Thursday, May 31, 2012

Published as a Public Service Announcement: The HIP Way to Learn!


I'll admit that going to the library and studying regularly might be the best way to study, but I'm not sure I'd call it "hip."  And that's algebra in the bottom right panel, not arithmetic.  That bothers me for some reason.

Obama SuperPAC Ad: Fire "The Donald"

I'm not going to lie, considering how easy it is to make fun of Donald Trump and how pathetic it is that Romney isn't willing to stand up to him, this ad from the American Bridge SuperPAC is pretty lame:


How hard is it to:

1. Open with Romney's "I need to get to 50.1%."
2. Donald being a Birther.
3. Clips of Obama releasing birth certifacte/pundits calling birtherism racist.
4. Donald being a Birther again.
5. Close with Romney's "I need to get to 50.1%" again.

Attacking Donald Trump doesn't win Obama any votes, everyone either already thinks he's an idiot or they're a Birther who will never vote for Obama anyway.  The attack is (supposed to be) on Romney for being too afraid to stand up to his racist base, embodied in Donald Trump.  It's really not that hard.

And don't bother going to www.FireTheDonald.com, it's just a form to collect your email and "send a message" to Romney.  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Terrific Tuesday Tidings: Presidential Pulpit Power, "A Greek God", and Paul Krugman

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for my ongoing quest to become a more positive person. Here are the news stories that made me happy this week:

  • I know a lot of people who have tried to claim over the last couple weeks that the President's endorsement of gay marriage was a purely political and even if it wasn't it won't have any effect.  Those people are to put it nicely, idiots.  I'm going to put aside for a moment the absurdity that when battleground states include North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia that gay marriage is necessarily a winning issue for the President this election.  Instead let's look at the power of the Presidential Pulpit to shift public opinion.  Since the announcement, polls in Maryland (which is facing a ballot measure in the fall) show African Americans have swung 20 points since Marchthe NAACP has endorsed marriage equality, and so has Colin Powell.  If you think any of that would have happened without the President, you're, as stated, an idiot.
  • If Democrats are going to hold onto the Senate, flipping the seats in Arizona and Massachusetts are probably going to be necessary.  Which is why it's always nice when Republicans are admitting that Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona's life story makes him a "political greek god" (personally I'd prefer to be "a streetwise hercules", but it's close).
  • Finally, here's Paul Krugman explaining exactly what's wrong with austerity measures:

Hostess Snack Break: Spider-Man in "Legal Eagle"

Everyone needs a break sometimes, so why don't you enjoy this one with one of your favorite superheroes and one of your favorite Hostess snack treats:


I admittedly haven't been to law school, but I'm almost positive that this is not how constitutional law works.

Entertained Organizer is Now on Twitter


It turns out I can also mock Republicans and pop culture in 140 characters or less.  So I’m now on Twitter @EntOrganizer. You should follow me.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Frontline of the Class War: Conflicting Messages on Bain, Odd Predictions, and Limbaugh

The Republicans are right, there is a class war going on in this country. And they're the ones waging it against the middle and working class:
  • Rep. Allen West (R-FL) thinks that stay-at-home moms should count as working, unless they need welfare in order to be stay-at home moms, then it's a problem because they're sucking on the teat of "the nanny state."
  • Our Romney "Joke" of the Week:  Let's say you're Mitt Romney and you're touring a shelter for homeless veterans.  And lets say the shelter's manager tells you that affording milk for the homeless veterans is incredibly financially difficult.  How do you respond?  If you told the shelter manager to "teach the vets to milk cows" and then left, congratulations, you're Mitt Romney!
Welcome to the working week!

Happy Memorial Day from the Obama Campaign

Newt Gingrich is Proof We Live in the Evil Universe

The Evil Universe.  It pops up in various stories from time to time, and involves a parrallel world in which the good are evil and things have gone horribly wrong.  In Star Trek they call it the Mirror Universe, where the crew of the Starship Enterprise are conquerors instead of explorers and Spock has a goatee.  In comic books, it's Earth-3 where instead of Superman and the Justice League defending the world, it's Ultraman and the Crime Syndicate of America terrorizing it.  And in the real world, it's us.  Newt Gingrich proves it.  Let me explain.

