Sunday, May 29, 2011

Obama the Duke of Oil

Win a Nobel Peace Prize

OPEC oil prices strangle U.S. economy while we have more domestic oil than the Saudis. 

Chris is to Obama what Robin ....

Chris Mattews, Robin, and Batman
  Maybe the President today is our Batman, trying to do good, a bit mysterious, a bit cool and technocratic, a bit removed from the world of emotions, but right, right there on the side of good, always using his brains and wit to look out for the people in trouble. - Bat Wait! All this and tingles up his leg; see The REAR Story



Magical Baton Twirl

Baton Twirler

I've posted this before, maybe even a few times (in 10 years).  While consolidating old files I ran across it again, and decided it would be the first entry into a new file called BEST EVER.  I'm always running across Best Evers, but never remember where I left  them, or even what they are?  Now I have the filing system which should,  in several years, be the wellspring for several variously themed TOP TEN BEST EVER lists. I think this is where I get rich. Notice:  I'm trademarking Best Ever™.

Mad Men Makeing Me Mad

Driving Mad Men Mad 

  I know what you're asking ...

Work on the coming “Mad Men” season was delayed by a protracted negotiation between Lionsgate, the studio that produces the series, and the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner. The two sides announced in March that they had struck a deal that would keep the series going for at least two more seasons, but production on new episodes, including the one that Mr. Hamm will direct, will not start until August. The 1960s can then resume when new “Mad Men” installments are broadcast on AMC in early 2012. (NYT)

How Children's Brains Soak in Democrats

How Children's Brains Soak in Shocking News Stories
Or... what kids learn at home

Kids Coping?
Being a child in today's society can't be easy. Left and right there are wars raging, and shocking news is pretty much hitting us like there is no tomorrow. "In The Playroom" by Canadian photographer and art director Jonathan Hobin is a series of images that depict children reenacting major current events and headlines of our time. Including major news items such as 9/11, hurricane katrina, the north korean missiles, and the jonbenet ramsey trials, the collection juxtaposes the often devastating themes with the high-spirited setting of a kid's playroom.

"Just as children make a game of pretending to be adults as a way to prepare and ultimately take on these roles in later life, so too do they explore things that they hear or see, whether or not they completely understand the magnitude of the event or the implications of their play", Hobin says.

Kids Coping?
My first thought after perusing Hobin's works was "Berkeley!"

 I was wrong.

 He's Canadian.

 My second thought was "Hobin's a Vietnam draft dodger, and dope smoking hippie." 

I'm sticking with that one.  Because, obviously, since Hobin scripted, staged and produced this series, we may safely assume that he's transferred his world into the fantasy. He sees kids thinking like he does.  If they grew up under his influence, I imagine they do.

I reflected on how my own chirren respond to today's events, and which traumatize them to the point of wanting to escape through fantasy.   I had to go no further than the family album to get the answer.  Here then, unstaged, how real American kids —  who didn't grow up hating America react.

Kids Play 'Born In Hawaii '