Archive for category Politics
Contributed by Scud Langley
Clandestine, Ohio – With all of the chaos that has erupted around the country recently, many politicians have attempted to speak of unity and togetherness and have taken every opportunity to denounce rhetoric that they say is “harsh” and “divisive”. In toning down this destructive rhetoric, they believe they can unite the country and usher in an era of peace and tolerance.
While at a campaign stop for local and statewide candidates in Clandestine, Ohio, the President offered up his thoughts on the matter:
“Look, there’s no doubt that folks are angry right now and there is a lot of built up frustration and I believe we all have some responsibility here. Tensions are high and we have to do everything we can to bring healing and unity to our communities. That’s why I am asking for lawmakers and presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle to tone down their rhetoric and to look for ways to bring unity instead of divisiveness… (applause)… Unfortunately, however, this kind of divisiveness tends to come from one side of the aisle more than the other. Look, when folks from the other side of the aisle spend more time attacking me and their political opponents and spewing hatred than they do talking about unity, we all suffer… (applause)… They don’t have a plan! They don’t have a plan to move us forward because their bigotry blinds their thought process. That kind of thinking will never bring unity. That will only move us backwards towards restrictive policies like Jim Crow. But from the sounds of things, that’s something they would support… (boos)… I know. I know… I would love for us to be able to talk about love and unity and common ground but that’s impossible when all they can do is insult their opponents, trash their ideas, and inspire hatred. How can we be a unified country when there are so many bigots and carnival barkers from the other party who do nothing more than name-call and incite fear? That kind of extremism is more dangerous than terrorism in some cases!”
The president spent the next hour speaking about how bigoted politicians on the right use hateful rhetoric as a distraction from the real issues.
Contributed by Scud Langley
Cleveland, OH – In a lesser covered event last week at the Republican National Convention, presidential nominee Donald Trump implemented a fairly unconventional method of weeding out attendees who were not behind him 100%.
As Mr. Trump walked onto the stage with the aid of a fog machine, he pressed a button on the podium that opened a sliding panel on the wall behind him that revealed what looked like a large furnace with golden inlays. As the applause began to die down, Mr. Trump addressed the crowd and said,
“Now that I have accepted the nomination for president of the United States, we have to unite to defeat Crooked Hillary (TM)!… (applause)… However, frankly there are some Republicans out there who have not been treating me very fairly ok? I’ve heard that there are some losers who would rather vote for some failed career politician instead of me… (boos)… I know… I know… That’s no way to win, so here’s what we’re gonna do: I had this magnificent furnace built by some wonderful people and let me tell you, it’s really terrific. We will ask everyone to pledge loyalty to the campaign and whoever decides they still don’t want to be loyal to us, which would not be very smart, will be escorted into the furnace… (applause)… Thank you… Thank you… We’re gonna win, that I can tell you!”
There were no reported attendees thrown into the furnace towards the end of the convention, but after Senator Ted Cruz spoke and refused to offer a full-throated endorsement of the Trump campaign, a few large men in black suits came up and began escorting him towards the furnace. Though it is unclear exactly how, Senator Cruz managed to survive the ordeal. Some witnesses claim that they saw something like a son of man standing next to Cruz as he began to walk into the furnace but these reports have been unverified as of the writing of this article.
Contributed by Scud Langley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Though the debate about gun rights in the United States seems to be a recent phenomenon, new evidence has shown that there has been disagreement about the 2nd amendment from the very beginning. Though many of the founders often wrote in supportive terms of the right of the people to keep and bear arms, a recent discovery in Wayne, Pennsylvania, which is just outside of Philadelphia, has given new insight into the debate that was waged even when the Bill of Rights was first being considered.
Local man Jim Hollaway was digging through his shed and found an old box that contained pieces of several letters written in fine script that were close to crumbling. Not sure what they were, he took them to an antique shop to have them evaluated and discovered that they were dated to around 1782-1783 and were contributed to a man named Anson Tremble. Though the letters were not fully intact, it was clear through several sections that Mr. Tremble was no fan of the proposed 2nd amendment and was quite forceful in his desire to see it eliminated. An intended recipient could not be found as the letters were somewhat ragged, but an excerpt from one of the partial sections reads:
“… and though it may be incumbent upon me to voice my displeasure of the proposal, I shall not but present several unquestionable points that should be taken into consideration before ratification is to be presented, and furthermore, I shall not be silen[ced] in this endeavour. That any man would or should need such an arm as the British Land Pattern [Mus]ket (what we now know as “Brown Bess”) is beyond reasonabal [sic] and should not be taken in a serious manner, as this device… [and] is no more than a killing [machine] designed for the sole purpose of taking away the life of man. The .75 caliber ball which fires forth from the muzzle is a horrendous piece of artill[ery] and is capable of more than incapacitating anything in its path. This is not the weapon of an husbandman intent on defending his flock… It is true that I have taken up the arm and have fired it upon an open field and I shall say without any shame to my honour that [the] explosion that proceeded forth was deafening, the spark and flash that shot out from the contact of the flint to the frizzen was disorienting and unsettling, and the pain and numbness caused to my shoulder from the stock slamming backwards after the discharge has yet to begin healing. The bellowing smoke that lingered from that awful black power was caught up in my lungs after the shot and I dare say that I may never brea[th] the same again… No, this is no hunting weapon and should not be [con]sidered…”
Though it has been difficult to nail down just how much influence Mr. Tremble held in the debate and who his intellectual peers were, a single reference to a “Mr. Anson” as a “gormless nancy-boy” was found amongst the journal entries of Josiah Bartlett, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, but it is unclear if this is a direct reference to Anson Tremble. Nevertheless, this finding has managed to shed a little more light on the debate that has seemingly raged on since the dawning of the Bill of Rights.
Contributed by Scud Langley
Washington D.C. – On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration released a statement concerning language standards in their labeling practices in response to the changing social tides since the coming out party of the former Bruce Jenner. Though food labels and descriptions have rarely been the cause of controversy, the FDA has decided that it will no longer refer to trans fats as “trans” fats. In a press conference explaining the recent change, spokesman Donald Murskey had this to say:
“Look, we all know that words and labels can have not only a harmful effect on the margins of society, but can also contribute to insensitivity on the part of those who have no idea that their callous use of language can lead to the “otherism” of… others. Since we know that in the past, we have unwittingly played a small part in this barbarism, we at the Food and Drug Administration have decided that the term “trans fats” brings with it a negative stigma that we do not wish to carry over to the trans-movement at large. As such, effective Monday, any and all labels and descriptions containing the words “trans fats” will be replaced with an as-yet-to-be-determined description that we feel will more accurately describe the fats without ostracizing a very very large portion of our communities. We will also begin the arduous task of combing through any and all past references to this lipid and will begin scrubbing the now hateful words from memory for the sake of our future. We just want to make sure we’re on the right side of history on this, and since we will be effectively changing history, there will only be 1 side anyway so it’s a win-win.”
The descriptions that are currently in the running to replace “trans fats” are currently “negative fats”, “sad fats”, and simply “fatty acids”. Since the publication of these choices, however, some uproar has arisen from the slam poetry community, the gothic community, and the plus size community who believe that these new descriptions could possibly bring with them some negative connotations towards their movements as well. Several petitions have been brought forth on change.org and small protests have been formed in various cities in response to these new descriptions.
As of publication, no decision has been made on which description will be used moving forward and a simple solution does not look to be in sight.
Contributed by Scud Langley
Broken Bow, OK – A rash of severe injuries have plagued PFN News Headquarters in the past two months, leaving employees scratching their heads. Several have been treated for lacerations and deep bruises and many have threatened to quit. Ted Mosely, chief editor of offline content had this to say:
We’re all confused and saddened by these recent events. Doctors say the injuries are consistent with bear maulings, but no bear maulings have been authorized by PFN News or any of its subsidiaries. We intend to hire a very expensive private investigator to get to the bottom of this issue.
This issue remains, as of yet, unresolved.
In other news, playground equipment has been added to our onsite bear range so employees can bring their children during lunch.
Broken Bow, OK
It is a known fact that the endorsement of a political candidate by a major news organization can have weighty effects on election outcomes. Throughout American political history, the influence of journalists has played such a weighty role in election outcomes, that entire media enterprises have been built on the premise of decrying the effects of national media on elections.
In principal, PFN News rejects the notion of politically biased election coverage, and we make every effort possible to cover elections objectively, scrubbed clean of opinion and bias. However, in political climates such as the one we face this cycle, force our hand and we must influence the election in any way possible. We must now, for the good of the country, levy our considerable social capital for the good of our fellow man; the cost of inaction is simply too great.
That is why we are officially offering our endorsement of Emollient Fécal for the office of President. Neither of the two National Parties offered a candidate who is skilled in falconry and goat husbandry. In this case the old French proverb, passed on to Mr. Fécal by his grandfather, proves true:
“Si on ne peut pas bien gouverner un troupeau de chèvres et a entrailles irréguliers, comment pourrait-il gouverner la nation?”
“If one cannot rule well a herd of goats and has irregular bowels, how shall he rule the nation?”
America, consider the game changed.
PFN News News:
Last month, PFN News correspondent Scud Langley reported on the firing of former news editor Raul Ortega. While this was, no doubt, unfortunate for Mr. Ortega, it has proven to be somewhat of a windfall for PFN. Not only did we rid the organization of a less than profitable associate, but we also loosed ourselves from his 5 year, $20,000 contract (which, as was stated therein, is voided upon termination), effectively freeing up 78% of our operating budget.
After hours of deliberation, the Board Members decided unanimously to appropriate $5,000 to pay off a couple of car title loans we had taken out during particularly trying season of the news business. Last year, our advertiser pulled their support and we were forced to borrow against both vehicles owned by our company in order to fund the breaking news coverage, and underwrite the construction of Mr. Langley’s personal ham radio tower.
The remaining $15,000 was used to hire the newest member of our team, Stephano Grehrs, as the Official Trumpeter of PFN News. Mr. Grehrs holds a B.A. in Accordion Theory from The University of Minsk, and completed his post-graduate studies in Vienna, earning an M.F.A. for his work in transcribing the sound of running water into conventional music notation, and then composing a sonata for bassoon based on the mono-tonal themes he derived from his research. Mr. Grehrs soon left his academic career and spent the 90’s playing flute in jazz/Tibetan chant fusion bands all over the Pacific Northwest. He then landed the coveted position of “Minstrel of Record” for NPR News where he stayed until we lured him to PFN with the promise of focusing on trumpet, and free use either the El Camino, or the other El Camino (recently secured by the aforementioned loan payment), at his discretion.
So far, the only assigned duties of the Official Trumpeter of NPR News are, playing “Flight of the Bumblebee” every morning via conference call, playing Taps at the funeral of any PFN associate who may die during his tenure, and softly playing “America the Beautiful” as Steve Dbrockavitch steps off the plane on any foreign soil. Other duties may be assigned at a later date.
Note: A search for “Minstrel of Record” on the NPR website did not yield anything on Mr. Grehrs’ service there, having apparently been purged from their records.