And so a few months ago, when I was dishing out a flurry of political and military dispatches, many of them controversial, if not downright offensive to some of you (many of whom, alas, no longer subscribe to this blog), I promised I would take a break and publish only fun things for awhile. Well, I lied, and I didn't, and instead I carried on with the political screeds. Well, now that the war is won, and al Qaeda has fled in defeat and disgrace, and the long-suffering Iraqi people are finally on the road to building the first pluralistic, consensual, decent, prosperous, free society in the Arab Middle East (not to gloat or anything, or to mock the naysayers), I'm finally going to fulfill my pledge of publishing nothing but Non-Stop Fun! for five days, perhaps in a row.
Those of you who, like me, grew up in the eighties, may recall the GI Joe PSAs. Basically, between episodes of the GI Joe cartoon, they would do little vignettes of the GI Joe characters delivering life lessons and important safety information to kids like us. Well, a few years ago, a guy called Fensler whom I feel certain grew up in the eighties got hold of all those PSAs, and took it upon himself to redub (and occasionally re-edit) these things. The result is frequently the funniest, and almost always the strangest, thing in the universe. (Note that Hasbro, protector of the GI Joe brand, served a cease and desist order, resulting in Fensler taking down the films. Happily, like everything else, they are still available out there, in this case on youtube.) Here are several of my very favourites, all in one place for your delectation.