The Best Apology for Politics Ever

Featured image While we’re on the subject of British politics, Power Line reader Jack Pitney points me to the following Monty Python apology about political figures that is much better than the one I included in the Week in Pictures this morning. Only one minute long, and right on the mark: »

Today’s Rim Shots

Featured image So, these quips emerged in the course of yesterday’s afternoon class that ranged from logical positivism in law to federalism and Justice Louis Brandeis’s famously wrongheaded sentence in New State Ice v. Liebmann about the states being “laboratories of democracy.” So I hear there’s a new movie coming out from Hollywood about logical positivism: “Straight Outta Comte.” Ba-da-dish! States are the “laboratories of democracy”? These days more like the “meth »

NR Video on Politically Correct Comedy

Featured image Our pals at National Review are branching out into video production, and I especially like this one out just this morning about the perils of politically incorrect comedy (just under two minutes long): »

“Genderflect” With Pep Boys!

Featured image I’m too old to stay up for Saturday Night Live any more, but I wish I had been able to monitor the outrage on social media among the Social Justice Warrior set this last weekend, when SNL took down both Starbucks and the whole swollen transgenderism fetish in one fell swoop. If you missed it too, it is definitely worth two minutes of your time for this: »

So Who Can You Still Joke About?

Featured image I’ve been trying to come up with a list of nationalities or ethnic groups—even subgroups—about whom it is still safe to make a joke publicly, since political correctness is shrinking the domain down to the vanishing point.  Before long you won’t be able to make jokes about “little green men” from Mars, for fear of offending illegal aliens “undocumented” immigrants.  I’m not even sure you can joke about white people any »

Today’s Silly News

Featured image Looks like someone has finally decided to strike back against the obnoxious French knights of Monty Python and the Holy Grail: British Inventor Builds Giant ‘Fart Machine’ to Fire at France Colin Furze, a plumber and inventor from Stamford, Lincolnshire, has begun building the biggest fart machine ever, which he plans to place on top of the cliffs of Dover and aim across the Channel towards France. His hope is »

That Rabbit Is Nuclear!

Featured image I don’t think I ever shared this story when it crossed the wires a few years back, but it came back up on my screen yesterday, and it’s just too good not to share with Power Line World.  From the Associated Press in 2010: Radioactive Rabbit Trapped, Killed A radioactive rabbit was trapped on the Hanford nuclear reservation, and Washington state health workers have been searching for contaminated rabbit droppings. »

Best. Supreme Court. Brief. Ever.

Featured image Make sure you’ve swallowed any and all liquids, especially hot ones like coffee, before you read further. P.J. O’Rourke has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, related to the upcoming case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus.  The only possible thing that could top this would be an amicus brief from Dave Barry. Steven Driehaus is the sore-loser Democrat who is suing Susan B. Anthony List for independent »

Ripe for Mocking: The NGO Community

Featured image Fans of This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and similar “mockumentaries” will be delighted to learn that someone has trained their cinematic sarcasm on the NGO community.  Long overdue: the entire universe of self-appointed, do-gooder NGOs are among the most insidious forces in modern political life. The Samaritans comes out of Kenya, and takes aim at an NGO plausibly named “Aid for Aid.”  (That name itself »

Liberals Still Aren’t Funny: Seinfeld Feeds Buzzfeed to the Buzzsaw

Featured image No sooner than SNL’s Lorne Michaels ratifies the common sense perception that most liberals are humorless scolds, than Jerry Seinfeld shows up on Buzzfeed and remarks that complaints about the lack of gender and racial diversity in his comedy web series “really pisses me off.” “I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that. But everyone else is kind of, with their little calculating – is this »

If Jerry Bruckheimer Took Over Monty Python

Featured image You’d get a film trailer like the one below (full story here).  Or perhaps we should say, “And now for something completely different.” »

If Assad isn’t careful Obama will go lawyerly

Featured image To follow up on Steve’s hilarious post describing security levels in various European countries in light of the Syria crisis, I’d like to add include the Obama administration. Reportedly, it has raised the magnitude of its planned response to Assad’s chemical attack from “nuanced” to “tailored.” Soon, though, it may raise the level to “calibrated.” For now, Obama intends to hold his highest level of response, “lawyerly,” in reserve. »

(Not) John Cleese on Threats to Europe (Updated)

Featured image UPDATE: Turns out this is not from John Cleese, though it has an Aristotelian authenticity that causes me to leave it up anyway. This is making the rounds, and should not be missed: ALERTS TO THREATS IN 2013 EUROPE From JOHN CLEESE The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels »

How Bad Is the Ammo Shortage? This Bad

Featured image One of my law partners sent me this joke in an email: Ammo is getting scarce! But this morning I lucked out and was able to buy two boxes of ammo. I placed the boxes on the front seat and headed back home, but stopped at a gas station where a drop-dead gorgeous blonde in a short skirt was filling up her car at the next pump. She glanced at »

“Nobody Hates Me More than Myself”

Featured image And speaking of Woody Allen, it’s worth 2:25 of your life to take in this marvelous parody of the X-Men films as re-imagined by Woody Allen: »

Breaking News: Barack Obama Is NOT the World’s Worst Pitcher!

Featured image Barack Obama has thrown out several first pitches, all of which have been more or less embarrassing. Like this one: Despite Obama’s lame efforts, it is now clear that he is NOT the worst pitcher in the world. That honor goes to Carly Rae Jepsen, a singer who made it big with “Call Me Maybe.” Here she is throwing out the first pitch at Tropicana Field prior to the Astros-Rays »

Guys: Don’t Ignore the Kiss Cam!

Featured image Being a reserved sort of guy, I tend to disapprove of social pressures to do things like kiss your girlfriend or wife. Or whoever that woman to your left might be. Still, I’ve gotten used to the Kiss Cam, which is a fixture at Target Field and most sports venues. At this point, if I saw myself on the screen along with my wife, or someone else who looks reasonably »