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October 17, 2006

Ken Burns Spoof

Today's C.T.O.T.I.O.T.D. is sheer genius.

Apparently this thing's been around a while, but I never seen it before. Funnier than shit.

h/t Rodger

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OMG. That was so fucking funny. I've never seen it.

Brilliant with the music, the old letters, and the conspiracy-loving, guilt-ridden, self-hating white liberal.

My favorite part was the the "blackstronaut" who wrote the letter home mixing in 19th century prose with 20th century ghetto - "Goddamn space is one cold motherfucker."

Posted by: blu on Oct. 18, 2006

Same here, Blu. That was the best part indeed.

Posted by: reagan80 on Oct. 18, 2006

My oh my what a funny piece. Nailed Mr. Burns soppy style completely. I've sent it to a friend who is Kenny B's cousin.

I didn't quite get the "conspiracy lovin, guilt ridden self-hating white liberal" theme as powerfully as Blu, of course, but that's to be expected. BLu goes to bed each night recounting the conspiracies and guilts harbored by liberals. He has developed SHLG syndrome by proxy.

Posted by: Strawman on Oct. 18, 2006

The letter home from the astronaut is an almost exact parody of the Sullivan Ballou letter, one of Burns' highlights from the Civil War documentary. I actually have the CD soundtrack, which has the reading of Ballou's letter on it, with Ashokan Farewell playing in the background. so I'm pretty familiar with the original, which is why I laughed so hard at the parody.

Posted by: annika on Oct. 18, 2006

If we had bloggers in those days, the news of these black heroes would not have been suppressed. The MSM was dominated by left-wing racist bigots back then, just as they dominate today.

God bless the bloggers.

Posted by: Jake on Oct. 18, 2006


You caught me, Straw. I hate to admit it, but I was baiting you....and you bit. But, hey, you do it to me sometimes too.

Glad we could agree to enjoy it.

And remember, space is a cold motherfucker.

Posted by: blu on Oct. 18, 2006

Alway enjoy the moments.

Yes, Blu, space is a cold uncaring place unlike the friendly, caring airy we uprights inhabit. But then again I still have both nuts and have lived in NYC for near 40 years so how bad could it be down here on TF.

BTW did you read the theory that becoming upright was the single most important moment in the evolution of our illustrious species? It reduced gestation to nine months causing premature birth (humans are all premature) and allowed for continuing size development (extra-uterine formation of higher cognitive capacity) of the skull and brain beyond what the pelvic cavity could otherwise pass. The development continued in vivo and in the midst of culture. Very interesting idea and the reason there are no bononbo blackstonauts.

The human brain is a cultural artefact.
Archaeologist, University of Bradford; Author, The Buried Soul

Posted by: Strawman on Oct. 19, 2006

Very funny indeed, the spacebus reminded me of the vehicle Mel Brooks came up with for 'Spaceballs'.

Posted by: Mike C. on Oct. 19, 2006

Made me want to read the story of Ed Dwight all over again. I had only read the Chuck Yeager/Tom Wolfe version; there is another view...

Posted by: Ontario Emperor on Oct. 19, 2006

Perfect-pitch parody of the Ken Burns style. Much funnier than anything on "Saturday Night Live." Well done. Hope it finds a large audience.

Posted by: Joseph McNulty on Oct. 20, 2006