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Weekend read: Some silly old stuff

A tumble down the rabbit hole reminded me of something I don’t do any more — write political satire.

I swore off the satiric stuff for reasons written up here.

I marvel that anybody can write political satire these days, since every time you turn around, government does something weirder than any satirist could dream up. No surprise people are always mistaking Onion articles for real news. But it’s a great surprise to me that Onion writers don’t scream in despair and run off and get jobs as White House press lackeys. Same talents, probably higher pay.

Regardless, at the bottom of that rabbit hole, I found the Silly Stuff archive of my ancient, beautiful Wolfe’s Lodge (created for me by a nice, respectable person who chose to remain nameless and now maintained by Bill St. Clair). Thought y’all might enjoy some old-time (ca 1997-2000) laughs this weekend.

I wrote (or co-wrote) a lot of the pieces based on then-current news and then-in-power politicians. So not everything makes sense now (though you still might recognize Barbara Boxer, Phil Graham, Teddy Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and a few others in “Welcome to the Party”). But if I dare say so myself, there’s some fun stuff.

Lots of other good writing at the old Lodge, too, including an archive for the great Patty Neill (who was a sharper satirist than I ever was) and other writings by excellent folk.


Anybody still around from the old abortive SacredBull News Service?


  1. sagebrush dog walker
    sagebrush dog walker June 22, 2012 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the trip back to Wolfe’s Lodge Claire. Your writting helped shape where I am today.

  2. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit
    The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit June 22, 2012 3:45 pm

    Ah Patty….and the Great Spotted Sucktoad….those were the days.

  3. Claire
    Claire June 22, 2012 7:34 pm

    sagebrush dog walker — Have you really been around that long? I didn’t realize. Thanks for being here all that time.

    Hobbit, I knew you were around. But the Great Spotted Sucktoad? Even I have to refresh my memory of that.

  4. sagebrush dog walker
    sagebrush dog walker June 23, 2012 7:25 am

    Yes. As a young man working the night shift, I would come home and suck up as much seditious reading material as I could. Just me, the (new) world wide web, and an AK of coarse. 😉

  5. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty June 23, 2012 9:16 am

    And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any more stupid out in the land of the “First Citizen,” get a load of this:
    Just a few days after announcing that his administration would no longer deport about 800,000 young illegal immigrants, you would think that President Obama would be received as something of a hero by NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, before whom Obama is giving a speech this afternoon in Orlando. But the Secret Service wasn’t taking any chances. As hundreds of Latino elected officials were enjoying their lunch at Disney’s Contemporary Resort earlier today, it was announced that forks would be collected before Obama took the stage. It was also mentioned that knives, too, were entirely absent from the lunch for “a reason.”

    Joel nailed it… “…I’d quit that job right frickin’ now, were it me. ”

    And no, that’s NOT from the “Onion.” Unfortunately.

  6. Ellendra
    Ellendra June 23, 2012 12:57 pm

    Some of the fundraising antics in this election are almost encouraging in their desperation.

  7. winston
    winston June 23, 2012 5:37 pm

    Funny how little things have actually changed since then

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