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THE NEW NUMBER ONE: SHOES ATTACK ON BUSH CLIP

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2008 04:44pm | Post a Comment

And this just in -- the new number one video clip of 2008 will shortly become the above clip of the televised incident earlier today in which George W. Bush, during a press conference from his unannounced visit to Iraq, had a pair of Size 10 black leather shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi TV journalsit. Bush reacted instantly, ducking and avoiding being hit by either shoe, but clearly he was as surprised as everyone else in the room.

Now, if you have been watching TV or have been online on news sites over the past few hours you will undoubtedly have seen this gripping piece of footage, but over the next few days & weeks you can be sure it will fast become the number one most replayed video of 2008 online as well as on TV. I bet that during all the george bush and a shoeyear end wrap up shows on television it will upstage every other video clip of the past year -- one rich in symbolic eye catching stories, including even Sarah Palin's Thanksgiving Turkey clip. 

In the meantime it will no doubt fuel editorial rantings from the likes Bill O'Reilly on one side as well as the legions of Dubya haters on the other side for some time. Furthermore, this incident will forever mark or bookend the last days of the Bush presidency in the history books unless something else even more shocking happens to, or is brought about by, Bush before he leaves office.

Additonally, It will also undoubtedly inspire conspiracy theories galore. For starters, in Arab culture the sole of a shoe is the ultimate insult. The above picture, courtesy of the TImes in London, is of a Shia protester last month striking an image of President Bush with his shoe as an expression of contempt during a rally in central Baghdad. Plenty to go on there, but some will take it further. Some conspiracy theorists will dwell on the meaning of the size of the shoe or the color of the shoes or the order (left, right) in which they were thrown.

INMATES DANCE AS FORM OF REHABILITATION

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2008 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day is the Filipino dancing inmates moving in unision to the piped in sounds of Flo Flo Rida LowRIda featuring T-Pain's "Low" (single released earlier this year by Poe Boy/Atlantic and available at Amoeba Music). The video is one in a series from the inmates at the CPDRC facility performing their unique monthly prison-wide group dance. This particular recorded dance is from June 28, 2008 and, like all of the group inmate dances at the Filipino CPDRC facility, is choreographed by Byron F Garcia, who has helped stage (and film) numerous other recorded mass inmate dance displays including one from February this year to Soulja Boy and MC Hammer

Although some (mostly non inmates) have critized this forced dancing on inmates as "cruel" or "inhumane," Garcia firmly believes that dancing is a postive force and hence a good tool in the rehabiliation of prisoners. I have to agree with him (the inmates all seem pretty uplifted from these dances) and I can't help but wonder what the results would be if a similar program were adapted in US incarceration facilities. 

VAN DAMME THAT DJ MADE MY DAY

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2008 03:02pm | Post a Comment

Today's Dance of the Day, which is also part fight, is of Jean Claude Van Damme busting a move or two on the dance floor in the 1989 film Kickboxer. In this action movie (available on DVD at Amoeba), J.C.V.D. plays van damme kickboxerthe younger brother of an unbeaten American kickboxer who hungers for some real competition and ends up going to the home of Muay Thai kick boxing: Thailand.

Van Damme was the subject of a wonderful recent Amoeblog by Charles Reece, where it was reported that the "Muscles from Brussels has finally starred in a film that's been getting some good critical response. JCVD is an attempt to explore the heart and mind of Jean-Claude Varenberg, the man behind the dissipating Van Damme legend." The new film on JCVD by director Mabrouk El Mechri is the film that is receiving rave reviews. From this engaging Amoeblog I learned that JCVD had a small role in the 1984 hip-hop movie Breakin'.

1997 INTERVIEW WITH CAMERA SHY BETTIE PAGE

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2008 06:14am | Post a Comment

Bettie Page, the eternally popular sexy 1950s pin-up model who died yesterday at age 85, conducted this TV interview eleven years ago. "I wouldn't want to see a model when she's old and out of shape. Who would?... I hate old age," said the Southern accented Page. Interviewed at age 74 in 1997 by Real Life entertainment reporter Tim Estiloz, she refused to be shown on camera. "I don't want to be photographed in old age," said the former model, who retired at age 34.

If you know little about Bettie Page's career (which remarkably only lasted seven years but whose influence is felt to this day) this is a good primer. Page, who was also known as Betty, was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, as was reported by the AP. Apparently before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

As outlined in the above TV piece, her once risque photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses. Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder, told AP that "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society."

To read the full AP report on Bettie Page's death and often turbulent life go to the SF Gate website.

HOW-TO DO THE ADULATION JIGGITY-JIG

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2008 05:17am | Post a Comment

How-to do the adulation jiggity-gig, including such moves as the basic step, the full-body shimmy,  shoulder plunge, the jazz hands, belly rub, and of course, the overbite.
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