Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fake Paul Harvey Bong Commercial: Over the Edge

This is the first "Over the Edge" post.

This post is designated as "Over the Edge" because many people will question whether it was appropriate or moral to write such a post. The point of this post, and all such "Over the Edge" posts in the future is to point out with extreme irony, and hopefully, humor, how humanity is base and sinful. This is done so that we can come to grips with our nature and deal with how truly pathetic we are. So, here's this "Over the Edge" story:

I know a lot of people listen to Paul Harvey's news, notes, and "The Rest of the Story." I've enjoyed his journalism throughout the years.

Several years ago (in the early 1990s) I heard a fake news item from Paul Harvey. The impersonation is great. The contrast of content is, at least in my view, extremely humorous.

I had quite a few friends, classmates, co-workers, and acquaintances who were tragically addicted to marijuana and other mood altering drugs.

When President Clinton announced "I tried it, but I didn't inhale," he ushered in a new generation of depravity (along with his other moral problems). A great irony in the late 1990s was that the Chronicle for Higher Education did a survey which found that Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign worked! But as soon as Bill Clinton opened his mouth about his marijuana use, all her work was destroyed. And another generation of kids thought that it was socially acceptable to use mood altering drugs.

T.D. Mischke, a radio talk show host out of Milwaukee, played a fake Paul Harvey news item in the early 1990s that summarized, with sarcastic wit, the stupidity of marijuana use. Here's a recording of the snip. (By the way, this link will keep repeating the fake broadcast until you leave it.)

Please remember that Paul Harvey never did this, nor would he endorse this. The irony and idiocy of using such drugs is borne out by the examples in the fake news item.

Nonetheless, it makes me laugh to hear such a good and believable imitation of Paul Harvey do this commercial.

I hope it can make you smile while realizing the seriousness of the problem.

God Bless

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