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That's What The Law's About   Office Party Contract   New Year's Resolutions Contract

I'm a "recovering lawyer" and every once in a while, my writing gives me away. You'll find lots of funny "contracts" here. Husband/wife contracts, parent/children contracts, and other legal agreements related to travel, dentists, music, dating, holidays, and other aspects of daily life. You'll also find other humor including tales of parody lawsuits, tax filing humor, legal limericks, a guide to privacy policies, and ... well ... see for yourself. So I hope you'll enjoy all this legal, lawyer, and litigation-related humor, light verse, and limericks by Madeleine Begun Kane.

  • That's What The Law's About (to be sung to "The Hokey Pokey")
    "You have to dot those i's.
    You've got to cross those t's.
    You have to seem so wise.
    You must justify those fees.
    And if you're smart and lucky
    You will turn your case around.
    That's what the law's about..."

  • A Rhyme To The Wise
    "A scrappy young felon liked rhyme,
    So he promised himself — no more crime..."

  • Revel With A Clause (funny contract) "Your closest friends keep badgering you to join them on a trip. You're running out of excuses and may be forced to go along. Can friendship survive seven days of constant contact? Will you loathe each other by the time you return..."

  • Happy "Law Day"
    "A day meant to celebrate law
    Sounds just lovely, except for this flaw..."

  • Sparring Over Spare Time (Humorous Contract) "Do you and your spouse argue about how to spend your spare time? Togetherness can be tough to achieve when a couple's interests just don't jibe. But this contract may be just the cure for your spare time blues..."

  • A Criminal Defense?
    "A man got a sentence immense,
    Then complained of a sleepy defense..."

  • Observant Limerick
    "If you plan to sell drugs and break laws,
    It seems God will forgive all your flaws..."

  • A Lawyer's Tale
    "I once worked for a sleazy attorney.
    (Let’s just call him “Unethical Earnie...")

  • How Not To Use 9-1-1
    "The 9-1-1 number is meant
    For a notably urgent event..."

  • A High-Test Case: Marrying your car, The next legal frontier. "My husband Mark swears that he's never proposed to an automobile. The same can't be said for Buster Mitchell of Knoxville, Tennessee..."

  • Bracing For That Blind Date (funny contract) "Are you facing yet another blind date with fear and dread? Are you tempted to throttle anyone who cajoles you into going out with an allegedly attractive friend? Believe it or not, blind dates can actually be fun..."

  • Worldwide Limerick
    "A fellow was famous worldwide:
    His two wives had suspiciously died..."

  • The Face Of Limericks
    "A woman who fell on her face
    When she tripped on her wedding gown lace..."

  • A Case Of Limericks
    "A woman at work on a case
    Was finding some facts hard to face..."

  • Limerick Skill
    "A fellow was proud of his skill
    In drafting the hand-crafted will: ..."

  • Limerick Degree
    "A fellow who had a degree
    In law, yes, the dreaded JD, ..."

  • Diary Of A Bashed Attorney

  • Moody Limerick
    "A fellow was in a bad mood
    Cuz he’d just been informed he’d been sued. ..."

  • Argumentative Limerick
    "A woman who loved a good fight
    Would argue from morning till night ..."

  • Supreme Indecency
    "Thanks to Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia,
    And their pals, cops can strip ya and see ya ..."

  • Discontented (Legal Limerick)
    "Some say, 'Content cries out to be free.'
    Oddly, that’s what some users decree. ..."

  • Legal Haiku
    "Sleepless, hollow eyes
    gaze at legal opinions,
    but see student loans. ..."

  • Beguiling Verse

  • Billable Pep Talk
    "The chances are good that you’ll win,”
    Said the lawyer, betraying a grin. ..."

  • Musical Accord (funny contract) "One afternoon your ten-year old daughter comes home from school, enthused about learning to play an instrument. Your eyeballs start to throb. Your head begins to pulsate. You ask yourself whether tin ears are passed down from parents to their children..."

