Saturday, November 11, 2006

Satan, Get thee Behind Me - Bill Maher

Bill Maher weighs in on Republican mid-term elections rout on Real Time with Bill Maher, Friday, November 11, 2006. A direct link to the video is here. YASP (Yet Another Shameless Plug): The Google on the Internets,

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Friday, November 10, 2006

I Enjoy Cocaine Because....

Who says an interview with Stephen Colbert is the kiss of death for a politician? This is an exerpt from his Better Know a District series with Congressman Robert Wexler (D) Forida. Colbert points out that every congressman he interviewed won Tuesday. A link to the video is here.

Revolutionary QOTD: November 10, 2006

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

Update: Maher Outs Ken Mehlman on Larry King Live

We now have the CNN approved version of Bill Maher's interview on Larry King Live the other night. As I said in an earlier post, CNN had Youtube remove the video that showed the part they censored, Maher's "outing" of Mehlman. Although most people are saying, and Maher said himself, that it was pretty well known around Washington. And that if he was the first to say it, he'd be sued. Apparently CNN has no copyright problem with this version of the interview. See any similarities between this and another earlier post about how the White House created their own revised version of history? A link to the video is here.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Stephen Colbert Sings National Anthem with Congressman John Hall

Stephen Colbert helps to heal our national divide by singing the National Anthem with singer/songwriter, co-founder of Orleans and new Democratic congressman from New York's 19th district, John Hall. A link to the video is here.

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Ed Bradley, Veteran CBS News Reporter Dies

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Ed Bradley, the longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent whose probing questions and deceptively relaxed interviewing manner graced some of that show's most notable reports, has died. He was 65.

Bradley died Thursday at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital of leukemia, according to staff members at the CBS program.

The full story at CNN is here. A link to the video is here. Ed was truly the coolest reporter on the major networks. We will miss him.

Well, Blend My Balls - Will it Blend?

Ok, this is just plain odd, but there are a series of videos on the Youtube that ask the intriguing question, "Will it Blend?" One of my favs is the one above where our host Tom Dickson blends 50 marbles to make glass dust and warns, "Don't breathe this." Indeed. He also blends, another fav of mine, and entire McDonald's Value Meal, a can of Coke, and his balls. That is his golf balls. Yes folks, Tom Dickson blends his balls. I'm not making it up. The link is here. The rest can be seen by clicking the tab "More from this User". Uhm, goes without saying, but I'll say it, don't try this at home.

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Revolutionary QOTD: November 9, 2006

The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.

Maher Outs Ken Mehlman on Larry King Live

From the Huffington Post: The link is here. I saw the show last night and HuffPo says that when CNN re-aired Larry King Live later that evening that Bill Maher's comments stating Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman is gay were removed from the show. I set the DVR to record the later show and didn't get the comments. There was a video on the Youtubes, but it was removed for copyright infringement.

Some of Bill's best one-liners were, when Larry King asked why someone who is gay would want to be in a party determined to limit their rights, he said, "because hating yourself is the greatest love of all." That about sums it up and I think applies equally to black, Latino and any oppressed minority Republicans. That should be my Revolutionary QOTD. It's a great line. He also said, "lots of people wanted to vote straight Republican but they couldnt find one." There also were some great comments posted on this morning:

I can't accept that, sorry. Mehlman is just too ugly to be gay. Last night he looked like his head was shrivelling and imploding from all the lies it's had to juggle. Please god, no, he's just too ugly to be gay. Period!
AnthonyinAtlanta | 11.08.06 - 10:22 pm |

The issue for me isn't that all these Republicans are Gay it's that in order to be a Republican a gay person can't be himself and has to hide so deeply that it breeds not just passive acquiesence to the demonization of Gays by the hatemongers in their party, but pandering to the Gaybashers for political reasons and/or actual overt Gaybashing of their own. Yes, many of these people are victims who have been so twisted by the homophobia in our society that their attempts to externalize their self-loathing is not truly their own fault. There are others however, who conciously and actively gaybait as a survival strategy, to stay undiscovered and to direct suspicion away from themselves. These people--the Gannons, the Mehlmans, and their ilk--are reprehensible slime and should be outted, not to expose and excoriate them for being Gay (which is their right to be) but for using their political power to hurt others in such a viciously dishonest way. The crime is that through their political power they could actually work to obliterate homophobia in the Republican Party and in American society.
Bash the Bluenoses | 11.09.06 - 6:38 am |

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Amazingly Graceless - Faith Hill

Transcript: One of the weirdest phenomenon I've seen on the Youtube is that Faith Hill CMA freak out thing. If you've taken a look at the top 100 lately you may have noticed that the same footage of her freaking out at the CMA's is up there on the first page, count 'em, about at least nine times. With over 2 million views on the top one, a million views here, over nine hundred thousand views on the next couple.

I find that amazing, and I am wondering if the same people are watching this same clip on different videos that many times. The first clip even has a close up. And a far out shot. And when you notice that the clips are about the same length you should know that they're probably the same thing and not anything new. Maybe I'm wrong and there's 5 million different people viewing these clips. But it seems a bit, well, I hate to put it that way, but it seems a bit retarded to watch the same video of a self-absorbed ungracious celebrity throwing a hissy fit because things didn't go her way.

It seems to me that you could act behave with a little tact and grace, even if it was a joke, one of the videos I think mentions that, I haven't paid enough attention to know if that's true or not, it's still not a very gracious way to act at an awards show. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

And it's even more amazing when you think about in the context of Tuesday having been one of the most important elections of at least the past 5 or 6 years. One that may change the course of our nation in a time of war. Youtube is an excellent platform for political and activist speech, for artistic expression and yes, even for entertainment. Even silly entertainment. I'm not knocking that. In fact it's one of the things I love about it. That's what it's for and that's cool. But the fact that there was hardly a single political video in the top 20 on that day is incredible.

And when you think that only 39% of the voting age public voted Tuesday. Not to be a hypocit, there's been times, and I'm not proud of it, I haven't voted. But 39% is sad for what many Americans will claim is the greatest Democracy on earth. And who feel it's important to bring Democracy to Iraq, where people risked their lives to vote. I don't know if the same people watching the Faith Hill videos are in that 39% of voters or not. I don't know this for sure, there's no way to measure, but it seems there's more interest in Faith Hill and her freak out at the CMAs than there is in our Democracy.
End transcript.

Original Youtube video link here.

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Update: Because I blogged this I feel obligated to set the record straight. It's not that I care at all whether Faith Hill was joking or not in her reaction to loosing at the CMAs the other night. My point was that it got way more attention than the election, which got almost none, on Youtube. But that's just Youtube I guess. But I did comment on it so here's a link to her explanation.

Revolutionary QOTD: November 8, 2006

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
-George Orwell.

No doubt. Ok, I used an Orwell quote yesterday. I was on Colbert Nation's Message Boards and it was "ThePatient's" sig and it saved me the trouble of having to look for one for today. If I borrow from enough posts, this thing practically writes itself.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Nancy Pelosi Speaks on Election Night 2006

Nancy Pelosi will be our nation's first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives as Democrats take control of the House. She says that Americans have voted for change and vows that Democrats will lead the most open, honest and ethical congress in history.


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Revolutionary QOTD: November 7, 2006

"The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth."
-1984, George Orwell.

The quote above is from the character Winston Smith in the novel 1984. Of course we aren't living in a society as repressive and Orwell's 1984. Yet. But the video above shows how close we are coming to it. This society is like 1984 with shopping malls, SUVs, and 500 channels of cable TV. I tried to get to the White House video, but it wouldn't come up. Maybe it's flooded with hits or maybe the White House is fixing it again. The link to the exact page is here. I found the video via Huffington Post. The direct link to the video on Youtube is here.

Borat on Letterman, You Look on It, Please?

Borat, I like very much. You like? He appears on the David Lettermans. High five! You go look on it. Genqui.

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Keith Olbermann's Special Comment - Changing Justifications for Iraq

Olbermann's Special Comment from last night, November 6, 2006 on the changing justifications given by George W. Bush to justify the Iraq war. On the eve of the 2006 mid-term elections, Bush on the campaign trail amazingly, miraculously, admits that one reason for the war is oil. Something he repeatedly vehemently denied previously. As the reasons for invading Iraq are exposed for the illusions they are, new ones replace them. Keith provides a history of them from the beginning. Direct link to the video here.

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Update: A commenter on Youtube reminded me of Keith's key point. We can't blame Bush, but must blame ourselves for letting this happen. Amen.