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etc. - a little of this, a little of that - by Oliver Del Signore

Archive for the ‘Video’ Category


Today, something for Obama supporters

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I’ve been taking a fair amount of heat lately because I can’t find it in my heart to support Our Dear Leader…I mean, The Greatest President Ever®… I mean Barack H. Obama as he runs for reelection.

Apparently, all I ever do is lie about him and make up stuff and be mean and disrespectful. I’ve even had the racist card played on me a couple of times.

I will freely admit to being disrespectful, primarily because I’m one of those curmudgeonly folks who believe respect should be earned and not come automatically with being elected to something. The rest of the charges, well, I imagine they come from folks who live by sound bites and pretty much want to believe that “Yes, we can” move “Forward” and build castles in the sky but really don’t like it when folks point out things like gravity, so they lash out.  But that’s okay. I have a pretty thick skin.

Still, I do feel a little bit bad that I made them feel bad. So today, I’m not going to say anything bad about Barack H. Obama. I’m not even going to point out any uncomfortable truths. I’m just going to offer this short music video by two folks who apparently were card-carrying Obots hopeful, thoughtful supporters in 2008.

I’ll leave it to you, kind readers, to comment on the video.



Does This Sound Like “Standing Behind Small Business” To You?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Today’s offering is a guest post, of sorts. It was borrowed, it toto, from the blog of my favorite talk-show host, Michael Graham. My comments follow.


Does This Sound Like “Standing Behind Small Business” To You?

So says President Obama in his new ad, attempting to undo the damage of his previous “You didn’t build that” comments.

“Those ads taking my words about small business out of context, they’re flat out wrong,” Obama says. “Of course Americans build their own business. Everyday hardworking people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs and make our economy run. And what I said was that we need to stand behind them as America always has.”

So here is President Obama “standing behind [small business]” in his previous speech that, he says, was “taken out of context.” Does this sound like he’s pro-business to you?

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

If this is what Obama sounds like when he’s PRO-business, I’d hate to hear what he sounds like when he’s not “standing behind” them.

I think the President’s problem is that he said what he meant and he meant what he said. He’s an economically-idiotic, far-Left, envy-spreading, class-warfare hack who’s so far out of his depth he’s suffering a case of electoral bends. He may be a nice guy and a loving dad, but as a president, Barack Obama’s record absolutely, positively sucks.

But please—don’t take me out of context.


Does Obama really believe more of the same, failed policies will somehow magically turn things around in America?

I love it when politicians forget themselves and mistakenly say what they really think, then have to spend days and lots of campaign money trying to make it seem like they said something else.

Obama has always been a collectivist. Because he was glad-handed up the ladder his whole life, rather than advancing through hard work and accomplishment, he apparently really believes that everyone else must have relied on other people to make them successful.

He really believes the individual “owes” the collective, that successful people owe their success to everyone else and so should be happy to have government take and redistribute what they earned.

He is so blinded by his ideology, he cannot see the damage his utopian dreams have done to America and like, all such folks who live in a state of self-delusion, he’s sure the problem is not his policies but that we just need more of them.

Even a child understands that if you hit a board with a hammer and it cracks, hitting it harder, again and again, is not going to fix it.

I guess it’s a good thing Obama never appeared on the TV game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.”

Obviously, he’s not.


John Silveira ruined a wonderful memory and I may never forgive him

Friday, July 20th, 2012

When my daughter was very young, she loved wearing a pair of red, one-piece jammies with feet. One day, a song from the movie Working Girl named Lady in Red played on the radio and I scooped her up in my arms and we danced to it. We had such a good time, it became “our song.” We danced to it like that, or with her standing on my feet as she got older, whenever we heard it.

There was a lull in our dancing during her teenage years, when it was no longer cool to be seen dancing with dad, but it picked up again once the hormones tempered a bit. The last time I danced with her to the song was during the father-daughter dance at her wedding.

I tell you this so you’ll understand why the song is special to me, and so you’ll understand why I may never forgive John Silveira, my friend of forty-seven years, who attended the aforementioned wedding and witnessed the father-daughter dance, for sending me the link to this video with nothing more than “Lady in red…” in the subject line:

Forevermore, when I hear Lady in Red, not only will the image of my beautiful daughter be called to mind, but it will be shared with the memory of a guy paddling a canoe and turning it in circles. And people applauding while he did it.

