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Sunday, April 5, 2009

March Madness Brings April Hope That Bankers Will Get It Together

obama basketballI am a more of a football kind of guy and plan on making football a large part of upcoming installments of my "Obama Taco Underwear" Painting Series", especially once the 2009 season starts, but in the spirit of bi-sportisan unity and to somewhat emulate our great basketball-loving President Obama, I've been watching a few basketball games during the NCAA March Madness tournament and think the championship game between Michigan State and North Carolina should be a compelling one. Here we have two teams who represent two very important news issues in America recently. Michigan State, of course, being in East Lansing, MI, is not far from Detroit who has been suffering all sorts of woes and upheaval concerning their auto-industry which has always been vital to the American economy. North Carolina, being a major grower of tobacco in the nation, has been having to deal with price increases to cigarettes ever since Wednesday when the largest federal tobacco tax hike in history was implemented, raising the federal tax from .39 cents to $1.01. Being a smoker who has long wanted to quit, I actually welcome the tax increase, and the higher price has motivated me to set a date for finally quitting soon. All revenue from the tax hike go to the children's insurance program, SCHIP, and who can argue with wanting to be able to provide better medical care for kids? Oh wait, George W. Bush vetoed it once, didn't he? . . . .. . . click here to read more

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Rod Blagojevich As A Symbol Of America's Indictment Upon Itself

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rod blagojevich symbol of american idealismHere we see an idealized portrait of indicted Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, surrounded by baseballs. While Blagojevich has in a way won the heart of the media because he makes for good TV, the general consensus is that he is a crook and probably belongs in jail. What is sad in the story of Blagojevich is that he loves many things that have grown to become symbols of America and yet here we have to witness the fall of such an American at a time when the country is also going through such economic turmoil. Blagojevich was accused of bribing the Tribune Co., owners of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Tribune, into firing journalists at the paper who were critical of him, in exchange for state help in the financing of Wrigley Field. Blagojevich said that the just loved the Cubs and wanted them to remain in their classic stadium, so perhaps he just loved the American past-time of baseball too much. He loved America too much. The ex-Illinois governor has also expressed his love of such quintessentially American things as cowboy westerns and Elvis Presley, the latter of which being the inspiration for his great American hair-do. So it is that Rod Blagojevich loved America too much and that his overzealous affection for his country and its symbols led to his downfall and charges of corruption. It does make you wonder, though, especially in light of all the corporate banks and insurance giants in America being labeled as crooks and being given government hand-outs, that perhaps this CORRUPTION, also, is a symbol of America, is very American in its essence and that the demise of Rod Blagojevich is, in reality, America's indictment upon itself.

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The Celebration Of Latino Influence In A New Great American Iconography

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mexican american iconographyHere we see a young Mexican man stepping into the batter's box. In the background is the Obama logo as this aspiring Latino baseball player looks into the pitcher's eyes and readies to try and hit the ball out of the park. You'll notice that this baseball player has the colors of taco ingredients in his uniform. Yellow to represent the cheese, orange to represent the hot sauce and green to represent the fresh green crispy lettuce. This young man has recently immigrated to America and his heart is full of dreams, many of which have been inspired by the recent election of President Obama, a black man, as this brown-skinned batter has hopes of hitting the ball and getting on base, a symbol which could represent many things. It could mean his getting a good-paying job. It could represent his buying a home for his family. It could symbolize his getting an education or it could even mean, if he hits a home run, that this young man may some day grow up to be President of the United States just as Barack Obama did. There are many iconic symbols of America such as the bald eagle or apple pie, but I hope to see more evolve with a multi-cultural flair such as this one. I personally look forward to more and more Latinos living in this country and more and more mixing of the races which, in turn will help create a more beautiful collective iconography that consists of such inspiring symbols such as the bald eagle wearing a sombrero, the Statue of Liberty wearing a pancho or more tacos being sold at baseball games than hot dogs. Hot dogs are disgusting things, anyway, and tacos have much more powerful metaphorical implications than the American hot dog whose interpretation beyond its literal meaning pretty much stops at crude comparisons of it to a certain male sexual organ.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Obama Cooks Republican Red Meat Thoroughly To Thwart Criticism

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obama cooking republican red meatMany Republican demagogues are out there who want to manipulate their followers and listeners into believing that President Obama is some kind of extreme left-wing radical who is bent on the idea of turning America into some kind of socialist country or drastically altering this nation into the near opposite of what all these Republican herd members think the country should be. They throw out the "red meat" and call Obama things like "communist," "fascist"; they talk about him bankrupting their grandchildren with excessive liberal spending; they speak of him wanting to take away their guns, that he doesn't wear a flag pin, he is unpatriotic, soft on terrorism, a celebrity, and the list goes on and on. The Republican zoo-keepers throw-out the "red meat," charging Obama with having the qualities, ideas and desires that stand directly opposed to the Republicans' views on policy and values, and the animals that make up the far-right wing of the conservative base eat up the meat without even cooking it. They don't put it on the grill and let it cook before they ingest it, and that is a big part of the problem. Because if they researched President Obama's views and policies they would realize that he is not very radical at all and that he is for the most part, in most cases, a just slightly left-of-center Democrat and, despite what the Republican herd likes to think, Democrats are just as American as they are.