  • Supreme Story "Way back in 1999, President Bill Clinton nominated a brilliant lawyer for a seat on the federal appeals court based in the District of Columbia. Alas, that lawyer never got to the D.C. bench. Indeed, the brilliant nominee never even got to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. ..."

  • Why I’ll Never Be A Supreme Court Justice "As the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss points out, the U.S. Supreme Court is packed with graduates of Harvard Law and Yale Law. ..."

  • Felonious Verse
    "An elderly woman named Ellen
    Was suspected of being a felon. ..."

  • Robin Ghivan Makes Me Cross "Alert the authorities: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has 'embraced dowdy as a mark of brainpower.' ..."

  • Leery About Elena "Apparently, anti-Kagan attacks from the right have been inspiring some liberals to rally around her. ..."

  • A Dog Of A Limerick
    "A wealthy old woman named Kate
    Left her dog an enormous estate. ..."

  • Criminal Ode
    "Some crimes are quite flagrantly blatant—
    Not subtle, nor secret, nor latent. ..."

  • Oily Obstruction "You’d think that, in the wake of the BP Gulf oil disaster, raising oil spill liability limits would be a no-brainer, even for Republicans. ..."

  • Obama’s What??? "How amusing! We’ve moved from 'Obama’s Katrina' to 'Obama’s Harriet Miers.' ..."

  • John McCain — Ignoramus, Liar, Or Terrorist Sympathizer? "My husband Mark and I live in New York City and frequently dine and see plays in the Times Square area. ..."

  • Obama, Please Aim For Even Stevens
    "Great thanks to a judge I admire:
    Justice Stevens, alas, must retire. ..."

  • Patently Evil? (Litigation Limerick) "Apple and Google are in the midst of a fascinating feud over their competing products, Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. ..."

  • Republican Trials (Limerick) "For a party that’s always lambasting trial attorneys and activist judges, Republicans sure are litigious. ..."

  • Subversive Limerick "South Carolina is a very entertaining state … if you’re into oddball politicians and very strange laws. ..."

  • Miserly Limerick
    "A miserly fellow name Joe
    Was obsessed with his weekly cash flow. ..."

  • Ode To Odious Corporate Personhood "There’s nothing funny about the U.S. Supreme Court’s activist ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. ..."

  • Go, Conan! "A limerick in honor of Conan O’Brien’s Solomon-like decision about the Tonight Show ..."

  • Ode To Pro-Rape Republicans "Thirty Senate Republicans voted to keep rape victims who work for defense contractors from having their day in court. ..."

  • Kindle Swindle? E-book repossession via electronic invasion of privacy. If it isn’t a crime, it sure as hell ought to be.

  • Ode To Mark Krikorian "The National Review’s Mark Krikorian is having problems with Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s name. ...”

  • Hark! The Disgraced Former Speaker Speaks. (Song Parody)
    "Hark! The former Speaker speaks.
    Headlines, Speaker Gingrich seeks. ...”

  • The Dreaded E-Word “President Obama recently used the e-word in connection with his yet-to-be-named U.S. Supreme Court nominee, and the Republicans were (or pretended to be) horrified. ...”

  • Karl’s Roving Standards (Double Limerick) “Nothing brings out Republican hypocrisy like a nice, juicy U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. Take Karl Rove, for instance, on Obama’s potential nominees to replace Justice David Souter: ...”

  • Ode To A Grudge-Holding Judge (Limerick)
    "There once was a federal judge
    Who was famous for holding a grudge. ..."

  • Bill Collection Time (A Legal Limerick)
    "The judge viewed your case with derision,
    So he rendered an adverse decision. ..."

  • Cautionary Verse
    "Identity theft is quite scary,
    Causing problems horrific. Be wary! ..."

  • Temper, Temper (Limerick and Haiku)
    "A felonious fellow named Mort
    Went to jail cuz his temper was short. ..."

  • Ode To Eliot Spitzer
    "Though Spitzer has said he abhors
    Prostitution, he paid to use whores. ..."

