We can see why a “return” to civility is not possible

    Attack Ads, Circa 1800     In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns Presidential Debates: Fifty Years of High-Risk TV All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business     The Election of 1800 Explained     … Read more

Officer Bubbles

Back at the G20 meetings in July in Toronto, there were numerous stories of police overreacting and arresting protesters with little reason whatsoever. Perhaps the most noteworthy story that got attention was the story of “Officer Bubbles,” the name given to a police officer, named Adam Josephs, who threatened to arrest a woman for assault … Read more

“Uncle Feds!”

Uh oh… Uncle Feds is the big fat fellow who crashes on your couch. He’s been there for years and years. He demands roasts and chops, devouring whatever he can find in your refrigerator. And when you’re out working long hours, Uncle Feds sits on the couch ordering pay-per-view movies. He was plenty big before … Read more

Dictionary of Received Ideas

That’s the name of a feature by Justin Evans in the new periodical The Point (issue two, Winter 2010). It’s a bit like Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary and I found it to be the funniest article I have read this year. (It doesn’t seem to be on-line.) Here is one set of consecutive entries: Economics: … Read more

You have two cows – Indianism

Here is a new “You have two cows….” INDIANISM: You have two cows, that you revere. But they end up in Bangladesh as steaks. So you outlaw cattle exports, announce a cow-licensing system and issue cows with photo IDs. Unfortunately, many conclude that India can not stop this illegal moogration because “beef is very delicious.” … Read more

Friday humor

Smart Engineer Charlie Brooker’s How to Report the News – Newswipe – BBC Four

You have two cows – additions from Patrick

Here are four new “You have two cows….” from Patrick in Woodinville, Washington DARWINISM: You have two cows. They develop opposable thumbs and milk you. DARWINISM (social): You have two cows. They evolve to a stronger species and exterminate all humans and lesser breeds of cow because they can’t produce as much milk. ALEXANDER POPE-ISM: … Read more

Communism and 2 cows…

COMMUNISM You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk. COMMUNISM You have two cows. The government takes both cows. The government sells the milk in government stores. You can’t afford the milk. You wither away. COMMUNISM You have two cows. The state takes both, and gives … Read more

You have two cows – additions from Bill

Here are two new “You have two cows….” from Bill in Pittsburgh WIKIPEDIANISM: This cow is a heifer. You can help Wikipedia by milking it. WIKIPEDIANISM: These cows are temporarily protected from milking. Please resolve disputes on the talk page. Protection is not intended to express support of German or Polish cows. For more Two … Read more