Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Public Service Announcement

I found this great PSA from the Ad Council about drunk driving. I think humor can help put important issues like drunk driving into perspective. Although, many of you may not have to deal with these issues directly especially being in NYC (or without a car where ever you are), I still think it is worth the discussion.

PSAs often have a tough task especially in modern times where the standards for good and memorable commercials are very high. PSA not only have to catch your attention, but they also have to teach you a lesson, be informative and attempt to invoke an emotion from you.

You want something that is smart, informative and maybe even funny but often in those attempts you end up with something that is unfunny, depressing & insensitive. This ads succeeds because it touches on recognizable type of humor and a familiar concept of being “buzzed.”

Watch:

Another one with a similar presentation:

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From the inquistr

The Catholic church won’t do contraception, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t hip and to prove it they have just gone all web 2.0 on the devout unsuspecting masses. A new Catholic website, FlockNote.com was launched this month, providing diocesan, parish and lay organization leaders with a web 2.0 solution to sharing information with their groups.

 

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Does that mean I can poke god?(Not that I would want to).

The inquisitrs follows up by saying:

Having your priest write on your fun wall is one thing, giving you a poke? Now that would be just plain creepy.

Since the Catholic church has caught the web 2.0 bug, we look forward to seeing Bible 2.0, confession via twitter (confess your sins in 140 characters or less), and the Pope’s Myspace page where he blogs regularly bitching the Cardinals just don’t understand him.

I can’t wait for the moment when that happens. By the way Pope Benedict has a Fan page on Facebook. Check it out.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ed McMahon Rapping

No description necessary. Just watch.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The media's true goal, unmasked

It is a well-established assumption that the mainstream media is liberally biased. This is evidenced by the cherry-picking of negative news regarding the Iraq war, overly critical “attacks” on president Bush spearheaded by liberal standard-bearer Keith Olbermann, and most recently by the coddling of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Arguments supporting any of these attacks, such as those made by the group Veterans Against The Iraq War, are written off as nonsense or, even worse, unpatriotic garbage.

There is, however, a shining star of hope for journalistic integrity hidden within the fourth estate: FOX news. FOX is the clear leader in the ratings war perpetually being fought by the big established media corporations, and it’s obvious why. Their tag line “we report, you decide” clearly conveys a commitment to the journalistic ideals of information presented in an unbiased fashion so that you, the viewer, can make informed decisions about the world around you. Lost among the obvious liberal tendencies of MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and NBC, there is nowhere for the news-hungry consumer to turn but FOX for information you can trust.

Yet all is not right in the world of mainstream media. Quietly, and with little fanfare (as is to be expected with such subversive tripe), a report was issued by The Center for Media and Public Affairs:

“The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign.

You read it right: tougher on the Democrat.”

If you are shocked and appalled by this obvious lie, you’re not alone. Bill O’Reilly, one of FOX’s most popular talking heads, has brought your anger straight to the source of the study: researcher Robert Lichter. O’Reilly shreds Lichter’s arguments like a wolf among lambs (I assume, I haven’t been able to listen to the file yet, but Papa Bear’s a champ who would never get talked down by some east-coast, pointy-headed phony like this Lichter character).

Now I’m going to go out on a limb here and disagree with Bill. The more I look at the evidence, the more it seems that there is something else going on here – something deeper than is immediately obvious. In fact, I am going to go so far as to argue that the media is, indeed, being tougher on Obama than on McCain. Here’s why:

1. The attacks on Obama are far from substantial (Too skinny to be president? Really?)

2. The attacks on McCain are significant and persuasive (See: Andrea Mitchell)

3. There’s a Communication Science theory known as Inoculation Theory that ties this all together

Let’s start with point number 3. Here is the Medical Analogy explanation for Inoculation Theory shamelessly ripped from the Wikipedia entry:

“Inoculation can best be explained and was derived from the idea of medical inoculation. Providing people with a potential weak opposing argument can act similar to a weak virus injected into a human body building an antibody or defense to future attacks. The goal is to build immunization to future physical threats, or in this case, arguments opposing a potential attacking message.”

Said another way, the media is providing the public with exceedingly weak arguments against Obama. This leads to an easy refutation of those arguments, reinforcing the public’s already positive opinion. Here are just a few examples of obviously anti-Obama “news” presenting arguments or “controversies” more appropriate for a high school class president race than for a race to be President of the United States :

- Obama Crowd Builds in Germany: Good or Bad?

- Too Fit to Be President?

As evidence of just how shoddy this reporting was, there is reason to believe that the idea for the latter article was devised on a Yahoo Message Board or, even worse, in the satirical newspaper The Onion. With journalistic standards like this, it’s no wonder the media isn’t taken seriously anymore.

The media certainly appears tilted against Obama. However, the reasons for the slant are wholly counter-intuitive, with the end goal revealed to be a bolstering of Obama’s approval ratings. This is accomplished by creating a large volume of childish and asinine anti-Obama arguments. To compound all of this, what little criticism of McCain does creep into the media is often scathing, harsh and much harder for the everyday media consumer to refute.

It gives me no pleasure unmasking this supposed anti-liberal bias for all the world to see, but it must be done. Sitting idly by while the media subverts the presidential election process for its own gain would be a far greater crime – a crime I am not willing to commit. My task is complete, but there is still work to be done. Maintain your vigilance and avoid taking the easy path being offered up by the talking heads and “journalists.” Think critically about every story and come to your own conclusions, just like it says here:

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Dog-Riding Cowboy Monkey

No description needed because the title says it all.

The Watchmen Trailer

I can’t wait for this.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

“You’re not the father”

No precedent for this but here is something that might make you laugh.

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The best and saddest.

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So Sad…

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

MAD Magazine Keeps Us Laughing

 

(Courtesy MAD Magazine)

Check this out and read the article about it:New York Sun

Christian The Lion Reunited



This video is so bad ass.

Monday, August 4, 2008

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These primate posts should have been one big post but this one deserved its own spot. The hands are just so damn real.

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He’s smiling because he thought someone might post it on the new facebook.

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It looks like a elementary school student raising his hand in class to answer a question. Except he’s also sitting on his mom’s back which is somewhat awkward. Only somewhat…

Mirror Trailer

Kiefer Sutherland stars as a former policeman-turned-security guard who discovers something sinister lurking in the mirrors of a crumbling museum in Haute Tension writer/director Alexandre Aja's menacing study in the origins of evil.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

“W” Trailer from Oliver Stone

I can’t wait for this. Either this will be good and I will laugh or it will be shitty and I will laugh but either way I will try to get a laugh in somehow.

Dog Plays Mom to Tiger Cubs

This is really interesting.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Imperial History of the Middle East

This seems really interesting. Check it out.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

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From ABC News:

An endangered Fijian Crested Iguana is perched on a statue of a distant reptilian cousin, a Komodo Dragon, at Sydney's Taronga Zoo Thursday, June 19, 2008. The zoo has begun a program to help save the iguana, which survive on only a few scattered Pacific islands.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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From ABC News:

A silhouette of a man is seen as he walks past a tank showcasing a fine bubble aeration product in Singapore. The Singapore International Water Week brings policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together from around the world to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world.
(Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

A response to the New Yorker

I guess this is going to be a New Yorker week. Here is a cartoon from the Washington Post in response to the cover. I think it gets the point across pretty well.

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Washington Post

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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A clear response to the New Yorker cover. I think its pretty good but its what I expected though in terms of McCain jokes.

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Thanks to the Huffington Post

Another cover from the Nation which isn’t remotely funny but I get the point:

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Actually the best part about this is one of the comments at the Politico.

“The cycle of violence in the black community continues”

That was ingenious in addition to being offensive.

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More from the New Yorker

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So all of this is less offensive then the most recent cover. Maybe I’m too much of a relativist. I try to think about things from the other side and although some of it sucks and people may believe what they see at the end of the day there are more important things to worry about.

Maybe it is the wrong time to having a “controversial” cover but is it The New Yorker responsible for responding to the political environment in the “right” or “wrong” way. I think if we want to place blame on news outlets or opinion outlets that have been more detrimental to society we should look no further then to MSNBC or Fox News. They are the biggest offenders in my opinion (one of those rare moments where I express my blatant view) and people should be outraged at some of the hosts on the channels. This veers into a different topic. But nonetheless, it an important issue to pay attention to. That is all from me.

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McDonald's Refuses to Hate Gay People!*

*sorry I had to steal that from Wonkette, it was just too good.
Boycott McDonalds is movement to boycott McDonalds because they donated $20,000 to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in exchange for membership and a seat on the group’s board of directors. The NGLCC lobbies Congress in support of same-sex marriage.

The best part about their site is the comments...

  • “I am informing all my children an gran children to Boycott Mcdonalds, that is a total of 22 people”
  • "True Christians don’t hate Gays, they only desire to have them acknowledge their sinful lifestyle and and accept Jesus’ forgiveness!"
  • "I am 73, my wife is 70 - As much as we have enoyed the golden archers over the years, we will not continue to do so because of your close minded leadership. To call us haters tells us your mind is closed, not open to change. We are amazed that your leadership is taking this stand."
  • "I will drive up to the order window & vioce my reason for not ordering any food. McDonalds should re-McThink their posistion!"
  • "I will not support any organization that has lined themselves up with the anti-family crowd."
  • "Congratulations on you suicide. Why on earth would a food company choose to support such an issue? If you were a condom company, maybe I could see it."
  • "If the CEO of McDonalds is for the Homosexual Agenda, then he is against America and God..."One Nation, Under God.""
In response to the boycott, McDonald's spokesman Bill Whitman suggested to the Washington Post that those who oppose SSM are motivated by hate, saying "...hatred has no place in our culture." McDonald's has decided to adopt the "hate" theme used by gay activist groups for years.



