Chewbacca: Let’s Play Drums

Never thought I’d be the one of a hundred billion adding fuel to the Gnarls Barkley inferno, but this is just too good to resist. First off, the record is pure fun, and hats off to Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse for taking advantage of extra scrilla and turning out hilariously insane full-stage productions at their monumental live sets. Let’s just say that ugly has never looked so sharp.

So they got this tune, “Crazy,” that everyone and their dead grandmother has been covering. Click here for that silliness. However so, they’ve been inspiring peeps worldwide. Over the weekend, Gnarls tore up the MTV Movie Awards decked out in full Star Wars gear, with none other than Sacha Baron Cohen (as Borat) lending introductions. These guys can suck it up as much as they want if they’re gonna deliver like this. Check it:

Daddy Puhleeeeze! I’M the Decider Now!!!

Sidney Blumenthal, a former White House insider himself, writes today in Salon:

Former President George H.W. Bush waged a secret campaign over several months early this year to remove Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld….But the former president’s effort failed, apparently rebuffed by the current president.

Talk about a dog who’s seen better days. After all, it was ‘W’ that famously shunned Daddy once and for all, telling Bob Woodward: “He is the wrong father to appeal to in terms of strength. There is a higher father that I appeal to.”

And today, Michael Berg, father of American contractor Nicholas Berg, who in 2004 was allegedly beheaded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, told the Associated Press, following confirmation of Zarqawi’s death:

“Zarqawi felt my son’s breath on his hand as held the knife against his throat. Zarqawi had to look in his eyes when he did it,” Berg added, pausing to collect himself. “George Bush sits there glassy-eyed in his office with pieces of paper and condemns people to death. That to me is a real terrorist.”

How about some real intervention already?

ABC Reports: Zarqawi Dead

Perhaps it’s because I’m on the West Coast, but immediately when the ‘Special Report’ music broke into Nightline, I thought for a second that I must be watching Saturday Night Live.

Of course, 11:35pm Nightline in L.A. plays 3 hours behind the East Coast, where, for some reason, ABC has broken through in all time zones with an Abu Musab al-Zarqawi special. Granted, I have visited the headquarters of other major networks and know that certain obituary pieces are pre-produced and ready to go (Gerald Ford, Nancy Reagan, to name a couple), but “Now with Zarqawi gone, the U.S. can claim a tangible victory in Iraq,” stated on tape by Brian Ross, seems a bit far-fetched.

Zarqawi had a 25 million dollar bounty on his head. Considering the “insurgency” and all, I find it hard to believe that the non-profit U.S. troops would have hauled in the prize.

This will keep me up for a few hours, nonetheless.

UPDATE: Iraq PM Nouri al-Maliki and Gen. Casey just announced the death of Zarqawi on Iraqi TV. He was killed in a U.S. military-led airstrike at a “safehouse” north of Baquba, 30 miles north of Baghdad and not far from a handful of horrific beheadings earlier this week. Christiane Amanpour, on CNN Pipeline, is saying that the applause that followed the announcement of Zarqawi’s death is reminiscent of the official announcement of the capture of Hussein.

Gen. Casey is quick to add, “this is just a step….” Here is a link to the AP report that will continue to update with details. Full press conference at 3pm Baghdad time, 5am here in Pacific Daylight Time.