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Isn’t It Ironic?
By Darryl James (Columnist)
Published May 21, 2009

I really liked the song by Alanis Morisette that talked about a few scenarios that were a part of real life, but were ironic.

How many of us have been in situations that occurred only after we no longer needed them to occur or when we have an abundance of whatever we finally received?

Most human beings know the taste of irony.

In this nation, there is irony all around us in the public marketplace for us to buy, sell and trade.

In another Top Ten list, here are my top ten scenarios that are very ironic indeed.

Top Ten Ironies:

1. It’s a little ironic when comedians who make raunchy jokes and make mean fun of people go deep into God and then right into their act.

Steve Harvey does this every morning on his show, when he plays a gospel song, preaches to his audience and then proceeds to cross all kinds of lines that decent religious people shouldn’t cross. We’ve all seen the standup comedian who praises God just before using profanity in ways that would make a sailor blush?

2. It’s more than a little ironic that Americans are so obsessed with famous and not so famous people dancing in a contest or singing in front of three stooges, one of which delights in making the contestants feel like crap, yet Americans claim to be smart, religious people.

Not that I’m overly serious, it’s just that I happen to take my entertainment seriously. And neither dancing nor singing competitions are interesting to me. The likes of which many Americans are following religiously are, frankly, banal and inane.

3. There is irony found in people who think that the world should accommodate them even though they realize that they are not the norm and refuse to do anything to either make the world take notice or make themselves more presentable.

Too many Americans are complaining about their lives, but refusing to do anything to make real changes. Then, the rest of us are supposed to pacify them.

4. Isn’t it ironic that the same people who thought George Bush was courageous and smart for launching the corporate bailouts, now think that Barack Obama is endangering the nation for extending the program to make it work.

5. Isn’t it ironic that fewer Americans are willing to affiliate themselves with the Republican Party and that white Republicans understand what Black Republicans pretend not to even see?

When Dick Cheney embraces Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell, why wouldn’t people be afraid? Without respect to those two men’s races, Limbaugh is an idiot, while Powell is a patriot-which would you choose? It’s clear that Cheney made his choice based on race. According to Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina: “I don’t want to be a party of angry white guys sitting over in the corner that nobody listens to and we can’t change the nation’s policies or be relevant to the future of our nation .”

6. Isn’t it ironic that many of the illegal aliens who claimed to “love” America are now leaving in record numbers since the economy went soft?

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, since August of 2008, America has witnessed an eleven per cent drop in its illegal immigrant population. More than one million illegal immigrants have returned to their home nations.

7. I find immense irony in the plethora of ED and Viagra ads sent into the universe via television and email when compared to the small number of safe sex messages.

There’s no big movement to stop the offending commercials or spam, yet a big movement against sex education is always lurking wherever free speech rears its ugly head…

8. Isn’t it ironic–people have a problem giving the homeless money because they think they will go and buy drugs or alcohol, but then go home and get drunk off their asses or smoke a joint.

If you want to give, do so, but mind your own business and stop worrying about the result of your good deed. If you aren’t going to take the person home, then stop worrying about what they do, because, trust me, their life is worse than yours.

9. Some stupid Americans are still hating on any middle eastern looking person, yet the biggest terrorist of all, George W. Bush roams the countryside free.

If we can’t arrest Bush or that friend-shooting, publicly profane Dick Cheney for crimes against the American people in the form of lies, then we should open all the prisons of America.

10. It’s quite ironic that people are quick to pass out advice and/or argue with others when they have no idea what goes on outside of the fifteen people they are close to.

In the wholesale dumbing down of America, any idiot with a computer can do a Google search and call it research, but most people won’t even go that far. Instead, they simply pull whatever they choose to out of their brain (or the nether region) and call it a “fact.”

These are the top ten ironies on my mind this week. Feel free to add your own.

Darryl James is an award-winning author of the powerful new anthology “Notes From The Edge.” He released his first mini-movie, “Crack,” and will soon release his first full-length documentary. View previous installments of this column at Reach James at


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