Four videos today. Let’s start with this one. Short, funny, and topical:
HOW TO SPOT LEGITIMATE RAPE – 2 Minutes
Evelyn MacPhee: “I adore this song. I am sending it to 60 of my closest friends.”
FLIP FLOP MAN – 6 Minutes
No one should be criticized for changing his mind as circumstances change or as he evolves in his thinking. Indeed, we should welcome evolved thinking — when it’s sincere. But, this guy?
Allen Brand: “If you haven’t seen this . . .”
Awesome. A 92-year-old World War II vet and retired North Dakota judge — in uniform, no less — reads the poem he wrote (text included, if you have any trouble hearing him) . . . O, Romney-O, Romney-O, Wherefore art thou, Romney-O?
(If you have 20 minutes more, John Seiffer points us to “the ultimate Romney flip-flop collection.” You will be forgiven for not watching — we get it: he takes flip-flopping to an entirely new level — but just so you have it.)
THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES 3 minutes
Well, the movie isn’t three minutes, but this trailer is. And if you can find the movie itself someplace (your hotel room?), take another hour-forty to watch the whole thing (94% of Rotten Tomatoes-approved critics liked it). It is the story of the Time Share King (you will never again even think about investing in a time share) and his young wife — basically nice people with absolutely no regard for anyone but themselves — and, tangentially, of their large brood of dreadful children and dogs, one of whom she has stuffed and keeps on display after it expires (dog not child) — who set out to build a 90,000-square-foot single-family house, the largest in America . . . and who basically epitomize all the excesses of inequality and personal consumption and salesmanship and leverage that have taken such a toll. (One nice touch: the Time Share King says he delivered Florida for George W. Bush in 2000, though he declines to say how because, he says, it may not have been legal.)
DAN SAVAGE DEBATES THE MAN FROM N.O.M. – One Hour
So what happens when perhaps the nation’s most articulate equality advocate, a lapsed Catholic, has an after-dinner debate with perhaps the nation’s leading anti-marriage-equality advocate? Watch — it makes for snappy video — or read the New York Times account (by the debate moderator) here.
Have a great weekend.
Quote of the Day
John Wanamaker found an employee in a dispute with a customer. She wanted a blouse that was being sold only with a skirt. The clerk was insisting they only came together. Wanamaker walked over to the clerk and whispered in his ear the secret of marketing: "Give the lady what she wants."~.
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