  • No Sweat Divorce (Limerick)
    “'My husband and I are estranged,'
    Said the wife, 'cause he acts so deranged'. ..."

  • The GOP's Evolving Policy On Lawyers

  • Weeding Out Crazy Lawsuits ("As a result of a neighbor’s lawsuit, a Swedish woman can no longer smoke in most of her garden. (And you thought the United States was a litigious country.) ..."

  • Deep Pockets/Pricey Dockets (Limerick)
    "If you’re broke, it ain’t smart to defame
    An affluent fellow’s good name. ..."

  • Deal, Or No Deal? (Limerick)
    "You lied in your last deposition,
    Further weak’ning your flimsy position. ..."

  • Litigation Ode (Limerick)
    "'You don’t care about others. You’re callous,'
    Said the plaintiff, with undisguised malice. ..."

  • Dental Deal (funny contract) "Does the very thought of a dentist set your teeth on edge? Is pudding too challenging to chew? This contract should help mitigate your pain."

  • Edu-Gaffe (Limerick)
    "Being accurate’s highly essential.
    This is math, not some course existential. ..."

  • Ode To The Bar Exam (Limerick)
    "'I’m worried I won’t pass the bar,'
    Cried the would-be attorney (no star). ..."

  • Torture Bill Haiku

  • Ms. Legal Person Answers Your Holiday Questions "Ms. Legal Person returns by popular demand with advice for the holiday season. "Your free help was worth every penny," wrote one satisfied reader. "Do you have malpractice insurance?" wrote ... oops, wrong letter..."

  • Office Party Follies (funny contract) "There are few "fun" activities quite so vexing as the Office Christmas Party; that obligatory gathering of bosses and subordinates, cronies and rivals, back-stabbers and back-stabbees. Plus a horde of husbands and wives who spend the entire night planning their escape..."

  • If I Were A Judge (Limerick)
    "Your argument doesn’t make sense.
    It’s absurd and illogical. Hence, ..."

  • Those Appealing Lawyers (Limerick)
    "A litigant’s lawyer needs zeal
    When he argues a client’s appeal. ..."

  • Boot-Licked (Limerick)
    "My new laptop refuses to boot,
    So I’m thinking of filing a suit. ..."

  • Taking A Vacation on the Contract Plan (funny contract) "Planning a vacation can often be a daunting challenge. Especially when one spouse likes to rough it and the other prefers luxuries like toilets, showers, and cable TV. So what's a couple to do? Well, they can take separate trips. Or they can negotiate and sign on the dotted line..."

  • Mad Gift Giving Guide (funny contract) "Exchanging gifts, while fun in theory, offers endless potential for aggravation: Thronging crowds, ransacked stores, confusion, indecision, cash depletion and, finally, the belated knowledge that you bought the wrong thing. And even worse, perhaps, is receiving a spousal gift that you wouldn't buy for your worst enemy. Well, maybe for your worst enemy, but only if it's on sale..."

  • It Is Hereby Resolved (funny contract) "What is it about December 31st that spurs fantasies of self-reform? Is it too much food and drink? Seasonal exuberance? Lunacy induced by crowds?"

  • Pity The Poor Lawyer (Limerick)
    "“Your billable hours are low,”
    Said the partner. “They simply must grow..."

  • Ode To Lawyer / Talk Show Host Ron Kuby (Law Limerick)

  • Interactive Taxes "Hello. Welcome to Taxtime, your Interactive Tax Preparer Program. Do you feel like doing your taxes today?
    I see. Well, don't you think you should do them anyway? After all, it's April 14th..."

  • Tough Negotiators, Those Bushies! (Limerick) “I practiced law for over a dozen years and negotiated lots of contracts. And, unlike the Bush administration, I always kept my poker face. Why? Because if you want the best possible deal, you must make the other party think that he needs you more than you need him. ...”

  • Ode To John “Maverick” McCain
    "A law breaker — that’s John McCain,
    Treating FEC regs with disdain. ..."

  • Gonzo, Begone ... And Take Your Pal Bush With You! (Limerick)
    "It appears that the Bushies conspired
    To ensure that some lawyers were fired ..."

  • Ode To GOP Hypocrisy
    "When accusations first arose
    V. Foley in the House.
    The GOP top leadership
    Was quiet as a mouse..."

  • Foley's Folly
    "There once was a Congressman Foley,
    Who acted all pious and holy..."

  • Ode to The Segway Scooter
    "The maker of scooters called Segway
    Has recalled them from road, walk, and hedgeway..."

  • Sarah In Wonderland "A bipartisan legislative panel in Alaska finds Sarah Palin guilty of abusing her executive power. So is Palin contrite? Hahahahaha! ...”

  • A Do-Over Supreme Court Test For Palin? "According to Fred Thompson, Sarah Palin’s inability to name a single Supreme Court case she disagrees with wasn’t her fault. ..."

  • Ode To Judge Ronald Leighton
    "Attorneys are often verbose,
    Penning legal complaints grandiose, ..."

  • Shorter Michael Mukasey "Here’s how I’d sum up Attorney General nominee Mike Mukasey’s Senate Judiciary Committee testimony..."

  • An Arresting Affair (Limerick)
    “A gal in New York was arrested
    For strolling outdoors while bare-breasted. ..."

  • Unfair Censorship Of Plame's Fair Game "The defendants in Valerie Plame Wilson’s lawsuit against the CIA for censoring her book, Fair Game, had better hope she never gets to trial. ..."

  • John Roberts & Supreme Court Humor I've put all of my humor related to Judge John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and court nominee filibusters in one place.

  • Bush Isn't God. Who Knew?
    "The Supremes slapped George Dubya quite hard,
    Saying George, you ain't Czar, King, or God..."

  • Ode To Kenny Boy (To be sung to the tune of "Danny Boy")
    "Oh Kenny Boy, the jails, the jails are calling,
    From state to state, and through the world so wide.
    The money's gone, and all the chips are falling,
    'Tis you, 'tis you must go and you must hide..."

  • Frist And Hastert Rediscover The Constitution "Frist and Hastert don't care if the Bush administration invades the privacy of ordinary citizens. Nor do they seem bothered by the Executive branch's brazen power grab, evidenced by Bush's "de facto veto" signing statements, Congressional oversight avoidance, and sundry law breaking. But just let the Justice Department mess with one of their own..."

  • Probable Cause To Spike Mike's Nomination

  • Scalia's Stability Revisited
    "When questioned about his refusal
    To agree to a Dick case recusal..."

  • Say Goodbye To Tom DeLay -- Song Parody (Sing to "Yesterday")
    "Tom DeLay,
    He's got troubles. They won't go away.
    Jack's pled guilty and he'll have his say.
    So say goodbye to Tom DeLay..."

  • Ode To Scalia -- Limerick
    "Scalia's caught acting obscene,
    In a church yet, how shockingly mean..."

  • Personal Poems For Some Sam Alito Filibuster Holdouts - Senators Byrd, Landrieu, Akaka, and Nelson
    "Sen. Byrd you're at times quite inspired,
    Speaking words that I've often admired.
    Now it's time to help muster..."

  • If Not Now, Then When? -- Sam Alito In Verse -- Five Alito Related poems
    "Will Senate Dems preserve our rights
    And filibuster Sam?
    How 'bout it Dems? Let's see you fight
    And prove you give a damn..."

  • A Congressman Known As Rep. Randy -- 2 Rep. Randy Cunningham Limericks
    "A Congressman known as Rep. Randy
    Found that yacht living's fun and quite dandy..."

  • Ode To Bob Woodward
    "Bob Woodward had an ax to grind
    When Plamegate he critiqued.
    We've finally learned that Woodward
    Was the first to get that leak.
    He failed to tell his audience..."

  • An Unscrupulous Fellow Named Jack
    "An unscrupulous fellow named Jack
    Has deep ties with Republican hacks..."

  • 4 Sam Alito Limericks
    "There once was a judge named Alito,
    Who's often called Judge Sam Scalito.
    He's fond of state powers.
    At labor he glowers..."

  • Harriet's Song: Bush Is The Sunshine Of Her Life (Sing to "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life")
    "You are the best Prez in the land.
    That’s why I always shall be loyal.
    You are the smartest living man.
    I just can't wait to join the Court..."

  • Mired In Harriet Miers -- A Limerick & 2 Poems
    "Bush named the unqualified Miers
    To the Court when O'Connor retires.
    Her only credential..."

  • Why Bother?
    "Judge John Roberts' confirmation
    Is a certainty, it's true.
    We're powerless to stop it..."

  • Ode To John Edwards a/k/a The Trial Lawyers Song (to be sung to "Moon River")
    "Trial lawyers
    Go that extra mile,
    To see that all those vile
    Guys pay..."

  • Hazardous House-Guests (funny contract) "Has your country home been converted to an inn by people you scarcely know? Can friendship withstand a weekend stay with homeowners who long to be alone..."

  • Two John Roberts Limericks
    "Though Judge Roberts is getting a hearing,
    To measure his outlook and bearing,
    He's determined to hide..."

  • Lame Duckitude Revisited
    "They say that George Dub's a lame duck,
    That he's finally run out of luck.
    But he keeps signing laws..."

  • Supreme Court Shenanigans -- 3 Supreme Court Limericks
    "There once was a Justice O'Connor,
    The first Sup Court Judge called "Her Honor."
    Now O'Connor's resigned..."

  • Dopey Decision Explained In Verse
    "How dare you smoke that evil grass!
    Your pain is no excuse.
    The doctor who prescribed your weed,
    We'll string up with a noose..."

  • Lynching Is Bad? Who knew?
    The Senate said that lynching's bad.
    It took them long enough.
    It's hardly a position rad,
    Yet getting there was tough..."

  • There Once Was A Compromise Deal
    There once was a compromise deal,
    Entered into by "mod'rates" with zeal..."

  • The Immoderate Pact Song Parody (Sing to When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again)
    "The 'moderates' made a voting pact.
    We're screwed, we're screwed.
    The 'moderates' got their power back.
    We're screwed, we're screwed.
    Their deal betrays our democracy..."

  • A Pox On Cox's Nomination
    "Chris Cox is Dubya's nominee
    To head the SEC.
    A man who boosted corp'rate rights
    With fervor, zeal, and glee..."

  • Injudicious Limericks A pair of limericks "celebrating" Bush judicial nominees Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owen.

  • The Don't Compromise Song (Sing to Let's Twist Again)
    "Let's compromise,"
    Words that make me shudder.
    Yeah, "let's compromise,"
    Words I've grown to fear..."

  • The Filibuster Song (Sing to Alouette)
    Save the filibuster.
    Save Democracy..."

  • AMT Owed Ode -- Tax Poem
    "The AMT's a sneaky tax.
    Though meant to snare the wealthy,
    It burdens workers to the max. ..."

  • Nix The Nuclear Option -- Poem about the Senate Filibuster
    "With taunts and threats and lots of bluster..."

  • Guide For The Opera Impaired Although this piece focuses on opera and music, it does have a law related section: The Uniform Opera Plot Act.

  • Bernie Ebbers Earns A Limerick
    "I knew nothing, said WorldCom Inc.'s Bernie,
    So I shouldn't make a prison-bound journey..."

  • Alberto Gonzales Humor Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has inspired me to write four poems, so I figured he deserved his own page.

  • Is There A Reader In The House?
    "Republicans have quite a scam:
    They load their bills with pork and ham,
    And sneak in clauses quite unfair,
    Whose merits aren't even aired..."

  • The Gonzales Vote In Verse
    "Gonzales was a test of sorts:
    Can Democrats unite?
    Most Senate Dems came through for us,
    And fought for what was right..."

