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30 August 2009 @ 12:10 pm

In the comments of this post, tell me who you would cast to play me in the movie of your life. Then, re-post this in your journal and I shall do the same for you!
18 October 2008 @ 01:07 am
I was getting ready to write something about why I want Obama elected when I came across the following on author Jacqueline Carey's website.  I agree with every word she has written and just wish I had put my thoughts together so well.  Her site is www.jacquelinecarey.com and if you haven't read her Kushiel trilogies, give them a try.











October 2008

Four years ago, I urged eligible readers to get informed on the issues and vote in the US presidential election, but I didn't
endorse a candidate on my site. This year, it's different. So if you find it annoying when artists in the entertainment industry
interject their political views into the public discourse, check out the Fan Art and Fan Photo galleries for a couple of new items,
and read no further!

I understand, I do, and I've never wanted to alienate readers of any stripe. But with our economy crashing down around our ears, our foreign policy in disgrace, our healthcare system out of control, and our infrastructure in shambles, I feel a strong obligation to use whatever small public voice I have to say:

Vote for Barack Obama!

Many things about the last eight years in America have disturbed me, and one of the most subtle, yet profoundly detrimental, is the rise of anti-intellectualism. It's like being back in junior high, only with a weird secondary adolescence
twist where being smart, intellectually curious, and well-informed makes a person a condescending, out-of-touch,
latte-sipping elitist.

What the heck?

In 2000, America kinda-sorta elected the genial C-average guy they wanted to have a beer with over the smart, stiff policy wonk
who kept droning on about a lockbox for the whopping budget surplus that's long gone. In 2004, they reelected that guy despite
his dismal record, because this time the other guy was from the East Coast, didn't order the right kind of cheese on his
Philly beefsteak, and liked to windsurf. That, and some nonsense involving band-aids with purple hearts.

Enough, already.

Electing a president of the last remaining superpower in the world is a lot more important than electing the junior high prom king.
I want the smart guy in charge. I don't want another cowboy filled with steely-eyed resolve, ready to trust his gut instinct. We've
had too many guts with lousy instincts in charge. It's time to give the brainiacs a chance. I want the smart guy. I want the guy with
the patience to read tedious memos outlining complicated situations in torturous detail, the guy willing to sift through those facts
and consult with expert advisors to reach a measured, thoughtful decision.

And I'm pretty sure that in this election, Barack Obama is that guy. On issues from the ill-advised Iraq war to the deregulation of
the financial industry, his judgment has been proven sound. His policies are aimed at helping the struggling middle class. If
nothing else, his VP pick of Joe Biden tells us he's serious. Sure, Joe's on the loquacious side, but he's a well-informed smart
guy. Sarah Palin? Please! That gimmick alone is enough to make me mistrust John McCain's judgment. I don't care if she can
field-dress a moose. If she were the leader of a rag-tag group of rebels in a post-apocalyptic society that skill might come in
handy, but this isn't a Mad Max movie, and I don't want someone who believes that the world was created 6,000 years ago and
humans and dinosaurs lived together anywhere near the White House.

Does that make me an elitist? I don't think so... but after the past eight years, I don't really care. Being the President of the
United States of America is a very, very big responsibility. Let's try putting the smart guys in charge.

And let there be latte for all!

03 September 2008 @ 11:16 pm
   Today as I listened to the radio and heard John McCain refered to as a maverick, I decided to see exactly what the word meant.  When I looked the word up two main definitions appeared: 

1. independent person: an independent thinker who refuses to conform to the accepted views on a subject

2. unbranded animal: an unbranded animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother and herd. By convention, it can become the property of whoever finds it and brands it.

Judging by where McCain stands today, I have to say the label no longer fits.  Once, in the halcyon days of 2000, McCain was the Maverick who stood as the poster child of the moderate end of the Republican party.  He was out of step with the right wing evangelicals who used every dirty trick in the book ("he secretly fathered a black baby") to smear him and knock him out of the race so the annointed one (W) could win the nomination.  For a little while he put up the good fight - voting against teh Bush tax cuts because they favored the wealthy, refering to Falwell and Robertson as agents of intolerence, etc.  Unfortunately, as the Bush Administration progressed, this independent thinker started to conform to the party line.   He wholeheartedly embraced Bush in 2004 and worked hard to get him re-elected, probably on the assumption that he would have his turn in '08.  By the time the '08 primary season was under way, he was accepting the endorsement of right wing Christian leaders including the contraversial John Hagee who called Hitler an instrument of God sent to drive the Jews out of Europe and back to Israel.  After the nomination was secure, McCain rejected Hagee, but still courted the evangelicals. 

In the past, McCain's strongest support came from moderate Republicans and independent voters and he used maverick label to build rapport with them.  Now,  he has abandoned any claim to being a maverick - the unbranded calf separated from his herd has been lassoed, tied down and branded with right wing stamp of approval.  The nail in the coffin of "maverick McCain" was the selection of Sarah Palin.  While some on the right have hailed this as a truly independent move - one maverick choosing another, it instead was a prime example of McCain caving in to the all important base.  By choosing an evangelical hockey mom with strong anti-abortion credentials who favors the teaching of creationism in science classrooms, McCain finally won the backing of  his strongest doubters in the party.  If McCain was "
an independent thinker who refuses to conform to the accepted views on a subject," he would have gone with his gut and chosen Joe Leiberman or Tom Ridge as running mates.  He couldn't go with either of those two, however, since they support abortion rights and were unacceptable to the base.

McCain in 2008 is not the McCain of 2000 .  The maverick has been branded and the brand is the GOP base.  The maverick is dead, long live the GOP nominee.

05 March 2008 @ 10:13 pm
I am currently in the process of directing Biloxi Blues for the Limelight Theatre here in St.Augustine.  I am having a blast, but have already had three cast members drop out for variety of reasons.  the first left right after he had been cast so i was able to get a replacement quickly.  Just this week, I lost Hennessy and his understudy within a day of each other, so tomorrow, in addition to blocking Act II, I get to audition a couple more actors.  It'll be fun, but it will be a pain to slowdown run-throughs to teach them the blocking that the rest of the cast already knows.  Still, it wouldn't be theater if there weren't challenges.