The other day I was watching Hardball with Chris Matthew and he was interviewing Newt Gingrich.  And the conversation turned to Newt Gingrich's love of zoos:


More pictures of Gingrich with animals.
And it reminded me that Newt Gingrich legitimately loves animals (his only other redeeming quality is his fascination with space travel).  And it goes a lot farther than just taking cute pictures with animals and discussing with Chris Matthews which zoo is the best.  In fact, Newt Gingrich first became involved in politics when he was a teenager, trying to convince the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania City Council to build a zoo.  They said no and Newt Gingrich gave up on his dream to be the world's youngest zoologist  to instead become the man we all know and loathe today.

But it could have gone differently.  If there are parallel worlds out there, then there's one where Harrisburg built that zoo and Newt Gingrich never ended up in politics.  Instead he did become the world's youngest zoologist.  Rather than going to Congress to pass the Contract with America as Speaker, he'd go as a zoo director to lobby for more funds.  And instead of going on Chris Matthews to talk about his aborted Presidential campaign, he'd be hitting the late night circuit with a cadre of cute animals.  I honestly believe he'd be happier in that universe (I know I would be).

And if that Newt Gingrich is somewhere out there in the multiverse, one who exists solely to bring his joy and love of animals to millions, then our Newt Gingrich is his twisted evil doppelganger.  And that means this is the Evil Universe.  It explains a lot really.

Weekly Weekend Caption Contest: Time to Vote

As a reminder, here is this week's photo:


And here are the submissions, vote for your favorite in the comments and then I will tally them up and announce who this week's Entertained Organizer Caption King or Queen is:


Reader Nathaniel:

Reader Lori:

Anonymous:

Our contributors have done their job, now it's time for you to do yours, vote for this week's Entertained Organizer Caption Contest King or Queen. Will it be:

Reader Nathaniel
Reader Lori
Anonymous

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Short: Kiwi!

Sundays should be a day to rest and relax. And what better way to do that than to take a few minutes to watch an animated short:

In which sometimes you just have to follow your dreams:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Love Lessons with Lois Lane: Lois Lane and Guest Stars Aquaman, Batman, and Green Arrow!

In much of the civilized world, Saturday night is date night. And everything I know about dating I learned from Lois Lane. So before heading out for the night, let's see what advice she has for us this week:





Dating is not a competition with your friends. Alternatively, it's a bad idea to try to make someone jealous by hooking up with all of their friends and coworkers.

Weekly Weekend Caption Contest

It's the weekend and you know what that means: The Entertained Organizer's Weekly Weekend Caption Contest! The rules are simple: You have until midnight Sunday to submit your caption to the photo either in the comments here or on Facebook. Then on Monday we'll vote to see who is this week's Entertained Organizer Caption King or Queen:



Friday, May 25, 2012

Friendship Friday with Jimmy Olsen: The Wedding of Jimmy Olsen!

Who better to teach us about the true meaning of friendship than Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen?


Friends DON'T steal their friend's girlfriend.

What Steve Pappas Would Do to the Gaviota Coast

The Gaviota Coast is one is one of the most ecological diverse and unique spots on the planet.  Steve Pappas wants to hand it over to developers to build McMansions:

Romney Would Be Pretty Tired By The End of This Day

Over the last week, Mitt Romney has released a series of ads detailing what he would do on the first day of his Presidency.  Besides the surprising level of honesty of just how much money he plans to give to rich people, what stands out to me is his seeming complete lack of understanding about how long things take to do and/or how many hours there are in a day:



So what all has he now promised for his first 24 hours?
  1. He will approve the Keystone Pipeline.
  2. He will cut taxes on "job creators" (read: the rich).
  3. He will repeal Obamacare.
  4. He will cut spending.
  5. He will "stand up to China on trade" (whatever is exactly that means).
  6. He will repeal regulations.
It's my understanding that he might actually be able to do #1 (though it appears Obama is planning on doing it too if reelected).  And heck, #5 sounds like a pretty empty platitude so maybe he can pull that off on the first day too.  But #s 2 and 4 basically sounds like he plans to pass an entire Federal budget on his first day.  And #s 3 and 6 would also be fairly major pieces of legislation with substantial Democratic opposition.  That's before you get to the fact that even if he decides to pull an all nighter and not take bathroom breaks, he'd only be able to dedicate 4 hours to each of these projects (and that's assuming he doesn't need any time to settle in, rearrange the Oval Office, stuff like that).

