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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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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Is The Obama Santa Claus Also A "Reverse Robin Hood"?

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Obama as santa clausOf course there is the inevitable comparison to Barack Obama as Santa Claus. He gets that label, first of all, by his simply being a Democrat who are often criticized as givers of hand-outs to poor people who do not deserve them because they allegedly don't work hard enough. Secondly, President Obama takes office at a time when the giving of "hand-outs" is a necessary evil in turning around our economy. Strangely enough, though, this time around all the taxpayers' money is being given to people who are already rich and are in the trouble they are in because they SQUANDERED the resources of normal American taxpayers! It's a really odd situation and some might even say suspicious. Conspiracy theories abound and there are some who look at the fact that Obama and McCain were tied neck and neck in early September and it was only until the economic bubble burst and all these banks started failing and needing help when voters started to give Obama the nod. So it was the failure of the banks which got Obama elected and now that he is President he is giving the money they lost back to them using American tax dollars! It really is strange, isn't it? It is so paradoxical because we have conservatives complaining on one front about the pending tax hike on those making more than $250,000 a year and at the same time we have the REAL money being taken away from the middle class to bail-out the banks! There is all this talk about Obama being "Robin Hood" and wanting to "take from the rich and give to the poor" but if you get away from party talking points and ideology and look at what is actually HAPPENING, the exact OPPOSITE is the case. Now, I don't know of any rule or qualification or constitutional amendment that actually says that to be Santa Claus you have to give to the poor, right? I guess Obama can give to the rich and still be Santa Claus so it is all good! I am a big believer in Obama and his agenda, though, and even if things look a bit strange and uneven right now I'm sure they will all balance out in the end.

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Mexican Rock Climbers Give AIG Executive Tacos For Christmas

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aig executive receives mexican tacosI hate to quote George W. Bush, but as he once said, "There are some jobs Americans just won't do" and so we let the Mexicans come in and do them. Personally, I don't ride on such a "high horse" as an American to think there are certain jobs I am just too good for. Before "advancing" to my current job at a Mexican fast food restaurant, I actually worked as the janitor at an adult book store, tasked with cleaning up the movie viewing booths, which is a job I'm sure most Americans would refuse to engage in. But besides that, it is a shame that Bush's quote became a catalyst for collective American giggles and mockery of the Mexican people who are unfortunate enough to not have it as good as Americans do. In the picture above you see an extract from my larger painting, "The Christmas Bail-Out Of Taco-Filled Cat Bellies" which attempts to document the U.S. government's recent TARP bailout of U.S. Banks. In this extract you see two brave Mexican rock climber buddies of President-Elect Obama scaling down the side of a cliff in order to give a starving "Fat" Cat AIG executive, who is sinking in the green guacamole of his own greed, a few tacos to eat for the holidays. Of course, witnessing the public outrage recently over the giving of AIG bonuses to AIG employees using taxpayer money, no American would volunteer to do this for an AIG employee. So we have a couple nice and charitable Mexicans once again having to do America's "dirty work." I'm not chastising Americans for their stance on such matters. All I am trying to do is give the Mexican people who do work hard and labor tirelessly doing jobs we refuse to do a little recognition and credit.

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Bank Of "America" And It's Auspicious Acquisition Of The Merrill Lynch Mexican "Bull" Logo

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bank of america fat catBank of America was one of the banks to receive money from the TARP legislation but from what I understand it wasn't technically "bail-out" money because it was used by Bank of America to buy out and take over the troubled Merrill Lynch. The only reason I'm somewhat defending Bank of America is because they gave me my first credit card, and at the time I really appreciated it. Yes, they are greedy corporate crooks just like all the rest, more than likely. They are known for their aggressive tactics and extending large credit lines at high rates to people who perhaps shouldn't qualify. If you are late on a payment they will call you day and night until you pay up and if you are late for too long, well, prepare to see your finance rate skyrocket. But still, they are the Bank of AMERICA and they have volunteered to integrate an important symbol of Mexican culture into their corporate mythology and that is the symbol of the BULL, as in bullfighting which is one of the most popular sports in Mexico. Where did the bull symbol come from? It is the logo of Merrill Lynch which Bank of America took over, of course. I couldn't help but think that this whole thing was by design, that the Bank of "America" adopting the Mexican bull as its own may very well be a sign of the increasing importance of Mexico to the American economy, culture and way of life. I am already trying to get a headstart on the mixing of both culture's symbols in my "Obama Taco Underwear" painting series.

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Following The Great Christmas Underwear Star Of Greedy Corporate Crooks

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underwear starOn a snowy Christmas Eve night, President-Elect Barack Obama put on his Santa Claus suit, met with a few of his Mexican friends, gathered up a few tacos from the trash cans of local Mexican restaurants and set out into the dark, chilly night, following the Great Christmas Underwear Star Of Greedy Corporate Crooks in an effort to find the former Fat Cat chief executives of down-trodden banks who had recently asked the government for bail-out money. It is this "Great Christmas Underwear Star" that symbolizes the nakedness and humiliation that these executives must feel as they beg the taxpayers for money to pay for their own avarice and incompetence. It had been rumored that these money-grubbing weasels had fallen off a cliff and found themselves slowly sinking deeper and deeper into a green guacamole pit of their own greed. When Santa Obama arrived the Fat Cats had become so emaciated, so starved for something to fit inside their shriveled bellies that when Obama offered them tacos if they promised to never again have the band "Earth, Wind and Fire" play at any more of their parties and instead opt for the savory, spicy melodies of whatever Mexican salsa band was hottest at the time, they meowed in resounding agreement. It is then when the Great Christmas Underwear Star above gleamed most brightly as it was discovered that Santa Obama, in his beatific benevolence and charming, persuasive eloquence, could turn even a financial disaster into a cause for the appreciation of other cultures.

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Obama Says, "Tacos And Not Drugs!"

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mexican santa sleigh driverFeliz Navidad! To me there is no better thing to eat on Christmas day than delicious,zesty Mexican food. The spicy hot sauce and savory seasonings put a jalapeno in your heart and splatter your holiday spirit full of hot sauce happiness. Though he was not yet officially President yet, on Christmas Eve Barack Obama put on a Santa Claus suit and asked a few Latino-Americans to volunteer to help him as he flew about the country giving tacos to those in need in an effort to promote multi-culturalism and awareness of the growing problems in Mexico. Not only do we have the persistent dilemma of immigration to deal with, there are dangerous drug wars that are increasing in their savagery in Mexican border towns like Tijuana and Juarez. This war has spilled over a bit into our country as a few Americans in San Diego, California and El Paso, Texas have reported opening some of their Christmas presents to find the severed head of a Mexican drug dealer in the box! As the debate rages on as to whether the U.S. government should consider legalizing drugs to stop this madness, President Obama and his Mexican buddies have a different idea which is best expressed through the slogan, " TACOS AND NOT DRUGS!!

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