The Watering Hole, Monday, August 4th, 2014: Peculiar Podiatric Political “Humor”

At our office, the content of our ‘Sales’ emailbox is usually comprised of orders, queries, requests for catalogs, etc. Occasionally we still get offers for misspelled Cialis, Viagra, etc., as well as the internet version of the letter from a Nigerian prince. Once in a while, for reasons beyond my comprehension, we get anti-government rants from a group called (I believe) The American Land Rights Association. But last week we got a very unusual (and pretty weird) political email. Here it is in its entirety:

From: Martin Marks []
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:01 AM


Taxed Enough Already

We AIM to PLEASE ……….

GRID LOCK – gov’t waste

If you like your ……..

ILL Eagle - The  Barak Stops Here 01

While none of these made any sense or fell into the category of “humor” such as we understand it, the editor of the Virginia News Source (which touts itself as “Tidewater Virginia’s ONLY source of reality based news. We are professional muckrakers, politically incorrect, and equal opportunity offenders”) absolutely loves them. Here’s an excerpt (I recreated the misspellings, etc.) from the editor’s July 25th blurb about Dr. Footsie:

“I love ‘whack jobs and I connected with him and stuck up a a great relationship nstantly. My kind of person. Of sound mind. Off-beat humorous.

Dr. Footsie has enough of a whacky outlook, and the creative, artistic ability to articulate the wrongs of the world in a delightfully humorous way. That’s not to say that his cartoons aren’t biting. They are. They are effective. In one upcoming cartoon, he depicts Obama in a cartoon entitled “a black eye on America”, combining all that wrong about Obama’s failed presidency. Subtle meanings are hidden throughout his work.”

Well, they certainly fit in with the crap on the Virginia News Source website. They are NOT, however, either “delightful”, nor “subtle”, nor “humorous”, at least in MY opinion. Don’t quit your day job, “Dr. Footsie.”

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80 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, August 4th, 2014: Peculiar Podiatric Political “Humor”

  1. That was about as funny as a Carrot Top routine and made less sense than anything ever said by Sarah Palin.
    I am now very confused.
    I’ll drink a quart of coffee and try again later.

  2. Using words such as “Obama’s failed presidency” tells me all I need to know about the “thinking” implicit in Dr. Footsie’s “ability to articulate the wrongs of the world . . .”. If, indeed, Obama’s presidency is ever ultimately judged to be a failure, such failure has little or nothing to do with Obama’s ideas, his ideals, or his agenda. It simply serves as a vivid illustration of the undercurrents of obstruction/destruction that are available to those who, from the onset, sought not to dedicate themselves to advancing the quality of life of ‘we the people’, but who instead offered themselves on the altar of service to those who seek only wealth, more wealth, and the power therein implicit. “Obama’s failed presidency” is not Obama’s failure, it is instead a national failure brought forth by the always vibrant motif of Fascist ideals and ideas, blended with numerous constitutional loopholes along with the always accessible ignorance and ‘fear’ that defines an ever-increasing percentage of the vox populi.

    Obama as President hasn’t failed. America as a nation has failed. As Robert Burns noted a couple of centuries ago, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.”

    • I agree with your assessment frugalchariot.
      Another ‘failed presidency’ comes to mind, and not a failure because the President failed; but for all the same reasons you have just spelled out…

      “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”
      President John F. Kennedy

        • In another decade or so the truth about who murdered President Kennedy could be let out in its entirety… Americans would look up, say “Huh?” and go back to squinting at their ‘smart’ phones.

  3. HuffPo headlines:
    ‘The First Time, She Called An Ambulance For Her Son. The Second Time, She Used A Pillow.’

    then a different post, one under that:

    ‘Your Pillow Is Disgusting’

  4. Judge: Alabama Abortion Clinic Law Unconstitutional

    A federal judge says an Alabama law restricting abortion doctors is unconstitutional.

    U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that state lawmakers exceeded their authority when they passed a law last year requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges.

    Thompson says he will block enforcement of the law temporarily. He’s asking attorneys for additional information before issuing a final order.

    Thompson’s decision comes days after a federal appeals court blocked a similar law in Mississippi.

    Sanity overrules zealotry.

  5. The Poet’s Dream

    ON a Poet’s lips I slept,
    Dreaming like a love-adept
    In the sound his breathing kept;
    Nor seeks nor finds he mortal blisses,
    But feeds on the aerial kisses
    Of shapes that haunt Thought’s wildernesses.
    He will watch from dawn to gloom
    The lake-reflected sun illume
    The yellow bees in the ivy-bloom,
    Nor heed nor see what things they be—
    But from these create he can
    Forms more real than living man,
    Nurslings of Immortality!

    • I met a traveller from an antique land
      Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
      Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
      Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
      And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
      Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
      Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
      The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
      And on the pedestal these words appear —
      “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
      Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
      Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.

      For some odd reason, that poem these days always reminds me of Dick Cheney.

      • Thanks frugal, for the poem. It’s not an odd reason it reminds you of Cheney’s archetype; it’s real, has all been done before, and was written to describe a particular perpetual folly of intelligent ( or a least sentient) life.

    • I had trouble with this diagram. I think I finally figured out that the platypus is playing some kind of hybrid guitar/keyboard, hence the morph between beaver and duck. At first it didn’t make sense, there’s no drums in this trio. Ducks cannot play a keyboard. Honestly, think about it. They do drums well enough, but not the keys.
      There might be a better Venn diagram out there…

  6. EVERYBODY PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    • As a youngster in the early 60’s I lived in Connecticut, there were several rivers which looked exactly like this from bank to bank, no one could swim or even boat on them, they were cleaned up by the late seventies.

      “… and farther below Lake Ontario
      takes in what Lake Erie can send her…”
      Gordon Lightfoot, ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’.

      • Lil’ Stevie can’t afford to pass up an opportunity to sound crazier than Gomer or he might not ascend to Batscat Bachmann’s position of craziest member of Congress.

        • BattyBachmann:

          Michele Bachmann: Tax immigrants at 100% to stop them from sending money to families

          The compassion oozes from the Repugnant Party.

          • And that from a devoted Christian Christer lady. You’d think she’d be far more anxious to throw the freakin’ moneychangers out of the “temple,” confiscate their cash and use it to feed the hungry. But no.

            Hmmh. Never occurred to me before, but maybe Obama ain’t the anti-Christ ’cause Batshit is???

    • Self-serving S.O.B. Implying that all brown people entering the U.S. are drug smugglers.
      He understands nothing, has no compassion, an idiots idiot!

  7. (interpretation: we’re doing the “we’ve been caught dance”)

    San Jose police: We regret secrecy over drone

    San Jose police leaders said Tuesday that they “should have done a better job of communicating” with the public about their recent purchase of a drone.

    Officials released a statement a week after they came under fire from civil rights activists for not informing the public of the device either before or after its purchase in January. On Tuesday, the department said it will create a community outreach plan before deploying the unmanned aircraft. …

  8. MSNBC Reporter Accidentally Claims Obama ‘Is From Kenya’

    MSNBC reporter Chris Jansing claimed President Barack Obama’s keen interest in this week’s African leadership summit stems from the fact that “he’s from Kenya” — an assertion that took over ten minutes for her to reverse. Jansing spoke to MSNBC’s Joy Reid about the ongoing meeting of American and African leaders in Washington D.C.

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