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This Week in The Daily Show and Colbert Report for January 16th, 2010

Never forget, advancing age does not decrease intellect or sexual desire, it may increase refractory time, but enjoy this piece about sex amongst Florida’s elderly population.
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I have never seen anyone promote a book like Denis Leary and I have also never seen an interviewer hilariously insult the book and the author as much as with this interview. You can check out Suck on This Year here.
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Here is an interesting look at history and I would not want to read any version of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that took out “the N word.” What would happen if we took all the Martin Luther King Jr. speeches where he used the word “negro” and replaced it with “African American?” There would be an uproar. I have also never heard of anyone publishing any of Thomas Jefferson‘s writings with his language white-washed either. Please just read the entire uncensored version here or get it from Amazon.
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All hail stupid, hastily put together and poorly thought through law proposals following a tragic event! Is it really good to know that a government for the people, by the people can end us up with officially that are just as stupid as some of the rest of us?
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Watch this extended interview with former governor (and most likely Republican Presidential candidate in 2014) Tim Pawlenty. He and Jon have an interesting discussion about the role of the federal government. He has a new book out called Courage to Stand.
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Now it’s time to make fun of how politics crept into the Obama Tucson mourning speech criticism a meer few minutes after the speech ended on most of the 24hr news organizations.
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Now you too can become a member of Congress, it’s easy, just watch this entire clip with your right hand raised in the air, just like 2 of our officially elected Congressmen did (story here)!
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When I heard Lithuania had it’s own perfume, it instantly reminded me of the old Snickers Gheorghe Mureşan commercial.
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Former Facebook programmer and Obama campaign worker Chris Hughes promotes his site jumo.com, where you can find charities  that interest you, follow them and donate.
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Using sarcasm, The Word is just good for you… also, you gotta love the blood libel reference that keeps Sarah Palin in the news cycle almost indefinitely.
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French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, co-author of Public Enemies, talks about God, debate and the inescapable black hole of political rhetoric.
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Who knew that snackrifice would enter  the lexicon? May the power of Dorito-Christ compell you!… or at least absolve you of your sins, or at worst, be offended by it.
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Lastly, after the Christmas weekend blizzard here on the east coast of the US, I found this lovely time lapse video documenting the snowfall with one shot every 5 minutes from a Canon DSLR.
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Enjoy

Dany

January 17, 2011 12:02 pm Posted by | Arizona, books, censorship, clips, crazy celebs, DC, Florida, food, guns, health, Law, Minnesota, photography, Religion, sex, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

President Barack Obama’s Speech in Arizona after the Tuscon Shooting

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There is little I can say about the recent tragic shooting in Arizona, other than that I feel for the family and friends of those that died and those who were injured (currently 14 injured and 6 died). Above I posted the speech that President Obama delivered, or you can read the transcript, in case you have not seen it yet, watch it, it is a wonderful speech that is heartfelt and takes the politics out of the story and just tells the story, unlike most of the 24-hour news media has done since the shooting.

Enjoy

Dany

January 14, 2011 5:48 pm Posted by | Arizona, clips, college, DC, guns, health, politics, Religion, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Super Mario Audiobook Miniature, The Daily Show and Colbert Report Roundup for the Week of November 13th, 2010

