Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Week in Sheen

Will Give You the Willies

Smells Like Victory

Kimmel Kartoon: Charlie Brown

Kimmel Kartoon: The Jetsons

Kimmel Kartoon: Cat in the Hat

Jimmy Kimmel Live mixes the words of Charlie Sheen into classics.

Main Feature: The Sheen's Speech

A man who could no longer keep his brilliance to himself.

Kimmel: Live Action

Jimmy Kimmel Live with the words of Charlie Sheen from 20/20.

Bill Maher, Guest Star

Real Time's host, 3/2/11 on Jimmy Kimmel Live

?uestlove Remixes The Clips

3/3/11 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Rent A Friend

Money can't buy you love, but most of the rest you can rent.
More Help Wanted Than Personals
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 3/4/11,
Host: Robin Young with Scott Rosenbaum of Rent a Friend.

Make a "Lionel Lost" poster from Future Classics of the Internet.

Chewy Reveals Identity

OK, who had George Lucas in the pool?

Political Incivility

Historically, there never were any "good old days" to lament losing, but glossing over truth might well lose opportunities for learning.
Discomforting Conflict is All American
Audio Embed: Puget Sound Public Radio 3/3/11,
Reporter: Jessica Robinson.

Jersey Floor

It's all about STDs: Shots, Tanning & Drinking

Revelers include: Jimmy "J Bro" Fallon, Josh "DJ Josh" Meyers, Rachel "Drootchie" Dratch, Abby "Lovebug" Elliott, A.D. "Miles" Miles, Bashir "B-Hole" Salahuddin, Steve "The Inflation" Higgins, and Random Girl.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bee Team

When real news & politics are getting so weird, whither parody?
And then Rachel Maddow tried to lure away guest Samantha Bee by saying that there are good mugs she can steal on her set.

Optional Lab Work

Northwestern University is under fire for one course's guest lecture including a live sexual demonstration involving a power tool.

More on the controversy from NBC's Chicago station, WMAQ.

Meanwhile at BYU

Brigham Young University suspended star basketball player Brandon Davies from the team after it was discovered that he had premarital sex with his girlfriend in violation of the student honor code.

What's Next?

Reconstruction, or Reconstructive Surgery?

Ramon Espinosa of the AP captured this shot of a man carrying a sheet of plywood on a motorcycle in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 3/2/11.

Slow Jam, Wisconsin Style

NBC Nightly News anchor "Brian Will.I.Ams" slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of The Roots Crew.

Bill O'Reilly shows violent footage while talking about the Wisconsin protests, and Republican legislators want to prohibit prank calls.

What Would You Go See?

A Blade Runner Prequel or Sequel?


Another Batman?

Men, Back In Black?

Charlie Sheen in ‘The Hangover Part II’?

Main photography is done. Do producers want him for a cameo?

Click on any picture to read about that coming attraction.

Kids 'R' Costly

That's not news to parents... But listen to the study & rationales!

Behind the Need to Breed
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 3/3/11

Day of the Dolphin

A New Fins Fan

Florida dog owner credits Doberman's rescue to determined dolphins.

A Pacific Pod at Play

Extremely large number of dolphins encountered off Orange County.

And from SeaWorld - Orlando

Dolphins create and play with amazing underwater bubble rings.

The Byrds - Dolphin's Smile

From "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" (1968)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Political Reversals

If the results of the 2010 election were a "shellacking" for Democrats, the post-election mistaken mandate overreaches of Republicans may just have handed the party a powerful solvent. Economic populism is exactly the denatured alcohol needed to remove corporatist shellac.

By The Numbers

Daily Rant: The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur explains why he’s fired up about the deficit, and the government’s unwillingness to do what’s actually necessary to reduce it, to guest host Matt Miller.

Gospel of Hatred Upheld

The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas pickets funerals of men & women killed in action because they believe military deaths are God's revenge.

"America is doomed for its acceptance of homosexuality," according to an undated pamphlet quoted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. "If God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for going after fornication and homosexuality then why wouldn't God destroy America for the same thing?"

The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects their right to protest at military members' funerals without being sued for intentionally inflicting even more pain on their grieving families.
Funeral Protesters Are Protected
Audio Embed: Morning Edition 3/2/11,
Host: Renee Montagne with NPR's Nina Totenberg.
The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart concludes that as hard as the message is to hear, the near unanimous ruling was correct.

The church claims only about 100 members — almost all from the family of it's pastor, a man named Fred Phelps, pictured above.

"They're college educated. They're well-spoken. A daughter argued the case herself before the United States Supreme Court," says a reporter who profiled them. "They're not what I expected."
A Peek Inside Westboro Baptist
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 3/2/11,
Reporter: Barbara Bradley Hagerty.

Slain soldier's dad blasts funeral protests and court's decision.

Indecision 2012

Why aren’t Palin and all the others eager to take on the “Socialist Muslim Alien President”? A look at their clips reveals Jon's answers.

Forget about the voters, the candidates can't even admit they're in.

