Planned Parenthood hosted a discussion after the screening of Obvious Child, an abortion comedy where the lead chooses to have the common medical procedure.
The US Farm Bill has proposed cutting 8.7 billion dollars in food aid, even though more families than ever before are struggling to just barely survive. However, Jon Stewart has done a superb job of illuminating the hilarious inanity of these cruel political actions.
Mark Fiore is an amazingly insightful Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and creator of genius animated political videos. Whether his subject is gun control or global warming, Fiore’s short comic films encapsulate and convey the brutal truth with concise humor and informed intelligence; his most recent biting animation shines a brilliant light upon the quagmire of corruption that has engulfed the resigning pope and the Catholic Church.
“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”
This forlorn and starving cartoon bee from Occupy the EPA made me laugh out loud when I first saw it. The comic does a brilliant job of humorously expressing the very real plight of these vital insects, as they battle habitat loss, chemical pesticides and disease, in a desperate attempt to survive.
The Yes Men are brilliant satirical social activists who are adept at political impersonations, hoax interviews and using humor to highlight the absurdity of entrenched destructive corporate influence. The group is now making a documentary entitled: The Yes Men are Revolting. The movie chronicles some of the group’s clever disruptive actions, focusing on impending climate change disasters in store for our planet if we all continue to do nothing.
Climate Change town crier and leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, Reverend Billy, describes the enormity of Sandy’s death and destruction in New York neighborhoods. He also explains that the global warming tipping point has already been reached, and that NOW is the time for radical change.
One of my favorite political cartoonists, Matt Bors, has just launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the publication of his first collection of work, entitled “Life Begins at Incorporation”. The full color 225 page collection will group the best of his comics together with humorous essays on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the 1% doctrine and terror drones, to Afghanistan and inept politicians confused and befuddled by mysterious lady parts.
So much of the language in political debates just sounds like nonsense bloviating. Many candidates repeatedly do not even attempt to answer questions, instead spewing only meaningless phrases and empty irrelevant soundbites. For me, the most bizarrely accurate analysis of the last presidential debate was provided by Bad Lip Reading. Their nonsensical imagined debate script somehow perfectly captures the truly absurd essence of contrived election campaign theater.
At the conclusion of a recent press conference that Mitt Romney gave to double down on his factually inaccurate and grossly inappropriate comments concerning the deadly embassy attacks, the Republican flashed the crowd a smug grin as he turned away from the podium. When I first saw the video, I actually rewound and replayed the footage a few times, because I could not believe the incredible defiant arrogance so thickly dripping from Romney’s face. And just a few hours later, a new online meme was born.
A humorous online campaign designed to expose vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s abysmal record on women’s health issues is flooding the internet. The meme is based on a fan site for Ryan Gosling, where an image of the celebrity is paired with an ironic or suggestive quote. In the case of Paul Ryan however, the words highlight the politician’s fondness for forced mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, as well as his vehement opposition to birth control, pregnancy termination and contraception access.
Many citizens will be disenfranchised from voting in November’s election, due to new unnecessary voter ID fraud laws enacted in several states. Minorities, the poor, elderly and students are some of the populations that are hit hardest by these restrictions. In a hilarious satirical skit, the Daily Show helps us determine who will be eligible to cast a ballot. Adopting her best “You Might be a Redneck” persona, correspondent Jessica Williams walks us through the new voter guidebook “You Might Be Eligible to Vote IF…”:
Jon Stewart spoke with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about how the extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of a few plutocrats is destroying the very principles upon which our country was founded:
“It seems like people are not angry at wealth or success, they get frustrated by what appears to be an entirely different set of rules put in place by the wealthy, who then say: ‘Hey man, I’m just playing by the rules’, as though those rules were an arbitrary design of the free market.”