Archive for the ‘IRL News’ Category

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Newsflash: Attack on U.N. Day Camp Traced to Rival Camp Northstar

June 30, 2010

The nighttime raid on a U.N.-run children’s camp in the Gaza Strip this week puzzled investigators until recently, when evidence emerged linking the attack to a scrappy band of militant misfits known only by the mysterious codename “Camp Northstar.” Led by the enigmatic mastermind “Al-Muri,” the group has been active in Gaza for years, orchestrating such attacks as 2003’s Peeing In Jerusalem’s Pools and the firebombing of the Fatah Rec Center.

One of the few images of the terrorist group at their training ground.

In a statement released to Al-Jazeera, Al-Muri crowed about the attack as “a glorious strike against the rich kids across the lake,” his typical epithet for the United States. “We shall never be defeated, for we shall win the Camp Olympiad for Allah and feast well upon the attendant pizza party!”

Al-Muri indoctrinates a young suicide wedgier.

U.N. officials downplayed the damage wrought by the attack, noting that all the lost equipment was easily replaceable and that their dad could afford it easy. Said Camp Director Chad Maxwell, “Those dumb Northstar militants think they can compete with this? They don’t even have a heated pool. Believe me, there’s nothing they can do to stop us from winning next month’s Camp Field Day.” Unbeknownst to Maxwell, his boxer shorts waved ominously from the flagpole behind him.

BELOW: Northstar militants sing one of their trademark anti-Western hate chants.

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IRL News: Vote Jerry Brown because it would be hilarious

June 9, 2010

Here at the Squelch, we often write about politics from the perspective of any other jackass college student. We try to do our research and make our ideas entertaining, but we have nothing invested in the system and no idea how it really works. There’s no way you’re going to take us seriously when you know we’ll be tearing your movie tickets in twenty years. We expect no more gratifying role in our culture than that of the village idiot, parading his mental defects before a mirthlessly laughing crowd. You are correct that most of our “political” opinions have to do with legalizing weed. But once in a while, a story comes along that’s exactly our department. Once in a while, our long hours of sculpting the perfect fart joke place us among the most qualified people in the world to comment on an event. And today, our time has come. As a two-year veteran maker-funner-of of things, I can tell you with perfect certainty that Meg Whitman needs to lose this election.

get the money, dolla dolla bill yalllll

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From the River to the UC

March 30, 2010

It’ s old news, but people are now gearing up to override the veto.

To recap, a bill passed the ASUC Senate urging divestment from companies that allegedly supplied Israel with the materials to bomb Gaza, and was vetoed by ASUC President Will Smelko during the spring recess.

Here is the article about the passage of the bill.

Here is the article about its veto.

Here is a toxic and hysterical editorial celebrating the veto. Here is a less toxic, though even more hysterical editorial condemning the veto.

Here is a new article with more updates.

My thoughts:

I am not terribly excited about my student government grand-standing over foreign policy issues, particularly when they can’t seem to manage their affairs at home. But…

Here’s a quote from the pro-veto editorial:

The measure attacks Israel, an open democratic society that has long been a close American ally. Its government is elected and subject to the rule of law. Its judiciary is independent; its military is under civilian authority; and its press is free.

On the other hand, the measures favor Hamas, an extreme Islamic group that expelled the opposing Fatah party in Gaza by force after winning a 2006 Palestinian election. (Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.) The rulers of Gaza offer no protection under law, no independent judiciary and no free press.

They permit no opposition. Rather than building a civil society, they launched a rocket war against innocent Israeli civilians from behind schools, hospitals, mosques and government agencies, using their own residents as human shields. Yet, the bill holds them blameless for the Palestinian plight. That the supporters of this action singled out Israel for rebuke while ignoring the fanatical regime in Gaza suggests that their agenda is political not ethical.

And here is a graph!

More unfunny shit under the fold

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IRL News: In Which We Publicly Distance Ourselves From An Embarassment To Our Craft

March 4, 2010

It seems the time has come to address the elephant in the comedy-magazine room. Those who follow the news, particularly the depressing news, are surely aware of the baffling brouhaha brewing at UC San Diego. For those who haven’t: some frat or other decided to throw a “Compton Cookout” party at which guests were encouraged to dress and act like black people. Evidently it was on behalf of a rapper who uses racist imagery in his act, but in any event actual black students were understandably upset. Shoe number two dropped when our counterpart at UCSD, the Koala, performed a segment on the university TV station about the incident that was, shall we say, less than tactful. I belive a phrase that rhymes with “inflateful chiggers” was used. Again, anger and befuddlement followed, and they got booted off the air. Now, when a comedian is accused of racism, he or she faces a choice of how to respond: one might earnestly explain why the joke in question was not really racist, which may not be funny but clears one’s name quickly. Or one might do the same in a humorous manner, using one’s comedic talents to both prove one’s innocence and earn some goodwill. The Koala chose, well, neither. Instead, they followed up their apparently racist skit with a jaw-droppingly racist special issue, filled almost exclusively with attacks on the Black Student Union and UCSD’s Chancellor.  I’ve read it, but I’m not linking to it because I don’t like linking to awful things. You can find it yourself if you really want to. Suffice to say it does nothing to improve their reputation.

Serious analysis and Batman references after the jump.

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IRL News – 2/18/10

February 18, 2010

  • Some Cheney or another criticized Obama for not believing in American Exceptionalism, which actually made my head explode; I am dead now, my head exploded.
  • If this bit of speculation is to be believed at all, we might actually get something resembling progressive legislation passed through this squalid pit of a congress.  It’s just apparently going to take every trick available.  This country is ludicrous.
  • You’ve probably heard about this stupid thing already, but man is this hilarious.  This is like the Star Wars Episode I of political scandals.
  • A boring, probably unimportant thing happened, but it’s on basically every news page I looked at, so here you go.  Something about banks.
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IRL News – 2/11/09

February 11, 2010

  • Apparently Iran has been up to something or another.  What’s that all about?  Someone should keep an eye on that whole affair.
  • Bill Clinton almost died AGAIN. It’s okay, though, because he got hisself two stents, prompting the entire institution of American journalism to pretend to know what those are for an entire afternoon.
  • Important People are actually referring to this cold snap as “Snowmageddon”, as if we were all a bunch of god damn children or something, god damn it.
  • The Euro is in sort of a tight spot as of late.  I always like this kind of news item because I can go “Oh, really” and pretend to be interested in it because it will make me look smart when in all honesty I don’t understand anything about it beyond “Euro;” but it’s a no-risk bluff because it will never in a million years have any noticeable effect on anything that I do at all.
  • Google Buzz is so named because just like a buzzing housefly it is excruciatingly annoying and keeps interrupting you when you are trying to read anything.  Also some relatively inane thing about privacy settings.
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IRL News – 2/3/10

February 3, 2010

  • In the wake of the Single Exciting Thing that came out of Obama’s State of the Union, military muckety-mucks are “reviewing” how they could possibly go about implementing such a dramatically different protocol.  WHAT NEEDS REVIEWING.  EITHER YOU DON’T LET GAYS IN THE MILITARY OR YOU DO MY BRAIN
  • I keep seeing this news story pop up everywhere, despite the fact that it’s results are really more “yeah, this works IF you only do this” and it says that abstinence-til-marriage programs are still utterly worthless anyway.  Oh, well.  Science Journalism.