Sunday, September 30, 2007

Stick Figure Art

Artist Phil Hansen's portrait of painter Chuck Close. Just chalk, pavement, and thousands and thousands of stick figures. Part of his Goodbye Art Series.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Feist - "1234"

Performed live on the Late Show with David Letterman show, on August 27th, 2007. Choral accompaniment by members of Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers, The National, Grizzly Bear and Mates of State.

And, yes, this is the song from that iPod commercial.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Update on the Burma Protests

The situation in Burma is getting worse. The BBC reports that nine are confirmed dead, but diplomats believe the number is much higher. Eye witnesses claim that there are rows of dead bodies in the streets. A Japanese journalist has also been killed by the military, and now Japan is asking for accountability. And to top it off, the Burmese government has shut down all public internet access, so that no news can get out.

The Daily Show - Bill & Sylvia's

Jon Stewart takes a look at Bill O'Reilly's racist comments, and Larry Wilmore heads up to Sylvia's to verify the accuracy of Bill O's claims.

One Lawmaker, Many Votes

Local Texas news channel report on how state legislators are illegally casting multiple votes on amendments, with footage of them all blatantly committing the crime.

Astounding. You gotta see this...

Trio - "Da Da Da"

Thursday, September 27, 2007

"Who's Got the Last Laugh Now?"

Tony Bennett & Stephen Colbert performed a duet live on last night's The Colbert Report.

Bill O'Reilly Discovers Black Culture

The Young Turks have some fun with Bill O'Reilly's ridiculously ignorant comments about his trip to Harlem.

Choose Stephen's Running Mate

Stephen Colbert meets with Sam Waterston, of Law & Order, to discuss, a website that plans to bring America's fractured political landscape together to support a more moderate style of governance. As it stands now, Colbert is ahead in the polls for presidential nominee.

Daily Show - Showdown at the UN Corral

Jon Stewart & Aasif Mandvi take a look at the subtleties of Bush & Ahmadinejad's speeches at the UN.

Dartmouth Democratic Debate Highlights

TPMTV has all the most interesting bits from last night's debate at Dartmouth College.

Supertramp - "The Logical Song"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Baltimora - "Tarzan Boy"

French and Saunders' Next Top Model

From the BBC show A Bucket O' French & Saunders.

Violent Crack Down on Burmese Protests

The BBC World News report on the latest developments on the protests in Burma. The country's military leadership has turned its guns on the people.

According to a report on yesterday's Rachel Maddow radio show, similar events occurred 19 years ago when the people rose up against the government. Back then, the military disguised themselves as protesters and acted out violently, in order to legitimize a military backlash. This resulted in the slaughter of thousands of innocent people, and suppression of the revolution. Well, the dictatorship is at it again. According to sources, the military has recently invested in hundreds of monk's robes and encouraged soldiers to shave their heads, so that they can disguise themselves as protesting monks and repeat the violence of the past.

Meanwhile, Bush has been trying to stick his nose into the situation, because - ahem! - Burma has oil...

Don't F%#k This Up, America - Giuliani

Stephen Colbert reports that, while visiting London, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani claimed that he is "one of the four or five best known Americans in the world".

The Daily Show - Ahmadine Minute

Jon Stewart's take on Ahmadinejad's visit to New York and his statements that there are no homosexuals in Iran.

Kool & the Gang - "Fresh"

Fresh, exciting!

Countdown - Mr. 9/11

Giuliani's exploitation of 9/11 has hit a new low. At today's fundraising event in Palo Alto - entitled $9.11 for Rudy - attendants will be asked for a $9.11 admission fee.

In Living Color - Men on Films

Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier in the classic comedy skit.

Gays in Iran

The CBC report on the harsh treatment of gays in Iran and the growing gay rights movement.

Ahmadinejad on Women and Gays in Iran

This is a portion of the Columbia University forum with Ahmadinejad, President of Iran. Here, he was asked about the treatment of women and homosexuals, and he claimed that there are no homosexuals in Iran.

Japanese Potty Training Cartoon

English subtitles.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Teach In - "The Robot"

Wacky 1977 television performance by the Dutch band Teach In.

Renato Zero - "Triangolo"

Draggish Italo disco on Star Parade in 1978.

Weird Nature - Peculiar Potions

From catnip to drunk monkeys, wild animals love their intoxicants.

Weird Nature - Puzzling Partners

Full episode about the odd relationships that occur in nature.

The Ohio Players - "Love Rollercoaster"

Performed live on Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special in 1975.

Alpha Dog - Honeyball

Stephen Colbert names naked carpenter Mr. Honeyball Alpha Dog of the week.

The Daily Show - Have Gun Will Grovel

Jon Stewart takes a look at the Republican debate for the NRA's special interest group. Turns out that Giuliani's got a nasty case of 9/11 Tourette's.

Countdown - Playing Politics With Fear

Keith Olberman spoke with Bruce Fein about the Bush administrations use of bogus terror threats to con the congress into expanding the FISA domestic spying program.

The Art of Noise - "Moments In Love"

Red State Update: Ahmadinejad Hearts NY

Jackie & Dunlap discuss the president of Iran's visit to NYC.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Space - "Running In The City"

Rare video from French TV in 1978.

(Daft Punk totally ripped these guys off!)

Timex Social Club - "Rumors"

Linton Kwesi Johnson - "Inglan Is A Bitch"

Poetry from the Old Grey Whistle Test, 1980.

Buddhist Monks Lead Protest in Burma

Considered the nation's moral authority, Buddhist monks have lead a massive protest against the Burmese military dictatorship.

Jackson - "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough"

Michael Jackson's 1979 dance hit is still the standard for pop music.

Grouch Groupies - "Just the Way You Are"

In this 1980s clip from Sesame Street, Billy Joel & Marlee Matlin, the Grouch Groupies, sing a duet in tribute to Oscar the Grouch.

The Simpsons - First Intro Since the Movie

Family Guy Star Wars Episode

When the power goes out, Peter decides to pass the time by retelling the story of the original Star Wars movie. Below is the full story, plus a scene in which Peter and his son Chris - voiced by Seth Green, creator of Robot Chicken - debate the legitimacy of Robot Chicken and that show's version of Star Wars that aired three months ago.

Bush Pardoned Himself

CNN's Jack Cafferty took notice of a blurb in a recent bill that Bush proposed to the House, which would retroactively exempt him and his administration from prosecution for war crimes. This video aired just after the Congress passed the bill and before the Senate had a chance to vote on it. The Senate then went on to pass the bill as well. So, Bush has effectively granted himself immunity.

The Dogs - "Your Mama's on Crack Rock"

Taser This... FUCK BUSH!

The Rocky Mountain Collegian, a student run newspaper in Colorado, ran an editorial this week entitled, "Taser This... FUCK BUSH!", in hopes of sparking a debate about free speech.

Blackwater Killing Spree in Iraq

Holy fuck. This is one of the most disturbing videos to come out of the Iraq War.

It is a trophy video made by employees of Aegis Security Service, a British Blackwater contractor working in Iraq, and it is allegedly one of four such videos. They recorded themselves on a killing spree, driving down the highway in Iraq and randomly shooting at innocent Iraq civilians for sport, and then set it to the music of Elvis. Sick. Truly and heinously sick.

When you watch this, remember that the Bush administration gave Blackwater a no-bid contract, of $600 a day per mercenary, for their work in Iraq and Paul Bremer, Bush's original viceroy to Iraq, granted them all immunity. The Iraqi government has asked them to leave because of their lawless behavior, but Bush has ignored the request and reinstated them. Blackwater is Bush's secret army, accountable to no law, no justice, no authority. All of this is Bush's responsibility.

S. Vartan - "I Don't Want The Night To End"

French disco from 1979 by Sylvie Vartan.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Headzup: Blackwater's Back

Chemical Brothers - "Do It Again"

Bush Won. Get Over It.

