Debates Worth Watching

I’m sure a lot of people are disenfranchised about today’s politics as I am and I was especially dissatisfied with the last presidential debate of this country’s mainstream and overexposed candidates and their lackluster and uninformative debate. It was nothing but propaganda and talking points that have been regurgitated for so many years by both parties that it has become nothing more than white noise.  If you heard this weeks presidential debate you will have heard nothing new except for a lot of lies and misapplied facts that did nothing more than perhaps confuse an already uninformed public.

A good alternative I found to this was the “extended” debate that was held by Democracy Now! with the 3rd party candidates from the Green and Justice parties. Not only did you hear the nonsense that was spewed by both Romney and Obama but you also got to hear alternative opinions that you won’t be hearing during the regular debates (because the Commission of Presidential Debates are run by both the Democratic and Republican parties and the one thing they both agree is to keep 3rd party candidates out of the debates and the public eye).

Also, John Stewart and Bill O’Reilly decided to have a debate of their own. Even though they aren’t running for president and they aren’t politicians, it was still, in my opinion, more informative and definitely more entertaining than the real one. They tackled a lot of serious issues and contrasted their pundit point of views on some of the issues that were discussed in the Presidential debates plus other issues that weren’t. I believe that John Stewart of course came 0ut on top by pulling the veil from a lot of O’Reilly’s props that he used to push his “fair and balanced” arguments. I had no problem spending $4.95 to download and watch this debate and I recommend that anyone who is politically and socially conscious or who has questions about the state of this nation should find $5.0o and download this immediately. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream in anger at the opposing point of view, but more importantly you’ll be informed.  And that should be the point of a debate.

Definitely check out both these options to get a better picture and scope of the issues that are affecting our country and what other options you have as a voter.

Hulu Has A Hit With Battleground

I just finished watching this 13 episode series in less than a week and I already cannot wait for a second season. This show follows the Wisconsin Senate campaign of State Senate Deidre Samuels in a documentary like fashion (think “The Office”). But unlike the other shows of this medium, there is actual interaction between the camera crew and the ones being filmed.

The writing is pretty smart and the characters are rich and 3-dimensional. Even the main character, campaign manager Chris “Tak” Davis is flawed. I even think it’s reminiscent of “The West Wing”. And it’s a Hulu exclusive. The question is, will this warrant a Hulu Plus subscription. For me, right now it’s still a no. If they have two or three more shows like this I may rethink my current stance.

Fortunately for me, “Battleground” is currently available for free on the Hulu website; otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to view this show in the first place and appreciate its brilliance. Definitely give this show a chance. It’s only 13 episodes after all.

Pop Song by Jon Lajoie

I came to know about Jon Lajoie as “Taco” from FX’s hillarious show “The League”. Turns out that he is a musical comedian and has a lot of videos and songs on his website. Through comedy news blog, Laugh Spin, I found his newest video spoofing online dating.

This video compelled me to check out his site and there I found the “Pop Song” video that I found so funny I had to share it. Enjoy!