“Department of Violence and Evil, thank you for calling…”

July 6, 2010


Okay, this one just struck me as very funny. The actual photo caption tells us that residents in Najaf, Iraq, are protesting a visit by Vice President Joe Biden two days ago, but I can’t help noticing their banner rails against George Bush.

IRAQ-USA/BIDENI asked the folks at our Baghdad bureau, and they suggested that maybe the protesters were too lazy to print a new sign, too poor to print a new sign, or just hadn’t been told about recent changes in the U.S.

I just wish I could have overheard the pre-protest conversation among these guys….

“Earl, go and bring me our BUSH IS THE HEAD OF VIOLENCE AND EVIL banner.”

“But Lonnie, we haven’t used that thing for years.  Perhaps there is a new head of Violence and Evil in America!”

“Good point, Earl. Let me just Google ‘U.S. Department of Violence and Evil.’ Yep, looks like Bush is STILL in charge of it.”

Cool beans, Lonnie! I remember when we made this banner back in in 1991, and it STILL works nearly 20 years later. Is America a great enemy, or what!”

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Residents protest against U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit in Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish

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Posted by Tweets that mention “Department of Violence and Evil, thank you for calling…” | Analysis & Opinion | — Topsy.com | Report as abusive

They don’t even know who’s running their OWN country, much less ours!

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Someone is runnning their country?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Like so many confused foreigners, these guys are Biden their time, beating about the Bush until the Irish President, Barry K. O’Bama turns up.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Hmm, Violence and Evil – which U.S. federal agency has the mandate on those?
Could be a toss-up between the Census Bureau and the FCC.
Actually, one of the chairpersons of the FCC is Dean Burch, so this could just be a typo and the banner should read “Burch is the head of violence and evil”, and the guys holding the sign are all lobbyists paid by U.S. cellphone companies.
… does anyone know where the medi-doughnuts are?

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

Go straight, turn to your right, you will reach the kitchen…
Check the oven, there they are!
How many times have I asked you to wear the kitchen gloves whle handling a hot tray!!!!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I am going to have to wait until I get home to comment because I can not access the “cool beans” link here at work and I am so very interested to know what is so cool about those specific beans.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Sigh. Okay, Ifly, but hurry up. I can’t take the Odd Blog staff out for dinner until we post your comment.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

You never take us out for dinner, BG… hmmpphhffff….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Baz, that’s not such a good idea. I know from experience that you can’t take some OE’ers anywhere!



Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

Thanks for the warning, E., but I’m talking about my staffers, not my readers. My staffers are very well-behaved, apart from Lamar.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I believe I read in the Federal Register that the Department of Violence and Evil was outsourced to the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association. Good to see that they have lots of minions, though!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Get Lamar a Happy Meal. That might settle him down.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Now THAT’s funny. But, if Bush is still the head of Violence and Evil, who are the feet, stomach, and rear end?

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

What do the A4 sized protest posters of all the blokes in the other picture say?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

I checked the “cool beans” link. You may now take your staffers to dinner Mr. B.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Very good caption, RB. 😀 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Oye,E! I hope you dont mean that you cant take me anywhere….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Shra, E. wasn’t talking about you. She meant … you-know-who…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Baz, you mean you don’t pay some of these people to comment? Darn, I was about to send in my application!



Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

If Baz is supposed to be paying us, I want my cut.

Links to UD? Baz, that is getting pretty edgy, eh? Also, pretty close to edumacating. Easy Shra!

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Calm down, Dave. Shra is the only commenter who gets paid, and that’s only because she promised to build a big happy community around the blog…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I am not getting paid by u, BG!
I am helping loads of other, to build the happy community, all out of the goodness of my heart!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

A big happy community huh? If Shra asks me to drink any happy juice before we board the spaceship I’m out.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

You wouldnt drink the happy juice, I offer, Mr.Pilot? :(

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Not if there is a flying saucer parked in the back yard no.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Shra, I’ll take any of your happy juices, provided they go with a medi-doughnut.

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

Ahh, how sweet of ya, M!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive