Nuts to all that!

Fox has a “fake news” comedy show called “The 1/2 Hour News Hour.” Haven’t seen it, can’t comment on its laugh-generating ability. But the show’s companion Web site has a winner with a very funny spoof of the mandatory neutering legislation (for pets, gentlemen! for pets!) recently shelved in the state Senate. (Update: The site isn’t associated with the show. I got that idea from their About page, which I now see has been changed to clearly show that they’re making fun of the Fox show, for people like me who are too dopey to get it. Ha!)

The story is being circulated all over the Internets as true, which is what spoof writers live for:

A marble monument to service dogs, originally set to be displayed in Sacramento, California, may be on its way out of the golden state. The reason? The statue’s “manhood” is still intact.

Proponents of the recently-tabled state assembly bill AB-1634, the so-called “California Healthy Pets Act”, which would require that most of the state’s dogs and cats over the age of 6 months be sterilized, claim that placing the image of an intact male dog on public property is harmful and sends the wrong message to California pet owners.

“Its not an appropriate display, in a state that carries out three million euthanasias a year.” said Dan Nender, a 1634 supporter who filed suit in Sacramento Federal Court to have the monument altered.

Pressed about the number, since most reputable sources set that number at 400,000, Nender replied, “One is too many. Concentrate on the point I’m making, not the numbers.”

Pretty good stuff, and very believable if you followed any of the heated rhetoric on both sides of the issue. (Which I very much did, like, um, full-time for weeks.)

Best part of all:

“As California government officials […] will attest to, Sacramento is a testicle-free zone.”

Well, OK, so maybe it’s not all a spoof. We are talking about a town full of politicians, after all.

7 thoughts on “Nuts to all that!”

  1. Thanks, RG. Missed you all, too. Had to take a break to write three books, but … I’m ba-a-a-a-ack. 🙂


  2. Yay, FauxPaws! That is a pretty damed good spoof, and not at all representative of what the “1/2 Hour News Hour” has to offer. I’ve seen it and it is a comedy nursing home fire. The jokes and the attemped bits are so tired and cliched and obvious that it makes me cringe. The strangest thing is that the producer of the show is Joel Surnow, who is one of the creators of “24′ and if there’s one thing that 24 is known for, it’s not comedy. In fact, can you think of another show on television that has had less levity in the last 6 or 7 years?
    The piece you quoted, however, is almost up to the standards of “The Onion” which are pretty high standards indeed.


  3. hasn’t faux news been airing fake news from it’s inception. This show is friggin great! the name alone is a huge half-witted attempt at cleverness. secondly, i don’t think republicans (the target audience) have a sense of humor, being it’s something you trade in along with your soul when you check that box. i also find it creepy that surnow is the producer, however not that surprised being that the republican presidential candidates love jack bower and secretly meet every week to watch 24 like my little sister did when Gilmore Girls was on television.


  4. Thanks for the nice words about Official News Agency! I really do appreciate it.

    One thing I might point out, though, is that ONA is in no way affiliated with either FoxNews or Half Hour News Hour. This site is completely independent and owned/operated by one person.

    Again, though, thanks for your support!



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