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There is need in human life for levity. So, enjoy your time here in leisurely frivolity, where no Puritan can condem you.
Friday, January 28, A.D. 2011
Terry as Spurned Dad

Comedian Michael Terry and his cohort at Party Central U.S.A. have made a bitingly funny short clip, “Dad and Peter”:

Nice and noir. Enjoy the weekend.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, January 28, Anno Domini 2011
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Wednesday, January 26, A.D. 2011
Permutations in the Press

Yesterday, I wrote about my experience at the March for Life this year. Another thing that I noticed was the media’s account of the march, at least when the press decided to mention the march. The coverage in The Washington Post particularly surprised me. The stories were actually examples of reporting! They covered the march in a neutral manner that one should expect of journalists—as a political event of importance. They ran pictures of normal looking people who actually represent the marchers. They included no snide remarks or exaggerated attention given to opposition commentary. It was as if the press woke up Monday and finally did its job of presenting the news!

This should not be shocking, but I have witnessed the twisted media coverage of the march for decades. I hope that the recent change reflects a permanent reorientation of reporters regarding the march’s coverage. I wonder why, though, it finally happened. Have media outlets finally begun hiring a more politically diverse staff, trying to escape the echo chamber of which Bernie Goldberg writes? Has the success of Fox News led to such changes? Are journalists embarrassed by and thus newly conscientious to the charges of bias and damning episodes like the JournoList affair? Has the popular shift toward prolife positions convinced the media that perhaps prolifers are not religious fanatics, after all? Or are the leftist journalists just tired and disheartened by the current political climate? I do not know, but I see it as a hopeful sign.

Given the topic, I would like to share another Der Untergang parody, wherein der Führer reacts to Olbermann’s departure from MSNBC:

I wish Keith well as he tries to find another million dollar job suitable for his personality and his ag. college communications degree.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, January 26, Anno Domini 2011
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Wednesday, January 12, A.D. 2011
Russia in Fifteen Seconds

How many exaggerated clichés can one fit in a fifteen second movie sequence?

This treat is really for my brother Aaron, who visited Mother Russia with me. I laugh each time that I watch it, as it reminds me of various quirks about the nation. I especially love the boys seesawing on the car. Memories . . .

The video clip, evidently from Охота на пиранью, has offended many YouTube visiting Russkies, who are upset that such a representation is unfair. Obviously, there are many lovely parts to Russia, but there is some comic truth to the clip. An element of humor is based on exaggerating certain features that are recognizable to the audience but in such a way that it surprises them. When Chris Rock does his racialist comedy shtick, people laugh because they recognize the themes that he mentions and because they are both shocked and delighted in the way that he breaks taboos. Jeff Foxworthy’s routine is funny to Southerners (and to those who know them) because he mocks real Southern tendencies that people recognize. Of course, such routines might be exaggerated, and obviously they are not the “full picture,” but that is how the comic works.

I am a committed Russophile, and yet I find this clip very amusing, just as I find The Simpsons’ take on American life amusing. Moreover, like The Simpsons, the clip is full of Easter egg eye candy if you watch closely.

Update: My brother offers this alternate, polished version of the scene:

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, January 12, Anno Domini 2011
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