Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Hollow's Eve

I don't care what you've got on tonight, this guy's costume beats it hands down.

Wait till the end of the clip. Just when you thought it couldn't get cooler...

A Song for Saturday

Friday, October 30, 2009

Thank God for Jon

Jon sorts out this White House v FOX business for us:

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Most Unbalanced

According to PEW, this is the view of most americans when it comes to FOX News:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Monday

I always wondered what it would look like to see a female get trucked football-style.

Now I know.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Song for Saturday

Hip-hop belongs to everyone now.

I love the dryness of the performance. It really draws you in in some strange way.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Prank Of the Week

My, oh my. This is a quality scare reaction if I've ever seen one.

Kids, don't do it. K?


Hat Tip (Tosh)

Cartoon of the Week

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Drunkest. Guy. Ever.

Is "Drunkest" a word? If not, it should be. Just for occasions like this.

This guy has a problem. He's obviously consumed more alcohol than his body can stand, an yet he wants more. (There is a scripture reference in there somewhere...)

I've never been drunk, so, I can't tell if he's faking or not, but it seems real enough to me. The way he stumbles around reminds me of the alien bug wearing the "Edgar Suit" in the first Men In Black. Remember that?


The Remix:

Gotta love the internets...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Calling A Spade, A Spade


This "War with Fox News" is not a war. That is what the Fox folks are calling it because they feel assailed, but that is just the truth stinging them that they feel.

The White House says they're attitude towards Fox is that it has a point of view. That its not so much interested in finding truth as it is in supporting its agenda. Like a political operation.

Fox claims this accusation is baseless.

The evidence says something else:

I have a lot of friends who love Fox. One actually told me he likes it because someone is finally speaking from his point of view when (in his opinion) there had been no media outlet speaking for him in his whole life. That is the genius of Fox. "Give 'em what they want".

As a business model, it can't be challenged. But lets not pretend that their business is news. That's all I'm saying.

Held By The Taliban

This is the first installment in a five-part series offering a first-person account by David Rohde of his seven months as a captive of the Taliban in Pakistan. Mr. Rohde, a New York Times reporter, was kidnapped with two Afghan colleagues on Nov. 10, 2008, as they traveled to an interview with a Taliban commander outside of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Read them all.

Its an amazing tale we should all hear.

In part:

The longer I looked at the gunman in the passenger seat, the more nervous I became. His face showed little emotion. His eyes were dark, flat and lifeless.

I thought of my wife and family and was overcome with shame. An interview that seemed crucial hours earlier now seemed absurd and reckless. I had risked the lives of Tahir and Asad — as well as my own life. We reached a dry riverbed and the car stopped. “They’re going to kill us,” Tahir whispered. “They’re going to kill us.”

Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Monday

Apparently, the Japanese will do anything to you if they think they can get a laugh out of it.

Too bad there aren't subtitles. Looks like a job interview to me. I bet he stays unemployed forever now.

Poor guy...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The True Tip of the Spear

An amazing special done by Richard Engel, NBC news correspondent. He is embedded with some of our troops in Afghanistan and reports on what he finds. I've posted part 1 of 6. I encourage you to watch them all. Pray for the safety of these people. Pray also for the President, he needs wisdom now more than ever.

Thank God for Jon

Oh, what would we do without the Fair and Balanced brigade?

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Andrew's take:

Jon Stewart busts Fox News bad on their non-coverage of a march of around 75,000. This is not just an ideological problem for them; it's a news problem. What happened last weekend in DC was a great story - large and colorful protests, a big fight between the grassroots of the gay movement and its DNC bosses, a presidential speech. Where was Fox? Some will say it's pure ideology. They just ignore stories that do not fit their GOP base audience. The speeches at the march were so emphatic on the core message of equality and the marchers so obviously regular Americans of all stripes, shapes and colors, perhaps Fox simply did not know how to fit the images into the notion that the gay rights movement is some bunch of evil freaks trying to destroy the family.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Maddow. Best Pundit on TV?

