Just in time for Christmas, the government has shut down again. If the EPA is affected, that means NO coal in your Christmas stocking! (and any canaries stuffed therein won’t keel over).
Last week, President Trump took full credit for the shutdown, claiming he was proud to own it in the name of border security. But now he’s trying to blame the democrats:
Okay, Mr. Hi-Tech. Nothing from the ancient world better than the wheel? How about the rack? It’s cutting edge technology! Plus, scientists are testing a new invention called the loincloth.
Lately, Trump’s big, beautiful wall paid for by Mexico is turning into a slat fence funded by taxpayers. This raises several questions, uppermost in my mind being: Just how slatternly does this fence need to be to satisfy the Donald?
For those who remember the old Get Smart series, there’s also a retro “Would you believe?” meme being played out right before our eyes. Get Smart was a comedy about a bumbling secret agent named Maxwell Smart (played by the late Don Adams), and his reserved, sensible boss known as The Chief (played by the late Edward Platt). Max and The Chief worked for CONTROL, which stood for goodness and niceness. Their enemy was KAOS, which didn’t.
Get Smart has already given us one memorable Trump Administration meme: the Cone of Silence. This was a running gag about a super secret listening booth which muffled voices so effectively that even those enveloped in it could barely hear each other:
When the original gag wore thin, they came up with the portable cone of silence, which was even funnier:
Not to be confused with “The Silence of a Candle,” which was a lovely piece of music by The Winter Consort:
Anyway, when now dethroned EPA chief Scott Pruitt lavished tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money on an ultra secure phone booth, this was quickly dubbed the Cone of Silence by the press. Another running Get Smart gag was “Would You Believe…”:
As applied to Trump’s border wall, I think it would go something like this…
Max: Chief, we need a 30-foot high concrete wall to keep out illegal aliens.
The Chief: I’m sorry Max, that’s totally impractical.
Max: Really? Well, how about a picket fence painted by friends of Tom Sawyer?
The Chief: No, Max.
Max: Would you believe a ‘Keep Out’ sign and a really ferocious poodle?
I’m afraid that’s what Trump will be reduced to in the end. As for stand-up comedy memes, take this one out for a walk:
“Another government shutdown? I asked you not to tell me that!”
The West Wing – Shutdown episode:
Police: “Canary In A Coal Mine”:
Edward Platt in The Rebel Set (Mystery Science Theater version), where he plays a criminal mastermind who masquerades as both a beatnik and a priest:
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