Archive for the ‘Funny’ Category

Heckuva Foundation

Whenever GWB appears in the news, I breathe a sigh of relief that he’s no longer our President. When news about the George W Bush think tank appears, I breathe a double-sigh of relief that we didn’t build that thing here in Lubbock.

With the announcement of the GWB think tank, there has been an explosion of alternate suggestions; see the #namesofGWBthinktank meme on twitter, where people suggest better names than the “George W. Bush Public Policy Institute.”

Here are the funniest I’ve found:

  • Texas Pole-dancer Qualification Review Board
  • Laura Thinks I’m Working
  • The “That Frog Blew Up Real Good” Foundation
  • Halliburton
  • For Ten Bucks, Dick Armey Will Eat Anything
  • The Dick Cheney Institute
  • The Strategerists
  • The Institute of Fail Upwards
  • Is Our Children Learning Institute
  • Global Deciderology Council
  • George Bush Strategic Vision Center and Ball-pit Funland
  • The Center for the Limitation of Freedoms to Protect Freedom
  • National Institute for the Hatred of France
  • FOX News
  • Clearing Brush
  • Circle the Wagons
  • Endowment for Villainy, Idiocy, and Lying (EVIL)
  • Flat Earth Institute
  • Rent-A-Decider
  • A Million+1 Points of Light Foundation (Take that, Dad!)
  • The George W Bush Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too
  • Men Who Read My Pet Goat
  • Operation Eagle Talon Hammer Fist
  • Institute for the Study of Large Banners that Obscure Actual Policy
  • Skull and Bones West
  • Heckuva Foundation (My favorite)
  • American Colonialism Institute
  • Pretzel Threat Assessment Group
  • Hooters

Happy Monday, everybody.

The Yes Men Fix the World

It’s time for Lubbock DFA Movie Night:

Who: Lubbock Democracy for America
What: “The Yes Men Fix the World” free screening with refreshments and
When: Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Lubbock County Democratic Party HQ, 2809A 74th St
Why: Because the Yes Men pull hilarious pranks on irresponsible corporations!

The Yes Men are a comedians who infiltrate corporate events and make fake announcements designed to draw attention to important global issues that the business world has a history of ignoring or handling poorly (e.g. climate change, pollution, globalization).

Here are some of my favorite Yes Men hijinks:

I think we could use the Yes Men in Lubbock, where people take themselves too seriously sometimes.

Thank You, Jesse Ventura!

It is not often that I agree with a Pro Wrestler on anything other than perhaps where to find the best bodyslams and taunts. However, I presently appreciate the strong stand Jesse “The Body” Ventura is taking against Bush Administration chickenhawks, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity and their slanderous remarks directed against our President.

Ventura came out strongly in support of the President on May 11th and again on May 18th. He asserted, “George Bush is the worst president in my lifetime!

Citizens of the United States were deceived hundreds of times since 2002 about “waterboarding.” Even so, arch-chickenhawk Mr. Dick Cheney has repeatedly denied the obvious truth that waterboarding is one of the oldest forms of torture. He has also failed to recall a conscience.

(template courtesy of Mr. Conservative)

Obstructionist Clowns

Well, we’re past the 100-day mark and one thing remains clear:

(Political Cartoon by R.J. Matson in The New York Observer, found via Job’s Anger)

The GOP is the party of NO. No new ideas, no desire to participate in the process, and — important to their own future — no emerging leaders.

To illustrate the fact that today’s GOP is a bunch of obstructionist clowns, here are some of my favorites from some dude’s hilarious Flickr set (click for big):

Rick Perry, Secessionist Clown

Michelle Bachmann, Crazy Clown

Newt Gingrich, “Party Like It’s 1993″ Clown

And let’s not forget the new logo for the GOP:

Happy Monday!

Ship of Fools

Media treatment of the whole pirate+hostage situation over the last week is funny to me because right-wing blowhards have been trying to politicize it from the start. It’s not a political situation. It’s a tactical military and law enforcement situation.