All told it's probably a good thing he's not going to get a Day One, because he'd be really cranky and tired by Day Two and no one wants that from someone with nuclear launch codes.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Look Back on the 2011-2012 Television Season

As I mentioned the other day, one of the great things about upfronts is they answer the question of which shows are cancelled and which are getting another season.  This season I not only reviewed each of the new network shows, I also put them through a single elimination tournament bracket.  So how did I do?

Well, of the 16 shows I looked at, these 9 were cancelled:

Charlie's Angels (ABC) - Cancelled after 8 episodes, 11/10/2011
Free Agents (NBC) - Cancelled after 4 episodes, 10/5/2011
A Gifted Man (CBS) - Cancelled after full season
How to be a Gentleman (CBS) - Cancelled after 3 episodes, 10/15/2011
The Playboy Club (NBC) - Cancelled after 3 episodes, 10/3/2011
Pan Am (ABC) - Cancelled after full season
Prime Suspect (NBC) - Cancelled after full season
Terra Nova (Fox) - Cancelled after full season
Unforgettable (CBS) - Cancelled after full season

And these 7 were picked up for a second season:

New Girl (Fox)
Person of Interest (CBS)
Revenge (ABC)
Suburgatory (ABC)
Two Broke Girls (CBS)
Up All Night (NBC)
Whitney (NBC)

Here is the final result of my tournament:
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All told I did pretty well.  In only two cases did I advance a show that got cancelled over a show that got renewed.  In the case of Person of Interest vs. Prime Suspect, in my reviews I actually called that Person of Interest would almost certainly be a hit and that Prime Suspect would be cancelled, I just thought it was the better show.  And in the case of Revenge vs. Terra Nova, I guess I just prefer my ridiculous prime time soap opera to include dinosaurs.  Other than that every cancelled show lost unless put up against another cancelled show.  I even correctly called How to be a Gentelman the worst new show and it tied The Playboy Club in being the first to be cancelled with only 3 episodes airing.  And in hindsight I don't actually see anything I'd change (though I'll confess I never even gave Person of Interest a second chance). I also predicted at the beginning of the year that NBC would cancel at least half of their new shows, and they ended up canceling 3 out of 5.  Sadly, that was not a particularly impressive prediction given the current state of NBC.

Tune in tomorrow as I take a look at the most (and least) promising of the new shows scheduled to start this Fall.  (For full listings of cancelled and renewed shows, check here)

New The Dark Knight Rises TV Spot

And this would be why I love Catwoman:

Luckily This Won't End With an Army of Cloned Reagans Now

A British auction website has withdrawn it's listing for a vial of Ronald Reagan's blood that was stolen from a medical testing lab after he was shot.  They've instead decided to donate it to the Reagan Foundation.  While the right call, this is a reversal of the owners stated intention to sell it for profit after trying to sell it to the Reagan Museum:

About 3 to 4 months ago, I contacted the Reagan National Library and spoke to the head of the library, a Federal Agent. I told him what I had, how I came across it and so on. We spoke for about 45 minutes. The reason that I contacted the Reagan National Library was to see if they would like to purchase it from me. He indicated that if I was interested in donating it he would see to it that he would take care of all of the arrangements. Prior to hanging up the phone, he said to me, do me a favor, don’t move from where you are, I will call you back within 30 minutes but I have to make a couple of phone calls to seek legal counsel, consult with National Archives, the FBI and other three or four letter agencies that I have heard of. I said am I in any kind of trouble or will there be some black cars/suv’s or helicopters hovering above my home and he said not yet but possibly in the very near future depending on what he learned from the phone calls he had to make. I told him alright, I will not move from where I was sitting and would await his return call. He called back in 25 minutes and said that everything was ok, National Archives was not interested in what I had, nor was the Secret Service, the FBI and other agencies. Since 30 years had passed by, he thought that it was simply something that was of no importance at this time and that I was free to do with whatever I wanted with it. He then stated that he felt the family would be interested in it being returned to them and if I was interested in doing so to contact him and he would make all of the arrangements. I told him that I didn’t think that was something that I was going to consider, since I had served under Pres. Reagan when he was my Commander in Chief when I was in the ARMY from ’87-’91 and that I was a real fan of Reaganomics and felt that Pres. Reagan himself would rather see me sell it rather than donating it.
 I want to put some emphasis on that last part:
I told him that I didn’t think that was something that I was going to consider, since I had served under Pres. Reagan when he was my Commander in Chief when I was in the ARMY from ’87-’91 and that I was a real fan of Reaganomics and felt that Pres. Reagan himself would rather see me sell it rather than donating it.
Ronald Reagan would prefer to have his blood sold than returned to his family.  That's a special new level of devotion to Saint Reagan.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Obama SuperPAC: Republicans on Bain Capital

Back in January I said that Republicans better hope their attacks on Romney for his involvement in Bain Capital destroyed his campaign then, or they'd end up destroying him in the General.  This is what I was talking about:

Wit of the Web Slinger Wednesday: What Did One Weed Say to the Other?


