Americans are panicking over Ebola, and authorities are concerned not just to stem the disease but to stem the panic. They are saying the chances of any of us actually dying of Ebola is microscopically low, that we are more likely to die of a shark attack, bee stings, or falling out of bed. Alexandra Petri says that if that’s true, we need to panic over those other things too! [Read more…]
David Letterman, the late night talk show host on CBS, announced his retirement the other day, as of 2-15. And now we learn that he will be replaced by satirist Stephen Colbert. That would mean the end of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, which has been the bane of conservatives though a very funny bane. Reportedly, when he takes over Late Night, Colbert will set aside his faux-conservative persona that he used to such withering effect.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this. What do you think? [Read more…]
One of my solemn customs for New Year’s Eve is reviewing the events of the past year by reading satirist Dave Barry’s month-by-month lampoon. I invite you to join me by clicking Dave Barry’s Review of 2013, the Year of the Zombies – The Washington Post.
I invite you to respond in kind with your own snarky and/or satirical comments on things that happened in 2013.
It’s still Christmas, there being 12 days of that season, so thanks to Truth Unites. . .and Divides for posting in the comments to another thread this video from Rev. Hans Fiene at Lutheran Satire. You all need to see it:
It’s almost too easy to make fun of us Baby Boomers. But satirist P. J. O’Rourke, who is one, has a book coming out in January entitled The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasnt My Fault) (And Ill Never Do It Again). An excerpt printed in the Wall Street Journal had me grudgingly laughing:
We are the generation that changed everything. Of all the eras and epochs of Americans, ours is the one that made the biggest impression—on ourselves. That’s an important accomplishment, because we’re the generation that created the self, made the firmament of the self, divided the light of the self from the darkness of the self, and said, “Let there be self.” If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you may have noticed this yourself. [Read more…]