Split Brain Behavioral Experiments

In order to reduce the severity of his epileptic seizures, Joe had the bridge between his left and right cerebral hemispheres severed. As a result, his left and right brains no longer communicate.

Republican Scandals of 2007

There are about 40 scandals included in this video. And that's not even all of them. And the year's not even over yet...

Also, if you would like to find out more, the entire list is available.

The Daily Show - Crazytown

Jon Stewart takes a look at Bush's latest press conference - in which he declared Nelson Mandela dead - and then rates the progress of the Democrats in the House.

Preston & Charles - "Agent Double O Soul"

Live performance by Billy Preston & Ray Charles.

The Pogues - "Fiesta"

Washington Post Fact Checks MoveOn Ad

Cenk Uygur of Air America's The Young Turks rails against the Washington Post for their recent "fact check" on the ad.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Darth Vader Blues

Special Comment on the Tilted Playing Field

Countdown's Keith Olberman issued another stellar special comment tonight on Bush's criticism of the ad.

The Word - Solitarity

Daily Show - Ready for a Woman President?

Samantha Bee investigates.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Values Voter Debate

America's lunatic religious fringe society held a debate for the republican lunatic fringe candidates. Rachel Maddow's got the highlights.

Murray Head - "One Night in Bangkok"

The Assault on Free Speech

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Hardball's Chris Matthews sat down with author Joe Conason and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, to discuss the student who was brutally tasered, and the government's continued free speech violations.

We Are All Just a Bunch of Monkeys

Trapped in the Chimney

A drunk's girlfriend locked him out, so he went through the chimney.

Hedda Lettuce - "President Bush"

The fabulous Miss Hedda Lettuce has a new song and it's a tribute to our infamous leader.

Republicans Jumping Ship

Josh Marshall of TPMTV takes a look at all the Republicans, in both the House and the Senate, that will not be running for reelection in 2008. Looks like the Democrats have a good chance to widen their control of the government and maybe actually start to get things done. Wouldn't that be nice?

Wynton Kelly, John Coltrane & Stan Getz

The trio perform a medley of "Autumn Leaves", "What's New?" and "Moonlight in Vermont", with accompaniment by Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb.

Another Republican Sex Scandal

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This is the worst one yet. It involves a US Justice Department official from Florida, John David Atchison, and an online child molestation sting. An undercover police officer posed as mother offering her 5 year-old child for sex, and Atchison made it clear in conversation that he had done this before.

Vile. Just unforgivable and vile.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Gold Pants Dance

Yummy randomness from the good people at PCL Linkdump.

S&G-"For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her"

Beautiful acoustic live performance by Simon & Garfunkle.

Stephen Colbert Gets Simpsonized

Stephen Colbert will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons! Here's a first look at a few scenes from the show, plus some interview footage.

The Story of Blue Dog

Granny Fight!

Two Grannys Fight - Watch more free videos

Video clip of two grannies beating each other with bags.

Black Flag - "Rise Above"

Performed live at Mi Casita in Torrance, CA in 1983. Video features Henry Rollins in nothing but a speedo.

Dead Kennedys - "Holiday in Cambodia"

Full length live performance.

Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"

Performed live in Paris in 1970.

It Is Blood for Oil

Hardball's David Shuster reported tonight about comments from Alan Greenspan & Paul Wolfowitz, confirming that the Bush administration is in Iraq for the oil.

Rudy Giuliani: A Betrayal of Trust takes aim at Rudy Giuliani in their latest ad.

Blackwater Under Fire

KNBC News in California recently did a report on Blackwater, the White House's secret army. Iraqi leaders want them out of their country for the lawless slaughter of innocent civilians. And now the company has announced plans to build a massive training camp in California, but nobody wants them there either.

Monday, September 17, 2007

It's Every Cuss Word We Know

Stuckey and Murray sum up the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a parody of R.E.M.'s famous song.

Family Guy Salute to TV

From last night's Emmys Award Show.

Kelly - "Let Me Borrow That Top"

Kelly's back with a new video!