The picture above shows President Obama with his presidential fork pierced through a piece of Republican-butchered piece of red meat that he is getting ready to grill and cook so that when his Republican critics taste it they will realize that it doesn't taste as bad as they thought it would! This picture is part of my larger Rod Blagojevich fan art painting. Of course, all through the election Republicans were calling Obama a crook simply because he was from Chicago. It was inevitable that after Blagojevich, then governor of Illinois, was arrested, there would be a chorus of "I told you sos" emitting from between conservatives' blood-stained, raw meat-eating lips. But that was before Obama began cooking the meat and as soon as it was well-done it would be seen that absolutely no connection could be made between Blago's crimes and President Obama. It was just another example of Republican red raw meat being thrown at the mindless pitchfork-wielding far-right masses which, when cooked thoroughly on the grill by Obama, shows itself to not taste bad in the least! As a matter of fact it is really quite juicy and tasty when made into steak fajitas!

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Rod Blagojevich Does Elvis Impersonations To Influence Potential Jurors

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rod blagojevich as elvis impersonatorOnly a few days ago, former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, was indicted on 16 felony counts of corruption. True to form and consistent with Blagojevich's ultra-confident, cool way of dealing with his highly-publicized legal drama, he was enjoying himself on vacation with his family at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, when the indictment was issued. It is well-known that Blagojevich is a huge fan of Elvis Presley and when a couple reporters finally found him and tried to ask him a few questions, Blagojevich simply sat sipping on a cocktail while lounging outside of a guitar-shaped pool and said to the reporters, "If you expect me to get up and start singing "Jailhouse Rock," feeling sorry for myself, you're dead wrong."

Later that evening in the hotel lounge, Blagojevich was seen doing an Elvis impersonation act, decked out in a highly sequined, tight white leather outfit and singing "Love Me Tender" to the audience while holding a can of jalapeno-scented hairspray which he sprayed upon his well-known retro hairdo in between occasional pelvic thrusts. "Love me tender" was sung repeatedly by Blagojevich in case anyone in the audience might happen to become a juror during his upcoming criminal trial. When a reporter asked the former governor why he used jalapeno-scented hairspray on his gorgeous head of hair, Blago said he was still certain that he would be proven innocent of all charges and that in time President Obama would name him "Secretary of Steak Fajitas."

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Rod Blagojevich Wears "Tightie-Whities" Outside Of His Jogging Pants To Express His Innocence

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rod blagojevich in underwearBack in December after the then governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, was arrested on various charges of corruption, he was known to give interviews to the press before, after and during his daily exercise of jogging. He said that jogging cleared his mind and helped him come up with different ways of trying to endear himself to the public through the media. It was important for Blagojevich to do interviews and appear on various talk shows in order to try and clear his name and perhaps influence any potential jurors who might preside over his criminal case when it goes to trial. One of the brilliant ideas that Governor Blagojevich came up with was to wear a pair of underwear outside of his jogging pants in order to further emphasize his proclaimed innocence, to show that his conscience, as well as his soul, was as pure and as white as the brilliantly clean "tightie-whities" he wore outside of his clothing, in full public view, while jogging out in the infamously windy Chicago cold. When asked if the governor also wore underwear underneath his jogging pants, he simply replied, "I refuse to answer that question until I appear on the Tonight Show." Governor Blagojevich has the honor and disctinction of, out of the numerous private and public citizens I portray in their underwear in my "Obama Taco Underwear" Painting Series, being the only one so far who wears his underwear OUTSIDE OF HIS CLOTHES

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Hairy Werewolf Cheerleaders For Obama!

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hairy werewolf cheerleader for obamaThousands of cheerleaders all over the country are now letting their hair grow and showing up at half-time local politician "werewolf transformations" during basketball games. The trend started after then President-Elect Obama turned into a werewolf at center court during a Chicago Bulls Game this past December. Now all Democratic--and even some Republican-- candidates running for office are doing "copy-cat" transformations in order to show their alliance with and support for our beloved werewolf President and to hopefully ride on his furry coat-tails straight into their desired elected office. Gone are the days when cheerleaders were considered to be the "nice, clean-cut" chicks at school. Now these lovely women are letting their leg fur grow, their facial hair grow, and yes, some of them even have hair on their chests! By now everyone knows that there is a "Werewolf in Washington" but it's becoming increasingly clear that their are also werewolf politicians springing up all over the United States, from people wanting to become mayor, governor, or even the county coroner. And as long as they know their wonderful werewolf act will bring them the admiration of one of our most treasured American icons, the hot hairy cheerleader, there isn't likely to be a stop to this way of pandering to the howling moonstruck masses for a vote.

