Thursday, February 13, 2020

How to make a Trumpista laugh. How to get busted for kindness. And how to speak out of both sides of your mouth and be Attorney General at the same time.

Where CNN viewers prefer to find their humor vs. where Fox News
viewers find their favorite yacks. (Or, Bill Maher vs. the Three Stooges.)
Source: an e-mail from Ad Age Datacenter, dated Feb. 11, 2020.
Proof that America is broken in half. The trade newspaper Advertising Age recently reported on a new study conducted by a group called Inscape. The study reveals the comedy preferences of CNN viewers vs. Fox News Viewers. It’s terrifying. 

CNN viewers get their laughs from the likes of Bill Maher, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, and Samantha Bee. Meanwhile, the Fox news crowd slaps its knees at “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” Tom and Jerry cartoons, The Three Stooges, and Looney Toons, among the prime examples. It all somehow echoes a line from the "Network," movie written by Paddy Chayefsky.  "She learned about life from Bugs Bunny." Ditto, evidently, Trump followers and other aficionados of Fox News. 

Is there any overlap? Yeah, a little. Conanan and Jimmy Fallon draw significant numbers of fans from both crowds, as do a piddling puddle of others. See the Venn diagram above. Then, dig a very deep hole, climb in, and pull in the soil after you.

“Whosoever shall take pity and give food unto the poor, verily he shall be thrown in the slammer.” — City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sorry to get around to this a bit on the late side, but in case you missed it, I thought you ought to know that Fort Lauderdale solved the homeless problem. They've done it by outlawing anything that will help people who can no longer afford a roof over their heads to stay alive. In January, the city announced that people in its confines are restricted from activities that include food sharing and engaging in other “life sustaining activities.” 

The so-called “Right to Life” crowd has been curiously silent about this, even after the city busted a 90-year old man for leading a group of volunteers that handed out more than 100 plates of hot chicken stew, pasta, potatoes and fruit salad to homeless people. 
The volunteers are part of a Love Thy Neighbor charity. 

Next time somebody withholds birth control from his employees on the grounds of “freedom of religion” but acquiesces to jailing people daring to “love thy neighbor” by feeding the hungry, punch that damn hypocrite in the nose. 

The marvelous machinations of two-faced Mr. Barr. Hardly a blink and a hiccup after administration toady and Attorney General William P. Barr triggered the withdrawal of four prosecutors from the Roger Stone case by countermanding their recommendation that the convicted felon go to prison for seven to nine years, Barr rebuked the president. He claims that Trump pressured him to do it. And you know how Barr wilts under pressure, the poor baby! 

Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department make it “impossible for me to do my job,” said Barr. Not that he said he’s planning to resign or anything like that, alas. 

Thus Barr became the first U.S. Attorney General in recent memory to eat his cake and have it, too. If he can teach that trick to the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, maybe the people who feed them will be impervious to arrest.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That Florida story about criminalizing basic decency is just jaw-dropping. How is that possible? What is the reasoning behind it? Jeez-a-loo.

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