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Colbert weighs in on torture and American “awesomeness”


Plenty of folks are dissecting Andrea Tantaros comments on Fox that the Senate shouldn't have released its report on torture because America is "awesome". Stephen Colbert does one of the best sendups of that and some other media comments.

Today’s fun video: Colbert jabs McMorris Rodgers over ‘Bette in Spokane’


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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers made the national "fake news" last night for her use of Bette in Spokane as an example of Obamacare problems.

Stephen Colbert referred to her as "Republican den mother" and aired a snippet of her response to Obama's State of the Union address in which she decries Bette's plight… followed by the explanation from The Spokesman-Review that Bette wouldn't use "that Obamacare website."

"There's another flaw with Obamacare," Colbert reported in mock seriousness. "You have to go on it to use it. That's how they get you."

It's a pretty funny bit… and we're not just saying that because he mentioned the newspaper's coverage. On the other hand, it didn't hurt.

For more on Bette, check out here , here and here.


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.

Senator Stephen Colbert? Nope.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s governor appears to have closed the door on appointing Stephen Colbert to the U.S. Senate, all because he didn’t know the state drink was milk.

During “The Colbert Report” on Thursday, Colbert urged fans to send Gov. Nikki Haley messages on Twitter telling her why he would make a great senator from his home state. Haley is appointing a senator after Jim DeMint announced he is resigning at the end of the year.

Thousands of messages poured into the governor’s official account with the hashtag “SenatorColbert.”

Haley responded today on her Facebook page with a link to her April appearance on Colbert’s show, where the host, who was raised in Charleston, did not know the state beverage is milk.

Haley wrote that was a “big mistake.”

Does Idaho have a state beverage? If not, what should the state drink be?

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.

“Spongebob Squarepants is pushing a green agenda on our kids!”

It's times like these where you can count on Stephen Colbert to provide some sanity to reports indicating SpongeBob is indoctrinating children. "Yeah, this is even worse than when they pushed alternative lifestyles with Dora the Explorer," Colbert said. "This is how it works, folks. The liberal media brainwashes our kids by sneaking propoganda into their cartoons in a code only kids can understand." Enjoy.


Tuesday Video: Stephen Colbert hilariously attacks fracking in the “anti-frack attack”

Stephen Colbert takes on fracking, covering the debate in New York, as Governor Cuomo wants to lift the ban on hydro-fracking in order to use more natural gas and less foreign oil. Scary news indeed. Fracking can cause huge chemical contamination in water sources- it might even light your faucet on fire. Cue Colbert to the rescue.

 “What would you rather have in your kitchen?" Colber asks. "A boring old faucet, or a built-in creme brulee maker?”

He continues:. “It’s like giving the Earth an Alka-Seltzer, if the Alka-Seltzer shattered your internal organs so that oil companies could harvest your juices."

It gets worse.

Today’s fun video: Colbert on the politicizing of bin Laden’s death

For those who couldn't stay awake to catch the Colbert Report, here's his take on the suggestion that President Obama is using Osama bin Laden's death to boost his poll numbers.

How the Koch brothers blot out the sun

Stephen Colbert put it best: "The Koch brothers don't want to be dragged into the light of day. That's why they work so hard to blot out the sun." Oil is the core to their empire and the company fights- successfully, I might add - to preserve the industry’s tax breaks and credits and to defeat attempts by Congress to regulate greenhouse gases. But it's really the lobbyists doing the dirty work and they are known on Capitol Hill for maintaining a low profile.  Check this video to see just how nasty their web of influence spreads.


Spokane To Rally To Restore Sanity

After Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally at the national mall, fans of Stewart’s Daily Show and Colbert’s Colbert Report wanted (Jon Stewart, right) and (Stephen Colbert) to put on a rally of their own. And so they will. Tomorrow, from noon to 3 pm EST, Stewart will gather his followers in Washington D.C. for a “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Enough with the rallies for the crazies, the extremists, and the screamers, Stewart said. Here’s a rally for the rest of us, those who believe their opponents are, in all likelihood, not Hitler. Who are unwilling to boil down foreign policy to a 1:1 blood-oil conversion. Who believe words like “socialist,” “communist,” or “antichrist” should be reserved for actual socialists, communists, or false prophets claiming the mantle of Christ and ushering in seven years of Armageddon. It’s a cry, not for change or for revolution, but for being decent and reasonable/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.

