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In his final sermon at the World Youth Day festival in
Australia, Pope Benedict XVI challenged young people to fight against
materialism. This came as a big disappointment to the thousands who were there
only to buy a limited-edition Pope Benedict bobblehead doll.
Starting in September, Howie Mandel will host a daily half-hour syndicated
version of “Deal or No Deal” with a top prize of $500,000 plus a $10,000 weekly
prize for the viewing audience. This is great news for a small Hollywood
employment agency, “Women Who Can Walk And Carry Briefcases At The Same Time.”
NASA officials have begun negotiations to purchase several unmanned cargo
spacecrafts from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. If anything goes wrong
with them, we’ll hear this message: “Honda, we have a problem.”
The FDA is warning consumers to avoid fresh jalapeno peppers after finding
salmonella bacteria on one in Texas. People who miss eating raw jalapenos are
advised to show off their masculinity by purchasing a sports car instead.
An ABC-TV outlet in Houston released a video taken at a political fundraiser
showing President Bush explaining the nation’s economic problems by saying,
“Wall Street got drunk.” Luckily, the camera was turned off before Bush
demonstrated how Wall Street grabbed the porcelain stock market and upchucked
the banking industry.
More bad news for John McCain. He’s the one with the connection to the beer
industry but Germany honored his opponent with a new brew called Bock Obama.
A family court judge in New Zealand ordered the parents of 9-year-old girl to
change the poor kid’s name to something other than Talula Does The Hula From
Hawaii. It’s a good thing she’s a girl because the boy’s name the parents had
picked was Lance Does The Chicken Dance From France.
Starting today, I am no longer me. From this day forward, please address me as
Me, Inc. Before I get doused in paint by an irate PETA member, that’s
pronounced ‘me-ink’, not ‘mink’.
As you may suspect, or at least hope, I have a perfectly good and possibly
brilliant reason for changing my name to Me, Inc. The Federal Reserve Bank
(slogan: “All the cash that’s fit to print.”) has recently decided to protect
the economy from the housing crisis by bailing out Bear Stearns (aka Hannibal
Lessor) instead of rescuing homeowners in danger of being foreclosed, including
the aforementioned corporation-formerly-known-as me.
As Me, Inc., (listed on the New York Stock Exchange as NOTU), I no longer have
to fear bill collectors, natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, bank runs,
animal stampedes or acts of God (or your preferred deity). Minutes after any of
these events might occur, the economy will be saved from the collapse of Me, Inc,
when Fed Chairman Ben ‘Cash or Check?’ Bernanke transfers funds to restore Me,
Inc., to its full me-ness.
Disaster recovery is not the only benefit of being Me, Inc.. My new shell
company in the Bahamas, a telecommunications firm called Me Shell Ma Bell,
Inc., will free Me, Inc., from paying income taxes. My wholly-owned subsidiary
in Dubai, an energy company named Me Thane Gas, opens the door to huge no-bid
government contracts. And just in case PETA is still mad about the name, Me,
Inc., will write off any remaining tax liabilities through a non-profit kitten
placement service called Me Ow.
Don’t try to mess with Me, Inc. As a defense contractor, Me, Inc., is protected
by the Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon, Blackwater and a moat paid
for by the hometown of Me, Inc., in appreciation for the job it created and for
not relocating to Maine (abbreviation: ME).
No matter who wins the upcoming presidential election, Me, Inc., is well
positioned with three Washington lobbying groups: MERITE, MELEFT and MENUTZ.
Me, Inc., has not donated to any of the candidates, but has photographs of the
three frontrunners wearing T-shirts that read “I Love ME” (who could object to
I know what you’re thinking: isn’t Me, Inc., just a scam to rip off the
government that will eventually be exposed, and how can I get in on it? To
answer the first question, there’s a long line of businesses ripping off the
government that are ahead of Me, Inc., in the investigation line, and to insure
it will never get to the front, Me, Inc. is now doing business as MELAST, Inc.
As for the second question, Me, Inc., has decided to open up franchises across
the country under the name ME2. For more information, have your credit card
handy and call 1-800-BLIKEME and talk to my new assistant in charge of
franchising. Just ask for Mimi.
