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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
Other Categories:Holidays, Series & Special Reports
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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
Categories:Humor & Satire
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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
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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