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Today’s fun video: We’re all guilty of some word crimes

 

How many of these infractions, misdemeanors and felonies have you committed?

And yes, Weird Al probably made better use of this tune than Robin Thicke.

Dairymen’s bid to join Idaho ag-gag lawsuit denied

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by the Idaho Dairymen's Association to join Idaho in defending the recently passed law criminalizing surreptitious recording at agriculture facilities. The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/1lDTAxw) that U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill shot down the request Monday. Winmill said in his ruling that the state can represent the dairymen's interests without the group getting involved. Animal rights, civil liberties and environmental groups are suing the state to overturn the so-called “ag-gag” law. The law, which lawmakers passed in February, was backed by Idaho's $2.5 billion annual dairy industry. Winmill allowed the dairymen's group to file a brief supporting the state. Those is in favor of the law argue that it protects private property rights. Opponents counter the law infringes on free speech rights.

Today’s fun video: Stewart on the Cantor loss

 

Lots of people had fun with the surprise result in the Virginia primary election. The Daily Show, however, had the best graphic.

Born too soon for wall-to-wall coverage

If you are of a certain age and played organized sports as a kid, you might have had this thought.

“Too bad phone cameras were not around back when I was in Little League and in high school sports. I wouldn't mind if some of my playing-career highlights were findable on the Internet.”

Yes, that would be pretty sweet. In fact, it's almost possible to imagine a surprised and impressed audience.

“Wow. So I guess you weren't always a feeble old man.”

Of course, there might be a downside. Maybe those big plays look better in your memory than they really were. Maybe that sensational catch you made against Bob's Big Boy in 1965 would actually look pretty routine now? And what if that mind-blowing goal you scored against Montpelier was not really all that remarkable?

I guess there would be that risk. Still, some of us might like to see for ourselves.

Today’s fun video: Oliver slams Oregon for Healthcare site failure

 

People with low regard for the Oregon ethos will get the most laughs out of this segment from Sunday's “Last Week Tonight” show.

Warning: It's from HBO, where they feel no need to bleep out swear words.

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.

Acura leaks a titillating teaser

When an unreleased car reaches a certain level of buzz-worthiness a snippet of its exhaust note can grab headlines.  Such a clip emerged late last month from Acura’s top secret lair.  The video barely includes five seconds of footage, but offers the Internet masses the first real glimpse of the upcoming NSX – a vehicle that promises to resurrect one of the greatest sports car nameplates of all time.  

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.

Coeur d’Alene police need help finding an armed robbery suspect

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Coeur d'Alene police released security camera video of a man who robbed an espresso stand in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday and Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

At about 5:30 p.m., a man pointed a gun and demanded money from a clerk working at the Lean Bean at 1820 Northwest Blvd., according to a news release.

The suspect fled on foot toward the 1000 block of Emma Avenue, the release said. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt and shoes with red laces.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 208-769-2320 or Crime Stoppers at 208-667-2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS.

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.

Brit Columnist Opines On ‘The Thaw’

Columnist T.F. Charlton of the British Guardian newspaper opines on “The Thaw,” a video produced in Kootenai County by Gary Brown's Reach America organization that has gone viral:

Fears of marginalization because of Christian faith, even persecution, have deep roots in white American evangelical culture, dating back to the Scopes Trial and before. As with Representative King's comments, they're often steeped in white racial anxiety and resentment. This persecution complex is also taught – actively promoted and reinforced through fearmongering aimed at youth. One example: “The Thaw“, a modest viral hit produced by Reach America, a “Christian youth leadership program” based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Full column here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with columnist Charlton's view?

LCDC Unveils Informational Video

The Lake City Development Corporation has produced a 7-minute video to explain the mission of local urban renewal efforts. It explains the video here: “We've seen the successes. The Kroc Center. Riverstone development. Higher Education Campus. New downtown library. The city’s urban renewal agency, the Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC), played an integral role in all of these projects. But where did the money come from to help support these progressive community endeavors? Take a few minutes and we'll help you understand.” More here.

Thoughts?

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.

The right way to destroy a Tesla Model S (Video)

Extricating crash victims from an electric car is a real-life game of Operation, only with much, much more electricity.  Both first responders and passengers are in danger of being exposed to high-voltage components that aren’t likely to let them off with a giddy tickle. Complicating matters further, the location of the danger points vary from vehicle to vehicle.  

To continue doing their jobs safely, emergency crews now have to be trained on the model-specific anatomy of electric cars.  For the sake of education, Tesla donated a sacrificial Model S to the Fremont Fire Department’s Jaws of Life recently. 

VIDEO: Russian bus driver is a road rage hero

They call him “The Punisher”.  Born Alexei Volkov, the Russian bus driver is famous in the city of Zelenograd for ramming motorists that cut him off.  Better yet, Volkov records the smash-ups with a dashboard camera to maintain his innocence.  A compilation of the footage spliced together from his YouTube channel can be enjoyed here.  If it doesn’t make you cheer for vigilante roadway justice you might be better off riding the Punisher’s bus.     

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.