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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Are Obama's Gray Hairs Real?

barack obama with gray hairI think it is definitely fair to say that Barack Obama has been slowly, subtly reinventing himself since he won the primaries and became the presumptive Democratic nominee. He has been seeming to move "toward the center" on a variety of issues. He is making an obvious attempt at appearing more "presidential," seeming more earnest, serious and somber. You don't see that big, wide grin on his face too often anymore. When speaking about the recent controversial cover of The New Yorker--the one that satirized he and Michelle Obama as Muslim terrorists-- to Wolf Blitzer he didn't seem to think it was funny. He just basically said, "It's a cartoon, Wolfie, who really cares?" and implied that the New Yorker's attempt at satire was a bit "off the mark". He no longer seems to be the hip. casual, cool "rock star" of only a few months ago and he's doing things like voting FOR the recent FISA bill that are unforgivably "uncool" to some of his progressive supporters. Now he is going to Iraq accompanied by Republican Chuck Hagel, a man whom many leftists say is a "square".

People are also saying that not only is Obama appearing more serious and earnest but that he is also appearing OLD, that his hair has seemed to have gotten more gray as of late. There are even the unscrupulous smear artists who say that this gray hair has been PLANTED upon Obama's head by his campaign hair-stylists, that it is an affectation to get him more votes with the elderly or to steal voters from the ancient and long-gone-white-haired John McCain. Or to simply make him appear more mature and experienced to the general voting public. Will the vicious rumors about Barack never stop? Can we at least recognize Barack's increasing GRAY HAIRS at face value, even if people must still insist that things like his birth certificate and professed Christianity are fake? The campaign for Obama has been extremely long and stressful and it makes sense that those gray hairs are indeed real.

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Vikings "Tamper" With Brett Favre?

brett favre to vikingsHoly Hope! I actually read this morning that the Packers were seeking action against the MINNESOTA VIKINGS for alleged "tampering" with Favre in an attempt to get him on their team. The Vikings have long been my favorite NFL team and I was just joking with a friend that it would be cool to see Favre go to the Vikings. I just can't seem to share the same amount of optimism for current Vikings' starting QB, Tarvaris Jackson, that Vikes head coach, Brad Childress, does. Jackson just doesn't seem very good and that he will always throw dumb interceptions; and he has a hard time staying healthy. I know Childress insists that Jackson is developing and the Vikes want to spend money filling up other positions but I dunno, Jackson's pitiful play cost the Vikings a win against the Redskins late last year and a trip to the playoffs with a winning record for the first time since the 2000 season (in 2004 they went to the playoffs at 8-8).

The Vikings acquired Bernard Berrian this offseason at wide receiver. Adrian Peterson is out to show there will be NO sophomore jinx for this outstanding running back. The Vikings defense has really come along, especially when it comes to stopping the run and all we need is a good, solid consistent QB to keep the car from going into a ditch. I personally feel that Tarvaris Jackson's poor play is very likely to lose the Vikings at least 4 games this year all on its own and it would great to get Favre in for one last chance at getting him another ring.

The Vikings play Monday Night Football the first week of the season AT Green Bay. How cool would it be to see Favre come out on the field wearing PURPLE? Hahahahaha. It's sounds too cool and I'm not going to hold my breath, but hey, like Barack Obama says, we gotta have HOPE.

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Brett Favre, Greta Van Susteren Interview

brett favre cryingWell it's no surprise that Brett Favre wants to play football again. At the end of every football season you can always count on Favre throwing a badly judged interception to end the Packers' season; then he cries; then he talks about maybe retiring. This year it really looked like he was through when he gave his wet-eyed retirement speech in March. But now a few months later he says the Packers organization pressured him into retiring and now that training camp is nearing Favre is getting "the itch" again.

I saw Favre the other night give an interview about the whole ordeal on FOX's Greta Van Susteren's show the other night. It was funny because she had a John McCain interview on the show too but Favre was the headliner. Hahahahaha. Favre gave a great interview and it makes you hope he can work things out with the Packers or find another team to play on. It's nice that football season is on the way. It's so refeshing to see a rugged, genuine guy like Favre give his true feelings on matters when ever since the Super Bowl we have all been tuned into election politics and hearing all these politicians and their tree-limb tongues writhing and weaving through so many gaffes, lies, flops and phantom promises. It's nice to finally get to see REAL MEN on the televison for a change!

I don't know why the Packers can't just release him. After all Favre has given that franchise, they should just let him out of his contract to play for another team if they aren't going to let him be the starter. I really hope he somehow goes to play on another team because that would be interesting. Every year we have to go through the same dialogue and speculation regarding Favre and he always ends up playing for Green Bay like always. It would be nice for the fans to get to see something DIFFERENT with Favre, something new to go into the season excited about. There also hasn't really been any big bombshell roster moves or draft picks this year to go into the season looking forward to seeing. Nothing Like Randy Moss going to the Patriots last year, something that had be excited to no end.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Newt Gingrich, Obama and Nuclear Tacos

obama and newt gingrichBarack Obama is elected President and Americans are all learning to speak Spanish. The elimination of the language barrier between Mexico and America, combined with increased immigration and better relations between both nations allows American nuclear scientists to collaborate with Latino Mexican fast-food entrepreneurs. Funded by former House of Representatives majority leader, Newt Gingrich, they are able to combine their skills to create the heralded Newtclear Taco restaurant chain. The radioactive Mexican fast-food franchise becomes a huge success in both countries and the delicious, explosive Newtclear Tacos are recognized as a symbol of unity around the world.. . . . . . Click to read more

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Barack, Michelle Obama Muslim Art

obama muslim artAll of the nation is up in arms about a satirical drawing put on the cover of the New Yorker. The drawing depicts Michelle Obama with an afro and carrying a machine gun while she "fist-bumps" her America-hating, Muslim husband, Barack Hussein Obama (I just used satire, did you get it? Hehehehe). Oh yeah, an American flag is burning in the fireplace, too. This drawing and its controvery interests me because I am also making a series of art featuring the Barack Obama phenomenon. I rely on satire with some elements, parody in others, but mostly I just try to create my own language of images and symbols to convey a unique vision to go along with how I see Obama's own political vision, his campaign, and how it is being interpreted by myself and others as it goes along. So this drawing on the New Yorker cover relates to my own efforts to an extent in how it uses irony to poke fun of ignorant people's impressions of Obama or at the direct, malicious smear-jobs spawned by rumor-mongers and hateful, disgusting people who know better and have their own agenda.

Of course the New Yorker has a right to have the drawing on the cover, but people also have the right to protest it. I don't think it is quite in the league of that lynching noose that was put on the cover of Golfweek Magazine. The New Yorker is a literary journal and its readers are generally well-read, sophistated people who "get it", and I'm certain none of this outrage surprises the magazine's editors and publishers in the least. They got what they wanted. On the level of the cover being good "art" or "humor", I think it is actually a pretty cheap, easy effort at causing controversy. There has to have been numerous drawings and cartoons made about Obama at this point that were equally explosive or offensive. It's just that the New Yorker is such a well-known magazine that it has attracted the attention of ill-humored or ignorant people amidst the masses. Barack Obama and McCain have both denounced the cover but that is the boring mainstream for you. "Good Art" and "Mainstream Politics" don't go together too well because such wide-spread media coverage reaches too many people who either don't understand, don't appreciate or care about the function of art in society. They see things at face value and they start chirping like birds.

There is an argument to be made as to whether the New Yorker was irresponsible when it comes to people's potential reactions and what the drawing says about religion and race relations in America and how it will influence people who don't understand the humor. That's a matter of opinion and that's why I think people have the right to complain. I guess in the end I think the cover isn't "good humor" or "good art" but it IS "good controversy" which equals alot of exposure for the magazine. It at least DOES get the mainstream public talking and discussing irony in art, whether they realize it or not, and that can't be bad. As long as we here in America act a bit more civil and sensible than all those Muslims who physically attacked people and places after those satirical cartoons of Muhammed were published in Denmark, we'll be okay.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fareed Zakaria Interviews Barack

fareed zakaria interviews obamaI watched Barack Obama's interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN's Global Public Square show this afternoon. The show is new and I'm just becoming acquainted with Fareed Zakaria. I like his demeanor, his calm, gentle, softly smiling way of carrying himself. Awhile back I saw a picture of Obama getting on a plane carrying Fareed Zakaria's book, Post-American World so I knew it was just a matter of time before he'd persuade Obama to be on his show. I've been watching Zakaria's show since it started airing because I've really been getting this interest in globalism, in seeing myself in a much larger picture than as simply an American. Barack Obama has helped to nurture this new evolution in how I see the world. I know that lately Obama has been getting flack for alot of his shifts in specific policies, but in watching his excellent interview today with Zakaria I was reminded that it is the VISION Obama instills in my mind and heart which makes me such a strong supporter of him. I honestly feel he is a visionary with alot of great ideas who is capable of inspiring people in this country to join in a more global effort to better human life and understanding. And I feel a person such as Obama has come at a time when we need him the most, when an understanding and tolerance of other countries and cultures is needed for us to progress and overcome obstacles in so many different areas.

One thing about Obama is that he is very intelligent and very nuanced and it frustrates me to no end that this thoughtfulness and intelligence on his part can actually be a political liability, that it gets him pegged a "liberal" or an "elitist" or that he is "out of touch" with the needs of working-class people.

In a post below I criticized Obama's saying the President should not attend the Beijing Olympics. It just doesn't seem to fit into his other ideas of understanding and being tolerant of other cultures and being willing to negotiate with people who may even be seen as tyrants. He actually told Zakaria that he disagreed with McCain on excluding China and Russia from the formation of a new G8 group, citing the same reasons I gave regarding China for why the President should attend the Beijing Olympics(that China is a major world economic factor, we do alot of business with them, etc.) and it made me wonder if there isn't some nuance I missed as to why Obama felt that way toward China about the Olympics and NOT the G8 group. The point is that I think Obama is widely misunderstood regarding specific policies but it is his GLOBAL VISION of tolerance and understanding that I see as consistent and most inspiring, especially in the role of President which is in many ways a figurehead role or symbol of mainstream America to present to the rest of the world. That doesn't mean I think Obama doesn't need to learn how to make his policies more clear to average voters, though. In a strange way I see his learning to convey his ideas more clearly to the general public coinciding with Americans' growing in their ability to actually go along with them, to learn how to broaden their horizons and see the world past America's own borders.

An interesting contrast with Obama and John McCain struck me when Zakaria asked him about relationships between different groups in Iran and Iraq. While McCain has planted doubts in American minds as to whether he even understands the differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims, Barack actually offered even sharper nuances. He talked about the fact that Shia Muslims in Iraq don't necessarily get along with Shias in Iran due to the differences between Persian and Arab culture. That there is not only a difference between Sunni and Shias but also a difference in ethnic culture, further clarifying the need for a nuanced understanding of the vast variety of people in the Mid-East. It was just impressive to me to watch Barack articulate his understanding of the differences and his evident sensitivity to the concerns of all the different groups involved. I think he would make an excellent diplomat for the United States right now because he exhibits a genuine understanding, interest and sensitivity toward the vast variety of peoples the President needs to deal with. It is so alarming to me how George W. Bush has actually done very little to stop the simplistic belief of many Americans that the Iraq War and the "War on Terrorism" are simple cases of "Good vs. Evil" or, worse yet, "Christians vs. Muslims".

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Obama To Bernie Mac: "Clean Your Act Up!"

bernie mac enrages obama supportersAfter the death of raunchy comedian, George Carlin, recently, America has yet another dirty-joke telling funny-man put in his place. This time by Barack Obama! Everyone's least favorite sit-com entertainer, Bernie Mac, had the audacity and classlessness to actually tell dirty jokes and use crude language during an opening act for Barack Obama at a fundraiser recently. It was a fundraiser in which people actually paid $2300 just to get in the door. More than a few of the paying audience members were angry when they found out that their money had bought them a joke told by Bernie Mac involving a nephew being told by his uncle to ask his mom if she would have sex with the mailman for money.

Many other crude remarks and sexual innuendos were said to be made by Mac at this "family event". When Barack Obama finally appeared on stage he chastised Bernie Mac, calling for unity. He said Mac's inappropriate joke-telling was divisive and urged the salty African-American comedian to "clean his act up".

