Saturday, December 27, 2008

Phil Ochs - Crucifixion



The song has alot of layers, the superficial outer layer is a tribute to RFK, JFK and MLK. The other layers are about hero killing, Phil Ochs and hypocrisy. Every piece of artwork has lots of layers especially poetry/music.

I think in large part it's about society and how it seems to be human nature to create and build up heros from other humans in our midst - only to revel in their ultimate downfall. "But you know, I predicted it. I knew he had to fall. How did it happen? Hope his suffering was small. Tell me every detail, for I've got to know it all. And do you have a picture of the pain?" But teach us to be true. Cause we love you.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Project for Awesome: Heifer International



Heifer International:
Heifer International

Its so easy to give! They do such awesome stuff, at least check out the website. :-) It's fun to look at all of the great projects they are working on!


Santa Claus Bailout Hearings




C-SPAN coverage of Santa Claus asking Congress for a financial bailout of the North Pole - Present Giving Industry. If they dont approve his aid package, Christmas may be ruined.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Prop 8 - The Musical"

judge us by leviticus... and let US judge YOU by it as well.


See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

3rd Race at The Honeymoon Is Over Downs

LOL, too funny....Funny too how straight right wing religious freaks want to prevent gay people from experiencing these wonderful aspects of marriage....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Christian the Lion - the full story



That's it. I'm getting a lion. And now some people think animals don't have any feelings..

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Another "Yes We Can" video



YES!!!!!!! Get ready for President Obama.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

"The Vet Who Did Not Vet" A Very Suess-esque Tale



Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment _ a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 _ emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.

A fake pipeline to go along with a fake plumber and a fake mugging victim. But what do you expect from a campaign of phonies?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

THE END OF MAVERICK

At this point, I think Tina Fey is probably the fifth or sixth most influential person in the presidential election:



"Maverick" was already losing its charge through overuse, but after this skit, I think the term is officially a joke.

Friday, October 3, 2008

VP Debate In Song and Dance



I would never have believed they could be made entertaining. I believe we have now found her true calling.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Tina Fey on "SNL": Umm, wow



The two — appearing as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton — delivered a message about sexism, an issue, Poehler/Clinton noted, "I'm surprised to hear people suddenly care about." Not surprisingly, the sketch, seen above, was both funny and painful because the things coming out of Fey's mouth were not so dissimilar to the boneheaded things that have emerged from the real Palin's maw.

If only...

Tina Fey were running for office and whatsername was a TV sports reporter again.

Ugh.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Biden: The silence is Deafening



I think Joe Biden’s attack with the best one possible–he pointed out how condescending she was, and he did it in a gender-neutral way (i.e., he didn’t say, “Wow, what a bitch.”).

With all those caveats in place, here’s my take: Her speech isn’t going to age well, and it IS going to age, because they’re going to keep her out of the spotlight as much as possible, so we’re going to see clips of it over and over again. A trash-talking ex-beauty-queen may seem hip at first, but it’s going to get really old really fast, especially when people hear Joe Biden reminding them that they all know a Sarah Palin in their lives, and the memories aren’t likely to be fond ones.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

John McCain Picks a Running Mate

"The Love Pita." LOL. Samantha Bee is a funny, funny lady.



The Palin pick says much more about McCain than it does about Palin (all it says about her is that she didn't have the good sense to turn it down). What it says about McCain is that he is more interested in politics than policy, more interested in campaigning than governing, tactical when he should be strategic, and reckless when he should be considered.

He is as big a gamble as president as Palin is as vice-president. This decision was about gut, about politics, about cynicism, and about vanity. It's Bushism metastasized.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Will Ferrell as George Bush

Will Ferrell impersonates George Bush doing a global warming commercial.

