Friday, March 21, 2008

Cheney to the rescue?

The man himself has gone to the Middle East to call on the tender mercies of Saudi King Abdullah al-Jenadriya to either lower oil prices or pump out more oil. Now over here in America the oil companies are making record profits and we all know Dick Cheney gets a sweet cut from this. This begs the question; how sincere is this mission of Dick's? Why rock the cash boat that they're livin' large on-what's in it for them? If we the public know that more oil is being pumped will we not revolt and demand lower gas prices? Get serious. We'll whine, we'll complain and idiots like me will blog.
But there is another angle here. Bush is going out a lame duck President which no doubt is killing the decider's ego. If his right hand man (and actual boss) Cheney can swing this in the 11th hour of Bush's departure some of us will say, "wow Bush really came through when it counted." And those folk would need their heads examined. But if Cheney is sincere let's face it, he can 'get-r-done' as Larry the Cable guy would say, because Dick is one bad mutha. Darth Cheney could convince anybody of pretty much anything with the exception of maybe Kim Jong Il. Crazy doesn't fear psychotic, the hand book says so. Until this episode wraps up we can only huddle by our home fires and hope that Dick Cheney, a man that was in favor of continued apartheid in South Africa and the continued imprisonment of Nelson Mandela has our gas guzzling backs. Go Dick Go! Go Dick Go! Wow, I never thought I'd cheer that in this lifetime...or any lifetime! Oh but these are troubled times.

Chiwetel Ejiofor...easy for you to say

What or who is Chiwetel Ejiofor? Well it just so happens that he is a great actor. No doubt you've seen him in bit parts so Hollywood hasn't quite caught on to him yet but they're getting there. Across the pond in jolly old England he is very well known. He's literally been tearing up the British stage. He won the Laurence Olivier award of best actor for his work for the title role of Othello at the Donmar.
Born to Nigerian parents in 1974 Chiwetel took to the acting game early. Later he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In 2000 The London Standard awarded him 'Outstanding Newcomer'. I believe his big Hollywood debut was in Spielberg's Amastad at the tender age of 19. He has worked with Denzel Washington two times. The first as his cop partner in Inside Man and later in American Gangster where he played one of Denzel's brothers.
The movie 'Talk to Me' starring Don Cheadle as Petey Green costarred Chiwetel. It was a joy to watch these two huge talents working together. Don Cheadle is a great underrated actor and Chiwetel Ejiofor is a yet to be discovered great actor. Two years ago I heard an interview with Mr. Cheadle where he claimed-and not bitterly- that whether or not he wants a specific role he needs it to be turned down by Denzel, Will Smith, Cuba Gooding Jr. and so on. This is ridiculous but I guess that's show business. Let's hope that this sort of thing does not happen to Chiwetel because he's got chops!
I just rented a flick called Dirty Pretty Things. Low budget costarring Audrey Tatou. This movie is a must see so netflix-it, blockbuster-it whatever just check it out.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quest for beer

While searching for beers under the picnic table I noticed my photo was about to be taken. When in doubt,pose!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