Student Tasered for Voter Fraud Question

During a conference with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) at the University of Florida, a student got up and asked a question about why Kerry conceded the presidential election, when there was evidence of voter suppression and fraud. Before he could get an answer, cops moved in to arrest him, dragged him away without issuing charges and proceeded to taser him into submission. You can hear him screaming in agony when the cops fired.

Since when does asking a question merit electrocution?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Foolish Frog

1971 animated film narrated and sung by Pete Seeger.

Joan Baez - "Marching Up to Freedom Land"

Live acapella television performance.

Sam Cooke - "Blowin' in the Wind"

Performed live on Shindig in 1964.

Mahalia Jackson - "Steal Away"

Duet performed live on The Nat King Cole Show in 1957.

Robbie Dupree - "Steal Away"

SpinnaFace - "SpinnaFace"

Jesus - "I Will Survive"

America's Next Top Kitten

From the Cute with Chris videoblog.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Domestic Violence Caught on Tape

Every 15 seconds in America, a woman is abused by someone she loves.

Diane Sawyer sat down with a woman who suffered years of physical & verbal abuse at the hands of her husband. The son of a bitch had his head planted so firmly up his own ass that he came up with the bright idea of having their 13 year-old son videotape one of his cruelty sessions. He wanted to prove how much she deserved it.

Her crime? Asking him if he wanted lunch...

In the end, the abuser provided her with enough evidence to have him sent to jail under one of the longest prison sentences ever handed down for spousal abuse. (WOOOHOOO!!!)

Ladies, if this is happening to you (and statistically it very well might be!), I want you to grab the biggest frying pan in your house and smash it upside the motherfucker's head right now! Then chase his low-life bullshit ass out of your house immediately and call the police! Domestic violence is unacceptable. Condone it once and it will happen again. And it won't stop until you make it stop.

How to Tell If Your Ass Is Too Small

Spencer Tunick's Glacier Photoshoot

Short documentary about photographer Spencer Tunick's project for Greenpeace, in which 600 volunteers posed nude on an Alpine glacier in Switzerland, to raise awareness about global warming.

Pangea Day

This is everything we dreamed about back in the early days of videoblogging. Now it's finally going to happen.

On May 10th, 2008, the world will come together through video. You could be a part of it.

Queen - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

Performed on Saturday Night Live in 1982.

Filthy Boy & Filthy Girl

Irish Public Service Announcement about littering.

Stephen Colbert for President

Viggo Mortensen stopped by The Colbert Report to give Stephen a letter opener.

Daily Show-Iraq Me Dave Petraeus (Senate)

Jon Stewart takes a look at General Petraeus's testimony before the Senate.

Kids Inc. - "Back in My Arms Again"

Lead singer look familiar? That's cause it's Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, long before she developed her lovely lady lumps. Back in 1985, she was just one of the gang on the children's show Kids Incorporated.

Friday, September 14, 2007

SuperNews - Hurricane Katrina

Current TV's SuperNews cartoon about how Michael Brown became the head of FEMA.

Ritchie Family - "American Generation"

Leave General Petraeus Alone!!

Keith Olberman featured a new videoblog from a Bush impersonator, which parodies Chris Crocker's infamous defense of Britney Spears.

Speaking of which... Leave Chris Crocker alone!!

Unless you're the YTwatchdog. In which case: Encore!

National Guard Poster Boy: "Don't Enlist"

David Fleetwood met with the official poster boy for the National Guard advertising campaign, Stewart Zamudio. He is so disillusioned by the corruption and incompetent handling of the Iraq War, that he is speaking out and asking people not to enlist!

Democratic Response to Bush's Speech

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the official Democratic response tonight after Bush's speech.

Presidential candidate John Edwards released a new ad tonight, where he called on us to tell Congress to end the mess in Iraq.

And finally, Rachel Maddow and presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) joined Keith Olberman and Chris Matthews to give their analysis of Bush's lies and spin.

