It’s hard to believe that there are only 17 days and one debate left until Election Day. Oh, wait…no it isn’t, because if feels as though this campaign season started four years ago. At least it has been amusing. There have been laugh lines on both sides of the aisle, from binders full of women to things you didn’t build. But, we kid because we care and some of the topics we’ve been cracking up over are pretty darn scary! So, in honor of Sundance Channel’s Scary Politics (films as scary as the issues on Tuesdays at 9P, including THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and ROSEMARY’S BABY) check out the five SCARIEST political stories of the week:
A good number of the videos trending this week are music-related, so I’ve rounded up the five best here for your pleasure. If you’re viewing this at work or at a library as a little mental recess, I highly recommend you turn up your computer speakers. Your coworkers or fellow students will shower you with gratitude.
“Commander-in-Chief,” “POTUS,” “Mr. President,” “Leader of the Free World,” “Yes We Can-er,” and “Cool Dude” are among the more familiar titles on President Obama’s business cards, but did you know he also goes by “Mr. Birthday Cake Giver?” Bon Appétit compiled a delicious photo gallery of pictures snapped by White House chief photographer Pete Souza of the President presenting birthday cakes (and the occasional candlelit cupcake) to various people, which is apparently a bit of a tradition. These socialist pastry ceremonies have taken place from everywhere from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to Camp David to Air Force One. This blog entry at Obama Foodorama (brilliant name) has a comprehensive write-up on this presidential gesture as well as the context behind some of the photos. The best photo, of course, is this one (below) of President Obama scolding Vice President Biden for dropping crumbs in the Oval Office. Bad Biden! Bad!
What did you do this weekend? Well, it seems as though all of the important people in the world were either at G8 sleepover. Good times! Allegedly, the world leaders were discussing this economic pickle we still seem to be in. But, really, they were watching the Champions League final. It’s kind of like the Super Bowl of European soccer. Or, as my English husband calls it, “football”. Regardless, it came down to Chelsea (they’re from England) vs Bayern Munich (Germans, obvs.) And as you can see from British Prime Minister David Cameron’s reaction…the English won out. And they did it in a super exciting,
The timely cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker celebrates President Obama’s decision to make a very public stand in favor of gay marriage which he believed was important for him to “go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” I think its long been clear which side SUNfiltered falls on this debate, which in my mind shouldn’t even be a debate in the same way interracial marriage is no longer an issue. Bob Staake, the artist who created this cover
Oh hey, what’s up? Here is your President, Barack Obama, explaining that his position on same-sex marriage has finally finished evolving.
We’re about a month into the 2012 Major League Baseball season, which has been as disappointing so far as my beloved Red Sox (yes, the rumors are true…this die-hard Knicks fan and NYC fanboy bleeds the same red that Curt Schilling gave during our historic World Series run). My boys are sitting not-so-pretty in last place in their division. That annoyance aside, the start of another baseball season means yet another year of witnessing various VIPs, celebrities, and honored guests demonstrating their inability to properly throw a baseball 60 feet (Exhibit A). Presidents are also a part of this sports ritual. It started in 1910 when a paunchy William Howard Taft tossed out a ceremonial first pitch from the stands on the Washington Senators’ Opening Day (ceremonial first pitches were not originally tossed from the mound). The headline in the Washington Post the next day was, “TAFT TOSSES BALL. Crowd Cheers President’s Fine Delivery of the Sphere.” This might be the classiest headline ever written for a sports game.
It’s been a rough week for President Obama. First, he had a hot mic moment while bantering with outgoing Russian finger puppet, I mean president, Dmitry Medvedev. Then, to add insult to injury, it turns out genealogist, and Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine has proven our commander-in-chief was not even born in the United States! It’s OK, Barry. Plenty of people still love you. In fact, plenty of people acknowledge that you are sexy and you know it, as exemplified in the video above. Who cares about what that miniature horse collector thinks?
I know we’ve got our own ridiculous election to follow, but did you know that Vladimir Putin is, once again, running Russia (although we are pretty sure he never really stopped). Apparently, securing only 63 percent of Sunday’s vote put a damper on his victory celebration because he had a bit of a cry. Thank goodness the Internet is here to cheer him up! The folks over at Buzzfeed alerted us to the Crying Putin meme. But, guess what? America still owns the web and President Obama isn’t about to let sad Putin steal his thunder. So…who do you think wins the sad-off?
