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The Daily Show Highlights for the week of February 26, 2010

Glenn Beck verbally berates the basic ideals of progressive thought… then we find out that he refutes that thought with knowledge he gathered while utilizing the very advantages those progressive ideals fought to provide. It would be funnier if he didn’t have so many followers:
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Ricky Gervais has a new show The Ricky Gervais Show, he’s hilarious as usual in the process
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John Hodgman has some interesting ways to spice up the Winter Olympics. I don’t know if they would work, but I almost fell off my chair listening to them
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Tracy Morgan promoting his new movie Cop Out, which I might have to go and see now!
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Enjoy all The Daily Show

Dany

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February 26, 2010 8:03 pm Posted by | cartoons, clips, comedians, crazy celebs, movies, toons, tv | Leave a comment

2010 Health Care Summit featuring President Barack Obama and the US Congress

On February 25th, 2010, President Barack Obama and the US Congress held a comprehensive Health Care Summit. While I am still looking for a workable way to show the entire summit here on my site to make it easier, I found 2 links that will take you to C-SPAN to watch the entire summit, which is broken down into a morning and afternoon session.

Enjoy, but beware, each session is very long and the entire summit lasted over 6 hours!

Dany

White House Health Care Summit morning session (2 hours and 54 minutes)

White House Health Care Summit afternoon session (3 hours and 24 minutes)

**Update 2/26/2010 Here is the full summit broken down into 5 parts with higher quality video from the White House:

**Update2 2/26/2010 – After watching the entire 6+ hour summit, there were some good points brought up by Republicans that I hope make their way into the current legislation to improve it:

Senator Tom Coburn‘s opening statements about snuffing out fraud and defensive medicine in the current system seems to make sense along with incentivising good health and preventing disease through the food stamp and school lunch programs. His points were vague though, so I don’t know how much I agree with the details of his solutions, but it sounded like there were good things that he could add to any bill that ultimately gets passed.

Rep Dave Camp made some great points that actually criticized SPECIFIC language on specific pages of the current versions of the health bills on the table. I have no problem when any politician criticizes the language of any bill, it’s when large blanket criticism is made of entire bills and talks of starting over from scratch that get under my skin.

Senator Mike Enzi, in 2nd session, was very succinct in how he thought Congress could bridge the gap between the loggerheads that have formed on specific issues, like working on how to utilize the exchange and health savings accounts.

**Update3 2/26/2010 -I found a few clips commenting on the Health Care Summit that I thought were important to share:

TPMtv dug up this MSNBC fact checking clip based on some of the remarks made during the Health Care Summit

Jon Stewart, someone almost as cynical as I am with regard to politics commenting on the potential that may have come out of the Health Care Summit
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To John McCain‘s surprise, President Obama agreed with him over the hypocrisy of the potential sweetheart deals for specific states in the current version of the Senate Health Bill
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Rep James Clyburn talks to Jon Stewart about how he felt the Health Care Summit went
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p://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/bipartisan-meeting-health-reform-part-

February 25, 2010 7:26 pm Posted by | clips, health, medicine, politics, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

The Process – Designing the Stop Sign by Committee

This video cracked me up, The Process – Designing the Stop Sign by Committee hits a little too close to home for me. Anyone who has ever worked in large groups can probably relate to how difficult it can be, especially in a business, technology or even the political world today.

Enjoy

Dany

February 23, 2010 2:39 pm Posted by | clips | Leave a comment

Lost Generation youtube motivation from AARP

I might be late to the party with this one, especially since this is a clip that was posted back in 2007, but thanks to the wonderful Jessica, I was finally turned on to this interesting clip about our potential lost generation, created by AARP.

Enjoy

Dany

February 21, 2010 10:35 pm Posted by | clips, economy, politics | Leave a comment

Star Wars Imperial March via Tesla Coil

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There are some times when I feel compelled to drop everything I am doing just to share something awesome. THIS is one of those times. Watching a Tesla coil harnessed and conducted through someone just to play the Star Wars Imperial March (sample audio) is just great to watch… especially since no geeks were hurt in the filming of this.

Enjoy

Dany

February 16, 2010 1:07 pm Posted by | clips, movies, music, science, technology | Leave a comment

Precious Movie Review

I was able to see the movie Precious last week once it opened here in Grenada. I wasn’t sure what to think about a movie produced by Opera and Tyler Perry. I must say, I was lucky to have avoided most of the details of the plot before watching the movie and I am glad I had that privilege. The film was not what you would call a happy movie by any means, but it was excellent. The performances by Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton were excellent. Both Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz are also surprises in the movie, but neither is in the film for very long to really make much of an emotional impact compared to the first three actors mentioned previously. It is a very powerful film with a good story and as long as you’re not looking for light fare at the theater, go see this film.

Even with the heaping praise I just bestowed, the movie does have a few problems that took me out of the film. First, why was Precious and her mother watching foreign film La Ciociara? They found a way to make that scene very funny, but the idea of these two characters even watching this movie, seemed so unlikely in itself. There was no way these two would be watching an Italian film from 1960! On the technical side, there was one scene about halfway through the movie where I noticed a boom mic fall into the shot. Another problem seems to be one of how long ago 1987 was to today and how easy it is to forget how hysterical people get over certain problems that first hit the news, this film throws out a bombshell that I am not going to name that should and does rock the main character’s world, but no one else seems to have much of an outward reaction, even in a time when people were MORTALLY afraid once the subject came up. Lastly, there was one scene between Precious and nurse John where she takes him aside from a party and then NOTHING happens, we just end up cutting to another scene, which was very strange and jarring.

