It is nearing the end of Silly Season - Bring on the Crazy

There has been a lot of recent news on violence and even the typical dirty tricks of the campaign season, but the BBC was kind enough to document some of funny crazy, the things that candidates and campaigns have done that are so crazy you have to laugh at them:

US elections 2010: Craziest campaign moments

There are few more more compelling political spectacles than an American election. It seems that each cycle, the public is treated to more and more entertaining gaffes, one-liners and downright strange behaviour.

It's hard to forget John Kerry wind surfing or Michael Dukakis's adventures in an armoured tank. Sarah Palin's joke in 2008 about the difference between a pit-bull and a hockey mom (lipstick) was rated hilarious by some and cringe-inducing by others.

But have this year's political antics reached a new level of craziness?

Here are nine memorable moments.

Below the fold is a little bit of music you can use to accompany your reading pleasure.


Legend of the Guardians

The film is based loosely on Kathryn Lasky's book series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole. Produced by the same digital effects company that brought us Happy Feet, the visual effects are reportedly stunning.  However ... according to the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes this is not a movie to take your kids to:

It's being promoted as "from the studio that brought you Happy Feet." But this is Angry Talons. 

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

When my kids were growing up, we played a lot of computer games and one of our favorites was PoP (Prince of Persia). While I have not played the newer releases of the game, the 1990 version was a standards setter for game play, so the movie was high on my list of "want to see"s.

I bought the movie on its DVD release date, but only just had the chance to watch.  

Prince of Persia, Sands of Time is a very fun movie. Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, a poor boy who's courage impresses the king of Persia and he is adopted into the royal family. 

The movie opens with the Persian army preparing to attack the holy city of Alamut. Historically Alamut is home to the hashshashin a secret order of assassins rumored to have consumed hashish before carrying out their diabolical deeds. 

Bunny Salad Blogging - Miss Universe and Sexy Men Edition

As we approach the Miss Universe competition on Monday, I thought it would be fun to revisit with what the current Miss USA, Rima Fakih, was doing leading up to the competition:

Miss USA Rima Fakih of Dearborn told the Free Press she is fasting from sunrise to sunset in accordance with Islamic tradition because it's the holy month of Ramadan even though she's busy preparing for Monday's Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas.

Fakih, the first Arab-American and Muslim to be crowned Miss USA, spoke to the Free Press today over the phone from Las Vegas, where she and beauties from around the world are prepping for Monday's Miss Universe Contest with a hectic schedule full of events and appearances.

There has been a lot of promotional stuff for Miss USA to do leading up to the Miss Universie competition:

Sin City and sultry photo sessions don't stop Miss USA from fasting for Ramadan

When the ninth month of the Islamic calendar descends upon the Muslim faithful, it doesn't pause for anyone. Even when you're the high pageant priestess of an entire country. 

So hijabs off to Miss USA, Rima Fakih. Despite her gruelingly seductive schedule preparing for the Miss Universe competition on Monday night, Fakih doesn't let the dutiful doldrums get to the good Muslim girl in her.

Perhaps Las Vegas, body paint, and sexy semi-nude shoots don't exactly meet the traditional definition of devotion. But fasting for Ramadan from sunrise to sunset, according to Fakih, is not an option - it's an obligation.

This is Bunny Salad Blogging... So the gratuitous photo seekers will not be disappointed when it comes to the sexy semi-nude shoot, as I have included it in the post.


And I may just post more pictures of Rima Fakih... If you can convince me to by clicking through below the fold...

Miss USA recently released a video including a message to President Obama and a peek at preperations of a costume to be worn in tribute to the USA:

Before you go any further below the fold of this post, a quick note about Bunny Salad Blogging:

bunny salad blogging

What may become a sometime feature at ePluribus Media because no red blooded American can resist bunny salad.

Think of it as an open thread for entertaining and non political stuff - posts, images, etc. - that you like but were afraid to post on it at a "serious political Blog".