I came across this audio short story from the Podcastle series (subscribe here) called Mario’s Three Lives. Anyone who grew up playing the Mario franchise of games should enjoy this 8min short audio story, I know I did! How can you go wrong with any story rated Rated PG “for plumbers, philosophy, and good ol’ fashioned shrooms?” The story is by Matt Bell:
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Jon Stewart comments on all the people commenting on his Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, then about Keith Olbermann’s suspension. Later in the week Jon Stewart sats down for Rachel Maddow to interview him for 50min. He talks about the reaction to his recent rally in Washington, DC. He then talks about how he tries to see the political news as a climate scientist compared to the 24hr cable news channels that seem to only report the weather. It’s a great interview.
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Debunking the huge costs that Glenn Beck and Fox News commented on, which probably costs more like ~$5million/day, what’s being wrong by overestimating costs by ~$195million/day when you can insult President Obama‘s decision making for a week? Thanks to Factcheck.org and Snopes for the sourcing of RATIONAL numbers, I’ll take their sourcing over an “anonymous Indian official” any day.
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Texas Governor Rick Perry does an extended interview to promote his new book Fed Up! I must say, he is quite riveting and learned person to listen to, but I am also glad that he is not my governor.
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All I can say is, who knew that Obama lost his dancing shoes somewhere between his inauguration and today?
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I didn’t know I wanted a McRib, but I doubt President Bush will and Harrison Ford agrees with me (that’s right, Han Solo/Indiana Jones agrees with ME) while he promotes his new movie Morning Glory. The next night Jon shows all the different places President Bush was interviewed recently.
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Rosario Dawson seems so lovely, her new movie is Unstoppable and congratulations on breaking ground on the new Girls Club in Manhattan!
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Who knew Mick Foley was such a prolific writer, his new book Countdown to Lockdown is his 9th!
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I don’t know how Rand Paul can say there are no rich, poor or middle class, that just blows my mind. It will be interesting to see how this libertarian and Tea Party member governs over the next couple of years.
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Abbe Lowell helps explain how likely it is that in 2011 there will be a lot of investigations in the House of Representatives.
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I must agree, it would be very convenient when I needed to get me a crab, to buy it from a vending machine… THANKS CHINA!
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I know I don’t usually do music, it’s not my thing, but this week, there seems to be quite a bit of it. If you like music, you’ve gotta hear Quincy Jones, he has a new book Q on Producing and a new album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.
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Cee Lo Green has this dirty little song on his new album The Lady Killer, so if you don’t want to hear or read the explicit language. just stop here… OK, for everyone else, the song is called Fuck You (music video). He does an interview with Colbert, then performs said song below, again, beware the foul language. He sounds a bit like Gnarls Barkley… just way more cursing.
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Enjoy

Dany

November 13, 2010 2:42 pm Posted by | audiobooks, books, China, clips, comedians, crazy celebs, DC, economy, guns, Iraq, Middle East, movies, music, music videos, newspaper, podcasts, politics, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

President Barak Obama Takes Over The Daily Show the week of October 29th

President Obama spends the entire episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. You don’t need my comments on it, so all I will say is if you are eligible to vote in this year’s election just go out and vote.
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Austan Goolsbee, the Obama chief economic adviser tries to explain what’s going on with the economy.
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From 1989-2010 John McCain has been deriding the broken Washington system. I could do without the bit of ageism from Stewart, but other than that, it is another example of the great video archive search work they do on the show.
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NPR may be a lot of things for firing Juan Williams, but I doubt they’re an agent of a jihadi inquisition! Fox News doesn’t just fight back, they always bring the big guns with them. I think some of these “scandals” are just ways to fill time in the 24 hour news cycle. If you read the press from NPR as to why they fired Mr. Williams, it has just as much to do with Mr. Williams’ constantly appearing on Fox News in a manner that NPR did not like.
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Senator Ted Kaufman explains why the system may be broken… it was created that way by our founder Thomas Jefferson.
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On the eve of the rally to restore sanity, all the negative campaign ads are on display for all to glory at… it’s too bad the end of the clip is sort of ruined with the unfunny skit after the ads segment.
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I had no idea that being gay and being short were similar, who knew?
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Here is a nice summary of the last 5 years of The Colbert Report:
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Nicholas Negroponte promotes his One Laptop Per Child program to support education around the world, with each computer costing only about $180.
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An interesting look at corporate money in politics… who needs MORE information anyway?
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Historian Garry Wills promoting his new book Outside Looking In.
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Here are some more campaign ads for 2010, this time Democrats running away from the Democratic party, unlike Tom Perriello of Virginia who Colbert talks to and is actually running on Democratic achievements.
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Enjoy

