Tag: satire

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Breaking: Trump in Greenland

 

AP BREAKING NEWS (Nuuk, Greenland): President Trump apparently made an unexpected stop on his way to the G7 Summit. “I just want to look around and get a feel for the place. Meet some of the locals,” the President told reporters as he quickly deplaned Air Force One.

When asked whether the unscheduled visit might upset the Danish government and in particular the Danish Prime Minister, the President turned to reporters and appeared to blow a raspberry while placing his thumbs in his ears and wiggling his fingers. He then left briskly in the Presidential limousine followed by a phalanx of several black SUVs with Secret Service personnel. Pool reporters were left at the airport to avail themselves of the snacks in the Nuuk International Airport vending machines while the president engaged in his fact-finding tour.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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.

Andrew Doyle is the man behind satirical Twitter account Titania McGrath – a radical intersectionalist, feminist, and slam poet, who is constantly telling people how oppressed she is – and author of Woke: A Guide to Social Justice. He and Bridget have a fascinating and important conversation about the dangers of taking art and comedy literally, how smart people are becoming stupid because of woke ideology, why self-censorship is a slippery slope, and they wonder when the left became such pearl-clutchers. They discuss winning the culture war by winning people over, rather than locking them up or making certain types of speech illegal, the fact that there’s nothing more likely to help the far right to grow than the way the far left are behaving, the dangers of eroding the distinction between right wing and alt right, and the problems with The Faith of Intersectionality. Should the word “douchebag” be considered ableist? Where did the idea that “speech is violence” come from? What is it like being tribeless in an increasingly tribal world? What is the path forward? Find out on this not-to-be-missed episode.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Atlantic: “The Other Segregation”

 

The Atlantic has an excellent piece on the divisive nature of education and socio-economic/racial disparity. If you recall, Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been tasked with fixing our education system. Few changes have been made. In New York’s elite Stuyvesant High School, only 1% of the students identify as African-American. This is in New York City, one of the most diverse areas in the United States. Only 1% identify, whereas nearly 17% of students nationally are identified as being African-American.

Clearly, Ms. DeVos has not taken her role seriously. Students are being segregated, not only by color, but primarily by academic ability. As the Atlantic makes clear:

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The April Fool

 

Looking back now, I can admit that perhaps I had grown a little too confident. The dreaded April 1st was nearly over and I had fallen for nothing. To my surprise, no one had even seriously tried. My daughter, who is six, did come up to me and make some absurd claim (I can’t even remember what it was), giggling all the while. She was no match for me and I squelched it right away. She just kept on giggling despite her abject failure.

My wife’s brother had stopped by for a visit with his wife and kids, my nefarious nephews, on whom I had kept a very close watch all evening. After dinner, which came and went with no dribble cups, hidden laxatives, or shaving cream pies, I was standing in the kitchen, thinking it would be smooth sailing for the rest of the evening, when one of my nephews, Tucker, age 12, came up to me and said, “Hey Uncle D.A., your shoe’s untied.”