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4/27/2012 4:26:00 AM
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, April 27

The good ...

Last week was prom week at LUHS, and the festivities came and went without any major incidents.

That's always fortunate. According to one survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than a third of young people under 21 who are killed in alcohol-related fatalities died during the months of April, May and June. During prom and graduation seasons, in other words.

Maybe the mock crash drill held at LUHS recently was successful in sending the right message about what can happen when drinking and driving, or texting and driving.

Whatever the reason, we had a good prom; let's hope the safe season and awareness continues. Prom nights and graduation provide some of our most cherished memories in life - let's stay safe and make sure they are not short-lived ones.

The bad ...

Why do Democrats always try to buy votes?

No, we're not talking old-fashioned vote buying at the ballot box, but they aren't far off. First there was the mortgage buyout scheme, which might have sounded good to owners of underwater homes but would actually deliver very little.

Then President Obama moved to spend $8 billion extend Medicare Advantage for, let's see, one more year, before cutting it deeply and dragging millions of seniors off the program. Wonder why one year? Oh yeah, there's an election. Another buyoff.

Now he's been on a college tour - at taxpayers' expense - trying to buy young voters with promises of low-interest student loans. It's a bill Mitt Romney also supports and one, by the way, that then Sen. Obama failed to even take a vote on when it was before the Senate back then.

Of course this is nothing new. That's why Democrats like to expand government handouts. The more people taking a check, the more votes they have. Why not have just an honest policy debate instead?

The ugly ...

Let's face it. Even for dog lovers, the image of Mitt Romney cramming his dog in a car-top kennel and flying down the Interstate summons up images of Chevy Chase's Vacation.

Fodder for jokes, in other words, and funny jokes at that. Romney has certainly paid the price with comedians across the country.

Interesting, though, how liberal comedians - who dominate television these days - find only conservatives funny. They never joke about liberals.

So, in other words, when they joke about conservatives, they aren't really joking. They are commentating, and they are deadly serious.

That's why TV is so bereft of similar jokes about President Obama's adventures eating dog and his disconnected, dispassionate way of writing about it years later.

In the old days, comedians were real comedians. Professionals like Johnny Carson and Bob Hope skewered Republicans and Democrats alike, and they were hilarious doing it. They'd be having the time of their lives with dog jokes right now.

Comedy has gotten a lot nastier since then. But relax, as writer Robert Laurie instructs us in The Daily Caller, places like Twitter have risen to the occasion with sites like RunBoRun. Get it?

Sometimes a little humor is needed in this age of incivility. Real humor, that is, delivered for its satirical effect and comedic relief, not for its political invective.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: Kay Samz

I was wondering if you're talking about the incivility that you have spread week after week. Also, since you asked the difference between President Obama eating dog and Romney putting his on top of his car for a 6 hour trip....Obama was 6 years old and Romney was in his late forties. I guess if you can't figure that one out you're definately in the wrong business.

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