Posts Tagged ‘irony’

Oh, the Irony

March 9, 2011

U.S. Representative Peter King, terrorist:

[From the New York Times] For Representative Peter T. King, as he seizes the national spotlight this week with a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims, it is the most awkward of résumé entries. Long before he became an outspoken voice in Congress about the threat from terrorism, he was a fervent supporter of a terrorist group, the Irish Republican Army.

. . .  A judge in Belfast threw him out of an I.R.A. murder trial, calling him an “obvious collaborator,” said Ed Moloney, an Irish journalist and author of “A Secret History of the I.R.A.” In 1984, Mr. King complained that the Secret Service had investigated him as a “security risk,” Mr. Moloney said.

I wonder how much money he’s either directly or indirectly helped send to those murderous thugs. That might be worthy of an investigation — more so than anything this treacherous weasel is currently grandstanding.

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Ironic Quote of the Day

November 3, 2010

“Government does not create jobs.”

— Rand Paul, immediately upon finding out he landed a cushy government job.

New Pornographers Concert Cancelled Due to Stupidity

September 14, 2010

Calvin College, a Christian institution of higher learning in Michigan, has announced that a scheduled show on campus by indie rock band New Pornographers has been cancelled for no other reason than the band’s name.

Calvin College’s press release, located here, is surprisingly ballsy, saying:

Regrettably, Calvin College has decided to rescind its invitation to the band . . .   After weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band’s name was impossible to explain to many [my italics]. The band’s name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography. Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography . . .  We regret the message we have sent to the band and their fans with this cancellation, and any confusion this has caused generally. We have been in contact with the band to explain this regret and the breakdown in our own processes that led us to first invite them and then withdraw that invitation.

I love that the school is essentially admitting that a significant subset of its constituency has turned out to be too stupid to grasp the concept of irony, and that Calvin has called out that constituency for refusing to change its mistaken opinions despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. As a result, the school has found it necessary to apologize to the band and its fans for the influence of those deliberately mistaken many in its decision-making.

Note that there’s no apology at all from Calvin College for inviting the band in the first place to those who still mistakenly associate the band with pornography, and that the school continually points out in the release that those who keep doing so are, in fact, wrong.

There’s a broader — and quite ironic — lesson in here somewhere . . .

“Health Department Sickened By Own Christmas Party”

December 22, 2008

The irony is delicious. The same can’t be said for the offending ham, though.

Marketing, Meet Reality. Reality, Marketing.

September 15, 2008

I have a confession to make: I love watching the financial news networks. The reason for this is simple. They are the most consistently fecund sources of unintentional comedy on television.

Northern Rock version 2.0. Apparently putting one's corporate logo on the kit of a football club with "United" in its name makes one's company go kerflooey.

Northern Rock version 2.0. Apparently putting your company's logo on the kit of a football club with "United" in its name makes said company go kerflooey.

Take, for instance, this morning when I turned on CNBC for a five-minute snippet. Commercials were airing when I switched on the tube. A commercial came on for AIG, trumpeting the company’s slogan, “The strength to be there.” This was immediately followed by the channel’s continuing coverage of the AIG death-watch.

(In a related troubled financial company commercial, Merrill Lynch has run ads for years with its slogan, “Total Merrill,” superimposed atop the image of a bull, which I always took to mean, “Total Bull.”)

But what I love most are the people on such channels who continually stress that unfettered free-market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. They then go on, day after day, year after year, to report news that proves that their belief is in fact true, if by “best path to prosperity” they mean “best path to grossly misallocating horrifying amounts of capital on a terrifyingly regular basis through the consistent application of greed-induced mismanagement.”

Also entertaining are the powerful and wealthy guest contributors who insist that government should get out of the way of all economic activitiy and leave everything (especially everything labor, retirement, health care, energy, or environment-related), to the markets to sort out, unless they happen to be expecting the government to bail out their company’s stupid choices. There’s a lot of that about these days.


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