I'm going to ignore the blatant drug reference and sheer randomness of Spider-Man just walking through a field with this guy (let's face it, it's Wit of the Web Slinger, that's pretty run of the mill).  What is the deal with the supervillain following them in the background?  Who is that guy?

Republican Racism Review: Birthers, Births, and a New Low

Real button handed out at the 2008
Texas Republican State Convention
If you start keeping your eyes open for them, there are a terrifying number of news stories about Republicans being racist:
  • CNN's Erik Erickson then uses the Breitbart piece to argue that Obama is really a "composite Kenyan" which if you're wondering and don't want to click the link basically means Erickson won't commit to being a Birther, but still wants to otherize Obama for his racial background.  Best of both worlds!
  • Mike Huckabee decided to tug at a different Birther string claiming that Obama entered college as a "foreign student."
  • Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has apologized for embarrassing the state of Arizona with his quixotic quest to force Hawaii to provide him with secret evidence that Obama was really born there since the birth certificate is clearly fake.  I just wish I could have heard the call from (I'm assuming) the Romney campaign that forced him to do this.  Or if your a Birther, the Obama thugs that threatened his family.

Weekly Weekend Caption Contest: Winner!

And the winner is......King or Queen Anonymous:

West Wing Wednesday

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Voting Rights Violators: The Amish, Transgender Voters, and James O'Keefe

In 24 weeks we go to the polls again to reelect President Obama. Republicans know that they aren't going to gain the support of the American people, so instead they're going to strip them of the right to vote:
  • Republicans in Michigan threw out a ballot measure to overturn their controversial Emergency Manager law despite it having the required number of signatures.  Why did they throw it out?  Because they claimed it was printed in the wrong font size.  Fun Fact: It was not in fact printed in the wrong font size.  So basically Republicans in Michigan subverted the Democratic process to get their way on the Emergency Manager law, which is itself a Michigan Republican attempt to subvert the Democratic process to get their way.  It's kind of like an onion.
  • Finally, James "I edit together misleading videos to slander innocent individuals and organizations" O'Keefe is crossing both New Hampshire and North Carolina off his travel itenerary, as both states have started investigations into the voter fraud he committed in an attempt to show how easy it was to get away with voter fraud.  Irony may be dead.

I Missed Upfronts (But Will Still Talk About Them)

For those who aren't familiar with the term, upfronts are the magical week in the Spring when television networks reveal their Fall schedules and new show pickups for the following season to advertisers.  It's when you find out which beloved shows will live on for another season, and which have been cancelled.  You can guess which shows they have faith in (and which they don't) based on scheduling decisions, and most importantly it's when the networks start promoting their new shows.

Now those of you who remember the Entertained Organizer's 2011 Best New Network TV Show Tournament probably understand how much I enjoy upfronts (and yes, of course there is going to be an Entertained Organizer's 2012 Best New Network TV Show Tournament).  Unfortunately I was on vacation last week and was thus unable to cover them as they happened (adding insult to injury, I was in New York where the upfront's presentations happen and was thus treated to ubiquitous posters proclaiming "We're looking good, even if you don't know what an upfront is!").  But just because we didn't get to enjoy them live together doesn't mean I'm not going to talk about them.


So over the next few days, expect a series of posts about what I think looks good, what I think looks terrible, some thoughts on scheduling, and a few surprises along the way!


You've been warned.

Why I Love Comics: Sometimes Superman is Really Creepy

If you've spent more than a day reading the Entertained Organizer, you know I love comic books. This is one of the many reasons why:

As sometimes happens to superheroes, Green Arrow died saving innocent civilians.  And as almost always happens in comic books, death didn't stick.  Having returned to the world of the living, in 2002's Green Arrow vol. 3 #16 he begins to put his life back together and find out what he missed while he was dead.  And he starts where all of us would start, with his own funeral.  It was a private affair, just friends and family.  And one guy he's never seen before in his life.  So he does what anyone would do in those circumstances, he asks his friend Superman what the deal is:



Superman spying on everyone in a 20 mile radius. Check.
Superman joking about a woman cracking her head open. Check
Superman doing it because he's happy to have his friend back. Double Check.

