The Dow took a 5% plunge today, marking a new record for post election stock market drops and eclipsing the previous record of -4.5% in 1932, the day after FDR was elected. Our Messiah is already following in the great FDR's footsteps. On the whole, more than $6 trillion has been erased in this year's bear market. That's a bad thing, because none of that wealth can be redistributed.
If you live in Europe and you are an American, it's now okay for Europeans to be friends with you. Heck, some Austrian hottie might even plant a big one on your cheek. Viva Obama!
Rahm Emanuel has been reportedly tapped to be Chief of Staff in the Obama White House. The choice of Emanuel, a top adviser for President Bill Clinton, proves that our new leadership is interested in reaching across the aisle to embrace those with differing political views.
The victor -- our Maine Coon tomcat Max, with nightvision still operational, enjoying a midmorning snack. After his latest kill, he wandered over to my wife and wanted petting. She refused, citing "mouse breath" and other concerns.
Comic actor Harvey Korman, best known for his role as Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles, and as Tim Conway's comedic foil on The Carol Burnett Show, passed away at the age of 81.
Here is a sample of Harvey in Blazing Saddles:
And here is the classic Dentist's Office sketch from The Carol Burnett Show. Harvey never could keep a straight face around Tim Conway.
Legendary pioneer rock 'n' roller Bo Diddley passed away yesterday at the age of 79. Diddley was known for his energetic stage presence, square guitars, and heavy chucka-chucka-chucka "scratching" rhythm. His first hit record was released in 1955 as a 78 rpm single for the Checker record label, which was a part of Chicago-based Chess Records, one of the most important early rock and R&B record labels. Diddley's first single coupled two originals (credited to his legal name, Ellas McDaniel) entitled "Bo Diddley" and "I'm a Man." "Bo Diddley" was a light-hearted take on the old nursery song "Hush little baby don't say a word, daddy's going to buy you a mocking bird ..." And "I'm A Man" has been copied by generations of rock and R&B singers, most notably George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone."
The Latin-flavored rhythm of "Bo Diddley" has been described as "shave and a haircut" rhythm. But if you don't know the song, do yourself a favor and listen to it. Here it is, from the original 78:
"Lonesome" George Gobel, Dean Martin, and Phil Harris collectively destroy Ode To Billy Joe.
The Who's infamous performance of My Generation on the Smothers Brothers TV variety show, during which Keith Moon packed his bass drum with double the amount of pyrotechnics he normally used on state. The resulting explosion cost Pete Townshend part of his hearing.
All six Rocky movies in five seconds. There are a lot of "a movie in five seconds" clips, but this one by far is the funniest.
This is my 1000th Mike's Noise blog post. Wow. So in honor of this momentous occasion, I am offering herewith some classic, profanity-free, delightfully politically incorrect comedy from the 1960's and 1970's. Enjoy ...
Jack Benny with Mel Blanc as "Sy The Mexican"
Dean Martin with Foster Brooks, the Loveable Lush
Johnny Carson and Jack Webb: The Copper Clapper Caper
Incredibly dumb game show answers
Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, and Orson Welles: Men's Hair Styling Salon