyone?] are a dangerous combination.

But if a President Donald Trump is allowed to demolish the EPA, then we’re all in danger.

Let us repeat: All developers hate regulations — as we’ve seen firsthand as a journalist covering land use and development for five decades — seeing them as obstacles to the unrestrained indulgence of their own ambitions, and Trump is a developer on a grand scale.

If he’s elected, fear for your children, their children, and all generations yet to come.

Quote of the day: The Donald as the arsonist

From Sen. Elizabeth Warren, during a 31 March appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Donald Trump is looking our for exactly one guy, and that guy’s name is Donald Trump. He smells that there’s change in the air. What he wants is to make sure that that change works really, really well for Donald Trump.

This is the deal: You’ve got to look a little closer at Donald Trump, because this is his main claim to how it is that he claims to be qualified to be president of the United States. He says in business he wins wins wins. The truth is, he inherited a fortune from his father. He kept it going by cheating and defrauding people.

That is the heart of it: Donald Trump sense that there is going to be change, and the question is, what’s going to happen from that. We have an economy that’s in real trouble, but when the economy is in this kind of trouble, calling on Donald Trump for help is like if your house is on fire calling an arsonist.


He started out rich and he cheated his way to getting richer. That is not going to build an America for hard-working people. He’s going to leave them in the dirt like he’s left everybody else in the dirt.

As a bonus, a clip from last night’s pre-Wisconsin Primary edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Cartoon Donald Trump Has The Biggest Numbers

Program notes:

Cartoon Donald Trump gives Stephen a cartoon math lesson. Follow Cartoon Donald Trump on Twitter at @toonDonaldTrump!

Ted Cruz: The non-alternative to The Donald

For some Republican presidential voters, a choice between the two top contenders is akin to being forced to decide if you’d rather die from cancer or prolonged starvation.

Leave it to Samantha Bee to give us a short, concise look at three prominent homicidal Cruz fans, adherents of the malignant Christofascism that has taken over the hard Right margins of the evangelical movement.

From Full Frontal with Samantha Bee:

Team Cruz

Program note:

Who are some of Ted Cruz’s biggest fans? Prepare to not be surprised in the slightest.

Solicitation 101: Political venality triumphant

The latest from John Oliver is a grimly humorous look at a political process in which men and women elected to national office spend more time raising money for their next campaigns than in doing the jobs they were elected to perform.

It’s a story about endless pay-for-play meals, countless hours sequestered in party-funded sweat boxes making pecuniary pleas to one-precenters, and the thoroughly venal nature of modern day American politics, a process facilitated by a supreme court which holds that, when it comes to politics, no speech is truly free.

From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Congressional Fundraising

Program notes:

Lawmakers have to raise money to keep their jobs, but a surprising amount of their job now consists of raising money. John Oliver sits down with Congressman Steve Israel to discuss the costs of political spending.

And now for something completely different. . .

An April Fool’s creation from those Taiwanese Animators:

If Trump becomes president: Donald will make the world great again, until aliens blow it up

Program notes:

WASHINGTON — Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is becoming seemingly unstoppable, and there’s not a damn thing the American left or the GOP can do about it. The businessman has vowed to “Make America Great Again!” if he wins the presidency later this year, but knowing Trump, his political ambitions probably don’t end there. What if the 69-year-old billionaire wants to make the world great again as well?