Presidential Address - Return On Success

The team at Headzup nail it again.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bruce Springsteen - "Bring 'Em Home"

Performed live with the Seeger Sessions Band on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, June 23, 2006.

Giuliani Time

Full documentary about the controversial tenure of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Video Response to Osama

I have a weakness for swearing Brits. They make it all sound so civilized...

Anyway, this is a response from Pat Condell of London to Osama's latest 9/11 tape (you know, the one where he was rockin' the Just For Men), in which he invited Westerners to join his special brand of radical Islam. It's scathing and bitchy and all kinds of lovely.

The Price of American Blood

Conservative wing-nuts are at it again. Ever since General Petraeus called for the "surge" to continue for another year, whacked-out republicans have been defending the need for more dead Americans.

First to volunteer everyone but himself, FOX's Bill O'Reilly. His comments, that 1000 more dead soldiers was completely reasonable, garnered him the top spot on Countdown's Worst Person in the World tally:

Next up to talk out of his asshole, Congressman John Boehner (R-OH), who joined Wolf Blitzer on CNN's Situation Room. He claims that the blood of American soldiers is a "small price" to pay. No word on whether Rep. Boehner will be offering up any of his loved one's for the sacrifice:

And finally - topping even the craziest of the crazies - Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bycofsky, who published an editorial last month entitled, To Save America, We Need Another 9/11. He even went so far as to offer terrorists a list of American monuments for them to target, like the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Rushmore. Stephen Colbert suggested another option in this segment of The Word - Re-Run:

Unless and until these Republican sociopaths are ready to lay down their own lives in defense of their political policies, they really need to shut the fuck up.

Daily Show - Clusterf@#k a la Casa Blanca

Last week the Democratic candidates participated in the first ever Spanish language debates. Politicians can now pander in two languages.

So Cute I Want to Eat His Face

The internet's favorite kitty cat, Winston from FourFour.

Surge In Military Rape

PBS's NOW reports that almost 25% of woman in the military have been sexually assaulted while on active duty.

The Office - Deleted Scene: Turbans

From season 2, episode 9, "Email Surveillance".

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Doors - "The Soft Parade"

Solar Air Conditioning

New solar-powered technology can absorb the light of the sun and use it to cool buildings, and eliminate the need for environmentally-unsound power plants, as well.

Happy Rosh Hashana

Dip the apple in the honey, yeah yeah!

Much love to everyone celebrating today's holiday.

The Office Animated

A classic scene from the television series The Office (US), animated by a fan.

Stevie Wonder Drum Solo

The Daily Show - Iraq Me Dave Petraeus

Jon Stewart takes a look at the Petraeus Senate Hearing.

The Shock Doctrine

Brilliant short film based on the book by Naomi Klein. It is a study on how politicians and corporations have repeatedly seized on experiences of wide-spread shock to manipulate whole societies into submission.

TMBG - "Shadow Government"

New video from They Might Be Giants.

Pop Has Eaten Itself

Time of Death: the 2007 MTV VMAs.

This year's "award" show was like watching someone desperately trying to revive half-rotted roadkill. Give it up. MTV is unwatchable. And the "music" it pimps is unlistenable. Both the MTV network and the select group of over-hyped, overexposed, and overrated performers it promotes need to be banned from the airwaves. At the very least, they should be censured for pollution of American culture.

Offense #1 - the Britney mess:

Offense #2 - Kid Rock & Tommy Lee, two dirty hacks in a slap fight:

Offense #3 - the Kanye West temper tantrum:

Offense #4 - Sarah Silverman, the least funny person on earth:

It is clear that the "entertainers" themselves have stopped trying. And if they don't care enough to make the effort, then why should the rest of us give them the time of day? It's over. Everybody pack it up and go home. America doesn't need you anymore.

Senators Grill General Patraeus

David Shuster reports that during today's hearings, senators from both sides of the aisle laid into General Patraeus about his plan to continue the war in Iraq for years to come.

