Archive for the ‘General Humor’ Category

“Midlife Crisis” FLOTUS-Style (Limerick)

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Michelle Obama addressed the burning question of her bangs on the Rachael Ray Show:

“This is my midlife crisis, the bangs. I couldn’t get a sports car,” she told Ray about the inspiration for her trendy new look. “They won’t let me bungee jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.”

“Midlife Crisis” FLOTUS-Style (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“How dare you get bangs,” they harangue.
Michelle laughs at the Sturm and the Drang:
Bungee jumping was out.
So’s a sports car, no doubt.
So she changed up her “do” with a bang.

International Women’s Day Limerick

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day. So I thought I’d celebrate with a limerick:

International Women’s Day Limerick
By Madeleine Begun Kane

U.S. women are under attack.
We’ve gone backwards, alas and alack.
Our plight is irrational.
Mark International
Women’s Day — Get off our back!

(Related Post: Limerick Ode To International Women’s Day)

Holiday & Sundry Humor from my Other Blog

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

If you follow only my political humor, here’s some of what you’ve missed on my humor blog:

What Do Jews Do On Christmas? A Limerick Explanation

We Jews Need A Christmas Limerick, STAT!

No Hallelujahs Here For Handel’s Messiah

Holiday Office Party Haiku

Eclipse Haiku Septet

Haiku Or Senryu, That Is The Question

Limerick Ode To Ludwig Van Beethoven

Jittery Limerick

Limerick Ode To Willie Nelson

Tax Procrastination

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Why work on my Form 1040, when I can write a limerick about not filing my tax return on time?

Also on my other blog:

* Swimming In Verse

* Musical Chairs

* Don’t Put These Limericks On Your Headstone

* Rehab For Serial Wife-Cheating? Bullox!

* South African Pinot’s Too Pricey? Blame The Baboons.

* Birthday Limerick For Elton John

Now Playing On My Other Blog

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

If you’d like a quick break from politics, here’s what you may have missed on my other blog:

* Patently Evil? (post and limerick about the smartphone wars involving iPhone, Android, and a patent violation lawsuit)

* Save Me From Daylight Savings Time

* A Limerick Meal

* Feed Needs (web obsession humor)

Now Playing On My Other Blog

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

If you’d like a quick break from politics, here’s what you may have missed on my other blog:

* Ode To “Rabbit Ears.”

* Two limericks inspired by National Grammar Day.

* A cat limerick that also serves as a poetry prompt.

* Dear Press: Clean Up Your Own Damn Mess!

* A post and limerick about our electric power woes.

Now Playing On My Other Blog

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

If you’d like a short break from politics, here’s what you may have missed on my other blog:

* Are Health Studies Making Us Sick?

* My latest limerick writing prompt: A Miss-Misunderstanding

* Feeling Silly … And Sore

Now Playing On My Other Blog

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

If you’d like a quick break from politics, here’s what you may have missed on my other blog:

* My commentary and limerick about Olympic men’s figure skating: Thin-Skinned Evgeni Plushenko Skating On Thin Ice?

* My Limerick Ode To Valerie Harper, including a review of her Broadway performance as Tallulah Bankhead in Looped.

Fighting Firewalls With Kindle Blogs

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

My humorist pal Rose Valenta recently created a Kindle version of her blog and inspired me to do the same. Why? Because many employers are getting strict about web access, blocking employees from reading their favorite blogs and sites — even while they’re on a break or at lunch.

But your boss can’t control what you read on your Kindle. And Amazon makes it easy for bloggers to create Kindle blog editions, allowing fans to bypass their bosses and keep up with their reading.

That brings me to my latest limerick:

Fighting Firewalls With Kindle Blogs
By Madeleine Begun Kane

You’re at work, but on break — want to read.
But your boss did a dastardly deed:
Your fav’rites are blocked.
Your net access is locked.
But he can’t stop a Kindle blog feed.

My News: I’ve created Kindle versions of both my blogs. So if you’d like to read this political satire blog on your Kindle device, you can subscribe right here. And if you’d like to read my other general humor blog on your Kindle reader you can subscribe right here.

Attention Fellow Bloggers: Want to know how to publish your own blog on Amazon Kindle? Amazon makes it pretty easy and has a helpful Kindle Blog FAQ here. You can also find some useful info over at Mashable and some Kindle badges and icons here.

Warning: Reading blogs on Kindle isn’t free, except for the 14-day free trial for each blog. Monthly Kindle blog subscription fees are controlled by Amazon and priced at either $0.99 per month or $1.99 per month. Moreover, only 30% of the revenue goes to the blogger.

And Now For The Sales Pitch: Each of my two blogs is priced at $0.99 per month.

So if you’re a Kindle owner, I hope you’ll give the Kindle versions of this political humor blog and/or my other general humor blog a try.

Now Playing On My Other Blog

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

If you’d like a break from politics, my other (general humor) blog has a pair of limericks about the Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, NBC controversy and about Simon Cowell’s decision to leave American Idol.

It’s Either Whining … Or Wine

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

I’m so disheartened over the health care bill, that I’m just not in the mood to write about politics. But I did post my humor column about wine snobs on my other blog. And it’s a lot less whiny than my political post would be.

Stormy Verse

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

I don’t always make fun of politicians. I sometimes mock weathermen.

And no, heavy snow storms don’t turn global warming into a myth.

(The link goes to my other blog, where I post my non-political humor.)

