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Today’s fun video: MT candidate is quite a shot

 

This ad from Montana congressional candidate Matt Rosendale suggests two truths about American politics:

Guns are popular.

Drones are not. 

The ad also suggests that Rosendale considers himself a pretty good shot.

Today’s fun video: Boehner opponent’s ad. Funny or over the top?

 

Some folks will say that J.D. Winteregg, House Speaker John Boehner's Republican primary opponent, is pretty clever. Others will say he went beyond the bounds of good taste.

What do you think?

Today’s fun video: Strangest qualification for Congress


For her first qualification for the U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst of Iowa lists one of the most unusual ever.

If the pigs in this commercial look a little nervous, they may have good reason…

Today’s fun video: Dissing coverage of Flight 370

 

 

You can't make up how bad some of the coverage of the Malaysian Flight 370 was. At least Jon Stewart didn't have to as he reviewed some of the low lights.

Today’s fun video: Obama fills in brackets

 

In what has become an annual tradition, President Obama filled in  his NCAA brackets for ESPN. The clip picks up when the president is at the Sweet 16 level, so you'll have to look at the ESPN website to realize that he dissed Gonzaga, expecting them to lose to OK State in their first game.

Of course, he had the Zags going pretty far last year, and like many bracketologists in Spokane, was knocked out of the money early.

Now we can expect the annual tradition that follows this annual tradition: Conservative pundits complaining that Obama should be doing something more important with his time than filling out his bracket on ESPN. This year, one can expect those complaints to include the words “Putin” and “Crimea” as well as the old standards like “Benghazi” and “Syria.”

Feel free to weigh in on the comments section on whether you think the president should be spending his time doing something else than filling out his bracket on ESPN.

Alternate question: In the interests of gender equity, shouldn't Obama also fill out a bracket for the women's tournament on ESPN?

Click here to weigh in.

 

Today’s fun video: Colbert on Super Bowl Coke ad

 

Stephen Colbert makes fun of the conservative furor over “America the Beautiful” being sung in multiple languages in Coca Cola's Super Bowl ad. 

Don't know about anyone else, but I'm waiting for some furor — conservative, liberal, bipartisan, academic or whatever — over Fox's selective editing of the Declaration of Independence, which was only partially read before the start of the game. Who are they trying to appease?

To see what the “reading” left out, go inside the blog.

Today’s fun video: Snyder says “Thanks”

 

City Councilman Jon Snyder borrowed a bit — OK, he kind of outright stole — from “Vision Quest” to say thanks to supporters for his re-election. But he acknowledged it on the video.

“Snyder Quest” features the councilman and his bike, has good shots of Spokane and some amusing screen credits.

And for those too young to remember or so old they've forgotten, “Vision Quest” was filmed in Spokane.

Today’s fun video: SNL ‘explains’ the need for Obamacare

 

Signup for the Affordable Care Act begins tomorrow, but Saturday Night Live offered its take over the weekend on why health care reform is so necessary.

Included is a cameo shout out to the final episode of “Breaking Bad”, which in a sense was the ultimate story of how things go wrong when you don't have health insurance. The clip is from the NBC files, so you do have to sit through a commercial before it comes on, but it is worth it.

Today’s fun video: Stewart take on Syria

Jon Stewart returned to the Daily Show this week, and it didn't take long before he was smacking the Obama Administration over Syria.

Today’s fun video: Talking about how it’s too soon to talk about 2016

Talking Points Memo's take on Monday: Let's talk about how it's too early to talk about 2016.

And the kid mayor. He's going to get obnoxious real soon.

Today’s fun video: In case you slept through yesterday

 

Talking Points Memo boils Thursday down to less than two minutes, and even manages to find a clip that manages to mention the week's two most pervasive 24-hour-network-news events: Anthony Weiner and the royal baby.

Today’s fun video: For those tired of royal baby coverage

 

The Daily Show had lots to mock after weeks of royal baby coverage, culminating with several days of delivery and presenting of the new prince.

Having John Oliver as the anchor might have added to the satire, and “On Her Majesty's Secret Cervix” may be one of their better titles of late.

Today’s fun video: Senate D’s do up budget stalemate

At some point, you've probably seen “I'm Just a Bill”, a video that tries to explain to kids how a bill becomes law.

U.S. Senate Democrats have a new take on the old theme called “I'm Just a Budget” that tries to skewer Republicans for keeping the budget from going to conference. Graphics are about the same as the original, which is to say not phenomenal by 2013 standards.

It shares one other trait with the original. It's pretty simplistic. But among it's co-stars is Washington Sen. Patty Murray.

Today’s fun video: Stewart skewers Obama for IRS, AP scandals

 

The Daily Show makes fun of President Obama's “I didn't know about this until I heard it on the news” explanations for recent scandals.

Today’s fun video: Obama fills in his bracket

 

In what has become an annual ritual, President Obama filled out his NCAA Tournament Bracket for ESPN earlier this week. (Spoiler alert: He says nice things about Gonzaga, but doesn't pick them to win it all.)

Which prompted the second annual ritual of Republicans complaining that the president was spending time filling out his bracket than doing something more important. To read the Politico roundup, click here.

But it seems the GOP misses an important element of this: Obama is giving thousands — maybe even hundreds of thousands — of college basketball fans a chance to say they're smarter than him when it comes to picking winners in the tournament.

Today’s fun videos: Evolution of dance evolution?

If you're on Facebook, someone has probably sent you a link to this video, with Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama doing the evolution of Mom Dancing.

 

Not to be outdone, conservative pundit Michelle Malkin now has her own video, which she calls The Evolution of Liberal Dance.

 

Which one you think is more funny may depend partly, although not entirely, on where you fall in the political spectrum.

Today’s fun video: When filibuster shoe was on the Democratic foot

Senate Democrats may decry the filibuster now, but in 2005, when they were in the minority, they were all for it. 

Note the young guy speaking in favor of it at the start. Sen. Patty Murray shows up about 1:40 in.

Today’s fun video: SNL’s new Obama

 

It's only 50 days to election, which means there are about 47 days for Saturday Night Live to find good political material for their opening sketches.

 

They've got a new Obama this year in Jay Pharoah — Fred Armisen did a good handoff — but Jason Sudeikis returns as Mitt Romney.

Today’s fun video: Biden messes up his WSUs

Vice President Joe Biden named the wrong WSU in a speech recently.

No, not our WSU. But who knew there were so many of them?

Crowd was quick to correct him.

Today’s fun video: SuperPACman

 

Spin Control returns after some light days with a fun video for your viewing enjoyment.

Why this video? you may ask.

Because Colbert “interviews” an old friend and colleague, Kim Barker of ProPublica, for part of the video. And, of course, because it's funny.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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