Dany

October 30, 2010 12:03 am Posted by | books, clips, DC, economy, gay, guns, Islam, politics, Religion, technology, tv, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia | Leave a comment

This Week’s Daily Show and Colbert Roundup for October 8th, 2010

The consensus is in, Rahm Emanuel might just be a dick and that’s OK he seems to get things done in the molasses environment that is politics. let us see how he does in running for mayor of Chicago.
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Apparently, in the 1940’s American scientists intentionally gave Guatemalans syphilis to test penicillin in treating this and the NIH funded this! This Guatemala experiment is some of the most despicable research ever conducted on humans and it is very hard to find experiments that are worse than the Tuskegee syphilis studies. You don’t have to watch the 2nd half of that clip, the Jason Jones‘ segment about the military wasn’t very good.
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All I can say is that this is Bruce Willis going on David Letterman this week with a meat hairpiece after the Lady Gaga’s meat dress. I’ve never been a big fan of Dave, but he did partake in a bit of a gnash, which was was cool.
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I do not like the idea of strategic defaults, but it is not a new concept and if any party that signs a financial contract is willing to take that hit to their credit score and walk away from their morgage, let them. When busineses walk away from corporate offices, there’s no reason why homeowners should be shamed into paying into a morgage that no longer makes financial sense either.
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Disney has an interesting policy toward hiring Muslims. Is the silver lining that she did not get fired?
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Leon Botstein seems like an interesting President of Bard College, making it mandatory for incoming freshman to take 3 weeks of intense science. It’s probably a very good idea, understanding scientific discipline is crucial in understanding how to weigh different arguments that may be presented in the future.
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Personal freedom vs health and protection is tough. As a medical student, I know how bad it can be for people to drink raw, unpasteurized milk, so I would prefer that people only drink pasteurized milk. At the same time however, I do believe that Americans have the inherent freedom to do things that may not be in their best interests. I would say that the government just treat foods like raw milk in the same way they treat other dangerous lifestyle choices like smoking. Mandate warning labels be placed on the bottles of milk that inform those that buy the milk of the possible negative side effects of drinking that milk and then let fully informed consumers decide for themselves what they want to put in their own body.
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Fearstock seems to be a great way to keep the scary stock photos flowing for all kinds of political ads across the country.
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Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana is back in the media. I don’t think marijuana is all that good for you, medically it has its uses, but as for recreational use, I say legalize it, tax it and regulate it as we already do for alcohol, tobacco and firearms. If people want to do it in their home and not hurt anyone else, fine by me, just don’t endanger anyone else by, for example, do not drive while high. Treat it the same way we do alcohol and tobacco.
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Lastly, here is the Colbert on Letterman talking about his trip down to testify in front of Congress.
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Enjoy

Dany

October 8, 2010 9:51 pm Posted by | clips, college, comedians, crazy celebs, DC, economy, food, guns, health, Islam, Law, medicine, politics, Religion, science, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Inception Review

There have been very few excellent movies I have seen in 2010, Inception is definitely one of them though. It’s hard to believe that director Christopher Nolan only made his splash in 2000 with Memento, the way he has been able to wrangle a cast chock-a-block full of big names is quite impressive for such a relatively new director.

I know it took me a long time to actually get a chance to see this film in the theater, but I guess the 5th attempt was the charm (the first 4 times I tried to hit the theater, something always came up or fell through to prevent me from getting to see the movie.

There is very little about the story that I am going to talk about  (the film is a must see for the visuals alone), just that it is a tight story, maybe with a bit too much explaining and exposition, which lead to the film being quite long (~2.5hrs), but at the same time, the cuts I would have made would probably have shaved less than 10 minutes from the film. All I’ll say about the story is that it’s basically a heist movie dealing in business espionage that takes place inside the world of dreams with lots of gunfire. What can you steal in a dream? I’ll let you watch the movie to find out.

