I think this deadpan (東京オンリーピック 開会式＜フルバージョン＞) animated take-off of the Olympics may be one of the subversively funniest videos of the year....
As he says, "the giant motorized pigeons feasting on acrobats [and]...[t]he giant Buddha sweeping teams of competitors off his tongue into the Olympic pool" are alone worth the time. But there so much more.
HuffPost has a whole slideshow of presidents OTHER than President-elect Obama whose pecs became public domain. (Reagan frightened us, and we were sad to see that when he isn't leveling his razor-like stare at the camera, Putin is kind of a....well, a hottie.)
Even more shirtless presidents (American) here at Gawker. And if that ain't enough, go here.
Though it was nominated for a Grammy, we just don't think there's been nearly enough screaming about Harry Shearer's musical send-up of the Bush administration's main players. If you've had all the peace and good will you can handle, you might enjoy a bit of black comedy, in diverse musical stylings.
If you're looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a progressive friend, we don't see how you could do better than this album (available at I-Tunes):
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by Blue Stockings | Goodie goodie, more Swiftian goodness from the master!
“Conservative-friendly media better get ready,” warns Brian C. Anderson.
“Should Barack Obama win the presidency and the Democrats control
Congress, as now seems likely, they will launch a full-scale war to
drive critics — especially on political talk radio — right out of
legitimate public debate.”
He cites some shocking proof of
Obama’s intention to curtail the free speech rights of conservatives.
When the NRA tried to run ads targeting Obama, his lawyers sent
“bullying” letters to stations that ran them, according to Anderson. If
Obama is elected, lawyers will be free to send bullying letters to
anyone they want. You will have to be careful of what you say or write
lest a lawyer get wind of it and fire off a bullying letter.....
by Teh Nutroots & The Puppet Mistress | Today we implement what we hope will be a regular feature: a round-up of bloggers who hate teh stupid as much as we do.
At Balloon Juice, John Cole:
Wise People Suck. At Saddleback, John McCain named John Lewis as one of the "wise men" on whom he'd rely during his Administration. Now this wise man has a few wise words about the tactics being used by McCain & Palin, speaking "as one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement."
The Bride to Nowhere. McCain's chief of staff would rather he suffer "an honorable defeat" than be disgraced by Palin's continuing antics. John Cole laconically sums up how McCain and their neocon "helpers" created this unruly monster. "Pitbulls don’t know when to stop biting," the piece begins....
Deb has always wondered that the GOP's Plan A was to lose this election. If not, it's clear they've got a Plan B. See John Cole's piece, The Fall Guy.
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by IDLYE |Steve Benen writes: "John McCain was presented with a choice: lose the election or lose his
honor. As has become painfully clear, McCain chose the latter." He's comforted that others have reached the same conclusion. I call that "cold comfort."
Anyway, it's only a symptom of a much graver disorder.
At WaPo, E.J. Dionne marvels
at what the GOP's apparent comfort in distorting facts---and the public's willingness to let them justify the end by the means---tells us about the state of political discourse, where a lie is as good as the truth as long as you agree with the objective behind it. This
is the true legacy of the Bush administration, and it scares me way
more than McCain does.