Video: Best HamNation evuh

posted at 11:56 am on March 23, 2007 by Allahpundit

The cat scene left me stricken with Sullivanesque heart-ache, but then, like Sully himself, within 22 minutes my opinion had completely changed. Now I find the cat scene thrilling, delightful, and dare I say not a little piquant.

Good stuff. The voiceover guy in particular is choice. Click the image to watch.

Update: Do the producers of “Anchorman” have a copyright infringement claim here for the cat scene? C’mon.

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OMG, she just keeps getting better. The stunt bunny genius.

bbz123 on March 23, 2007 at 12:00 PM

You kick cats! You don’t throw them. Geesh.

lorien1973 on March 23, 2007 at 12:02 PM

My four dogs gave it five stars.

Limerick on March 23, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Best one yet!

opusrex on March 23, 2007 at 12:08 PM

My keyboard does not have enough exclamation points to express the awesomeness of that video. I was snorting mid-day coffee out of my nose within seconds. And no, it’s not fair-trade coffee.

As I have noted before, I approve of MKH publicity much more than pubicity for even the most gorgeous Democrat. Keep up the good work!

I just wrote, and deleted, a sentence expressing MHK’s feminine perfection. Embarrassing, really.

And with her razor-sharp wit, I’m sure glad she’s on our side.

Anton on March 23, 2007 at 12:10 PM

Correction: MKH’s feminine perfection. Sheesh. I can’t even type right after viewing that video.

Anton on March 23, 2007 at 12:11 PM

Loved it !!!!!! More of those PLEASE !!

Maxx on March 23, 2007 at 12:18 PM

A 3 story pussy toss in the name of carbon offsets…priceless.

My dobbie gave it a 2 paw thumbs up and put the Matrix syle slomo on a continuous loop.

Alden Pyle on March 23, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Two paws up.

infidel on March 23, 2007 at 12:19 PM

What if we, like, fed all of those farting cows and cats to the drowning polar bears? Do bears fart?

MKH’s feminine perfection.

Amen. Hubba hubba! I’d like her to play the Liv Tyler role in my Lord of the Rings remake. I’ll be Aragorn, of course. Debbie Schlussel is in for the Cate Blanchett part, and hopefully Fred Thompson will play Gandalf.

saint kansas on March 23, 2007 at 12:26 PM

But.. But… Saint Kansas… If Fred Thompson played Gandalf, it would either have to be a very short movie, or unbelivable fantasy…

Cause no one would believe that Fred Thompson wouldn’t just storm the gates of Mordor and kick the Dark Lord’s behind…

Now… Fred as Tom Bombadil… where nothing has power over him…..

And so its not a total thread highjack…

Great video…

Romeo13 on March 23, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Two thumbs up, MKH!

Michelle on March 23, 2007 at 12:30 PM

THAT was a RIOT! Job well done!

BNCurtis on March 23, 2007 at 12:31 PM

Awesome video MKH. It made a valid and VERY entertaining point as your blogs always do. Keep up the great work!

Yakko77 on March 23, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Outstanding, bravo!! Standing ovation!!

The facial expressions were the best, and the whole B/W 50’s feel were especially effective.

By now it should be clear that it’s Mary Katharine’s world, and we’re just living in it.

thirteen28 on March 23, 2007 at 12:34 PM

This is the definitive HamNation; this is her Sgt. Pepper, Disraeli Gears, and Led Zep IV all rolled into one. All future and past episodes will be compared to this one.

I’m usually hypercritical, but I wouldn’t change a frame of this episode. Superb in its superbity!

ScottMcC on March 23, 2007 at 12:35 PM

Wonderful, simply wonderful. Oh, and the narattor is right about the cat not being able to relate to other cats if it is domesticated. My cat is so domesticated she acts like a dog.

Jezla on March 23, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Cat Hauku

You must scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail!
Behold, elevator butt.

The rule for today:
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule tomorrow.

In deep sleep hear sound
cat vomit hairball somewhere
will find in morning.

Grace personified.
I leap into the window.
I meant to do that.

Blur of motion, then —
silence, me, a paper bag.
What is so funny?

The mighty hunter
Returns with gifts of plump birds —
your foot just squashed one.

You’re always typing.
Well, let’s see you ignore my
sitting on your hands.

My small cardboard box.
You cannot see me if I
can just hide my head.

