We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In spite of their promise to this (and to all) Prime Subscriber(s), the Bee replied to the pitch with the comment that they cannot, and do not, accept outside material (with the exception of headlines). (What happened? Who knows? Maybe they had problems with one of their contributors and/or maybe some lawyer intervened with copyright issues or something…)
So there is your answer: the Mad Magazine news report
was intended to appear on the Babylon Bee website.
As a typical piece of Babylon Bee news satire.
And since I had put a lot of work into the story, and since I was pretty proud of the result, I simply decided that if nobody else wanted it, I would publish it on my blog No Pasarán. (I still read — and laugh at — the Bee's articles, although I probably laugh only 90% as heartily as before.)
As most Maggie's readers already know, Mad Magazine ceased publishing new material several years ago. Some have speculated that Mad's going Woke, with satire increasingly one-sided humor, played a part in its downfall. I am not going to enter an opinion on that, as I haven't looked at a Mad Magazine issue dated before 2005.
However, back in the day, Mad Magazine's humor was not one-sided. I found an issue from the Nixon era that had an article that satirized lefty/hippie college students. Nixon, of course, got satirized repeatedly in Mad. Such as Mad having RMN say, "In my sincerest insincerity..." I have no idea WHEN Mad satirized RMN thusly; it is seared into my memory. (Apology to John Francis Kerry..)
Speaking of satire, Dolores Ibárruri, a/k.a. La Pasionaria, the Spanish Commie who coined the phrase "No Pasarán!" inspired a lot of satire over the years. For one thing, Franco's troops very definitely passed through and decimated whatever Republican defense Dolores was referring to. Her spending nearly 4 decades in Moscow didn't exactly indicate the Republican/government side was on the cause of democracy and human rights. (Nor would one ever claim that Franco was on the side of democracy and human rights.)
To speak about the triumph of socialism over one-sixth of the earth, to write about the lush development of agriculture in the Soviet Union, a development unequalled by any other country, to admire the astonishing growth of socialist industry and the impetuous gains of the workers, to marvel at the unprecedented accomplishments of the mighty Soviet air force, at the mighty beefing up of the Soviet navy, to describe the glorious exploits of the Red Army liberator of peoples, to study the wonderful framework of the huge socialist state with its multiple nationalities united by unbreakable bonds of fraternal friendship, to observe the progress of science, art and of the culture of all Soviet peoples, the joyous life of their children, women, workers, peasants and intellectuals, the abiding security of everyone and their faith in the future, to know the daily life of socialism and the heroic actions of the Soviet people means to see Stalin, to cite Stalin, to encounter Stalin.
Dolores Ibárruri, a.k.a. La Pasionaria, wrote that in 1940.