Friday, September 16, 2005

Cracks A/V Club

Before I take off to my Weekend of Weller, I want to point out a couple of great video opportunities. First is this Bill Maher piece, posted at Crooks and Liars, from last week's Real Time show on HBO. It's from his New Rules segment, and it ripped President Bush a new one (Mrs. F asked for several replays of this video--it was very satisfying). Here's some of the text (found at the Real Time site

And finally, New Rule: America must recall the president. That's what this country needs. A good, old-fashioned, California-style recall election! Complete with Gary Coleman, porno actresses and action film stars. And just like Schwarzenegger's predecessor here in California, George Bush is now so unpopular, he must defend his jog against...Russell Crowe. Because at this point, I want a leader who will throw a phone at somebody.
Now, I kid, but seriously, Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you anymore. There's no more money to spend. You used up all of that. You can't start another war because you also used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people.
Now, I know what you're saying. You're saying that there's so many other things that you, as president, could involve yourself in...Please don't. I know, I know, there's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela, and eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote. But, sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man.

Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire metropolis to rising water and snakes.

On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two Trade Centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans...Maybe you're just not lucky!

Also, this week The Daily Show has been focusing on the Evolution/Schmevolution debate, and it's had some absolute corkers. Definitely heck out all the video segments, but here are a few of my recommended bits (links will open a page with embedded Windows Media player):
  • History of Evolution -- What's taught in science class, or, as it's known in some places, "The Crazy Claim Magic Fun Hour"?
  • God v. Darwin -- A focus on the classroom debate between God and a guy who sort of looks a little bit like him.
  • Day With a Monkey -- Ed Helms explores the 1.5% difference between primates and us by spending the day with a monkey.
  • Back in Black: Evolution -- A look at the people who are blinding you with NOT science.
And there's a bunch more there that I haven't even gotten to yet. Enjoy!


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