You Gotta Fight

For Your Right To Party

Charlie Sheen - 2011 / Beastie Boys - 1986

"Is the media exploiting Charlie Sheen?"
-- Probing question by Bill O’Reilly to Factor Panel 3/1/11

Tattoo U

Starring Amanda Seyfried's Left Foot

It's sometimes hard to explain your tattoos to an older generation.

You can't just blurt, like May 2010, talking with Chelsea Handler.

Chloe with Julianne Moore is another one Amanda's dad hasn't seen.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Still on the Jobs

iPad 2 Unveiling Day

Despite his current leave and uncertain medical future, Apple CEO/co-founder Steve Jobs showed up to display his company's latest 3/2/11.



Aladdin Sane, or 4

Madison Madness

At the same press conference where Dane County, Wisconsin, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told reporters he found nothing criminal in Governor Scott Walker's comments to a prank caller last week, Sheriff David Mahoney spoke about law enforcement's role in the push and pull over protestor's access to the Capitol building in Madison.

Mahoney revealed that Monday he pulled his officers from a duty to guard the building's entrances, saying he wouldn't place his "law enforcement officers in the position of being palace guards."

The latest poll of Wisconsin voters, asked "If you could do last fall's election for Governor over again, would you vote for Democrat Tom Barrett, or Republican Scott Walker... The results were reversed.

The Shores of Tripoli

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has told the BBC he is loved by all his people and has denied there have been any protests in Tripoli. Gaddafi said that his people would die to protect him, while in truth, mercenaries from sub-Saharan Africa aiding a dwindling army & militias are blamed for the deaths of thousands.

The American ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said the interview showed Colonel Gaddafi was "delusional" and "unfit to lead". Fighting continues in Libya and there have been renewed protests against Gaddafi's rule in the capital.
Gaddafi: “All my people love me”
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WGBH's The World 2/28/11,
Anchor Lisa Mullins spoke with a Gaddafi critic in Tripoli.

NBC News’ Michael Isikoff shares his thoughts on whether, and/or how, the U.S. and U.K. cashed in on normalizing Libya relations.

Speaking of Narcissistic Megalomaniacs...

Howard Stern wants Charlie Sheen to call into his radio show on Wednesday so they can compare notes about going to war with CBS.

Women Win Battle of Sexes

Good Morning America didn't just put "Man Down" author Dan Abrams' thesis to the test, they hired him to work as an analyst on the show.

Getting his legs waxed was just a part of Dan's initiation ritual.

Robocop Speaks to Detroit

RoboCop Speaks to Detroit from Peter Weller

First Robot Marathon Results From Osaka

Video analysis by

Man vs Machine

Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) did what many thought impossible. He beat IBM's Watson, who recently made his mark on Jeopardy.
Holt, a real live rocket scientist and former 5-time Jeopardy champion himself, spoke with CBS News about his big win.

Pump It

The price of oil has risen with instability in the Middle East and North Africa, renewing calls to cut our dependence on foreign oil as it threatens our economy and national security. Global political turmoil is turning oil into an increasingly expensive addiction. Retired Navy Admiral Jim Woolsey, former director of the CIA, sees a security issue & says spike in prices at the pump could just be the beginning.
Lessons Not Yet Learned
Audio Embed: PRI's Living On Earth 2/26/11,
Intro: Bruce Gellerman, Interviewer: Steve Curwood.

Oil Prices Up: Why?

Video analysis by

Superman: US vs India

Hooray for Bollywood! Via high def

Junior Superheroes in Brooklyn

Non-profit centers have emerged across the country to offer free creative writing workshops and one-on-one tutoring to kids.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Moderation In Madison?

Reports are emerging that some moderate Republican state senators may be ready to vote against the Wisconsin governor’s union-busting budget plan. Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post & State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald offer insight on the internal battles.

Fear vs Greed

Where Are the Indictments?

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Chairman Phil Angelides talks about the fraud behind the financial meltdown and why Washington seems to be ignoring the problem.

Only on (Oscar Winning) Film

Taking the stage to accept an Oscar for best feature length documentary Sunday, “Inside Job” director Charles Ferguson stuck to his film’s topic.

“Forgive me,” he said. “I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.” The crowd erupted in cheers.

In his documentary, Ferguson blames the crisis on out-of-control Wall Street financiers, lax regulators and business school and economics professors who lauded questionable financial industry practices while taking home millions from Wall Street firms.
True Crime Story
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 2/28/11,
Intro: Monica Brady-Meyerov, Interviewer: Robin Young.

Call to ARMS*

Despite tough new rules put in place to prevent the types of deals that brought on the sub-prime crisis, consumers are still seeing mortgage advertisements with promises like “appraisals may not be required,” “no closing costs,” and “no income verification.” *Adjustable Rate Mortgages come with a built-in bomb that guarantees an explosive rate hike, or a churning market with a bonanza of exorbitant fees.

AnnaMaria Andriotis of follows the industry...
Hey! It's a job.
Tricks & Traps Alive & Well
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 3/1/11,
Host: Robin Young.

Relationship Challenges

David Letterman - Brian Williams' Betrayal (2/28/11)

David Letterman - Brian Williams and Dave & Leno (August 2010)

Abbey Road

From vomaria

Traffic Checkpoints

One stopped, not apprehended. One with apprehensions not stopped.
On the Road to Escondido
Audio Embed: Berger & Prescott, podcast via Facebook.

