My response to the "Celebrity" Smear Remarks

Following a nine-day, eight-country tour that carried the ambition and stagecraft of a presidential state visit, Obama has found himself in an unusual position: the butt of jokes.

Jon Stewart teased that the presumptive Democratic nominee traveled to Israel to visit his birthplace at Bethlehem’s Manger Square. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd amplified the McCain campaign’s private nickname for Obama (“The One”).  And the snickers about Obama’s perceived smugness may have a very real political impact as McCain’s camp launched its most forceful effort yet to define him negatively. ?They released a TV ad Wednesday describing Obama as the “biggest celebrity in the world,” comparable to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, stars who are famous for attitude rather than accomplishments. The harsher treatment from comedians and columnists — coupled with the shift by McCain from attacking on policy to character issues — underscores the fine line that Obama is walking between confident and cocky. Once at pains to present himself as presidential, Obama now faces criticism for doing it too well.

“I was puzzled by this notion that somehow what we were doing was in any way different from what Sen. McCain or a lot of presidential candidates have done in the past,” Obama said Sunday, speaking about his trip at a conference of minority journalists. “Now, I admit we did it really well. But that shouldn’t be a strike against me.”

Obama and his supporters dismissed the line of attack as the latest desperate missive from a foundering Republican campaign. Bloggers at the Huffington Post launched a backlash to the backlash against Obama’s overseas trip, arguing in part that he wouldn’t face such criticism of acting premature if he were white. Separately, the Obama campaign pushed back hard at journalists who used a report that detailed Obama’s move to assemble a transition team to describe him as presumptuous by pointing to an interview in which McCain had owned up to the same thing.

My Personal Response to all of this:

Obama has something going for him that McCain can’t grasp…..it’s called “Diplomacy…and tact.” The fact that Obama knows how to talk to people and listen is not a crime at all.  In Fact, maybe Old Man Winter aka McCain should just take a few lessons from my man Obama. Obama actually gets along with everyone, and knows how to make the world a better place, as opposed to McCain who just wants to continue the Bush legacy of tyranny and bad leadership. And honestly….no one likes McCain..if you don’t believe me, go check the polls, kids.

Also if you think that John McCain is some human rights activist all of a sudden because he met with the Dali Llama? The Dahlia Llama will and ‘has to’ meet with anyone who really desires to meet him. What is Dali’s reasoning behind this? He’s the freaking Dali Llama and he refuses to judge any human being based on personal or political reasons. He’s even willing to meet with his enemies.

McCain should try to focus on actually saying something as opposed to overseeing grocery store spills, and being a general baboon.

Oh wait…no, I mean Buffoon.

I actually I like baboons.

Also, if you go to McCain’s website and look up what his supporters said about his visit with the Dali…..it’s almost downright racist. Calling him all sorts of degrading ‘nicknames’ like he’s some pet puppy.  He is considered a holy man, not some ex-war veteran that married some gnarly trophy wife, pill popping beer Barroness.

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The X-Files- I Want to Believe

This quote from the first film (1998) still resonates with me as Mulder’s greatest line:

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[To a bartender, while drinking]
Mulder: I’m the key figure in an ongoing government charade, the plot to conceal the truth about the existence of extraterrestrials. It’s a global conspiracy, actually, with key players in the highest levels of power, that reaches down into the lives of every man, woman, and child on this planet, so, of course, no one believes me. I’m an annoyance to my superiors, a joke to my peers. They call me Spooky. Spooky Mulder, whose sister was abducted by aliens when he was just a kid and who now chases after little green men with a badge and a gun, shouting to the heavens or to anyone who will listen that the fix is in, that the sky is falling and when it hits it’s gonna be the shit-storm of all time.
Barmaid: Well… I’d say that about does it, Spooky.

My thoughts on the new film:

X-Files-I Want to Believe

This film is all too reminiscent of the TV Series. I won’t give away any great plot points or much of anything else. There is one really great President Bush joke that cannot be missed. I will mention that Jillian Anderson and David Duchovny are both at the top of their game despite the distance in between films. It’s almost hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the last film.

I do think that the TV show the X-files in juxtaposition to the Bush administration is more believable in their lack of “governmental support” of their fellow agents in this day and age, as opposed to the Clinton era. Just an odd observation.

Anyways, this is my 10 cents.

In closing, I will admit it is a good film, not for the uneducated, but more for the well read and the open minded crowds.

Thanks,

CV

Meeting Jane Doe, a true story this time.

Meet John Doe:

Meet Jane Doe:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,389822,00.html

So the story goes, that in this day and age, sadly, this time life does imitate art. This story says so much more than we all can encompass with a blog or article.

This story goes beyond blaming the fact that hey maybe Jane Doe, aka Carlene Balderrama from my old home state of Massachusetts, did have some deep rooted problems with depression.
She committed suicide rather than face foreclosure of her home.

The fact that I can make such a comparison to the current US economic climate/mood to a Noir film from the 1940s says so very much. This obvious Noir film comparison is based on the times of the early 1940s which was a positively depressed time of war, and I can sadly can say almost mirrors our current lives and world right now. This action was no publicity stunt; this is a woman’s life gone. Let’s all just think long and hard about what we want out of life. The American dream is no longer a house in the Hills, it might just be to me some small inkling of hope for a brighter future.

My bright future has to be a man named Barack Obama.

Thank you,

CV

John Lurie’s "A Fine Example of Art"

Today I got to meet a legend..by the name of John Lurie. If you never heard of this hip cat….he has been in countless films including my all time favorite “Stranger Than Paradise and much more.   His ultra cool artwork is listed in the Criterion Collection TV show “Fishing with John”.  John was even in “The Last Temptation of Christ”.
John has been around the art scene most of his life.  He was even in that whole NYC Warhol scene back in the day. He was here in LA promoting his new book, a collection of his finest paintings.
To quote Steve Buscemi:
“John is one of my all time favorite artists…There is something about his paintings that speaks to my unconscious that I don’t quite understand, yet understand completely.”

Please try to check out his book or even his films and music.  That’s right, his band “The Lounge Lizards” are some of the best avant guard jazz you will hear on this planet.
Have a great weekend world!
-Carmelo