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Stranger Things Series – Sins of the Mother and Sacred Cow

I originally was going to write this about the first episode in the Stranger Things short film series (subscribe here), but after watching this later episode, I HAD to promote this episode first. As an up and coming medical student, Sins of the Mother is a frightening look at what could very easily become a medical reality if doctors ever lose control of their role with their patients. This episode was written and directed by Earl Newton. The graphics are impressive for this independent production.

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Here is the very cool first episode in the series called Sacred Cow, based on a story from podcast author Scott Sigler. There are currently 6 episodes in this series. It feels like an updated independent film version of TV shows like The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits.

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Enjoy

Dany

November 12, 2010 11:02 pm Posted by | books, clips, health, medicine, movie reviews, movies, podcasts, Religion, tv | Leave a comment

Election Ballot Measure Resuts from Across the USA, The Daily Show and Colbert Report for the Week of November 6th, 2010

This week was a big election week in the USA, there are a lot of news sources where you can find the individual results from the House of Representatives, the Senate and all the different Governors races across the country, but what really interests me is how each state carves out their own differences from one another. Many states had a number of different ballot measures up for a vote as well this past Tuesday. Here are a few of the general trends I noticed: marijuana ballot measures for partial legalization or even just for medical purposes failed across the country wherever proposed, taxes were generally lowered or proposed increases failed, veterans gained new tax advantages and some states passed constitutional limits on the federal healthcare mandate. Of all of these trends, I was most surprised that all the legalization of marijuana measures failed.

Here are the interesting results from the 2010 midterm election state-by-state thanks to the NY Times State-by-State election results (for more details check out the Ballotopedia’s page on all the 2010 ballot measures):

Arkansas: A constitutional limit was set for interest rates to 17%.

Alaska: Not exactly a ballot measure but a write-in, Lisa Murkowski is currently ahead in the district reporting and is projected to win. It just goes to show how important the right to vote is, each vote counts.

Arizona: A constitutional amendment preventing the mandate to purchase health insurance passed and legalization of marijuana for medical purposes failed.

California: Legalization of small quantities of marijuana for any purpose failed.

Colorado: Defining a “person” as starting at “beginning of the biological development” failed and a measure to prevent mandated health insurance failed, meaning that at this point Colorado will uphold the federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

Florida: Eliminates public campaign financing, relaxes limits on public school class sizes and calls for a federal balanced budget amendment.

Idaho: Allows University of Idaho to charge tuition now.

Illinois: Changes the process of recalling a governor through special election instead of via impeachment.

Kansas: Prevents the legislature from removing suffrage for the mentally ill.

Louisiana: Increases the property tax exemption for disabled veterans, while general limits to property tax increases failed.

Maine: Allows a new casino in Oxford County be built, voting rights for legal noncitizens in Portland failed.

Maryland: Baltimore‘s Orphan Court judges must now be bar members.

Massachusetts: Eliminates sales tax on alcohol, but attempts to reduce the sales tax from 6.25% to 3% failed.

Michigan: Prevents certain felons from holding elective office.

Missouri: A property tax exemption for disabled former prisoners of war passed, they prevented cities from using income taxes and prevented governments from collecting real-estate taxes.

Montana: Limits fees and rates for payday and other loans and continue to prohibit any new real estate taxes.

Nevada: Consolidated Reno and Sparks County governments.

New Jersey: Now dedicates state wage taxes to benefits only.

New Mexico: Fails to pass an extension of term limits for county officials to three terms instead of two terms, establishes a new scholarship program for veterans and a property tax exemption for veterans organizations also passed, they will now issue bonds for improvements to senior centers, library acquisitions and public schools, but not for public colleges. New Mexicans were VERY busy at the polls this week, if the people are voting directly on all these issues themselves, I wonder WHAT the local government is actually doing THEMSELVES.

New York: Returns city term limits to two terms.

North Carolina: Prevents felons from being elected sheriff.

North Dakota: Places oil and gas tax revenue in a trust fund while a measure to prevent hunting in fenced enclosures failed.

