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Yosemite Sam and Nerf guns

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If someone is annoying you by repeatedly shooting you with a Nerf gun in the office, what do you do?  If diplomacy doesn’t work, you respond with a bigger gun.  🙂

For some reason, my intro reminded me of Yosemite Sam.  (Yeah, I watched a lot of Looney Tunes growing up.)  Here’s the quote:

Yeah?  Well, I talk LOUDLY and I carry a bigger stick.  And I use it, too!  WHAM! ~ Yosemite Sam, on foreign policy

I’m not sure I’d want Yosemite Sam as a minister of foreign affairs, but he might do better than some of the current politicians…  He would certainly be more amusing and funny, although not intentionally.  Consider this:

Whether playing a buccaneer, Arabian knight or the roughest, toughest, meanest, old prospector west of the Pecos, Yosemite Sam’s slapstick physical humor always sets his audiences laughing.  This rootin’, tootin’, six gun shootin’, varmit-huntin’ wild man of the west believes in his own innate superiority and charges his way into one misadventure after another — and as loudly as possible.  The only thing shorter than the fuse on his temper is Yosemite Sam himself and this walking keg of dynamite is always ready for action.  From his ten gallon hat to his fire red mustache, Yosemite Sam is the most flamboyant of all Bugs Bunny’s adversaries.  But the funniest thing about Yosemite Sam is that he has absolutely no sense of humor which makes him the perfect foil, or fool, for Bugs Bunny.

It’s amazing that he’s so funny despite having no sense of humor.  Ironically, that might suit him as a politician, since most of them are professionally humorless (which is lame and boring).

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caption contest, lawmakers playing Solitaire instead of working

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It may be late this week, but our weekly caption contest is finally here.  The photo this time features elected officials / lawmakers / politicians in a meeting, but some are playing Solitaire on their laptops while someone else speaks.  This actually happened a while back in Connecticut and it was Democrats goofing off, but for the sake of the caption contest, they can be whoever you want.

FYI, the point of this is for you to write something funny to explain this picture.  Feel free to get your political rant on, whether about the near government shutdown over budget issues or the current issue of the day, but phrase your response in the form of humor.  That is, make it funny, whether using satire or irony or puns or whatever.

(To see our other caption contests, click on the “Say What?” category in the sidebar.)

lying to Congress is a serious crime

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As you might’ve heard, Congress is investigating the possibility that baseball pitcher Roger Clemens lied to them under oath about his use of steroids.  Representative Henry Waxman, then the committee’s chairman, said perjury and false statements “are serious crimes that undermine the ability of Congress to perform its duties.”  True… but at the same time, I keep trying to imagine how a politician can accuse anyone of lying with a straight face, and I just can’t do it.  I mean, how many members of Congress have knowingly lied while on the job?  (I don’t think I want to know the statistics, because it would probably be very depressing.)

Karl Rove gets his groove on

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I’ve said for a while that I think professional politicians ought to have a sense of humor.  So many of them seem completely humorless.  It would make politics a lot more interesting if they could take a joke or loosen up once in a while.  It’s just not healthy to be serious 100% of the time.

That said, I just found a video where Karl Rove and his “homies” decided to bust a move at The Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner.  I’m not sure this was a good idea…

Here’s the link to the video.

I will give them a few points for trying to be funny.  At least they’re trying.  But then I’ll take away all those points and then some for how lame this is.  I mean, there’s bad, and there’s so-bad-it’s-funny, and there’s this-is-so-horrible-that-I-feel-dumber-for-watching-it.  This falls into the latter category.

BTW, I doubt this gives him more “street cred”…