Archive for November, 2007

My Family Needs Me (Limerick and Video)

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I’m always amused when politicians and other public figures get into legal hot water and develop a sudden urge to spend more time with their family.

They generally issue some sort of lame press release that nobody believes and then, if we’re lucky, they spend a whole lot of time in prison.  If we’re not so lucky, we get to watch them spout off on Fox News.

But getting back to their woefully inadequate press releases,  I thought as a public service I’d write a generic resignation limerick:

My Family Needs Me
By Madeleine Begun Kane

My family needs me — can’t stay.
I’m dismayed that I must go away.
But I want to spend time
With my wife, who’s sublime.
It’s not my indictment, okay?

You can watch it here on YouTube.

[tags]Politicians Humor, Public Figures, Family Time, Resignation Humor, Political Humor Video[/tags]

Hillary Clinton Joke (30 Second MP4 Video)

Monday, November 19th, 2007

I’ve been playing around with creating short video clips and I’ve finally succeeded.  So if you’d like to see me tell a joke I wrote about Hillary Clinton and the issue of drivers licenses for illegal aliens, you can watch it on YouTube[tags]Political Humor Video, Hillary Clinton Joke, Governor Spitzer, Illegal Aliens, Drivers Licenses[/tags]

Why Are These Journalists Smiling?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I’ve noticed that many reporters and talking heads are almost giddy over Hillary Clinton’s recent stumbles and the rumored return of Barack Obama’s mojo. The obvious reason is that the longer it takes Hillary (or someone else) to lock up the Democratic Presidential nomination, the less boring it is for those who are covering the race.  But I think there’s something else at play here.  And that brings me to my latest limerick:

Why Are These Journalists Smiling?
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“Clinton’s stumbled,” they breathlessly say.
Yes, she’s made many journalists’ day.
It’s a horse race again,
So these women and men
Can avoid talking issues — hurray![tags]Journalists Humor, Reporters Satire, Media Humor, Hillary Clinton Stumbles, Senator Barack Obama, Presidential Race, Campaigns, Elections[/tags]

First Pakistan And Then…

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

While Bush and Cheney are busily threatening World War 3 over of Iran’s potential future nuclear threat, their great nuke-possessing Pakistan pal President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has declared “emergency rule.”  Are you feeling safer yet?

A pair of haiku to commemorate the occasion.

Musharraf  declares
Martial law in Pakistan.
Bush lets freedom ring.

Emergency rule.
Constitution suspension.
Dick Cheney’s wet dream.

Update: Are Bush/Cheney speechwriters working for Musharraf?

Just after midnight, General Musharraf appeared on state-run television. In a 45-minute speech, he said he had declared the emergency to limit terrorist attacks and “preserve the democratic transition that I initiated eight years back.”

He accused the country’s Supreme Court of releasing 61 men who he said were under investigation for terrorist activities. “Judicial activism,” he said, had demoralized the security forces, hurt the fight against terrorism and slowed the spread of democracy. “Obstacles are being created in the way of democratic process,” he said, “I think for vested, personal interests, against the interest of the country.”

Update 2: For more satire on the same topic, visit Don Davis’s Musharraf Suspends Constitution: Bush Gets ‘Pervez Envy.’[tags]Pakistan, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Emergency Rule, Nukes, BlogFriday, Martial Law, Nuclear Threat[/tags]

Ode To Our Petulant Prez

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

George Bush has been sounding extra whiney lately.  The poor guy!  Those abusive Dems have been torturing him, giving him a mere 98% of what he asks for.

Here’s Bush letting off steam about the possibly-in-trouble Michael Mukasey nomination for Attorney General:

“Judge Mukasey is not being treated fairly,” the president said, after taking the extraordinary step of inviting a group of reporters into the Oval Office to vent his feelings. Sitting behind his desk and leaning back in his chair, Mr. Bush said he was concerned that some people may have “lost sight of the fact that we’re at war.”

And that brings me to my latest limerick:

Ode To Our Petulant Prez
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“Dems are mean to Mukasey, who’s great,”
Bitches Dub, sounding rather irate.
“Don’t they know we’re at war?
Dems are making me sore!
They must do what I want.  No debate!”[tags]President Bush, Michael Mukasey Humor, Attorney General Hearings, Torture Satire, Mukasey Limerick[/tags]