Oh man this has the possibility to get ugly. But really how long do you think they could realistically stay away...Big Macs...McGriddles...Snack Wraps.... (cue Homer Simpson)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Bottom of the Glass: The New Yorker Edition

The controversial cover of The New Yorker and an article that comment on it.

ABCNews 

Said Obama spokesperson Bill Burton: "The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."

Knowing the liberal politics of the magazine, I believe the magazine's staff when they say the illustration is meant ironically, as a parody of the caricature some conservatives (and some supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.) are painting of the Obamas.

Here is the fabled cover:

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A lot of people seem to find this tasteless and crass. I find it to be funny. Considering that the New Yorker has had even more daring covers. Giving dap is common in the black community. And the accuracy of Michelle’s face is so funny. This is something that I laugh at if I saw it on Family Guy or Robot Chicken. I think people should lighten up.

Look at what the New Yorker has done in the past.

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imageHillary and Barack in bed? Doesn’t the play on the worst fears of racist? A black men and a white women sleeping together? Reminds me of Umbrella.

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People really need to get over themselves.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

From CNN to Youtube

Remember the CNN post on nonsensical headlines?

Well I bet you didn’t know there were videos to match the ridiculous headlines.

Here is an example from WTFCNN:

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Now the video, courtesy of youtube, of a rat riding a cat that is riding a dog.

Frankly, I don’t get it but at least other people will be able to ponder the meaning of this, if it at all has meaning.

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Were getting somewhat artistic with these “bottom of the glasses,” but we’ll still have funny ones down the line.

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From ABC News

Afghan women walk through a street in the central market of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 26, 2008.
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Friday, July 11, 2008

Good Times in Harlem

So apparently the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is in a little controversy. Apparently, he has a few rent-stabilized apartments in New York. Here is a press conference outside his office.

The best part is 1:10 when someone says “Oh hell No.”

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From ABC News

An Afghan man carries a bundle of balloons as he walks along the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, June 27, 2008.
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Jesse Jackson’s “Crude” Remarks

So you or may not have heard but Jesse Jackson made what has been called “disparaging words” about Barack Obama concerning his Father’s Day Speech and Faith-Based Initiatives as they apparently seem to talk down to black people.

Let’s watch:

 

Okay. I don’t care about debating this. Its too touchy and sparks a negative nerve on both sides. Actually it sparks a nerve on 3 sides. You got the Democrats split then also Republicans.

You can comment on whether its true or not. Some people think Obama did it for political points (it happens it what politicians do) and so people said he had a sister souljah moment where he’s repudiating an extremist view or just telling the truth and maybe he’s not telling the truth.

Oddly enough this is really unrelated but I didn’t know the word “nuts” was banned from public discourse. This clip from 23/6, shows just how hard it is even explain what Jesse Jackson wanted to cut off. Apparently, these remarks were crude and hurtful because Jesse Jackson was believed to have made plans to follow through with his statement. Somewhere along this line you know I am being sarcastic. Hopefully…

Watch(One of the best parts is 1:26 when Al Sharpton in a serious face says “Yeah):

 

Really CNN?

Maybe they could have said that Jesse Jackson wanted to cut off Obama’s Testicular Fortitude.

Monday, July 7, 2008

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From ABCNews:

Chinese military officers clean up a beach covered with blue-green algae in Qingdao, in eastern China, on Thursday, July 3, 2008. China's latest Olympics nightmare is a vast algae bloom that covers one third of the sea where the world's best sailors are supposed to be competing in just over a month.
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Selling your Goods for some Gas

 

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Last week, a Kentucky woman was charged for selling her goodies for gasoline according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

She was looking to accept $100 gas card and additional gifts from an Indiana man she had met for a liaison of a sexual nature according to Police. Poor girl was charged with operating a business without a license and for prostitution.

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The guy she was with was charged with promoting prostitution. Her boyfriend denies the charge saying at most she was trying to cheat on him but not selling her body at a gas station for a $100 gas card. Is he naive or maybe he knows his girlfriend better than anyone else? Or maybe he’s just embarrassed.

You times have gotten rough when a regular ole person feels the need to become a street walker just to pay for gas. Guess, these days you’ll receive more than just a pump at the gas station if you are willing to pay for it.

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