McCain agrees that we won't get Bin Laden "if we don't reenact the draft"

Anyone of draft age should watch this video. Anyone with kids who are draft age -- or approaching draft age -- should watch this video. As John wrote last night, McCain's instinct is to go to war. Today, McCain exposed how he'll have the forces to do it. The draft is part of his equation. Watch the entire video:




I am going to teach my grandsons how to walk in heels in preparation for the military exam. I know If McCain becomes prez....there will still be a Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Friday, August 8, 2008

"Hands"

The Obama campaign has just released the ad they'll be playing across the Olympics:



This ad succeeds. The driving music, the announcer's quick speech, the fast cuts, the futuristic looking technologies and products, all of them get at what's powerful about a youthful candidate without bring age up explicitly. This is an ad that wouldn't work with shots of McCain interwoven through the end. It does work with Obama.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bush Tours America To Survey Damage Caused By His Presidency



One would be surprised how many people actually believe what the Onion prints as "tongue-in-cheek." to be true. I remember something from the Onion, being repeated as news on the FOX Noise Channel once. It seems the republicans and their ditto-head minions have no sense of humor, let alone irony and believe everything FOX regurgitates from the White House talking points as well.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

10 Ways John McCain Is Like Paris Hilton & Britney Spears

If you haven't yet seen John McCain's new anti-Obama advertisement, it handily splices in photos of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in between statements on Obama's opposition to further offshore oil-drilling and support for taxing electrical companies.

What's the connection between two celebrities and those two issues? None that we can see (and we looked hard), but apparently Britney and Paris are famous-for-no-reason (other than, oh, a musical career, a television show and a couple of forgettable movie roles between them) and Obama is popular-for-no-reason and that's bad. Well, McCain might not have the popularity of Obama, Britney or Paris, but we've counted the things he does have in common with the latter two.

  1. John McCain was held in the Hanoi Hilton.

  2. John McCain was held in a camp, The Simple Life was held in a camp.

  3. John McCain's wife, elder daughter, Paris and Britney all use the same shade of hair dye.

  4. John McCain and Britney both left their first spouses high and dry and then slept around for a while.

  5. Kevin Federline left Britney a single parent with weekend visitation; John McCain left Cindy in Arizona to parent singly and only came home on the weekends.

  6. Paris Hilton has her stock pose of putting her hand on her hip, John McCain has his stock pose of giving a thumb's up. (Both are terribly out of date.)

  7. Paris wants to be seen embracing the Bible but does nothing overtly religious or compassionate; John McCain wants to be seen embracing the Bible-thumpers but does nothing overtly religious or compassionate.

  8. Paris uses the "n" word, and some suspect John McCain does, too. (McCain did call his wife a cunt, though. It's close!)

  9. All of them travel with extensive entourages of gay men.

  10. None of them would draw a crowd of 200,000 people for a speech about America's relationship with Germany.


All have dead eyes and all three can get really confused. And are often photographed while in said state.

Hat Tip to Jezebel

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Supporting The Troops is Different Than Being A Veteran



Watching the Olberman video, only confirmed an old political reality. Americans don't necessarily care for the facts. That McCain repeatedly votes against funding for veterans will not factor in the vote decision for most Americans. This is because most Americans do not pay attention to the minutia of policy making. They care about the big picture and the "narrative." By voting record, McCain is clearly one of the most conservative members of the Senate, but his narrative is one of independence.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Video Professor Helps McCain

It's true! John McCain is "aware of the Internet" and is actually "learning to get online myself."

But how did he accomplish this feat? The truth can now be revealed:



He needs to order that lesson on Economics next!

Flip-flop he's got covered. WMD detection is a bit late. Disaster Recovery and Peanuckle (Pinochle?) can wait until after November.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Power of Song, Pete Seeger




This is a program from PBS, focusing on Pete Seeger's music and message.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy speech ~ Mindless Menace of Violence



This speech by Robert F. Kennedy was given on April 5, 1968 at the City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio. The soundtrack is from the movie "Bobby", if you haven't watched it, rent it today.

RFK was not perfect, but man he had a vision! And for this vision he is still loved by many! His words touch almost everyone, because we know deep inside that what he says is real and true!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Official Response: NO YOU CAN'T!



Status quo is Latin for scandal, recession, Bush, McCain, global warming, children without healthcare, young men and women dying in Iraq for 100 years, and tax cuts for the super-rich while we rack up trillion dollar deficits. If you prefer more of the same, please stick with the Grand Ol' Party. If you want hope and change, there's that other guy running for president...

Friday, April 11, 2008

John Oliver does a Fox "documentary."



George W. Bush, Running Out the Clock



and "Leaving a Mess for the Next Guy"

Friday, March 21, 2008

Rev Wright's "faith footnote" on 9/11 attacks

Meet the man who inspired Reverend Jeremiah Wright's now famous tirade about America's foreign policy inciting the terrorist attacks of September 11.

