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Sunday, June 27, 2010
Video round-up: U.S. campaign advertisements with spoofs
As we follow the destruction and craziness in Toronto, I thought I'd bring a little levity to the day by aggregating some of the better recent political campaign advertisements from the U.S. along with three spoofs worth watching.
Let's begin with Dale Peterson, who ran for, but lost, the position of Agricultural Commissioner in the great state of Alabama (home to the Crimson Tide, national college football champions):
Not surprisingly, Peterson's ad was spoofed:
Peterson's loss did not dampen his spirits. Here he is endorsing one of his competitors for Ag Commish:
The above adverts clash with the generic political advertisements we're used to seeing during the election season. Still, most ads follow the formula of the satirical send-off below. You might call us cynical for thinking that the advert below hits close to home, but we prefer to be called "political realists":
The race for Alabama governor became national news when Tim James insisted that driver's license exams should only be provided in English, instead of the 12 languages that are currently available for exam takers. Notice how James makes it sound as though English-speaking Alabamians might have to take the exam in Spanish on one day, and Japanese on the next:
Here's the best spoof of James' political ad. I especially like the pumpkin pie with the word "MATH" in it, so that we all know it's the math version of pie, rather than a regular pumpkin pie, which is delicious and makes children hungry:
Here's a nice send-up of Tim James' campaign ad. We read with our eyes, after all, and Braille costs money. Maybe it's the businessman in this guy, but getting rid of Braille would save money, and it just makes sense. Does it to you?:
Monday, October 27, 2008
(Video) reason interviews Craigslist founder Craig Newmark
Craig Newmark, the founder of the surprisingly popular and successful Craigslist, talks about Ayn Rand, and his "moderate" libertarianism:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Hot Lixx Hulahan: World Air Guitar Champion
Why isn't this in the Olympics?
Here are the winning performances by U.S.-based Hot Lixx Hulahan, at the 2008 Air Guitar World Championship in Oulu Finland on August 22:
(This has nothing to do with anything. Just thought you might get a kick out of the fact that there is, in fact, an air guitar championship)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Acton Institute: Birth of Freedom (and a short lesson about libertarianism and Christianity)
In the comment section for the Paul McKeever video, some commenters insisted that libertarians were all atheists who dislike Christians. Of course, this is false. To believe in small government, social & economic freedom, even in individualism, does not require antipathy for organized religion in general, or Christianity in particular.
What we now refer to as "libertarianism" was once called liberalism. To distinguish the "real" liberals from their contemporary left-wing counterparts, academics have taken to use "classical liberal," which is just a rough synonym for libertarian.
Classical liberals were, in the main, Christians. Most prominent on this list is John Locke, who used Biblical references to argue for individual liberty, small government, private property, and, well, everything.
So did Lord Acton, the namesake for the U.S.-based Acton Institute, a libertarian think tank.
The Acton Institute produces remarkably high-quality documentaries and videos. Their latest is entitled the Birth of Freedom. Here's the trailer:
Ron Paul "High Tide"
The "Campaign for Liberty"--Ron Paul's new organization--will have its inaugural event in Minneapolis from August 31 - September 2 to coincide with the Republican National Convention. As of this writing, over 9,000 people have purchased tickets to fill the Target Center for the Rally for the Republic portion of the event.
But all of this is just an excuse for me to post the latest Ron Paul video. Do you remember them? Do you remember all of the YouTube videos that exploded all over the internet in support of Ron Paul? I do. I can't remember the last time a candidate stirred up so much passion and effort on the part of netizens (both in the U.S. and, as I reported way back on Jan 15, in Canada as well). Not even Obama has managed to generate as much online activity as the Congressman from Texas with his anti-war, anti-federal reserve, pro-liberty, pro-small government message.
So here it is, entitled "High Tide":
Friday, August 22, 2008
Paul McKeever's Randian take on the Lord's Prayer
Paul McKeever, lawyer and leader of the Freedom Party, has an interesting new "declaration" video out entitled "I've Chosen". It substitutes Randian prose for the Lord's Prayer. I'm curious what you, dear reader, think of this:
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Ric Dolphin Writes Again
Although loath to use another of those horrible words concocted by the geeks who, sadly, have inherited the world, there seems to be no avoiding it. I now have a "blog" which I shall endeavor to update at least every Monday and which you are
invited to visit at, ricdolphin.com
Be aware that, unlike when I wrote for Western Standard magazine, I am not being censored for language. I am also not specifically writing about politics, although the subject may be broached on occasion. Be assured, however, that I shall never use "blog" as a verb.
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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Suzuki & the Kids
I don't know why this commercial offends me as deeply as it does. Especially since I don't get easily offended. Something about throwing a bunch of kids together to denounce their parents makes me a little uneasy.
Okay, very uneasy. What the hell do these kids know about anything anyways? Why use them for political purposes? Where is your sense of shame?
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Bill O'Reilly flips out
While the Bill O'Reilly flipping out video got a boost by being posted on the reason.tv blog, it has since been taken down because of a copyright claim by CBS Broadcasting. I did some digging around, and managed to find another version (why CBS even bothers is beyond me. Once these videos go viral, there's no stopping the video from being up somewhere).
Bill O'Reilly takes exception to what's written on the tele-prompter and goes berserk. That's not an exaggeration, by the way, he really does go berserk.