I want to be close
to you. Can I fit my head
inside your armpit?

Wanna go outside.
Oh, poop! Help! I got outside!
Let me back inside!

Oh no! Big One
has been trapped by newspaper!
Cat to the rescue!

Humans are so strange.
Mine lies still in bed, then screams;
My claws are not that sharp.

Mazztek on March 23, 2007 at 12:40 PM

This is the definitive HamNation; this is her Sgt. Pepper, Disraeli Gears, and Led Zep IV all rolled into one. All future and past episodes will be compared to this one.

I’m usually hypercritical, but I wouldn’t change a frame of this episode. Superb in its superbity!

ScottMcC on March 23, 2007 at 12:35 PM

Wow, I’ve heard of strong compliments, but that one takes the cake … not that it’s undeserved though.

Ordinarily I’d say you’re putting too much pressure on MKH, but she’s young enough that she probably has, at best, only a passing familiarity with the works you’ve cited.

thirteen28 on March 23, 2007 at 12:45 PM

she’s young enough that she probably has, at best, only a passing familiarity with the works you’ve cited.
thirteen28 on March 23, 2007 at 12:45 PM

I’m only a couple of years older than her, so either I’m some kinda throwback or the rest of our generation needs to step it up.

Aw crap! I totally missed the opportunity for a cheap laugh RE: the cat out the window bit… I should’ve substituted Disraeli Gears for Pet Sounds.

ScottMcC on March 23, 2007 at 12:54 PM

MK’s dad here. All of my kids got a good music education, meaning that they had massive exposure to pre-1975 music. She and her brothers are familiar with all of those albums and groups mentioned above. As proof, my youngest son was asked in college last year what his favorite group was and he said, “The Band.” “What band?” came the reply. He might as well have said, “Woody Herman.” Kids these days.

rivlax on March 23, 2007 at 12:54 PM

MKH I hope you treat the carbon producing men in your life a little better than you treat kitty!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on March 23, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Hey Dad! I was just about to defend my musical education, but you beat me to it.

marykatharine on March 23, 2007 at 1:03 PM

Is there some alternative to youtube? I miss out on most of the videos here, because it’s blocked at work. Proxies do not work either.

You’d think in 2007, people would realize that not everyone can watch videos at youtube, and other places. There must be an alternative. I hear complaints often of how anything conservative posted there is removed for being offensive, yet a lot of the vids posted here are hosted there.

Can’t we get an alternative?

rightside on March 23, 2007 at 1:03 PM

MK’s Dad ….. Proud papa, you are.

fogw on March 23, 2007 at 1:06 PM

MK’s dad here. As proof, my youngest son was asked in college last year what his favorite group was and he said, “The Band.” “What band?” came the reply. He might as well have said, “Woody Herman.” Kids these days.

rivlax

My oldest was doing a report in High School on the Beatles, so I took out my old albums thinking they might provide a little inspiration. After looking over several very carefully he asked, “How do you find a song on these things?”

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on March 23, 2007 at 1:06 PM

Simply brilliant!

TheBigOldDog on March 23, 2007 at 1:06 PM

As proof, my youngest son was asked in college last year what his favorite group was and he said, “The Band.” “What band?” came the reply. He might as well have said, “Woody Herman.” Kids these days.
rivlax on March 23, 2007 at 12:54 PM

At least YOU produced smart kids.

Coincidentally I was listening to The Band in the car last night on the way home from work. Halfway through The Weight when I pulled into the garage.

Anyway, congrats to MKH for the excellent HamNation… and congrats to rivlax for the excellent MKH.

ScottMcC on March 23, 2007 at 1:13 PM

MK’s dad here. All of my kids got a good music education, meaning that they had massive exposure to pre-1975 music. She and her brothers are familiar with all of those albums and groups mentioned above. As proof, my youngest son was asked in college last year what his favorite group was and he said, “The Band.” “What band?” came the reply. He might as well have said, “Woody Herman.” Kids these days.

rivlax on March 23, 2007 at 12:54 PM

Fine sir, you are to be commended as to what every father should strive to be!

thirteen28 on March 23, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Another Beatles story. I was in a Peaches Records in Richmond in 1985 standing next to two Madonna dress-alikes. One of them had a Beatles album (yes, they still sold them back then) in her hand and the other girl asked who THEY were. “Oh, that was Paul McCartney’s first band,” she replied. I felt very old at that moment.

rivlax on March 23, 2007 at 1:19 PM

We used to give my Mom’s cat a slice of ham. He’d eat the ham, and leave behind a perfect unbroken ring of fat.

Mazztek on March 23, 2007 at 1:22 PM

Shot coffee out my nose over the cat scene this morning. Funny, funny.

MK’s videos keep getting better and better.

BacaDog on March 23, 2007 at 1:24 PM

The voiceover guy in particular is choice. —– Allahpundit

Did Allah do the voiceover?

Maxx on March 23, 2007 at 1:25 PM

Did Allah do the voiceover?

Nah, Allah’s much more Barry White than Ward Cleaver.

marykatharine on March 23, 2007 at 1:35 PM

You’d think in 2007, people would realize that not everyone can watch videos at youtube, and other places. There must be an alternative. I hear complaints often of how anything conservative posted there is removed for being offensive, yet a lot of the vids posted here are hosted there.
Can’t we get an alternative?
rightside on March 23, 2007 at 1:03 PM

When political conservatives step up and pay for the bandwidth and software development required to make an alternative, it will happen.

Unfortunately, the majority of political conservatives with money to invest stare with glazed eyes at new technology because it’s not a “buy low-sell high” commodity. Video sharing and community-driven websites are intangible and ethereal to the businessman that made his millions selling oil drilling equipment or using other people’s money to build billion-dollar mutual funds.

Say you have video sharing Web software and need funding…

A country club conservative investor says: “Video on the web? That’s is for kids and they don’t have money to spend! The costs are too high! You’re giving it all away for free! I’m not going to lose money just because YOU think this might catch on! It’ll never work! There’s no way to make money!”

A limousine leftist investor says: “This is a relatively cheap way to build a community within our global village. I’ll help you to build this for me with money and support to hype it up. Then we’ll hook ’em in with freebies, load ’em down with ads and I’ll make millions. We’ll change the world and bring people closer together with this idea!”

The country club conservative stays in his ivory tower and the limousine leftist forwards his agenda. It’s a given that neither one loses money but which one is much more successful in terms of a legacy?

Salem’s TownHall.com is a step in the right direction for political conservatives to move forward and build online community. And I know those are not “country club conservatives” at Salem–I’ve met many of them and they are wonderful people. They cannot do it alone.

Others like Salem must step up and get in the game or political conservatives’ voices will be increasingly hard to hear over the din of YouTube, ad infinitum.

ScottMcC on March 23, 2007 at 1:41 PM

You kick cats! You don’t throw them. Geesh.

In Mexico, they juggle them. So I’ve been told.

saint kansas on March 23, 2007 at 1:42 PM

That was horrific!!!!!

The only other thing that I’ve seen that’s worse than MKH throwing that poor, helpless cat out the window was “Cat Juggling” many, many years ago.

Have you people no shame!!!

HarryStar on March 23, 2007 at 1:45 PM

I am happy to see that Mary Katherine Ham has finally seen the light and has chosen to be a Green Earth advocate.

I applaud her on her humane choice to abort the cat, or late-late-late-term abort the cat, all in order to protect the cat from the humiliation of being a domesticated animal, loved and befriended by humans, thus unable to relate to other cats out in the wild.

Good for you, Mary Katherine!

Now, I must go trash our cars, remove all our light bulbs, disconnect the electrical power line coming into the house from the electric company, take out the bicycles, and kill our pets, in order to become a true Green.

Oh, wait!

I do not have to do any of that! I can buy carbon offsets and all will be good with the world!

Oh, and I’d better look into getting a horse. There are plenty of those around here!

William

William2006 on March 23, 2007 at 2:00 PM

Sorry, I just realized the “other” worse animal incident caught on video.

Thanksgiving, late 70’s. Turkey’s thrown out of a helicopter for WKRP radio station as a stunt.

HarryStar on March 23, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Anyone got Al’s personal email adddress? I’d love, love, LOVE to forward this to him!

silenced majority on March 23, 2007 at 2:03 PM

In Mexico, they juggle them. So I’ve been told.

Sure that’s not goslings?

Let’s see if any of you nerds will admit you get that….

That was the best Hamnation ever. I love the cheesy music, you got the cheesy 50’s educational video down good, just needed negative scratches on the film and it woulda been perfect.

Bad Candy on March 23, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Damn, all my cat jokes phhhtttt, out the window.

dingoatemebaby on March 23, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Unfortunately, the majority of political conservatives with money to invest stare with glazed eyes at new technology because it’s not a “buy low-sell high” commodity

Evidently you missed the news about how much Google paid for YouTube…

TheBigOldDog on March 23, 2007 at 2:39 PM

Oh, and how much Newscorp paid for MySpace…

TheBigOldDog on March 23, 2007 at 2:41 PM

Outstanding, MKH.

More of the same please.

The Ugly American on March 23, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Superior!

Oxybeles on March 23, 2007 at 3:24 PM

What if we, like, fed all of those farting cows and cats to the drowning polar bears? Do bears fart? saint kansas on March 23, 2007 at 12:26 PM

My ten-year-old son recently did some independent research on this very topic (well, a similar topic–he wanted to know if fish fart). He discovered that, if a creature eats, it farts. Period. He watched our fish for an hour before being rewarded with some bubbles rising from the back end. Thesis confirmed! Though the topic did not appeal to me, I was proud of his independent information gathering skills. ;-)

Regarding the video–Great job, MKH! I really, really liked this one. The voice was perfect, as was your acting. Kudos, and keep up the good work!

aero on March 23, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Darn modems, I wish I could watch it. That said, Google buying Youtube is nothing–Google’s about as liberal as they get. I actually use altavista instead, not that it matters much. Not sure about NewsCorp–isn’t that Rupert Murdochs outfit?

I have a cat–how offended will I be if I invest the 45 minutes required to load this vid? :D

Vanceone on March 23, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Evidently you missed the news about how much Google paid for YouTube… and how much Newscorp paid for MySpace…
TheBigOldDog on March 23, 2007 at 2:39 PM

Yeah, I also missed the memo about how Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are the right-wing money geniuses behind Google. And where was the press release about how all of the founders and original investors of InterMix (the parent company of MySpace) were members in good standing of the John Birch Society?

Please!

Stop denying the facts and admit investors that identify themselves as political conservatives don’t spend money on new media technologies. Then support HotAir Network, LLC and other conservatives that have the–yes, I’ll type it–BALLS to put their own money behind new technology and make it work!

ScottMcC on March 23, 2007 at 3:50 PM

Dear Ms Ham,

Over the years I have planted over 5000 trees on my property, thus acruing their accumulated carbon offsets. As a sign of the high regard that I hold you in, be advised that I am prepared to authorize a transfer of the carbon offsets for 100 of them to you, without conditions, in order for you to (1) retain ownership and use of your Hummer, (2) retain the use of your incandescent light bulbs in lieu of dim florescent ones, (3) retain FAA flight certification of your kitty, and (4) retain the use and possession of your father’s vintange, pre-1975 vinyl records, which were manufactured out of irreplaceable oil by-products by the greedy, capitalist record companies.

Please advise if this is acceptable to you.

With respect,

Georgej

PS — note to rivlax. My oldest daughter (now 24) once asked me if it were true that Paul McCartney was in band before Wings. [sigh!]

georgej on March 23, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Hilarious!

RightWinged on March 23, 2007 at 4:06 PM

Great job MKH.. entertaining and informative!!

RobertCSampson on March 23, 2007 at 4:19 PM

Awesome as ever, MKH!!

tickleddragon on March 23, 2007 at 4:45 PM

We need a thousand more of these. Snap snap! :)

It’s like Penn & Teller’s Bullshit, only with less talk and more mock!

What’s that popping sound?

Merovign on March 23, 2007 at 6:08 PM

That was great. I think MKH is getting the hang of this vlog thing.
I love cats, tastes like chicken.

vcferlita on March 23, 2007 at 7:25 PM

Absolutely superb, Mary Katharine!

More Cat Haiku

All that a Cat sees
belongs to either he or
she! Don’t you get it?

Cats are never fat!
They just arrange themselves in
slim, fetching poses.

Waiting patiently
by a hole for my prey. It’s
got to breathe sometime!

A Kitten up a
tree soon learns that “Up” is much
easier than “Down”

A basket of fresh
warm Laundry beckons. Leap up.
Sink down in the folds.

A weightless ball of
fluff. Wrapped in soft silky fur
and soft gentle purrs

Jack Deth

Jack Deth on March 23, 2007 at 8:24 PM

Very nice MKH.

Griz on March 23, 2007 at 9:05 PM

I know my comments are late but aint it great that this site brings generations of weird references together? wow i get all of them so I must be right in the middle of ya’ll!
Loved the 50’s film stip style of that video now if they could only show that kind of stuff in our schools!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on March 23, 2007 at 10:02 PM

MKH, you make such an utterly adorable little greenie do-gooder! Your expressions are priceless. A century ago, you could have made it in silent comedies.

And kudos, too, to the valiant stunt bunny. I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking anything during that scene.

I’m with Allah: Best. HamNation. Ever.

p.v. cornelius on March 23, 2007 at 10:23 PM

Oh, and Mazztek and Jack Deth: Your cat haikus rock. And I don’t even have a cat.

p.v. cornelius on March 23, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Another Beatles story. I was in a Peaches Records in Richmond in 1985 standing next to two Madonna dress-alikes. One of them had a Beatles album (yes, they still sold them back then) in her hand and the other girl asked who THEY were. “Oh, that was Paul McCartney’s first band,” she replied. I felt very old at that moment.

rivlax on March 23, 2007 at 1:19 PM

Now this so closely mirrors my own first “feeling old” moment that it’s spooky.

Summer, 1985. I’m in the checkout line at a music store in a mall in Fayetteville, NC. A couple of high school kids are going through the bargain bin of cassettes behind me. The girl pipes up, “Bread? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of these guys.”

(Pause.)

“No, wait! I think my dad has one of their records.”

p.v. cornelius on March 23, 2007 at 10:47 PM

That segment was a great educational presentation that should be played in elementary schools around the country.

It nearly brought a tear to my eyes watching the touching moment at the end where the cat is set free to enjoy and mingle with the wild – mainly the soil. You might call it an environmental impact statement.

I also understood the deeper meaning of the cat richochetting off the tree branch which shows we must be concerned for our forests and those creatures which dwell under the branches in the forest

I have to admit there is simply something mysteriously attractive about a gal like MKH throwning a cat from a balcony – its hard to explain. It’s similar to seeing a young woman in the auto parts store buying car parts – guys are simply amazed, smitten and defenseless. This world would be a happier place if more women would throw cats from the balcony.

So, keep up the good work MJH, but please be careful in pushing guys’ buttons – we are just too vulnerable.

Texas Mike on March 24, 2007 at 12:59 AM

Sure that’s not goslings?

Let’s see if any of you nerds will admit you get that….

That was the best Hamnation ever. I love the cheesy music, you got the cheesy 50’s educational video down good, just needed negative scratches on the film and it woulda been perfect.

Bad Candy on March 23, 2007 at 2:07 PM

I never thought I would see a Firefly quote on this site. That was probably my favorite episode, actually. What? I’m a nerd, I have no shame about it.

Anyway, I agree on all counts. I liked it a lot. The fifties PSA feel reminded me a lot of the intro to Fallout and especially Fallout 2, but that’s neither here nor there. As others have said, the true greatness of it was launching that sweet little kitty cat out into the yard.

Great job MKH, I can’t wait to see how you’re going to top this.

Wolfman on March 24, 2007 at 7:29 AM

He discovered that, if a creature eats, it farts. Period.

This isn’t over yet… my vet said not to feed our guinea pig too much lettuce because guinea pigs can’t fart.

Is your son prepared to testify on Capitol Hill? I need scientific consensus!

saint kansas on March 24, 2007 at 10:05 AM

This isn’t over yet… my vet said not to feed our guinea pig too much lettuce because guinea pigs can’t fart.

Is your son prepared to testify on Capitol Hill? I need scientific consensus!

saint kansas on March 24, 2007 at 10:05 AM

You’re nothing but an ill-informed flatulence skeptic! My son is ready and willing to watch a guinea pig’s behind all day long for evidence of farting! He’s certain it will happen. His research and resulting “all animals fart” thesis took 2.5 entire hours to formulate! You cannot deny the conclusion just because one skeptical vet said otherwise! Unbeliever!!!

LOL!

aero on March 24, 2007 at 12:43 PM

…Oh, yeah, and my son learned that all animals fart–ON THE INTERNET! That means it is undeniable. Congress accepts “it’s on the internet” as incontrovertible proof. So the debate is over.

aero on March 24, 2007 at 12:49 PM