With this call for Mac to "clean his act up" occurring in the same week in which the Rev. Jesse Jackson expressed a desire to cut Barack's "nuts" off concerning a speech Obama made urging black men to become better parents or, basically, to "clean their act up," it only adds to the buzz in the media and within the nation concerning a fracturing of the African-American community regarding Obama. First he is chastising African-American men for not being good fathers and now he is getting on their case for telling dirty jokes.

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Jesse Jackson: "I'm Snippin' Off Your Nuts"

jesse jackson obama nutsI, like many other millions of my fellow Americans was shocked, horrified, and even a little AMUSED (hahahaha) to hear Jesse Jackson's ominous whisperings regarding Obama's testicles that were recorded on a "hot mic" during an interview on FOX NEWS. I first heard about it on CNN from Wolf Blitzer when the story first broke. Wolf was saying the word Jackson uttered was "obscene" and "so crude it cannot be said on television". When I found out later on that the word was "nuts" I admittedly had to giggle. Many anti-Obama people use the term "Obamabots" to reference what they perceive as Barack's robotic, mindless followers. Now we have the OBAMANUTS!! Hahahahahaa!

I would love to see Jesse Jackson now make a rap album, record a song with the chorus "I'm snippin' off your nuts. I'm snippin' off your nuts." Hahahahaa. I'm definitely going to have to use this incident as inspiration for a future "Obama Taco Underwear" series painting. I don't really get the beef Jackson has with Obama. Many are saying he took offense to Barack's recent Father's Day speech at a black church. In this speech Barack urged black fathers to quit being "Missing in Action" and "AWOL" when it comes to raising their kids. I guess Jackson doesn't like the idea of black fathers taking personal responsibility for their children? Does he have some other strange idea in mind, that instead of staying with their children and helping to raise them, that black fathers should have their "nuts" chopped off so that they can't have any more kids? Is THAT Jesse Jackson's solution? And he wants to start with Barack? Does Barack have an illegitimate child somewhere that he isn't taking care of, that Jackson knows about but the world doesn't, that is cause for Jackson to deem Obama hypocritical?

I don't really know. Obama's speech on Father's Day seemed like a very good one to me with an uplifting, inspiring and motivating message. It was a common sense message that should appeal to both parties. Jackson's old school thinking seems to emphasise the effects of the environment and oppressive policies of the system to explain the sufferings of blacks and I guess he doesn't like to hear Barack blaming black people, themselves? I personally think both outer and inner factors relate to the problems of any race, so why can't Jackson and Obama just work together? I respect Jesse Jackson as an icon in the civil rights movement. He's got alot of guts and has done alot of good things for social justice; I just think maybe he needs to meet Barack in the middle somewhere and make a little room for some new blood; while at the same time maybe chilling out on the castration comments! Geez!

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Barack Wouldn't Go To Olympics?

obama against going to olympicsObama recently criticized President George W. Bush for planning to attend the Summer Olympics in China in August. Obama cited things such as China's human rights violations, their occopation of Tibet, etc., for his reasoning. But the thing is, especially in light of Obama's recent flip-flopping and changes in position, I just couldn't take Obama's statements seriously. I feel like if he were President that OF COURSE he would go. It just shows some of the damage he has done to his brand, that when it comes to believing in his support of certain positions that are generally perceived as "far-left", or his actually really caring about China's dealings with Tibet, I'm not sure if I believe him or not now. Not going to China for the Olympics also seems to conflict with Obama's ideas of talking to our enemies. Even though I was an enthusiastic supporter of Obama during the primaries I find myself really wondering about the guy now. I will still vote for him and I definitely find his election run fascinating. It is just that right now I have a hard time wondering where he really stands. His recent "move to the center" has been so abrupt and blatant, and this recent comment of his about not going to China, just admittedly sort of confuses me because it reminds me of typical Democratic party line rhetoric, like Jimmy Carter boycotting the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

Of course I believe the President should attend the Olympics in Beijing. China's government has a long history of oppression and human-rights violations but the people of China, over one billion of them, are extrememly excited, as are all the athletes who have worked very hard for this moment. I think at least the hard-working PEOPLE of China deserve this moment even if it can be argued that their government does not. The Olympics should be a time to celebrate globalism and our common human, competitive nature. It really bothers me when people use the Olympics that are nurtured by the hard work of athletes to promote their own political ideas or to grand-stand for their own soapbox agenda; or when they use the Olympic Games as a focal point for making politically expedient comments. China is funding the two wars we are currently involved in in Iraq and Pakistan and they are becoming a bigger and bigger player in the world's economy. It would be foolish, small-minded and arrogant for the U.S. president to offend the Chinese right now and disappoint all the athletes who have worked so hard.

