A moving tribute to Kazushi Sakuraba, a true pioneer of the sport who single handedly brought down the Gracie empire. Sakuraba was one of a kind, always amusing the crowds with his ring-antics and won many hearts doing so. He was a fearless fighter who took on anyone regardless of size or weight defeating some of the top HW's at the time. He defeated seven UFC champions in Vitor Belfort, Carlos Newton, Guy Mezger, Royce Gracie, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Kevin Randleman and Ken Shamrock.
Last month he broke his arm in a pro wrestling match, and for the sake of his health I sincerely hope he can transition his career from both the real (MMA) and scripted (NJPW) fights and more into coaching and mentoring the next generation of mixed martial artists and/or pro wrestlers.
He has the samurai spirit in his heart so he may never want to retire. Either way, I do wish him all the best.
Finally an out-of-character Stephen Colbert, who is almost always in-character, is here caught on camera in a discussion with Neil Degrasse Tyson about science, society, and the universe at the Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey.
Stephen Colbert's new book "America Again, Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't" was released this winter. Here, he discusses the book, his odd choice of titles and how the US can recover from its current non-problems.
Hosted by Google chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt at the Google New York offices.
Stephen Colbert hosted a pretty awesome 'debate' between Ron Paul, who is a strong proponent of returning the country to the Gold Standard and the NYT's David Leonhardt who thinks things are fine the way they are. Wondering why people are getting their news from Comedy Central? This is a pretty good example.
David Leonhardt: The problem is not inflation, the problem is too weak an economy...If given the choice would you rather take my gold wedding ring or a million dollars in paper money?
Ron Paul: The question is would you rather put $10,000 in a box for 20 years or a few gold coins...The Fed Reserve has destroyed 98% of the purchasing power of the dollar since 1913 an in the meantime they have financed every war they couldn't have financed if they were on the gold standard.
Colbert:: Dave, do you want some ice for that burn? Also: The gold standard will create jobs...we'll need to hire tailors to reinforce our pockets.
If bad unemployment numbers come out this week, Obama plans to announce that he killed bin Laden a second time. Osama Bin Laden has now been marked as deceased on the FBI Most Wanted list, despite not being officially tied to the 9/11 attacks many New Yorkers and those with ties to victims are certainly celebrating.
UPDATE (6/21/08): It has come to my attention that the episode of The Colbert Report on which this video aired has been banned from Hulu, comedynetwork.ca, and even from Colbert's comedycentral.com page. I'm sorry if I made a video that will somehow be involved in the premature end of The Colbert Report. :P
UPDATE (6/20/08): They just aired it on The Colbert Report. Catch the "director's cut" here. :)
A quick remashmixup(able?) of Pulp Fiction I put together for the current Stephen Colbert green screen challenge.