The performances by the main players, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Ellen Page were extremely strong. Nolan also brings back Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe from his prior film Batman Begins and there are bit parts for Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine and Pete Postlethwaite. The visuals were nothing less than stunning and I’m always a sucker for MC Escheresque impossible images realized.

I hope by the end, you can decide for yourself what it all means and what happens.

Thanks to IMDB for the above pic.

Enjoy

Dany

August 3, 2010 1:46 am Posted by | guns, movie reviews, movies | Leave a comment

Knight and Day Review

There isn’t always a lot of incentive for adults to attend a PG-13 spy, action film normally… unless you put Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the lead roles. The last film I saw with these two together was back in Vanilla Sky.

This film is just a ton of fun. It’s cliche, predictable and there are very few new things, BUT everything that is done is done so well and is so much fun that it shows that if you can execute correctly, you’re going to get a great movie. I had a great time watching this movie. The action is played almost completely for laughs. There is a lot of violence, but very little blood and guts. This is probably Cruise’s best performance since Collateral, another film where he played a killer, just a much more serious one in the earlier film. Is this a serious film? No, but it’s fun as hell to watch.

There are very few times that I like going to a PG-13 action movie, I usually look for that R rating, but this is a film that does exactly what it sets out to do and does it with style (not a lot of substance, but damn fun to watch). Although I must say, it was unintentionally funny in select scenes where they shot Tom Cruise (5ft7in) to appear taller than Cameron Diaz (5ft9in) as seen above!

Thanks to Killer Film for the above image.

Enjoy

Dany

July 6, 2010 12:20 am Posted by | guns, movie reviews, movies | Leave a comment

The Daily Show Roundup for the week of April 16th, 2010

I enjoy The Daily Show, but I don’t always agree with it. This week started off with a story that makes fun of a group of people who openly carry around firearms legally around their town on a daily basis. The main representative may have sounded silly in how he compared the way he feels he’s treated because he openly carries a gun, but I don’t find any problem with anyone legally carrying a pistol, just as everyone has within limits to legal free speech in the 1st amendment, so should people have similar rights afforded by the 2nd amendment.
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It is interesting to hear the justifications of Glenn Beck on cable news as to who should pay federal taxes.
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Jon Stewart tries to show the Tea Party movement why they should distance themselves from some of the crazier aspects of the Republican party.
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Rachel Maddow comes on to promote her new special 2 hour documentary of the 30+ hours of Timothy McVeigh interviews, confessions and reasons for perpetuating the largest act of domestic terrorism on US soil, called The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist. At the same time she talks about what she feels should be the limits of public rhetoric in political speech: 1. Don’t lie or expect to be called out when you lie and 2. Don’t threaten to shoot people.
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With the Catholic church and the current Pope coming under more intense public scrutiny over priest abuse of children of the clergy, John Hodgman has a few solutions in his You’re Welcome segment.
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I’m happy to find out that the Obama administration aren’t scary secret muslims, just nerds… it’s too bad so much time on Fox News was devoted to talking about flags and symbols instead of the actual goings on from the 47 country Nuclear Security Summit that President Obama held.
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Former diplomat and negotiator of the original nuclear arms START treaty Richard Burt talks about the current iteration of the New START treaty and his organization Global Zero.
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From the Richard Burt interview above, I am glad to find out that President Obama and Russian President Medvedev have seemed to forge a good close relationship, but I am not a huge fan of President Medvedev coming to our country with veiled insults for our former leaders, we don’t go over to Russia and make fun of former President Putin or Gorbechov when interviewed, just like we don’t go over to foreign soil and make fun of America either.
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On the lighter side, Tracy Morgan lights it up with another hilarious guest spot, it’s insane and gut busting as usual.
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Enjoy

Dany

April 16, 2010 5:46 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, crazy celebs, DC, economy, guns, Law, movies, politics, Religion, science, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

The Book of Eli Review

I just returned from a screening of The Book of Eli down here in Grenada and I was very surprised with what I found. I was able to keep myself pretty sequestered generally from what the movie was about, with my only exposure being the provocative movie posters in the NYC subway system that elicited vague religious undertones and starring Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis made me initially interested in seeing this movie. It was only as the movie progressed that I realized that the film also featured such famous names providing strong performances such as Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon and Malcolm McDowell.

