Zach Heltzel over at Liberal Bias has an excellent idea for all those white nationalist, white supremacist racist wingnuts out there in the Republican Party.
I thought I would take a brake from all the seriousness for a bit. Checkout the pilot of this new sci fi comedy series from Cracked. I really hope they make a lot more of these. This was really fun. Enjoy!
Why Working on the Enterprise Sucks For Almost Everyone
Sorry, for some odd reason, I can’t embed the video.
Speaking of Starship Icarus, here’s something else from Cracked you might want to read after you’re done watching the video. 7 Emails That Prove Space Travel Will Suck in the Future
Here’s a quick list in alphabetical order. See the original article for details:
- The Borowitz Report
- Call The Cops
- Carbolic Smoke Ball
- Cream BMP Daily
- The Daily Currant
- Empire News
- Empire Sports
- Free Wood Post
- Global Associated News (MediaFetcher.com)
- The Lapine
- Lightly Braised Turnip
- National Report
- The Onion
- The Spoof
- Weekly World News
- World News Daily Report
Sorry, I meant to publish this the other day, but I got distracted. Both the Huffington post and CBS News covered this, and both had a slightly different take on it. I couldn’t decide which one to spot light here, so I’m going to mention them both.
Here’s the Huffington posts story about this, This Is How People In The Middle East Are Making Fun Of ISIS
In recent weeks, dozens of humorous campaigns ridiculing the extremist militants have emerged on Twitter and Facebook. While some blast such humor as insensitive and inappropriate, others defend satire as a way to push back at the Islamic State’s intimidation tactics.
“Sometimes, you have to mock, to belittle. Because sometimes, belittlement is your enemy’s greatest fear,” Libyan-American writer Hend Amry wrote on Twitter.
Amry was responding to critics of a #ISISMovies, a hashtag that briefly took off in mid-August riffing off popular film titles to mock the Islamic State militants
And here’s the CBS news commentary, One weapon against ISIS brutality emerges in Arab world: Satire
BAGHDAD - The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town - not realizing he’s fired it backward at his leader.
The “Looney Tunes”-style cartoon targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) group comes after its militants have swept across large swaths of Syria and Iraq, declaring their own self-styled caliphate while conducting mass shootings of their prisoners. The group cheers its advances and beheadings in slickly produced Internet videos.
In response, television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticize the group and its claims of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting the group’s battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of its claims and chip away at the fear some have that the Islamic militants are unstoppable.
“These people are not a true representation of Islam and so by mocking them, it is a way to show that we are against them,” said Nabil Assaf, one of the producers and writers of Lebanon’s “Ktir Salbe Show,” which has challenged the group. “Of course it’s a sensitive issue, but this is one way to reject extremism and make it so the people are not afraid.”
This a positive sign. It shows, among other things, that there is still plenty of opposition to these violent extremist nut jobs in the region. Hopefully ISIS won’t be able to hold onto power too much longer. Best case scenario, the tide will start to turn against them, very soon, and in the meantime they won’t be able to harm any of the people lampooning them. Either way, we can be certain that ISIS militants hate this. The more opposition to these violent religious fanatics there is, the better.
As a side note, I can’t help but wonder how our counter Jihad “friends” will respond to this. If you listen to people like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer you might think that pretty much all Muslims out there support ISIS.
Link broken? The gist is that this is an impressively sarcastic review of an old slasher flick based on the “unrealistic” premise of a cop abusing his power to murder people.
A government report released this week shows that enormous walls, rabid coon-hunting dogs, venomous snakes, and other obstacles erected by the Arkansas Immigration Department are doing little to prevent hundreds of unaccompanied Missourian children from illegally crossing the border into Arkansas.
The immigration department’s controversial response to the crisis has been met with criticism from residents of both states. In a recent poll, 100 percent of Missouri residents and nearly 60 percent of Arkansas residents said they opposed the use of tetanus and dangerous animals to deter the children.
“These kids are fleeing what are essentially third world conditions,” Arkansas native Barbara Tompson said. “There’s the rampant government corruption, moonshine cartels, a confusing state motto, and an educational system that’s severely lacking. It’s no wonder the children can’t speak English.”
Sympathy held by those like Tompson falls on deaf ears when it comes to the Arkansas Immigration Department’s director, Patrick Scaggs.
“I’m sick of all the bleeding-heart liberals meddling with the security of this state,” Scaggs said. “We can’t use rusty barbed wire, mutant poison ivy, or genetically engineered wasps? Fine. Get ready for a mile-long line of 10-year-old Missouri punks lining up for your job.”
It has not been determined just how many Arkansas jobs can be performed by 10-year-olds, but the Arkansas Department of Child Labor is compiling data and preparing a report on the subject. Initial findings show a higher than expected average.
Hey look who the the Supreme Court has ruled has religious exemptions now. Thanks for paving the way, Hobby Lobby! Now the followers of Cthulhu will be able to sacrifice their virgins in peace!
July 1, 2014 - Citing the newly-established precedent of corporate-religious exemption, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of JCPenney, upholding the company’s right to sacrifice pure-hearted employees in order to assuage the Dread Lord Cthulhu, Bringer of Madness.
The Penney estate, devout cultists and owners of the multibillion-dollar chain of mid-range department stores, joined by CEO Mike Ullman, sued the government in 2012 when new federal employee protections made it illegal for them to hire virgin maidens for the sole purpose of spilling their blood on the Altar of the Cosmos, with the hope that such an offering will prolong the Great Old One’s slumber in the sunken city of R’lyeh.
These “satire” news sites like the National Journal and the Daily Currant are a poison to rational and truthful discourse on the internet. About once a week it seems like, I see some stupid story (usually in my Facebook feed) that - in the words of Charles Johnson in a LGF comment - “prey[s] on people’s ignorance and confirmation bias.”
The New Republic tackles these pernicious sites head on.
While it takes a particularly keen immunity to irony to fall for an Onion article these days, The Daily Currant is a fake-news site of a different stripe: one entirely devoid of jokes. Whether this humorlessness is intentional or not—the site’s founder contends his critics don’t have a sense of subtlety—the site’s business model as an ad-driven clickbait-generator relies on it. When Currant stories go viral, it’s not because their satire contains essential truths, but rather because their satire is taken as truth—and usually that “truth” is engineered to outrage a particular frequency of the political spectrum. As Slate’s Josh Voorhees wrote after Drudge fell for the Bloomberg story, “It’s a classic Currant con, one that relies on its mark wanting to believe a particular story is true.”
And these sites make a lot of money. I don’t suggest checking any of these Onion-wannabe sites, as your browser will be flooded with advertisements and cookies. They’re making money on people’s fears and confirmation biases. It’s sickening. It’s also protected speech and a money maker for unscrupulous folks.