5 For Friday: American Comedy Shows!

Happy Friday, everyone! For today’s installment of “My Five Favourites / 5 Fun Facts” post, I decided to list my five favourite American comedy shows. I was inspired in part by my own post back in May of this year, which listed my five favourite British comedy shows; and partly because the second season of one of the shows listed in today’s post, recently commenced. I listed these shows in the order in which I began watching them, since trying to decide which one I like the best would be an exercise in futility, LOL!

The Simpsons: This show has been a long-running mainstay in my small viewing library. It began as an animated short on the short-lived “Tracy Ullman Show” back in the late ’80s, and has since evolved into one of the most popular, longest-running animated comedy series and longest-running sitcoms on television. I began watching when it became a series in its own right shortly after I left home; when my son was born, I watched it with him regularly and he still watches it to this day – as do I! It’s always been well-written, funny, and surprisingly poignant at times. The Simpsons is watched worldwide and has a steady line of merchandise including video games, books, posters, t-shirts, and even spawned one full-length movie. My favourite Simpsons episode is the one in which Krusty the Klown, the local kiddie-show celebrity and mascot for KrustyBurger, has his show cancelled in favour of a ventriloquist with a dummy named Gabbo. Little bit of trivia: Conan O’Brien used to write for the Simpsons; I think that some of the funniest episodes have his name attached to them!

South Park: This show’s humour, while a bit crude a juvenile, is still the type that will have me crying with laughter! I’ve always had a slightly warped, twisted, and demented streak when it comes to the things that make me laugh, and South Park fits the bill in every which way. I forget when I started watching it; I think it was during the middle or end of its second season, but I was hooked the minute I saw poor little Kenny McCormick suffer one of his (many) horrible, graphic deaths! If you’re easily offended, this is definitely NOT the show for you, LOL! There are many episodes which have me dying in convulsions of laughter, but one of my faves has to be the “Shake Weight / Crème Fraiche” one – it is beyond description; suffice it to say, you have to see it to appreciate it, ROFLMAO!

Family Guy: This probably surprises some of my readers, that I list both this show and American Dad, created by Seth MacFarlane, in my top five comedies! Being critical of Seth MacFarlane doesn’t mean that I can’t, or don’t, enjoy some of the things that have his name on it. For the record, I know exactly what satire is, and criticizing someone’s racism isn’t indicative of how well one understands the concept of satire. Someone asked that ignorant, irrelevant question on a post I did years ago pointing out the casual racism and misogyny of MacFarlane. It was such a ridiculous assertion that it didn’t get a response from me! At any rate, I think that my favourite Family Guy episode is an hour-long one where the Griffins meet the Simpsons!

American Dad: All I can do is echo here what I said about Family Guy above, with the exception of which episode is my favourite – I don’t know that there is a “best” American Dad episode, yet! Still, I enjoy the show in spite of MacFarlane’s obvious biases.

Wrecked: This is the newest show in my personal lineup, and it had me hooked from the third commercial aired before the show did! It is now three episodes into its second season, and I’m laughing just as hard as I did during the first season. The premise of the show is what might really happen if a group of complete strangers found themselves marooned on an island following an unfortunate accident involving a small “puddle-jumper” aircraft, in modern times. The first commercial I saw had me going, “WTF?!?” The second one had me going, “Oh, no…” Finally, the third one had me grabbing my husband and dragging him into the room to see what I was seeing! If you’re looking for something new and funny to watch, I highly recommend Wrecked!

With that, please enjoy this “Best Of” montage, featuring the 10 funniest moments from Season One of Wrecked! I’m off for a nice, long weekend of gaming – tune in to watch the action, if you’re of a mind to do so! Later…

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Full Frontal Thursday: 28 June 2017 Edition

In these clips, Sam talks about Medicaid, the over-reach of I.C.E., and gets a refresher course in persistence with Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Midweek Memes & Music – 11 January 2017! (Re-blogged)

This midweek post deserved a re-airing as I put the finishing touches on some upcoming posts. Enjoy in case you missed it the first time ’round!

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Last Week Tonight: Vaccinate!

In this episode, John discusses the necessity of vaccines and the idiocy of the anti-vaxxer movement. People really need to be mindful of who is giving medical advice and information, especially on the interwebs! A self-described expert isn’t professionally trained or educated, in the same way that the (plastic, Botoxed) face of the anti-vaxxer movement, Jenny McCarthy, isn’t a physician or a doctor. Common sense, people!

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Sunday Screen-Shots & Scenery…

This first weekend of summer has been perfect! Sunshine and temperatures in the low 80s made for the perfect barbecue: fresh salmon, corn on the cob, broccoli, and water infused with cucumber, strawberries, and mint. That was finished with a nice serving of hand-cranked ice cream! You can’t beat a summertime feast with family and friends. In light of that, enjoy some sunny, serene, in-game scenery! No image descriptions this time around…just sit back and enjoy the view.

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Five Friday Songs: 23 June 2017!

The sun is out, the weather is getting better and better, and there’s a New Moon today – so, let’s have some music to get the weekend started off right!

