xxxxxx Fact-Resistant Humans by xxxxxx

Andy Borowitz, over at The New Yorker, a fellow after our own Onion-shaped heart, reports on a new study of “fact resistant humans.” You can find it here:  http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/scientists-earth-endangered-by-new-strain-of-fact-resistant-humans. MAY... [Read more...]

Stan Persky Self, with or without Selfies by Stan Persky

Barry Dainton, Self (Penguin, 2014). One of the notable features of human beings is our ability to sleepily glance at the bathroom mirror in the morning, and not only recognize ourselves, but also reflectively note, “Hmm, I don’t like myself very much these days.... [Read more...]

Stan Persky Charlie Hebdo, PEN, Ondaatje by Stan Persky

The Mohammad cartoon I like best from the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, is one that portrays the Prophet weeping. It was published almost a decade ago, on the cover of a 2006 issue, long before the Islamic terrorist attack of January 2015 in which a dozen people,... [Read more...]

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Andy Borowitz is at it again.

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The writers’ organization , PEN, is giving an award to Charlie Hebdo magazine. Six prominent writers are protesting. What’s at stake?

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Bob & Doug McKenzie on Niqabs

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Self, with or without Selfies

Look in the mirror. Who do you see? Or: What do you see?

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! It’s an Ex-Superhero Actor Looking for Artistic Redemption!

It’s Oscar time, and Dooney’s goes to the movies in search of a Best Picture.

For Interpretation: Susan Sontag

On the tenth annivarsary of her death, Daniel Schreiber’s biography revisits the life of Susan Sontag.

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Alberta Spring

Vatican Confirms NDP Alberta Election Win a Miracle; Pope Francis to Beatify St. Rachel ASAP

Roman Catholic Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary and Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith have both filed attestation affadavits with the Vatican in Rome declaring that they witnessed a miracle on May 5, 2015 when the New Democratic Party and party leader Rachel Notley won a landslide victory in the Alberta, Canada provincial election.

Rachel Notley.

Rachel Notley.

For the first time in the history of the 110-year old oil patch and tar sands province, social democrats were elected to form a majority government, winning 53 of 86 seats. The “Notley Crue,” as it was known on orange T-shirts (recalling an ancient rock band, the Motley Crue), defeated former Conservative Premier Jim Prentice, and reduced the long-governing Tory caucus to 10 seats. The Tories finished in third place behind the Official Opposition right-wing Wild Rose Party. Prentice immediately resigned as party leader and Alberta MLA. The election ended a streak of 12 Conservative election victories and almost 44 years of uninterrupted rule.

The Catholic Church, who as recently as Dec. 2014 was supporting then-Premier Prentice’s bill designed to curb the rights of “gay-straight alliance” groups at Alberta schools, was apparently visited by the Church’s so-called Holy Ghost on election eve and experienced what is being described by church deacons and teenage altar boys as a “conversion event.” The suspended bill, which could have forced gay-straight alliance meetings off school property if local school boards objected to their presence, has now been retired to the Edmonton Museum of the Inquisition, located right next door to the province’s second largest Natural History Dinosaur Museum.

Pope Francis selfie.

Pope Francis selfie.

The Vatican, acting more quickly than Health Canada fast-tracking an experimental drug approval, has promptly confirmed the Miracle on the Canadian Prairies. Pope Francis said, “If Albertans want to elect an NDP government, who am I, a poor sinner, to object? Anyway, what’s happening with that Harper fellow?”

The Pope further declared that he would put Rachel Notley’s name forward for beatification on the road to sainthood, just as soon as he cleaned up the last details of the canonization of St. Jack Layton, set for later this summer when the Pope visits Toronto and blesses the Etobicoke Rehab Centre where former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford first saw the light.

Jack Layton, Rachel Notley, Tom Mulcair.

Jack Layton, Rachel Notley, Tom Mulcair.

When asked if it wasn’t Roman Catholic standard operating procedure (SOP) to wait until prospective saints had passed over to the heavenly side of things before sainting them, the Pope replied, “If St. Rachel wants to be a living saint, who am I, a poor sinner, to object?” When pressed for timing details, the techno-savvy Holy Father assured the stone-casting press scrum that the sainting was definitely “in the pipeline, now that the bitumen is out of the pipe.” In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti et Charlie Hebdo.

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