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Town Hall's 'The Funnies': still not funny.

I mean, seriously: politics aside, these guys have a kind of amazing knack for telling jokes that are not only identical to one another, but not funny the first time you see it. This week's "the U.N. are sissies, HAW HAW" is mildly more amusing than last week's "Islamic terrorists are everywhere, HAW HAW I guess", but not enough to justify the same joke being repeated four times in one day. (Plus, a special repeat of the "Islamic terrorists are everywhere" joke, in case you really liked it last week!) So fidelity_astro doesn't yell at me, I'll admit that liberal cartoonists are often equally simplistic and unfunny, but Christ, at least they're capable of telling more than one joke at a time. It's like these guys are getting a Theme Of The Week from some yutz over at the Mellon-Scaife Foundation.

Still, I guess it's better than this article by the inexplicable John Stossel, who uses his conservative bully pulpit to argue in defense of cousins marrying.

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moondispatches
Jul. 19th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Um, ok, I'll bite. What's wrong with cousins marrying?
ludickid
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Well, aside from the lengthy history of social stigma and a slightly higher rate of retardation and birth defects, nothing. It's just kind of a strange crusade for a conservative; given the fact that they're so hostile to gay marriage (although Stossel himself, despite doing a lot of bitching about gay 'pressure groups', has actually been supportive of the idea), it's bizarre to hear one of their leading lights arguing that cousins should marry.
moondispatches
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, right. That is a little off.
archaica
Jul. 19th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
although Stossel himself, despite doing a lot of bitching about gay 'pressure groups', has actually been supportive of the idea

"I agree with the queers, but do they have to be so damn pushy about it? Honestly!"
calamityjon
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
I like the "Um" preceding the question, as though you'd never HEARD of such a thing, a taboo against cousins marrying...
brandawg
Jul. 19th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
I kind of liked the look on the dog's face when it got hit with the mallet.
ludickid
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
That is why you're such a sophisticated political thinker.
brandawg
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
I do set my standards very high, after all.
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ludickid
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
Kofi is not only a scold, but a woman in a hijab and a sissy little poodle dog!
rjwhite
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
the dog needs to be rolling over the cat with a steamroller when the UN steps in.

No, because then they'd just throw in another awful Rachel Corrie joke.
calamityjon
Jul. 19th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
runner3985 writes: Wednesday, July, 19, 2006 9:37 AM
laughed out loud


hilarious....good work stossel-wonder what the gay rights advocates would say about it? kinda shows just how ridiculous all their arguments are, doesn't it...



Why do you hate yourself so that you READ THESE WEBSITES? This is what's awaiting me in my superhero free-ness, isn't it?
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archaica
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
I think the biggest point I got from that article is that laws are stupid and John Stossel hates them all.

Yup. He basically uses ABC as a soapbox for his libertarian views. His "Give Me a Break" specials might as well be funded by the John Birch Society.
calamityjon
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, what the hell, here's a couple more:
Kozinator13 writes: Wednesday, July, 19, 2006 7:25 AM
Acceptance?

I'm not sure I know where Mr. Stossel stands on the whole gay marriage thing, but his argument for cousins marrying sounds a lot like it. "There are risks and challenges in any marriage, but it should not be for politicians to decide such intimate matters as whether you get to marry the person you love." Or, I might add, personS, pets, or appliances. Or as my teenage daughter might say "It's silly, duh!?"


Summary: "This sounds a lot like the argument for gay marriage, providing ninety percent of that argument is stuff I append to it arbitrarily, PS my 13-year old is my hallmark of sensibility."

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TTSSYF writes: Wednesday, July, 19, 2006 6:28 AM
The latest fad...

This is simply the latest fad, following polygamy, that is meant to innur us to Third World practices and have us more accepting of Third World immigration.


Well, he's got us there, I suppose, what with cousin-marrying being a practice solely endemic to regions as remote as ... Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee ...
archaica
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, what the hell, here's a couple more:
I really hate that "this is what my kid thinks" addition to political debate - of course, nine-year-olds know more about everything than everyone else, how silly of us all to think otherwise.
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archaica
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, what the hell, here's a couple more:
Thank god nobody over 13 in a position of power in America thinks that way.
harmfulguy
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, what the hell, here's a couple more:
Well, nobody with a mental age over 13...
ludickid
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
And we have a new winner
"Innur" replaces "daar" as my preferred dumb-person noise.
ludickid
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
I hate myself because I am a bad person.
harmfulguy
Jul. 19th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Don't do that. Let the rest of us do all the work of hating you for being a bad person.
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substitute
Jul. 19th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
That's awesome, especially since the Economist makes fun of him a lot.
lucifrix
Jul. 19th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
That reminds me of something I read a while ago, I think it was in _Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot_ but I'm not sure. There was some totally wingnut right-wing book, and one of the endorsements on the back cover read, paraphrased, "I almost never finish a book, but I finished this one!"
fidelity_astro
Jul. 19th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
awwww i got name-dropped. there's no way i can argue now!
kudaspeaks
Jul. 19th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
I am increasingly convinced that Townhall is what retired cranks, who are locked in the garage by their wives in order to keep them out from underfoot, read while on hold to talk to Sean Hannity. I think one of their grandkids taught them to clicky the bookmark on the Aquanet to keep Grampy's muttering down to a dull roar. It's so God's waiting room reading material, is what I'm saying. No disrespect to our host's fine prospecting therein, of course.
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hipsterdetritus
Jul. 20th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
See: South Park?
substitute
Jul. 19th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
American right-wingers celebrate ignorance and stupidity; their idea of brilliance is someone who completes a sentence and can cite a book. It's no wonder that they're unfunny. Conservatives in other parts of the world are funnier and smarter.
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