  • The New & Improved Alberto Gonzales
    "He'll obey our treaties,
    We'll be torture-free,
    Swears Alberto to the Senate,
    So they'll make him our A.G..."

  • Halliburton Blows
    "Dick's fav'rite co
    Has blown another job.
    Losing stuff's their mo,
    When they dare not rob..."

  • Ode To Alberto
    "Will the Dems roll over
    And give Gonzales a pass?
    Will anyone but Ted critique
    His sordid past..."

  • But Does He Like Naked Statues? -- Limerick
    "The Geneva Conventions are quaint,
    Said Gonzales. A scholar, he ain't..."

  • Ernie Istook Explains All
    "I'm innocent,
    Says Rep. Istook.
    I'd never at your tax files look..."

  • Top Secret Debate Contract Addendum "As most people know by now, President Bush and Senator Kerry have signed on to a 32 page debate agreement. But few are aware that they also signed a secret addendum to that agreement. Fortunately, has an exclusive copy of that secret addendum, provided by a DC insider whom I will identify only as Debate Throat..."

  • The Fair & Balanced Song Parody (To be sung to the tune of "Love and Marriage")
    "Fair and balanced,
    Fair and balanced.
    Empty slogans, rabid views, and shrill rants.
    Fox calls critics liars.
    O'Reilly's filled with angst and ire..."

  • Spying Days Are Here Again (To be sung to "Happy Days Are Here Again")
    "Spying days are here again.
    You aren't safe from evil men.
    One might even be a real close friend.
    Spying days are here again..."

  • John Mortimer Profile Attention Rumpole fans! At long last, I've posted the John Mortimer profile I wrote for British Heritage Magazine roughly a zillion years ago. (While this isn't a humor piece, Mortimer's one witty retired barrister and author.)

  • The Traitorgate Song (to be sung to "I Write The Songs" by Barry Manilow)
    "The scandal started with a Niger lie
    About nuke matter Saddam never did buy.
    But Dubya would not let that falsehood die.
    It's Traitorgate, it's Traitorgate..."

  • Let's Roll Trademark Adversaries Unite Against President Bush "A trademark dispute took an unexpected turn this week after President George Dubya Bush used the phrase "let's roll" for roughly the eleven zillionth time..."

  • Old Dick Cheney (To be sung to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm")
    "Old Dick Cheney's hiding stuff, from the GAO.
    And when they sued, Dick had a cow, he hates the GAO.
    With a lawsuit here and a lawsuit there,
    Here a suit, there a suit,
    Everywhere a lawsuit.
    Old Dick Cheney's hiding stuff, from the GAO...

  • Pretzel Producers Allege Dubya Defamation, File Multibillion Buck Lawsuit "The National Association of Pretzel Producers ("NAPP") filed suit late yesterday against President Bush... NAPP's complaint, which seeks five billion dollars in compensatory and punitive damages for "pretzel product slander, pretzel product libel, and defamatory snack food disparagement," alleges that Bush and his codefendants "did willfully and maliciously and/or with reckless disregard for the truth, publish and disseminate false and/or untrue statements about the activities of one or more pretzels..."

  • If It Is Broke, Don't Fix It "I have one basic approach to repair persons. I run as fast as I can in the opposite direction. It's the only way I know to avoid paying $200 to fix something worth $1.98..."

  • Ashcroft's Favorite Things (To be sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things")
    "Rifles and roscoes and Winch'sters and cannons,
    Rich NRA guys who own lots of weapons,
    Generous men to whose pockets I cling,
    These are a few of my favorite things..."

  • 401(k) Ode (Owed) (To be sung to "Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye" by Kahn, Erdman & Russo)
    "Four-Oh-One-Kay, good-bye!
    Keeps on dropping, oh my!
    Republicans who tell me,
    I shouldn't be blue, no words can tell how mad it makes me.
    Four-Oh-One-Kay, oh when
    Will you rise up again..."

