Sunday, September 11, 2005



The thin line between truth and parody

Maybe my post on Friday about the $2,000 tax credit for Katrina refugees was too close to reality to be funny, but it seemed like some of my commenters treated it as a straightforward news post rather than parody.

The cancellation of the $2,000 debit card plan on Friday was sort of an example of events overtaking parody. A far more intense example was The Onion's headline in reference to Cindy Sheehan's protest -- Bush's Vacation Cut Short by "Stupid Dead Soldier"-- which came out just a couple of days before Katrina hit, and the reality became Bush's Vacation Cut Short by "Stupid Destroyed City."

And of course my sidebar on Katrina destruction profiteering by government contractors turns out to have been overtaken by events even before I wrote that. Note how Bush has issued an "emergency" order limiting construction worker wages in connection with post-Katrina rebuilding work, but no order limiting contractor profits for the same work.

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I think you're psychic.

I admit that I feel a bit foolish mistaking your parody for a real story.

Tom Delay (this is true) asked a couple of young evacuee boys if living in the shelter and sleeping on cots was like being in camp--if they were having fun.

I'm glad that I'm not as foolish or clueless as that guy.
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