I want to pass on an important lesson that I have learned the hard way after 4 years of blogging...
Steer clear of jokes and sarcasm unless you specifically say it was jokes or sarcasm.
The sad truth is I've found (much to my dismay) that most Americans don't have an active sense of humor, nor do they fully comprehend the fundamentals of sarcasm.
If you say we'll be in Iraq for 100 years...people will think you mean it. If you say the middle class is anyone making under $500K...people will think you mean it and it will be discussed over tofu dip at Obama parties.
BUT, if Obama slips up and talks about his "Muslim faith" the media will quickly fix the slip and even conservative talk show hosts like Glenn Beck will tell conservative bloggers not to talk about it.