Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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02/06/2006: Gem o'the Day:

Ode To Press Hypocrisy
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The pundits are outraged
At Frey's memoir lies.
Too bad that Bush falsehoods
Don't get such a rise.

Apologies to Mad for stealing the whole poem. But the good news is that if you just head to the source you can find two more poems on the same subject (the Frey memoir/Oprah brouhaha), and an audio link, of course.

Also of note: Mad was a judge for HumorFeed's 2005 Satire News Awards. The winner was BSNews's Bush Sells Louisiana Back to the French (a piece so good we linked back to it last September when it came out; unfortunately in our ignorance we violated BSNews's policies on fair use quotations of their copyrighted material, for which we apologize--go read the original instead). Second place went to Confusion Road for Terri Schiavo Dies; Congress Orders Feeding Tube Reinserted (follow that link and check out the accompanying picture, which is a gem), while third place went to a favorite of mine, BBSpot, for their tech satire gem Microsoft's AntiSpyware Tool Removes Internet Explorer (another one that tickled my fancy so much that I linked to it when it came out back in May).

Congrats to all the winners, and kudos to Mad and the rest of the judging team, which performed a difficult job (the ten finalists were all deserving) in an exemplary manner. I look forward to next year's awards.

Len on 02.06.06 @ 08:52 AM CST

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