The Brits are calling him a coward and a wimp. A friend of mine’s wife is Russian. They watch Russian TV and they say the Russian’s think Obama is a joke and will be easy to push around. Democrats, if you wonder why your reputation of being pathetic on defense is so bad, all you have to do is look at what’s happening in the Indian Ocean right now. A handful of pirates on a dingy are facing off the US Navy because our government has no balls.
All of our enemies are licking their chops. You’re going to see a lot of Americans and our property attacked in the next 4 years.
Where’s your savior now?
UPDATE: Here come the apologists for the pirates.
Today was my birthday. And I decided several weeks ago that if I want to write novels, I better get off my butt. I have always wanted to be a novelist. I got into comics because I love the medium and I knew people. But novels were really where I wanted to be. But I never got too far with finishing a novel because I didn’t feel ready for it.
I felt I needed more to say and as the years have past, I have certainly honed my observational writing.
My novel isn’t exactly political, but it has some political elements to it. It’s actually a super-hero story, except I am approaching super-heroes in my own unique way. It’s the kind of superhero story I have wanted to do for years, but it would take a maxi-series to do it properly.
My friend Val Mayerik did this illustration of one of the main characters.
I have no idea how long it will take me to finish the first volume, but I see it as a series of books covering as long as a decade. More on this later.
They changed my title, but here is my latest Big Hollywood piece.
I’ve brought this subject up on the old blog. I don’t think a lot of classic talents would make it on American Idol, though they do seem to be willing to try some different types. Ultimately, they go for a safe style. And these major artists do not fall in that category.
Especially Satchmo, though he really became famous for his trumpet playing. The singing was later.
But I don’t think Ella Fitzgerald or Dinah Washington would cut it despite being two of the great standards singers of all time. Just because they weren’t slim and pretty enough.
Then again, Fantasia won a season.
This is not a statement on the talent, but on the way the music business sees people today. They promote people byu their look more than their talent a lot of the time. Tom Waits is neither handsome or has a good singing voice, but he is an amazing song writer.
Last night the Idols had to sing a song from the year they were born. So it was basically 80s night except for Allison who was born in the 90s.
Once again Adam and Danny were the top singers. Danny started the show off and Adam finished it. Simon gave Adam a standing ovation, which may be a first. But part of that could be the show ran way over time and he had to critique Adam for the group of judges.
Allison did her usual great job singing Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me“, once again sounding like an experienced 30 year old even though she’s 16. The only criticism she got was she needs to show her youthful side because she’s coming off way too old for her age.
With the weakest links gone from the show, Anoop and Matt had to be on their best footing last night and they succeeded in turning out really good performances. Anoop sang “True Colors” very movingly. Matt did a great take on Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover. He even won over Randy who is usually really critical of anyone taking on Stevie Wonder songs.
On the other hand, three of the usually dependable contestants faltered last night.
Lil Rounds disappointed with her cover of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to do with it.” It was solid but not inspired, so the judges gave her flak. She may end up in the bottom three, where she has been once before.
Scott McIntyre screeched out the Search is Over by Survivor. He decided to use a guitar this time. But most of the judges pummeled him. And he talked back a little. Bad move, Scott. He will probably be in the bottom three.
Kris Allen did a strange jazzy version of ““All She Wants to Do is Dance”” by Don Henley. That song has a serious message, but Kris made it upbeat and bouncy. It sounded strange. It didn’t go over that well with the judges. My guess is he will be in the bottom three.
The only thing that might throw it off is popularity. Anoop or Matt may be unjustly in the bottom three if they are less popular than the others. Because both Matt and Anoop really did a great job last night.
Tonight Kellie Pickler will be singing. She sure has done well for herself even though she only made 5th place (or was it sixth?). I remember the Taylor Hicks fans obsessing how popular she was when she kept staying in week after week. I’m sure the fans of the other contestants this year are obsessing over Adam’s popularity wit the judges. Not that I’m comparing him to Kellie, but I think most of the final six or seven contestants this year (if not all of them) will put out CDs. It’s a very solid bunch of singers.
So the Obama administration lent billions of dollars to auto companies with the expectations that they would make more electric cars. Did you think it would result in some Luxury sedan that could go zero to sixty in a second? How about this?
GM is betting PUMA’s more car-like traits — an enclosed compartment and top speed of 35 miles per hour — will lead to better results. GM didn’t say how much the machines would cost, but research chief Larry Burns said owners would spend one-third to one-fourth of the cost of a traditional vehicle.
PUMA would have a range of about 35 miles. GM said it aims to use so-called vehicle-to-vehicle technology to avoid traffic problems and potentially have it navigate itself through city streets.
Yeah, awesome. A car that can go only 35 miles per hour and 35 miles on a change. Thrilling.
This is what you get when the state starts dictating what you’ll be making and what you’ll be driving. In the Soviet era you had to wait 5 years for this piece of crap. Don’t be surprised when an over zealous Obama administration decides you need to drive more cars like the Puma and will “encourage you” to give up your current ride. It’s “green” after all.
and they’re still making it.