Oklahoma: Prohibits mandated purchase of health care, requires identification for voters, set term limits for statewide officials, makes English the language of official state actions and forbids the use of international law or Sharia law in state court decisions. This makes Oklahoma the first state in the US to forbid the use Sharia law in their courts.

Oregon: Expands eligibility of subsidized home loans for veterans, increases mandatory minimum sentences for sex crimes and DUIs, fails to allow sales of medical marijuana, prevents the building of a casino in Multnomah County, extends dedication of 15% of lottery proceeds to wildlife, water and recreation.

Rhode Island: Attempts to remove “and Providence Plantations” from official state name failed and issues bonds for higher education facilities, transportation and open-space projects.

South Dakota: Passed a measure ensuring the right to a private ballot in all elections, broadens their smoking ban, but their attempts at legalizing marijuana for medical purposes failed.

Utah: Affirmed the right to a secret ballot in all elections and passed a property tax exemption for nonprofit water operations.

Vermont: Changed their voting-age requirement (18) to only be applied at time of the general election.

Virginia: Passes a property-tax exemption for disabled veterans.

Washington: Attempts to remove the worker-paid share of health benefits failed, failed to increase the income tax on wealthy and lower other taxes, failed to close state liquor stores/deregulate liquor sales, ends certain sales and excise taxes and lowers food-processor taxes, while lastly fails to issue a bond for energy efficiency in schools.

Bipartisanship will remain dead as Republicans will not compromise, even after railing against Democrats for failure to work with them in compromising on issues… and once again Fox News attacks Obama for something he said that was milder things that Republicans had said previously.
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Jon interviews Chris Wallace from Fox News. Here is the extensive interview of them talking about political coverage from cable news:
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David Sedaris comes on The Daily Show to promote his new book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.
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Jonathan Alter provides a different type of analysis about President Obama‘s first 2 years of the administration.
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Colbert interviews David Frum as he talks about the direction of the Republican party and how he does not think it is sustainable for the future of the Republican party.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin gives some presidential perspective to the last 2 political waves from the 2008 and 2010 elections.
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All I know is I hope Spider-man wins in Alaska as a write-in, unless it’s really Joe Miller in disguise.
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Here is an odd bit of muddled political commentary from Elvis Costello along with him performing a new song from his album, A Slow Drag With Josephine, and then a duet of All I Have to Do Is Dream with Stephen on The Colbert Report, not really my cup of tea except for the duet (1st video), but if you like it, get his new album National Ransom.
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Enjoy

Dany

November 7, 2010 1:49 am Posted by | Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, books, California, clips, DC, economy, Florida, health, Idaho, Illinois, Islam, Kansas, Law, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, medicine, Michigan, military, Missouri, Montana, music, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, NYC, Oklahoma, Oregon, politics, Religion, Rhode Island, South Dakota, tv, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, 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

Dylan Ratigan Rants on the Idea of a War with Islam

This is especially prescient since most American’s have no idea who Wahabis are, but I have never seen a group of pundits awed into silence over comments like this from Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

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Thanks Danish for the video clip and to Gawker.

Enjoy

Dany

In case you want it, here is the full clip:
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October 22, 2010 12:38 am Posted by | clips, DC, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, military, politics, Religion, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

This Week in News with The Daily Show and The Colbert Report for October 16th, 2010

This week there was a walk off by Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg when Bill O’Reilly came on The View to promote Pinheads and Patriots, when he said Muslims attacked us on 9/11, but I searched for the video of the ENTIRE segment because when you watch the entire 14 minute segment, instead of just the standard 5 minute version of the video that is circulating the internet. The FULL version shows that the walk off was much ado about nothing, and I agree with Barbara Walters that it should not have happened because political discussions should commence in a way that people don’t just blow up and walk away, we should be able to talk out our differences civilly. Shortly after the ladies walked off stage, Bill O’Reilly amended what he originally said to rearticulate his point in a way that even the most knee-jerk liberal could agree with. All in all, it’s a non-story, if anything, showing just how uncivil our discussions on politics have become. I agree with O’Reilly‘s final, amended, stance on the 9/11 attack and who attacked America. Thanks Devon for telling my about this event.
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Elections are coming up in November, so it’s always fun to hear about all the unforced political errors, from the likes of Carl Paladino or Jerry Brown.
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Johnny Knoxville‘s new Jackass 3D is going to be screening at the Museum Of Modern Art, in NYC, just for THAT, I had to add this interview from The Daily ShowMOMA!!!!
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When the money could be coming from extremist Muslims, that’s apparently worse for Fox News than if money was coming from China… interesting.
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Eric Cantor, promoting his new book Young Guns did an extended interview, where Representative Cantor and John have a great debate over where government should be spending money. If the Republicans take over the House after the November election
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Condoleezza Rice promotes her book Extrordinary Ordinary People where she shares her view of just how important an education is to give the best chance at success in life. Now that is a message I can get behind. I just wish that it wasn’t so expensive to actually get that type of solid education.
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Here is a wonderful interview with the hilariously dark David Rakoff. Who knew talking about cancer could be so funny? He wrote the book Half Empty, which he was in the middle of writing when he found out he had a tumor.
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Stephen Colbert looks at how much of a threat Islam is for schools, soup and breakfast and it’s hilarious.
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Colbert reviews The Secret History of MI6 and all their… juicy secrets.
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Colbert interviews Austan Goolsbee, the new chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors
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The transitive property rarely makes it into comedy acts, but I guess anything is possible when Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell are involved.
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GOATS ARE TAKING AMERICAN JOBS! In this case, the scapegoats… are actual goats. There are very few times in history when goats were being scapegoated, unless you count when goats assassinated Archduke Ferdinand.
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Enjoy

Dany

October 16, 2010 8:52 pm Posted by | art, books, China, clips, DC, Delaware, economy, health, Islam, New York, NYC, politics, Religion, tv, Washington, Washington DC | 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

The Daily Show Roundup and Colbert at Congress for September 26th, 2010

I don’t know if it’s hilarious or sad when Stephen Colbert can testify in front of Congress “in character” from his show The Colbert Report. I am unsure because I don’t know if the members of Congress are in touch enough to even understand that he IS “in character.” Thanks to Brian for sending me this story (you can watch the entire hearing here, where you can see Colbert answer questions and comments at 62, 69, 103, 108 and 116minutes into the hearin, sometimes seriously and other times comically).
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It’s funny to watch Karl Rove turn on a DIME with his political opinions with the load of the Tea Party movement pressure. It will be an interesting election this November if even 1/2 of the people running with the Tea Party make it into office.
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I don’t know what’s gotten into the booking team over at The Daily Show, but they got former President Jimmy Carter. Over the past 2 weeks there have been 3 former heads of state and 1 current head of state on the show. President Carter is promoting his book White House Diary.
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This is a good look at the difference between the talking points of Obama‘s campaign vs once he became President
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Here’s another painful look at how the sausage is made in congress or maybe how they fight to avoid making that sausage sometimes. Is it any wonder why an overwhelming number of Americans hate Congress?
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It’s amazing when the Republican Pledge for new ideas is just exactly the same old ideas all over again and they ADMIT that they will not change at all
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It’s wonderful to hear a truly moderate view of the international political process, King Abdullah II of Jordan. I can only hope that the moderates take over by the end of this month and the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue forward to a good end. I wish I didn’t doubt the chances of success, but I can only hope to be wrong.
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Enjoy

Dany

it’s funny to watch Karl Rove turn on a DIME

with his political opinions with the load of the Tea Party

movement pressure. It will be an interesting election this

November if even 1/2 of the people running with the Tea

Party make it into office.

September 27, 2010 12:19 am Posted by | books, clips, comedians, DC, economy, food, Israel, Law, Middle East, Palestine, politics, Religion, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

The Daily Show Review for September 11th, 2010

Today is the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the USA. It would have been nice to present news that was more appropriate to the day, but most of the news this week that registered in the media was just about as negative as you can get. I hope you can find the humor in some of these clips to help make you laugh and enjoy this sad anniversary.

Here are some clips mostly from The Daily Show that revolve around Islam in America, building mosques, burning holy books and the crazy people that make the news.

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Jon Stewart pointing out that Fox News is the master of 24 hour news spin while MSNBC and CNN have no chance to shape a news cycle narrative.
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Who knew to be afraid of Staten Island… even when you agree with their ultimate decision on jurisprudence?!!? You have to love democracy.
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Meghan McCain seems to be a part of the Republican party that I wish existed, but seems to continuously get drown out by those that are more firey and negative in her party. Ms. McCain makes some interesting comments about being on the campaign trail, especially concerning the Palins and how childrens’ images can rub off on their political parents. I can hope that one day her ideal of the Republican party wins out over the abrasive party currently in the news, I just don’t see it happening any time soon.
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Maybe we can take some good news hot off the presses now, that there will be no Qurans burned by the radical Florida pastor, instead, he is in NYC today to try and meet with the people that want to build the lower Manhattan mosque.
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Thanks to Nate for the Islamophobia clip

Enjoy

Dany

September 11, 2010 2:17 pm Posted by | clips, DC, economy, gay, Law, Middle East, New York, politics, Religion, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

The Daily Show Recap for August 28th, 2010

It has been a while since I’ve done a Daily Show roundup. Here are a few select stories from the past week:

Jon Stewart points out that the man FoxNews’ morning show Fox & Friends has been railing against (Alwaleed bin Talal) for funding the Imam that wants to build a mosque near the World Trade Center is also the same man who is the largest shareholder in Fox News’ parent News Corp outside of Rupert Murdoch’s family as well as being someone invited to meetings with former President G.W. Bush.
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Here is a clip of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Fox News showing the connection that Fox News has with the man they now rail against without naming him specifically
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After Rod Blagojevich was convicted on 1 count of lying to the FBI, he does an extended interview with Jon here
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Before I talk about this next clip about the Dr. Laura “scandal,” let me just say,  this annoying story is just another example of a public figure confusing the difference between the 1st amendmant’s right to free speech and what most people confuse that right to mean. The 1st amendment does not give the right to say whatever you want and then expect no one to get mad or offended when you exercise their right to free speech. The 1st ammendment guarantees that the government will not punish you for exercising the freedom to speak your mind. Just like you have the right to free speech, others have the right to be mad at the words you say.

Here is an interesting look at how Sarah Palin reacted to the whole Dr. Laura N-word story and a way to say a bunch of funny ethnic slurs on air, so if you don’t want to hear a plethura of slurs, don’t watch this next clip (don’t tell me I didn’t warn you)
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Isabella Rossellini FRIGHTENS us with a new bed bugs PSA she made with the Sundance channel (watch it in it’s entirety here)
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Glenn Beck seems to just be crazy, basically saying to fight the government and do what he says.
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Here is a fun and lighthearted interview with the mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg and he talks about the NYC mosque issue and just how diverse the neighborhood is around the World Trade Center site.
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Enjoy

Dany

Stewart points out that the man Fox

News has been railing against for funding the Imam that

wants to build a Mosque near the WTC is also the same man

who is the largest shareholder in Fox’s parent NewsCorp

outside of Murdock’s family.

August 28, 2010 2:36 pm Posted by | clips, crazy celebs, DC, Law, movies, New York, NYC, politics, Religion, tv | Leave a comment

The Daily Show Roundup for the Week of July 2nd

The first half of the David Axelrod interview, actually, the only part that made it to air was pretty boring, here are the links (part1, part2) in case you want to see it, but the internet unedited version is a lot more substantial and interesting, so here is that 13+minutes of the interview
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Everyone blames previous administrations, it seems to just be a part of politics as usual. Obama supporters blame Bush, Bush‘s people blame Clinton, hell, let’s just blame Clinton and Jimmy Carter for the Gulf oil spill too!
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Joe Biden is just a gaffe machine, I’d say more, but that pretty much sums it up
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It’s sad that for someone to become a member of the Supreme Court, you basically have to now have no prior opinion on anything… except that a Jewish Christmas should be spent at a Chinese restaurant.
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Olivia Munn is back helping us understand what it means that we uncovered families of Russian spies in America
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Here is an interesting interview with Jere Van Dyk, a journalist captured for 45 days by the Taliban
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Enjoy

Dany

July 4, 2010 1:30 am Posted by | clips, DC, economy, Law, Louisiana, New York, NYC, politics, Religion, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment