Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Comic New Years Greeting From Obama and McCain and Some Political Jokes From Totalitarian Regimes

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The serious nature of the of the High Holidays does not preclude a little humour. During an election year, this humour is more than likely going to have a political tinge. I got this spoof video from You Tube, in which the candidates stumble in a comical way in their efforts to be conciliatory. It's almost like a caricature of our own private efforts every year.

Political jokes are priceless. Some of the best ones come from dictatorships. In a democracy, the more brittle a candidate is, the more fun it is to satirise him or her.

I am including with this posting political jokes from the former Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Belarus


Russian Political Jokes

A judge walks out of his chambers laughing his head off. A colleague approaches him and asks why he is laughing. "I just heard the funniest joke in the world!" "Well, go ahead, tell me!" says the other judge. "I can't - I just gave a guy ten years for it!"


  • "Lenin died, but his cause lives on!" (an actual slogan)
Satirical Variant: Rabinovich notes: "I would prefer it the other way round."

  • A chastushka ridiculing the tendency to praise the Party left and right:
The winter's passed,
The summer's here.
For this we thank
Our party dear!

Russian:

Прошла зима,
настало лето.
Спасибо партии
за это!


-How do you deal with mice in the Kremlin?
-Put up a sign saying "collective farm". Then half the mice will starve and the others will run away.
During the famine of the civil war, a delegation of starving peasants comes to the Smolny, wishing to file a petition. "We have even started eating the grass like horses," says one peasant. "Soon we will start neighing like horses!" "Come on! Don't worry!" says Lenin reassuringly. "We are drinking tea with honey here, and we are not buzzing like bees, are we?"



Anti Nazi Jokes


Hitler visits a lunatic asylum. The patients give the Hitler salute. As he passes down the line he comes across a man who isn’t saluting.
“Why aren’t you saluting like the others?” Hitler barks.
Mein Führer, I’m the nurse," comes the answer. "I’m not crazy!

A woman known only as as Else K. was executed for telling the following joke.

Hitler and Göring are standing on top of Berlin’s radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to cheer up the people of Berlin. “Why don’t you just jump?” suggests Göring.

The following joke was told about the Dachau concentration camp in 1933.

Two men meet. “Nice to see you’re free again. How was the concentration camp?”
“Great! Breakfast in bed, a choice of coffee or chocolate, and for lunch we got soup, meat and dessert. And we played games in the afternoon before getting coffee and cakes. Then a little snooze and we watched movies after dinner.”
The man was astonished: “That’s great! I recently spoke to Meyer, who was also locked up there. He told me a different story.”
The other man nods gravely and says: “Yes, well that’s why they’ve picked him up again.”


http://www.spiegel.de/international/1,1518,434399,00.html



The last joke in this series is about Belarussian dictator Lukashenko who came to power after the fall of communism.

One day Bat'ka (Lukashenko) is driven through a village in his limo. They run over somebody's pig. Bat'ka, an honest person, stops, gives his driver $100 and tells him to find the killed pig's owner and apologize. The driver leaves and isn't back until two hours later, dead drunk. Bat'ka yells at him: “Are you crazy?” The driver replies: “I haven't done anything wrong: I took the money, put the pig into the sack, placed it on my back, walk down the village street and yell - Dear people! I'm Lukashenko's driver and I've just killed this pig! - and suddenly they're all running towards me, with tears of happiness in their eyes, and start pouring me drinks, one after another…”

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2006/04/02/belarus-political-jokes/
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