And that's: Why I Love Comics!

Who Is More Awkward?

Mitt Romney or the kid interviewing him:


On the one hand you have Mitt Romney:
I like music of almost any kind, including this.
 On the other is Ken Cole:
I'm sure our town will remember you when election time comes.  And Thank you for coming and being here today.  Sorry I can't vote, you'd be one of the top choices definitely.
 If it helps, remember that one is a not fully developed person terrified of making a mistake in front of a camera, and the other is some kid playing reporter.

Hostess Snack Break: Wonder Woman in "Old Gold"

Everyone needs a break sometimes, so why don't you enjoy this one with one of your favorite superheroes and one of your favorite Hostess snack treats:


On a scale of supervillainy, I'm pretty sure "the Borrower" is the guy you use to represent zero.  Though if Wonder Woman dies because she covered herself in paint to catch him he'd probably move up a notch or two (Goldfinger was on TV the other night).

Terrific Tuesday Tidings: The Economy, Gay Marriage, and George Lucas is Kind of Cool?

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for my ongoing quest to become a more positive person. Here are the news stories that made me happy this week:
  • So it's not exactly news that President Obama inherited the worst recesion since the Great Depression, but the next time a conservative hassles you with the job numbers point them to this (note that under Obama the economy has recovered all lost private sector jobs and the remaining increase in unemployment is explain in public sector job cuts forced by Republican austerity measures):
He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party. His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook. He has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.

Barack Obama Explains the Difference Between Being the President and Being a CEO

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Full quote:
The reason why this is relevant to the campaign is that my opponent, Governor Romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be president is his business experience. He's not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts. He's saying, I'm a business guy, and I know how to fix it, and this is his business. 
And when you're president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot. Your job is to think about those workers who get laid off, and how are we paying for their retraining. Your job is to think about how those communities can start creating new clusters so they can attract new businesses. Your job as president is to think about how do we set up an equitable tax system so that everybody's paying their fair share, that allows us then to invest in science, and technology, and infrastructure, all of which are going to help us grow. 
And so if your main argument for how to grow the economy is "I knew how to make a lot of money for investors," then you're missing what this job is about. It doesn't mean you weren't good at private equity. But that's not what my job is as president. 
My job is to take into account everybody, not just some. My job is to make sure the country is growing not just now, but 10 years from now, 20 years from now.

Gabbing About Game of Thrones, S02E08: The Prince of Winterfell

In this week's edition of Gabbing About Game of Thrones, Steven of Race for the Iron Throne and I compare children's cartoons skull helmets, debate the value of martial law, and explore why I probably shouldn't be put in charge of a billion dollar franchise.  We also get into what actually  happens in Season 2, Episode 8 of Game of Thrones:


Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Makeover: Nicodemus

There are no bad characters, just characters that no one has spent far too much time thinking about how to make work. I intend to fix that.

Frontline of the Class War: Bain, Conspiracies, and a Little Laughter

The Republicans are right, there is a class war going on in this country. And they're the ones waging it against the middle and working class:
  • Fortunately for the 30,000 people Whitman is firing Maine's Republican Governor Paul LePage has some advice for the unemployed.  Unfortunately that advice is "get off the couch and get yourself a job."
  • Speaking of hurting America, Congressman Bobby Schilling (R-IL) responded at a town hall to a question about whether Obama's campaign strategy was to "make America fail" by saying "a lot of people think this is being done on purpose."  Hopefully Rep. Schilling is as good a campaigner as that answer implies, and we won't have to deal with him anymore after November.
  • Tea Party darling Richard Mourdock, who just beat Senator Dick Lugar in the Indiana primary, compares his opposition to poor people not paying taxes to Lincoln's opposition to slavery, because that's not insane or insulting at all:

  • But if turning back the clock really sounds like the idea for you, ex-President George W. Bush has your back, recently announcing that he's going to write a book on how to create economic growth.  It's alright to start laughing now.
Welcome to the Working Week!

The Return of Pop Up Video Response Ads!

