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 »

Jon Stewart: Personal testimony (Updated with U.S. apology)

Featured image At the New York Times blog The Lede, Robert Mackey and Kareem Fahim report: The American comedian Jon Stewart’s criticism of the Egyptian government briefly escalated into a diplomatic incident on Tuesday, as the United States Embassy in Cairo shared a link to a “Daily Show” segment on Twitter, causing the office of Egypt’s president to react with anger. Mr. Stewart devoted the first 11 minutes of his program on »

Greatest Interview Ever

Featured image This has nothing to do with current events, but it is pretty funny, so I thought I’d share it with our readers. Actress Mila Kunis is doing interviews in support of her new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, and one of the interviewers turns out to be an inexperienced young guy from the BBC, who begins by announcing that he is “petrified,” apparently because this is his first interview »

The Week in Pictures

Featured image Because it’s time for another set of zany, zafdig looks at the crazy world around us.  Starting of course with topical humor: What do you want to bet that a future movie on drone warfare does win the Best Picture Academy Award? By the way, I can’t wait for the Ron Burgundy sequel, currently under way I am told. What’s Homer Simpson’s motto? “Beer: the cause of–and solution to–most of »

The Best of Phil

Featured image If you aren’t FaceBook friends with Phil Terzian, the literary editor of the Weekly Standard, you’re missing some of his best stuff (though he is responsible for this week’s back-page Parody of Harvard’s self-consciousness of the awkwardness new students face when the carry the burden of being Harvard students home with them for the holidays).  But since not everyone can be FaceBook friends with everybody, here’s a new FB post »

Halloween Leftovers

Featured image But is there really anything scarier than Obama or Biden without a teleprompter?  Probably not, but here’s some worthy candidates. »

Art Imitates Life

Featured image The fine folks at The Onion, who I sometimes think are closet conservatives because they skewer liberal icons so often (yes, I know the same thing happens on The Simpsons, and why this happens), have produced the following video sendup of a TED talk about compost-powered cars (3:30 long): Trouble is, how can you tell the difference between this sendup and what liberals actually believe about energy, as I explained »

Friday Funnies in Pictures

Featured image Time for a Friday morning roundup of various visual items making their way around the interwebs.  Most of these don’t require any explanation, but I’ll offer some comments on one or two. And finally, a pic of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest ride: »

Chronicles of Ineptitude, Chapter 5

Featured image Continuing our occasional series of roundups of notable ineptitude in our world, how about the news that Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder is “very upset” by Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47 percent.  Now, my first mentor in Washington, the great M. Stanton Evans, explained to me when I was 22 years old that when there is a hot political controversy, the first thing to do is to find »