What can possibly be said about the past week and the GOP nominee? I think The New Yorker magazine has summed it all up quite nicely: Cover Story: Donald Trump is Barry Blitt’s “Miss Congeniality”.
And any satire they left out was ably exploited by the Saturday Night Live cast: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Debate Cold Open. Seriously, if you haven’t watched it yet — treat yourself. But honestly, these shenanigans are no weirder than Trump’s real-life rants.
Saturday Night Live joins the 2016 Presidential debates.
Paraphrase of GOP nominee Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last week? Well, his exact words were “I alone can fix it”, after conjuring up a dark vision of America as the beleaguered, corrupt, twilight Gotham City of “Batman Returns.”
BATMAN RETURNS – Penguin’s speech from DAVE STONE on Vimeo; film by Warner Bros.
But a different movie immediately came to my mind: this year’s remake of Disney’s “The Jungle Book”. The orange hair, the Queens accent … ammiright?
The GOP nominee wants you to believe that only HE can protect you, and he will — for a price. Think about it. I don’t live in Gotham City, do you?
Donald Trump, the GOP nominee.
King Louie; image from Disney Pictures.
This seems like the only logical response to Brexit.
The comic strips “Doonesbury” and “Bloom County” are having a field day with this primary season, and who can blame them? The debates are like catnip to cartoonists, especially the Republican displays of cartoonish aggression. This Sunday’s “Doonesbury” is especially chortle-worthy: Doonesbury, February 14, 2016.
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Featured image: Reilly Butler/Flickr.
This week I am chortling, not screaming, at my new middle-aged heroes: Hilarious Parents Re-Create Daughter’s Sexy Selfies With Boyfriend. I love these people! What a way to make their point with a sense of humor!
Selfies. What a concept. And yes, it does irritate me when I find that one of the several teenagers who live here has taken numerous silly selfies on my unattended iPhone. Though if I REALLY minded that much, I would just post them on their Facebook pages for all the world to see. Hmmm …
Illustration: Mark Knight, Herald Sun, 6 September 2013
Usually I save my weekly vents until the weekend, when I can process the outrages of the previous seven days, including an entire work week. However, this week merits its very own, special, midweek Weekly Vent. Yes, today was my office’s semi-regular, offsite, daylong, management retreat. Shoot me now.
I like my job. Just spare me the management retreat and let me DO my job. Trapped in a room for seven straight hours. The platitudes. The hypocrisy. The blatant falsehoods. The false friendliness. The colleagues texting and reading email while their unfortunate peers make forced presentations. The plans that will gather dust until the next offsite retreat. The collecting of ammunition to be used later to stab
rivals colleagues in the back. Here’s why they call these “retreats” — because work has become a battlefield, if not a war of attrition. Only Dilbert can adequately express the pain.
Cartoon: copyright Scott Adams
Today’s vent is a little off-topic, because it’s about something that makes me scream with laughter, not rage. In fact, it’s another form of “anger translator” for me. Bloom County is back! I have fond middle-aged memories of this acerbic, witty comic strip, which ceased publication by 1990. (Yes, I know, that’s SO last-millennium). How can you not be delighted by the return of Berkeley Breathed’s sense of humor with this Facebook post: Bloom County 2015 ?
Apparently Facebook is where Opus and the gang now have their home, far from the constraints of persnickety newspaper editors. Welcome back, Berkeley Breathed, I’ve missed you! Keep those belly laughs coming!
Berkeley Breathed on Facebook
Copyright: Berkeley Breathed.
What is anger? Funny you should ask. The Disney movie “Inside Out” and comedian Lewis Black offer this brief explanation: Meet Anger .