Most Sexist Ad Ever Isn’t An Ad

The webmaster of a local Republican chapter linked a YouTube video that implies Democratic women are ugly.

Rand Paul, the Civil Rights Act, and Private Discrimination

Rand Paul, Kentucky’s newly minted Republican nominee for the Senate, is coming under some fire for his view that, while racial discrimination is abhorrent, he thinks private business owners ought be free to engage in it. Think Progress points to an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal.   Here’s the video: The transcript: INTERVIEWER: Would you have […]

Evening Funnies

Nazi Tourette’s: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Back in Black – Glenn Beck’s Nazi Tourette’s Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Video of a SWAT Raid

Columbia MO SWAT raids a residential house. They find a pipe with residue, a small amount of marijuana (enough for misdemeanor offense) and a grinder. In the process of conducting this raid these brave and fearless cops shot and killed a (possibly crated) pit bull dog, and shot and wounded a welsh corgi. These highly […]

Rock and Roll’s Musical Diversity

Ed Driscoll posted a piece titled, “What I Admire Most About Rock & Roll Is Its Musical Diversity.”  The post, in its entirety: 36 songs, four chords, one video. Just click: (If you’re a musician, it’s a I-V-VIm-IV progression that they’re playing into the ground, but you knew that already, right?) Yeah, it’s been around […]

Transforming Education Into Training

A while back, I explored “Why College Tuition is Growing So Fast” through the lens of MIT artificial intelligence guru Patrick Henry Winston‘s writings.   He argued that administrative costs are skyrocketing and that higher education was one of the few industries not taking advantage of the advances in technology, particularly computers, to increase efficiency. My […]

Obama and Too Much Money

President Obama’s unscripted line, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money” continues to draw scorn and derision. Here’s the video: The text: We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. […]

DNC Romney Attack Ad

I’ve noted repeatedly over the past few weeks my sense that Mitt Romney is the Republican frontrunner for 2012. Apparently, the Democratic National Committee agrees. Politico’s Mike Allen: DNC TARGETS ROMNEY with a video titled, “Wall Street’s Best Friend.” A Dem. official: “We’re not waiting until this fall to make a campaign issue out of […]

Do-It-Yourself Virtual Universities?

Anya Kamentz has written a new book titled DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education.  She gives us a taste of the argument in a piece for TAP: Since 2001, a growing movement — from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, and hundreds of other universities worldwide to insurgent bloggers and […]

Ronald Reagan and James Dean 1954 Video

The Atlantic‘s John Meroney is circulating this rare video of Ronald Reagan and James Dean, who would both go on to become legends, before either was known*: Today, it’s an astonishing, even eerie, scene: the icon of modern American conservatism, whose rise to political prominence was galvanized by the cultural rebellion of the 1960s, fighting […]

Hitler Reacts to Idiot Copyright Pursuits

The incredibly prolific Internet meme in which Adolph Hitler goes hysterical over happenings in American pop culture is under siege, thanks to an idiotic copyright enforcement decision. PopEater: ‘Hitler Reacts to…’ — that patron saint of YouTube memes — seems to be on its way out. The clips, which dub a scene from the 2004 […]

Palin on Obama’s Nuclear Policy

Sarah Palin, who was governor of Alaska for a few months before launching a career as a talk show host, objects to President Obama’s new nuclear policy thusly: Now, the president, with all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer, as a part-time senator, and as a full-time candidate, all that […]

New Nike Ad: ‘Earl and Tiger’

Nike made Tiger Woods a multimillionaire before he took his first swing* as a professional. There’s one of the few major sponsors to stay with him through his recent scandal.  Now, they’ve released a new ad that some are calling “creepy.” The Telegraph‘s Murray Wardrop has the setup: The commercial, in which a silent Woods […]

OTB Radio — Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

After a brief hiatus, the next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 5:30-6:30 Eastern. The tired and very, very busy Dave Schuler and I will be joined by a special guest, Colonel Pat Lang of Sic Semper Tyrannis to talk about the WikiLeaks Iraq video, Afghan president Hamid […]

Take Turns Traffic Sign

Ezra Klein points us to this Gary Lauder TED Talk on making driving more efficient: He correctly points out that roundabouts are much more safe, efficient, and cost effective than stop signs or traffic signals.  He acknowledges that sometimes they’re not practical and illustrates in amusing fashion why stop signs cost us a lot of […]

Mike Huckabee: CPAC Broken

Mike Huckabee used some harsh words in explaining why he didn’t attend CPAC this year. “CPAC has becoming increasingly more libertarian and less Republican over the last years, one of the reasons I didn’t go this year,” Huckabee said in an interview with Fox News, where he is a paid analyst and has his own […]

Newt Gingrich CPAC Rock Star

Over at C&L’s Video Cafe, Heather is upset that Newt Gingrich received a warm welcome at CPAC. Good grief. Newt Gingrich was treated like a rock star at the CPAC 2010 Convention. He entered the auditorium with “Eye of the Tiger” playing and the audience gave him a standing ovation and pats on the back […]