I loved when the DNC did a Pop Up Video response ad a few months ago, and I'm happy to see the Obama SuperPAC picking up where they left off:


The odd thing is that I didn't really remember ever watching the VH1 Pop Up Video, besides knowing that it exists.

I Do Hollywood's Job: Going Galt


It’s said that good ideas are easy, it’s the execution that’s hard.  Which makes the fact there are so many people working so hard on terrible ideas in Hollywood all the more frustrating.  So I’m here to help.

I will confess that I’m not a huge fan of “Reality TV.”  Besides Gordon Ramsay convincing me that I could totally run a restaurant, very few have ever managed to grab my attention, especially the competition/elimination shows like Survivor.  But there is one notable exception.  In 2007 CBS created Kid Nation.  The premise was simple, take 40 kids aged 8-15 out to a ghost town, give them no real supervision and the instruction to rebuild society.  No one was voted out of Kid Nation, the children simply went home when they didn’t want to be there anymore.


It was exactly as big a train wreck as it sounds.  The youngest child was the first to leave after only one day.  The oldest girl ended up “dancing for nickels.”  And the second season was cancelled after it came out that 5 children needed to be hospitalized after drinking bleach.  Now Kid Nation should never have been made and it’s a good thing it was cancelled, but there was undeniably something interesting about immature idealists trying to “build a better world.”  Which brings us to:

Going Galt

In Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, the libertarian leader John Galt convinced the true producers/rich people in society to join him in Galt’s Gulch and abandon a society which taxed them too much and over regulated their businesses leaving it to collapse without them.  This not at all childish and totally realistic story has led to thousands of libertarians fantasizing about “going Galt.”  And it’s time they had a chance to live it out.

Libertarians from all walks of life (the Gordon Gecko’s, weekend survivalists, frustrated retail employees, etc.) will be given the opportunity to win whatever is the minimum amount of money necessary to motivate people to live on a Survivor style island.  With two major exceptions: 1. They will not be provided constant food and shelter from some nanny state television network, they’ll have to make do with what they bring themselves and can scavenge off the land, and 2. Like Kid Nation, the contestants don’t vote each other off, but as rational actors decide when they want to quit by saying “I want to return to society.”

From there the drama practically writes itself.  Sure the contestants don’t really have any idea how to survive, but they’ll just bootstrap themselves to success.  And yes their best chance is to work together like dirty socialists, but the more competitors they can convince to quit and go home the bigger their personal share of the prize at the end of the show.  Liberals will watch to see the libertarians fail, conservatives will watch to see them succeed, and fans of schadenfreude everywhere will rejoice.  Best of all, since it’s libertarians and not (actual) children, people are far less likely to get upset if a bunch of them drink bleach.

Weekly Weekend Caption Contest: Time to Vote

As a reminder, here's this week's photo:



And here are the submissions, vote for your favorite in the comments and then I will tally them up and announce who this week's Entertained Organizer Caption King or Queen is:


Reader Nathaniel:

Reader Justin:

Anonymous:

Reader Ralph:

Our contributors have done their job, now it's time for you to do yours, vote for this week's Entertained Organizer Caption Contest King or Queen. Will it be:

Reader Nathaniel
Reader Justin
Anonymous
Reader Ralph

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Entertained Organizer Has Landed

I'm back from vacation and should resume my normal posting schedule tomorrow.

Sunday Short: The Passenger

Sundays should be a day to rest and relax. And what better way to do that than to take a few minutes to watch an animated short:
In which it can be scary to be the only one on the bus:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Love Lessons with Lois Lane: The Lois Lane of the Future!

In much of the civilized world, Saturday night is date night. And everything I know about dating I learned from Lois Lane. So before heading out for the night, let's see what advice she has for us this week:


It's not enough to love the person you're with, you have to love the person they're growing into.

Libertarian Presidential Candidates Apparently Always Make Weird Ads

It must be some kind of rule.  In 2008, Mike Gravel released this bizarre (yet boring) ad that involved him throwing a rock in a lake:


And now Gary Johnson wants to bring a little excitement back to fringe Presidential candidate ads.  It's a little bit 90's anti-drug PSA, and it's a lot a bit exploding a watermelon in slow motion:


(who said things haven't gotten better in the last 4 years)

Weekly Weekend Caption Contest

It's the weekend and you know what that means: The Entertained Organizer's Weekly Weekend Caption Contest! The rules are simple: You have until midnight Sunday to submit your caption to the photo either in the comments here or on Facebook. Then on Monday we'll vote to see who is this week's Entertained Organizer Caption King or Queen:



Friday, May 18, 2012

Friendship Friday with Jimmy Olsen: The Merman of Metropolis!

