Archive for ‘Entertainment’

December 18, 2011

New Feature: Live Music Sunday! – This Week: John Barleycorn by Traffic

by Ben Hoffman

Great song by Steve Winwood and Traffic. (It’s also a “how to” on how to make beer.)

December 13, 2011

Obama Proud of His Speech

by Ben Hoffman

December 5, 2011

Proof That Socialism Works: NFL’s Only Socialized Team Is Undefeated!

by Ben Hoffman

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers showed they could get the job done with the game and perfection on the line.

Rodgers completed passes of 24, 27 and 18 yards in a lightning-quick five-play drive to set up a 31-yard field goal by Mason Crosby on the final play, and the Packers remained undefeated and clinched a playoff berth with a 38-35 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Not only did the defending Super Bowl champions qualify for the postseason for the third straight year, the Packers (12-0) clinched the NFC North later in the evening when Detroit lost in New Orleans.

The Packers still have a shot at a perfect season because Rodgers was remarkable after the Giants (6-6) tied the game with 58 seconds to play on Eli Manning’s third touchdown pass and a stunning 2-point conversion run by D.J. Ware — a play on which Manning called an audible.

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The Green Bay Packers football team is owned by the people of Green Bay and is a not-for-profit organization. In other words, the theory that profit creates excellence has once again been discredited.

November 26, 2011

George Carlin Talks About Reagan and the Republicans

by Ben Hoffman

It’s no wonder right-wingers are so angry. They don’t have any comedians on their side (any funny ones, anyway). Their music sucks. They don’t like science because it doesn’t fit their ideology. They have to rewrite history to make it fit their world view. They lie to criticize Democrats and lie to defend Republicans.

Right-wingers are pathetic excuses for human beings, which is why they need religion to provide some comfort that if they believe in some mythological supernatural being, they’ll go to some imaginary place when they die.

November 25, 2011

Bill Looman Is Un-American and Used The Marines As A Facade For His Anti-American Activities

by Ben Hoffman

Anti-American loon-man

Bill Looman, or more accurately “loon-man” is a hate-filled right-wing asshole who blames Obama for the problems created by George W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress. He claims Obama ruined the economy but can’t name one of Obama’s policies that has actually hurt the economy. He’s just your typical lying right-winger who supports the fascist takeover of America. Some have made the claim that he’s a racist. Could be. But more accurately, he hates our democracy, hate’s our government, hates the responsibility that comes with a democracy, and would like nothing more than to have an authoritarian fascist regime installed in our country. He’s a piece of garbage and should move to Russia if he likes fascism so much. They’re moving towards fascism at a faster rate than we are.

November 25, 2011

Space Alien Meets With Newt Gingrich!!!

by Ben Hoffman

The alien is believed to be here illegally, yet Gingrich is meeting with him and there is no record of him going to the authorities. It’s just a preview of what’s to come if Newt becomes our next president.

November 24, 2011

David Letterman: Top Ten Signs You Had A Bad Thanksgiving

by Ben Hoffman

Top Ten Signs You Had A Bad Thanksgiving
10.”You ran out of booze by 11 a.m.”
9.”Most frequently used word at dinner: Heimlich”
8.”Meal was leftovers from last Thanksgiving”
7.”Thanks to new electric knife, kids fought over wishbone and your severed thumb”
6.”The ‘turkey’ was wearing a dog collar”
5.”Spent day in Times Square waiting for the giant turkey to drop”
4.”Woke up from tryptophan-induced sleep to find yourself naked in the driveway”
3.”When dinner came out, so did your son”
2.”Laura and the twins lock you out”
1.”Your turkey dinner was the only breast you’ve touched all year”

November 16, 2011

Michele Bachmann Gets Mic Checked by Occupy Charleston, South Carolina: Great!

by Ben Hoffman

This one is great! They shut down that little fascist Michelle Bachmann.

November 12, 2011

Matt Taibbi: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests

by Ben Hoffman

Much more than a movement against big banks, they’re a rejection of what our society has become.

I have a confession to make. At first, I misunderstood Occupy Wall Street.

The first few times I went down to Zuccotti Park, I came away with mixed feelings. I loved the energy and was amazed by the obvious organic appeal of the movement, the way it was growing on its own. But my initial impression was that it would not be taken very seriously by the Citibanks and Goldman Sachs of the world. You could put 50,000 angry protesters on Wall Street, 100,000 even, and Lloyd Blankfein is probably not going to break a sweat. He knows he’s not going to wake up tomorrow and see Cornel West or Richard Trumka running the Federal Reserve. He knows modern finance is a giant mechanical parasite that only an expert surgeon can remove. Yell and scream all you want, but he and his fellow financial Frankensteins are the only ones who know how to turn the machine off.

That’s what I was thinking during the first few weeks of the protests. But I’m beginning to see another angle. Occupy Wall Street was always about something much bigger than a movement against big banks and modern finance. It’s about providing a forum for people to show how tired they are not just of Wall Street, but everything. This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one’s own culture, this is it. And by being so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation, it’s flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left.

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November 7, 2011

Cain is Toast

by Ben Hoffman

A woman named Sharon Bialek, flanked by attorney Gloria Allred, said at a news conference Monday that the presidential candidate reached under her skirt and tried to push her head toward his crotch in a parked car in 1997. Bialek is a former staffer of the National Restaurant Association who says she was seeking to regain her job.

According to Bialek, the two were having dinner when Cain informed her that he had upgraded her hotel room to what she described as a “palatial suite.” When she mentioned her boyfriend and said she wanted “my job back,” Cain said he would “look into that,” Bialik said.

While driving back from dinner, Cain said he would show her the restaurant association’s offices and parked down the block. Then, according to Bialek, he slid his hand “under my skirt and reached for my genitals. He also grabbed my head and brought it toward his crotch.”

When she protested, mentioning her boyfriend, Bialek says Cain replied: “You want a job, right?”

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Herman Cain will undoubtedly wind up with his own show on Fox “news,” just like others who have been disgraced.

November 5, 2011

Andy Rooney Passes Away

by Ben Hoffman
October 26, 2011

Steve Jobs: Fox News ‘A Destructive Force In Our Society’

by Ben Hoffman

Steve Jobs told Rupert Murdoch that Fox News was a “destructive force in our society,” according to the blockbuster biography of the late Apple CEO.

Poynter was the first to uncover Jobs’ blunt words about the network in Walter Isaacson’s new book. Isaacson writes that, after speaking at a News Corp. retreat, Jobs unloaded on Murdoch:

“You’re blowing it with Fox News,” Jobs told him over dinner. “The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.” Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. “Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer,” he said. “I’ve had some meetings with James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.”

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October 24, 2011

Republican Candidates Promote Fascist Agenda

by Ben Hoffman

Crazy People

Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Ron Paul of Texas say they would forbid the court from deciding cases concerning same-sex marriage. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania want to abolish the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, calling it a “rogue” court that is “consistently radical.”

Criticism of “activist judges” and of particular Supreme Court decisions has long been a staple of political campaigns. But the new attacks, coming from most of the Republican candidates, are raising broader questions about how the legal system might be reshaped if one of them is elected to the White House next year.

“These threats go far beyond normal campaign season posturing,” said Bert Brandenburg, executive director of Justice at Stake, a research and advocacy group that seeks to protect judicial independence. “They sound populist, but the proposal is to make courts answer to politicians and interest groups.”

The Supreme Court delivered the presidency to George W. Bush, interpreted the Second Amendment to guarantee an individual right to bear arms and allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections. And many Republicans are looking to the Supreme Court for vindication in the political battle with President Obama over his health care overhaul.

The Republican candidates have focused their anger at court rulings on social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and the role of religion in public life. Those issues hold the potential to fire up the party’s base and to provide crucial support in the primaries.

In attacking the courts, the Republican candidates sometimes seem to hedge their vows to remain faithful to the Constitution. Many of their proposals aimed at curtailing the power of the courts would require the document to be amended.

Still, the suggestions from Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum concerning the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears cases from federal district courts in nine Western states, are particularly bold. In February, Mr. Santorum told a Tea Party group in South Carolina that he would “sign a bill tomorrow to eliminate the Ninth Circuit,” adding: “That court is rogue. It’s a pox on the western part of our country.”

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Republicans love activist judges when they rule in favor of corporations, such as the Citizen’s United case. It’s only when they don’t get their way that they throw a temper tantrum and want to rig the courts in their favor.

October 11, 2011

New Song: The 99 Percent (Occupy America)

by Ben Hoffman

Everybody sing along!

The 99 Percent - by Ben Hoffman


Em .................. Am ... Em
Deregulation was the going trend
Em ............................ Bm .... Em
Bankers thought that it was a heaven's send
Em .......................... Am ...... Em
They inflated bubbles, had a good ol' time
Em ........................ Bm ........... Em
And granted mortgages to anyone who would sign

Chorus (call and response):

Em ................... D Em
We want jobs for (the 99%)
Em ..................... D Em
We want college for (the 99%)
Em ......................... D Em
We want health care for (the 99%)
Em .................... D Em
And an economy for (the 99%)
Em ...... G ............... C ..... D Em
We want a system that works for the 99%

The bubble burst our government got scared
Said "Here's a check for $700 billion dollars.
No strings attached, don't let it cramp your style,
Give yourself a raise if that will make you smile"


A little regulation to reign in the abuse
Boehner and McConnell said all hell will break loose
Said "if we do that businesses won't hire,"
And big money donors held their feet to the fire


Higher education has become out of reach
For many in America of modest means
You can't make a living now without a degree
'Cause all the manufacturing has gone overseas.


The bankers got richer thanks to Uncle Sam
And money for campaigns went to politicians
Who promised no new taxes for the opulent ranks
And no new regulations for the gambling banks.

Last chorus:

We want policies for (the 99%)
Infrastructure for (the 99%)
We want a government for (the 99%)
And news reporting for (the 99%)
We want a system that works for the 99%
We want a system that works for the 99%

Em Bm Em

September 30, 2011

Anthony Bologna (aka Tony Baloney) – Wall Street Pepper Spray Incident

by Ben Hoffman

Watch video here.

Hopefully his co-workers are making his life hell. 🙂