Jon Stewart: Blogs Must Be Crazy

I’m a bit behind on my “Daily Show” viewing, so hadn’t yet seen this segment where Jon Stewart pokes fun at some blogs for the use of outlandish headlines: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c The Blogs Must Be Crazy Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care […]

John Edwards Sex Tape

A new tell-all book written by a former campaign aide alleges that John Edwards and Reille Hunter captured their illicit romance on video. Gawker’s Ravi Somaiya: Sources have told us that, in the throes of their affair, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter made a sex tape that contains “several sex acts.” And that his aide, […]

How to Brew a Good Cup of Coffee

Many of us are old enough to remember the days when home-brewing coffee consisted of selecting between pre-ground Folgers and Maxwell House and then running them through an electric percolator.  More recently, most of us migrated to purchasing roasted whole beans and using an automatic drip machine — or even a French press. Now, that, […]

Should Republicans Call Domino’s?

NRO’s Jonah Goldberg thinks the Republican Party should take a lesson from Domino’s Pizza, which has apparently admitted that their product is awful and is working to fix itself. You may have seen the commercials or the YouTube video touting the iconic pizza-delivery chain’s reinvention. But if you haven’t, Domino’s new campaign can be summed […]

Blogger Week on Colbert

“The Colbert Report” came back from its holiday hiatus in hi-def.   Making the most of this new technology, they showcased two major bloggers, RedState’s Erick Erickson and WaPo’s Ezra Klein.  Both acquitted themselves nicely — certainly, better than many politicians that have been on. Erick: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Erick […]

Napolitano’s ‘The System Worked’ Quote

An aside in my post this morning defending President Obama from charges he took inadequate measures to prevent the attempted Detroit bombing has caused John Cole some distress. I observed that, “There’s room to criticize the administration’s response to the crisis, most notably DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s idiotic insistence that “the system worked.” John retorts: […]

The Comedy of the Senate

Al Franken was presiding over a sleepy session of the Senate yesterday afternoon and took what AP calls “the unusual step” of denying unanimous consent to allow Joe Lieberman to finish his remarks. Franken was presiding over the Senate Thursday afternoon as Lieberman spoke about amendments he planned to offer to the bill. Lieberman asked […]

Grading on a curve

As pretty much everyone knows by now, President Obama gave himself “a good, solid B-plus” grade for his first year in office. If that struck you as a tad high, you’re not alone. Jokes about grade inflation have been pretty common. I couldn’t help but crack a joke about the curve he’s grading himself on […]

iPhone Gives AT&T Bad Name

You know those ubiquitous maps showing that Verizon has ridiculously better 3G coverage than AT&T?   And all those people complaining about Apple’s forcing those who want to use the iPhone to use AT&T?   It turns out that AT&T’s coverage is great and the iPhone itself is the issue. Roger Entner, senior vice president for telecommunications […]

All Men Watch Porn

From the Telegraph, not the Onion:  “All men watch porn, scientists find.” Researchers were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users. But their project stumbled at the first hurdle when they failed to find a single man who had not been […]

Chris Matthews: West Point ‘Enemy Camp’

Along with serious discussions about President Obama’s newest new Afghanistan strategy, a minor brouhaha has errupted over Chris Matthews’ labeling West Point “the enemy camp” last night.  Jeff Porter has the scoop at Newsbusters: “It seems like in this case, there isn’t a lot of excitement,” Matthews said. “I watched the cadets, they were young […]

Palin – Beck 2012

“Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday did not rule out running for president alongside Fox News host Glenn Beck in 2012,” Andy Barr reports for Politico. Palin was asked during an interview with Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” about the chances that she “would run on a ticket with Fox’s own Glenn Beck,” […]

No Party of No

Steve Green:  “If there really was a Party Of No, I would so join.” Indeed. via Glenn Reynolds

DVR Saving TV

Television executives have figured out that people watching their shows via TiVo-delay is a good thing. Against almost every expectation, nearly half of all people watching delayed shows are still slouching on their couches watching messages about movies, cars and beer. According to Nielsen, 46 percent of viewers 18 to 49 years old for all […]

Google Wave Pulp Fiction

Megan McArdle points me to this amusing video about which  Gizmodo’s John Herrmann gushes, “I’ve read the articles, watched the instructional videos, and gotten an invite, but nothing—nothing—has done more to explain to me how this mind-melting Internet Thing works than Pulp Fiction, spectacularly adapted for Google Wave. (Warning: Tarantino language ahead)” It’s an entertaining […]

Glenn Beck: There’s a Coup Going On. A Stealing of America.

Glenn Beck continues to impress in his ability to top himself with zaniness.  Today, he explained how “they” have all manner of plans to destroy America and make it more like Cuba.  And “they” may be getting away with it because “they” are so far ahead of us. For those who can’t view the video […]

Hillary Clinton’s Congo Blow-Up

Hillary Clinton chewed out a Congolese student for asking what “Mr. Clinton” thought about a public policy issue: ABC’s Kirit Radia: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost her cool Monday after a Congolese student, speaking through a translator, asked her what “Mr. Clinton” thought about a Chinese trade deal with the Democratic Republic of the […]

Public and Private

Jeff Jarvis notes that there has been some controversy over Google’s Streetview, which allows people to see videos of what’s going on in the streets, including residential neighborhoods, in an ever-expanding number of locations. In a few countries around the world, we’ve seen a backlash against Google’s Streetview as somehow an invasion of privacy, even […]

JibJab ‘He’s Barack Obama’ Video

The gang at JibJab have another video out. This one debuted at the #nerdprom (aka, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner): Meh.

