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Direct from the laundry room in an undisclosed location somewhere in Ohio, we’re joined by Joel Berry, the Managing Editor of The Babylon Bee. We have a serious discussion of a serious topic – being funny – with a man who knows a thing or two about humorous  writing, our own James Lileks. We go […]

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Have I got an infrastructure project for you! Let’s shift the Earth’s axis of rotation. Yes, you heard me right: let’s move the poles! The present locations of the north and south poles are sub-optimal. Too much real estate is locked away in the freezers of Siberia, Canada, and Antarctica. We should move the poles […]

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I have seen some posts on this venerable forum over the past year denying that systemic racism is real.  Well, I know for a fact that those who deny systemic racism are mistaken.  Systemic racism is indeed real, and here’s the proof: How else can you explain the decision of the Chicago Bears to trade-up […]

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See that painting to the right. A few years back it sold for a little over $110 million. Yes, that childishly blotched and scribbled head, which probably took the painter a couple of hours to create, sold for what it would take a Safeway checker about a hundred lifetimes to earn. The artist was a […]

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Quote of the Day: Nettling the Humorless and Pricking the Pompous

 

“What is satire if not a marriage of civil disobedience to a laugh track, a potent brew … that acts as a nettle sting on the thin skin of the humorless.” — Mona Eltahawy

Satire is a nettle sting on the thin skin of the humorless. I like the sound of that. I like it so much that I think that we on the Right ought to adopt that as our slogan for the next four years.

So Ricochetti, if your talent runs toward satire, the mating of criticism and wit, your time has come. Fortunately, the Democratic establishment for the next four years will be target rich with humorless scolds just ripe for satire. Think of just the more visible members of the Democratic establishment: Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Schumer, Maxine Waters, AOC, Omar, et al. Has there ever been a gallery more crowded with flawed humans outside of Rikers Island?

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1) 2019 rule still carries: MAGA hats worn sideways or backwards. Headbands are OK. Penalty: No apple pie. 2) Tomahawk Chop Rule Update: Any performance of Tomahawk Chop for more than 3 Mississippi’s, regardless if in reference to Indians and/or Washington R**s***s football team. Penalty: Deduct any corn dish from your plate, except Corn-Lima bean […]

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If I Were King of the Internet, I Would Mandate the Percontation Point⸮

 

Satire. Irony. Sarcasm. The written word seldom conveys these things well enough to tell them from someone’s making a serious statement or proposal. (This has even been codified and is now known as Poe’s Law.) Distinguishing serious from ironic is a very old problem, and one that was solved in about 1580. It was in that decade that Henry Denham, an English printer, came up with a solution. His idea was to have a new mark of punctuation that would distinguish when someone was not serious. That mark was the percontation point, and it looked like this: ⸮.

Thus, were I the King of the Internet, you would be mandated to use the percontation point⸮ It would probably be the only punctuation available to such publications as The Onion or The Babylon Bee. And maybe some mistakes would no longer be made:

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There are no rules in a riot. After close to a hundred nights of mindless violence, police overtime, stress, and taking both verbal and physical abuse one PPB officer played a little catch-up. Please call me for jury duty when the Woke Multnomah County DA decides to prosecute this officer. Preview Open

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I believe some of this JP Sears’s material has been shared on Ricochet before and I’m sure some of you are already familiar with his videos. He’s a comedian who makes videos satirizing various aspects of New Age and Social Justice culture. I’ve watched some of his stuff before, and I appreciate his persistent skewering […]

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BOULDER, COLO. After hours of steady rainfall Wednesday afternoon, drivers on Boulder’s I-476 were surprised to see the chalky, white outline of what some are calling a “noose” emblazoned on a highway overpass. “As you can see, racism is built into the very fabric of the city,” said Naropa University women’s studies/interpretive dance professor Lesbia […]

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The Millennial Missal

 

I laugh because I can. Listening to Nancy Pelosi explaining “the Word,” or talking about her prayer list, while standing in front of her $24K fridge, while displaying her collection of $12 a pint ice cream bemuses me. Lest you think my appreciation for satire is confined to Catholics you would be wrong. There is Joel Osteen; “The Gospel has been very, very good to me.” There is the Agape Espresso Bar in any number of megachurches around the US. One has to wonder how many good Christians will let you out of the parking lot after the service has ended.

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As we all wait for that ill-defined magic moment that people can go back to work we are being overwhelmed by theories put forth by medical experts, pundits, and elected officials. The usual suspects that claim abortion is an essential medical procedure and then claim to be concerned about the death toll from Corona Virus […]

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The OACB (Oregon Association of Commercial Burglars) has filed a lawsuit against the State of Oregon, and Governor Kate Brown demanding that shelter in place be extended for another 18 months. The suit also demands that their members that are caught by police should no longer be arrested, or jailed due to the risk of […]

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;P I stayed home, sick, from my home office yesterday, and I had a lot of time to browse and catch up on things. One of them left me shaken to my core. Marco Rubio had become a fascist. Well, fascist would be too much of an ugly exaggeration, but he certainly advocates for dictatorship […]

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I think it’s time for us to take a stand against the glaring inequality that has crept into our society and is destroying the fabric of our very democracy. Social Media Inequality. AOC has 6.2 Million followers on social media MEANWHILE 391 million Twitter accounts don’t have a single follower. Think about that people is […]

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If Everything is Racist . . .

 

The cries of the Left against racism in this country are filled with sadness and frustration. They feel that this country has let them down; the land of the free and the home of the brave is drowning in hatred, division and racism. All of us must rally to answer their call to truth and equality. I’ve identified an ideal way to do just that: let’s identify every racist term that exists in our times and create unbiased alternatives.

The numbers of words and phrases that are racist are mind-boggling, as we begin to realize that racism exists in every part of society: education, law enforcement, corporations—the list is endless. But I think we can start small.

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In a fortified bunker located  in the DC suburbs of Virginia the RNC Platform steering committee meets in a highly secured conference room. Tom an old Republican Operative:  Ok the next item on the agenda is the so called “Housebreaking” law.  I think we need to move this right away.  It is the top of […]

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Grumpy Cat: The Sad Tale of Catnip Abuse

 

Tardar Sauce, known more popularly by her stage name of “Grumpy Cat,” has died all too soon at the age of 7.  The official cause of death has been ruled by her coroner veterinarian as a “urinary tract infection.”  According to the report:

“Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough,” Grumpy Cat’s owners wrote. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”

But, sadly, there’s always a darker side of a sudden rise to fame and fortune.  Grumpy, it seems, was also a ‘nip-nose.