Posts Tagged ‘satire’

All that glitters is not gold

All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told … . Food for thought from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice — quoting legendary fable and proverb collector (plagiarist?) Aesop and forebears. Fool’s gold The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, is an iron sulfide with the formula FeS2. This mineral’s metallic luster […]

A rebel general has been killed by the Empire

It’s worth reading this homage to the NY Times report of President Obama’s announcement. It engenders a bit of empathy. CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader […]

That was ‘not intended to be a factual statement’

Spin doctors for this nincompoop junior senator from Arizona Jon Kyl afterwards excused his blatantly false statement (Abortions are ‘90%’ of what Planned Parenthood does — actually 3%) on the Senate floor with a line: ‘That was not intended to be a factual statement’. Oh boy. Nutty. Which, of course, rightly, is like candy to […]

A fragment …

This document fragment found itself to my office fax machine. At the top of the first page was a handwritten note … This is much too pointed… could even be inflammatory! TONE IT DOWN, please … don’t  waste ‘straight-talk’ on this rubbery character. – M.K. [fragment begins] == D R A F T _ O N L […]

‘Wretch of the week’ — that’s a nice phrase

I enjoyed satirist Steve Braunias talking with Radio NZ’s Jim Mora on his Eight months to Mars slot this week. As part of it, Steve described his own ‘The Secret Diary of …’ column in the Sunday Star Times as ‘Wretch of the Week’ and disclosed that in getting the voice of the subject right […]

Barack Obama’s Facebook Feed Very funny.

Take no prisoners

The canonization (OK, not really. He’s not dead!) of Jon Stewart — America’s most trusted newscaster — continues. I rate Stewart very highly indeed, which should go without saying, but hey, let me say it. His recent whack at Pres. Barack Obama’s underwhelming primetime televised oval office speech about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill sparked an […]

Clarke and Dawe ask the million dollar questions

Hilarious and TRUE … John Clarke and Bryan Dawe calculate the cost of the European debt crisis. (In the same ilk as John Bird and John Fortune and apropos our discussion re Europe here following Tony Alexander’s enews.) Link: Thanks to A for the tip.

Q: Is this a Shaun Stenning product? A: Er, cough. Well, yes and no …

There’s not a lot of pride evident in this.  A friend recently emailed me a link to this mealy-mouthed interchange on the support FAQ page — about the founder(?) and chief salesman of the new ‘internet marketing’ scheme, Shaun Stenning. It seems to back up my earlier thoughts. Presumably this Frequently Asked Question (!) flows […]

Ranting and raving? Oh yes, but sooo right!

I had lunch with my good friend Graeme today after he picked ‘the best song ever written’ on National Radio … and he hadn’t yet seen this absolutely wonderful recent rant and rave, telling-the-truth criticism of Glenn Beck by The Daily Show’s acerbic commentator, my hero Lewis Black …

Announcing a big, bargain breakthrough MIRACLE …

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Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer – Hilarious spoof!

Every cliché they could squeeze into 3 minutes … And when you’ve watched it, read some of the comments in homage of the style at YouTube. A lot of fun. Thanks to Don Miller. “Inspiring final line of speech that d**bags (ugh) will quote in their Facebook profiles!”

Kieran Trass: last week ‘property guru’, this week ‘property genie’

Landing in my in-box this afternoon … A promotion for an upcoming ‘not another property seminar’ with Kieran Trass, fresh from his stint at the NZ Property Guru’s [sic] hard-sell roadshow … Starring Kieran Trass as ‘The Property Investment Genie’. Well! Knowing Kieran as I do, I might have plumped for a different imaginary magical […]

Absolutely brilliant!

Jon Stewart responds to Bernie Goldberg’s response to Jon Stewart calling Fox News out on their terrible hypocrisy in rather colourful terms … I know that I criticize you and Fox News a lot, but only because you’re truly a terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization. — Jon Stewart. Watch video at Calling Fox News […]

The amazing restorative powers of Snake Oil, oops, US tax liens – and a canine love story?

The repeated sabre-rattling (‘legal threats’) by Shaun Stenning and Dean Letfus sparked by David Whitburn’s critical blog on the NZ Property Guru’s [sic] promotion of US tax liens recently reminded me of an earlier incident involving marketing US tax liens as ‘investments’ to guileless New Zealanders … It led to an undignified outcome for another […]