Obamacare: Nazis, Kutcher, and Cruz . . . oh my!

I am so sick of those fallacious commercials in which someone is looking earnestly into the camera and telling the world how Obamacare is going to ruin their lives, keep their child from getting necessary medical care, and otherwise making bald-faced statements not of fact. Yes, Obamacare is not perfect. Yes, it could use some serious tweaking. But no, it’s not going to send our elderly to death camps, and no, it’s not going to keep you from getting the treatment you want/need from the physicians you choose.

What it is going to do is help people like me and my son Brett who have pre-existing conditions.

And by the way, all of those claims that Obamacare has led to this crisis or that crisis? How is that possible when it doesn’t even begin to take effect until October 1st of this year? And why, oh why, are the Nazis always dragged into any Republican argument.

Bah, I say. Bah.

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Stephen Colbert and a mixed bag of celebrities—Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Bryan Cranston, and sort of Henry Kissinger—rock out to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”

Just had to reblog this Colbert clip from E Online:

Colbchella, Stephen Colbert

                   

The word last night from Stephen Colbert? How about “Daft Punked?”

After getting word that Daft Punk canceled out on The Colbert Report Tuesday night, at the last minute so they could make a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, the faux pundit had a little fun at the Robots’ expense.

Colbert kicked off the show by welcoming Colbert Nation to “Stephen Colbchella ‘013,” his now-annual summer musical bash, which was to feature Daft Punk performing their mega-hit “Get Lucky” or, as the funnyman called it, “the song of the summer of the century.”

But what his fans didn’t expect was for Colbert to start bashing the reclusive electronica duo, referring to them as “The Artists formerly booked as Daft Punk.”

“Now they’re not here tonight and I have accepted a lot of money from our Colbchella sponsor, Hyundai, so not delivering the song of the summer is a real kick in my balls,” the Comedy Central star informed viewers.

He then added that he’d been “daft punk’d,” at which point he brought out Punk’d purveyor Ashton Kutcher for a quick exchange.

“So Ashton, Daft Punk not being here, did I get punk—ED?” asked Colbert.

“No, you got f–k—ED,” quipped the Jobs star.

Colbert subsequently proceeded to explain (with the aid of a little booze) that Comedy Central’s corporate bosses at Viacom, which also owns MTV, pretty much left him hanging, having already cashed a check from Hyundai.

“We booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago. Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards,” Colbert said, then purposefully letting the cat out of the bag, added, “Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: No one told me until two hours ago.”

But the comedian wasn’t going to let a little no-show get him down. With or without Daft Punk, a defiant Colbert vowed to give his audience the dance party he promised—and that he did, with a few special guest stars to boot.

“I don’t care what MTV allows. My audience gets the song of the summer if they want it and I don’t even need Daft Punk to choose my show over the VMAs to get it. This is Colbchella, goddamnit, and it is time to dance,” he yelled.

At that point, “Get Lucky” started up and Colbert began dancing around his studio, lip-synching the song, at which point he ran into Hugh Laurie, whom he promptly punched out. Stephen then took the party outside, getting down with Jeff Bridges and Jimmy Fallon on the set of NBC’s Late Night, before heading on over to Charlie Rose‘s PBS show, where he crashed an interview with the cast of Breaking Bad and mugged for the camera with Bryan Cranston.

The hilarity continued from there with a virtual disco dance floor and more cameos from the likes of Rockettes, a bearded Jon Stewart, still on hiatus from The Daily Show, and Matt Damon. Colbert even turned up on America’s Got Talent!

Enjoy!

(better if viewed full screen)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12sl9h_colbert-dances-to-daft-punk-s-get-lucky_music

I Pledge

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What Will You Pledge For A Better World?

Thank you WillPen. I found this wonderful vid on your blog, and I had to steal it and put it on mine because it needs to be seen as much as possible.

 

And to all of the haters out there who were already posting negative comments about the people in this video who were making pledges to do good things . . . why do you have to be so negative all of the time? Just because a right-wing Republican didn’t win this particular race, does that mean that we, we the people, don’t need cleaner water, better air quality, less trash in our landfills, better cars that emit less pollution?

Don’t we, all of us, need to pause just a moment to take a look around and maybe see if someone needs a hand, a smile, a piece of food? Do we always have to be aggressive in traffic, getting on the subway? Must be always assume that because someone is a celebrity that they have an ulterior motive? How much do you really give to charity as opposed to what you claim on your taxes? What can you pledge right now that may not cost you anything but a moment of your time or a small piece of your heart?

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Botticelli's "Three Graces"

Don’t be so cynical. Don’t be so full of hate. I started to read the blog postings beneath this youtube video, and they were so vitriolic, so full of bile and ill-humor, and it made me so sad that something so well-intentioned could be so reviled. Obviously, I do not understand people any more. Obviously, my belief that people are basically good is unbelievably naive.

Remember, charity is supposed to come from the heart. In Greek Mythology, there were the Three Charities or Three Graces:  Aglaia (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth), and Thalia (Good Cheer). They brought joy and goodwill to the gods and humans. In Christian iconagraphy in the Middle Ages, they represented joy, charity, and love.

Yet, I refuse to give up. Peace be with you.