Question: What do you make of Jon Stewart’s national “Rally to Restore Sanity” today?

Friday Quote: “My mouth is watering already!”

Thank you Stephen Colbert.

Amidst all the doom and gloom, Colbert swoops in to save us from the absurdity in “All’s Well That Ends Oil Well.” His latest target is the report of a 22-mile oil plume still lingering under the surface of the Gulf, and the kick off of shrimping season, despite conflicting viewpoints about the current safety of Gulf seafood. The FDA reported seafood is safe for being “tested below the level of concern for health risks from petroleum compounds.” His response: “Below the level of concern for health risks…mmm! My mouth is watering already!”

I think my favorite part is when Colbert really wants to know how long he has to pay attention to the aftermath of BP’s spill. After his guest informs him the effects will haunt the area for many years, he quips “I have to care about this for years? But there’s going to be no footage of oil spewing from the bottom of the ocean. How can I care about something I can’t see? The oil is not god.” Amen.

You’ve been warned. Video HERE.

Colbert’s favorite subject

If you’re like us  you’ve been suffering through satire withdrawls thanks to the Colbert Report being in the midst of a two-week vacation.  Even though we’re on the homestretch, we’re in need of a fix.  And for that the fine folks at Colbert Nation have put together a video montage of Stephen Colbert taking on his favorite subject, the environemnt.  Enjoy:

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Tuesday Video: Colbert on blowing up mountains

Only Stephen Colbert could take mountaintop removal mining and make it funny. “It’s the most efficient way to get to the coal inside,” he proudly shouts. That’s why when I go to the dentist, I have him remove my teeth from the top of my head.” This time around, he’s interviewing Margaret Palmer, an author of a paper in Science that is the best study on this horrendous practice. The conclusion: Blowing up mountains is bad for mountains. Gee, you think!?

Based on a comprehensive analysis of the latest scientific findings and new data, a group of the nation’s leading environmental scientists are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stay all new mountaintop mining permits. In the January 8 edition of the journal Science, they argue that peer-reviewed research unequivocally documents irreversible environmental impacts from this form of mining which also exposes local residents to a higher risk of serious health problems.

It’s so bad the scientists called for a moratorium. Unfortunately, immediately afterward, the Obama Administration and the EPA okayed another mountaintop removal permit. And so it goes.

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Raj Patel vs. Stephen Colbert

We have a complicated relationship with Stephen Colbert. He is funny. Very funny. His act properly skewers the hysteria and outrage of today’s ratings motivated TV pundits, left (Olbermann, Maher) and right (O’Reilly, Beck). But it’s also a sad state of media affairs when a comedian is more effective at expressing a higher truth (or truthiness) and has a job where an enlightening guest like Raj Patel can stop by for a chat.

Patel’s new book is titled “The Value Of Nothing.” He takes on neoliberal economics with a vengeance and it’s titled after a timeless Oscar Wilde quote about how “nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

The interview is uncomfortable to watch in the way Colbert ridicules Patel to prove the author’s point. And on a show of dubious respectability, compared to say Bill Moyers, it turns out to be a revealing discussion on questionable consumption. Look out for the hypothetical $200 hamburger which could be the true value when the hidden external costs are factored. A good joke indeed.

Watch video HERE.

