Monday, October 10, 2005

This One is Funny

I'm not a big fan of jokes. As in, while eating lunch in the staff lounge your coworker comes in and says, "oh I heard the greatest joke yesterday...." kind of joke. I prefer situational humor, something with a context. But a friend of mine told me this joke a few days ago, and it IS kind of funny, so I am printing it here:

George Bush was giving a talk to a class of 4th graders at a public elementary school. At the end of his little talk, he asked if any of the students had any questions. A little boy raised his hand and Bush called on him.

"My name is Timmy," the boy starts, "and I have three questions for you Mr. President. First, how did you get elected in the first place when Al Gore got more votes than you did? Second, where is Osama Bin Laden? And third, what ever happened to the weapons of mass destruction?"

Just as Timmy finished asking his third question, the recess bell rang. Bush apologized that he would not get to answer the question but told the kids to go to recess and have a good time playing on the playground. So all the students filed out of the room to go to recess.

Half an hour later the students came back to the room, and George Bush was waiting for them. "I'm sorry that we got interrupted by recess," the president said, "maybe now I can answer some of your questions."

Another boy in the class raised his hand and Bush called on him. "My name is Billy, Mr. President" the boy said, "and I have five questions for you. First, how did you get elected in the first place when Al Gore got more votes than you did? Second, where is Osama Bin Laden? Third, what ever happened to the weapons of mass destruction? Fourth, why did the recess bell ring 20 minutes early today? And fifth, where the fuck is Timmy?"


At 1:34 PM, Blogger garfer said...

I HATE jokes, but that one is acually rather good.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger CyberKitten said...

Funny.... But funny because it has the bite of truth about it. This however is (apparently) a true story...

Selina Jarvis is the chair of the social studies department at Currituck County High School in North Carolina, and she is not used to having the Secret Service question her or one of her students.

But that's what happened on September 20.

Jarvis had assigned her senior civics and economics class "to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights," she says. One student "had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through his head. Then he made a thumb's-down sign with his own hand next to the President's picture, and he had a photo taken of that, and he pasted it on a poster."

According to Jarvis, the student, who remains anonymous, was just doing his assignment, illustrating the right to dissent. But over at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart, where the student took his film to be developed, this right is evidently suspect.

An employee in that Wal-Mart photo department called the Kitty Hawk police on the student. And the Kitty Hawk police turned the matter over to the Secret Service. On Tuesday, September 20, the Secret Service came to Currituck High.

"At 1:35, the student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken his poster," Jarvis says. "I didn't believe him at first. But they had come into my room when I wasn't there and had taken his poster, which was in a stack with all the others."

She says the student was upset. "He was nervous, he was scared, and his parents were out of town on business," says Jarvis. She, too, had to talk to the Secret Service.

"Halfway through my afternoon class, the assistant principal got me out of class and took me to the office conference room," she says. "Two men from the Secret Service were there. They asked me what I knew about the student. I told them he was a great kid, that he was in the homecoming court, and that he'd never been in any trouble."

Then they got down to his poster.

"They asked me, didn't I think that it was suspicious," she recalls. "I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!"

At the end of the meeting, they told her the incident "would be interpreted by the U.S. attorney, who would decide whether the student could be indicted," she says.

The student was not indicted, and the Secret Service did not pursue the case further.

"I blame Wal-Mart more than anybody," she says. "I was really disgusted with them. But everyone was using poor judgment, from Wal-Mart up to the Secret Service."

When contacted, an employee in the photo department at the Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk said, "You have to call either the home office or the authorities to get any information about that."

Jacquie Young, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart at company headquarters, did not provide comment within a 24-hour period.

Sharon Davenport of the Kitty Hawk Police Department said, "We just handed it over" to the Secret Service. "No investigative report was filed." Jonathan Scherry, spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington, D.C., said, "We certainly respect artistic freedom, but we also have the responsibility to look into incidents when necessary. In this case, it was brought to our attention from a private citizen, a photo lab employee."

Jarvis uses one word to describe the whole incident: "ridiculous."

Are we frightened yet?

At 6:18 PM, Blogger pissoff said...

Faltanus....WHERE ARE YOU?

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOod one! Thanks for sharing.


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