Watch at your own risk (there's all sorts of foul language in this, so be forewarned):
Something you may not have seen is this musical version of O'Reilly's hissy fit (even more foul language):
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Reason tv: Interview with Bob Barr
Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr joined the U.S. Libertarian Party a while ago to try and make them a little more popular. To further this effort, he's running to become their presidential candidate. He faces a lot of competition, including former Alaska Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel (yeah, I know. What is he doing running as a Libertarian of all things...).
We chatted about the LP and their presidential candidates with Mike Munger, who is running for governor of North Carolina on the LP ticket, and will be speaking at their national convention, on our radio show yesterday. I said yesterday that the LP has a lot of "high-power" individuals involved at the moment. Not since Ron Paul represented the LP have they had a professional politician representing the party (I'd be inclined to put money on Barr winning the race).
Of course, it's also very likely that some large number of Paulistas will put their energy and amazing fund raising abilities behind Barr and the LP. If Barr manages to persuade the Paulians to join the LP and be boosters for his presidential bid, that could spell trouble for McCain and the Republicans who have been busy disenfranchising a lot of the new blood that Paul has pulled in. That leaves a much older demographic and war hawks as McCain's base. But I really, really don't like McCain, and would prefer Clinton or Obama to him, so maybe my thoughts on what constitutes McCain's base is coloured by my dislike of his policies and positions.
What follows (and I know it's too big, but I can't change it. So I'm putting it after the jump) is a reason.tv interview with Barr. He explains why he voted for the PATRIOT Act, the impact of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged on his political views, and why, in general, Barr wants to be president (note the choice of music for the questions... Toby Keith's "I love this bar"):
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Obama will change the world! Glory, glory, hallelujah.
The Obama fans are beginning to creep closer to the Ron Paul fans in their ardour and willingness to, uhm, put together music videos for their hero. In the most recent celebrity-filled video, Ryan Gosling tells us he wants a better world for our children, and some other celebs tell us that we can be "hopeful" and that America can be admired again, and that all Americans need to do is to vote for Obama.
Gosh, he's so dreamy.
Let's do a comparison of the latest vids for Obama and Ron Paul. Here's Obama's (h/t Reason TV):
And here's the latest for Ron Paul, courtesy of Aimee Allen who, I guess, is a famous singer:
Vote for your favourite in the comments.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Consenting capitalist acts between consenting adults
Rolf Penner says: "Please. Just let me sell my barley."
(h/t Liberty in Canada)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
WStv: Marc Emery addresses Western Standard readers
UPDATE: Jacob Sullum at Reason magazine has posted about our videos of Emery here.
Conservative opposition to the war on drugs has been building for over a decade.
It began in earnest with a Fraser Institute publication in June 1998 titled “Reassessing the War on Drugs.” This publication was a collection of essays on the failure of drug prohibition and included polling data that showed “only one in ten Canadians is staunchly against seeing marijuana use removed from the list of criminal code offences.” The Fraser Institute challenged its fiscal and law-and-order conservative supporters to seriously rethink the war on drugs, with Institute scholars like Patrick Basham leading this charge.
In May 2000, Stockwell Day joined the discussion. During his successful "Freedom Train" leadership campaign, Day told the Vancouver Sun that marijuana users should not go to jail: “if you’re talking about simple possession, no, that should not be jail.” Day became the first leader of the Canadian Alliance and is now Minister of Public Safety with the Harper government.
In October 2001, Scott Reid made a powerful case for ending drug prohibition in the journal Policy Options. Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Carleton and part of Harper’s brain trust.
The tag line on Reid’s article reads: “The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Canadian Alliance Party.” And his views are still officially not those of the Conservative Party, although support for moderate drug liberalization is shared by many conservative-minded MPs.
Regular readers of the Shotgun blog may recall Peter Jaworski’s post about prominent conservatives who oppose the war on drugs. The list includes Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman and National Review founder William F. Buckley.
All of this is to say that conservative opposition to the war on drugs does exist. But while conservatives have tested the waters of drug liberalization, few are ready to dive into the deep end in support of marijuana legalization advocate Marc Emery. Vancouver’s "Prince of Pot," Emery is still facing the possibility of extradition to the United States to face drug charges for selling marijuana seeds. He was arrested in Canada by the U.S. DEA and, if extradited and convicted, could spend a lifetime in a U.S. prison. We covered Emery's case in "Seeding Sovereignty," a feature-length article by Western Standard reporter William Hopper.
The legal case against Emery's extradition should be strong. The Canadian government allowed Emery to operate openly. He paid taxes on his illegal seed business. Health Canada directed medical marijuana patients to purchase seeds from him. He often ran for public office. Is this the kind of person Canadians, even conservative Canadians, want to see spend a lifetime in a U.S. prison? Probably not, but Emery’s uncompromising views and public, non-violent civil disobedience scares away conservative sympathizers. Emery is also not just philosophically committed to drug legalization; he promotes the drug culture with his magazine Cannabis Culture and his popular on-line video website POT.TV. This is too much for cultural conservatives, even those convinced of the failure of drug prohibition.
But like it or not, Marc Emery is at the centre of the debate over the legalization of marijuana in Canada, which is why we invited him to create a broadcast message specifically for Western Standard readers. Many will be impressed by Emery’s commitment to liberty and free market ideas. Others will no doubt be shocked by Jodie Emery's open marijuana use. Emery is a hero to many libertarians and drug peaceniks, but can he win the hearts and minds of conservatives?
This is Marc Emery in his own words, unbound:
Parts Two and Three below the fold