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When Lobsters Take Flight: A skeptic parodies politicians, 'progressives,' potentates, and the press reporting on them all [Kindle Edition]

Tom Elia
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Book Description

Rave reviews from the East Coast!

"You suck. Your book is okay."
-- Steve Green, Boston, MA

'Better than caffeine,' says West Coast writer!

"I mentioned yesterday that we live in such strange times that it’s often difficult to distinguish fake news from real. It occurred to me that, by making this statement, I missed the opportunity to alert you to a book full of fake news — very funny, sometimes prescient fake news.

"Tom Elia, who blogs at The New Editor, has written an ebook called 'When Lobsters Take Flight: A skeptic parodies politicians, "progressives," potentates, and the press reporting on them all.' At $2.99, it costs less than a cup of Starbuck’s coffee. Like that delightful Starbuck’s cup, it will boost your spirits. It will also do something even Starbuck’s can’t do: give you a fresh take on the lunacy outside your front door."
-- Bookworm

From the book's prologue:

"The actual purpose of real objective reporting of course is to follow the truth no matter where it might lead and to describe it.

"More and more, however, this is not happening. Instead we see political bias seeping into news stories and actual facts inconvenient to those views ignored, with the resulting articles regularly passed off as 'objective reporting.'

"There are many reasons for this. Some of the bias can be attributed to young, inexperienced reporters; some to journalists more comfortable with words than with numbers; some to a narrow worldview fostered by a groupthink mentality; some to pure intellectual laziness and incuriosity; and some to an intentional and outright manipulation of facts in order to form a societal narrative supportive of a particular worldview, and purposely disguised as 'objective reporting.'

"'When Lobsters Take Flight' is a collection of pieces that is, in part, meant to poke fun at these widespread and obvious media proclivities.

"In addition to making fun of the media, this book targets politicians, who, as a class generally, will say, do, or promise anything to the public in order to get elected.

"These promises almost always contain an underlying assumption that an active and well-intentioned government can do practically no wrong -- a belief system widely shared in the profession of journalism, and not coincidentally reinforced through its 'objective reporting.'

"Often the politicians and journalists who have this almost total faith in governmental action are called 'progressives.' There are others who do not have this unlimited belief in government’s curative powers, but act as if they do in order to retain their power and stay in office or to keep their soapbox.

"This book makes fun of both types of political players."

Product Details

  • File Size: 243 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Tom Elia (December 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HHW1CK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Rogers December 5, 2011
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"When Lobsters Take Flight" is hilarious compendium of fake news that would make The Onion cry with envy.

Tom is at his best when mocking Chicago pols, Democrats and the "nooz" reporters who no longer bother to report, but instead expend their effort on spin and propaganda.

Each piece is short enough to digest along with breakfast. Take two bytes of this funny in the morning, and you'll be off to a good start all day.


Frank J. needs to watch his ***. Tom Elia is going to take his spot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mirthful compendium of political satire January 2, 2012
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What I kept reminding myself as I read these nice tidbits of satire is that sadly, many of them could be lifted straight from the many idiotic newspapers, blogs and newscasts of our American culture. Reads like the good old National Lampoon through a Chicago, Illinois lens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book is OK. The author sucks. October 4, 2012
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This book is so wonderfully written, I read it every night. I read it every night, because it always puts me to sleep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminding myself that this hilarious book is a parody January 25, 2012
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For those of us who are fans of Tom Elia's website -- The New Editor -- these parodies come as no surprise: Tom repeatedly shows himself to be on the top of every news cycle, and to view today's events with a sensibility that combines intelligence, healthy cynicism, and a vast tolerance for foolishness, especially the foolishness from the political Left. Of course, sometimes that foolishness is so great that it's difficult to distinguish between Tom's cleverly written satire and the real state of the news today -- and if that doesn't scare you, nothing will.

If you'd like an enjoyable and thoughtful read for an affordable price, this book should is the one you should buy.
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More About the Author

Tom Elia was born in Chicago, IL, and currently lives in Austin, TX.

His articles and opinion pieces have appeared in a number of publications and Web sites, including the Austin American-Statesman, FrontPage Magazine, Houston Chronicle, New Hampshire Union Leader, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, Real Clear Politics, and Washington Examiner.

When not writing political satire, Elia can be found obsessing over the 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, and 1965 Chicago Bears, and to a lesser extent, the 1968, 1970, 1971, and 1972 Chicago Bears.


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