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CRINGEWORTHY: In which Russell Brand, speaking at the speed of light, eviscerates the Harris Thing from neck to navel.

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  • Rob De Witt October 22, 2021, 5:31 PM

    You…you mean politicians lie?

    Say it isn’t so.

  • ghostsniper October 22, 2021, 6:57 PM

    This shitty gov’t is so fucking embarrassing.
    None of them are american. Not even close.

  • azlibertarian October 22, 2021, 7:36 PM

    As I am well into what I’ll have to believe is the second half of my life, I find myself in this very unexpected position: For some reason, the youtube algorithm has seen fit to send me to Russell Brand. And in doing so, I find that a limey in a cardigan and a man-bun makes sense to me. I know that there are uncounted things on which we would disagree, but the circle is closing here.

    Same with Joe Rogan. On paper, he’s a second tier comedic actor and MMA commentator, and why would I be interested in any of that? For God’s sake, he’s a Bernie Bro. But if I could find three consecutive hours to sit down with someone every day, Rogan might be one of my choices.

    Funny how the world turns out.

    • Vanderleun October 23, 2021, 7:10 AM

      Indeed it is. I also had not really followed Brand except fore a couple of times I saw him talking about something I disagreed with. He was, I believe, a kind of semi-socialist… back then. But then he seems to have undergone a change from an anti-Trump to a pro-populist. In doing so I find that I seem to be agreeing with him on a lot of things.

      And stranger still I got back to Brand because I heard Rogan say, in passing, that Brand had become one of the more interesting podcasters. Looked him up and yes he was interesting. And this is one of his shorter items.

      • Rust October 23, 2021, 8:45 AM

        Brand seems to be reaching the previously blue-pilled of the younger set. It’s an amazing thing to watch develop. I could have said everything he’s saying and been dismissed out of hand because I am a “boomer”. His following is enormous and like many things with millennials, it’s about being thought of by your peers as being the cool kid ….and if you’re a Brand fan these days, that makes you one of the cool kids. More power to him. He’s opening eyes.

      • Scott October 24, 2021, 5:44 AM

        He settled down, got married, and had kids.

        A remarkable thing to some not insignificant part of the electorate, but utterly self-evident to many others.

        Also, like Rogan (and Taibbi, and Weiss, and even Greenwald), he’s evidence that you can be a member of “the opposition” and still remain interesting and even respected by your nominal philosophical foes so long as your principles remain consistent, your lines of inquiry remain sincere, and your accommodation of opposing viewpoints remains genuine. I disagree with a great many opinions held by all of the above but I come back to them again and again simply because they’re not trying to score points at my expense.

        Another one with whom I’m in deep disagreement but with whom I’d love to spend some time is Jesse Singal. He hasn’t capitulated to the trans-whackos who’ve literally called for his head simply for the act of talking about trans folks who’ve changed course and detransitioned.

  • Mike Austin October 23, 2021, 3:24 AM

    I had heard the name Russell Brand before but knew nothing about him. It seems he was making a point that thousands before him had already made. I could only make it through half of the video before my tolerance for his accent—I could not understand some of what he said—his clothing, Kamala’s voice and the obvious and blatantly “in your face” propaganda of the entire set-up had reached its natural limit. At 68 years of age I cannot afford to spend a moment being annoyed if I don’t have to. Not many years to go in any case. Why spend them listening to a raggedly dressed guy in a man-bun and a female whose only notable talent is doing for Willie Brown what Monica did for Bill?

    • ghostsniper October 23, 2021, 4:25 AM

      Exactly. Heard of him, that’s all. I could only do about 2 mins of that thing. His voice is very annoying. I’ll ASSume he’s on “our” side but I have no reason to believe that. All of it is more than I can bear.

      • Vanderleun October 23, 2021, 7:13 AM

        If you look into Brand you’ll find he’s on a side t that is not a side you think of as a side except that we are all on that side by default He’s interesting in that he has undergone a psychological and political change in the last two years and has valuable thoughts to add to our current conundrum.

        • Rust October 23, 2021, 8:47 AM

          He is reaching an important audience that was previously unreachable by voices of reason. He is making a difference.

        • Mike Austin October 23, 2021, 10:19 AM

          Dear Gerard and Rust:

          These are things I had not considered. As for Brand reaching those “previously unreachable by voices of reason.” I should have known, as I was in the profession of instructing those “previously unreachable by voices of reason”—in other words, a teacher who spent 27 years pestering and haranguing Middle and High Schoolers.

          I’ll pay more attention to Mr. Brand. He is bringing folks to our side, even with his man-bun—or maybe because of it. After all, if such a thing were good enough for Paul, then they are more than good enough for me.

          “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. “—Corinthians 9:22

          • ghostsniper October 23, 2021, 11:15 AM

            I remain cautiously optimistic.

  • Dirk October 23, 2021, 6:36 AM

    Ditto, once upon a time I’ve heard the name. It’s rare that I find these people whom make a living trying to be funny, Funny. Did see Cheech and Chong once, owned their Bamboo album. Think I still have a copy in the collection.

    Spent yesterday at 7400 ft, the Aspens and other trees and brush were so so yellow and red, amazing. I sat on a rock in a driving rain storm watching the wind do it’s thing. Wind had to be thirty forty mph.

    Strange how the ripened leaves refused to blow away, in the heavy winds. Just swayed one way then another, like a magnificent show. Truly amazing to witness. The yellows,,,,, the reds were vivid!

    • Mike Austin October 23, 2021, 6:51 AM

      I expect to see beauty like this in a few weeks when I ride my bicycle down Texas way, to the Piney Woods to be exact. Tent, stove, sleeping bag—goose own of course—Smith & Wesson and Bible going with me. Oh…some Canadian Mist as well.

