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Tue Oct 10, 2017, 08:52 AM

Satire was officially declared dead at approximately 8:50 Eastern time this morning.

The cause of death was listed as the fact that the individual who on Twitter referred to a sitting US Senator as "Liddle Bob Corker" was not actually a poorly disciplined eight year old boy on the playground somewhere, but rather someone who had purportedly been sworn in as President of the United States this past January.

Satire had been on life support since earlier in the morning, where the fact that the President of the United States had challenged his own Secretary of State to an IQ test was not something that was reported by The Onion or the New Yorker's Andy Borowitz, but rather as something that actually and honest to God really had taken place.
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Reply Satire was officially declared dead at approximately 8:50 Eastern time this morning. (Original post)
Tommy_Carcetti Oct 2017 OP
ProfessorGAC Oct 2017 #1
leftstreet Oct 2017 #2
brush Oct 2017 #16
Dark n Stormy Knight Oct 2017 #36
NightWatcher Oct 2017 #3
tymorial Oct 2017 #5
uponit7771 Oct 2017 #11
genxlib Oct 2017 #4
spanone Oct 2017 #6
wryter2000 Oct 2017 #7
csziggy Oct 2017 #12
wryter2000 Oct 2017 #14
csziggy Oct 2017 #15
L. Coyote Oct 2017 #8
Tommy_Carcetti Oct 2017 #9
njcpa1978 Oct 2017 #39
Scarsdale Oct 2017 #10
Tribalceltic Oct 2017 #13
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 2017 #17
Tommy_Carcetti Oct 2017 #20
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 2017 #27
njcpa1978 Oct 2017 #40
steve2470 Oct 2017 #18
steve2470 Oct 2017 #19
Dave Starsky Oct 2017 #23
tclambert Oct 2017 #28
Ilsa Oct 2017 #37
NastyRiffraff Oct 2017 #21
LAS14 Oct 2017 #22
ButSeeYa Oct 2017 #24
Towlie Oct 2017 #25
vlyons Oct 2017 #26
tclambert Oct 2017 #29
niyad Oct 2017 #30
central scrutinizer Oct 2017 #35
orangecrush Oct 2017 #31
Martin Eden Oct 2017 #32
DFW Oct 2017 #33
keithbvadu2 Oct 2017 #34
SergeStorms Oct 2017 #38
L. Coyote Oct 2017 #41

Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 08:54 AM

1. Nice One, Tommy!

Rec'd

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 08:54 AM

2. I wake up and find we're still in Trumplandia

ugh

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:54 AM

16. Is that what it is? Thought I'd gotten a hold of some bad acid and this weird trip would never end.

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Response to brush (Reply #16)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 05:16 PM

36. I believe bad acid can only cause permanent, irreparable harm when it triggers

serious underlying mental health issues.

Yeah, Trump is the bad acid and he's triggered America's serious underlying mental health issues. So, it's quite possible this bad trip will not end.

I just hope someone discovers a cure before it's truly too late.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 08:55 AM

3. This is by far the weirdest acid trip Ive ever been on.

I’m so glad I’ll wake up and be back in 1993 with tix for Lollapalooza this summer.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:13 AM

5. Good year.

Got my driver's license. My friend would still be here. My mother would be my teacher again though. God that sucked.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:29 AM

11. lol

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:12 AM

4. R.I.P. Satire

It was nice knowing you. I am going to miss your ability to cheer me up by showing that things could be more absurd than reality.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:14 AM

6. K&R...

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:16 AM

7. I remember an Onion headline

The Onion Gives Up

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:34 AM

12. That was actually fake news from Daily Kos


The Onion Calls it Quits
By David Harris Gershon
Monday May 27, 2013 · 12:10 AM EST

For nearly 25 years, The Onion has been satirizing American politics and society with unparalleled brilliance. However, the fake news publication – or "America's Finest News Source" – has sadly and stunningly announced that it will cease operations in 2014.

In a press release, The Onion's Editor-In-Chief, Will Tracy, explained what led to the publication's difficult decision:

The Onion has always been recognized as a first-rate satirical publication, making fun of all that is absurd in our socio-political world. However, in today's contemporary political environment, our brand has simply gotten muddled. And I can say with clarity that today's GOP is fully to blame.

[...]

It used to be that political satire was easy. All one had to do was find the absurd buried beneath the surface of a given story and employ satire to highlight that absurdity. To shine a light on it.


<SNIP>

Author's Note:

Yes, I authored this piece, not The Onion -- though if the latter comes calling with a job offer, I have a number in mind.


