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  • Funny or Not?

    Is the following joke funny or not? Personally, I think it's both disingenuous and derisive. Vote and/ or post your thoughts!

    Subject: Twenty-one Ways to Be a Good Modern Day

    Democrat:

    1). You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread

    by a lack of federal funding.

    2). You have to believe that the same teacher who
    can't teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow
    qualified to teach those same kids about sex.

    3). You have to believe that guns in the hands of
    law-bidding Americans are more of a threat than U.S.
    nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese and
    North Korean communists.

    4). You have to believe that there was no art before
    Federal funding.

    5). You have to believe that global temperatures are
    less affected by cyclical documented changes in the
    earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms
    driving SUV's.

    6) You have to believe that gender roles are
    artificial but being homosexual is natural.

    7). You have to be against capital punishment, but
    support abortion on demand.

    8). You have to believe that businesses create
    oppression and governments create prosperity.

    9). You have to believe that hunters don't care about
    nature, but loony activists who have never been
    outside of San Francisco do.

    10).You have to believe that self-esteem is more
    important than actually doing something to earn it.

    11). You have to believe that the military, not
    corrupt politicians start wars.

    12). You have to believe the NRA is bad because it
    supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the
    ACLU is good because it supports certai! n parts of
    the Constitution.

    13). You have to believe that taxes are too low, but
    ATM fees are too high.

    14). You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and
    Gloria Steinem are more important to American history
    than Thomas Jefferson, Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Thomas Edison.

    15). You have to believe that standardized tests are
    racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.

    16). You have to believe that Hillary Clinton is
    normal and is a very nice person.

    17). You have to believe that the only reason
    socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried is
    because the right people haven't been in charge.

    18). You have to believe conservatives telling the
    truth belong in jail, but a liar and a sex offender
    belonged in the White House.

    19). You have to believe that homosexual parades
    displaying drag, transvestites, and bestiality should
    be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at
    Christmas should be illegal

    20)! . You have to believe that illegal Democratic
    Party funding by the Chinese government is somehow in
    the best interest to the United States.

    21). You have to believe that this message is a part
    of a vast, right wing conspiracy.

  • #2
    Republican :

    1. You have to believe that socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried.

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    • #3
      Other (please explain)

      Mostly it's just long and boring. Certainly not funny, but not particularly threatening either.
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      • #4
        Other (please explain)

        While it certainly is disingenious, it lacks any substance.

        Examples:

        "You have to believe that there was no art before Federal funding."

        WHO ever said this? This makes no sense!

        "You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-bidding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese and North Korean communists."

        Apples and Oranges, folks!

        "You have to believe that Hillary Clinton is normal and is a very nice person."

        Ahhhh, yes. Insubstantial personal attacks. Very good.

        "You have to believe conservatives telling the truth belong in jail, but a liar and a sex offender belonged in the White House."

        WTF? Conservatives telling the truth? Wha? Dubya. Rumsfeld. Ashcroft. Telling the truth? Yup, this is definitely a joke. Just not the kind of joke the author intended.
        "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
        --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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        • #5
          You all can't take a joke, jeez! This is hilarious. Always so serious! Rather than lighten up and read it for what it is you are all so delusional and lunkheaded that you had to a) dismissively dismiss it as being dismissable, b) add in a Republican attack and c) confuse the issue by reading down point by point and showing off your knowledge by pointing out the errors. But the least you could do is provide cites.

          Freakin' tree-hugging left wingers.