Bollock Brothers - "Harley David, SOB"

Countdown - No Truth, No Consequences

Reporting from Ground Zero, Keith Olberman took a look at the politicians who twisted our nation's grief after 9/11 and manipulated us into a war with Iraq, and how those same loathsome politicians have not suffered any consequence for their actions.

First Freedom First

Support the separation of church and state.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Word - Honor-Bound

Stephen Colbert figures out the best way to win a debate on the war in Iraq.

The Daily Show - Trapped in the Closet

Senior Public Restroom Correspondent Rob Corddry has been staking out a bathroom in Minneapolis since 2006, just to break a story.

Jon Stewart and an R&B crooner take a closer look at the Senator Larry Craig scandal.

How Many Spidermen Fit in a Jamba Juice?

From the Late Show with David Letterman.

Pink Steel - "Sausage Party"

Performed live on the WGN-TV Chicago Morning News.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tony Bennett - He's Still Got It!

This weekend I got to experience another one of my dream concerts. For my birthday, I got to see Tony Bennett live at Radio City Music Hall. And he was AMAZING! Better than I had even dreamed. Tony & his quartet were musical perfection. Not a note out of place. Every song swoon-worthy. Standing ovations non-stop. The entire theater hung on his every whisper. He simply out-shown every performer on the circuit today. Truly outstanding.

And lucky me, I get to share the experience with you! Earlier this year, Tony Bennett recorded the bulk of his concert set for BBC One at LSO St. Lukes, London. And some wonderful person has uploaded most of it onto YouTube. So, enjoy!!

Accompaniment by Bruce Barth on piano, Gray Sargent on guitar, Harold Jones on drums and Paul Langosch on double bass.

"Watch What Happens"

"The Best Is Yet To Come"

"If I Ruled The World"

"Its A Sin To Tell A Lie"

"The Way You Look Tonight"

"Just in Time"

"For Once in My Life"

"The Shadow of Your Smile"

"All of Me"

"The Good Life"

"I Wanna Be Around" & "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"

"They Can't Take That Away from Me"

"How Do You Keep The Music Playing?"

"Stepping Out"

"Fly Me to the Moon"

Aeon Flux: Pilot Episode

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The Surge

Reviews for The Surge.

Petraeus Hearing: Lantos' Opening

Representative Tom Lantos' (D-CA) opening statements today at the Congressional hearing for the General Patraeus Report, in which he slammed the administration for its complete lack of credibility, astounding incompetence, short-sited diplomacy, financial mismanagement, and blatant lies about the Iraq War.

Petraeus Report: Crisis in Confidence

Top national security experts, including Richard Clarke and Rand Beers, share their opinions about the politics and fuzzy numbers expected in the infamous "Petraeus" report.

The Boondocks Season 2 Preview

Season 2 of the brilliant animated series The Boondocks is FINALLY on it's way. Rumor has it, the new season begins in October. New characters and old favorites are expected, as well as an interesting development for Uncle Rukus that is just too yummy to spoil here.

New Rules - Missionary Imposition

Click to view video.

Bill Maher takes aim at Bush's visit to Iraq, Larry Craig's need to please, bathroom tapping and Christian missionaries.

What's It Gonna Be?

What's It Gonna Be?
Lord knows you've had nights like this...

Become a Black Republican

Become a Black Republican

Internet People

Click to view video.

Animated tribute to all the wacky people on the internet who have touched our lives and made the web so fabulously entertaining.

The Bright Side of Death

Californians are petitioning their political leaders to enact meaningful healthcare reform. Join them in the fight!

Mama Cass Elliot - "Different"

Click to view video.

From a 1970 appearance on the children's show H.R. Pufnstuf, as the character Witch Hazel.

Airline Hell

Short documentary film made by a passenger of Delta Flight 6499, from JFK to DFW on June 25, 2007. The flight was delayed seven hours and passengers were forced to sit on the runway, without any food, or any opportunity to return to the airport to find alternate transportation. After this film hit the internet, the airline was shamed into refunding everyone's money.

