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For those of you who watch and like Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, this is a hilarious and incisive piss take of Clint Eastwood’s rant at an empty chair (representing Obama) at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida this week.
He also takes apart Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech as a”whitewash of American history” where Romney pretends that the world before Obama was some kind of idealistic nirvana. We all know that politicians are prone to reinterpreting history. The Republicans (and conservative side of politics generally) make reinventing history an art form.
As Jon Stewart said: He talked about “a perfect America that used to exist until Barack Obama ruined it… and so what if that America had never actually existed.”
This is well worth watching. I couldn’t find it on Youtube, so you have to click the link to find the video clip.
Disclaimer. I am actually a Clint Eastwood fan (of his movies). Can’t help it
Barack Obama and Jimmy Fallon in fine form last night in this sketch from Jimmy’s Late Night show. Fallon has a regular ‘slow jam’ segment, and has Obama as his special guest on this one. Very funny, and great work from the President. The issue here is a proposal to increase the rate of interest on student loans, which the President is opposing. As he says
Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people
Let’s hope Steven Joyce is listening to that come Budget time.
Doesn’t meet Clare’s serious discourse test but amusing nevertheless. The Guardian has a video:-
A giant saltwater crocodile named Elvis charged at an Australian reptile park worker before stealing his lawn mower.
Tim Faulkner, operations manager at the Australian Reptile Park, north of Sydney, was one of three workers tending to the lawn in Elvis’s enclosure on Wednesday when he heard the crocodile’s keeper, Billy Collett, let out a yelp. Faulkner looked up to see the 5m-long,500kg crocodile lunging out of its lagoon at Collett, who warded the creature off with his mower.
“Before we knew it, the croc had the mower above his head,” Faulkner said. “He got his jaws around the top of the mower and picked it up and took it underwater with him.”
The workers quickly left the enclosure. Elvis, meanwhile, showed no signs of relinquishing his new toy and sat guarding it closely all morning.
What a curious circus act yesterday between John Key and John Banks. The thing that struck me was the nature of the “endorsement”.
First, John Key appears to want National voters in Epsom to vote for John Banks, or so the media tells us. That is National voters except for him, John Key resident of Epsom, who won’t be voting for John Banks.
Not quite the “clear message” to the voters of Auckland. This is compounded by the use of the well known tactic of clarity and certainty- the double negative. In this case, “not unhappy”.
In the end I think how people vote is a very personal thing but what we are clearly saying is we’re not unhappy if National voters decide to vote tactically
Does that mean ‘happy”, does that mean something less than happy. Who knows? But its curious. If you want people to vote for him, have the guts to actually say it.
And where was poor old Don Brash in all of this. Key is reported as saying he thinks Don Brash is “flexible” and not extreme like Roger Douglas. That is a very recent change of tune from the man he described as ‘hard core’ and ‘very right wing’ over the last couple of years.
Maybe we can put the double negative down to the 0.7% poll that will be out this weekend for ACT. I guess that’s what is a called “not an ideal result.”
A bit of fun passed on to me by an interested reader.
CTU’s Vote Fairness video :
Tweet of the Week: The election campaign kicked off proper with the party political broadcasts. Aside from the dreadful lighting and persistent buzzing sound John Key’s suit did seem to blend into the backdrop…
The Twitter-sphere seemed to agree that regardless of which way you might vote the Labour opening address was far superior
And again regardless of voting preference there seemed to be general surprise at how underwhelming the National Party effort was.
There were many tweets along this line
Wally of the Week: Tau’s erudite response to Labour’s opening address.
I do enjoy the smaller party opening addresses though…
I must admit I did think he was almost shouting at the camera
Press Tweet of the Week: Couldn’t resist
Nationals’s campaign launch today was a full on Crosby-Textor onslaught to spin asset sales as a major positive for the country because the one off hit of money would be spent on schools and hospitals (that the ongoing revenue from these assets is already being spent on)
And a very good point re: the spin about asset sales funding “modern schools”
And finally – the $60 million dollar question of which political party gets the all powerful John Rowles celebrity endorsement has finally been answered!
We have had a number of requests for some footage of the famous awkward moment from Sunday night. So by the wonders of modern technology, the moment has been captured for you. Don’t say we don’t do anything for you!
Well done John Pagani.
For those of you who don’t know, the Nek Minnit phenomenon has taken off around the country, and it seems the world. Scary, since it came from a short video clip from a prominent Dunedin Skateboarder Levi Hawken.
Levi and his mate Colin made a You Tube clip. You can see the original below. It’s had nearly 700,000 views in the last couple of weeks. A few parodies are now appearing. The one above has just been created. I reckon it’s apt. No doubt there’ll be more. It’s all good fun.
I’m still trying to work out which dairy in (South) Dunedin he was standing outside when he left his scooter! Apparently there’s a range of t-shirts and hoodies being made with the Nek Minnit phrase. I guess it’s just one of those things…
The NZ Herald ran a piece today on it. Twitter has an extraordinary #nekminnit stream happening
Update: I think the correct spelling is Nek Minnit
Update 2: Vaughn Davis explains the phenomenon on Radio Wammo a few weeks ago