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Full Frontal Thursday: 21 June 2017 Edition

In these clips, Sam talks about the recent special elections in Georgia and North Carolina, asks why New York refuses to protect victims of abuse, and how vocabulary has been swirling ’round the bowl as it goes the way of respect, decency, and common sense.

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Tuesday Tributes: Victims of Hate

Charleena Lyles, a pregnant, 30-year-old mother of four, is the most recent person to be gunned down in cold blood by killer cops. She was murdered by the very police officers she contacted for help, when she called them to report an attempted burglary. From the Seattle Times:

Dozens of people attended a vigil Sunday night for a 30-year-old woman fatally shot by Seattle police as department use-of-force investigators probed how officers wound up killing a woman who had called police for help. Just after 10 a.m. Sunday, Seattle police responded after the woman had called to report an attempted burglary at her Magnuson Park apartment. At some point, police said, she displayed a knife and two officers shot and killed her.

Relatives identified the woman as Charleena Lyles. Family members said she was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for the past year. They said she was concerned authorities would take her children, one of whom they said has Down syndrome. Family members arriving about two hours later were distraught and questioned why police shot her. She was “tiny,” they said, and believe her race — she is African American — was a factor.

Yes, she had a knife. She probably wasn’t allowed to own a gun, or maybe she didn’t want guns around her children. She had armed herself to defend herself against the person who was breaking into her house. She called the police to report it – and they shot HER instead. Executed for having the temerity to, you know, do the right thing instead of taking matters into her own hands. But wait, there’s more…

Remember Philando Castile? He was fatally shot by a cop last year, in front of his girlfriend and their 4-year-old daughter. The aftermath of the brutal murder was live-streamed by Diamond Reynolds, as Philando had been cooperating with the cop’s instructions – but was still shot multiple times. From Reuters:

A Minnesota police officer was acquitted on Friday in the slaying of a black motorist he shot five times during a traffic stop last year, an incident that drew national attention after the victim’s girlfriend live-streamed the bloody aftermath on social media. St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, who testified that he feared for his life when he fatally shot Philando Castile last July, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

The jury of seven men and five women, 10 of whom were white and two of whom were black, sided with the officer after deliberating for more than 25 hours spanning five days, acquitting Yanez on all charges. The shooting death of Castile, 32, in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights triggered local protests and fueled debate across the country over the appropriate use of force by law enforcement against minorities.

Friday’s verdict drew an angry reaction from Castile’s mother. “I’m mad as hell right now,” Valerie Castile told reporters after the verdict. “My first-born son died. … Just because he was a police officer, that makes it OK.”

She said the verdict shows “the system continues to fail black people.”

This latest travesty of justice isn’t surprising to myself or other people. I would have been shocked if the officer had been found guilty, because cops get away with murder – especially the murders of non-white people. And, the rampant hate just keeps growing…

17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was beaten to death after she and friends left a mosque in Sterling, Virginia and had breakfast at a nearby IHOP. From the Washington Post:

The death of a Virginia teenager who police say was assaulted and then disappeared after leaving a mosque in the Sterling area isn’t being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday. On Sunday, police found the girl’s remains and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the case.

The mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, and relatives identified the girl as 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston. Fairfax County police identified the man charged with murder in her death as Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling. On Monday, they did not release any explanation as to why they weren’t investigating the murder as a hate crime.

According to accounts from police and a mosque official, a group of four or five teens were walking back from breakfast at IHOP early Sunday when they were confronted by a motorist. All but one of the teens ran to the mosque, where the group reported that the girl had been left behind, according to Deputy Aleksandra Kowalski, a spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

“Immediately thereafter, the ADAMS’ personnel notified both Loudoun County and Fairfax County authorities who immediately began an extensive search to locate the missing girl,” the mosque said in a statement. Loudoun and Fairfax police jointly conducted an hours-long search around Dranesville Road and Woodson Drive in Herndon, which is in Fairfax. Remains thought to be the girl’s were found about 3 p.m. Sunday in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle in Sterling. During the search, an officer spotted a motorist driving suspiciously in the area and arrested Torres, police said.

So…she was attacked and killed, but it isn’t a hate crime? Sorry, but it doesn’t qualify as “road rage” to me. “Road rage” implies that all people involved were in vehicles; in this case, the teens were on foot and were “confronted by a motorist.” How in the hell is this NOT a hate crime?

I’m just so weary of all the hate, the mindless rhetoric, and the general shit being spewed by the fearful and the xenophobic. There’s no sense or reason to it. Nobody is interested in talking about the problems, and they certainly can’t be bothered to attempt to think about solutions. “It’s not my problem,” they say, “so it’s not my job to find a solution.” I suppose that’s all well and good – but, I wonder what those same people would say if a tragedy like the ones listed here hit them close to home? Would they still say that it isn’t their problem, or would they be galvanized into action?

I wonder…

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Last Week Tonight: 18 June 2017 Edition

In this episode, John talks about the decline of the coal industry here in the USA, and how the Drumpf’s empty campaign promise to bring back coal mining and domestic steel production was a colossal whopper of a lie.

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