The Newsosphere in Review 2014!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

By clavius42

American People Okay With Having No Healthcare, Funding for Education, Reproductive Rights

Multi-ethnic group portrait

A recent poll reflected the results of the mid-term elections Tuesday – a good percentage of Americans are not concerned with education, women’s reproductive rights, affordable healthcare, or starting unwinnable wars.

“And gun control?  That’s out the window,” said one American who voted to keep the Republicans in control of Congress.  “I say gimme more guns – you don’t need to be too smart to use ’em!  And why do kids need to learn so much?  All they do is text now anyway!”

“I believe that a bunch of old rich white guys know more about my reproductive system and my rights as a female employee than I do,” said one woman.  “What right do I have to question them?  And not all Republicans are men – there are plenty more like me who choose to be oblivious about ourselves!  And ‘rape’ is one letter away from getting a bad ‘rap’.”

“I say bomb ’em all,” explained one voter.  “And if they immigrate and spread Ebola, there should be no survivors.  We need the kind of protection that the GOP has provided us time and time again, and if that means tax cuts for the wealthy, why not?  The rich have always had our best interests at heart.”

Fox News has reported a sudden increase in viewership after the mid-term elections.

“It’s like Christmas has come early for us,” said host Sean Hannity.  “Even if there still is a war on it.”

In related news, the poll conducted also indicates that a good portion of Americans may now be classified as “morons”…

By clavius42

Impersonally Personal


The twenty-first century has had its milestones, but certainly not when it comes to social interaction.  Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have reduced intelligent conversations to tweets and texts, limiting words and sometimes thoughts.

I keep thinking about how impersonal some famous exchanges would be had they been written in this day and age.

ROMEO: But soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun 😀
JULIET: Okay thanks! 🙂

JERRY: You complete me 😀
DOROTHY: Ok thx! 🙂

“Okay thanks!” is now a universal expression, which sometimes suggests obliviousness to what is actually being said.  A person pours their heart out to someone and the reply is “okay thanks!”. There’s a suggestion that an actual physical meeting would be a good idea, only to be met with “okay thanks!”  The feelings go unresolved and the meeting never happens.

Are social networks slowly reducing conversation to the simplest terms, even discouraging physical interaction?  We see images of people enjoying themselves with other people, but as soon as they are back texting on Facebook, the conversations drop to nearly nothing – the equivalent of “okay thanks!”.

I miss the twentieth century.  I miss social interaction.  I miss people not talking about every damn thing they do, and sending their pointless photos of doing them.  I enjoy phone conversations.  I enjoy actual physical conversations.  I enjoy communication.

If social networks and their ability to reduce interaction are considered “okay”, maybe sometimes we should say “no thanks”.

By clavius42

Republicans Attempt to Appeal to Group Known as ‘Women’


WASHINGTON – As the mid-term elections are on the horizon, many Republican candidates are focusing all of their attention on a very important group of voters known in the party as “women”.

“This group, along with the Hispanics, could very well shift the vote our way,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  “I am actually competing against one of these ‘women’ in my own state.  At least she’s not Hispanic.”

“Women”‘s votes have been the most difficult to obtain because of their insistence on control of their own bodies, according to one GOP contender.

“It’s like they know what’s best for themselves,” said the contender.  “It puts us in a rather difficult position, when groups which we are courting for votes have minds of their own.”

Insiders have also reported that “women” are actually holding jobs on Fox News, and are even political candidates in the Republican party, but many conservatives feel that the term “women” is being used loosely.

“These ‘women’ are more easily manipulated,” said McConnell.  “We don’t have to worry about them.  After all, they’re practically men.”

In related news, the GOP is asking for special recognition for encouraging groups they despise to vote for them.  “It’s in their best interests, regardless of how much we resent them.”

By clavius42

Political Satirist Overwhelmed by Stupidity He Missed While on Hiatus


A local Texas writer who publishes a political and social satire website returned this week, and was overwhelmed by the volume of stupidity, bad taste, and general awfulness of the headlines.

“It’s baffling,” said the writer, “how anyone in politics, law enforcement and 24 hour news networks can behave this way and still keep their jobs.  It really says something about our society when their kind of behavior becomes the norm.”

During the satirist’s brief hiatus from his humor blog, an armed man walked into the White House, the GOP held up the President’s actions against ISIS because he hadn’t asked them for help, more innocent people were shot by police, and news of a few people infected with the Ebola virus was blown out of proportion by various cable news networks, some even blaming Obama for the “outbreak”.

“But I will admit, the gay marriage thing was pretty cool,” he added.

“I would, however, like to say to those who created the mess in Iraq in the first place, i.e. the Bush administration – whose members are still not yet in prison but are actually still being interviewed regularly on news shows – ‘shut up shut up shut up!'”

The blog writer admits, however, that such idiocy and awfulness is great fodder for his website.

“But I would be perfectly happy not writing my blog in a world that didn’t have the problems we have now…”

By clavius42

I Deserve A Break Today

Hello all!

The Newsophere will be taking a little hiatus!

But never fear, it will return to its regularly scheduled Bat-time and Bat-channel soon.

For now, feel free to check out articles you may have missed in the archive!

Or if you need a really good laugh, there’s always Fox News.  They’re my comedy superstars.

‘Nuff said.


The Management

By clavius42

Kincannon Says Disgusting, Offensive Comments Taken Out of Context


Todd Kincannon, chairman of the Simpsonville, South Carolina Election Commission, insists that his recent tweet saying that he hoped former football player Ray Rice’s “dumb bitch” fiancee “learned her lesson” when Rice “justifiably beat her ass”, was taken out of context.

“Sure, it was a single tweet,” said Kincannon, “but it was part of a conversation with some friends that we had in jest.  I have nothing but sympathy for the dumb bitch.”

His Twitter account was also suspended last year after inflammatory remarks mocking the murder of Trayvon Martin, also saying that “transgendered people should be placed in a concentration-style camp”, and saying that it was a shame an Iraq war veteran turned anti-war organizer “didn’t come home in a body bag”.

“Am I a dick?  Of course I am,” said Kincannon.  “But we live in a country where assholes like me can exercise their right to be a total dick. Makes me proud.”

“The man is reprehensible,” said one Simpsonville citizen.  “It’s a wonder these people have spouses, let alone children.  He’s just as vile as that horrible fat bastard Rush Limbaugh.  Or is that Ann Coulter?  I always get them mixed up.”

Twitter said that they are considering suspending Kincannon’s second account, but Kincannon is not upset.

“I have an open invitation to host my own show on Fox News,” said Kincannon.

In other news, a belligerent old fart was spotted on CNN blasting away at former Press Secretary Jay Carney.  “It was like they let a rabid dog on the set,” said Carney.

By clavius42

“Fox & Friends” Boasts Taste-Free Programming


NEW YORK – The hosts of Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” has been taking a lot of heat after jokes they made about fired football player Ray Rice and footage depicting him beating his fiancee in an elevator.

But co-host Steve Doocy defends the behavior.  “If you want tasteful comments, why are you watching our show?” said Doocy.  “Our policy is to offer tact and taste-free programming.  Keeping our comments in check is not what we do at Fox News.  We give viewers what they expect – stupid and crass views on subjects we know next to nothing about.  It’s not like we have degrees or something.”

Co-host Brian Kilmeade explained the philosophy of the show.  “Other morning shows deliver accurate news and thoughtful programming,” said Kilmeade.  “We are all about the opposite.”

New co-host Anna Kooiman was also asked for her opinion, to which she only replied, “I like stuff.”

“It’s not like we trashed some gay liberal battered Spic woman, suggesting she needs a transvaginal ultrasound to shut her up!” added Doocy.  

“Though that would be pretty funny come to think of it.”

In related news, a recent poll suggests that many people believe the world would be a better place if Ann Coulter never talked again.  

By clavius42

GOP Has Extensive Plans to Criticize Obama No Matter What He Does


WASHINGTON – Today Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said that even if President Obama makes the right decisions concerning the situations in the Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq, they will still not be the right ones.

“This is also not excluding, of course, if he decides to do exactly what we suggested,” said Graham.  “In that case, we will blame him for stealing our ideas.”

“It’s a no win situation,” says House Speaker John Boehner.  “Our hatred for the President knows no bounds, and we’ll be damned if we’re going to be upstaged by him now!”

Fox News is planning to run a special depending on what Obama chooses to do regarding the many crises, but the two planned specials will both be called “What Obama Did Wrong”.

“Hey, in our little bubble world we are insulated from facts, common sense, and morality,” said Fox News host Sean Hannity.  “We can do whatever we want, because of course, we’re always right!  At least, that’s what the voices tell us.”

McCain plans to rally against Obama no matter what he does.  “I’ve been wrong about pretty much everything,” said McCain, “but that won’t stop me from being wrong about this.” 

In other news, Eric Cantor scored a job with an investment firm, but promises that he “will remain as big a douche” as he was when he was House Majority Leader…

By clavius42

Fox News Discovered to be Elaborate Prank by Lorne Michaels


NEW YORK – Sources close to NBC are saying what many in the industry have suspected all along – the Fox News Channel is an extremely elaborate prank created by SNL producer Lorne Michaels.

“It would explain so many things,” said one industry insider.  “No human being, let alone a large group of them, could be as unintentionally hilarious as the team at Fox News.”

“I admit nothing,” says Michaels.  “But if one did come up with such a devious plan. that individual would be uncommonly brilliant.” He then winked at this reporter.

With the 2014 Emmys airing tonight, there is also much speculation as to which show will win for best comedy series.

“If the truth is discovered before the broadcast,” said one producer, “and admit it, Lorne, you know it’s true – then Lorne Michaels and his Fox News team could very well sweep the comedy awards.”

Fox News president Roger Ailes was asked for comment, only to say that the slogan for the alleged twenty-four news network would be changing soon from “Fair and Balanced” to “Funny or Die”…  

By clavius42