Public Figures Behaving Badly

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Here’s the transcript of the Joe Wilson (R-SC) Congressional Resolution that would reprimand him for his “You lie!” outburst at Obama during last week’s joint session of Congress.

And speaking of badly behaved public figures, I’ve written an Ode To Incivility on my other blog. It features the 3 W’s — Joe Wilson, Kanye West, and Serena Williams.

UPDATE: The Resolution rebuking Joe Wilson passed 240 to 179. Called a “resolution of disapproval,” it was supported by only seven Republicans and opposed by twelve Democrats.

Happy Birthday To Me

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Friday, September 11th was my birthday — one of those traumatizing, ends-with-zero birthdays. So I told my husband Mark that, unless he wanted me to be a basket case on nine-eleven, he’d better plan something good.

So, did Mark rise to the occasion? He sure did, as I describe in this three-verse limerick:

Happy Birthday To Me
By Madeleine Begun Kane

My nine-one-one birthday was great!
Hubby Mark planned a fabulous date:
God of Carnage — fine play —
Four fab stars on Broadway.
Yes, I married a wonderful mate.

The play featured James Gandolfini,
Who did not play a mafia meanie.
Hope Davis starred too
And Jeff Daniels. Woo Hoo!
Marcia Harden’s the fourth. Creds ain’t teeny.

We dined on gourmet Mex cuisine:
Toloache’s the best I have seen.
And we drank and we danced
At two bars. Age advanced?
Well, perhaps … but I felt sweet sixteen.

(Cross-posted on my non-political humor blog.)

Laughing Matters

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Every so often, one of my essays ends up in a college textbook. It’s a delightful honor, of course. But I’m always just a bit freaked out by the thought of someone writing an essay analyzing one of my essays.

My latest textbook appearance is in Laughing Matters, a “comic rhetoric” textbook by Stanford University’s Marvin Diogenes. It’s a great book, and I’m really proud to have a humor column (actually a satirical music lesson contract between parents and child) included in the “forensic rhetoric” section, along with pieces by Chekhov, Benjamin Franklin, and Ian Frazier.

And happily, it’s NOT a what-not-to-do example.

1996 Humor Column About Underwear Shopping With My Mom

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Thanks to all of you for your kind emails, comments, and Twitter tweets about my mother’s death. I really appreciate it!

In my mother’s honor, I’m posting a 1996 humor column she inspired during happier (and funnier) times:

Secret Shopper
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“I’m not going in there. No way. Forget it.”

My seventy-something mother’s stance was as rigid as her words; arms folded across her chest, unyielding legs pointed away from the shop I’d just suggested.

She and I had spent the entire afternoon combing through three department stores for the definitive pair of panties. Or at least my mom’s idea of same. This illusive undergarment had to be loose, comfortable, 100% cotton, and totally devoid of lace. And that was just for starters. It also had to completely cover my mother’s hips and come in a large size, the exact number of which she resolutely refused to disclose. … (Secret Shopper is continued here.)

Vetting My Relatives (Haiku)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

My mother-in-law
Thinks Obama is Muslim —
Likes McCain.  Oy vey!

Recently On My Other (Non-Political Humor) Blog

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Here’s what you’ve missed lately, if you haven’t been reading my other blog:

* No Butt-Cams For Me — No Ifs, Ands, Or Buts

* Bulletproof Backpacks … In Case Your Kid’s Classmate Is Packing

* This Doesn’t Pass The Smell Test


And now some links, for your reading (and viewing) pleasure:
* Political Cartoons of the Week
* Administration, Trying To Protect GOP, Seeks Funding Cuts For Airport Bathroom Security
* Carnival of the Insanities
* Carnival Of Satire
* Blog Carnival of Observations On Life
* This Is Not My Country
* Carnival of Political Punditry [tags]Miscellaneous Humor[/tags]

Recently On My Other Blog

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

If you haven’t been reading my other blog, here’s some of what you’ve been missing:

* The Five-Second What???
* Reviewing The Reviewers
* May I Please Have Your Paw In Marriage?
* Pity The Poor Lawyer
* A Modest Dating Proposal For Anxious Guys
* Money Limerick Writing Contest Results
* Cashing In With Doggie Da Vincis
* Fantasy “Dear Editor” Letter
* An Arresting Affair
* A Lamb On The Lam
* Yoga For What???
* Chance Meeting (Wedding Anniversary Limerick) 


And now some links, for your reading (and listening) pleasure:
* Dick Cheney, President, sung by The Now Show’s Mitch Benn, courtesy of OneGoodMove
* Rudy Demands Equal Time For ‘Cleavage Coverage”
* This Is Not My Country
* Carnival of the Liberals
* Carnival of Principled Government
* Carnival of the Decline of Democracy
* Carnival of Political Punditry [tags]General Humor, Non-Political Humor, Linking Love[/tags] 

Recently On My Other (Non-Political Humor) Blog

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Here’s what I’ve posted recently on my other (non-political humor) blog:
* That Errant List
* Taxing Times
* Ode To Unselfishness
* Form 1040 Blues
* It’s Not That I Don’t Like Movies, But…
* Chafing At Chick
* A Spam Filter That Really Works Would Be Nice
A Rueful Rhyme
* Boot-Licked
* Collegiate Conversation
* Belated Apology
* Stop Yelling!!!!!!!!
* Musical Faux Pas  [tags]Limerick Humor, Tax Limerick, Musical Limerick, Spam Humor, Collegiate Application Humor, Apologies, List Humor, Sexist Humor[/tags]