Friday, October 22, 2010

Oh, Sweet Friday (haugh to laugh) Politics and ROCK Stars then and now:

A primary way to balance hurt or anger is laughter. Don't lose your kid self, get silly sometime.

Rock stars: Then and NOW pretty fun HERE

ozzy then and now

invisible champagne for you

rock paper scissors

vegan cat

cat dressed up   in a cat suit

Don't jUMP TO ASSUMPtions
 A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years.

They had shared everything. They had talked about everything.
They had kept no secrets from each other except that
the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet
that she had cautioned her husband never to open
or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about
the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick
and the doctor said she would not recover.
In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took
down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.
She agreed that it was time that he should know
what was in the box.
When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls
and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents.
"When we were to be married," she said,
"my grandmother told me the secret of a
happy marriage was to never argue.
She told me that if I ever got angry with you,
I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved;
he had to fight back tears.

Only two precious dolls were in the box.
She had only been angry with him two times
in all those years of living and loving.
He almost burst with happiness.
"Honey," he said,
"that explains the doll,
but what about all of this money?

Where did it come from?"
"Oh," she said,
"that's the money I made from selling the dolls."

The Pope took a couple of days off to visit the mountains of Alaska for some sight-seeing. He was cruising along the campground in the Pope mobile when there was a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods. A helpless Democrat, wearing sandals, shorts, a "Save the Whales" hat, and a "To Hell with Bush" T-shirt, was screaming while struggling frantically, thrashing around trying to free himself from the grasp of a 10 foot grizzly.

As the Pope watched horrified, a group of Republican loggers came racing up. One quickly fired a .44 magnum into the bear's chest... The other two reached up and pulled the bleeding, semiconscious Democrat from the bear's grasp. Then using long clubs, the three loggers finished off the bear and two of them threw it onto the bed of their truck while the other tenderly placed the injured Democrat in the back seat.
As they prepared to leave, the Pope summoned them to come over. "I give you my blessing for your brave actions!" he told them. "I heard there was a bitter hatred between Republican loggers and Democratic Environmental activists but now I've seen with my own eyes that this is not true."
As the Pope drove off, one of the loggers asked his buddies "Who was that guy?" "It was the Pope," another replied. "He's in direct contact with heaven and has access to all wisdom." "Well," the logger said, "he may have access to all wisdom but he sure doesn't know anything about bear hunting! By the way, is the bait holding up, or do we need to go back to Massachusetts and snatch another one?

grace slick then and now-- life moves on; beauty is inside
grace looks WAY happier and more graceful than the male rock stars did...
A commenter took me to task for the above joke, saying it might provoke violence.
then- asked me to remove the comment,
but- the joke is offensive to both "sides"  and i think it an interesting study in what makes something funny or offensive to different folks. I replied to the commenter that i would explore it further, with another joke:

Here is the joke:
The first time this joke went around, it went like this:

Donald Rumsfeld is giving President Bush his morning briefing.
He tells the President that among other violence around the world, three Brazilian
soldiers were killed. The President says, "Oh, God Help Us! That’s horrible." The staff in the office is somewhat taken aback at the President's atypical expression of emotion as they watch him put his head in his hands. The President, visibly shaken, asks, "Just how many is a brazillion?"
Just another joke about President Bush's intelligence level. There were a LOT of them!!

Just last week, a coworker saw this version:
""The Dept of Defense briefed the president this morning. They told President Obama that 2 Brazilian soldiers were killed in Iraq .. To everyone's surprise, all the color drained from Obama's face. Then he collapsed onto his desk, head in his hands, visibly shaken, almost in tears. Finally, he composed himself and asked, 'Just how many is a brazilian?' This is not surprising, since he obviously has no understanding of billion or trillion either. ""

But-- the first one is funny-- making fun of the intelligence level of the president was widespread, he even did it to himself. The second version, i think, is not funny, but more of a snarky way to poke at the spending policies of President Obama's administration.

Humor is a tool.
Here is one that seems to provoke VIOLENCE against then-President Bush.
But, the humorous twist in it makes one laugh, even if one is in one's heart, nonviolent. is it ok to laugh at violence if one wants to be nonviolent?

A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the freeway. Nothing is moving. Suddenly a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down his window and asks, "What happened?" "Terrorists kidnapped President Bush and are asking for a $10 million ransom. Otherwise they are going to douse him with gasoline and set him on fire.  We are going from car to car to take up a collection."   The driver asks, "How much is everyone giving on average?"  "About a gallon."

So, the funny twist, the way a joke works is almost always a little offensive to someone.
Not always. I myself collect "non-offensive" jokes to use in presentations. But i am not afraid to laugh at both sides, when a joke is clever. maybe it is wrong to promote anything which is mean or violent?
Is it? i'm sure this is offensive to some, just silly/funny to me HERE
Thank you for commenting.
FREE SPEECH BABY i will not delete your (non-obscene) comment.
this pic, during the campaign, was funny because he might push his opponent onto the tracks! stupid, violent, unlikely, and makes people laugh- are we just twisted?
is Bush as hitler ok?
how far can people go in using humor for political ends?
what is mean, what is violent, what spurs hatred, what should be BANNED?
or must we all bear the use of humor we do not like?
or is it for money?


what is free speech?

I think it important to see what humor people are using.
I collect it.
i think it is a HUGE window into our psyche.
The Late Great Professor Leon Rappoport wrote a book on humor:

LEON RAPPOPORT, Punchlines: The case for racial, ethnic, and gender humor
Language in Society (2007), 36: 808-809 Cambridge University Press doi: 10.1017/S0047404507070844 (About doi) Published online by Cambridge University Press 17 Oct 2007

Did this came out during the BUSH administration or Obama Adminstration?
Perahps the 'TWO Sides" are really one?
Personal versus policy attcks?

and thenow famous:


(head exploding type of violence) HERE


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  2. Sorry to offend-- i actually thought this joke was more damning to the side you are defending (than to the other)-- but mainly thought this was the mildest of all the polital anger out there. for the record- this was forwarded to me my beautifully progressive friend on the coast, and because it is mildly offensive all 'round, i thought i'd post it as an example of the politics of the day. I cannot see, in this age of wicked filthy murderous pornographic sadistic humor, that this might increase the divide.
    But i do not like to be hurtful. Perhaps i will add another joke and make it worse...

  3. OK i updated the post above to address your comment.

  4. Is this funny, both to athesist and "believers"?
    Walking through the forest, an atheist hears a rustling in the bushes. Turning, he sees a massive grizzly charging towards him! He runs as fast as he can but trips over a stump and falls. As the bear raises a huge paw to strike, the atheist screams: "God! Help me!"

    Time freezes. The bear becomes immobile, the forest is silent, and the river stops running. Then the atheist hears a powerful voice: "You have denied my existence for years, taught others I don't exist and credited my creation to a cosmic accident. Why should I help you?"

    "It would be hypocritical to ask you to show mercy on me," the atheist agrees. "But perhaps you could make the bear a Christian?"

    At that, the noise of the forest resumes, the river runs, and the bear drops to its knees, brings its paws together, and says, "Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful."