Sunday, March 20, 2016

US Becomes Laughingstock of World for Something Other Than Gun Laws

Donald Trump. (photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)
Donald Trump. (photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)
By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker
18 March 16 

n an indication of shifting global attitudes toward the United States, the nation has become the laughingstock of the world for something other than its gun laws, a new survey of foreigners indicates.

According to the survey, which was conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, America’s gun laws, which used to inspire the most derision toward the country from people around the world, now place a distant second.

In another startling result, the U.S. Congress’s position on climate change, which in the past had been a leading candidate for making the U.S. the world’s favorite punch line, also finished far out of the money.

Davis Logsdon, who supervised the poll for the University of Minnesota, said he was struck by the unanimity of foreign respondents when they were asked to name what, in their opinion, currently made the United States the laughingstock of the world.

“In all the years we’ve done this survey, we have never had ninety-four per cent of respondents give an identical answer,” he said.

When asked to explain why they chose the answer they did, a wide majority of those surveyed were unable to stop laughing long enough to give a coherent response, Logsdon said. 


+109 # newell 2016-03-18 14:52
I thought this was supposed to be satire.
-29 # HowardMH 2016-03-19 13:48
Noooo it is not really satire, because the US has been the Becomes Laughingstock of World now for years thanks to Obama the Wimp.
+12 # bmiluski 2016-03-19 17:02
Holy Moly folks, we have a new repug troll. Still spewing that neo-con bullshit, are we Howie.
+1 # reiverpacific 2016-03-20 11:38
Quoting bmiluski:
Holy Moly folks, we have a new repug troll. Still spewing that neo-con bullshit, are we Howie.

O' he just can't lose that "Obama the wimp shit" -been at it like a needle stuck in it's groove for ever; it's by no means new.
He had another "Hopie-Changie" cliche before that.
Perhaps he'd have enjoyed the reign of McCain (and Palin) and Twit Romney -wonder what would he have come up with for them; the non-creative "cut-and-paste" mentality is kinda scary!
+103 # RMDC 2016-03-18 16:48
It is satire, but it is sadly all too true. No one has ever seen such a weird slate of presidential candidates. Sanders is the only normal guy. They are all lunatics from hell. God help the world when one of these clowns takes up residence in the Whore House on Pennsylvania, with his finger on the nuclear trigger.
+93 # Ralph 2016-03-18 17:41
Clinton versus Trump. We are officially swirling around the toilet bowl as a nation.
+39 # newell 2016-03-19 06:55
It ain't over till Bernie sez it is. Hillary was right that it takes a village to raise a child--but it also takes Bernie's vision of a political revolution to find the promise of a nation.

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