Oh the irony

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Hollie Newton
Jul 29, 2014

50 years ago, 1964: Sir Winston Churchill, puffing his ever-present cigar, rode to Parliament in London for what was expected to be his last appearance in the corner seat on the front bench of the House of Commons. He was not seeking re-election. He had been in Parliament 64 years.

25 years ago, 1989: A congressional panel cut the $11 million sought for a sweeping survey of American sexual behavior, questioning the propriety of using public funds for such a controversial study.

10 years ago, 2004: John Edwards, the upbeat Southern populist on John Kerry's ticket, accused Republicans of trying to "take this campaign for the highest office in the land down the lowest possible road." The North Carolina senator asked American's to reject the tired, old, hateful, politics of the past and embrace a Democratic team full of promise.

Comments

Licorice Schtick

Result of a fire-peeing dog?

fotobug

I'm trying to figure out what the photo has to do with the text. Did I miss something?

worddrow811

the fire hydrant is on fire, thus the irony of how to put out the fire without the water from the fire hydrant.

Horace Mann

Right. Understandable question. Typically in this column, the photo (and the headline) relates to one of the three stories. This time, not so much. Funny, but a little off-the-wall.

Horace Mann

"..take this campaign for the highest office in the land down the lowest possible road." That's a clever line, regardless of who said it about whom.

Hollie Newton

I thought the story about  Edwards was a little ironic - perhaps it was just me... 

But if you're looking for a good chuckle, Google "irony." 

Horace Mann

I was afraid of that. See, perhaps it's just me, but I think, perhaps over-generalizing a bit, that Republicans, in trying to sell what's good for the 1% to the 99%, are forced to be a bit more hypocritical than Democrats. So suggesting that Edwards' comment is ironic (presumably in its alleged hypocrisy) is...ironic.

Re: Googling irony - be sure to filter for images. This one jumped out:

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Licorice Schtick

Subtlety is elegant if, when it is missed, and it will be, it doesn't result in confusion or hostility.

Expect even blatant satire, irony, and sarcasm to confuse more than a few readers. Now, if your goal is to expose idiots...the possibilities are endless.

Stop It

Sweet words all put together in just the right fashion...

Hollie Newton

Horace - OMG! Now THAT'S funny ... and ironic

LS - nicely put.