Monday, January 17, 2011

Jacob Volkmann calls out President Obama: Secret Service visit, The Jay Leno appearance, regret after Arizona shooting

A few updates on MMA Fighter Jacob Volkmann after his calling out of President Obama

1) An appearance on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' as they featured an amusing doctored clip of the promo

2) Jacob gets a visit from The Secret Service who customarily act on any threats against the President of the united States
UFC Fighter Jacob Volkmann Calls Out President Barack Obama, Gets A Visit From the Secret Service (UPDATED)
Well, if anyone ever wondered if a potential threat against the President goes unnoticed, you just got your answer.

“It happened on Tuesday, I was coaching youth practice, and then two guys came up and one of the other coaches that was helping me out, they said there was a cop and another guy out there waiting for me,” Volkmann told “I went out there and the guy introduced himself and said he was from the Secret Service and he wanted to ask me some questions about UFC 125 and my quote. He said there were people calling in to D.C. telling them that somebody, me, was threatening the President.”
3) Jacob regrets his comments in light of the Tucson shooting tragedy which some have blamed on the heated rhetoric in American politics
Jacob Volkmann regrets calling out President Obama in wake of Arizona shooting
"I would never make that comment if that shooting happened first," said Volkmann, 30.

The Arizona shooting has resulted in widespread, and sometimes controversial, calls for toned-down political rhetoric. Volkmann, whose remarks won him a customary visit from the Secret Service, is toning it down.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Comedian Marc Maron featured in New York Times

Marc Maron featured on the NY Times
A write up of Comedian Marc Maron in the New York Times
The Comic Who Explores Comedy’s Darkest Side
In 2004 he found a temporary home at Air America, the left-leaning radio network that went off the air last January. It didn’t work out. “I really began to believe that the struggles of most people are existential, not political,” he said, “and my biggest struggles were existential.”

He was canceled by Air America — twice.

A third project with the network, a Web-based show with the comedian Sam Seder, also failed. In September 2009, after that show was canceled, he and Mr. McDonald began to sneak into the Air America studios after hours to record his podcast, bringing guests up in the freight elevator. Soon, he moved from Astoria, Queens, to Los Angeles, where he had spent time on the comedy circuit. And so his garage became the new home of the podcast.
Marc's star has risen considerably with the success of his WTF podcast. He was also recently featured on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 'The 10 Funniest People, Videos and Things of the Coming Year'

Listen to my 2008 PunditFight interview with Marc Maron here - NerdsGoneWild presents: A conversation with Marc Maron

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pundits as Guest referees: Stephen Colbert moderates debate between Ron Paul & David Leonhardt

The Star Wrestler as Guest referee
Star Wrestlers adopting the role of Guest referee is a classic tradition in wrestling. It allows wrestlers to advance storylines and feuds from a different angle, by favoring certain competitors or strategically choosing not to get involved. Refereeing can be just as effective a way of elevating oneself than it is to be involved in the match.

Watch an entertaining and informational debate between the merits of America returning to the 'Gold Standard' between Congressman Ron Paul & NY Times' David Leonhardt.

Gold Faithful - Ron Paul & David Leonhardt
Gold Faithful - Ron Paul & David Leonhardt
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c

Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogMarch to Keep Fear Alive

Read the discussion on the ColbertNation website here -Gold Faithful - Ron Paul & David Leonhardt

Jon Stewart defends his 'Rally to Restore Sanity': Rachel Maddow, Sarah Silverman, Sam Seder and Bill Maher weigh in

Jon Stewart explaining his 'Rally to Restore Sanity' with Rachel Maddow
VIDEO: Rachel Maddow's One hour interview with Jon Stewart

'The Rachel Maddow Show' (Nov 15, 2010)
MADDOW: You don‘t do all that many interviews...
Why did you—why did you want to talk to me?

STEWART: After the rally it—you know, whenever you go out there, whatever you put out, you can only control your intention. You can‘t control its perception or how people receive it. And you can control your execution.

So, when people are perceiving it as something—people that I respect are perceiving as something that we didn‘t perceive it as sort of either two or three things, one is we were inartful in the way that we conceived it and presented it, our intention was wrong or off, not clear. Or it‘s being misperceived. So, I guess—there‘s probably four. I don‘t know what that would be.
VIDEO: Bill Maher on The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
HBOs' Real Time with Bill Maher: Ep 196
And finally, New Rule, if you're going to have a rally where hundreds of thousands of people show up, you might as well go ahead and make it about something. With all due respect to my friends Jon and Stephen, it seems to me that if you truly wanted to come down on the side of restoring sanity and reason, you'd side with the sane and the reasonable, and not try to pretend that the insanity is equally distributed in both parties.

Keith Olbermann is right, when he says he's not the equivalent of Glenn Beck. One reports facts, the other one is very close to playing with his poop.
Sam Seder and Sarah Silverman discuss the effectiveness of Jon Stewart and his 'Rally to Restore Sanity' as well as Bill Maher's critique of the rally.
Sam chats with Atrios and Sarah Silverman (Nov 17, 2010)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

UFC Fighter cuts a promo on President Barack Obama - Jacob Volkmann after his Victory at UFC 125

VIDEO: Jacob Volkmann Calls Out Barack Obama After UFC 125 Win

After Jacob Volkmann's decision victory over veteran Antonio McKee at UFC 125, he was interviewed by MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani who got another major scoop when the interview deviated from a standard post-fight chat into a wrestling-style promo. Jacob speaking as a concerned Small Business operator calls out the American President over his healthcare policy and its impact on his Chiropractic practice.

This is another major scoop for Ariel Helwani after being involved in many of the Fight World's most memorable moments of 2010. Listen to Helwani talking to friend-of-Show 'Live Audio Wrestling' discussing the many times he has been "at the right place at the right time".
UFC 125: Jacob Volkmann Calls Out Barack Obama After UFC 125 Win (skip to 3min mark)
ARIEL HELWANI: Now you got a big win over a veteran, who do you want next?
JACOB VOLKMANN: It doesn't matter, [Clay] Guida. I don't now. Actually Obama.

HELWANI: Wow! You're calling out Barack Obama, that's pretty big. That's ballsy.
VOLKMANN: He's not too bright. The Making Home Affordable plan, and then his health care plan. Somebody's gotta knock some sense into that idiot.

HELWANI: Wow this interview just took a turn into the political world. Are you a Sarah Palin fan? Please say no.
VOLKMANN: No! I just don't like what Barack was doing. Cuz i'm a chiropractor so I know the healthcare situation is not good but he's making it worse

HELWANI: This is the most I've ever seen you fired up
VOLKMANN: Yes. Its irritating cuz i'm starting my own business and its not real easy when you're given insurance companies the power to decline you and not pay you

HELWANI: What kind of business? A chiropractic practice?
VOLKAMNN: My own chiropractic clinic in White Bear Lake. I had to throw that in there right?
Visit Jacob Volkmann's official Chiropractic Practice website - Volkmann Chiropractic