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Category Archives: Humor & Satire

Dino Rossi, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Tim Eyman to join NPI’s Advisory Council

Excerpt: We have some exciting news to share today on this glorious first day of April. As I mentioned a few days ago, on Saturday, NPI’s board appointed four outstanding individuals to serve as the founding members of our Advisory Council: Steve Zemke, Martin Chaney, Rob Dolin, and State Representative Luis Moscoso. Today, we’re pleased to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banished Words for 2014

Excerpt: Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has released a thoughtful and humorous “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. Here is the 2014 (and thirty-ninth annual) edition, for your reading enjoyment: SELFIE — Has the honor of receiving the most nominations this year. “People have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The “Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge” meme: Why it got started, why it’s taken off

Excerpt: Last week, in the aftermath of the collapse of a key span of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, a friend of NPI’s (Wu Ming) suggested in a diary on Daily Kos that we begin referring to the out-of-service crossing as the “Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge”. We ran with the meme, creating a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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Marco Rubio’s water grab becomes the talk of Twitter and social media

Excerpt: Since the mid-1960s, when Lyndon Johnson was president, the party not in control of the White House has provided a formal response to the State of the Union Address for television and radio networks to air a few minutes following the conclusion of the main event. Republicans carried on that tradition tonight, tapping Senator Marco […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banished Words for 2012

Excerpt: Every year since 1971, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has released a thoughtful and humorous “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. Here is the 2012 (and thirty-seventh annual) edition, for your reading enjoyment on this New Year’s Day: AMAZING — Received the most nominations. LSSU was surprised […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The second roast of Donald Trump

Excerpt: Readers who are regular viewers of Comedy Central may recall that the network not long ago aired a roast of Donald Trump, the most recent in a series of profanity-laced celebrity roasts that the Viacom subsidiary has sponsored. Earlier tonight, Trump was unexpectedly roasted for a second time in as many months – except this […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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White House releases President’s long-form birth certificate; birthers not satisfied

Excerpt: Apparently hoping to fan the flames of the “birther” controversy (which is making the right wing look ridiculous) President Obama today authorized the release of his “long-form” birth certificate, which, under the laws of the State of Hawaii, would otherwise not be subject to public records requests. I’m guessing the White House knows full well […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Costco to Washington State Legislature: “Have we got a deal for you…”

Excerpt: From: Costco To: Members, Washington State Legislature RE: Your financial troubles Dear lawmakers, As one of Washington’s largest publicly-traded companies, Costco feels an obligation to selflessly assist its state in weathering the ongoing fiscal storm that has had such a devastating impact on citizens and consumers alike. Last year the voters of our state rejected […]
Written by:Steve
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