“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.”
Voltaire — Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville (May 16, 1767)
“Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. But in real life it is different. Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications. Our Guildensterns play Hamlet for us, and our Hamlets have to jest like Prince Hal. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”
Oscar Wilde — Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories
“It feels like it’s going to be more difficult to mock Trump’s administration. They’re already going out and doing the comedy. It’s not something you can make fun of. It’s tricky and it’s really tricky now as satire has become reality. We were really trying to make fun of what was going on last season but we couldn’t keep up. What was actually happening was way funnier than anything we could come up with. So we decided to just back off and let politicians do their comedy and we’ll do ours.”
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone
People have argued that political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize. [Tom Lehrer] Others believe that satire is not dead. It is alive and living in the White House. [Robin Williams] Here is a joke and two very real stories. I will let you decide… Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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During a break, John A. Eisenberg — Deputy Assistant to President Trump, as well as NSC Legal Advisor, and Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs — is walking with his Chinese counterpart in the White House garden.
Suddenly, Eisenberg whirled, slugged the Chinese man and knocked him down.
“What was that for?” the Chinese man asked.
“That was for Pearl Harbor!” Eisenberg said.
“Pearl Harbor? That was the Japanese. I’m Chinese.”
“Chinese, Japanese, you are all the same!”
They continued walking and after a while the Chinese man whirled and knocked Eisenberg to the ground.
“What was that for?” Eisenberg asked.
“That was for the Titanic!”
“The Titanic? That was an iceberg.”
“Iceberg, Eisenberg, you are all the same.”
On Sunday (November 11 2018), French Newspaper Le Monde revealed a very worrisome story.
When President Trump received the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania earlier this year, he began by blaming them for the war in Yugoslavia.
It took them a few moments to realise that the US President had mixed up the Balkans and the Baltic countries.
Trump remains apparently uneducated in the matter by his wife. Indeed, Melanija Knavs Trump was born in Novo Mesto, and grew up in Sevnica, in the Yugoslav republic of Slovenia.
On November 2 2018, the Trump administration held a briefing on re-imposing sanctions on Iran.
Secretary of State Pompeo said that the sanctions are “just a part of the U.S. Government’s total effort to change the behavior of the Ayatollah Khomeini.” Actually, Khomeini has been dead for almost three decades.
Khomeini, Khamenei… “It all sounds the same. They all look the same.” This is no joke however.
It is hardly funny and it can’t possibly end well. The world is truly a stage, and the play is definitely badly cast.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions — U.S. Department of State
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