Tongue-In-Cheek: July 2007: Archives

July 29, 2007

The Daily Show: Making Sense Of Our Iraq Policy? genre: Tongue-In-Cheek & Video-Philes

The Daily Show attempts to make sense of the latest rhetoric coming from the Bush administration with regards to staying in Iraq. Before the segment is over, Stewart points to the many contradictions and finally concludes that the task of understanding why we remain in Iraq may be unachievable. I'm right there with him.

Tagged as: al Qaeda, George Bush, Iraq, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

Daniel DiRito | July 29, 2007 | 1:52 PM | link | Comments (0)
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July 24, 2007

Bill Maher HBO Special: The Decider (Adult Content) genre: Tongue-In-Cheek & Video-Philes

The following four video clips are the second part of a two part posting of Bill Maher's HBO special, The Decider, which aired this past weekend. The first part can be found here.

As you may be able to tell from the title of the special, Maher's focus is on President Bush who fashions himself as "The Decider"...and Maher wastes no time dissecting and eviscerating George Bush and all that he represents.

Maher covers a wide range of topics including religion, sex, politics, gay marriage, drugs, and much more. Anyone that enjoys Maher's humor shouldn't miss this performance.

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

Part Eight

Tagged as: Bill Maher, George Bush, HBO, The Decider

Daniel DiRito | July 24, 2007 | 9:56 PM | link | Comments (6)
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Bill Maher HBO Special: The Decider (Adult Content) genre: Tongue-In-Cheek & Video-Philes

Bill Maher's HBO special, The Decider, aired this past weekend. As you may be able to tell from the title of the special, Maher's focus is on President Bush...and he wastes no time dissecting and eviscerating George Bush and all that he represents.

Maher covers a wide range of topics including religion, sex, politics, gay marriage, drugs, and much more. Anyone that enjoys Maher's humor shouldn't miss this performance.

The following four video clips are the first part of a two part posting. The second posting will follow later this evening.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Tagged as: Bill Maher, George Bush, HBO, The Decider

Daniel DiRito | July 24, 2007 | 9:22 PM | link | Comments (0)
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George W. Bush's Top Ten Reasons To Stay In Iraq genre: Polispeak & Six Degrees of Speculation & Tongue-In-Cheek

Top Ten

As I read today’s New York Times article on the most recent Bush administration plan for a do-over in Iraq, I found myself wondering if I could think of other events in history that had an equivalent “You’ve got to be kidding me" factor. According to the report, high level officials are working on a plan that envisions a strong U.S. presence in Iraq until at least 2009.

This new strategy focuses upon securing Baghdad in order to provide Iraq’s shaky government the “breathing space they need to try political reconciliation"…an idea that I’m still attempting to comprehend. Does this mean that Iraq’s politicians are afraid to meet with each other because the streets of Baghdad are too threatening? The Times explains the plan as follows:

The plan envisions two phases. The “near-term" goal is to achieve “localized security" in Baghdad and other areas no later than June 2008. It envisions encouraging political accommodations at the local level, including with former insurgents, while pressing Iraq’s leaders to make headway on their program of national reconciliation.

The “intermediate" goal is to stitch together such local arrangements to establish a broader sense of security on a nationwide basis no later than June 2009.

“The coalition, in partnership with the government of Iraq, employs integrated political, security, economic and diplomatic means, to help the people of Iraq achieve sustainable security by the summer of 2009," a summary of the campaign plan states.

I have to hand it to those crafting this new plan…they have mastered the art of doublespeak, nuance, and innuendo…such that it is virtually impossible to understand the actual actions to be executed.

Perhaps the Bush administration has concluded that numbers and catchy names for the latest assault or the next surge have done little more than lead to overwhelming skepticism. I guess if you can devise a plan that defies description or understanding, you cannot be held accountable since it would be impossible to measure its effectiveness.

With that in mind, I decided absurdity was the order of the day. The following is my own list of the top ten reasons George Bush is determined to stay in Iraq.

Number 10:

John McCain would have nothing to talk about on the campaign trail.

Number 9:

What would he do with the 10 billion dollars a month we’re spending on the war?

Number 8:

Dick Cheney would have nothing to do.

Number 7:

Clinton be damned, there is no way he’s turning the presidency over to his successor in the same state he found it.

Number 6:

Osama bin Laden hates his oasis in Pakistan and can’t wait to relocate to beautiful downtown Baghdad.

Number 5:

He’s not quitting until he finds a general that enjoys being his puppet and having GWB’s hand shoved up his behind.

Number 4:

There’s no way he’s leaving Iraq until his daddy admits that junior knows best.

Number 3:

Iraq’s new government needs someone to run the country while they are on vacation.

Number 2:

Until his direct line to god is reconnected, he wouldn’t feel right acting on his own.

Number 1:

The doctors who performed a colonoscopy on the President were unable to locate his head while examining his ass.

Tagged as: Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Iraq, John McCain, Top Ten

Daniel DiRito | July 24, 2007 | 12:29 PM | link | Comments (0)
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July 19, 2007

The Colbert Report: The Word On Senator Vitter genre: Tongue-In-Cheek & Video-Philes

In Stephen Colbert's most recent segment of The Word, he discusses the sex scandal surrounding Louisiana Senator David Vitter and his links to a Washington DC prostitution service. Colbert coins the term "victimcrite" to describe the Democrats willingness to exploit the scandal. As usual, Colbert is on the mark.

The Word - Victimcrite

Daniel DiRito | July 19, 2007 | 1:47 PM | link | Comments (0)
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The Daily Show On Recent Headline Topics genre: Hip-Gnosis & Tongue-In-Cheek & Video-Philes

Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee cover the latest headlines with The Daily Show's typical irreverence. In the first clip, Stewart gives the viewer a primer on the appointment of James Holsinger as Surgeon General...including some insight into the plumbing metaphor.

In the second clip, Stewart explains how the Catholic Church's settlement of the sex abuse claims in the Los Angeles Archdiocese will be resolved. Apparently, the money will be distributed based upon an evaluation of the nature of the sexual abuse...or as Stewart suggests, everyone will have to report to the claims adjuster for a determination.

In the final clip, Samantha Bee gives us an update from LA on the reaction to the huge sex abuse settlement. Her report is offered in a format reminiscent of an E! for "entertainment" segment. Her report also includes some "statistical" information on the most popular religions in the Los Angeles area.

Silencing The Surgeon General

Hot & Fathered - Cardinal Mahoney & Sexual Abuse

Samantha Bee On The LA Molestation Settlement

Daniel DiRito | July 19, 2007 | 9:31 AM | link | Comments (0)
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July 14, 2007

Starveillance: Madonna Prepares For Her Tour genre: Tongue-In-Cheek & Video-Philes

The following video clip is from E!'s Starveillance series and it is of Madonna preparing for her Confessions tour. Even though it is meant to poke fun at Madonna, I think it's pretty funny.

From Wikipedia:

Starveillance is a claymation television series created by Celebrity Deathmatch creator Eric Fogel that debuted on January 5, 2007 on E!. The show is produced by Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee Studio.

he show parodies celebrity situations through stop-motion animation. The show is hosted by Glen and Corey, who hid video cameras all over the world to tape celebrities in their private moments.

Daniel DiRito | July 14, 2007 | 9:23 AM | link | Comments (0)
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