His name is Ambassador Edward Peck. And he is a retired, white, career U.S. diplomat who served 32-years in the U.S. Foreign Service and was chief of the U.S. mission to Iraq under Jimmy Carter -- hardly the black-rage image with which Wright has been stigmatized.

In fact, when Wright took the pulpit to give his post-9/11 address -- which has since become boiled down to a five second sound bite about "America's chickens coming home to roost" -- he prefaced his remarks as a "faith footnote," an indication that he was deviating from his sermon.

"I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday," Wright declared. "He was on Fox News. This is a white man and he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. He pointed out, a white man, an ambassador, that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true: America's chickens are coming home to roost."

Wright then went on to list more than a few U.S. foreign policy endeavors that, by the tone of his voice and manner of his expression, he viewed as more or less deplorable. This included, as has been demonstrated in the endless loop of clips from his sermon, bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki and nuking "far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye."

"Violence begets violence," Wright said, "hatred begets hatred, and terrorism begets terrorism."

And then he concluded by putting the comments on Peck's shoulders: "A white ambassador said that yall, not a black militant, not a reverend who preaches about racism, an ambassador whose eyes are wide open and is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice... the ambassador said that the people we have wounded don't have the military capability we have, but they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them... let me stop my faith footnote right there."



I am so glad Obama called out the media in his speech. Why were Wright's controversial statements placed in a loop over and over and replayed endlessly on all channels? Why were the context of his sermons not discussed at all? If the "journalists" were too busy pontificating, could they not at least send their interns to do a little research?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Solidarity Forever

Solidarity Forever sung by Pete Seeger & The Weavers, with old photographs of the labor movement in US History.This is a tribute to all the workers who sacrificed to make a better world for their children and grand children.




This song was originally sing by Federal troops marching to war during the civil war and known as, "John Brown's Body." It was later changed to, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." in 1915, I.W.W. ornganizer and prominant labor activist Ralph Chaplin changed the words again to "Solidarity Forever."

Sunday, March 2, 2008

CHICAGO 10 - OFFICIAL TRAILER

Mixing animation with archival footage, CHICAGO 10 explores the build-up to and unraveling of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial of 8 activists set up as scapegoats by The Government of the 1968 Democratic Convention demonstration against the Vietnam War.

CHICAGO 10 is a parable of hope, courage and ultimate victory, the story of young Americans speaking out and taking a stand in the face of an oppressive and armed government.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dr. Randy Pausch - from Oprah

Dying professor, Dr. Randy Pausch knows he is dying. This video will leave you thinking when it's over. Take 10 minutes of your time to watch it. It would do us all some good.



That comes from an inner spirit, a spirit that comes to us through the heart not our mind, given to us by something greater than ourselves, regardless of what religion you believe or don't believe in . . . .

Friday, February 22, 2008

VIVA OBAMA.

And Viva Obama is a home run. That's good enough to swing even the Anglo vote around here.



Translation:

To the candidate who is Barack Obama
I sing this corrido with all my soul
He was born humble without pretension
He began in the streets of Chicago
Working to achieve a vision
To protect the working people
And bring us all together in this great nation
Viva Obama! Viva Obama!
Families united and safe and even with a health care plan
Viva Obama! Viva Obama!
A candidate fighting for our nation
It doesn't matter if you're from San Antonio
It doesn't matter if you're from Corpus Christi
From Dallas, from the Valley, from Houston or from El Paso
What matters is that we vote for Obama
Because his struggle is also our struggle, and today we urgently need a change
Let's unite with our great friend
Viva Obama! Viva Obama!
Families united and safe and even with a health care plan

Viva Obama! Viva Obama!
A candidate fighting for our nation

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Greatest Illusion ever.



So What Are You Going To Do About It?

Brett Dennen - Ain't No Reason

h/t to supergirlest





A brief description of the video from Brett himself:

"It is our routines and our comforts that allow us to ignore social issues. For some of us, it is our privilege to be ignorant. This video tells the story of social issues challenging our privileges and entering our routines making them impossible to ignore. Social injustice cannot be ignored when you are forced to deal with them. That is the idea behind this video.

What would happen if you were forced to deal with something that you may think has nothing to do with you? If suddenly the world's problems came into your own home? You would have to realize that you are connected to everything and everyone one earth."

Monday, February 11, 2008

You saw the Obama video, now watch the McCain one

"McCain: Less jobs, more war...not just a slogan!" No we McCain't.

