July 30, 2008
Our dog-nephew MacGregor passed away this weekend. Condolences to Mac's entire family.
(A great shot of MacGregor trying to figure out the mystery of "Patrick")
The Commander in Chief Test
July 29, 2008
McCain's Free Pass
(from the so-called "free" press):
July 25, 2008
Rap Is So Much Better When It's Performed By Muppets
I was a big rap fan back in the late '80s before it became all blinged-out and violent. You know, when it was smart and/or had a sense of humor (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Black Sheep). This mash-up of a M.O.P. song makes it all good again:
This or That?
THIS (Obama in Kuwait):
or THAT (McCain in Kennebunkport, ME):
THIS (Obama in Berlin):
or THAT (McCain in Ohio):
Fudge it America. The choice is yours...
Gosh, John McCain Has A Worse Temper Than We Thought
July 24, 2008
Facts Are Just So Darn Silly
Either John McCheese has no idea what he's talking about or he is a colossal liar:
The major Sunni sheik who John McCain said was protected by the surge and subsequently helped lead the Anbar Awakening, was actually assassinated by an al-Qaeda led group in midst of the surge.Sadly, the mainstream media along with too many Americans believe that John McCain knows how to win wars that are unwinnable.
On Tuesday evening, McCain falsely claimed that the downturn in violence in Iraq's Anbar province was a result of the surge, when in fact the surge began months afterward. Moreover, he said, if it weren't for the work of U.S. forces, the major Sunni figure leading that awakening wouldn't have had the protection he needed.
"Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks," said the Senator. "Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening."
The Arizona Republican's campaign went further the next day, claiming that the major figures that turned around Anbar province would have been killed had the surge policy not been in place. "If Barack Obama had had his way, the Sheiks who started the Awakening would have been murdered at the hands of al Qaeda," said spokesman Tucker Bounds.
Sadly, that murder took place even with the surge underway. In September 2007, Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, the sheik widely credited with persuading Sunni leaders to turn against al Qaeda in Iraq, died in a bomb attack in Anbar. His work, prior to then, was held as a major effort in transforming the province from one of Iraq's deadliest areas into one of its safest.
July 22, 2008
Obama Supports Our Troops/Our Troops Support Obama
Watch the video:
Lots more here.
Meanwhile, Shameless McSame tells supporters Obama wants to "lose" the war in Iraq:
July 17, 2008
I Hereby Nominate Dave Grohl for Secretary of Rock
I know a number of people who don't get Foo Fighters which I honestly can't understand. Does that mean they like shit? Because Dave Grohl has been fighting foo for well over a decade. To prove to you doubters that Dave and his band do indeed seriously rock, check out their cover of The Who's cover of Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues":
Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready of Pearl Jam can be White House spokes-singer and National Guitar Hero Advisor, respectively:
Long Live Rock.
For $12,522 You Would Think They'd At Least Include Complimentary Barf Bags
Who could possibly want to eat dinner while being suspended in the air by a crane? A crane!!! These people:
(Click to watch)
(h/t WFMU's Beware of the Blog)
Annoying Musical Theatre Geek or Brilliant Parodist?
Proud To Be Dumbasses
Warning: If you care about the United States, the following video might make you throw up.
July 16, 2008
Impeachment. Here's Why It Should Be On The Table:
We want our country back.
No Jon. "Douchiest" Better Applies To You And Your Writers For Showing This Clip Without Context
Maybe they got too much sun on vacation but it doesn't excuse The Daily Show for it's unwarranted attack on Wesley Clark -- basically the same attack (without the word "douchiest") used by that mainstream media Jon Stewart loves to make so much fun of. Let's watch Jon followed by the full context of Wesley Clark's "controversial" statement:
(Click to watch)
Because a Tragedy Like 9/11 Could Never Happen on a Republican's Watch.
For the memory impaired:
(Click to watch)
Join the 3000!
Sean Tevis has decided to "retire" his current anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-evolution, pro-censorship State Representative in Kansas. He believes he can achieve his goal if 3,000 people donate $8.34 to his campaign:
(Click for the complete story and to donate)
C'mon: You know you've wasted $8.34 on much less important things. For example, that picture of Jake Gyllenhaal shopping for magazines:
(h/t Boing Boing and good luck to Sean!)
