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Sunday Mandala: Sarah Palin Edition.

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I have watched the speech three times since I posted my original thoughts, and I still cannot understand a thing Sarah Palin was trying to say. I love it. It was like performance art. It makes you wonder.

Please, Sarah. Please don’t disappear. You make me laugh. You make me laugh a lot. Things just wouldn’t be the same without you.

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Sarah Palin is more than just an action figure.

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Sarah Palin is the most entertaining politician in the world. Today’s resignation speech was straight out of a Tom Robbins novel. Brilliant, free-wheeling, stream-of-consciousness poetry. If she is really about to be indicted by the feds, I am really going to miss her.

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Obama Superhero Cartoon!

JibJab rules the tubes. The best animators on Earth have now created a Barack Obama Superhero masterpiece. Enjoy.

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Iran is won, it is only a matter of time.

The first segment of the Rachel Maddow show last night was one of the most inspiring things I have seen. It gave strong evidence that the opposition movement in Iran is on the verge of victory. It was so good that I want to re-phrase it in my own words.

It started with the eight Iranian soccer players that wore green accessories to show their support for the movement. There were words about their courage, and the risks they were taking.

There was coverage of the marches, including one of the most amazing protests I have ever seen on film. There were no chants. They marched in silence. They were totally coordinated and controlled. When the state police riot squad showed up, they passed the word quietly. They did not throw rocks. They did not hurl insults.

They all sat down.

The guest explained the inner workings of Ayatollah politics, and that was the thing that convinced me that this battle is won. He said that the days of mourning that are beginning today mark a tidal wave that will not be quelled. The protestors that have been killed so far will be honored as martyrs. There will be more deaths today, and another day of mourning tomorrow. And so on. And so on, until the government is overthrown.

Perhaps the most amazing part was the fact that Ayatollah Khamenei is pretty low on the spiritual totem pole when it comes to power from God. One of the Ayatollahs above him has made it a mortal sin to fix elections. Another is supporting the opposition. The guys that are closest to God seem to be ready for a change.

Anyway, that’s my version of Rachel’s amazing show. Click the link and watch it if you missed it last night. It’s a great day to be a freedom fighter.

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President Obama appears in upcoming Army of Darkness Comic Book.

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Is it just me, or does President Obama look rather peeved? I guess you would too if they unleased a slew of undead warriors and made Ash come to your rescue!  Here’s the solicitation:

ARMY OF DARKNESS: ASH SAVES OBAMA #1 (OF 4)
SKU: C725130125354
Price: $3.50
Rating: TEEN+
Covers: Todd Nauck, SURPRISE GUEST ARTIST
Writer: Elliot Serrano
Penciller/Inker: Ariel Padilla
Colorist: TBD
Genre: SUPER-HERO, HORROR
Awards: None
Publication Date: AUGUST, 2009
Format: Comic Book
Rights: WW
Age range: 16+
Diamond Code:
UPC: 725130125354
RETAILER INCENTIVE #1: FOR EVERY 10 COPIES ORDERS, RETAILERS WILL RECEIVE A BLACK AND WHITE SKETCH EDITION OF THE TODD “SPIDER-MAN #583 PRESIDENT OBAMA ARTIST” NAUCK COVER!
SKU: C725130125361 UPC: 725130125361

RETAILER INCENTIVE #2: FOR EVERY 25 COPIES ORDERS, RETAILERS WILL RECEIVE A NEGATIVE ART EDITION OF THE TODD NAUCK COVER!
SKU: C725130125378 UPC: 725130125378

ALSO AVAILABLE: FOIL EDITION AT THE NET COST OF $10.00!
SKU: C725130125385 UPC: 725130125385

He’s faced them all, but Ashley J. Williams is about to face the greatest horror of his entire deadite-kickin’ career – a comic book convention! But this ain’t any ol’ comic book convention, this one features a special appearance from the President of the United States of America – Barack Obama! How do things go from there when Ash and Obama are in the same place at the same time? And did we happen to mention that the Necronomicon is there doing the thing it does best – turning ordinary humans into the demon possessed undead!

This special Army of Darkness mini-series event is written by Elliott (Army of Darkness/Xena) Serrano, illustrated by Ariel Padilla and features covers by Todd (Amazing Spider-Man) Nauck and a Surprise Guest Artist!

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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayer!

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President Obama has announced his first pick for the Supreme Court. Sonia Sotomayer would be the first Hispanic to sit on the biggest bench in the land.

“My heart today is bursting with gratitude,” Sotomayor said from the White House podium moments after being introduced by Obama.

Word.

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Another Obama in Marvel Comics: Bo joins the Pet Avengers in August.

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Bo Obama, the presidential pooch, will be featured in the August issue of Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers:

LOCKJAW AND THE PET AVENGERS #4 (of 4)
Written by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
Penciled by IG GUARA
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
Variant Cover by NIKO HENRICHON

They’ve been up/down/around/about/forward/backward. They’ve gone to the jungle/ocean/Central Park/outer space. They’ve scratched/pawed/clawed/gnawed their way throughout all existence, ALL for this moment! Now they’ve FINALLY found all of the Infinity Gems…so what’s a moon-puppy to do when he’s given all the power in the universe?