Weird Al ‘Craigslist’ Doors Video

Not one of his better efforts, frankly, but I haven’t seen anything from Weird Al Yankovich in years: Jack Humphrey jokes, “Craigslist has truly arrived.  When Weird Al makes a Doors-inspired melody about your site, there’s really nothing left to do but cash checks and wait for Google to buy.”  Indeed. That seems to be […]

Iran Elections: What Happened? What Now?

Over at New Atlanticist, I’ve published my thoughts on this weekend’s Iranian election mess in two separate posts: Iran’s Elections: What We Know (And What We Don’t) and Iran’s Elections: What Now? The short answers:  “Not a whole hell of a lot” and “The same thing we do every day, Pinky.” I’m reasonably sure that […]

Best Rock Songs 2008 (Bumped)

A month ago, we debated whether rock music died in 1980.  While we decided that it did not, we concluded that it has changed quite a bit since then.  Writing at Slate, music critic Simon Reynolds writes of “Grunge’s Long Shadow” and “In praise of in-between periods in pop history” as periods of transition in […]

Obama ‘Fires’ Gay Arabic Linguist

UCSB political scientist Aaron Belkins‘ HuffPo piece “Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist” has drawn quite a bit of blogospheric attention. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and officer in the Army National Guard who is fluent in Arabic and who returned recently from Iraq, received notice today that the military is about […]

Shepard Smith: America Doesn’t Torture

I’m amused by Nico Pitney’s headline, “Shepard Smith Uncensored: “We Are America, We Do Not F**king Torture!” (VIDEO).”  Mostly because it censors Shepard Smith. But the Left’s sudden embrace of Smith is interesting, too. It may have begun with this recent Esquire profile. He has always managed to be a part of Fox and apart […]

Biden on ‘Global War on Terror’ – Video

Townhall’s Greg Hengler seems pleased to have caught Vice President Biden in a contradiction of the Obama administration’s new verbal policy eschewing the phrase “Global War on Terror.”  Hengler quips, “Maybe Biden just forgot the phrase ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’” Others reacting to this and aggregated at memeorandum seem to have watched said video and come […]

Obama on That Awful Austrian Language

Barack Obama doesn’t know what the word for “wheeling and dealing” is in “Austrian.” Naturally, this verbal faux pax is generating some good natured ribbing from Glenn Reynolds, Ed Morrissey, and others.  Kate McMillan awards Quote of the Week honors to Mark Steyn for “We now know that Barack Obama, who urged us all to […]

Bob Knight Guitar Hero Video

This is classic: Bob Knight, Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, and Mike Krzyzewski do their take on the “Risky Business” scene in a commercial for “Guitar Hero,” much to the chagrin of Metallica. I know the joke’s supposed to be Knight’s spoof of his famous tantrums but I especially like the way he delivers the line, […]

Congress Spamming YouTube

Members of Congress are flooding YouTube with scads of amateurish, unwatchable videos, The Telegraph‘s Mark Coleman reports. Two months ago, the website added an official Congress channel, inviting Democrats and Republicans to share quirky political messages with voters.  But analysts say the move has been hampered by politicians’ inability to adapt to an online audience. […]

Bite Size News

Michael Scherer had an epiphany yesterday searching for a transcript of Dick Cheney’s CNN interview and stumbling on nine different stories in Politico about it. What struck me about all this was not just that Politico had created a hassle for me, the reader. It was that they were doing news online smarter than the […]

How to Turn a Cigarette into a Knife

John Nagl’s classic book on counterinsurgency is called Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife. Less insightful, perhaps, but easier to implement is Neil Strauss’ survivalist video, “How to Turn a Cigarette into a Knife.” Via Noah Shachtman, who has an interview with Strauss and several other videos. (Also, one of the most annoying pop-over […]

Stimulus Humor Videos

From Nick Gillespie and the gang at Reason: “If you find it hard to achieve and maintain growth, maybe Stimulis is right for you. Take Stimulis once every election cycle or whenever you’re in need of economic enhancement.” And, from Mary Katharine Hamm (via Fausta Wertz): The Snuggie Stimulus!

Obama’s Al Arabiya Gambit

In my New Atlanticist essay, “Obama’s First Interview Goes to Al Arabiya,” I assess the domestic fallout, international optics, and foreign policy implications of President Obama giving his first formal interview in office to an Arab network. On the policy front, I’m not sold. So long as the United States is dependent on Persian Gulf […]

Former Gitmo Inmate Now al Qaeda Leader

There has been quite a bit of blogospheric reaction to the news that two former inmates at Gitmo appeared in an al Qaeda video: Two men released from the US “war on terror” prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have appeared in a video posted on a jihadist website, the SITE monitoring service reported. One of […]

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