If John had called me up and told me about a sport called freestyle canoeing, I’d have waited patiently for the punchline. But clearly this video was no joke. It shows a serious competition. Turning a canoe in circles. To music.

I suppose all I can do now is to focus my memory on that wedding dance and hope for the best. Perhaps, in time, the memory of the video will fade. I’ll tape a copy of the photo to the right to the edge of my computer monitor to help me.

Silveira usually makes a trip back east once a year to visit with friends and family and spends a few days in our guest room after he arrives and before he returns to Oregon. When he shows up this year, he may well be sleeping under the back porch. Or in the shed.



Are you unemployed? We Dig Jobs might be able to help…or not.

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Have you ever wondered what Our Dear Leader means when he wants to print more money to spend on what he says are “shovel-ready” jobs?

Watch what happens when some folks sit down with some union guys to talk about creating “green” jobs.

Is it just me, or did those union guys look and sometimes sound like characters straight out of The Sopranos?

Now, the truth is that isn’t going to help you find a job. If you stop by their website, you can sign up to have a bag of dirt sent in your name to the White House “to remind the president who really creates jobs in America.” You may still be jobless, but at least you’ll be helping the folks who fill the bags and ship them to keep their jobs.

Of course, until such time as the feds embrace honesty and do away with boondoggles like the green jobs grants (exact date estimated at two weeks after hell freezes over), you, too, can write a grant proposal, with or without the help of your local union, present it to the proper state or local official(s), and cash in on creating jobs for folks.

Just check your conscience at the door before entering.

Do you have any good ideas for make-work jobs on which to spend “stimulus” funds?


This is why everyone should be encouraged to carry a firearm

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

71-year-old patron fires on, scares off would-be robbers

Two men who attempted to hold up an Internet cafe were shot and injured by a patron of the business Friday night, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials said they got a call at 9:54 p.m. about an armed robbery at Palms Internet Cafe, 8444 SW State Road 200.

When deputies arrived at the scene, patrons outside the business told them that two men in masks, one armed with a baseball bat and the other with a handgun, had barged into the business.The robbers told the approximately 30 patrons to get on the floor, and they demanded money.

Officials said one of the patrons, Samuel Williams, drew his own handgun and shot at the robbers, according to sheriff’s officials. Both robbers began running toward the front door, and the patron fired several more shots as they fled. The two men got into a car parked nearby and fled.

[Text reposted from YouTube]

Way to go Samuel Williams.

Lowlifes count on victims being unarmed. See how quickly they flee when confronted by armed resistance.

If this had taken place in Massachusetts, odds are nobody would have been armed except the robber and everyone would have lost everything they carried. Worse, if someone was armed and shot at the bad guys, he probably would end up in jail for armed assault and if he hit one with a bullet, the thief might well sue him.

Despite what mealy-mouthed politicians and Attorney Generals might tell you, the police cannot protect you. They know this in Florida. Why can’t they figure this out here in The People’s Republic and in Washington, D.C.?


A Brief History of Rock N’ Roll in 100 Guitar Riffs

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

If you ever listened to Rock n’ Roll, you might enjoy this twelve-minute performance by Alex from the Chicago Music Exchange.

He plays 100 well-known  guitar riffs and does it all in one take. The names of the songs from whence the riffs came are displayed at the bottom right.

First off, the guys is pretty darn good to do it all in one take. Second, he necessarily had to leave out riffs from many more songs than he included.

He doesn’t say what his criteria was for selecting the riffs, but I can think of some that should have been there, including almost anything from The Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper album, Springsteen’s Born to Run, something from The Who’s Tommy, and riffs to represent rock musicals like Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Have a listen and then leave a comment with some songs you think should be included if he ever does a remake with 200 guitar riffs.

A Brief History of Rock N’ Roll in 100 Guitar Riffs


Rest in Peace, Andy

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Yesterday, I was saddened to learn Andy Griffith passed away Tuesday morning at age 86.

I never watched any of his later TV shows, including the wildly successful Matlock, but I was, as a kid, a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show. If you, too, watched and enjoyed the show, you understand why. If not, you might want to skip the video clips, below, and come back tomorrow.

Rest in Peace, Andy.

Opie And The Spoiled Kid

Opie’s Allowance

Andy, Opie, and Horatio

Andy Griffith and Paul Revere’s Ride



I had a nice weekend. Did you? Also, some videos.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Congratulations to this week’s Comment Contest winner – DeAnna.


I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. I had to work for part of it, but I also got to spend time outside tending to some long-overdue trimming of various shrubs around our yard. I also had the pleasure of spending time in my workshop building a platform on which my son’s large window air conditioner can rest. I really should have spent time cleaning the aforementioned workshop, but where’s the fun in that? I even got to watch a movie last night, something I’ve not done much of this month thanks to Martha monopolizing the TV at night with Red Sox games. I can’t say she’s their biggest fan, but she’s definitely part of the 1%, fan-wise. I did waste some time on YouTube, though, and found a few videos I thought worthy of sharing. All-in-all, I had a pretty nice weekend.

How was your weekend? Did you have to work? What did you do? Let me know after you watch the videos.

First up, the marriage of the Hawaii 5-O theme song and Star Wars. I remember watching the original 5-O as a teen and I was a big fan of the first three installments of the latter, so I thought this kind a cool.

I was also a big fan of the original Star Trek series, probably because, back then, I consumed sci-fi novels at the rate of two or three a week. A decade and a half later, NBC brought the world The A-Team.

Finally fans of Star Trek, The Next Generation know Brent Spiner as the android Star Fleet officer Commander Data. Before that, he appeared in a number of other TV shows, including Night Court. It was his last role before getting the part of Commander Data, so maybe his “Bob Wheeler” really did help to make him famous.

Do you have some favorite YouTube videos? If so, and if they are appropriate for a family website, please link to them in the comments section. Thanks!


Will you join the boycott of Best Buy over donations to a group that supports terrorists?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

What would you do if you discovered one of your favorite stores was supporting organizations with ties to terrorist groups?

Former U.S. Marine James Canning, after learning that Best Buy was donating money to CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group the FBI has identified as supporting radical Islamic terrorists, made the one-minute YouTube video below and began a boycott of the store chain.

Former U.S. Marine James Canning

Although I think that corporate support for a variety of social and charitable groups is commendable, I also think the company should know to whom their money is going and what they represent.

I imagine there are any number of Islamic organizations to which they could donate that have not been named unindicted co-conspirators in supporting and funneling money to terrorist organizations.

Somebody at Best Buy dropped the DVD player on this one, but rather than admit their error, they’re sticking to their guns according to this quote from the below-linked article:

“Best Buy’s customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations, and we respect our employees’ efforts to constructively promote diversity and education in their communities.”

While expertly crafted to sound politically correct so as not to offend anyone, the statement completely avoids the true issue — their support of terrorist supporters, essentially telling their outraged customers where to stick it.

I don’t spend a lot of money at Best Buy. I might shop their once a year, so my support for the boycott is likely to have next to no impact. But I suspect there are a lot of ex-marines and soldiers and sailors and airmen and others who do shop there regularly. And those folks have families and friends who can choose where to spend their money

Best Buy’s decision about who not to offend in this matter would seem to mean they’ve decided their future lay with an ever-growing American and world-wide Muslim population.

Time will tell if they are correct.

Will you join the Best Buy boycott?

Here is a link to the story: Ex-Marine’s ‘Best Buy-cott’ gathers steam over radical Muslim ties.


Veterans upset at Obama’s glory-hogging

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Until I ran into this today, I thought I was the only one who was annoyed because Our Dear Leader was taking all the credit for killing Osama bin Laden.

The fact is, of course, Obama didn’t kill anyone. At the most, he put the same effort into killing bin Laden that he puts into shining his shoes – he agreed it was a good idea and let someone else do it.

The truth is, Navy SEALS killed bin Laden. They are the people who deserve our thanks, not a megalomaniacal politician who’s probably never held a loaded weapon in his life.

He and his handlers have managed to squeeze a lot of political juice out of bin Laden’s death and some veterans appear to have had enough of it.

Veterans for a Strong America have put together a one-minute video that’s going viral on YouTube and they want to air it on television.

Here is the story.

Here is the ad:

Despite the veterans’ protests, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of Obama taking credit, news stories and specials touting him for courage and bravery, etc., as the campaign season goes on.

What do you think about Obama taking so much credit for bin Laden’s death?



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