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"The Obama Orgy Of Hairy Hope"

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portrait of obama as werewolfSomething "changes" when you see an image of President Obama as a werewolf. When you look into his kind eyes and gentle smile, suddenly you don't mind so much that he has hair on his face or that he has transformed into what has always been known as a ferocious, blood-thirty beast. But just as Obama has said he will change the way politics is done, he is also on his way to changing how werewolves are thought of. As I explained in in another entry, it is my belief that the spherical shape in the Obama logo is actually meant to be a MOON and that the "change" President Obama keeps talking about is "changing into a WEREWOLF." This is not the werewolf of old that preys upon people when the moon is full. No, this a new kind of werewolf whose hair grows from the hope and idealism that springs from deep within and it is a werewolf whose animal nature depends more upon love and ferocious efforts to help ones fellow neighbor to satiate its gnawing, growing and howling hunger. In the Obama era werewolves are no longer scary. They are beautiful, hairy loving beasts who could kick your behind if they so desired, but they much prefer to eat tacos and have fiestas and engage in lovemaking, gorgeously intimate acts of unity with their fellow Americans and any foreigners who might also want to join in on "The Obama Orgy Of Hairy Hope."

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Gay Werewolf Underwear Models Are Emboldened By Obama's Message

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gay werewolf underwear model for obamaThere are alot of gay werewolves around, that's for sure, and I respect and love every one of them. Here you see a gay werewolf underwear model sneaking himself into a larger photo taken from the night when President-Elect Obama turned into a werewolf during a Chicago Bulls basketball game. There are many people becoming their own kind of werewolf as Obamamania and its movement progresses. Some people have described how the long-buried hopes and American idealism that is being out of people by Obama and making them wolf-like in their renewed enthusiasm as being similar to how a gay man or woman feels when they finally "come out of the closet" and reveal their true selves. People are no longer embarrassed to howl and let their hair grow out as they say that they love America. They are no longer ashamed to wave the American flag and are so happy that they have a President they can finally look up to and not be embarrassed by. This idea of renewed pride is well-expressed in the image of a gay werewolf underwear model who just "lets it all hang out" and is not afraid to jump into the picture just as many are now jumping in to the American political scene and participating in our great country's political process.

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The Bipartisan Foot Of The Purple Werewolf

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bipartisan purple werewolf footHere is pictured a symbol I created to represent President Obama's willingness to "reach across the aisle" and work with Republicans as well as his centrist way of governing. It is called "The Bi-Partisan Foot Of The Purple Werewolf." If you'll notice in my larger painting, "Meet Me At Center Court As I Turn Into A Werewolf", that though the werewolf President Obama has two legs, he only has one foot to show that he takes into account both Republican and Democratic points of view. President Obama had to flip many red states and turned them blue in order to win the election so he knows he can't lean too far to the left in his policies if he wants to get re-elected in those more conservative states.

It is a shame that though Obama has made outward gestures toward Republicans in the House and Senate, such as holding a party to honor John McCain, most of them have repeatedly said "No!" to his ideas and voted against his recent stimulus bill. But as President Obama said in a recent news conference, he believes in persistence and it won't be long before you start seeing a few Republican werewolves in Washington showing a little purple in their fur from their red mixing in with Obama's blue, just as some men show a little gray in their beard. Just give it time because hair color has a way of changing.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Does The Obama Logo Contain A Hidden Message For Werewolves?

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obama logo werewolfI must say that what intially attracted me to Obama was around December 2007 when I saw his logo for the first time. Admittedly, I thought the white, spherical shape that seemed to be rising above the red and white stripes was the MOON and I heard Obama talking about "change" alot so I began to wonder: what sort of "change" does he mean? Did he mean "change" into a werewolf? Then I started to watch his rallies on television as I saw normal people begin to howl as he spoke. I saw the old and young alike begin to transform before my eyes. They would walk into the arena where Obama was scheduled to speak and by the time the rally was over they had changed, Obama had brought out their werewolf nature which growled and howled against all the injustices and censorship Americans have had to put up with the past 8 years. Obama's words of hope and courage caused even women to begin to grow hairs on their chests. It was the goodness and American idealism that had been buried deep in their skin that gnashed and thrashed and tormented them for it was unable to grow out and be wild with patriotism and a desire to once again be proud of America.

I have since read that the white spherical shape actually is meant to represent the SUN, but that doesn't "change" the fact that my first thoughts of Obama were that of a werewolf. And who is to say that in every case it is the MOON that transforms a man or woman into a raving beast who is passionate for their country? I sometimes like to think of myself as a werewolf who is influenced more by solar power because it is a path to clean energy and because it helps to conjure more positive werewolf imagery than that of a werewolf who is motivated by the light of the moon in the darkness as he seeks to stalk and kill his prey. I prefer to think of myself, sometimes, as a werewolf who is changed by the sun and inspired to go about a werewolf lifestyle of love and a desire to eat tasty Mexican food all the time. With the election of President Obama I definitely think it is time for "change" in the area of werewolves also, in the way they are thought of and what motivates them. I think it is now a thirst for unity and love for one's fellow world citizens rather than a thirst for blood.

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