Another Green Monday

It was only a few Another Green Mondays ago when we heavily criticized President Obama for his lackadaisical approach to Copenhagen. He wouldn’t show up, in effect sending a xenophobic message to world leaders who understand the urgency of climate change. Next, we heard Obama was swinging by on his way to pick up the Nobel. Now, the story’s different. This time he’ll appear at Copenhagen on the last day, December 18th. A White House press release stated, “based on his conversations with other leaders and the progress that has already been made to give momentum to negotiations, the President believes that continued US leadership can be most productive through his participation at the end of the Copenhagen conference on December 18th rather than on December 9th. There are still outstanding issues that must be negotiated for an agreement to be reached, but this decision reflects the President’s commitment to doing all that he can to pursue a positive outcome. The United States will have representation in Copenhagen throughout the negotiating process by State Department negotiators and Cabinet officials who will highlight the great strides we have made this year towards a clean energy economy.”

This is very good news. Usually, the first days are reserved for handshakes, high-fiving, and protests. The most significant moment is at the end, and it appears a deal could be brokered. Perhaps Obama will be the closer. After all, ask any stand-up comedian, it’s not how you start but how you finish. But as the White House indicated, there has indeed been a shift in momentum despite skeptics foaming at the mouth while developing countries like India and China honor commitments. The whole world will have their eye on Copenhagen and we will too with a renewed sense of optimism, updating the site with the latest news.

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Tues. fun video: Colbert on Ref 71 signatures

Stephen Colbert takes off on the fight over releasing the names from the Referendum 71 petitions, as well as a campaign ad from the Protect Marriage folks.

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350 Day: The Videos

 What are your plans this Saturday?

We’ll be meeting at noon, near the north end of the Blue Howard Street Bridge, Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. Here’s a list of cool videos to get excited for the day which includes Bill McKibben explaining to Steven Colbert the significance of 350. Colbert: “Can I do you one better and start 349.org?”

Today’s fun video: Spokane’s keyboard cat makes it big(ger)

Readers of Doug Clark’s column will recognize the Spokane connection to Monday night’s  Daily Show closer. (The video comes direct from Comedy Central, which means it has a 30 minute commercial before the 1-minute bit. Sorry about that).

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I’m Going to Exercise on the COLBERT!

My friend was browsing Yahoo the other day, when she found a story about how Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central fame, pretty much rigged the vote for the name of the new space module. NASA held a vote for what the name of the module should be, with a space for write-in votes. Colbert, on his show, asked his viewers to vote for ‘The Colbert.’ Overwhelmingly, they did, and it won the vote, with 230,000 votes. NASA decided to name the module the Tranquility instead.

However, they will be calling the treadmill that astronauts exercise on the “‘Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill.” The COLBERT. Yeah. Stephen Colbert has a treadmill named after him. You can find more about this here.

Do you think that the majority vote should have won?

Today’s fun video: Colbert satirizes Beck

In the battle of the populists, who speaks for the folks, and who speaks for the faux? Stephen Colbert sends up Glen Beck in this segment.

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Tuesday Video—- The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert is a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude. By now, we hope the world understands his blowhard shtick: Through mockery and illogical arguments he actually unveils a higher truth which is evident in these eight green clips. But Revenge Of The Styrofoam Cup? Not so much. Other topics include Thomas Friedman, the National Hummer Club, greenwashing, and Van Jones. To Jones, he says “we’re green collar, blue collar, white collar…is the real boom in the collar economy?” There’s something to be said for comedy.  

Watch the collection HERE.  

Yahweh or No Way

This week, Colbert covers Obama’s propechy of a Steeler victory, the failed sale of the Atlanta White House, and the reinstatement of holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson into the Catholic Church.

Blasphemy?  Eh.  It’s all subjective.  And, as Colbert stated (satirically), there are worse things in the world than blasphemy and heresy, including but not limited to denial of the holocaust.

Colbert: Spuds Dominate Idaho Day

A typical Idaho day, he says, consists of planting potatoes, growing potatoes, harvesting potatoes, eating potatoes, going to the rodeo, going to Utah, ridiculing anybody that currently or wishes to reside in Utah, being snowed on in the morning and having 115-degree weather in the afternoon, and “excitedly awaiting layovers in Midwest airports just for the great shopping”/satiricist Stephen Colbert’s discussing Idaho in his Wikipedia knockoff.

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Question: Who do you like to watch more: Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?