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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.

Bicycle Alliance’s Barb Chamberlain chats with Comcast Newsmakers

I was so excited to see Spokane getting some statewide representation when the Bicycle Alliance of Washington hired Barb Chamberlain as their Executive Director last summer. Founded in 1987, the statewide bicycle advocacy organization works to grow bicycling and to create complete and healthy streets through education, developing more inclusive communities for cycling, building a coalition of organizations, and seeking to make bicycling accessible to everyone. A perfect fit for Chamberlain, many of us were sad to see her go but knew this was an amazing opportunity. 

Comcast Newsmakers checks in with her about her work. It's brief but I'm excited about the shout out to the US Bicycle Route System

Sabrina: Bicycle Alliance–tell us about the group.

Barb: We were founded 25 years ago growing out of local bike advocates who said we need a statewide bike advocacy organization–a nonprofit that’s focused on helping grow bicycling, pass public policy that makes this state a better place to ride, an organization that would do education and outreach–really around the state–and we’ve been doing that for 25 years very successfully.

Sabrina: Twenty-five years, quarter of a century–congratulations! So it sounds like the organization has grown and even evolved some since its beginning.

Barb: Definitely. One of the things we point to as an accomplishment of the last 25 years is we have been the organization leading legislation that improves the state for bicycling. We’ve led the majority of legislation passed in the last 25 years. So that’s everything from adding those questions you have to answer on your driver’s license exam about bike law to making sure that when a kid goes through drivers’ ed bike safety is part of that curriculum so as drivers and riders interact we all know the laws.

Watch the interview after the jump.

An animated history of Earth in one day

This ambitious claymation/magic marker video compresses Earth' shistory into a 24-hour period. That's right, all 4.5 billion years, courtesy of Buzzfeed's Mitchell Moffit.

From Moffitt: What would it look like if we took Earth's 4.5 billion year history, and stuffed it into a normal day's 24 hour time-frame? Follow the magnificent journey of life; where it began, and how it eventually led to humanity as we know it.

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.

Tuesday Video: This is how you grow potatoes in a bucket to catchy music

Who knew growing potatoes in a bucket would be this easy? This fun video by Topic Simple demonstrates it through song and animation. Watch, learn, and let this song get stuck in your head for days.

 

Compared to Mars, Earth still looks pretty cool in this video

Mars is gettng all the attention right now but this new time-lapse video of Earth from the International Space Station is excellent. Take that Dr. Manhattan!

Video Shows Jobless Toll On CdA Man

Coeur d'Alene resident Shawn Schlager talked about the making of his documentay that detailed the hardships of being unemployed. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Michelle Schlager had been through a few tough years with her husband, Shaun. He lost his job as a graphic designer in 2009 and has struggled to find work. The financial burden strained their marriage and left Shaun awash in self-doubt. Still, it wasn’t until she interviewed him – as part of a project for his community college class – that she learned he’d spent some time contemplating the value of his life insurance policy. The financial value of his death. “I never knew he felt that way,” she said. It’s hard to count all the blows that joblessness has landed on Shaun Schlager, but they go way beyond the checkbook. “A lot of times,” he said, “it’s hard to even look at Michelle. Because I’m the man. I’m supposed to provide for the family.” Schlager, 35, has detailed his three-plus years of unemployment in a frank and forthright documentary he produced for his documentary video class at Spokane Falls Community College/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: How has long-term unemployment impacted your life or the life of someone in your family?

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.

Fun video 2: SNL’s Moon President sketch

Saturday Night Live's opening sketch, as usual, was political.

Not the funniest ever, but a few good moments.

Today’s fun video: Is Muppet movie class warfare?

 

Some folks at Fox Business seem to think so.

Are they right, or is this a real stretch? Click on comment to weigh in.

Feds To Review Judge Lashing Teen

Federal prosecutors agreed Friday to look into a video that shows a Texas judge lashing his teenage daughter with a belt, a police chief said a day after authorities said too much time had passed to consider state charges. Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said he discussed the 2004 video of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams beating his then 16-year-old daughter with a prosecutor from the U.S. attorney's Corpus Christi office. … Hillary Adams (pictured), now 23, posted the 8-minute clip on YouTube last week that shows her father viciously lashing her with a belt and trying to force her to bend over her bed to be beaten despite her pleas to stop. The clip had received more than 4 million views by Friday/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Did Hillary Adams do the right thing by posting the video on YouTube?

Today’s fun video: Palin on polls

 

 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's take on polls…with a slight problem on the spelling.

Today’s fun video: A whack at Gov. Perry

An independent conservative group, which apparently prefers Michele Bachman over Rick Perry as the Republican presidential nominee, has released a new video.

Perry, not surprisingly, has denounced it as "blatantly false."

Most notable thing about this ad: The narrator has a great Texas twang. (So great that it might not be real?)

The most amazing tar sands film yet

This is it. If you're not sure whether to take action on the Keystone XL pipeline, this could be the video that changes your mind. 

  

Tar Sands Action/ Josh Fox from JFOX on Vimeo.

This issue has fascinated me for a long time. (Check back to "Canada vs America.)" I'm glad the video mentioned Prime Minister Stephen Harper's famous quote on his plan for the tar sands in Alberta: It is “an enterprise of epic proportions, akin to the building of the pyramids or China’s Great Wall. Only bigger.” 

Many forget that back in 2009, President Obama made his first international visit to Canada to discuss the tar sands with Harper on the eve of signing the stimulus bill. If there ever was a "canary in the mine shaft" moment for Obama on energy, that was it. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) interviewed Obama about his thoughts on the tar sands and energy at large where he cited technology as a solution to fuel tradeoffs. Part of the transcript is after the jump.

Today’s fun video: A 2-hour debate in 4 minutes

 

If you missed last night's GOP presidential candidate debate on FOX, from Ames, Iowa, here's a highlight reel courtesy of TalkingPointsMemo