Friday, October 29, 2010


Santiago, Chile
- Nine of the thirty-three miners freed from a Chilean copper mine less than three weeks ago have asked to go back into the mine, despite the fact that the entrance is still blocked by tons of collapsed rock.

Said one of the miners, "All I know
is that my wife keeps nagging me, my kids are always screaming and I can't walk out my front door without Anderson Cooper sticking a mike in my face."

The minors were disheartened to learn that all of the rescue crews have gone back home, and the bullet-shaped capsule that pulled them up to the surface had been dismantled.

Said one, "Are you sure I can't just jump in?"

(c) 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Cambridge, Mass.
- Economists from the National Bureau of Economic Research announced today that the worst recession since the Great Depression is not only over, but ended more than a year ago in June of 2009.

The news delighted homeless and jobless Americans across the country. Said one such person, Detroit resident Joseph Schmenkowski, who is living in a refrigerator crate and cooks beans on a Sterno stove every night for dinner, "That's great! I feel a lot better knowing that things have been much better for the past year than I thought they were."

(c) 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Sunday, June 06, 2010


New Orleans
- Two companies best known for their feminine protection products have announced a bold new plan to stop the underwater leak that's been releasing millions of gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.

The people who market Kotex and Tampax products announced today that they have formed a joint venture in an attempt to stop the gushing oil by first inserting a giant tampon into the well pipe, and then cutting off any remaining leaks through the use of giant "sanitary napkins" to be wrapped around the opening.

Said Kotex president Herbert "Stan" Stanislavski, "I don't know why everybody's so surprised that B.P. hasn't able to shut down this leak. If you want to drill a giant hole, you bring in an oil company. If you want to stop a hole from leaking, you call us."

(c) 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 02, 2010


New York
- A car bomber may have come close to causing mass destruction on a crowded New York street Saturday night, but NYPD sources say they are confident they have a close enough description of the perpetrator to locate and arrest him.

Said a high police official, "After interviewing numerous eyewitnesses and watching hours of surveillance tapes from every possible camera angle and vantage point, we can now say with authority that the car's driver was a dark-skinned male of apparently Eastern or Middle Eastern descent, between the ages of 20 and 45 and under six feet in height."

After a reporter pointed out that this could describe virtually 99% of all cab drivers, street vendors and hotel custodial staff in the city, the police official paused for a moment, appeared to be thinking, and then retorted, "That's what the terrorists want you to think!"

At last report, the search was still ongoing. Meanwhile, terrorism experts say that the man will likely have a hard time getting hired for his next "suicide bomber" job, based on his current 0-and-1 record.

(c) 2010 by Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Washington - Now that the much-awaited new health care legislation has finally passed in the House of Representatives, the White House has announced that the "death panels" the new law provides for will start operating as soon as next Tuesday.

Said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, "All of the nonsense you've been hearing since the election about President Obama being a 'secret Muslim' or a non-U.S. citizen is just that, nonsense. But we're really looking forward to setting up those death panels!"

No one is quite sure how the panels will work, but one Obama Administrative official, speaking off the record, hinted that the plug will be pulled first on "Republicans, Fox News commentators and pop singer Alanis Morissette." When asked what the pop singer had to do with opposition to the president's agenda, the source replied "Nothing, she's just whiny and we don't like her."

Meanwhile, the new bill doesn't become law until it is re-approved by the Senate, after which any proposed amendments must be re-re-approved by the House, etc. Said one historian, "Put plenty of change in the meter if you're waiting for THIS one!"

(c) 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Washington - President Barack Obama, who one year ago promised he would help push through historic legislation to provide critical health care coverage for the more than 45 million uninsured Americans, today announced he would try to push through a significantly stripped-down health care bill.

After losing most of its original provisions to opposition from Republicans, conservative Democrats, health insurance companies, drug companies, doctors
and trial lawyers groups, the bill that remains would guarantee every American the right to free aspirin and Band-Aids. Amputations will also be covered in case of trouble with an arm or a leg, provided that they are not performed in a hospital or by medical professionals.

Said one Democratic Congressman, "It may not be quite what we wanted. But hey, I guess this is the best we're gonna get."