Please, Barack, get this "doggie days of summer" reinventing of yourself smoothed out and over with so I can know where you stand. I am now starting to wonder if you are even serious about hunting down bin Laden, negotiating with our enemies, or about a number of other things you have said over the past few months.

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John McCain, Feed Me Some Ribs

john mccain baby back ribsJohn Mccain was taking a little heat Friday after he told a Pittsburgh TV station that when he was interrogated in Vietnam he gave his captors the names of the defensive linemen of the Pittsburgh Steelers when pressed for information about his fighting squadron. Well, alot of people already know that it was actually the defensive line of the GREEN BAY PACKERS that McCain gave his captors, or at least that's what he said in his book, "The Faith of My Fathers," which puts McCain in a position of criticism. Was he pandering to the people of Pittsburgh? And if he were to give an interview to the local Indianapolis TV station near where I live, would he say he cited the names of the 60's-era COLTS linemen to his captors? Though I personally wouldn't be too impressed by that because the Colts were in Baltimore back then. Hahahahahaa.

I have to say that this incident doesn't bother me at all with McCain. I even think it is pretty funny, such blatant distorting of the truth and pandering, it almost looks endearing. Being a big football fan I like it when politicians even make football a part of their platform. McCain has been having so many mis-steps lately, and he responds to them in such a charming way, it makes you want to give him a pass. You hear the outrageous story about how he physically roughed up a Sandista rebel, then see him squirm when asked a question about Viagra. You remember his horrible tribulations in Vietnam and you just can't help but like the guy, he's just this funny, crusty old dude who doesn't give up, who laughs off adversity and makes light of questions about bombing whole countries. McCain is indeed likable but I find myself saying to myself, "Awwwww, ain't he cute? That dude's a real trip!" whenever he's on the news; and I'm not certain that's the sort of reaction I should have about a guy running for President. He's the kind of guy you'd want to have at your barbeque or have a beer with, the colorful grandpa with all the great stories, but I just don't know about him being President. I do respect the guy and like him to an extent, more than I do most Republicans. Even though he and and his wife are filthy rich, his "lovable tough-guy" image resonates better with blue-collar voters more than Barack's image does, which is why I think McCain does have a CHANCE at winning the election because Americans have shown thay will vote for a guy most qualified to feed them baby-back ribs at a cook-out than who would actually make a better President.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

John McCain Doesn't Respect Football?

john mccain footballJohn McCain shocked both the football and political worlds the other day when he announced that he would be giving his Republican nomination acceptance speech
on Thursday, September 4th which is the same night as the NFL regular Season kick-off! That doesn't seem very wise nor patriotic to me. I respect John McCain's war service, there is no question of that. He is obviously a tough older guy who could kick alot of young guys' butts around the room. He has also done alot for America with his many years of service in the U.S. Senate but with all that being said, it seems that with this scheduling of his speech he has committed a severely unpatriotic act. Trying to lure viewers away from the opening NFL game, football fans who have been waiting the whole off-season to finally see a real, live match-up between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins? After suffering through dozens of meaningless exhibition games throughout the month of August I am always FOAMING AT THE MOUTH at the prospect of finally seeing a meaningful match-up during the THURSDAY NFL KICK-OFF and John McCain is trying to lure me away from it?