In “I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Joke” news, an Islamic cleric bans women from touching bananas and cucumbers to avoid them having sexual thoughts.
Mint.com’s “page not available” page has a kinda funny personal ad.
Photo credit: EcoWatch
This week the GOP leadership, once again, has sided with Big Oil against the will of the American people. They are trying to circumvent President Obama’s decision to further investigate the impacts of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. GOP leadership is instead advocating for granting the permit now, or else they will hold up important legislation meant to benefit real people’s real lives.
They want you to believe it’s about jobs, but that’s not what the facts bear out. Just take a look.
“This is American democracy at its best: a President who listens to the voice of the people and shows the courage to do what’s right for the country. Thank you, Mr. President, for standing up to Big Oil. Thank you for standing up for us all.” – Robert Redford on Keystone XL Pipeline decision, Nov. 10, 2011.
Robert Redford delivers a powerful message to President Obama, asking him to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline that threatens to destroy “the bread basket of America” so big oil can turn a profit.
A plug-in outdoor table, and how your labtop might contribute to rainforest destruction: this week’s green tech finds.
Wisconsin as a microgrid hub: There’s more than ugly political battles going on in the Badger State. A university-industry consortium announced an initiative to establish “microgrids” at UW campuses in Milwaukee and Madison over the next two years. (via @RepowerAmerica)
If you haven’t been over to the Politico blog yet today, you might want to head over and check out the brewing debate started by Redford’s comments on Obama’s lackadaisical stance on environmental issues, which originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Politico’s short version of Redford’s longer piece is:
One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it? Since early August, three administration decisions – on Arctic drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline and the ozone that causes smog – have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment. Like so many others, I’m beginning to wonder just where the man stands.
Electric scooters, drainwater heat recovery, and 313 mph… this week’s green tech finds.
80% by 2035: Hard to think of any bigger news this week than President Obama’s call for massive investment in clean energy technology… with a goal of 80% of the US’ energy coming from “clean” sources by 2035. SustainableBusiness.com has some reactions to the POTUS’ declaration of a “Sputnik moment.”
Green foundry jobs come to Michigan: The small town of Eaton Rapids will be home to a new foundry that will produce castings for wind turbines. (via MLive)
Immediately after President Obama’s State of the Union address, NPR asked its listeners to describe his speech in just three words, which were all then compiled and put into Wordle, a fun word cloud generator. NPR received responses from over 4,000 people and the result above is a graphic representation of how in tuna people…
White House photographer Pete Souza has become a blogosphere (at least among the left side of it) favorite for his pictures of President Obama and his family, particularly his “Photo of the Day” (POD) that is featured and refreshed daily on the White House website. To mark its one year anniversary, Souza “chose the following…
If you haven’t heard of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative before, no worries… neither had I (and I watch out for these things). But, while most of us have been watching for news of climate change legislation out of Washington (that’s still hung up), President Obama launched this effort “…to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans to the outdoors” back in April. There have been listening sessions around the country all Summer long. And now, the deadline for a report from the the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is coming due (on November 15th).
US presidents golfing on vacation is hardly news, but President Obama’s choice of a course for his ten days of family time in Martha’s Vineyard this month did make the New York Times… because the Vineyard Golf Club “is thought to be the only completely organic golf course in the United States…”
There may be street art hanging up inside the White House thanks to the British Prime Minister David Cameron’s gift to President Obama. In his first official visit to the White House, the Prime Minister presented a painting “Twenty First Century City” by Ben Eine, a familiar presence in the London street art and graffiti…
Critics from both right and left have pounced on President Obama’s Oval Office address last night as lacking in substance, and even purpose. But David Roberts at Grist noted that weatherization, an important element of any energy and climate plan, was one of the specifics Obama did mention as means of lessening the country’s reliance on fossil fuels (and also lessening the potential for disasters like the Gulf oil spill).
A sign warns the public away from the beach on May 23, 2010 on Grand Isle, Louisiana. With oil covering many of the beaches, officials closed them to the public indefinitely on Saturday. Officials now say that it may be impossible to clean the coastal wetlands affected by the massive oil spill that continues gushing…