      Never appreciated Cheech and Chong, but did like The Firesign Theater.

      It seems that “people who make a living trying to be funny” cannot stop themselves from saying the word ‘fuck’ and all its iterations. Why this is so I cannot say. I had to hear that word many times a day during my 27 years as a teacher. I have no desire to hear it again.

      • ghostsniper October 23, 2021, 7:44 AM

        Last time I had a date with the Canadian Mist was Christmas eve 1977, Fort Campbell, KY, army, sitting around a fire off-post with 2 soldiers I barely knew. Smokin and laughing and drinkin Mist from a big Stanley thermos we passed around, the temp was in the teens and the snow was deep. After a dozen laps around the thermos one guy suddenly got the idea that I was fucking around with his wife that I had never met and pounced on me. The race was on and neither of us were feeling any pain. Yet. The 3rd guy kept trying to break it up and got knocked the fuck out in the process. I got 2 black eyes and a broken nose and some loosened teefs. The other guy went to the emergency room. I rode my Honda 550 quad back to the barracks after midnight in freezing weather and I believe that cold air helped a little . Next morning I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. Worst ass kickin I ever took on. Haven’t seen Mist since. I never seen the 2nd guy again and heard he shipped out to Korea a few days later and his wife processed the papers.

        • Mike Austin October 23, 2021, 8:09 AM

          Damn. I know that somewhere there’s a moral to that story. Maybe not to fight over a woman—although you had no choice. I’m glad you sent him to the ER. Maybe he learned a lesson. Especially after his wife divorced him. I bet when he got the papers he blamed you for it. He sounds like a guy who would be far better off as a teetotaler.

          My story involves booze, but not on my part. I was 19 and stationed at Sheppard AFB. While walking across the base one fine day I guy I knew came up to me. His name was Parker. I noticed a bunch of recent scars on one of his forearms. He told me he and another airman were drinking the night before, and had placed a lighted cigarette between their forearms so that the cigarette, as it burned down, would begin to melt into the skin. The first guy to pull away from the pain was a chicken. My response to Parker was to call that stupid. I turned away, and there was an explosion on the side of my face. I looked at Parker, and he was in some kind of boxing stance facing off with me. The next thing I knew Parker was on the ground, unconscious and face down in his own blood. I have no recall of what I did. None.

          I never saw Parker again. But I imagine he still has those scars on his forearm.

          • ghostsniper October 23, 2021, 9:32 AM

            I’ve seen that cig trick, never did it myself, where a person wraps a dollar bill around their forearm and another person burns a hole through the bill. If the guy yanks his arm away before the hole is burned he doesn’t get the bill, if he lets the hole happen he gets the dollar, with the hole in it. I’ve seen desperate idiots with those scars all over their arms. They wear it like a badge.

            The moral to your story is that every human can change into a violent animal instantly under the right conditions. The moral to my story belongs to Remus, “Avoid Crowds” and apparently, at least in my case, 3 was a crowd. lol

    • Snakepit Kansas October 25, 2021, 5:33 AM

      Beautiful time of year. Some of the oaks around here won’t give up the dead leaves until Spring.

  • Armchair Sinner October 23, 2021, 9:22 AM

    Brand throws around the words equal and equality quite a bit, thankfully, not equity; however, one never hears equality of opportunity, but at least he doesn’t say equality of outcome. I suspect that he’s only just started to swallow the Red Pill, that his and our definition and embracement of these concepts aren’t necessarily yet on par, but that they’re closer– and getting more so– than they ever have been. Any port in a storm these days, I guess….

  • Dirk October 24, 2021, 8:05 AM

    Armchair, words like equal and equality, are ours,,,, if we can keep ‘em. I have an informal policy, if for some sad reason I’ve stumbled into a hive of libtards, being a bit outspoken I tend to challenge em on their flotsam they spew.

    tend to call bull shit on their half truths their innuendo. Make em explain Themselves. It’s a show stopper. Rarely do they have answers.

    Sadly it’s rare their challenged or held accountable for the bullshit they spew.

    I’m rarely around crowds, especially crowds of lefties.

    • Mike Austin October 24, 2021, 2:39 PM

      Because I am an old guy with hair uncut for three years running, and I only ride ferociously expensive Surly bicycles, Leftists see me as “one of their own”. They have no idea that, given the chance, I would take them for a ride in one of Pinochet’s helicopters.

      • Fletcher Christian October 24, 2021, 3:59 PM

        I hear you there. I would probably look the same, somewhat, except that as half my head doesn’t grow hair at all it would look ridiculous. I rely of hair clippers on no. 1 setting. But I am going for the full Gandalf in the beard department.

        • Mike Austin October 24, 2021, 4:38 PM

          My hair is not what it was ten years ago. Ok then. It’s about ready to be put into a colonial-type hair tie. My beard scares children. It scares me.

  • jwm October 24, 2021, 5:24 PM

    I went years without a cut. My hair grew just to the shoulder and stopped. When I had the motorcycle I’d braid it back. But that was in the 90’s 🙁 Few things look worse than some guy trying to keep his patchy balding hair long when he should’a give it up long ago. I ignored the ever shrinking pony tail for a long time, then I happened to get a good look at the crown of my head in an overhead mirror.
    I’m not kidding, I pulled into the first barber shop I saw and ended it all. I can’t take the attitude quoted on the famous tattoo, and say, “No ragrets”. I wish I could do the Gandalf bit with white hair and beard, and all. But the crown of my head got all patchy, and mangy lookin’, my legs look like they’re waxed just to show off the varicose veins, but my ears and cheeks continue to produce bristles that would do a wild boar proud. It’s a gyp. If I grew the beard out I could do a walk on in a cheap zombie movie, and wouldn’t need make-up.
    Joys of post-middle age.