Overall, I thought this was a very powerful movie and I would be stunned if anyone beat out Mo’Nique for an Academy award.

Thanks to Real Movie News for the above pic

Enjoy

Dany

February 15, 2010 12:30 am Posted by | Grenada, movie reviews, movies | Leave a comment

The Daily Show Roundup for the Week of February 13th

As long as The Daily Show covers politics, politicians, fake news, fake journalism and then blends them all together into something that is somewhere in between fake news and real reporting and makes me laugh, I’m going to keep trying to highlight what they do.

Enjoy their material from this past week of February 13th

Dany

Sarah Palin lectures President Obama to stop lecturing people and complains of his use of teleprompters for his speeches while consulting notes she has written on her hand… I’m very confused
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Sorry for a 2nd Sarah Palin story, but comedian Louis Black comments on how she has turned the word “retard” or “retarded” into “the R-word” which makes me sad. I understand that one of her children has been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, but this is ridiculous, especially if she is only rallying against Rahm Emanuel and not also for Rush Limbaugh
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Senator Richard Shelby shows that time and time again, no matter what party a politician, pork barrel politics trumps hypocrisy
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First, Republicans chide President Obama for going on vacation in the state he was raised in, Hawaii, and for being out of touch with American society for doing this, then the Republican party holds a summit of their own in Hawaii. Not only do they miss how hypocritical this would be, but they also didn’t know any details about the local Hawaiian healthcare system
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Here is an interesting article from the NY Times that highlights the major benefits and hazards surrounding the Hawaiian healthcare system.

Jon Stewart doesn’t so much interview Newt Gingrich as much as they have a political conversation, both asking and answering questions, part1
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Here is the second part of the GingrichStewart conversation
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I don’t understand why President Obama can, without reservation accept an invitation to publicly meet with the Republicans in Congress on their own turf, but when President Obama and the Democrats invite the Republicans to a public meeting of their own, it becomes some sort of conspiracy
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February 14, 2010 3:03 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, DC, medicine, politics, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Walt Mosspuppet Interviews Steve Jobspuppet

Let’s just call this the cynic’s view of the Apple and their latest iPad… and I LOVE it. I was laughing my head off at this piece of golden tech opinion.

Thanks to Hoggworks and Walt Mosspuppet for this interview with Steve Jobspuppet!

Enjoy

Dany

February 7, 2010 8:42 am Posted by | apple, clips, technology | Leave a comment

Daily Show Roundup and Bill O’Reilly Interview of Jon Stewart for the week of February 4th, 2010

It has been an interesting week and I have been able to put together 5 different clips from The Daily Show and also included the interesting Bill O’Reilly interview of Jon Stewart.

Enjoy

Dany

It seems like Hamas has continued to create extremely racist antisemitic propaganda cartoons aimed at engendering pure hatred towards Jews to the point of planting the idea of martyrdom quite early in life. Jon Stewart‘s bit is a bit stupid, but it’s worth sitting through to see these cartoons
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President Obama goes to Congressional Republicans to publicly answer policy and political questions and seems to do well with the event broadcast on TV… let’s see if that gets him anywhere or if anything will change
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Stewart and John Oliver present a nice allegory between being an old Senator and being gay while in the military after Senate Republicans decide to chide Admiral Mike Mullen about supporting gays openly serving in the military
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Vice President Joe Biden sounds pretty absurd describing the movie Avatar, he may be a little out of touch
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Here is the link to the entire Bill O’Reilly interview of Jon Stewart this week, I can’t get this video to work on this site, so you’ll have to click on this link below to watch it on FoxNews

February 6, 2010 2:42 pm Posted by | cartoons, clips, DC, economy, medicine, movies, politics, toons, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquel

After just watching Alvin and the Chipmunks on DVD, I just got back from seeing Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquel which was surprisingly enjoyable. Consistency errors and cookie cutter high school drama storylines aside, the movie made me smile and laugh throughout. It helps that I grew up watching the chipmunks, but regardless, if a comedy makes me smile and laugh, I can overlook those minor issues when they don’t interfere with the overall enjoyment of the movie. Don’t expect much in the form of adult oriented humor, although I did lose count of all the movie references that were made throughout after the first 25 or so, but this light children’s comedy that is safe, family friendly and quite enjoyable.

I liked the original better, for it’s lack of high school drama and mainly for having more Jason Lee, even though he did get in a few good AAAAAALLLVIIIIIIIINNNNNNs in this squeakquel. The two films are basically on par, although I do wish they didn’t exactly match each of our favorite chipmunks with a virtual doppelganger chipmunkette personality or maybe change up the standard trope having Alvin attracted to the brainy chipmunkette with glasses for example instead of going with the standard of our glasses wearing Simon being instantly attracted to the chipmunkette with her own set of glasses (it reminded me too much of a relatively recent standard T.G.I. Fridays commercial that did this with interracial coupling), but David Cross really steps up the absurd funny, especially when thinking about his own personal light show scene.

Thanks to Crafty Internet TV for the above pic.

Enjoy

Dany

February 3, 2010 10:20 pm Posted by | movie reviews, movies | Leave a comment