          <SARCASM AND SELF-DEPRECATING HUMOR MODES TURNED OFF>

          :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

          PWV: I hope you know I am poking fun at the reactions I usually get and not disparaging your post. You know I have tremendous respect for your POV. For my part, I didn't find the original post that funny at all.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bill
            Freakin' tree-hugging left wingers.
            And I always get strangely sad when they don't hug me back :)

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            • #7
              I was wondering if you'd turn up in this thread, Bill. In fact, I think something in me made me make that last post just to get you to show up! :)

              Of course, I know where you're coming from! I've also noticed your recent rise in irritation over the whippings you receive. You're biting your tongue less and less these days. Hang in there; some of us appreciate your alternate points of view. Doc had a great post about that yesterday:

              Originally posted by Doc, in a different thread,
              Even if I disagree after the fact, I'm happy to have the conversation, because without hearing other arguments, we can become incredibly myopic. That can narrow to blind conviction.
              [broken link]

              To be honest, I didn't really think the left-wing version of this joke was all that great, either. This type of humor simplifies things to ridiculous levels, removing all its validity.
              Last edited by Rothgo; 04-09-2010, 08:36 AM.
              "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
              --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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              • #8
                I was actually the first to vote yes. I think some of it is funny. Some is stupid, but some made me laugh.

                I am always the observer in these things. Usually in the middle just watching. And laughing at all sides. I think some anti-republican humor is funny too. I think we all should laugh more at ourselves, especially nowadays.

                So that's my two cents. I guess I share company with Bill in this thread, who I would stand next to anyday.

                VW
                When they had advanced together to meet on common
                ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
                and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
                each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
                mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
                killing, and the ground ran with blood.

                Homer, The Illiad

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                • #9
                  I didn't think it was funny, but it was certainly truthful in places.

                  Though I loved the bit about teachers who can't teach 4th graders to read. Not to be defensive about teachers ability, but because of the implication that it's a schools responsibility to teach children to read, rather than the parents.
                  I guess at least that way there's someone else to blame!

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                  • #10
                    And if Hilary Clinton was normal, Bill's suits would have been cut into shreds and dumped all over the White House lawn.

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                    • #11
                      sarcasm is lowest form of wit. There is no information there so it does not educate. Its sole purpose is to denigrate their opposition. It servers only to reduce my impression of GOP supporters.

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                      • #12
                        Here's something to balance it out. An anti-Bush joke!


                        How many members of the Bush Administration are needed to replace a light bulb?

                        Seven.

                        1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be replaced,

                        2. One to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the light bulb,

                        3. One to blame the previous administration for the need of a new light bulb,

                        4. One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of light bulbs,

                        5. One to get together with Vice President Cheney and figure out how to pay Halliburton one million dollars for a light bulb,

                        6. One to arrange a photo-op session showing Bush changing the light bulb while dressed in a flight suit and wrapped in an American flag,

                        7. And finally one to explain to Bush the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.


                        Har har har, Hoo hoo! :lol: :lol: (I find this one a bit funnier than the poll joke, but I am biased)

                        Come on folks, let's not get too serious about things. In a few thousand years none of this will matter. I am not pro-Bush in any way (I think most of you know that) I just think we should be able to goof on each other. We used to be able to. Maybe that is the problem. Things have gotten pretty nasty.

                        As always I will continue to :roll: :lol: :P :D
                        When they had advanced together to meet on common
                        ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
                        and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
                        each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
                        mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
                        killing, and the ground ran with blood.

                        Homer, The Illiad

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                        • #13
                          There is some truth I'm willing to admit in the anti-democrat
                          joke, but it's not funny to me.

                          I laughed out loud during VW's joke though.
                          I think there's more truth, therefore more funny,
                          in that joke.

                          I'm willing to accept the label Liberal to describe
                          myself, but NOT Democrat!
                          Two party system? ::buzzer sounds::thumbs down!:: :x
                          \"Bush\'s army of barmy bigots is the worst thing that\'s happened to the US in some years...\"
                          Michael Moorcock - 3am Magazine Interview

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                          • #14
                            At the risk of coming dangerously close to quoting our president (during the last campaign)-

                            VW, you're a uniter, not a divider. :D

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                            • #15
                              >Come on folks, let's not get too serious about things. In a few thousand
                              >years none of this will matter

                              Wonder if they said the same thing about Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades. If only they'd known. Bloody Pope, it's all his fault.

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