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Lesser Known Politicians #2

Posted in comedy, politics, world history on August 26, 2009 by oldmandub

Here’s the next in the series made by me and Chris Goodwin of US Presidents not on coin, monument, or mountain face. This week we discussed William Henry Harrison. Harrison, a Yank, had a hard time convincing Southern farmers that he was no foe to their way of life. He went on a 3 week whirlwind tour throughout Dixie on the campaign trail of 1840 speaking at town halls to the salt of the earth, letting them know they can feel safe in the hands of “Old Tippecanoe”. I attempted to convey the effectiveness of his presentation at one of our reading groups.

Apparently licking barn animals didn’t agree with him. 32 days into office and Harrison was dead of bacterial infection.

Lesser Known Politicians #1

Posted in comedy, genius, politics, world history with tags on August 6, 2009 by oldmandub

This is the first in a video series Chris Goodwin and I did on our computers. They’re mostly impressions of lesser-known politicians. We got all of our inspiration for these from a reading circle we had that focused on U.S. History that included lots of really captivating and inciteful biographies. One day, in a heated debate on the imperial intentions¬† of President Filmore when he forced Japan into trade, Chris stood up and recited part of Filmore’s letter as a citation to his point that pure economic aspirations were beyond any sort of future claims to territory. Later, because it was so moving, Chris did his impression again and we filmed it.

More impressions to come so stay tuned.

Obama Picked The Wrong VP

Posted in politics, world history with tags , , , , on June 25, 2009 by oldmandub

Chappelle, had it right, once again. Joe Biden upholds the status quo. Should have picked Richardson! Look out!

Let the pigs know this isn’t their universe

Posted in politics, world history with tags , , , , on June 23, 2009 by oldmandub

Or nation-state, as is this particular case in Iran. Protest footage from over the weekend. More like riot. More like face-to-face confrontation with inept authority figures. Historically it has always been a matter of will. In this micro-clash I think that’s what we see. This sent chills through my body. Not unlike the first time I touched myself.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2009/06/090621_ag_street_clashes.shtml