The Aliens Conquer C-SPAN


The Aliens Conquer C-SPAN

MR WRONG: Unidentified Federal Objects

YESTERDAY ON TV and the Internet on C-SPAN, I watched our Government, that I pay taxes for, have a serious hearing or a committee meeting or a subcommittee meeting or whatever they call it where members of Congress get some people in a room like in The Godfather Part 2 and then the Elected Officials get to ask questions that are pre-loaded with whatever statements and cheap shots they want to take at the other side. Your Government in Action!

I’ve seen a lotta dumb and crazy stuff going on in the name of Government, and yesterday was maybe gonna be the most entertaining yet, because they were talking about UFOs and stuff, and a thing that may have been a vessel the size of a football field, and another thing “not visible on the FLIR system (whatever that means), and so just a buncha stuff that people saw or say they saw or say they heard someone say they saw or say that you can’t see, and The Government is behind it all, somehow. UFOs unfortunately now are called UAPs, which means “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” which just isn’t as fun as Unidentified Flying Objects, you know? Who changed this? I want a Congressional Investigation and stuff! I guess it’s funny that UAP is only one letter away from WAP, though, good times. Half a letter if you take the name "Double-U" literally, I guess?

Look, I got excited about this hearing because all my life I have been waiting for the Aliens, you know? Either they will come to us with marvels of Science and Technology to share and make everyone’s life better or else they will come to subjugate the population—like Humans have been known to do right here on Earth, so it’s the way to bet—and give us new diseases and make us work for them, or maybe even be food for them, in which case we would all rise up and unite as the population of a single Planet and realize we have more in common with each other than we have differences and then go and kill The Invaders! I know, it’s kinda sad that the only way we’re all just gonna get along is because we have to destroy the threat from Outer Space.

I noticed a lotta Elected Officials needed to mention in their remarks that were supposed to be questions that there were Chinese Spy Balloons, I think to make fun of The President for shooting at them? Also one Congressperson, this dingleberry Tim Burchett, felt the need to work into his blowhardyness that he was mad about people having to pay taxes for making more than $600 on eBay, OK, but what about the Space Ships and stuff?

It was nice that the famous Congressperson AOC was at the hearing. AOC is so famous that all you need for the ID is AOC, and I bet a lotta the Congressers are envious of that, you know? AOC said some stuff about how it’s important for whistleblowers to be protected, which is good, but what kinda whistle was getting blown, you know? I can’t hear it!


They had a real cast of characters at this hearing, besides the wacko Congress, there was this guy Commander Fravor, who was once in the military and had a creepy little smile on his face the whole time, and there was this goofball David Grusch, who kept saying all kinds of crazy shit like “transdimensional holographic teleportation,” but like, he would say that it was stuff that people told him, and he could tell the Congress other stuff, but they’d have to meet in a secret room or some shit? C’mon! I dunno, I just wanted to see a picture of an Alien Autopsy, you know? Howabout one fucking piece of a flying saucer? Nothing!

I was disappointed in this C-SPAN show because I have been watching The X-Files every night on a free TV channel called Comet, and they’re in the episodes where David Duchovny’s Agent Mulder disappears and shit’s gettin’ deep! Agent Sculley’s got a [SPOILER ALERT FOR A 20-YEAR OLD TV SHOW], and I am totally primed and stoked for some Spaceships and Dead Spacemen, you know? Or live ones! THEY ARE AMONG US!

So in the words of the X-Files, I WANT TO BELIEVE, but nobody brought anything good for show & tell.

The MR. WRONG COLUMN is a general-interest column appearing weekly wherever it can appear. Always Be Columning. No refunds. Go ahead and write Wrong if you want:


New York City, July 26. 2023

★★ The humidity eased enough to make it possible to think about hanging up laundry without depending on the air conditioner to dry it out. The sky was hazy blue again, and the sun was as hot as a seat by the hearth. The cat scratched at the balcony window in the mistaken belief she wanted to be part of the scene outside. Breeze pushed a fallen green leaf uphill, away from the Park, in the middle of the street. Metal barricades surrounded a stump on the lawn above the Pool, sawed off almost flush with the grass. Had the tree only just been standing there, before? A long, green fish kept its pectoral fins and black tail waving to swim in place at the top of the falls, against the flow, in water hardly deep enough to cover it. After minutes there, it suddenly purposefully propelled itself back upstream. The breeze was not reaching the top of the Great Hill, and the grass gave off a thick and sluggish atmosphere, rich with oxygen though it must have been.


Indignity Morning Podcast No. 116: News of relentless immiseration.

Tom Scocca • Jul 27, 2023

Listen now (4 min) |

Read full story →


WE PRESENT INSTRUCTIONS for the assembly of select sandwiches from "Dame Curtsey's" Book of Recipes, by Ellye Howell Glover, Author of “Dame Curtsey’s” Book of Novel Entertainments, etc. Published in 1909, this book is in the Public Domain and available at for the delectation of all.

Ripe Olive Sandwiches
SOAK ripe olives for half an hour in olive oil in which a clove of garlic has been bruised, stone, and chop. Spread between brown or whole wheat bread which has been well buttered.

Walnut and Cheese Sandwiches
CHOP half a cupful of walnut meats fine and mix with half a cupful of Neufchatel cheese. Add a dash of pepper and salt if they seem to require seasoning. Spread between slices of white bread. If desired this sandwich may be further improved by putting between the folds a crisp lettuce leaf.

Creamed Cheese Sandwiches
LIGHTLY butter rounds of Boston brown bread. Make the filling of Neufchatel cheese mixed with whipped cream, one-half cupful finely chopped walnuts, and enough salad dressing to make it the proper consistency to spread nicely.

Cheese Sandwiches
TO half a cupful of grated mild cheese and half a cupful of Roquefort cheese rubbed to a paste, add one teaspoonful of paprika and half a cupful of cream. Beat till smooth and spread between graham bread.

If you decide to prepare and attempt to enjoy a sandwich inspired by this offering, kindly send a picture to us at


19 FOLKTALES collects a series of timeless tales of canny animals, foolish people, monsters, magic, ambition, adventure, glory, failure, inexorable death, and ripe fruits and vegetables. Written by Tom Scocca and richly illustrated by Jim Cooke, these fables stand at the crossroads of wisdom and absurdity.

HMM WEEKLY MINI-ZINE, Subject: GAME SHOW, Joe MacLeod’s account of his Total Experience of a Journey Into Television, expanded from the original published account found here at Hmm Daily. The special MINI ZINE features other viewpoints related to an appearance on, at, and inside the teevee game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Your $20 plus shipping and tax helps fund The Brick House collective, a Publishing Concern featuring a globally diverse set of publishers doing their own thing, with interesting items and publications available for purchase at SHOPULA.

Thanks for reading INDIGNITY, a general-interest publication for a discerning and self-selected audience. We depend on your support!