Now... Feel free to dive in below the fold for more bunny salad, including Glamour's top ten sexy men, a little more background on Miss USA and, if you convinced me by clicking through, more Rima Fakih pictures. :)

Good Morning Life - I don't want to set the world on fire

Don't let the title of the post mislead you because there is a reason I am posting this at night. And Ok... Maybe I do want to set it on fire a little bit with this NOT SAFE FOR WORK video:

Gibbs Outed as Republican Mole

Michael Collins

White House Press Secretary, Robert "the mole" Gibbs, was outed last night for his lead role in throwing the 2010 congressional election to the Republican Party. The White House refused to return calls to comment on the charge or verify the outline of the carefully orchestrated plot. But a variety of off the record sources spoke as one - the plot is real and has been going on long before the 2008 general election. The scope of the plot goes well beyond the upcoming congressional contests.

In a recent interview for The Hill newspaper, Gibbs used an entirely new technique in election tactics - offend and humiliate a key element of your voting block right before a critical election. Gibbs ridiculed progressives as part of the "Professional Left" and said, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.” Research indicates that this approach has never been used within 90 days of a general election.

But the story goes much deeper than simple electoral politics. The planned outburst has a short term benefit for Republicans but, as we will see, Gibbs is reporting to a higher authority.





From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda.” “Megamind” is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known. And the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. A supervillain without a superhero. He realizes that achieving his life's ambition is the worst thing that ever happened to him. Megamind decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new hero opponent called "Titan", who promises to be bigger, better and stronger than Metro Man ever was. Pretty quickly Titan starts to think it's much more fun to be a villain than a good guy . Except Titan doesn't just want to rule the world, he wants to destroy it. Now, Megamind must decide: can he defeat his own diabolical creation? Can the world's smartest man make the smart decision for once? Can the evil genius become the unlikely hero of his own story?

...I'm looking forward to Megamind. It stars the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt.

Open Thread - Born in the USA!

Jon Stewart does a superb take-down of the fact that from the day the 14th Amendment was first debated it was always about race, so there is nothing new about the reasoning behind those that want to repeal or change it now:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Born in the U.S.A.
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

BruinKid at dKos has the transcript up in a pictorial essay form for those of you that may not be able to watch the video embeds. Another video, the musical kind, that you can watch and listen to below the Open Thread fold.

Open Thread - The Economic Fun Fair

From political animation editorialist supreme Mark Fiore we get Jack visiting "The Economic Fun Fair":

While Ben Nelson may have been trampled by the Senators that did finally pass Unemployment Insurance extensions, seen any open thread worthy signs of other issues getting tackled anytime soon? Drop'em in comments...

Open Thread - Sometimes Karaoke is too good to be true

This jewel of a karoeke video will put a smile on your face...

And this is a jewel of an Open Thread... But first: Do you ever Karaoke? And if you do, do you sound even half as good as Karen?

Open Thread - Lewis Black on why he yells so much

Below the fold is a video that is not so safe for work (profanity out wazoo) but Lewis Black explains why he seems so pissed off all the time... And for those who don't get mad enough about what is going on these days? "Suck on this" Open Thread:

The Twilight of the Harry Potter Series

Yeah... The newest Twilight is out and making some noise in the theaters and even at Elena Kagan's hearings, too.. I have to admit that I have not read the books but I have seen enough of it in film version to know that I am not and can not get excited about it.

But "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"? I have read all of the books and can not wait for the finale! Here is the trailer for the first part of their film rendition of the final book in the series below the fold:

Open Thread: Stephen Colbert Discusses "Beck, The Prophet"

The Decline of American television

Does anybody out there remember what television was like in the 1970s?

Back in the 1970s we had TV shows like Welcome back Kotter, Barney Miller, Chico and the Man, M*A*S*H*, All in the Family. WKRP in Cincinnati, the ABC After school special and Fat Albert.

The main thing that binds all of these TV shows together was that all of these shows had a social message. They taught important lessons. They taught about the importance of trying to resolve problems without violence, the stupidity of racism, the ugliness of war, the importance of social justice, the importance of getting a good education, the importance of accepting of people who are different than you are, the importance of staying off of drugs and other social messages as well.

We also had Schoolhouse rock which helped to educate America's children.

That was then. This is now.

This Link Is Not Safe For Work!

It isn't too safe for your home either...

Their hookline?

"the strongest visual birth control on the market today."

The name of the site?

"Shit My Kids Ruined"

Pretty self explanatory stuff and over the years I have probably thrown out an entire room's worth of stuff that I almost wish I had taken pictures of now. And those pictures? Almost every single one of them? That is one (or the other) of my kids at some time (or another). And that is all my shit too!