November 11, 2004

BLUE STATE BLUES

A sorry update from the SMH:

A website that allows Americans to apologise to the rest of the world for the election victory of President George W Bush was overwhelmed today after a report about it on CNN.

The crash of the site reflected the deep disappointment of many Bush opponents about the election results, and their feeling that the victory of the right wing president could have disastrous effects around the globe on issues ranging from war and peace to the environment.

The website, sorryeverybody.com, features pictures of troubled US citizens holding up signs of apology. It was the brainchild of neuroscience student James Zetlen who kicked off the popular new pastime with the message "Sorry, world, we tried."

Good Lord. They're treating this seriously. Jim Treacher takes a different approach, which ties in to Nelson Ascher's theory of blog popularity:

It just dawned on me, I mean, the reason why the blogosphere has become so successful and influential and etc. Of course thereís the interactive side of it, thereís the immediate criticism of all the crap in the papers and on TV, there are many things that were badly needed. But still, thereís something deeper, even more essential than all the rest: unlike the MSM with all their fatuous, pompous pseudo-serious solemnity, the blogosphere is funny. You start, for instance, to read a thread at LGF and you simply cannot stop. Itís fun for free and often much better than the one you pay for. Itís unbelievable how funny not only the bloggers, but the average commenters (usually beginning by their very nicknames) can be. Politics used to be tragic or simply boring. Now, thanks to thousands and thousands of new players, it has become actually funny.

Posted by Tim Blair at November 11, 2004 09:09 AM
Comments

Jeez Louise! When should ANYONE, be they Republicans or Democrats or third party voters, think that they should be ACCOUNTABLE to the rest of the world for how they vote?!?!

Talk about bending over...

Posted by: Richard at November 11, 2004 at 09:13 AM

It's cowardice, plain and simple. OBL made his little tape promising to spare the folks who didn't vote for Bush and this is the reaction. Notice how many of the signs have some version of "please don't bomb us" on them.

Disgusting.

Posted by: FDC at November 11, 2004 at 09:28 AM

They got the name right.

They are truly SORRY! What a collection of wet-behind-the-ears dreamers and smoke'em if you got'em 1960's hippies.

Posted by: imnotsorry at November 11, 2004 at 09:29 AM

Ascher's talking nonsense. Politics has always been funny. There was the time Gerald Ford fell over in about '75. Then there was that other guy who stumbled a bit in...er, about '83. Last week Castro fell flat on his face!And Jimmy Carter - his whole administration was a riot.

The sort of sarcasm and sniping we see on sites like this (and the weird shit from that Preacher fellow) lacks any sort of timeless quality. You think people will be quoting "Goomba Goom" in ten years time? Time to stop blowing smoke, chuckleheads.

Posted by: Scott Campbell at Blithering Bunny at November 11, 2004 at 09:33 AM

Funny how? Do I amuse you?

Posted by: Jim Treacher at November 11, 2004 at 09:51 AM

Actually, politicians have acted funny. Or weird. I don't know of many genuinely funny politicians...although they have been known to crack a few one liners now then.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 11, 2004 at 09:52 AM

And before I forget it....blogs have added humor to politics, because we can crack wise about the government in near-real time, and much cheaper! Until the INTERNET, you had to buy a pitcher of beer at the local watering hole to get political commentary this good.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 11, 2004 at 09:54 AM

Mr. Campbell's right. Most of the nonsense floating around today will be forgotten shortly. Even the pictures of morons apologizing will mercifully be tidbits for some students thesis, if even that.

Posted by: jim at November 11, 2004 at 09:56 AM

On the other hand, check out "werenotsorry.com"

Posted by: randy in texas at November 11, 2004 at 10:11 AM

Well, Mr. Campbell is right, but so what? If someone wanted all of this humor recorded for posterity, there would bazillions of books published already.

How many times have people sat around a table with 6 pack of beer, telling jokes? Or in a dorm room, sharing a package or cookies while solving world problems? And how many ghost writers hover in the background, capturing every word in case there's a great one liner for Jay Leno, or some sublime wisdom for Mad magazine? I don't know about you, but I sure haven't see anyone like that in my lifetime. If I missed them, someone owes me money.

Jeez! Lighten up, folks! Blogs provide much the same service, only a lot faster and cheaper. Although drinking alone sucks.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 11, 2004 at 10:19 AM

The Real Jeffs referred to a pitcher of beer.

He's no Aussie. Imagine going into the Burv and asking for a "pitcher of beer". You'd be lucky to get out with your teeth still in your mouth, or, as Bazza said, his teeth will be "so far down he'll have shove a tooth brush up his freckle to clean 'em".

Posted by: walterplinge at November 11, 2004 at 10:28 AM

O dear. We lack timeless quality, whatever the fuck that is. On the other hand the sight of grown men tripping and falling down never fails to amuse. Is that the view of the retard contingent that the loser lefties have been going on about?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at November 11, 2004 at 10:39 AM

Did Treacher just call us funny? Funny?!?

Looks at Spongebob pajamas and Sharpei slippers with the PVC non-slip soles. *check*

Observes ninety-plus bookmarks. *check*

Recalls cookie-and-recent-post history. *check*

Geek maybe. Funny. Never.

Posted by: Rebecca at November 11, 2004 at 10:56 AM

You've got to admit the pix of Bob Hawke elsewhere on this site show how funny pollies can be.

Actually, it's quiter heartening to know they're human. Isn't better to see them slobbering over some chick, rather than breaking cabbies' arms?

Posted by: freddyboy at November 11, 2004 at 11:00 AM

I just can't believe how many of these retards with their "sorry" posters put in the P.S. "Don't bomb me!"

Talk about a ready-made dhimmitude - I only wish that these fuckwits could be charged with treason, or giving aid and encouragement to terrorists.

May Allah (SWT) strike down and dismember these infidel dhimmis.

Posted by: Kaboom at November 11, 2004 at 11:05 AM

Not to mention the rampant narcissism that would compel somebody to write "please don't bomb me!"

Lefties:

a) You're not important enough that some terrorist would specifically single you out for bombing, and

b) you're not special enough that said terrorist would bother to check your pacifism credentials before pulling the trigger, should you happen to end up in his path anyway.

So, please, get over the notion that terrorists would actually listen to you, crudely-drawn signs or not.

Posted by: PW at November 11, 2004 at 11:27 AM

OK Walterplinge, if you don't order beer by the pitcher in Australia, how *do* you order it? Is this a semantic problem or an etiquette problem?

Posted by: Annalucia at November 11, 2004 at 11:27 AM

Annalucia, I can only speculate that Australian bar maids have arms bigger than Popeye and hands the size of baseball gloves, essential to hauling gallons of grog from the kegs to thirsty Aussies.

These Alcoholic Amazons probably deliver the same amount of beer in one night that Bavarian barmaids haul during all of Oktoberfest in German.

Either that, or Aussie pubs have spigots along the wall in a buffet-style drinkathon.

But maybe I'm wrong. Walter? How do I avoid broken teeth should I decide to visit Australia?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 11, 2004 at 11:48 AM

Kaboom, by "JUGS!", do you mean large, heavy liquid containers similar to (but not the same thing as) ..... pitchers???

It's either that, or you are blogging on the beach, and some lady in a bikini just walked by.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 11, 2004 at 11:52 AM

JeffS: See Kaboom.

Posted by: Gareth at November 11, 2004 at 11:55 AM


JeffS, would you believe .... both!

Posted by: Kaboom at November 11, 2004 at 12:07 PM

Kaboom;

If it is both, than you are a luck man indeed.

Posted by: monkeyboy at November 11, 2004 at 12:23 PM

The photo portraits over at sorryeverybody.com seem strange to me: most look like the subjects are either kidding or trying to set themselves up for eventual beheading by displaying a schmoo-like nature inviting their slaughter. [The schmoos were bowling pin shaped creatures whose reason for existence around the Li'l Abner Dogpatch region was to be eaten by the residents. They had no other use or desire.] It is convenient that they supply the photos. For me, I'll just stick with the coin of Dan Rather and say with equal sincerely, "I'm sorry", to pay the politically correct price for whatever it is I'm trying to get out of which might involve "going through all these things twice" [Bob Dylan, Memphis Blues Again]. No such luck.