More: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2013/5/26/1211908/-The-Onion-Calls-it-Quits

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Response to csziggy (Reply #12)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:44 AM

14. Was it?

It was perfect, anyway.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #14)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:53 AM

15. The Onion did do this one

NEWS
6.16.99 Vol 35 Issue 23
Nation's Experts Give Up

WASHINGTON, DC—Citing years of frustration over their advice being misunderstood, misrepresented or simply ignored, America's foremost experts in every field collectively tendered their resignation Monday.

"Despite all our efforts to advise this nation, America still throws out its recyclables, keeps its guns in unlocked cabinets where children have easy access, eats three times as much red meat as is recommended, watches seven hours of TV per day, swims less than 10 minutes after eating, and leaves halogen lights on while unattended," said Dr. Simon Peavy, vice-president of the National Association of Experts. "Since you don't seem to care about things you don't understand, screw you. We quit."

"My final piece of expert advice," Peavy added, "is that all of you people should just go fuck yourselves."

More: http://www.theonion.com/article/nations-experts-give-up-682


Or maybe you were thinking of this:


Maybe in response the New York Times did this one on The Onion just last fall:

How to Satirize This Election? Even the Onion Is Having Trouble

By SARAH LYALLNOV. 4, 2016

CHICAGO — Now that it’s almost over and we’re all thoroughly miserable, is there anything funny left to say about this dreadful election? Even the writers at the satirical website The Onion were struggling the other morning to come up with fresh avenues of amusement.

Lounging around the writers’ room, they listened to the editor in chief, Cole Bolton, read from a list of potential headlines they had submitted for consideration. Some of them were pretty funny – “Trump Tells Supporters Next Stop in Movement Is Buying Luxury Condos,” for instance, and “Clinton Vows Complete Transparency for Remaining 6 Days of Campaign” — but by the end of the meeting, only three out of 48 had been selected as worthy of turning into an item for the site. A kind of comic fatigue seemed to be setting in.

“We feel like we’ve passed every single stage of despair, hopelessness and rage,” Mr. Bolton said. “This last week is just us strafing to find new angles, to put into words how horrible this experience has been.”

It’s not that The Onion, which began as a campus humor magazine at the University of Wisconsin in 1988 and went all-digital at the end of 2013, has not faced dismaying events before. Its specialty is finding satire even in topics seemingly impossible to satirize. “God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule” was its headline for a post-9/11 article in which a despairing God rails at the moronic nature of his creation.

More: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/05/business/media/how-to-satirize-this-election-even-the-onion-is-having-trouble.html


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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:25 AM

8. Satire's corpse will be flown to France for a proper burial. Satire's parents, Derision and Parady,

stated they would not allow their child to be buried in the country that killed her.

Satire is also survived by her sister Irony, niece Post-Irony, and brothers Sarcasm and Paradox. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Democrats.

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:25 AM

9. LOL. nt

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 07:32 AM

39. Cousin Litote

Cousin Litote said 'and it won't be a bad day when their gone'

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:29 AM

10. tRump is an embarasment

to this country. Why does the gop ALWAYS pick the worst candidates for the WH? They like having a puppet in office, but this time Vlad is in charge. Vlad KNOWS tRump is an idiot, so he is making a laughingstock of this country. He gets loads of help from the gop, who also take Russian $$$$. Whoever said "Money is the root of all evil" must have seen the repubs. in action.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:41 AM

13. RIP Satire

My thoughts and Prayers are with you. My best hope is that you are no longer in Pain.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 10:22 AM

17. Trump challenged Tillerson to an IQ test?

That's hilarious.

Even if he could get someone to read him the questions, he'd be like a seven year old with serious hyperactivity, and since none of the questions would involve telling him how great he is, he'd quickly lose interest. Then of course he'd lie about his IQ, and unless part of the challenge would include the actual results, he'd sort of get away with it.

Trump is reasonably bright, but only in a street smart, manipulative way. Not in the things that IQ tests purport to measure.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #17)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 10:28 AM

20. The "Gary Forbes" (most likely Russian bankrolled) Twitter account claimed last year that Trump's IQ

....was in the 99.99% percentile. The scientific basis for that claim was....drumroll....Trump got into Wharton School of Business.