Please watch this. It's from Andy Cobb and his brilliant cast of insane comedians and actors out in Hollywood. (For anyone who hasn't seen the Obama video, you can watch it here below to get a flavor of the parody.) I laughed out loud.



That's funny. Painfully funny ... but funny. Probably the best parody I've seen online.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Clip From Michael Moore's Film "Sicko...

"If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people."
Former British MP Tony Benn talks about power and democracy in this excerpt from "Sicko."

Please watch and spread it, especially to the disenfranchised and those who feel powerless.




Benn is one of the top politicans of all time: A man of conviction and wisdom, why socialist like him get such a bad name is beyond me, thier some of the most moral people going. Just shows hows selfish and greedy people are.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

BY THEIR MUSIC VIDEOS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM.

You can really see the change in the Democratic electorate's mood by comparing the music videos that capture their imaginations, Remember Eminem's 2004 video, "Mosh?"

The dark colors, the thundering rain, the threatening militancy, the barely-suppressed rage. There was fear in that video, and anger. And it mattered. It captured a particular instant of frustration and fury. Compare that to "Yes, We Can":


Saturday, February 2, 2008

Yes We Can

Without positing any electoral impact or too closely analyzing its politics, this music video, transforming Obama's already lyrical speeches into actual music, sung and played by actual musicians, is beautiful and affecting.

The highest quality version is here. For those who don't like clicking on links, though, here's the YouTube:


Between Iraq and a Hard Place

Brilliant. But the sad thing about this video is that the comedy is based on facts. Everything mentioned within has at some stage happened. Our military has become one big long running joke.


Iraq And It's Oil

How come, with our free press in the USA (and God bless her), we are hearing about the terms of the oil deal and the five permanent military bases from British television? Bush's genius is getting quite a boost from our lazy journalists content to print/broadcast the Administration press releases and knock off for the day.

George Bush is a Genius?


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How The Market Works!

A few clever comedians explain issues such as "market sentiment", subprime lending, SIVs and government bailouts. This was recorded back in October, a few months after Northern Rock experienced a run on the bank in the UK. Watch until the end where they deliver the classic line that will surely be dragged out as the Fed continues to press the panic button.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bill Gates Last Day At Microsoft

Bill Gates and friends in a skit from his 2008 CES Keynotes speech (apologies for the low sound quality - big room, small camera!)

windows vista still sucks...it has screwed everything up. LMFAO best microsoft production ever


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Partisan Bickering

It was inevitable --- as soon as the Republicans lost power, I knew the gasbags would insist that it's time to let bygones be bygones and meet the Republicans halfway in the spirit of a new beginning. GOP politicians have driven the debt sky-high and altered the government so as to be nearly unrecognizable, so logically the Democrats need to extend the hand of conciliation and move to meet them in the middle --- the middle now being so far right, it isn't even fully visible anymore.

Isn't it funny that these people were nowhere to be found when George W. Bush seized office under the most dubious terms in history, having been appointed by a partisan supreme court majority and losing the popular vote? If there was ever a time for a bunch of dried up, irrelevant windbags to demand a bipartisan government you'd think it would have been then, wouldn't you? (How about after 9/11, when Republicans were running ads saying Dems were in cahoots with Saddam and bin Laden?) But it isn't all that surprising. They always assert themselves when the Democrats become a majority; it's their duty to save the country from the DamnFuc*ingHippie's who are far more dangerous than Dick Cheney could ever be.

Here's how one of the greatest Democratic Presidents got a little partisan, and I say that, cause partisanship - "it's a good thing."

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Campaign Video of the Day -- January 2, 2007

Hillary has put up a very good closing argument. You owe it to yourself to watch it. Today's Campaign Video, however, is Barack Obama's latest. In One Voice the greatest orator of his age delivers highlights from his most famous speech. It doesn't just close the deal. It is inspiring.


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Envelope, Please: 2007 Golden Duke Award Winners

Politics Video Blog: Okay, the wait is over. You sent in your nominations. The judges pored over each candidate's dossier. And now the winners are ready to be announced. The winner for Best Scandal -- General Interest -- the Dukes' version of Best Picture genuinely surprised me. And one winner and one winner alone was the unanimous choice of all five judges, that was the winner for Outstanding Achievement in Corruption-based Chutzpah. We are pleased to bring you this year's Golden Duke Awards winners... (less)