Watching football is a patriotic act. Football has long surpassed baseball as the national past-time and with the Republicans always seeming to tell others what and who is patriotic or not, it really disappoints me that they would show this kind of disrespect to the honorable game of football and to the millions of fans who now must be torn between watching John McCain give a speech or enjoying the football festivities. I'm sorry, but if John McCain thinks people will feel more patriotic watching him rather than football he is wrong, at least in my case. I am not a Republican, nor will I vote for McCain, but I am deeply interested in this year's presidential election and would have watched McCain's speech if not for this scheduling conflict. I urge you, Senator McCain, if you want millions more viewers to watch your speech then please do the patriotic thing and reschedule it to Wednesday, or something. I and many more Americans who enjoy both football and presidential politics would greatly appreciate it. Please do not disrespect us nor the game we all so deeply love.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

All Americans Should Learn Spanish

barack speaking frenchI cannot believe that Obama is actually catching so much heat about encouraging Americans to learn a foreign language like Spanish or French. He talked about Europeans coming to America and knowing all sorts of languages; and how when Americans go to places such as France all they can say is "Merci beaucoup". It was said in a light-hearted, joking way; I thought it was funny; he was just poking some innocent fun at a large segment of Americans who really have no interest or appreciation in the cultures of other countries. I don't know if Barack, himself, speaks any foreign languages but with the world becoming smaller through better communications and with the obvious increasing need for better understanding and diplomacy, it is definitely a good idea for an American leader to encourage an interest in learning another language. He even made the good point of mentioning that learning a foreign language could help get you a JOB, and maybe THAT'S something alot of Americans can relate to: MONEY!

Spanish is a practical language to learn in the United States for obvious reasons. With my interest in Mexican food and my ever-increasing interest in Mexican and Latin American culture I've been wanting to learn Spanish and perhaps spend alot of time in Mexico in the future. I've really been yearning to immerse myself in the ways and beliefs of another part of the world which is a big motivation behind the theme of this website. One of the main things I like about Barack is that he represents globalism in such a big way, with his multi-national background and tolerant views toward cultures other than his own. Unfortunately, this tolerance and so-called "exotic" background is what turns many people away from him and I think that's kind of sad. I realize that alot of regular, working-class people who are just trying to put food on the table don't like to hear someone who went to Harvard like Barack telling them they should learn Spanish or French or any other language. But he wasn't seriously meaning EVERYONE should do it, like he's going to make it some government mandate. It's just a little something to inspire a few people out there to broaden their horizons and enrich themselves.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Obama At Invesco Field

obama at invesco fieldThe recent good news of Barack Obama holding his Democratic party acceptance speech at Invesco field in Denver made me pretty happy. It will be so much fun to sit in my recliner in my underwear, wearing my homemade Obama mask while eating tacos as Obama gives a soaring, uplifting speech in front over 75,000 people. I am so glad that finally in my lifetime there is a presidential candidate who has a flair for drama and romance and maybe even a little bit of fun. Already I am hearing the detractors and those saying Obama is indirectly and unrightfully comparing himself to JFK who gave a speech in a packed LA Coliseum in the 60's. Or they are saying he is being egotistical, comparing himself to Martin Luther King by holdiing this event on the anniversary of King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech. And of course there are the inevitable comparisons to this rally at Invesco Field reminding people of Hitler and it really amazes me how there will always be people who see something BAD somehow about millions of Americans finally actually LIKING a presidential candidate and getting EXCITED about them and the fact that young Americans actually CARE about the political process this time around.

I am so glad I am not some crabby, sour conservative or disgruntled, sour-grapes-eating Hillary supporter who actually sees something BAD in all of this, Barack is just giving the fans what they want. I firmly believe that MOST of America wants to see this huge event. They want Barack to be larger than life and Barack is trying his hardest to live up to their expectations. He will surely disappointment at least to some degree; he is human and he is a politician. But at least he is trying to at least create the APPEARANCE OF POTENTIAL GREATNESS. He is providing good theater and getting people excited by making this acceptance speech a real event, something we can all look back upon and remember fondly and he is helping to contribute to the great mythology and lore which is the United States of America.