Bob Saget on QTV

Bob Saget talks about talking dirty for a living with Jian Ghomeshi.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Governor Grinch

Despite union acquiescence to increased health & pension deductions, Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker still insists that limits on collective bargaining are vital to erasing the state's budget troubles.

Former Michigan Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm, who went through far worse in her term, talks about the political fallout from Wisconsin and Scott Walker choosing a ‘lazy way to govern.’

Union Battles: A 'National Campaign' Against Labor?

Demonstrations have spread across the country to combat, or preempt, what government union members see as as a co-ordinated effort by (mostly like-minded Republican) governors to make the workers the bad guys in states where the economy sucks, federal stimulus money diverted into payrolls is long gone and local politicos are frantic for someone else to blame for busted budgets.
Fact Checking Conflicting Claims
Audio Embed: Weekend Edition Sunday 2/27/11,
Reporter: David Schaper

Media Addict

Reactionary gadfly Sarah Palin goes into a downward spiral of extreme withdrawal during a month without her favorite drug -- the press.

Sarah Palin Media Addict from Funny or Die.

World's Oldest Water

Normally water circulates, but sometimes the cycle is interrupted and it stays put for a very long time... Even ages.

Scientists examining water that seeped into the rocks of a South African mine found indications it has been trapped there, possibly for millions of years, and supports microbes without light in the deepest ecosystem yet discovered.
Deep Soaking
Audio Embed: CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks 2/26/11,
Host: Bob McDonald with Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar.

Street Art

Titian in the Twin Cities

Photo: Lezlie Pinske, Minneapolis Institute of Arts via AP
When a Minneapolis Institute of Arts billboard advertising a Titian exhibit was vandalized to cover up the nude pictured in the 16th century artist’s iconic Venus Rising from the Sea, the museum said: “We think it’s funny, just leave it, don’t bother replacing it.”

The company said it would have to remove it. Policy dictates taking down ads with graffiti “so as not to encourage vandalism.”

When asked if the graffiti was a museum-orchestrated publicity stunt to drum up business, MIA spokeswoman Anne-Marie Wagener denied having any role in the incident, adding: “We’re not that creative.”

Via: Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Two and a Half Men On-Air Ending Leaked

Charlie's Controversy as seen from Taiwan

Taiwanese News Channel NMA.

Write Your Own Script

Via: Huffington Post

Guns Still Blazing

It seems like an awkward time time and circumstance to talk about a raise, but actor Charlie Sheen says he‘s underpaid for his “Two and a Half Men” role, and is demanding $3 million per episode. “It's everybody else that's going to be begging me for their job back."

In an interview with NBC’s Jeff Rossen, actor Sheen says that the executives who shut down “Two and a Half Men” are trying to destroy his family and take his money. “They picked a fight with a warlock.”

Tomorrow Charlie's charm offensive moves to ABC with Good Morning America and a prime time appearance on an edition of 20/20.

And The Winners Are

Best Picture
The King’s Speech

Best Director
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Lead Actor
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Lead Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Original Screenplay
David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Upstaged Already
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 2/28/11

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscars Grab Bag

Networks that carry award shows employee "seat fillers" to prevent the appearance of an audience emptying out as the show progresses and more winners congregate backstage. But the show's producers have also gone to great expense to ensure the audience will be full of non-nominated celebrities in the first place... With bribes.

What's That Buzzing Sound?

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced their 31st annual “dis-honors” for the year in film that was 2010. Director M. Night Shyamalan’s "The Last Airbender" swept this year’s awards, winning Worst Director, Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and a brand-new category created for this year’s awards — Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D... Jackson Rathbone also took home the cherished "Razzie" award for Worst Supporting Actor for both Airbender and The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse.

CBS' Bill Geist attended as the 31st Annual Razzie Awards Ceremony laughed & pointed at the best (and the rest) of Hollywood's worst.

Infographic from WebTrends

Google Changes Rules

And Rules Change Results

At the heart of Google is an "algorithm," set of rules about how to evaluate websites to display relevant results for your search.

Companies who've spent a lot of time and money to beat Google's system to ensure placement near the top of results are bitter about the latest changes diminishing their likelihood of capturing clicks.

How to Cheat Google

Companies who find their websites on the top of Google's search results get a huge traffic boost, a traffic boost that can translate into millions of dollars in sales. Not surprisingly, this has led some companies to look for ways to game the system.
JCPenney Did It... Temporarily
Audio Embed: WNYC's On The Media 2/26/11,
Host: Bob Garfield, with David Segal (NY Times)

Star Trek Pizza Cutter

To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Cut Before

An officially licensed Star Trek collectible metal pizza cutter in the form of the famous NCC-1701 Enterprise ship from Star Trek the original series. The saucer section is a laser etched 4-inch stainless steel blade, attached to solid zinc-alloy chromium plated warp nacelles and main engineering hull... Available from ThinkGeek, $24.99.

"Dammit Jim... I'm a doctor, not a pizza maker!"

"Live long and pass me a slice."