Meanwhile, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed to fight the
Band-Aids provision, stating that, "Once you give these Democrats Band-Aids, the next thing you know they'll be wanting Preparation H as well!"

(c) 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


- In a move that surprised Congress-watchers and historians alike, the Senate today enacted a rule that will require that at least 102 Senators vote in favor of any new legislation before it can become law.

Said one perplexed government-watcher, "It was frustrating enough that the filibuster rule required you to get 60 votes for a 'majority' to pass anything new. With this new rule, it looks pretty much hopeless that anything will pass the Congress ever again."

When asked why they didn't settle for 101 votes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "We knew that in the case of a tie the Vice President can cast the deciding vote. We frankly thought that it was too risky to allow this to happen, especially since that might result in something decisive actually coming out of here."

The new rule was immediately applauded by the National Coalition for Indecision, a group made up of predatory lenders, investment bankers, heavy polluters, health insurance companies and credit card banks, A spokesman for the group, when told of the news, commented, "We're just thrilled to hear that nothing in America is going to change. Nothing. Note even the really awful stuff."

Said Congressional leaders in a joint statement, "This just shows that the bipartisan
spirit is still alive and well here in Washington."

(c) 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Hollywood - Black activist Reverend Al Sharpton held a news conference today in this entertainment capital to protest what he called "the total and systematic exclusion of African-American actors from home security system commercials."

Speaking while flanked by a phalanx of African-American actors, Sharpton said, "If you look closely at these commercials, they all have one thing in common: a lily-white actor playing the thug who tries to break into the house and attack the young girl who lives there. I just cannot accept that a Black man can't play a dangerous home attacker every bit as convincingly as a White actor can."

To drive home his point, Sharpton called upon John Braxton, an accomplished stage actor who trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company, to speak. Said Braxton, "This is an outrage! If I can play Hamlet, I can certainly play a sex-crazed home invasion attacker."

When reached for comment, Brinks Home Security issued a written statement, stating: "We want the public to know that we have heard from the Reverend Sharpton, and we have already directed our advertising agency to conduct focus groups to see if the public would find an African-American attacker at all believable. If we conclude that they might, we would naturally try our best to introduce more diversity into our roster of attackers."

Meanwhile, former NAACP Executive Director Julian Bond, when informed of Sharpton's new campaign, proceeded to bang his head against the wall.

(c) 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 19, 2010


- IRS officials today announced that they would not be granting a tax-filing extension to the man who crashed his small airplane into an IRS office building in Austin, Texas on Thursday.

Said an IRS spokesman, "The only way to get a filing extension is to fill out and file Form 4868, which gives the taxpayer an automatic extension of up to six months to file a return. Since Mr. Stack failed to do that, his return will be due by April 15th like everybody else's."

Joseph Stack, a 53-year-old software engineer, reportedly flew his Cessna into the office building in protest of a dispute he was having with the tax agency. He had also reportedly had a domestic argument, and burned his house down earlier that morning.

Said one tax expert, "Obviously the guy had a bad day. But they'll still make you file the form. And I don't think being dead gets you out of it."

(c) 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Washington - Former Vice President Al Gore today announced that he is giving up his campaign against global warming, and starting a new campaign to end what he calls "global cooling."

Said Gore, "After the many recent blizzards and cold snaps we've had in the United States this winter, even in the Deep South, I have slowly come to the realization that the earth is now cooling at an alarming pace. We have to do something to stop this right now."

Gore already has a book and movie
in development on the subject. Tentatively titled "An Even More Inconvenient Truth," they will describe what Gore says is the newest and most frightening risk to our planet. In an interview, he emphasized to reporters the seriousness of the phenomenon, saying, "If we don't take bold and decisive steps to stop this soon, it may eventually affect our ability to take beach vacations and shoot Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions."

No polar bears could be reached for comment before press time.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Vancouver, B.C.
- The Iraqi Olympic bobsled team failed to finish any of its runs today at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The problem arose as members of the team fought amongst themselves while their sled, paid for with U.S. taxpayer funds, sped down the track out of control and flipped over again and again.

The four team members -- among them a Sunni, Shi'ite, and Kurdish Iraqi, as well as a U.S. advisor -- reportedly couldn't agree on how to steer the sled. Instead, the Iraqi members proceeded to try to push each other out of the sled, while the U.S. advisor tried in vain to convince them to all head in the right direction.

Said an Iraq expert from the Brookings Institution, "It's clear that things aren't going well for the Iraqi side. Perhaps what's needed is a surge of additional Americans on the sled to help get the Iraqis to play nice with each other."

For his part, President Obama, when asked for comment, promised that the American member of the bobsled team would be coming home in twelve to eighteen months.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


- President Barack Obama today took credit for the two back-to-back blizzards that crippled the Eastern United States over the past week, closing schools, government offices and even the U.S. Congress.

Said Obama, "When I first proposed my economic stimulus program, I promised there would be lots of shovel-ready projects. One only need look outside their window today to see that my administration has delivered on that promise. So if your shovel isn't already ready, you'd better get it ready and get out there!"

In a semi-related story, Democratic and Republican members of the Senate, which failed to convene today due to the harsh winter weather, held a snowball fight on the Capitol steps. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who headed up the Democratic team, was overheard complaining that the teams weren't fairly balanced.

Said Reid, according to an observer, "Hey, there's 41 of them, and only 59 of us. We're outnumbered!"

Meanwhile, Congress-watchers noted that, despite being out of session, the Congress accomplished as much as they do when they are.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010


Toyota Motor Company of America today announced that it will recall more than 2 million vehicles to inspect them for a possible vanity mirror defect.

The mirrors, which are embedded into the sun visors on the passenger side of the vehicles, can reportedly become distorted, causing female passengers checking their makeup to scream abruptly, thus frightening the driver and causing a possible fatal collision.

Said a Toyota spokeman, Toshiro Tashimoto, "Until an effective repair has been developed, we recommend that all owners wrap duct tape around the mirror to prevent its use. Or just stop checking yourself out so much." He then plunged a Samurai sword into his midsection.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, upon hearing the news, stated, "If I were an owner of one of these vehicles, I would immediately panic, remove the engine from the vehicle and weld the doors shut."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Washington - Congressman Millard P. Bupkus (R - Iowa) was shunned by his fellow Republicans after last night's State of the Union address, after he reportedly clapped three different times and stood up once while only Democrats were clapping and standing.

Bupkus, a freshman congressman from Ruthven, IA, was apparently unaware that he was only supposed to clap or stand after lines that the Republican leadership had pre-approved as clap-worthy or stand-worthy.

"I just don't know what got into me," said an embarrassed Bupkus. "I mean, I got it right on the 'America is still the greatest nation on the face of the earth' line. But I guess I got carried away after the president said he 'didn't come here to Washington to engage in partisan bickering, he came here to solve problems for the people of this great country' line."

State of the Union address is known for its carefully choreographed standing and clapping maneuvers, during which the opposition party is careful to stand and clap only for certain of the president's lines and not for others.

Said a sympathetic fellow legislator, "You have to feel a little bad for the guy. It's really hard to know which platitudes to clap for and which ones not to. It took me a couple of terms before I got it right."

In a related story, three TV cameramen were hospitalized after being temporarily blinded by Vice President Joe Biden's over-whitened teeth.


During his “State of the Union” speech tonight, President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he is changing his official campaign slogan from “Yes we can!” to “Okay, I still think we might be able to, but hey, I could be wrong about this.”

The switch, adopted in the face of crushing deficits, high unemployment and the difficulties encountered in trying to get anything done in Washington these days, is in marked contrast to the kind of optimism Obama showed during his 2008 campaign.

Sources inside the Obama White House say that a number of other possible slogans were considered before the decision was made. Among them: “Holy crap, this place is impossible!” and “Who do I have to sleep with to get out of this business?!!”

© 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Los Angeles – Executives at NBC announced today that the network will pay janitorial employee Floyd "Bubba" Lumpkin $3 million not to clean for them anymore.

The network, which recently announced a deal to pay host Conan O’Brien upwards of $40 million to leave the Tonight Show, said in a written statement that “We feel that this agreement will resolve all remaining issues in an amicable manner between us and Mr.

The deal does not come without strings, however. Under its terms, says a source familiar with the negotiations, Lumpkin is not allowed to work for a year, and is not permitted to criticize NBC in public.

Said Lumpkin, “Criticize them? I LOVE those guys!”

© 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Washington – A group of Senate Democrats has announced that they plan to exhume the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s body in order to allow him to be the 60th vote for the proposed Democratic health care bill.

Says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “This was Ted Kennedy’s signature issue. It’s only fitting that he be allowed to cast a vote for it.”

The unprecedented plan comes in the wake of the loss of Kennedy’s former Senate seat in Massachusetts to a Republican. The scheme was immediately criticized by Republicans, who argue that a dead person can’t cast a valid vote in the U.S. Congress.

Democrats, however, counter that measurable brain activity has never been a requirement to be a voting member of Congress.

© 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Crawford, Texas - Former President George W. Bush, when asked for an initial comment about how the situation was going in Haiti in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake that struck last week, immediately commended former FEMA head Michael D. Brown.

“Brownie’s doing a heck of a job down there in Haiti. I’m confident that everything’s going just fine.”

When reminded by a reporter that Brown hasn’t worked for FEMA since September of 2005, when he resigned in the face of harsh criticism of the federal government’s anemic response to Hurricane Katrina, Bush at first looked confused.

He then replied, “Like most Americans, the Haitianarians will pick themselves up by their bootstraps and figure this thing out. And Laura and I plan to drive down there from Texas tomorrow to check things out for ourselves.”

© 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was reportedly unable to name the governor of Alaska during the 2008 presidential campaign, according to unnamed sources.

The sources, who spoke to reporters Mark Halperin of Time Magazine and John Heilemann of New York Magazine on condition of anonymity, gave a number of instances in which John McCain’s V.P. pick appeared to be woefully unversed in matters of national and world interest.

“I think the low point,” said one source, “was when she was eating breakfast in a diner in New Hampshire, and expressed surprise that the French toast special was only $3.99, since “it had to be imported all the way from Europe!”

© 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) apologized today for a comment he apparently made about President Obama during the presidential race last year.

“When I said that he was more electable because he was a light-skinned African-American with no Negro dialect, I did not mean to imply that he was, in fact, light-skinned, African-American, or spoke with any sort of dialect,” said Reid, who is facing a tough re-election campaign in Nevada.

“In conclusion, I would like to apologize to anyone who was in any way offended by anything I did or did not say.”

Republicans immediately pounced on Reid, saying that there was a double standard when Democrats made comments about race.

In other Congressional news, a resolution in favor of motherhood narrowly failed to pass both houses, as neither Democrats nor Republicans could agree on the wording.

© 2010 Barry Rabin. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


- Congressman Lloyd P. Snorkheimer (R - North Dakota) has announced that he will be running for reelection next fall, stating that he wants to "spend less time with my family."

He is believed to be the first candidate in modern times to make such a candid public
statement. More typical have been announcements by politicians disgraced by sex scandals, federal indictments or bone-headed public comments that they won't be running in order to spend more time with their families.

Snorkheimer, "My wife's a pain in the tush, my kids play their music way too loud, and I'm frankly having a lot more fun here in Washington than I ever could freezing my butt off in Bismarck! I guess I don't care who knows it, either!"

Sunday, January 03, 2010


Northwest Airlines has announced that passengers will soon have to pay extra to bring bombs on board flights.

"The airport screeners obviously can't detect these things," said one airline executive. "So the best thing we can do is to at least make these guys pay an extra fee to help defray our costs."

The executive went on to list a number of extra expense items his airline might have to incur again in the future, including replacing burned blankets, recharging fire extinguishers and reupholstering seats scorched by defective "pants bombs."

An al Qaida spokesman in Yemen immediately denounced the new policy, pointing out that "We already pay enough for those same day tickets, plus we pay in cash, so we save the airlines the cut the credit card companies take. So where do they get off hitting us with extra fees?"

The spokesman went on to say that if al Qaida wasn't trying to accumulate enough travel miles to go to Disneyworld next year, they would pull their business and switch to another airline.