I Want My Nano!
By Paul Seaburn
The most disappointing part of the unveiling of the $2,500 car by Indian’s Tata
Motors - outside of it not having a cute name like the Curryvette or the
Delhincoln - is that the Nano won’t be sold in the U.S. A
twenty-five-hundred-dollar new car that’s not radio-controlled and I can’t buy
one? That’s as un-American as making ethanol out of sugar cane.
Why can’t I get one? The Nano, which comes from the Greek word meaning
“billionth” but is defined in most modern languages as “covered
lawnmower,” apparently does not meet the minimum safety standards of the U.S.
Department of Transportation. Did any of you currently driving across bridges
with holes so big you can see the river below know that we still have a
Department of Transportation?
OK, so the Nano doesn’t have any airbags. Big deal. It’s only ten feet
long and has a 35 horsepower motor. That means my stomach and a large belt
buckle will do just fine in the front, and a jacket with shoulder pads
covers me on the sides.
There’s no passenger-side mirror on the Nano to see traffic behind me.
So? That’s what windows are for! Besides, I won’t have anything blocking
my view because no one will want to ride with me anyway.
The basic Nano has no radio This isn’t a problem - it’s a feature! I
don’t want any noise distracting me from the swearing by other drivers stuck
behind me. Curse all you want, Hummer drivers. I paid less for this car than
you paid for that fancy optional front grill my Nano is currently stuck in. No
need to call your insurance company - any damage my Nano does to your extremely
expensive vehicle can be fixed at a pop-a-ding place for ten bucks.
An air conditioner is only available on the deluxe Nano. Isn’t “deluxe
Nano” an oxymoron? Do you really need air conditioning in a car that’s not even
five feet wide? A 64-ounce soft drink with ice in the passenger seat securely
fastened in with the seat belt - yes, the Nano has seat belts! - will keep me
plenty cool. Hmm, I’ll bet I could warm my Nano in the winter with a large cup
of hot coffee. And I can afford plenty of those five-dollar heaters because my
Nano only cost TWENTY-FIVE-HUNDRED DOLLARS!
Why should millions of Indians be allowed to have a Nano but I can’t.
They already have our jobs, nuclear weapons and trained elephants. I want a car
that’s cheaper than what I spend on gas in a year. I want my Nano and I want it
NOW! What? The Nanos are painted in China? Never mind.
McDonald’s Unveils The Big Freddie Mac
by Paul Seaburn
DES PLAINES, IL - McDonald’s Corp. held a press conference today to unveil its
latest sandwich: the Big Freddie Mac. Priced at 50 cents, the Big Freddie Mac
is the first fast food hamburger to be subsidized by the federal government.
“The economy - not that there’s anything wrong with it - is causing Americans
to cut back on eating hamburgers,” explained McDonald’s spokesperson Donald
McDonald (no relation). “Washington has decided that the burger is too big to
fail, so the Treasury Department has agreed to kick in three bucks for every
Big Freddie Mac sold.”
The Big Freddie Mac, while similar in appearance, is significantly
different from the McDonald’s mainstay - the Big Mac. Big Freddie’s bun is
inflated to look twice as large as it actually is, while the two all-beef
patties are actually one all-beef patty sliced in half width-wise and pumped up
by puffy lettuce. The “special” sauce is French dressing which is this week’s
“special” at the dollar store next to McDonald’s headquarters. The number of
sesame seeds has been reduced to one with a promise of more in two years if the
burger market bubble continues. Each Big Freddie Mac comes in a special wrapper
printed with suggestions on how to “flip the burger” for profit by selling it
to people who are new to fast foods or kids who haven’t learned to read yet.
“The Big Freddie Mac program does not mean we will be bailing out other
fast food menu items,” said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. “As they say
in the business, it’s for a ‘limited time only’.” However, he did not rule out
a similar plan to help Starbucks, which has recently been forced to close 600
stores. Rumors out of Starbucks headquarters in Seattle hint that the company
is about to roll out a government-subsidized coffee called the Frappe Mae.