Published on Apr 15, 2016
” Remy tries to out-Democrat the candidates in last night’s CNN debate.”
Published on Apr 15, 2016
” Remy tries to out-Democrat the candidates in last night’s CNN debate.”
Published on Feb 19, 2015
” The eighth annual International Students For Liberty Conference pulled more than a thousand excited students to Washington, D.C. last weekend to learn activism from student leaders, network with liberty-minded organizations, and hear from libertarian heavyweights such as Ron Paul, Judge Napolitano, and even former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Reason TV interviewed attendees about why they came to the conference, what they found most interesting, and what drew them to libertarianism.
About 2.45 minutes long.
Shot and edited by Joshua Swain. Interviews by Robert Mariani. Photos by Gage Skidmore.
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Published on Jan 30, 2015
” Are you ready for some handouts?
Approximately 1 minute.
Produced by Meredith Bragg.
source: Conventions Sports & Leisure (.pdf)
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They targeted everything from dogs in parks to births at home, and they’ll sic cops on you for hoarding or smelling bad. You might even get busted for doing things that are legal–like vaping while driving, warning motorists about speed traps, or putting up Christmas lights.
It’s fitting, then, that 2014’s Nanny of the Year recipients justified their power grab on the same grounds (although the real reason may have more to do with protecting city officials from future caught-on-tape embarrassments). “
Published on Dec 18, 2014
” Merry Christmas, Everybody!
The $1.1 trillion budget passed by congress sure can buy lots of gifts and presents for everyone. Are you on Uncle Santa’s list? These lucky bastards are.
Approximately 1:30 minutes.
Written by Nick Gillespie. Produced by Meredith Bragg “
Earlier this month we highlighted a video that was produced by the Stand With Hillary Super PAC to support the “inevitable” campaign , it is her turn after all , of Ms Hillary Clinton for president . There was much to do on both sides of the aisle about the video , most of which commented on the fact that said video was unintended parody . This current video , by the esteemed Remy is real , intentional parody . Brought to you , as always , by ReasonTV we hope you enjoy it as much as we did .
Below are the lyrics so you can follow along …
Just like the last time around
Republicans are gonna frown
Mitt Romney and Ben Carson now?
Like Twitter stock you’re going down
You’d that you were riding in
Billy Joel’s car I swear
because you’re gonna see
shattered glass everywhere
I’m talking Arkansas Badonkadonk..
Perfect voting record make you wanna vote along
Gonna bring along ol’ Bill Clinton
and ooh-wee, shut my mouth, slap your grandma
You think she’s gonna lose
in the early primaries?
You’d sooner see Al Sharpton
promptly filing quarterlies
Somehow I’m a crusader
Can label you a hater
While I say “nominate
anybody with a baby-maker” “
Published on Dec 15, 2014
” Yes most violent crime in America goes unsolved, but what’s a cop to do when there are so many unlicensed strippers, unbuckled motorists, and unticketed drivers brazenly flaunting their fuzzy dice?
In 2014, cops could have spent a helluva lot more time busting murders and rapists, but they decided to do stuff like this instead.
Check out The Best of The Worst of 2014: Don’t cops have better things to do?
2 minutes, 6 seconds.
Follow the show on Twitter (@DontCops), and submit your nominees for next month.
” Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?” is written and directed by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Produced and edited by Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Music by audionautix.com and “The Contessa” is by Maurice and the Beejays (Magnatune Records).
Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/12/11…
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Published on Nov 17, 2014
” As Jonathan Gruber could tell you, the only way to sell “stupid” American voters on Obamacare was to keep us confused about what the law actually does.
Remy recreates the White House’s strategy meeting in this parody of the Jeremih hit, “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”
About 90 seconds.
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Written and performed by Remy. Mastering and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. Video produced and edited by Meredith Bragg.
Scroll down for lyrics, and visit http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/11/17… for downloadable versions, and more.
Follow Remy on Twitter at @goremy and Reason at @reason.
Folks would be aghast if
this law would be passed but
thankfully they are so dumb
Sure our team can’t build a
website in three years but
THEY’RE the ones who are so dumb
So, what’s the strategy?
Don’t tell em, don’t tell ’em
You ain’t even
Don’t tell em, don’t tell ’em
You ain’t even, you ain’t even gotta tell ’em
It’ll bring prices down with it
Your healthcare plan will stick around with it
Boy, you know I’m from Chicago
Maybe they get a clown with it…
Don’t let me catch you snoring
Making government bigger is never boring
Our CBO strategy’s named “Bill Cosby”
we’re looking for an improper scoring
When folks ask what’s in you lie through the tooth
Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?
Our ideas are so good we can’t tell the truth
That’s right right right right right
But won’t people read it in three years or so?
My, my, my, my, my, my
Who’d look inside something that many years old? “
Published on Oct 10, 2014
” A little while ago, we tallied up “The 5 Best Libertarian TV Shows.” South Park, Penn & Teller: Bullshit, The Wire, The Prisoner, House of Cards: They’re all there, along with your abuse in the comments for leaving out Firefly, Yes, Minister, King of the Hill, and all your other favorites.
Now it’s time to list the five TV shows that are the absolute *worst* from a libertarian perspective.
Let us know in the comments what we got right and what we got wrong!
Written by Nick Gillespie. Shot and Edited by Meredith Bragg. About 4 minutes.”
” Mike Rowe’s new program, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” premiered on CNN this week. “In each episode,” according to the CNN website, “Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics–people who simply have to do it. This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand.”
Providing a window into the lives of interesting, hard-working Americans is nothing new for Rowe, the long-time host of “Dirty Jobs” (the original title for which was “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”). Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie talked to Rowe about blue-collar jobs, the importance of having a strong work ethic, and the high price of college last December.
The original release date was December 13, 2013. The original writeup is below.
” If we are lending money that ostensibly we don’t have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don’t exist, I might suggest that we’ve gone around the bend a little bit,” says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs.
” There is a real disconnect in the way that we educate vis-a-vis the opportunities that are available. You have – right now – about 3 million jobs that can’t be filled,” he says, talking about openings in traditional trades ranging from construction to welding to plumbing. “Jobs that typically parents’ don’t sit down with their kids and say, ‘Look, if all goes well, this is what you are going to do.'”
Rowe, who once sang for the Baltimore Opera and worked as an on-air pitchman for QVC, worries that traditional K-12 education demonizes blue-collar fields that pay well and are begging for workers while insisting that everyone get a college degree. He stresses that he’s “got nothing against college” but believes it’s a huge mistake to push everyone in the same direction regardless of interest or ability. Between Mike Rowe Foundation and Profoundly Disconnected, a venture between Rowe and the heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Rowe is hoping both to help people find new careers and publicize what he calls “the diploma dilemma.” “
Published on Sep 21, 2014
” Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of New York City today to call for more action to combat global warming, in what organizers are calling the largest climate change march in history. Kmele Foster, co-host of Fox Business’ The Independents, was on the scene for Reason TV talking to the participants.”
And be sure to watch this PJTV video of Michelle Fields interviewing RFK Jr where-in it becomes apparent that all the evils of the world are laid at the feet of the Koch brothers … LOL …
The Kennedy’s are morons and we should be eternally grateful that their political dynasty has come to an end . Let’s make sure that we do not allow another to begin with the either Clintons or the Bushes … No Hillary , No Jeb
Published on Sep 3, 2014
” My beef with the black left is that they want to keep the focus on what government or Washington or politicians or whites in general can do for blacks, instead of what blacks can do for themselves,” says Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed and editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal.
In a wide-ranging conversation with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie, Riley praises the Civil Rights acts of the 1960s even as he takes aim at affirmative action in higher education, which he says keeps black graduation rates low even as it increases diversity among freshman classes at various universities. He also argues that the drug war doesn’t explain black-on-black violence and ending it won’t transform urban America in the way libertarians insist. His book lays out the case against the minimum wage in a chapter called “Mandating Unemployment” and he argues that especially among African Americans, an intact family unit is the best anti-poverty program available.
About 20 minutes.
Produced by Anthony L. Fisher, camera by Meredith Bragg and Fisher, with assistance from Brett Crudgington.
Music: “Applicant” by The Matt Kurz One (http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/mattkurz/)
Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/09/03… for downloadable versions and a full transcript of the interview.
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In 2008, Reason TV talked with Riley about his book about immigrants, Let Them In, and his case for open borders. Watch that here: http://reason.com/blog/2008/08/05/now… ”
Published on Aug 29, 2014
” In August, parking won’t be getting any easier in Boston as the city council pre-emptively bans parking spot reservation apps like Haystack. And one New York state senator makes it his mission to finally push through a 14-year-old bill to “ensure families know the dangers associated with old sunscreen.” But there can only be one Nanny of the Month, and this August it goes to another nanny draining the summer fun out of the beach: The New York City parks department, which has banned boogie boards.
Insiders speculate that the ban has to do with two kids swept out to sea on boogie boards while using them in the middle of Hurricane Bertha. But all the parks department administrator had to say was this:
“ There has been an increased use of them, and we have to ban them for people’s safety.”
Because we all know that once something gets popular enough, it must be banned!
Nanny of the Month was created by Ted Balaker and is produced by Balaker and Matt Edwards. Edited by Edwards. Written by Zach Weissmueller. Opening graphics by Meredith Bragg.
Visit http://reason.com/reasontv for downloadable versions. “
Published on Apr 29, 2014
Racist rants by federal lands moocher Cliven Bundy and vile comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling have put old-school racism back in the news.
But let’s get real. However contemptible, Bundy and Sterling aren’t what’s holding down blacks and other minorities in today’s America.
Here are three policies that, whatever their original intentions, systematically screw over poor blacks and other minorities.
1. Barriers to work.
Whether it’s absurd licensing laws for at-home hair braiders, day care operators, and other small-time entrepreneurs or minimum wage laws that price young, unskilled black kids out of their first jobs, barriers to the labor market take their biggest toll on those with the least education, skills, and professional connections.
2. The Drug War
Created amidst fears of cocaine-snorting negroes, opium-smoking Chinese, and pot-puffing Mexicans, the drug war not only locks up black and minorities in vastly unfair and unjustifiable numbers, it also concentrates black-market violence in poor urban neighborhoods. Blacks don’t use drugs more than whites—they just pay a much steeper price.
3. The Education Monopoly
Despite more than doubling real per-pupil expenditures since the early 1970s, America’s graduating high school seniors have shown no meaningul improvements in math, reading, and science. It’s black and Hispanic kids in inner cities whose parents lack any real choice in schools that suffer the most. And yet politicans, teachers, and parents who can afford to exercise choice for their own kids do everything they can to keep poor kids trapped in failing schools.
At a combined 140 years old, Bundy and Sterling are survivors from an older, uglier America that died well before the election of Barack Obama.
They can (and should) go fuck themselves, but if the rest of us actually want to address the sort of racism that is screwing over today’s minorities, we’d do well to bust down barriers to work, end the drug war, and tear apart the school monopoly.
About 2 minutes. Written and hosted by Nick Gillespie and produced by Meredith Bragg.
Visit http://reason.com/archives/2014/04/29… for links, full text, downloadable versions and more. Subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube channel for automatic notification when new videos go live.”
Published on Dec 18, 2013
” For links, more resources, and downloadable versions, go tohttp://reason.com/reasontv/2013/12/18…
As Anchorman 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, hits theaters, it’s worth pointing out Will Ferrell’s fake newscaster is not just wildly entertaining but hugely instructive in our media-soaked age.
Here are three reasons why Anchorman 2 is already the most important movie of the year.
1. It Foregrounds Media Cliches and Pat Formulas.
When Ron Burgundy and team create ridiculous, over-the-top news features such as “Rip the Lid Off It!,” it’s impossible to ever take a special report or interruption for breaking news uncritically ever again.
2. It (de)humanizes the Production of “News.”
By calling attention to the actual production process of “news” and the often-considerable limitations of the people who make media, the Anchorman franchise underscores that news is invented, not discovered.
3. It Eviscerates the Media’a Hero Complex
Far more than critically acclaimed critiques such as Network, Anchorman brilliantly lampoons the self-importance and deranged egos of media stars.
For these reasons and more — and especially at a time when even venerable media outlets such as 60 Minutes is effectively firing correspondents for inaccurate reports and blatantly sucking up to power — Anchorman 2 and its prequel should be required viewing for everyone who takes media literacy seriously.
About 2 minutes. Produced by Todd Krainin. Written and hosted by Nick Gillespie.”
Jailing Photogs and Smokers, Outlawing Chipotle! Plus Halle Berry! (Nanny of the Year, 2013)
Published on Dec 26, 2013
” At Reason TV’s Fifth Annual Nanny of the Year Awards, we recognize those who devote their lives to telling us how to run ours! The nominees for 2013 are trailblazers who insist on breaking barriers that would have been politically impossible to confront just a short time ago.
Why stop at banning smoking in public places? Let’s criminalize the dirty deed and throw smokers behind bars, says Oregon State Rep. Mitch Greenlick. (Greenlick also champions prison reform, declaring that we need a “more rational way to decide who gets imprisoned.”)
Why stop at cracking down on traditional fast food joints like McDonald’s? Let’s kick it up a notch and outlaw “fast casual” restaurants like Chipotle, says Eastchester, New York Supervisor Anthony Colavita. (Eastchester is “a very upscale community,” Colavita explains. “You can go get your sandwich in Larchmont. We aren’t going to cheapen the town with fast food or these formula fast-quick casual places.”)
While we’re at it, let’s make photography a crime! After all, celebrities deserve to be protected from the annoying aspects of their life choices, like dealing with the paparazzi, and anyhow we’d really be doing it (all together now!) for the children (well, for the children of celebrities and politicians, at least), says our first bonafide A-list nominee–actor, humanitarian, and lobbyist Halle Berry.
All our nominees recognize that they stand on the shoulders of giants, giants like the recently termed out New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom we salute for with a (sort of) lifetime achievement award.
Kick off awards season with the awards show that’s 99 percent shorter than all the rest!
3 minutes, 13 seconds.
Follow Nanny of the Year/Month on Twitter (@NannyoftheMonth) and submit your nominees for next month!
Nanny of the Year is written and produced by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Motion graphics and research by Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Camera by Zach Weissmueller. Opening graphics by Austin Bragg.
To watch previous episodes, go here:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
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Published on Dec 14, 2013
“There are an army of angry acronyms out there and they each have a very specific agenda,” says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, in this ReasonTV interview excerpt. “None of them are there to make your life easier. They are there to make you more compliant.”
You can watch ReasonTV’s full in-depth interview with Mike Rowe here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKzu8…
Aprrox. 1 minute. Hosted by Reason’s Nick Gillespie. Cameras by Meredith Bragg and Joshua Swain. Edited by Bragg. “
Published on Dec 6, 2013
” Yesterday, Naomi Brockwell and I attended a demonstration demanding that fast-food restaurants boost their minimum wage to $15 per hour, or a little more than double the current federal minimum wage. The strike, which was led by a group called Fast Food Forward that’s affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was one of more than a 100 similar demonstrations held in cities across the country.
The New York demonstration had about 150 people, but the number of actual fast food employees participating in the strike was small. It was business as usual at every restaurant we dropped by yesterday morning and, at a McDonald’s restaurant on 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, employees behind the counter said they had heard nothing about a strike.
We caught up with the protesters in front of a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, where the crowd consisted of union organizers, fast-food workers, and their sympathizers. An estimated one-third of the demonstrators were fast-food employees, meaning that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of New York City’s 57,000 fast-food workforce participated in the strike.
The group was traveling from one fast-food restaurant to another, before winding up at Foley Square in Manhattan around 1pm.
Multiple strikers told us they had received compensation through a union strike fund to appear, but declined to say the amount they were paid.
Artificially doubling wages to $15 an hour would change many things in the fast food industry, including the easy path it provides for low-skilled employees to break into the labor market. Substantially higher wages would mean that existing employees would be less apt to look for other positions, and senior staffers would be more inclined to hog shift hours. Franchisees would likely move more aggressively to replace human service workers with automated cash registers, which is already happening in European McDonald’s. Evidence of how artificially boosting wages destroys opportunities for entry level workers was best documented in a 2006 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher, which was updated in 2013.
In interviews, several striking workers described how it had been relatively easy for them to get a job in fast-food service. Shenita Simon, who works as a shift supervisor at KFC, told us that she doesn’t know where else she would have been able to find a position, because fast food is the only industry that “will allow you to have minimum education.” Isaac Wallace, a Burger King employee, described how he was able to get his job immediately after moving to New York from Jamaica by simply walking into a Burger King in Brooklyn and approaching the manager.
Once the strike moved to Foley Square, organizers from Fast Food Forward began obstructing our efforts to talk with protesters.
For full links and downloadable versions go here:http://bit.ly/1cquYYK
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Produced by Jim Epstein and hosted by Naomi Brockwell.”
Watch John Stossel, Ron Paul , Matt Welch, Penn Jillette, Nick Gillespie Talk “Rise Of Libertarians”
” Sunday morning yak shows got you down? Then check out this November 14 episode of John Stossel’s eponymous Fox Business show. Titled “The Rise of Libertarians?” “
A Giant Tip Of The Hat Goes To Soopermexican For Bringing This New Remy Video To Our Attention
The folks at ReasonTV and Remy have done it again . In this episode cultural references abound all to the original words and music by Remy . In this video Jay (Remy) Carney raps the White House response to an impertinent question from Major Garrett of the press corps. We’ve included the lyrics below so that you can follow along . Enjoy .
” How dare you, sir?
Yeah, you, yeah I said it
No respect for a bait and switch?
Give us credit
Straight spitting fibs
from the ghetto to Tokyo
You’d think we’re Geppetto
the way we’re getting Pinnochios
We’ve heard the details
we’ve heard complaints aplenty
we’ve read your emails
(not that you’ve sent us any…)
We know Obamacare is
falling apart by any tally
It’s crumbling so bad
you’d think it’s made by Nature Valley
But we got a new ad campaign
across the world
we got one for dudes
we got one for girls
So if you press corps bores
want to chance inquire
I hope you brought smores
because these pants on fire
Sir, millions of people are trying to accept
the loss of their plans you told them could be kept
and one thing that’s baffling folks around the planet
is how have these plans been canceled but Two Broke Girls hasn’t?
I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but the effort is in vain
Never has a website inflicted such pain
for our wasted time is a bailout in sight?
For users of healthcare.gov? No, people who drafted Ray Rice
You said people could keep their plan but look where that led
We didn’t say “plan.” We said “fathead.”
No, you said it’d be like Kayak or Amazon, like a laser, pronto!
No, kayaking on the Amazon with the mayor of Toronto
But you–can’t comment, G. But you s–can’t comment, cuz
Why can’t you comment? I don’t have Google Plus
But this is your law and now people need help
I mean you wrote the thing–did you just knockout game yourself?
Selling hope’s like selling soap, son, I’ll tell you why
You can’t make either one without a little bit of lye “
Special thanks to IJR
Give Us Cash Or Lose Your Kids And Face Felony Charges: Don’t Cops Have Better Things To Do?!
Published on Nov 14, 2013
” Think speed traps are crooked? A Texas town’s “cash for freedom” policy has taken highway robbery to a whole new level.
Imagine getting pulled over while on a family vacation and having small-town cops accuse you and your family of being drug couriers. Then imagine hearing that you have two options: Fork over your cash and continue on your vacation or face felony charges for money laundering and child endangerment, in which case you go to jail and your kids get handed over to foster care. That’s what happened to Ron Henderson and Jennifer Boatright while traveling through Tenaha, Texas, a town that regards piracy as just another way to raise revenue.
Henderson and Boatright’s case helped launch a class action lawsuit against abusive civil forfeiture laws, laws which allow law enforcement to to shake down people and cash in. And don’t be fooled by officers tooling around town in Escalades seized from hotshot drug dealers– law enforcement often targets those who cannot afford to hire an attorney to fight for the return of their property.
Officers may swipe your property even if you’re not charged with a crime. Cops can drive the cars they grab, and seized cash has even been funneled to officers’ salaries. Booty is often a large source of law enforcement funding, and last year the Department of Justice pulled in a record $4.2 billion from civil forfeitures.
Mix easy targets with the all-too-common “guilty until proven innocent” presumption, and it’s no wonder officers get distracted chasing profit instead of bad guys. In 53 percent of violent crimes nationwide, no one is arrested let alone convicted. So even though it isn’t as lucrative as busting people for drug offenses, maybe cops could spend less hunting down cash and cars and more time busting murders and rapists.
2 minutes, 20 seconds.
Follow the show on Twitter (@DontCops) and submit your nominees for next episode. To watch previous episodes, go here:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
“Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?” is written and directed by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Producer is Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Opening motion graphics by Meredith Bragg. Camera by Paul Detrick. Music by audionautix.com and “The Contessa” is by Maurice and the Beejays (Magnatune Records).
Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/11/14…
for downloadable versions and subscribe to ReasonTV’s YouTube Channel to receive notifications when new material goes live.”
Published on Nov 8, 2013
” The great advantage of a society that embraces robust and often-angry debate, “is not that it does not make mistakes,” says Jonathan Rauch, “it’s that it catches mistakes very, very quickly.” For Rauch, such dialogue is at the heart of what he calls the “liberal science” of producing and refining knowledge.
A National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author, Rauch’s path-breaking study of politicial corrrectness, Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, has just been released in a 20th-anniversary edition by the Cato Institute. The new version includes an introduction by George Will and a powerful afterword by Rauch about how calls for censorship and regulation of speech have changed over the past two decades.
Nick Gillespie sat down with Rauch to discuss why free speech cannot and should not be abridged, even when it causes pain and discomfort. Rauch talks about how the weak defense of Salman Rushdie after receiving Islamic death threats radicalized his views and the inspiration he draws from figures such as Frank Kameny, a pioneering gay rights activist who never called for the censoring of hate speech.
About 6.30 minutes.
Camera by Amanda Winkler and Joshua Swain. Edited by Swain.”