Who better to teach us about the true meaning of friendship than Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen?


Friends DO help you out when you're in over your head.

If We Just Compare Obama to Mario, Kids Will Hate Him....

For America Inc. has released this series of ads, clearly targeted at young voters, that turns President Obama into Mario.  I am not sure why turning him into a nostalgic childhood icon would make young people not like him.  Maybe next time they should try turning him into Santa Claus or the Ninja Turtles, I hear kids hate them too:


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chang of Community Explains the Difference Between Fire and Ghosts

This is Art (and Absolutely Crazy)

Sure, you might say that this video is a cynical attempt by scam artists to get conservatives to buy into their pyramid scheme linked to at the end of the video.  But that misses all of the love that was put into it's creation.  From the animation, the inclusion of "Lindsey Lohan" in a national anthem, to the brief flash of the lyrics in Cyrillic before they change to English in the closed captioning, this is art (and absolutely crazy):

Published as a Public Service Announcement: Touchdown for Picasso!


I wonder what Marty McFly had to change in the past to turn Biff into this guy?

Conservative SuperPAC Plans to Attack Obama for Not Being the "Metrosexual, Black Abe Lincoln"

The New York Times published an article today detailing the leaked proposal for a $10 million dollar ad campaign by Character Matters PAC a group run by former McCain campaign strategists and funded by conservative Joe Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade.  You can read the 54 page proposal here, but in a nutshell it aims to create and spread the racist anti-Obama Rev. Wright attack ad that McCain refused to use in 2008.

Now, calling the ad racist before it's even been created seems premature.  I could respond by saying that attacking the first Black President as being unAmerican because of his Black preacher is definitionally racist (hint: it is).  Or that being upset that Obama isn't the "Metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln" is so crazy I don't even know what it means.  But that would only convince people who already agree with me.  So instead I'll just refer to the section of the proposal where they admit that creating a racist ad is part of their plan to earn free airtime:
Prepare for a great deal of howling and gnashing of teeth from all the usual suspects and some of their weak-kneed Republican co-conspirators.  Obama for sure will play the race card, as will the liberal press.
That gives us enormous free airtime and we will prevail provided our response is locked, loaded and ready. 
And what exactly is their plan to prove they're not racist when the media, Democrats, and Republicans all attack them?  The answer helpfully is in the section entitled "Fending Off Racism," where they outline their two pronged approach.

The first is the "I have black friends" defense.  They want to hire conservative African American radio talk show host Larry Elder to be their spokesman and "have also had very tentative talks with a group of African American business leaders who could get substantially behind this effort."  Basically they assume that if they hire Black people to say it, then it can't possibly be racist.  Which.....is pretty insulting racist.

I'll let them put the other prong in their own words:
The second way we will lessen their ability to attack from a racist angle is to carefully utilize a series of focus groups.  First on the storyboards, then on a rough cut of the final film, making fine-tuning adjustments in wording and visuals to increase the imapct, while lessening any elements that could reasonably be deemed "racist."
In other words, they'll start by making a racist ad, and then they'll focus group it to find out which elements pop as being too overtly racist and tone them down.  That's not the process you use if you want to make an ad that's not racist, that's the process you use if your goal is to make a racist ad and then defend against allegations of racism.....which was their stated goal.

Now the fact we're reading about this in May when they were planning to kick the campaign off in September at the Democratic National Convention probably means that at least this version of it is dead in the water.  But this is what Republicans are planning for the Fall campaign, and this is why SuperPACs are a problem.

Fortunately I'm not sure that this kind of campaign could even work.  There's a reason McCain didn't try it in 2008, and while Game Change says it's because he's such a swell guy, the more likely reason is the huge risk of it backfiring.  This type of ad might appeal to the rabid, bigoted portion of the GOP base, I don't think it has a lot of reach beyond that.  But either way, it appears we're going to find out.

Weekly Weekend Caption Contest: Winners!

I am very pleased to announce that this weeks winners of the Entertained Organizer Weekly Weekend Caption Contest are:

Queen Gina

And the returning, reigning Queen Leslie: