Hundreds of thousands of hundreds of years from now, when future civilizations unearth the ruins of what once was the great and mighty United States of America, what will they view as being more historically significant: South Park or the office of the President?
It's hard to say. One is a collection of crass, immature, scatological jokes and the other is a cartoon…
Barack Obama & John McCain
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Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, John Kennedy, John McCain, Richard Nixon, Sarah Palin, South Park, Ted Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Video
Ben Stein's Vast Research into Unemployment Crisis Reveals Lazy Rabble with "Unpleasant Personalities"
Here is a thing that Ben Stein — former Nixon speechwriter and current liar for Creation Science — sat down to write, presumably proofread at least once and then about which said to himself, "This is an acceptable thing on which to attach my name"…
"The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say "generally" because there are exceptions."
Way to remain prudent, Ben Stein. Wouldn't want anyone to accuse you of speaking out of turn…
"But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. They are people who create either little utility or negative utility on the job. Again, there are powerful exceptions and I know some, but when employers are looking to lay off, they lay off the least productive or the most negative. To assure that a worker is not one of them, he should learn how to work and how to get along — not always easy."
BEN STEIN: Honey, I'm off. Back in a little while.
BEN STEIN'S WIFE: Where are you going, dear?
BEN STEIN: Going out to survey the ranks of those who are unemployed. Gather up some data. Maybe collect enough material to write a thoughtful and sober article on the current unemployment crisis. Someone simply must make some useful observations about that lot.
BEN STEIN'S WIFE: Have fun, but do be careful. You know how those jobless people all have such overbearing and unpleasant personalities.
BEN STEIN: Honey, please! That's offensive. When saying things like that, you really do need to use the word "generally."
(via Think Progress)
Tags: Ben Stein, Richard Nixon, Science & Technology, Unemployment
On last night's Daily Show, in response to President Obama pledging to get the US off oil, Jon Stewart played a series of clips showing every President since Nixon making essentially the same broken promise. But it goes even deeper than that. I heard an early draft of The Gettysburg Address had an entire paragraph about ending out dependency on foreign buggy whips. And at his first inauguration, George Washington promised to convert the entire country to zero-emission hydrogen-based typhoid fever.
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I have to say, this episode of General Electric Theater from 1954 featuring future-president Ronald Reagan and future-mysteriously-iconic-dead-guy James Dean isn't half bad. It's a little cheesy, a little over-act-y, a little did-any-teenager-ever-actually-behave-like-that-y, but entertaining…
See what I mean? It's good. But, it's no 1965 off-Broadway, black-box theater run of Edward Albee's Zoo Story with Richard Milhous Nixon and Richard Dreyfuss. I don't know, but Nixon was somehow remarkably convincing as a sad awkward man who would feed a hamburger full of rat poison to neighbor's dog. Unfortunately — though the six-week run was extensively recorded — most of the tapes of the show have huge gaps of silence, making them effectively worthless. Too bad.
Still, the most memorable Republican president/popular actor team-up was 1865's Our American Cousin with Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. They only did it the one time, though. Not sure why.
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This article — by former McSweeney's editor John Warner — is kind of old, but it covers an all-too-often forgotten piece of history, and I think it still resonates.
Plus, I devoured this huge macadamia nut cookie in about 3.2 seconds with my coffee this morning, and it reminded me…
Nixon and Cookie Monster, drawing on recently declassified archives, argues that despite obvious differences in political outlook and ethnicity, these two iconic figures shaped the America we live in today.
Cookie Monster, we learn, began his career known simply as Monster. It was Nixon who advised him that adding Cookie to his name would endear him to the U.S. public. Cookie Monster reciprocated by hatching the "Southern strategy."
Oh, and this excerpt from the tapes always gives me chills…
Tags: Richard Nixon