FIND OUT HERE!!!!
Featuring a VERY special presidential puppy appearance!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

This will be the third appearance of an Obama in the official mythology of superheroes, following a Marvel team-up with Spider-man and a DC Comics Superman costume change. Those Obama guest spots will follow, right now I need to show you the 1991 Infinity Gauntlet cover to which Lockjaw is paying homage. Whoof!

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Obama Lifts Cuba Travel Restrictions.

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(Cuba Collage by fxtx.)

Living in Miami, this is BIG news.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama directed his administration Monday to allow unlimited travel and money transfers by Cuban Americans to family in Cuba, and to take other steps to ease U.S. restrictions on the island, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.

The formal announcement was being made at the White House Monday afternoon, during presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs’ daily briefing with reporters. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.

“There are no better ambassadors for freedom than Cuban Americans,” Obama said in a campaign speech last May in Miami, the heart of the U.S. Cuban-American community. “It’s time to let Cuban Americans see their mothers and fathers, their sisters and brothers. It’s time to let Cuban American money make their families less dependent upon the Castro regime.”

I was in the room to hear those quotes. It was a very refreshing, intelligent approach that promised a new day rising for the beautiful island directly to our South. Here’s hoping that I can vacation there soon.

Cuba Libre!

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President’s Day for the Win!

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This is the first time in my current 47 years that I feel a direct connection to our Commander in Chief. Looking back on the campaign, it is a very special time to be an American.

Especially since Captain America’s lost shield has finally been revealed.

Happy President’s Day, to one and all!

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DC Comics: Barack Obama Really Is Superman.

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That panel is from Final Crisis #7, and it speaks for itself. Thanks DC Comics, I wondered about that.

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Metis in Modern Times.

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My daughter called me last night during her one-hour drive to class for her PhD. She was presenting a piece on “metis”. It was a new word for me, so I found that brilliant bird by Bouvette, who happens to be a Metis Indian. I have no idea what the connection is between tribe and concept. I do know this artist is brilliant: http://www.bouvette.com/ 

Here is the word as it was being used in my daughter’s class. Cunning intelligence, often in service of revolution:

In the intellectual world of the Greek philosopher, there was a radical dichotomy between being and becoming, between the intelligible and the sensible. On the one hand there is the sphere of being, of the one, the unchanging, of the limited, of true and definite knowledge; on the other hand, the sphere of becoming, of the multiple, the unstable and the unlimited, of oblique and changeable opinion. Metis is characterised by the way it operates by continuously oscillating between the two opposite poles. Within a changing reality with limitless possibilities, a person with metis can achieve.

So metis is a type if intelligence and of thought, a way of knowing; it implies a complex but coherent body of mental attitudes and intellectual behaviour which combine flair, forethought, resourcefulness, vigilance, pragmatism, opportunism and the wisdom of experience.

When art and science unite, extra possibilities and opportunities are made resulting in innovation that can be driven by creativity. Metis is about finding elegant solutions to difficult problems instead of relying on brute force.

I adore my new word, don’t you? Just in case you are not totally enraptured yet, check out the synchroncity between Aquaman’s Hemoglobin Pony and this:

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Artist Patsy Payne will take you on a guided tour of her innards, the first time a living artist has ever explored her own “inner space” using cutting-edge medical imaging technology. Patsy Payne’s work Hypochondria takes you right inside the artist, literally,” says metis co-ordinator Rebecca Scott, of CSIRO. “She used positron electron tomography, or PET scans, to image slices of her own body and recreate the first-ever internal self-portrait by a living artist.”

Wow. Patsy Payne photographed portraits of her guts. She did it almost ten years ago, and yet I found it just now when studying Metis. My personal universe is born anew each day.

Cunning revolutionary intelligence for the win, especially when it shares a name with a tribe of Native Americans.

Word.

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Marvel Comics Teams Up Obama with Spider-Man!

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He was born 33 days after me, and we both geek on superheroes.

Now he gets to pal around with Peter Parker.

Barack Obama collected Spider-Man comics as a child, so Marvel Comics wanted to give him a “shout-out back” by featuring him in a bonus story, said Joe Quesada, Marvel’s editor-in-chief.

“How great is that? The commander in chief to be is actually a nerd in chief,” Quesada said. “It was really, really cool to see that we had a geek in the White House. We’re all thrilled with that.”

Thrilled? More like ecstatic. Comic books are our modern myths, and our real-life political hero is about to become legend.

Obama has said that as a child, he collected Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. His Senate Web site used to have a photo of him posing in front of a Superman statue.

The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops nationwide on Jan. 14 for $3.99 and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.

So what do you think? Is this too much? The crass commercialization of a movement? Pop culture overload? Or…

Is this cool, or what?

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