But, misconceptions like that never stop the right-wing punditocracy from putting their feet (peglegs?) in their mouths…

The video above summarizes the doom and gloom that right-wing talking heads were predicting up to the point that Navy SEAL snipers took out three pirates, freeing their hostage — actions approved by the President himself.

I’m not surprised that the pundits are way off course. Look who’s steering this conservative ship of fools:


“This is the administration which keeps trying to find some kind of magical solution that doesn’t involve effort, that doesn’t involve risk, that doesn’t involve making hard decisions.”


Captain Newt


“We’ve become so politically correct that no one would even dare think about sending the marines to fight pirates.”


First Mate Beck


(What can I say — I finally found an excuse to photoshop a pirate eyepatch onto Newt Gingrich, fulfilling one of my childhood dreams. No way was I gonna pass that up!)

The right is desperate for any issue — no matter how inherently apolitical — that they can latch on to and be correct about. That’s why they talked up this pirate hostage episode so much this week. Unfortunately for them, they got it completely, hilariously wrong.

Fortunately for America, we got to see how a strong President handles a delicate situation, letting our military and law enforcement professionals do their jobs.

Attention Obama Haters

The current right-wing attack tactics are appearing more ridiculous by the day.


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(mild language in the above video, in case that sort of thing bothers you)

“Speaking crazy to power” is about right.

One more for the road:

Funny Video Friday

Have at it!

GOP Rock

Clean Coal (directed by the Coen Brothers!)

Obama: Antichrist or Hitler?

Happy Friday, everyone!

Cessna Ad as Metaphor

The above ad is so hilarious to me on so many levels.

First off, the timing. This is probably the worst time to try to sell a corporate jet. Cessna (which, overall, is a great company IMO) is having a very-brave-or-very-foolish moment here that we get to watch.

Second, the audience. I picture a CEO having a bad week, sitting in business class, flipping through his in-flight magazine, when he sees this ad. Maybe he cries a little into his tiny airplane beer.

Third, the language. Let’s have a look:

Timidity didn’t get you this far. Why put it in your business plan now?

Yes, timidity certainly didn’t factor into bringing us to the brink of financial ruin. A breakneck pace of bad investments, bad business decisions, and outright criminal/unethical behavior requires the same brave-but-stupid mindset that created this ad…

In today’s corporate world, pity the poor executive who blinks

…at the panel during the Congressional hearing.

The good news is, in trying times like these, fortune tends to favor those who make bold, decisive moves.

Oh good! This bodes well for our President and the voting public that put him in office.

It’s simply about adjusting, not retreating, starting with a good hard look at your flight department.

Replace “flight department” with “cabinet” and you’ve got another eerily prescient quote. (Good riddance, Senator Gregg!)

Because, in tempestuous times, leaders recognize it’s not about ego. Or artifice. It’s simply about availing yourself of the full range of tools to do your job.

Right on, Cessna ad. In that spirit, it’s time we started using government to solve problems rather than to create them. We will finally tackle the issues of our society rather than paying them lip service while systematically dismantling programs that could help.

Who knew there could be such wisdom from Madison Ave?

Can’t Help It

The internet is unable to, uh, contain its enthusiasm regarding the forthcoming change of power, giving rise to certain retrospectives, so…

The Worst

Right-click ⇒ Set as Desktop Wallpaper ⇒ Tiled

You’re welcome.

Conservatism 2.0 Conference

Via Prodigal Son over at Panhandle Truth Squad:

Conservatism 2.0 Conference - Uniting the Next Generation Online

The C2.0 Conference will bring a fresh, broad spectrum of grass-roots activists, bloggers, students and scholars to Washington, D.C. to focus on online empowerment and new media strategies for shaping the future of conservatism.

L to the O L is all I have to say about that.

Right-wingers should stick to talk radio, which they have down pretty well. The internet belongs to the Left.

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