Reminds of this one, the Shop theme from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time:
And Muppets Ode to Joy with Beaker:
The most touching, tear-jerker moment in the whole Justice League series. From the Justice League Unlimited episode, For the Man Who Has Everything (summary of episode at link):
Smoother and more complete context version starting from 3 minutes 30 seconds:
“Van… When you were born, it was the happiest day iof my life. When I first saw your beautiful face… Your tiny fingers squeezed my hand so tight. Like you never wanted to let go. I’ve watched every step, every struggle… But Van, I… But I don’t think you’re real. I don’t think any of this is real.”
“Don’t say that daddy. Please. You’re scaring me.”
“No, no… I don’t wanna scare you Van. You are everything I ever wanted in a son. This… This is everything I ever wanted in a life. But I’ve got responsibilities Van. I… Have to go now.”
“I promise you. I’ll never forget.”
Imagine it for yourself…. Think about the ones you love dearest, and imagine if you were to suddenly wake up and realize Your wife/husband/son/daughter is all just a dream. Would you want to be awake, or would rather live on in the dream world (that seems so real to you)? Would you be willing to take the red pill? Would you choose the unhappy truth over the blissful lie?
It makes me sad just to think about it.
A real gem of a golden oldie animated short is Mother Goose Goes Hollywood.
The basic concept is to take classic children’s rhymes and cast caricatures of (then-current) well known celebrities in the rhymes’ contexts. And with jazz, of course!
I could only place a handful of the personalities portrayed – still-famous ones like Groucho Marx, the ventriloquists’ dummy I first saw as a kid watching Fun and Fancy Free, and some I even only recognized from caricatures of them in other cartoons from the era! And yet I had the feeling that each portrayal was spot on. If only I had some clue as to just who they were…
Thus I Googled my way to 2719 Hyperion’s post, Who’s Who in Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, featuring an overview complete with placing of the dialogue quotes.
Some of the caricatures are amusing, others are uncannily similar to the real thing. (Good political cartoons don’t need name tags on the portrayed persons for you to instantly recognize who they are.)
So I suggest you watch the Youtube above, then scroll on down to the comparisons from 2719 Hyperion (which has clickable to full size images):
See this post at 2719 Hyperion for the background of this cartoon’s creation.
In fact, there are plenty other period cartoons that featured characters obviously meant to be caricatures of famous folk of the time… From one-off gags like a floppy-nosed cat going Ha cha cha cha! to being the entire focus of the cartoon like in Mickey’s Gala Premiere.
I’d love for a modern version to be made, beyond the usual gags and rip-offs aimed at one or two celebs like Britney Britney… Or referencing classic actors who passed away long before the target audience was even born.
On a tip from hutchrun:
Not 100% Biblically accurate due to lots of abridgement, but entertaining and historically enlightening for the post-Biblical parts.
And via The Jawa Report, Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes:
And via The Jawa Report:
Tipped by hutchrun:
From Melanie Phillips:
The San Remo Treaty of 1920, in which the victors of the First World War parcelled out the remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire, created a geographical area called Palestine along both sides of the Jordan River.
Article 6 of the Palestine Mandate signed by the League of Nations in 1922 stipulated ‘close Jewish settlement’ on the land west of the Jordan River. The river served as the boundary because that year the UK created a new Arab country, today known as Jordan, by unilaterally bestowing the land east of the river onto the Hashemite dynasty and thus giving some three quarters of Palestine away.
That Mandate treaty obligation to settle the Jews in Palestine from the river to the sea has never been abrogated and endures today. The 1945 UN Charter, Chapter XII, Article 80 explicitly says than nothing within it shall ‘alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties’.
Furthermore, Israel’s ‘occupation’ of these areas is legal twice over – since it merely gained them in a war of self-defence in 1967, and is thus legally entitled to hold onto them until the belligerents stop waging war upon it. Which they still have not.
On a tip from hutchrun, as always an often, archaeology proves the Jewish claim to Jerusalem:
Underneath the four-story modern house, 18 years of digging revealed what Siebenberg calls “the perfect continuation of Jewish history in one place.” The base layer has emptied burial caves from the era of King David and King Solomon some 3,000 years ago.
Above that are the remains of a Hasmonean mansion inhabited by children of the Maccabees – the heroes of Hanukkah fame — who ruled Judea from 142-63 BCE after liberating it from the Syrian-Greeks.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE
If you’re into that sort of thing, check out this video of several instances where a Canadian sniper takes out a Taliban fighter from huge ranges.
From 30 seconds, you see the Taliban literally explode in a shower of gore. From 46 seconds, you see a slowly moving head disappear in a pop.
From the commentary:
Video of Canadian snipers wiping out Taliban snipers in Afghanistan. The video shots were not made through the shooter’s telescopic sight — they were made looking through the spotter’s scope. The spotter lies right next to the sniper and helps the sniper find and home in on the target.
Pay close attention to the beginning of the video. A Taliban sniper is laying on top of the peak in front of you…when you hear the shot fired watch what happens. The Canadian sniper is about a half-mile away from the target
Via Ace of Spades post about a British sniper popping seven in a row.
From The Star 10 July 2009:
My apologies if I’m being insensitive, but… Not very well acquainted physics?
Recall this comparable scene from The Dark Knight (Batman), starting from 1 minute 30 seconds:
A multi-storey fall only breaks your bones.
So unless she fell headfirst with her head tilted at a precise angle that would cause her neck to snap upon impact with the ground, she would most likely merely get a bad sprain or fractures, which would hurt like heck but would not end her tormented existence of suffering. (In fact, it would just add to the torment and suffering, physically.)
Methinks she was merely insincere about her ‘suicide’ attempt, and just wanted some attention.
Is there no end to how unpopular Hopey Changey can get???
Info from Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll which updates as new data arrives.
UPDATE 24 AUGUST 2011: New all time low of Negative 26!!!
UPDATE 22 AUGUST 2011: All time low of Negative 23!!!
UPDATE 12 APRIL 2011: A new record, only 19% Strongly Approve of him for an overall rating of negative 20.
UPDATE 11 AUGUST 2010: He’s finally broken his old record since December ’09 of Negative 21!
Is it the disastrous economy? The spiralling unemployment? The inept non-response to the Gulf spill? The insane attacks on Arizona? The constant golfing and holidaying in the midst of recession?
Oh wait, no… It must be just because Americans are racists. Yeah, that totally explains it.
Meanwhile, not only do Dems not want Obama ‘helping’ them for the upcoming elections, some are even bashing him to win support among voters!
Voters say that they will be put off a candidate if Obama endorses them!
Even the maligned Bush polls 6 points higher than Obama in Dem-held districts!
Obamacare is incredibly toxic to independent voters, and not one of the 279 Dems who voted for it are featuring their support for it in their ads!
By Michael Ramirez: