Leaked scenes from an episode of The Simpsons set to premiere the Sunday before Election Day (Full Disclosure: this blogger is a Simpsons addict who loves Homer most of all) give a sign of the significant inroads the Obama campaign is making this year among the coveted Animated-American demographic.
Gamely citing his affinity for “anything that’ll take money away from our parks and libraries,” Homer Simpson steps into the doublewide voting booth and casts a smiling vote for Barack Obama. He is especially pleased that he’s using one of those newfangled “electronic voting dealies,” though he is less pleased with the results when he tries to cast his vote. View the video at the link above, or at this one, or embedded below at YouTube (assuming it’s not yanked by a C&D order from Fox):
During my lunch break today, I decided to walk up to Wollman Rink in Manhattan’s Central Park to check out David Blaine’s latest stunt. I have better things to do with my time, to be sure, but I’ve always been curious about David Blaine: Not in that “Oh, he’s so amazing” way, but in that “What is this guy’s deal?” way. Apparently, I’m not the only cynic around. I overheard a few middle-aged ladies walking ahead of me, saying, “He’s just doing a stupid stunt; he’s not a magician.”
Oh, this just p***es me off. The guy even gets down from the wire to take regular water breaks fercryinoutloud. Leave him up there for the full (and advertised) sixty hours, and then I might say it rises to “stunt” level. Reminds me of the Steven Wright joke about seeing a 7-11 clerk locking the doors to the store: “I went up to him and said, ‘Hey, what are you doing? The sign says Open 24 Hours.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘Not in a row…!'”
OK, this one also comes from Ann Althouse’s blog, though it’s attributable more accurately to commenter “EnigmatiCore” in response to a request for a good word for “a misquote that becomes more of a famous quotation than the original.”
Ann’s neologism request was spurred by the SNL skit in which Tina Fey debuted her much-awaited impression of Sarah Palin (and yes, she is every bit the dead ringer everyone expected). Ms. Fey’s line, “I can see Russia from my house,” is one that Ann says she tends to remember now more easily than the actual quote from Palin, “They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” Another example, recalled by another commenter, is Al Gore’s “I invented the Internet” from the 2000 election, which in Gore’s actual words was more along the lines of, “I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”
EnigmatiCore suggests we call such a misquote Malapropaganda. I like it; it incorporates the element of misspeaking inherent in a “malapropism,” though it turns the definition on its head by involving someone else putting the misspeech in the speaker’s mouth (intentionally or otherwise) and convincing others it’s the original, recalling the deceptive nature of “propaganda.” A portmanteau for the ages!
(NOTE: Althouse commenter “dcbyron” also suggests Substiquote, which definitely gets points for cleverness, though I think EnigmatiCore’s contribution is more inventive and memorable.)
It’s September 19, and that’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day. My elder niece is a devoted voluptuary of Johnny Depp, dating back to the day she first laid wide blue eyes on Captain Jack Sparrow. Ergo, it’s my sworn avuncular duty (read my contract) to rally to her side and promote the cause of pirate appreciation.
"Hide the rum."
UPDATE:No one should ever need ask where I stand on the question of Pirate vs. Ninja supremacy. Sure, a ninja might win a fight with a pirate through superior dexterity with some weapons that you’d never see a pirate using, but there’s still no question as to which of the two I’d rather be. Yarrrrr!!
UPDATE II: OK, the exclamation “Yarrrrr!!” in this post was originally “Arrrrrrgh!!” However, Cap’n Slappy, the founder of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, advises against this practice, as the latter is more a cry of pain than an expression of “Pirattitude” (Slappy’s word). This and more useful information courtesy of ITLAPD’s FAQ sheet.