Posted by: Joe Peden at November 11, 2004 at 12:31 PM

The best part about the apologies is that they're not apologizing for their own votes; they're apologizing for how other people voted. People like me, for example.

Seems to me that if these people are going to take the blame for what I do, I can do pretty much anything.

Posted by: Mike at November 11, 2004 at 12:32 PM

LOL, Kaboom! Enjoy the beach and the beer!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 11, 2004 at 12:41 PM

Seems to me that if these people are going to take the blame for what I do, I can do pretty much anything.

I don't have to feel bad about the Spongebob pajamas then?

Oh, hey, I don't have to get all incensed about the Aussie use of the word "jugs" either!

I love the Anglosphere.

Posted by: Rebecca at November 11, 2004 at 12:43 PM

I'll give you a $1 USD if you can find my submission on that gay site:

http://www.sorryeverybody.com/gallery/128/

How they can accuse the opposition of being ignorant and stupid is one of those sociological mysteries.

Posted by: DrZin at November 11, 2004 at 12:54 PM

Thanks for the link randy in texas, that page is cool! For those of you who haven't seen werenotsorry.com, check this out!!!

Posted by: Justin at November 11, 2004 at 12:58 PM


DrZin, it has to be the Chamberlain photo (although a couple of others may be open to misinterpretation).

My favourite is the "Marry Us" bunch at
http://www.sorryeverybody.com/gallery/93/

Talk about some sorry fucktards in that photo.

Posted by: Kaboom at November 11, 2004 at 01:02 PM

Jeez, waddya call a bloke who unintentionally apologises on behalf of Georgia's morons? A ubermoron? Mooron? Gigageoron? A Carter apologist? Billy Carter? Now where did he get to?

Posted by: slatts at November 11, 2004 at 01:14 PM

Thats the problem with this pesky democracy. All these people didn't vote for someone you agree with, and that is just so stupid of them.

Please note, this applies to both sides of politics equally.

Posted by: Andy at November 11, 2004 at 01:26 PM

"Please note, this applies to both sides of politics equally."

That's very true, Andy. But there's a difference between calling someone stupid because they don't agree with you, and throwing a tantrum in public because you didn't get your way. These photos are largely examples of the latter.

DrZin: I vote for the photo right after PM Chamberlain, where the Puce wanna holds a sign saying:

"DON'T OPOLGISE
TEACH THOSE OTHER
SUCKER WHAT FREEDOM
IS REALLY
CANADA"

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 11, 2004 at 02:03 PM

Itís unbelievable how funny not only the bloggers, but the average commenters (usually beginning by their very nicknames)

I wasn't trying to b funny.

Posted by: kick liberals in the balls at November 11, 2004 at 03:09 PM

I will vote any way this woman tells me to.

Posted by: M at November 11, 2004 at 03:30 PM

Now there's one place you'd like to see the left and right meeting in the middle!

Posted by: Jim Treacher at November 11, 2004 at 03:56 PM

Darn it, her signs are covering up the fish!*

* Warning: this humor may not be timeless.**

** Or very funny.

Posted by: seashell at November 11, 2004 at 06:09 PM

If you really want to chuckle, think about what happened to their bandwidth charges after CNN crashed their site! Heheheheheh!

Posted by: BarCodeKing at November 11, 2004 at 07:10 PM

>O dear. We lack timeless quality, whatever the fuck that is. On the other hand the sight of grown men tripping and falling down never fails to amuse. Is that the view of the retard contingent that the loser lefties have been going on about?

It's the sign of someone who was trying to be funny, and clearly failed. Perhaps this will be clearer:

"You damn kids with your wisecracks. It was funnier in my day. Get a proper job."

And perhaps this might amuse you more:

Weekend at Hawkie's (Idea developed in comments here).

Posted by: Scott Campbell at Blithering Bunny at November 11, 2004 at 07:28 PM

>O dear. We lack timeless quality, whatever the fuck that is. On the other hand the sight of grown men tripping and falling down never fails to amuse. Is that the view of the retard contingent that the loser lefties have been going on about?

