Login
Blog
  
ARE WE FULL?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (51 reads)


No, we're not nearly full

Read More
    
NO COLLUSION?
Sunday, March 31, 2019 (100 reads)


No collusion? And what about obstruction?

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
THE SELLING OF HIGHER ED
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (279 reads)


The universities' admissions scam.

Read More (Rating-5.00)
    
WHO'S NOT LYING?
Friday, March 08, 2019 (337 reads)


Who, if anyone, is not lying?

Read More (Rating-5.00)
    
EMERGENCY!!!!
Monday, February 18, 2019 (396 reads)


What's The Emergency?

Read More
    
BREXIT BLUES
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (613 reads)


Almost as bad as us.

Read More
    
SHUT IT DOWN!
Sunday, December 30, 2018 (497 reads)


We're shutting down the government
Said Trump it makes me proud.


Read More (Rating-5.00)
    
MURDER MOST FOUL
Saturday, December 08, 2018 (759 reads)


The Saudis join the 21st century.

Read More
    
THE MID-TERMS
Friday, November 16, 2018 (594 reads)


Definitely a blue wave.

Read More
    
PITTSBURGH
Thursday, November 01, 2018 (870 reads)


And now -- the Jews.

Read More
    
IT'S OVER
Friday, October 12, 2018 (760 reads)


Kavanaugh's appointed -- was there ever any doubt?

Read More (Rating-5.00)
    
WHAT A WEEK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (867 reads)


An incredible week, even by Trump's standard.

Read More
    
RACISM, BRITISH STYLE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (1047 reads)


Both British parties are caught up in charges of racism.

Read More
    
FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (915 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

Read More (Rating-5.00)
    
"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (1066 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (1152 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (1147 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (1257 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (1275 reads)


A quick round-up of world news, mostly bad.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (1385 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (1273 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (1378 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (1495 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (1728 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (1646 reads)


Is the mass murder of children a fit subject for satire?

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (1709 reads)


Already they're claiming he's told a thousand lies.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
SHITHOLERY
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (1750 reads)


Suddenly the word is everywhere.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
STABLE GENIUS
Monday, January 08, 2018 (2097 reads)


It's official: Trump is a stable genius!

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
TAX DEFORM
Monday, December 25, 2017 (2210 reads)


What this country needs -- tax cuts for the rich.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
ALABAMA!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 (2079 reads)


It really happened in Alabama!

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
GROPINGS
Friday, November 24, 2017 (2035 reads)


Sex and politics, again.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
TWO COUPS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 (1985 reads)


Upheaval in Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
THE JIMMY KIMMEL FACTOR
Saturday, October 21, 2017 (2251 reads)


Obamacare and Jimmy Kimmel

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
TILLERSON OR TRUMP?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (2226 reads)


Tillerson v Kim and Trump

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
THE KIM AND DON SHOW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (2256 reads)


What do we do about North Korea?

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
HASSLES OVER HARVEY
Monday, September 04, 2017 (2446 reads)


Angry controversies over Hurricane Harvey.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
EVEN-HANDED?
Friday, August 18, 2017 (2610 reads)


Here's the new, unbiased, fact-driven Trump.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
Weak!
Saturday, August 05, 2017 (2599 reads)


Call him anything -- but don't say he's weak!

Read More (Rating-3.50)
    
I LOVE IT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (2599 reads)


Donald Trump II said he loved it.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (2719 reads)


Trump convened a Cabinet meeting that turned into an extraordinary exhibition of groveling.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
THERESA MAY (NOT)
Sunday, June 11, 2017 (2901 reads)


Theresa May's embarrassment is a further illustration of the fact that the British, too, are making a mess of their politics.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
GROSSER THAN TRUMP?
Friday, June 02, 2017 (2940 reads)


What happened when a comedienne tried to be grosser than Donald Trump.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
HE LOVES THOSE SAUDIS
Monday, May 29, 2017 (2936 reads)


For all his repeated denunciations of Islam, Trump's first presidential trip abroad was to Saudi Arabia.  

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
TRUMP IN TROUBLE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (3025 reads)


Trump is out of the country but not out of trouble.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
WHY ARE THEY TALKING OF WATERGATE?
Sunday, May 14, 2017 (3405 reads)


Suddenly Trump's mention of tapes in the White House has everyone talking about Watergate. 

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
FOREIGN FRIENDS OF TRUMP
Saturday, May 06, 2017 (3087 reads)


High on the list of friends of Trump are the Philippine's Duterte and Turkey's Erdogan.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
100 DAYS: SURVIVING TRUMP
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (3560 reads)


100 days: which is the reality, which the satire?

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
PUTIN, ASSAD, TRUMP
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (3935 reads)


Whatever happened to the Trump-Putin friendship?

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
ROE v WADE: A MODEST PROPOSAL
Monday, March 27, 2017 (3850 reads)


In the Texas legislature a satirical proposal: fines for male masturbation.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
TRUMP ON TRUTH
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (3806 reads)


Does Trump really understand the difference between fact and fantasy?

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
CRAZY?
Monday, February 27, 2017 (4083 reads)


Should we call Trump crazy?

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
MELTING POT? NOT!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (3710 reads)


Trump versus the Constitution.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
INCREDIBLE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (4714 reads)


He's tremendous and incredible, what else can I say

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
THE TRUMP-PUTIN ROMANCE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (4142 reads)


Satirists pounced in the charge that Putin ordered the Democratic Party hacking.

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
SATURDAY NIGHT AND TRUMP
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (4355 reads)


Trump is no longer a fan of Saturday Night Live.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
CASTRO AND THE CIA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (4475 reads)


The CIA's efforts to kill Fidel Castro read like fake news

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
FAKE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (4405 reads)


Lately "fake news" has been in the news.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
HOW? AND WHAT NOW?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (4995 reads)


I just don't understand it, I gave it lots of thought
The pollsters were predicting everything that I had sought.


Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
BREXIT MEANS BREXIT???
Friday, October 28, 2016 (4782 reads)


"Brexit Means Brexit." But what does that mean?

Read More (Rating-3.00)
    
THIS DREADUL CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (5030 reads)


Has it really come to this?

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
BIRTHISM ABANDONED?
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (4603 reads)


It's official! Trump says Obama born in USA!

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
THE PHILIPPINES: A DUTERTE WAR
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (4655 reads)


Even Donald Trump as not as outrageous as the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte.

Read More (Rating-4.33)
    
TRUMP TRUMPS TRUMP
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (4553 reads)


Somehow Trump manages to outdo himself

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
BORIS JOHNSON: TRUMP WITH CLASS
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (5017 reads)


Boris Johnson is a classier version of Donald Trump.

Read More (Rating-4.00)
    
SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (20939 reads)


SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE?  1-18-2011 

The Arizona shooting has added more and more voices to the demand to restore civility to political discourse. Over and over we hear the demand to stop the vitriolic exchange of insults driven by mutual hostility.

What does this mean for political satire? By definition, satire is hostile and offensive. Even Art Buchwald, whose satire was relatively mellow and genial, said “Satire is malicious”.  Holding people up to ridicule is not a friendly act. It doesn’t seem consistent with the proposal to lower the temperature of political discourse. So should satirists now blunt the edge of their wit when commenting on political issues and leaders?



Read More (Rating-3.00)
    

  
Home  ::  Blog  ::  Why Satire Matters  ::  Satirist's Dillema  ::  Offensive Songs  ::  About Len
Skin Designed By Alldnnskins.com