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Funny and educational!
(Via The Edge of the American West.)
Posted by hilzoy at 11:12 AM in What Would Brian Boitano Do? | Permalink
as speeeeeaker of the housssse
he haaaaad a choice to maaaaake
February 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM
The Rapture has been delayed 10,000 years and no one sent me a memo?
February 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM
The first was great. I guess I'm not part of the target audience for the second (though I have no idea who the target audience is). For me it had too little amusement value to spread over 4 minutes, especially with the poor video quality.
February 11, 2008 at 12:03 PM
Just shows that you can never go wrong dubbing a Weill/Brecht tune.
February 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM
I can never comment on 'edge of the west' :(.
February 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM
Given that Jackson was a genocidal racist and that John Quincy Adams spent the rest of his life as one of the most principled and successful crusaders against slavery I find it really hard to get steamed over that particular outcome.
Curt Adams |
February 11, 2008 at 01:16 PM
The target audience is the same age as the actors -- this is undoubtably a HS American History (probably AP class) project.
Doctor Science |
February 11, 2008 at 01:19 PM
*anyone* want to publish a summary for those of us Who Can't Watch Streaming Video?
(sheesh, I mean, how many times has Gary mentioned this? mad props to The Carpetbagger for NEVER omitting this information...)
February 11, 2008 at 01:33 PM
Doctor Science, I got that, but it doesn't explain its popularity in the blogosphere. How many of the bloggers and commenters here are high school students?
February 11, 2008 at 01:33 PM
How many of the bloggers and commenters here are high school students?
i bet it hooks a few Doors fans, too
February 11, 2008 at 01:36 PM
In reality, intellect, maturity, or just in spirit? :)
February 11, 2008 at 01:45 PM
“John Quincy Adams spent the rest of his life as one of the most principled and successful crusaders against slavery…”
-posted by Curt Adams
"In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar [i.e., Muhammad], the Egyptian, [.....] Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST.- TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE.... Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. The war is yet flagrant ... While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men."
The emphasis was Adams’. He read the texts. He valued human dignity.
February 11, 2008 at 01:51 PM
I think the first and second ones are unaffiliated, seemed like the 2nd one just happened to be in the pipeline at the same time. It's possible that the second one (which didn't do as much for me) is a product of the same shop that put out the Obama girl crush thing. I could be wrong.
February 11, 2008 at 01:53 PM
Oops, that's what I get for not watching the second video. I thought reference to the second video was referring to this (definitely not as good) video, which was released at roughly the same time as the McCain video at the top of the post, and mirrors the style of it, and the original YWC video. Bad reading comprehension, bad youtube watching comp. Sorry about the mix up.
February 11, 2008 at 02:15 PM
"*anyone* want to publish a summary for those of us Who Can't Watch Streaming Video?"
The first is a parody of the famous Obama speech-turned-into-music with Scarlett Johansson, etc., with John McCain speech clips set along singers singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran," and how we could be there 10,000 years, all the casualties, etc.
The second appears to be a high school history project about the corrupt bargain. It reminds me a lot of a 4th-grade one I did in Super-8 on the country then known as "Rhodesia," except that I didn't have sound, and it was just me.
In retrospect, it was kinda outright racist, too, insofar as I was influenced by Tarzan, and included some shots of me swinging on pipes in our basement, intended to represent people swinging on trees, which, so far as I know, I did not actually support with research showing that any human citizens or residents of Rhodesia swung on trees at any time.
But I also had scenes about grain crops, and other actual aspects of Rhodesia, so I got a good grade.
It undoubtedly wouldn't have if I'd had sound, and sung.
Anyway, the video above consists of kids clumsily and tediously singing a bit of interpreted history. It's likely a lot more interesting if you're interested in high school, or junior high, class projects for some reason. I quit half-way through out of boredom, myself.
Gary Farber |
February 11, 2008 at 03:42 PM
John Quincy Adams was the son of a former president who was awarded the presidency by questionable behavior from another branch. But that could never happen these days.
Mike Schilling |
February 11, 2008 at 05:40 PM
Is it me, or did the sign interpreter in the McCain sendup tell viewers, 'We're all fucked'?
My vocabulary is limited and I learned it to communicate with my toddler, so I'm flying by the seat of my pants, but...
February 11, 2008 at 06:51 PM
I was laughing so hard at the video that I should clarify that last comment: I learned a limited array of ASL for talking with my kid, and the SLP who taught us didn't use the phrase 'we're all fucked' nearly as often as she might have.
It was, at at that time, early 2003, and the phrase applied in almost any context except the speech therapy room. There were days it applied there too, but that's a whole 'nother story.
February 11, 2008 at 06:54 PM
Funny if true, Phoenix.
Since nobody has gotten around to it yet, I should mention the injunction against cussing in the comment threads... people with obsenity filters at their offices, etc. I've always wanted to cite "the posting rules". What a rush.
February 11, 2008 at 07:55 PM
Six Guantánamo detainees who are accused of central roles in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be shown all the evidence against them and will be afforded the same rights as American soldiers accused of crimes, the Pentagon said Monday as it announced the charges against them.
American soldiers accused of crimes are subjected to torture to get confessions? Who knew?
February 11, 2008 at 10:13 PM
"American soldiers accused of crimes are subjected to torture to get confessions? Who knew?"
"will be" is future tense.
Gary Farber |
February 11, 2008 at 11:02 PM
I'm glad to see that the genius of The Shaggs hasn't been lost on today's youth.
Kári Tulinius |
February 12, 2008 at 12:14 AM
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