The biggest thing that needs to be pointed out before anything else is the violence in this film. To say this was a violent movie does not adequately put that into words. This is a hyperviolent film, which may have been filmed in muted colors, sometimes so washed out in white sunlight in a comic book sort of way, but nonetheless, EXTREMELY violent with heads and other body parts getting chopped off, many people shot to death and an impressive array of handguns all the way through a 50 caliber machine gun and rocket launcher. So, if that’s a concern, just file this movie away, it’s not for you.

OK, one thing I’ve come to realize is that there are very few actors I can trust the judgment of, but Denzel Washington is one of those actors that almost never steers his fans wrong, seemingly unable to provide a bad performance or picking an uninteresting project, but I am surprised with how good Mila Kunis‘ performance was, maybe I shouldn’t be though considering how much I liked her in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but it took her taking her hair down for me to even recognize her in this world.

The film portrays a world approximately 30 years after the world has ended… or at least since nuclear war has ravaged at least America, if not the entire world and the only modern remnants that remain from that “before” are beaten up cars, a 3rd generation iPod, some KFC wet naps and a Motorola bull horn. Denzel plays Eli, a man on a mission, very much like from an old western to head out “west” for him to complete his mission: find a safe place to bring a sacred holy book. His entire journey shows us just how far the world has fallen because of the apocalypse, the most basic needs (food, water and maybe some of the more base needs) are just about the only things worth fighting for and all that’s left is to barter for them.

As long as you can stand the hyperviolence and are interested in seeing how faith could be used either as a club or a savior, go and check out The Book of Eli. After seeing this film I wish I could be coming home to Mila Kunis right now, but I AM very glad that I’ve got my warm bed and an apartment full of all my creature comforts to come back to at least, even if my air conditioner is currently broken!

Enjoy

Dany

March 9, 2010 11:33 pm Posted by | Grenada, guns, movie reviews, movies, New York, NYC, Religion | 2 Comments

The Week of November 16th is The Daily Show

Here is this week’s American political and social news filtered through The Daily Show.

Rudy Giuliani from 2006 debates Rudy Giuliani from 2009, which logic on terrorism and how to put terrorists to justice will win the day? I think the former mayor of NYC is being a hypocrite
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Vice President Joe Biden interview part1 where he talks very succinctly about the economy until he mentions Recovery.com, when he meant Recovery.gov
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Joe Biden interview part2 talks about avoiding a depression after coming into office and then Jon Stewart actually gets the Vice President to concede that Jon’s point of view is correct that the Democratic Party seems less organized than the Republicans do while in power… AMAZING!
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MSNBC uses photos of Sarah Palin, in reporting on the story of her new book being released, that had been outed as photoshopped fake photos for almost as long as Palin has been on the national scene and yet it took them days after the story aired to correct their mistake. Then Jon explains WHY he hates Sarah Palin
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Lou Dobbs interview part1 where he and Stewart actually have a reasoned and rational conversation and debate about public policy. I was completely taken aback by how interesting this was
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Lou Dobbs interview part2, a good continuation of the civics-class-like debate over political ideas about America
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Lou Dobbs interview part3, a great debate about the foundations of our America and a debate about the fragility or strength of the USA
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I will be back in the USA by this time next month, something I can’t wait for!

Enjoy

Dany

November 22, 2009 8:55 pm Posted by | books, clips, DC, economy, guns, Law, New York, NYC, politics, Religion, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment