Fun with the OR Voters' Pamphlet: Ballot Measure Edition

This is the second part in my two-part series having a little bit of fun with the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet.  This part discusses the main arguments presented by each side in every contested ballot measure and then dissects them for pure comedic value.

Cross-Posted from Loaded Orygun: ?diaryId=1335

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Their Reality has Lapped our Satire, THREE

Some of you old-timers might remember my first Their Reality has Lapped Our Satire diary, and perhaps even the second one, Their Reality has Lapped Our Satire, Again.  Those diaries really came home to me this week with the New Yorker cover.


Was it satire?  Absolutely.  Was it rather ham-handed?  Yes.  But why was it so controversial?  It was so controversial because the right's version of "reality" has gone so far beyond the absurd that it just can not be satirized.  The New Yorker cover stands as proof that, yes, their reality has lapped our satire.

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Satirical Political Humor 101

This is probably against the rules, but I slightly rewrote this diary to tone down my intellectual arrogance, which was excessive and rightly criticized. Extremism in the defense of my favorite magazine, while understandable, is lamentable. I apologize to my critical commenters, but I took them seriously.

When people in Europe asked where I come from, I always say I am a New Yorker; I never say I am an American. I have read and loved the New Yorker every week since I was 15 (1960). I laughed at the cover, just as I laugh at most of their politically satirical covers and cartoons. This artist has done several excellent ones. Admittedly this is not one of his best.

What would be funny if it wasn't so offensively pathetic was the reaction of the Obama campaign and Obama supporters. Obama must read the New Yorker. He spent at least 7 years in New York City and Cambridge, which must have the highest proportion of New Yorker subscribers in the world. If Obama were truly the consummate pol the inside article claims he is, he would have laughed and thanked the artist for doing more to combat the absurd rumors about him than the campaign had managed in 18 months. Instead, the New Yorker cover is going to be today's major story, and the more outraged Obama supporters are, the sillier they seem.

I devoutly pray every child and teen in America requests a New Yorker subscription for their birthday. Then no child would be left behind. If political cartoons are not offensive, they are no good.  When I was in high school, a regular  essay question on the New York regents given to all high school students depicted  a politically satirical cartoon from some period of American history and ask the student to explain it. I loved those questions, but they were extremely challenging. They can use this one.

David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, gave an interview to the Huffington Post. I urge you to read it.

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I Picked the Wrong Week To Give Up Crack and Hookers!

► Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up crack and hookers!

► Billo most recent MELTDOWN!!

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BREAKING: Clinton Hooligans are freaking out at the RBC meeting.  

► Birkenstocks and Dunkin Donuts are flying through-out the hall.  



► Oh NO! They breaking out the glazed Krispy Kremes!

► Chairman Dean has send tanks into the streets to restore order and low cholesterol snacking.

► OMG!! Harold Ickes has just surrended his sword to David Axelrod!

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