It's the sign of someone who was trying to be funny, and clearly failed. Perhaps this will be clearer:

"You damn kids with your wisecracks. It was funnier in my day. Get a proper job."

And perhaps this might amuse you more:

Weekend at Hawkie's (Idea developed in comments here).

Posted by: Scott Campbell at Blithering Bunny at November 11, 2004 at 07:30 PM

I've had a fun time Gooba gooming the losers at contact@sorryeverybody.com
Try it. It's fun

Posted by: Craig at November 11, 2004 at 08:49 PM

Some US marines, on exercise near here, came into the pub & confused the barmaids no end by asking for a "picture of beer"
After the girls worked out that the lads were just called a "jug" of beer by another name, everything was fine, until the marines departed, leaving their small change on the bar, one of the barmaids had to follow them for about 2 blocks to catch up & return the money.
Until they go to their grave, the bar staff here will believe that americans are super rich. People leaving their money behind (when sober) is unknown!

Posted by: Steve at the pub at November 11, 2004 at 11:16 PM

M: Love those pitchers...
;^)

RE sorry bandwidth woes: Nothing like a good Commielanch.

Posted by: monkey fan at November 12, 2004 at 02:35 AM

A good number of those photos are ironic or put-ons of one sort or another. CNN takes it seriously of course because it is CNN's job to be the credulous, dotty aunt of the MSM world.

On an unrelated note, I offer this suggestion for Arafat's body: let it lie in state in a glass box in the lobby of BBC headquarters in London. That way, the 10,000 or so fired BBC staffers can kiss it as they stream by on their way to unemployment.

Posted by: Sergio at November 12, 2004 at 03:17 AM

I don't care where they bury him, just so there is a urinal on the grave.

Posted by: R C Dean at November 12, 2004 at 07:54 AM

Outside of the "Yeaarrrrgh" scream, the most memorable moment was the
"Win a Date with Dennis Kucinich" contest.
http://www.politicsnh.com/mrskucinich.html

Here's one of the contestants,
"I canít imagine my life being complete without a date with Dennis. Granted all goes well on the date, and I see no reason why it wouldnít, I have high hopes for being first lady. I am the year of the dog and believe strongly in astrology: the stars say weíre meant to be."

As Krusty would say, "Pure comedy gold"

Posted by: Dave at November 12, 2004 at 09:12 AM

As for the beer, isn't anyone here but me old enough to remember the "Trough and Brew" sketch on SNL? You line up with a bib at a trough full of chili and slurp it down, no-hands style. Just put your face in the trough. Periodically a waitress comes by with a hose with a sprayer attachment and sprays beer into your face. Now *that's* a restaurant!!

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at November 12, 2004 at 03:10 PM

'The website, sorryeverybody.com, features pictures of troubled US citizens '

No kidding, they could also have said brain addled, mentally ill, needing a big hug, neurotically needing affirmation to the extent of humiliating themselves or just the plain and simple LOSERS

Posted by: Jack Tanner at November 13, 2004 at 03:05 AM

"My favourite is the "Marry Us" bunch at
http://www.sorryeverybody.com/gallery/93/

Talk about some sorry fucktards in that photo"

Kaboom - you're right, a hideous sight, that one at the back, is it male or female? I wouldnt touch them with yours as the saying goes. However, I'm going have to pull rank on you and give the girl in the blue top a free pass - if you know what I mean ;)

Posted by: Lurker at November 13, 2004 at 11:37 AM

Sergio - every now and again I switch to CNN in the mistaken belief I might in some way be informed about an issue of the day. What a mug I am, whatever the issues CNN always manage to cover something else, somewhere else, news for everybody ie news for nobody.

I want see something about US elections, they will be showing an earnest piece about the artificial insemination of goats in Bulgaria. A rail accident in Britain - CNN will be forecasting the weather in Saigon.

Words cannot describe how utterly shite CNN is.

Posted by: Lurker at November 13, 2004 at 11:47 AM