I am an Obama supporter but defintely do not mindlessly "Drink the Kool-Aid" (a phrase I actually hate, btw). In the course of making my Obama art and my silly fake O.T. Underwear "photo-ops" I actually find myself poking fun at him alot which I guess is reflective of some of the doubts I have. But I'll be damned if I let any lingering worries or fears let me turn pessimistic about freedom in America again as I was before Barack appeared. I refuse to let the mud-slinging crab-apples ruin my good time. I will sit in my underwear eating tacos on August 28th while I watch Obama give his amazing speech at Invesco Field and I will appreciate it for its awesome historical significance and yes, just HOPE. I will just HOPE that Obama wins the election and HOPE he is a good president. In Obama I see both the potential for awe-inspiring greatness and disappointing lameness but in the meantime something he definitely does offer us is great drama, excitement and stimulation of the American imagination. For now it is the journey and the mystery of the unknown which I delight in. I relish in the tingle I feel when I hear Barack speak, that fuzzy wuzzy feeling of love in my blood that whispers to me and makes me ask myself, "Am I actually feeling proud to be an American again?"

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Barack Yawns For Change

barack obama yawningI was watching cable news and saw some fun footage of Barack and Michelle Obama enjoying a little holiday down-time. It showed them on the sidelines of one of their kids' soccer games, appearing quite normal. Barack was yawning here and there, in-between the kicks of kids' feet upon the black and white ball. I suppose he is yawning because he is in that summer down-time phase of the election season when his policies have to move toward the center somewhat. He has just finished an exhausting, exciting Democratic primary process full of college kids screaming and young progressives believing they have found the Messiah. In other elections this "moving toward the center" phase for a candidate is quite normal and uninteresting; but when Barack does it it seems to have drawn shock, outrage and disillusionment from his fans. Barack just yawns because he knows it is the doggie days of summer, that football season is yet to begin. The general election is yet to really heat up, and he knows that despite protests from unrealistic liberals who think he can win with a perceived extreme leftist agenda, this boring de-radicalization of his image during the summer when only the die-hard are watching is a key to his success. Once football season starts and the "low-info" voters start watching his commercials during the big games, his message will be fine-tuned. He will be perfectly prepared to draw big, burly hairy beer-drinking football fans into his web of Obamamania. So in the meantime give Barack a break. He knows this "moving to the center" thing is kinda boring and that it's not quite as cool or sexy as giving big rallies and yelling about hope and change with women fainting and grown men crying at the sudden re-emergence of their childhood idealism. He needs to do this "moving to the center" stuff in order to win and I trust his and his campaign's judgment. You DO want him to win, don't you?

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Hope For Tomatoes

obama tomatoSo here we are entering the doggie days of summer. Not much is going on sports-wise (unless you're a baseball fan which I am not) and the presidential election is at a point where only the most die-hard political-junkies are actually sitting indoors writing in blogs, watching TV news and reading newspapers. Ordinary people are outside in the hot, nurturing sun getting tans and swimming in cool, clear waters. Normal men are showing off their muscles while watching scantily-clad babes frolic in the sand. Normal women are out being beautiful and showing off their bodily goods in bikinis, the hard-earned results off all the exercise and dieting they've engaged in during the winter. I walked through town yesterday and say a few hot babes tending to their gardens, realizing there is nothing more beautiful, more inspiring that watching a pretty girl out in the green embrace of nature, plucking red ripe tomatoes. While I hear stories of tomatoes being contaminated with salmonella throughout the country it is so nice and comforting to see women where I live holding their big, round ripe tomatoes in their hands, smiling at me as I walk by; that twinkle in their eyes reflects from the orange sun's warm rays and tells me that somehow everything will be alright. There will be HOPE for tomatoes as soon as everyone agrees to only eat the ones grown in the gardens of gorgeous, hot babes. And there will be HOPE for America as soon as Barack Obama is elected president!

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Does Obama Hold Bill Clinton's Heart?

Obama Holds Bill Clinton's heartI'm sure you have all heard the saying, Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line. These poignant words ring so true in my ears when I hear Barack Obama give his soaring, inspirational speeches in front of thousands of people. It's like he has found his way inside this soft, mushy part of my body that I thought had long hardened. It's like there is this little lake inside my bosom that has been sitting there all this time, since I was a child, and when Barack Obama speaks he causes the long dried-up waters to rain down and then turn into giant waves that WOOSH throughout my spirit and squirt out my eyes in the form of tears. . . . . . Click to read more

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