At least one person thinks so:

But what really endears her to American liberals is the way she takes her job and the authority it gives her seriously. Maddow is less interested in the shouting fests that dominate most cable news and instead favours in-depth interviews with experts who are permitted to show their expertise on air without being interrupted. Hers may be the only show on cable news were feminists come on air to speak their minds without being paired off with belligerent sexists who dominate the conversation by yelling over their points.

But Maddow isn't opposed to fair-mindedness. She often brings on conservatives for the same kind of in-depth interviews, and even when she strongly disagrees, she always gives them a chance to air their views (and generally hang themselves with those views). Her show is the exact opposite of Bill O'Reilly's show. Where he cuts people off for saying things he doesn't like, Maddow digs in deeper.

I agree. So, I guess that makes two people...

Happy Monday

A piano that uses musical notes to mimic a human voice was presented at at the World Venice Forum this year. The segment's in German, but fortunately the piano speaks English.


I'm not kidding.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Song for Saturday

Accordions Rock.

At least this one does:

Rock on, accordion dude. Rock on...

Nobel, Maddow Style


Its a wonderful thing:

Friday, October 9, 2009



So, everyone seems to be freaking out about this. I have to admit, my first thought when I heard the news was "Wow. I wonder what they're basing that on". Now, having said that, I think, after 8 years of our last government in which no prizes were thrown but instead shoes were thrown. If you think this in some way diminishes the man or America, then I'm not sure what I could say that would change your mind.

The main complaint here seems to be that he hasn't yet brought peace on earth, and therefore is unworthy. The peace prize is about progress and work towards peace. No one ever achieves peace.

I think the President put it best:

I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women, and all Americans, want to build -- a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents. And I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action -- a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.

You see what he did there? Using it as a launching pad for his efforts towards peace. That was the whole point...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Case Against Death

Last night Keith devoted his entire show to a Special Comment making the case for health reform. It was as impassioned I've ever seen the man, and that's saying something. He related powerful anecdotes relating to his mother dying in the spring and his father being confined to the hospital right now. He speaks from the perspective of a man that has the money to pay for the best care anywhere for anyone he wants to. He then tried to imagine the horror that millions face daily when they have to figure out if they have enough money to live.

He also asks: "What is more valuable than our health? If we agree that the government should provide for the common defense, how much more the common health???" (paraphrase)

Good question, Keith.

This is 45 minutes well spent.

Part 1

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Song for Saturday


I don't like Lady Gaga...usually. But this song grabbed me for a few reasons: 1) This performance is artistically powerful and very ambitious, which I respect. 2) She seems to be singing it live, which no one does any more. So, she get my respect for that. 3) She seems a little unstable, and crazy people keep the world interesting.

But honestly, its a good song and well executed.


(To my SYTYCD nerds, there's a hidden gem in here for you too.)

America loses! Yipee!

Today the United States lost is bid to host the 2016 summer games in Chicago. This was the reaction at a gathering of conservatives at the Americans For Prosperity, one of the main organizing groups behind the tea party protests. You'll notice they erupted in applause. They cheered once more after they were told that Chicago had been eliminated during the first round of voting.

Since when is America losing a good thing for Americans?

Many of them think that this Olympic bid was just a scam to get Obama's buddies rich. My guess is that they don't know much about the history if this bid:

It was barely noticed at the time, but in January 2008, then-President George W. Bush met with the Chicago 2016 Bid Committee and U.S. Olympic Committee members about bringing the 2016 summer games to the city. "They say that the Olympics will come to Chicago if we're fortunate enough to be selected, but really it's coming to America, and I can't think of a better city to represent the United States than Chicago," Bush said.

He added, "This country supports your bid, strongly."


Thursday, October 1, 2009


As the looming MNF showdown between the Packers and the Favre-led Vikings approaches, I'm having a hard time sorting out my feelings. The sadness is great within me. I rooted for the man every game since I was 12. And now I'm forced to cheer for his head to be served up on a platter. Its so wrong, I hardly have the words...

It doesn't get much worse for a football fan.