No. Seriously. That was it.
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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #20)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 12:17 PM

27. And Trump actually attended the undergraduate program

at Wharton, which isn't terribly selective in the first place. And despite Trump's boast of graduating first in his class, he didn't.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #27)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 07:34 AM

40. Money not IQ

Dad's money got him in, not answers on a test.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 10:25 AM

18. you must be joking, he actually challenged Tillerson to an IQ test ?

IF he did, he would lose. Easily.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 10:27 AM

19. damn....he actually did

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/iq-test-trump-suggests-he-s-smarter-tillerson-n809346

IQ Test? Trump Suggests He’s Smarter Than Tillerson

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump suggested he's smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview published Tuesday that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should "compare IQ tests."

"And I can tell you who is going to win," Trump said to Forbes magazine.

Trump's tense relationship with Tillerson burst into public view last week. An NBC News story claimed Vice President Mike Pence had to talk Tillerson out of resigning this summer, and that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron."

Tillerson said he never considered resigning, though he didn't directly address the reported insult. His spokeswoman later said he never used such language.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #19)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 10:52 AM

23. Holy shit. He actually did.

If we actually survive this maniac's administration, historians will be talking about it for thousands of years. Right now even Caligula's descendants are breathing a huge sigh of relief that their forebear is no longer the craziest, most incompetent motherfucker who was ever put in charge if a country.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #19)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 12:46 PM

28. He assumes Tillerson would let him win.

'Cause Tillerson is smart enough to know what happens if he wins.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #19)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 09:40 PM

37. Trump believes that because his uncle was a professor at MIT,

then he is smarter than everyone, too, because of genetics.

He talked about IQ a lot on the campaign trail, but I don't recall him ever mentioning a number. I bet he thinks 100 is the highest you can get on an IQ test, like a spelling test.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 10:37 AM

21. Satire, we hardly knew ye

A moment of silence for its passing.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 10:38 AM

22. k & r

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 10:53 AM

24. What fresh hell do we find ourselves in now?

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 11:02 AM

25. "The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 11:12 AM

26. and so unimaginative

How boorish and unimaginative was it to belittle Corker's height? All too easy and predictable. How empty of content was it to ridicule him personally? How stupid is it for a POTUS to punch down? How insecure is Moron to engage in such petty personal insults. He is not a happy man. Happy people do not walk around with a chip on the shoulder and fists up, ready to punch at anyone and everyone. He is pathetic.

When the book is written, I want to know what his father and mother did to him to turn out such a sorry, pathetic, wounded boy. What happened (or didn't happen) to disable Moron to mature beyond the whiney toddler stage?

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Response to vlyons (Reply #26)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 12:50 PM

29. I'm sure they let their disappointment show before they shipped him off to military school.

I suspect Daddy Trump said, "You're a disgrace to the family name, you spoiled little brat! Maybe military school will teach you discipline and humility." (Hint: it didn't.)

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 03:13 PM

30. was it tom lehrer who gave up political satire when kissinger was given a nobel peace prize?

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Response to niyad (Reply #30)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 04:26 PM

35. Yes, satire died then

But like a zombie, the undead satire rose from the grave. But it could not survive these recent attacks. Whether a new un-undead satire reincarnates remains to be seen.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 03:45 PM

31. I don't think

We are going to survive the rest of this term without catastrophe.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 04:09 PM

32. tRump was not taunting Bob Corker ...

... he was proving that Corker's day care comment was correct.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 04:13 PM

33. I am forced to admit

When I heard that Trump had challenged Tillerson to an IQ duel, I was positive, it WAS something by the Onion or Borowitz.'t make this

Now you all know what we mean when we say, "you just can't make this stuff up." If someone HAD made that up, their future as the highest paid writer on the staff of the Colbert show would have been assured.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Oct 10, 2017, 04:15 PM

34. Bob Corker joins a fast-growing list of Trump advisers who infantilize him

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 01:18 AM

38. Trump challenging....

anyone to an IQ test is like Harvey Weinstein challenging Gloria Steinam to a test on women's issues.

In a battle of wits, Trump is completely without ammunition. With the attention span of a three-toed Sloth on Quaaludes, Trump would forget what he was doing and start a twitter war with himself.......and lose!

He does have a supremely overblown opinion of himself, without one single fact to back up any of his fantastic claims of his prowess in any department. The laughing stock of all laughing stocks, Donald Trump doesn't have the brains God gave gravel.

Only a complete fool brags about himself as much as Trumps does. He has absolutely nothing to brag about.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Wed Oct 11, 2017, 09:27 AM

41. It's been over 24 hours. I'm still trying to adjust to "to serve is to kiss ass" is true.

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