Fred Thompson's Sex Appeal

Air America's Rachel Maddow takes a look at Republican actor Fred Thompson's campaign for president and tries to figure exactly what he's got to offer.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

FOX NH GOP Debate Highlights

TPMTV has put together a highlight reel from last night's Republican Debate. Goes pretty much how you expect it would: posturing, rhetoric, false claims and chicken hawkery. FOX's own polls show that underdog/whipping boy Ron Paul was the winner. But the best part of the whole clip comes in the final 20 seconds. Worth watching just for that alone.

Speed Painting: Albert Einstein

Created entirely in Photoshop, in four hours time. Music by Elaluna.

R.I.P. Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti, the greatest opera singer of all time, has passed away at the age of 71. Below are just a few of his most memorable performances.

Here he sings Schubert's "Ave Maria", with a full orchestra and choir, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

This is a clip from the documentary Pavarotti: The Last Tenor, featuring his debut performance at La Scala, as Rodolfo in La Boheme.

An intimate performance, from the DVD Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor, of "O del Mio Amato Ben" by Donaudy, Leone Maggiera on piano.

Pavarotti glows in this performance of "Torna a Surriento", at the Royal Gala Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Albert Hall, on April 13th, 1982.

From the 1984 Bari Recital, the definitive operatic aria "O sole mio".

Rigoletto's "Questo o Quella" from the 1988 documentary on Pavarotti's trip to China, Distant Harmony.

A moving performance of "E Lucevan le Stelle", from Puccini's Tosca.

This is Pavarotti in Pagliacci, the role he was born to play, performing "Vesti La Giubba".

And, because it was his signature song, and no one could ever hope to sing it as beautifully, Puccini's "Nessun Dorma", performed live in Paris in 1998.

There's Toxins in the Sex Toys!

The same toxin - phthalates - that was just found in children's toys has also been used to make sex toys, and it can cause cancer, damage your reproductive system, impair sperm, and damage the planet. (Holy shit, right!?!) Well Treehugger TV and the good people at Toys in Babeland have some eco-friendly recommendations that will help save the planet and keep your goodies healthy.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Monty Python on Public TV

This is a clip from an in-studio appearance for local PBS affiliate KERA-TV in Dallas, Texas in 1975. Apparently, KERA was the first station in the US to broadcast Monty Python's Flying Circus, after an executive pulled the show from a box of rejected British television programs. This appearance on the station's pledge drive, however, has not been aired since it was broadcast live, and only a portion of it has survived the last 32 years. It is an extremely rare interview and was shot just after Monty Python and the Holy Grail had wrapped production.

The Funniest Joke In The World

Classic sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Samantha Fox - "Naughty Girls Need Love"

Samuel L. Jackson: The Comeback

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Samuel L. Jackson makes a comeback to pee wee football.

Rick James - "Super Freak"

Performed on Saturday Night Live, November 7th, 1981.

Sling Shot Hip Hop

An introduction to Palestinian rappers, their music and their lives.

Special thanks to Chris for sending in the video!

Congressman Gilmore Found Dead

Holy yikes! No details yet. Some suspect it was a heart attack.

Sen. Larry Craig Voice Mail Message

Dude's either a raging idiot, or the unluckiest bastard on the face of the earth.

This is a voice mail message that disgraced Republican Senator Larry Craig left at the wrong phone number, in which he confirms the rumors that he wants to stay and fight for his senate seat.

Oh, please, Larry. Please stay and fight. Please stay in office, so that we can all mock you mercilessly for the rest of your life. Please be our human punchline. Please!!!

Special Comment on Bush's Visit to Iraq

Countdown's Keith Olberman issued a (fierce!) special comment tonight on Bush's continued lies about Iraq and his push for endless war, even beyond his own presidential term. By his own words, Bush is "playing" with our military.

Greenpeace - Join the Energy Revolution

You're either with us, or you're against us.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Marching Band Plays Radiohead

During the halftime show at the 2006 University of Washington Game, the marching band Pride of Arizona played a medley of Radiohead songs: "Airbag", "Paranoid Android", "Optimistic" & "National Anthem".