McCain hearts Hagee

On March 7th Senator McCain gleefully accepted the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee who happens to be a maniac with a huge following. Scary isn't it. But let's look a little deeper at this cat. Hagee is anti African American, an anti Semite, he hates Muslims, he's also anti-gay and he's an old school chauvinist. Geez who's left? Who does he like? Oh yeah, older straight white guys like himself and ah, John McCain. The interesting part of all of this is that McCain knows full well who and what this man is but welcomed the endorsement with open arms. Naturally this did not sit well with several religious groups among others; and the media ran with it. McCain fired back with,"in no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of pastor Hagee's views, which obviously I don't." Well first of all it is not that obvious McCainy. Furthermore if we read in, around and between your lines you are not actually denouncing or rejecting the endorsement. Shame,shame McCainy-Cain. It is understandable that when you're in a political race there are times when you can't pick your allies, they pick you. But there are times, as there should be, when your character does not permit you to accept a less than desirable endorsement. Like for example in the case of Louis Farrakhan's endorsement of Barack Obama. Senator Obama rejected Farrahkan's support publicly and swiftly.
When this axe came down McCain also said, "...I am proud of (Hagee's) spiritual leadership of thousands of people." Proud? Proud like he's your son and he brought you an A on his report card? Strange verbiage McCainy-Cain. But it doesn't end there. McCain wasn't ambushed by the endorsement, he actually sought out the Lunatic's support. On January 29th/2007 the two men sat down and had a secret meeting. The easy math would indicate as follows: secret meeting plus follow up endorsement = Alliance! There is an old adage from the generation before mine that says, "tell me who you travel with and I'll tell you who you are." Need I say more?
Okay just a little more. Here is one of the many kookoo beliefs of McCain's buddy-the guy he is proud of. "...I believe that Hurricane's are acts of God because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were the recipient of the judgment of God." Let's just say that Hagee is on to something. It would follow that the White House, Bush's ranch at Crawford, Chaney's house-wherever it is as it has been removed from google earth-and Rumsfeld's place had better be on hurricane watch...just exactly what color disaster alert that would be I'm not sure. After that Las Vegas had better duck!
Is McCain so stubborn that he will not be told who is friends can be? Is he not smart enough to know that he should distance himself from play-pastor Hagee? Does the endorsement come with so much juice that McCain just can't turn it down? Whatever it is I'm sure Mr.McCain feels he has his reasons for sticking to his guns even if it appears that he's lost his reason!
Senator McCain may be the next President of the United States of America. Is it just me or isn't anybody else worried as to how McCain will be made to repay his lunatic chum for the aforementioned endorsement? Ladies and gentlemen Pastor John Hagee America's new minister of...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Will Arnett...Great Man-Great Canadian

It's time to look at a comedic actor on the rise. The man of which I speak is none other than Will Arnett. This cat was born in Toronto Ontario back in 1970. Rather than just wax on about how funny this guy is and how we're all going to see more of him on the big screen and on our DVD players I want to first talk of his lineage. His dad...wait for it...his dad was the president and CEO of Molson Canadian Brewing Company. Now some of you might be saying "ah I'm not really into Molson" and to you I say hold thy tongue! Think of coming up in high school. The drinking age is 19 but you're barely 17 and you just wanna rock. "Don't worry lads I know where I can get some beer." Oh man it would be amazing. You'd be like the captain of the football team without having to play. The list of benefits both obvious and not so, stretch a mile long with having a dad running the beer show. But alas, this Toronto boy who literally could have swam in beer and cash walked away from the family business to pursue comedy. I could not have braved this path-well not being funny enough is one reason-but abandoning beer!! Saint Christopher in a beer mug no way! But I am not Will Arnett nor is he I. He moved to the states and made a go of it.
In 1994 he married actress Penelope Anne Miller. It didn't take; in 1995 they divorced. Later he shacked up with actress Missy Yager. Missy had bit parts here and there: NCIS, Las Vegas, 6 feet Under and even did an episode in the thankfully now defunct nauseating Ally Mc-waste my time-Beal. Her 'shacking' with Will lasted four years. In 2000 the funny man met actress Amy Poehler best known for Saturday Night Live. SNL which these days is hit and miss on the funny meter is blessed to have Amy's talent-the broad is funny.They tied the knot in 2003 and are still going strong which is quite a feat in Celebrity-world. Between 2006 and '07 Will was in seven films-most of which none of us saw. However one film did manage to burst from the seven film basement to make the A-list and that was none other than Blades of Glory. He acted along side his wife Amy where the two played brother and sister...a very close, brother and sister. Most people actually know Will from his character George 'Gob' Bluth on Arrested Development which few people watched but those that did said it was a grossly underrated show on which Will was hilarious. My favorite role of my Canadian brother was his character on 30 Rock. Will's character went head to head with Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). Will plays a gay t.v. exec gunning for Jack's job while trying to get cozy with an innocent unsuspecting Page boy. It is hysterical. In fact Will sports a certain bathrobe in a style which is guaranteed to take Canada and the US by storm. All men, gay and straight will be lining up at Macy's and The Bay to cop this look!
You take a Canadian beer heir, throw in a couple of failed relationships one of which was a marriage; toss in some laughs and what do you get? Ladies and gentlemen what you get is Will Arnett- a great man, a great Canadian.