July 15, 2008
Cool or Creepy?
Bonus awwwwwwwwwwwww video (because my pal P.S. Mueller likes puppies):
July 14, 2008
Now THIS is Satire
That New Yorker Cover
I'm sure you've seen it by now. I'm not going to show it any respect by stealing it and posting it here but it probably won't be too much trouble for you to find it on your own. However I will post Jeff Lieber's brilliant take on it:
Dear David Remnick, Editor, New Yorker:Look, I'm not an idiot. I know that the cover is supposed to be satire. But it's satire without context and therefore it simply reinforces the asinine stereotypes coming from the right. The New Yorker should know better.
Dude, I've ben thinking about a hysterical piece of cover art.
What if I did one of those evolutionary charts, showing how primitive man evolved into modern man, but where the missing link is supposed to go... I drew Barack Obama! It could be ironic, y'know, and show how SOME think black people are a lower form of human life!
Oh! And I could draw it so the last figure... the most evolved... looks like John McCain!
Huh? Huh? Funny?
Tell me what you think?
Barry Blitt, illustrator
Great idea, Barry! Great!
But let me try and make it even better. What if... ha-ha-ha... what if you drew a slave ship and sitting at one of the stations, chained to his seat, rowing like mad... was Barack Obama.
That would be VERY IRONIC and VERY BITING and INTELLECTUAL, because it could show how SOME people still see him as a descendant of the slave trade and therefore, like... property.
You know, like a washing machine!
Hugs and kisses,
The slave ship thing is... my wife and I were HOWLING about it in bed last night.
But it gave me an even better idea.
What if the cover were an image from the south in like the 30's, right? And Barack Obama were running for his life? (I bet you can see where I'm going here!) And chasing Barack Obama where a bunch of Klu Klux Klan members, in their white sheets, carrying torches.
Wouldn't that be EDGY! And Ironic. So ironic! It could be about how SOME have seen this election about race-relations and how SOME are still dealing in the politics of hate!
I just think... ha-ha-ha... think that would be GREAT?!? You?
With admiration and class,
The lynching cover does sound GREAT, and CLASSY, but what if... what if you draw the image of Martin Luther King on the hotel balcony, but instead of Martin Luther King... standing there is... BARACK OBAMA!
Isn't that SARDONIC? And, like, SUPER IRONIC.
It could be about how SOME people who have run in this campaign have made references to people wanting to assassinate the Democratic candidate for President! Wow! Huh? Yes!?!?
With hopes for a better tomorrow,
Wait. Wait. This just came to me. What if the cover was NOT of Barack Obama, but of John McCain and the image was from a Vietnam POW camp and the North Vietnamese were torturing him. Knocking his teeth out and water-boarding him.
It could be an ironic commentary about how SOME feel about our OWN tactics during this war, right, and therefore extremely, extremely, funny.
Can't wait to go to work,
I'm sorry, but your last email really offended me. Can you imagine how John McCain's kids might react to such a cover filled with hateful imagery? Can you imagine how Republicans would react if we tried to get a laugh out of the Senator's pain?
Have you no sense of decency, sir?
Look, just go with a cover of Barack and Michelle Obama in the Oval Office. He's in Kenyan garb and she looks like a militant, gun toting black radical. Put a burning American flag in the fireplace and a photo of Osama Bin Laden above the hearth.
You know... subtle... non-inflammatory.
Because, in the end, we can't take a chance that we would stir up hate.
(h/t reader Sal)
Zach, Tim & Eric Show You How To Properly Sell Out
Zach Galifianakis was actually paid to make these "commercials" for Absolut Vodka ("a delicious drink at a reasonable price"). He had only one condition: Absolutely No Restrictions. Looks like he got his wish:
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That's Zach's pals Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job fame joining in on the, um, fun. Here are a couple of clips from their show featuring John C. Reilly as Dr. Steve Brule:
John C. Reilly deserves an Emmy for that character. I'm just sayin'...
More awesome clips here.
July 12, 2008
Your McCain Moment of Zen:
(gotta love MSNBC's lower third: "MCCAIN ANSWERS A VERY HARD QUESTION")
July 10, 2008
Everything You Need To Know About Obama's So-Called Move To The Center
The Rude Pundit writes it so I don't have to (and it's a good thing because, a) I don't have the time and b) he's a far superior writer):
...Anyone who actually listened to Obama and read about his positions knew that he was, at best, slightly to the left of moderate (in today's right-warped political belief continuum). Those who believed he was a liberal savior were actually just reacting to the right wing's portrayal of him as "the mostest liberalest Senator" or some such shit, as in "Well, hell, if Bill O'Reilly says he's the mostest liberalest, then he's the candidate for me." We on the left often make this mistake: to see ourselves only as reflected in the conservative nutzoid mirror.But don't worry, The Rude One's not going to let Obama off the hook for his FISA vote:
(It's the same reason so many on the left romanticize the Clinton presidency. Jesus, back in 1996, when Clinton had triangulated himself to near-Reagan levels of corporate lackey-ism, the only reason the Rude Pundit voted at all was because of Supreme Court appointees.)
Barack Obama's reversal of his position on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 was a craven, cowardly bullshit move that ought to haunt him with the left (and libertarian right) for the rest of the campaign. By voting for the bill yesterday (including voting for cloture), Obama made a mistake that is the political equivalent of Hillary Clinton's Iraq war vote. (They are not morally equivalent, since the dead would probably rather be alive and spied on.) And while there's no telling how Clinton would have voted had she been the nominee, just as there's no way to know how Obama would have voted on the war had he been in the Senate in 2002, the New York Senator was unencumbered and able to take the moral high ground and voted against the bill.And now for the payoff:
It wouldn't be so bad if Obama hadn't made an absolutely definitive statement about opposing any bill that contained immunity from civil lawsuits for telecommunications companies. But the bill did contain it. And he still voted for it. So he joined with other enabling Democrats to be like beaten dogs to their President-owner, hoping that Bush would praise them and pet them, even briefly. A proud, proud moment.
Ultimately, many of us who support Obama do so even if we know his flaws, even if our stomachs churn when he acts like another politician desperate to get elected. That's because, like Michael Moore pointed out, his movement is more important than he is. If he's bringing legions of new voters to the party, then that means big ass gains in Congress. It's a way of transitioning away from the enormous damage done to our America this century. It's gonna take time, probably a few presidents, to heal ourselves. This ain't about forgiving Obama or giving him a pass. If a President Obama does nothing else but get us out of Iraq, even if it takes more than 16 months, then that's a running start.Remember where our idealism got us in 2000, Ralph Nader voters?
Maybe the only way to achieve some ideals is to give up our idealism.
July 09, 2008
Why See Wall-E When You Can Watch Someone Watching The Wall-E Trailer?
As my niece Lily explained to me, there's a new generation out there: The generation that loves to advertise itself. This is one of the most striking examples:
If you loved that, you're going to love what happened to Courtney after she posted herself watching the Wall-E trailer.
(via Elephant Larry's Group Blog)
July 07, 2008
Make Love Not War
A Peace of History:
"In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit, and timeless message."
July 02, 2008
Can You Feel the Excitement?
Two stellar entries in Stephen Colbert's Green Screen Challenge: Make McCain Interesting
More can be found here.
American Journalism at it's Finest
Actual AP story:
Poll: Obama beats McCain as barbecue guestPeople would rather barbecue burgers with Barack Obama than with John McCain.However, to be fair to the esteemed AP news team, the article did contain this gem:
While many are still deciding who should be president, by 52 percent to 45 percent they would prefer having Obama than McCain to their summer cookout, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Wednesday.
Having Obama to a barbecue would be like a relaxed family gathering, while inviting McCain "would be more like a retirement party than something fun," said Wesley Welbourne, 38, a systems engineer from Washington, D.C.
July 01, 2008
So have a video:
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.
(for more about Matt, the luckiest "deadbeat" in the world, go here)