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The Democracy of Humor

The New York Times is letting readers submit humor, which they publish (after editing out the rude comments, I suppose). Some of it is pretty good:

Political conventions are like professional wrestling. You already know what’s going to happen, but once every four years, its fun to watch. – Will Durst

Doubtless some people are wondering how Barack Obama notified Senator Evan Bayh that he was not the vice presidential choice. It was just a quick call: “Bayh-bayh.” – Mark Lebow

The big question in the political conventions is this — can the big problems that lie before us be solved by the politicians who lie before us? – Gil Stern

John McCain is on the political stump. This week alone he’ll make 11 stops in 3 days. In other words, he’s going home. – Alan Ray

The 15th “Roach Derby” at Rutgers University in New Jersey has been won by a giant cockroach representing candidate John McCain. Cockroaches wanted McCain to win, they know that if he starts a nuclear war against Russia, cockroaches are the only ones that will survive. – Pedro Bartes