  • Hapless Surfer's Guide To Privacy Policies "Do you cringe at the very sight of yet another bewildering privacy policy? I offer, as a public service, my extremely unofficial guide to privacy policies..."

  • On Wall Street (To be sung to "On Broadway")
    "They say that things are really bad on Wall Street.
    They say there's much malfeasance in the air.
    But I don't want to hurt my friends.
    And tough laws give my pals the bends.
    Then donors drop right off and I'm nowhere..."

  • Fristy The Surgeon (To be sung to "Frosty The Snowman" by Nelson & Rollins)
    "Fristy the surgeon
    Was elected on the phone.
    With a White House boost got the Leader post.
    Will he throw Trent Lott a bone..."

  • Employee Dearest Dear Employee: Congratulations on your ___ (fill in the blank) anniversary at ("SPIES"). We hope you have enjoyed your ___ (fill in the blank) years at SPIES as much as we have.
    It's time, as you know, for your annual review, which we have decided to do this year by email. In the past, we made every effort to conduct employee reviews face to face. Frankly, however, in person interviews are very time consuming. Plus we had far too many fatalities.

  • Say Goodbye To Privacy (To be sung to "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" by Billy Joel)
    "Bush is drivin' through a bill that strips rights,
    Turns your life to an open, guided tour.
    It sends your info to a Fed'ral machine.
    It's a scene straight from Nineteen-Eight-Four.
    Say goodbye to privacy.
    Say goodbye to freedom..."

  • Handling Harvey
    "CHENEY: Good morning, Mr. President. We need to discuss the Pitt problem. If anybody asks, we're mulling over the idea of asking Harvey to resign. (Wink, wink)
    DUBYA: But I like Harvey. More important -- our pals like Harvey. What's the matter with yur eye?
    CHENEY: There's nothing wrong with my eye! If anybody asks, we're mulling over the idea of asking Pitt to resign. (Wink, wink)
    DUBYA: I just told ya -- I'm not dumpin Harvey! Ya really should get that eye looked at..."

  • Suin' For The Win (To be sung to "Blowin' In The Wind" by Bob Dylan)
    "How many ways can I run unopposed
    And still claim that I'm being fair?
    How many ways can I get every vote
    And land me a Senator's chair?
    How many claims can I bring to the courts
    Before the election's declared?
    The answer my friends is in my lawyers' hands,
    The answer is in my lawyers' hands..."

  • Irresolution Blues (To be sung to "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" by Ahlert/Young)
    "I had to rubber stamp that Iraq resolution.
    And make believe it's right to do.
    The GOP is tough to beat.
    I'm scared to go down in defeat.
    And so I kissed George Bush's bottom.
    Please don't think I'm rotten..."

  • Corporate Confessions "During this year's annual shareholders' meeting, Ford Motor Co. made some surprising admissions about the environmental and safety problems of SUVs. Ford's refreshing attack of corporate honesty has inspired at least one other manufacturer to make some confessions of its own..."

  • Ms. LegalPerson Tries To Explain Election 2000 "Ms. LegalPerson is happy to report that Tuesday's Presidential election is over and that Gore ... no ... Bush ... no ... Gore ... no ... Bush ... no.... Hmmm, better begin again in the "do over" spirit that's overtaken the U.S. media. Here goes: Ms. LegalPerson is happy to report that Tuesday is history. Tuesday's election, however, may never end..."

  • Electric Note "Dear Sir: I am writing this letter to thank you for the services rendered by your able employees. You will be pleased to learn that their timeliness easily outpaced that of any other workers employed by me. Indeed, they topped the record set by my plumber last month, when their scheduled 8:30 a.m. arrival occurred before noon twice in one week..."

  • Dear CardHolder: Frankly, We Expected Better Of You "One year ago we welcomed you to the EASY COME EASY GO ("ECEG") Credit Card Family with open pockets and the kind of unbeatable terms we could offer to..."

  • Scouting For Trouble "My husband Mark is a Boy Scout. Not in the literal sense, of course. Although he claims to have earned badges for everything from..."

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