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Wednesday, January 13: Bush administration Torture Czar John Yoo, who spends his days perfecting his water-boarding skills, will explain why he had EVERY RIGHT to add torture and other fabulous features to the American government at an event Wednesday at AEI. [AEI]


  • Wednesday, January 13: Remember that time we made insane amounts of progress on climate change? It is really cold outside after all. CSIS is hosting a Post-Copenhagen discussion, where they will remind us of all the great things that failed to happen during those super important negotiations. [CSIS]
  • Thursday, January 14: The Internet: means to raise money for campaigns and, added bonus, way to circumvent all those pesky little campaign finance laws! The Brookings Institution explains how the internet is the tool for campaigns to raise money. [Brookings Institution]
  • Thursday, January 14: Without money, there is no future for America's children. But we have no money for things our children need, making investing in the next generation very, very difficult. The Urban Institute to the rescue! They discuss how we can find some monies for the kiddies so that they can live happy, prosperous lives. [Urban Institute]
  • Friday, January 15: What's it like to grow up in the Palestinian territories? We imagine it's like being on the The Real World DC, only with slightly fewer gay hook-ups. The Brookings Institution looks at youth in the Palestinian territories one year after the conflict in Gaza. [Brookings Institution]
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Even Dinsdale was frightened of Doug ... He used sarcasm. He knew all the tricks: dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and satire.

Yr Wonkette is no stranger to the double-edged weapon of sarcasm, we'll admit. OR WILL WE? It's part of our postmodern toolkit, with which we seek to undermine patriotism, faith, the free market, the family, and ultimately America itself. Duh. But we would never be so naive as to think we have a monopoly on irony and sarcasm, oh no, far from it. This week, we dip into the sludge of deletia for some brilliant examples of cutting rightwing wit turned back on us, with devastating results. Hope you're not all TRIGGERED so much you have to go find a SAFE SPACE, libs!

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This weekend, hundreds of people are gathering in Denver, Colorado for the 2018 Flat Earth Conference -- two whole days of people with suspiciously Andy Warhol-like hair yelling "Where's the curve?!?" and talking about ice walls -- and we are missing out! Flat earthers are kind of the best of all conspiracy theorists, because aside from a few fascists and anti-Semites in the mix, they are mostly harmless cranks who just want to feel like they are way smarter than all of the scientists. As far as I know, believing in a Flat Earth, while stupid, has never hurt anyone -- which is honestly kind of refreshing these days!

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