Obama in AZ

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Check out this story on Obama’s rally in Phoenix. Unreal. 13 thousand supporters turned up to listen to Obama speak while standing in front of Governor Napalitano and Caroline Kennedy.

I am very sad that I was not able to attend this rally. I’m currently traveling in Europe so I was curious from afar to see how this rally would turn out. I just have to say how proud I am of my home state. I was born and raised in Arizona and have lived through and lamented the days of former Governor Evan Mecham who canceled the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Considering the history of Arizona and it’s staunch conservatism, this Obama rally is very significant. No other political figure in America would be able to fill this arena and the fact that it’s an African American who has done so fills me with joy.

Let’s hope for good things on Tuesday.

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Brussels…and it’s only the beginning….

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Today begins a 6 week trip through Europe for me and my friends. It’s going to be quite a journey. Berlin, Oslo, Dublin, Milan and many places in between. These kinds of trips are bitter sweet. While I get to make a living traveling the world and playing music, I have to leave home behind. Holly, Ava, the dogs, Phoenix sunsets (my favorite in the world), the dry desert air….without them life is incomplete. There’s so much left behind but hopefully much to gain while I’m gone. See you in March!

Real Change

Nicholas Kristof’s column in yesterday’s edition of the NY Times is a worthwhile read about social entrepreneurs. I like the idea of making a world a better place through socially minded business projects. Kiva comes to mind. Here’s a quote from the story:

Today the most remarkable young people are the social entrepreneurs, those who see a problem in society and roll up their sleeves to address it in new ways. Bill Drayton, the chief executive of an organization called Ashoka that supports social entrepreneurs, likes to say that such people neither hand out fish nor teach people to fish; their aim is to revolutionize the fishing industry. If that sounds insanely ambitious, it is. John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan title their new book on social entrepreneurs “The Power of Unreasonable People.”

“The Power of Unreasonable People”…..I like the sound of that.

Live for Nothing or Die for Something

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Yes. I saw the newest installment of the Rambo movie series on it’s opening day. About six dudes bundled up and braved the chilly Memphis morning to pay homage to the man who inspired us all to try unsuccessfully convince our parents when we were seven to buy us 8-inch survival knives (complete with a compass on the handle and matches and razor-blade wire inside).

All I can say about this movie is that I’ve never yelled “Oh Shit!” out loud in a movie theater more times than I did today. If you are a fan of the old Rambo flicks, then this won’t disappoint. Added bonus points for the sound in this movie. It was the first movie I ever walked out of thinking it would have been nice bringing earplugs. I will also say that this is a very, VERY brutal movie. Some of the scenes were a bit overboard but aside from that, it’s a great “dudes hanging out” cinema experience. I looked around the theater when the credits were rolling and I couldn’t find one female in the audience. It was a dude soup.

Huckabee is Losing it.

Check out this video showing Mike Huckabee talking about his desire to amend the Constitution in order to put it in line with Biblical principles:

“[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards.”

I think this shows that while Huckabee is very likable and personable, he simply doesn’t have the thoughtfulness needed to be the kind of leader we need in a president. If one would stop to think about that statement for a minute, it becomes painfully clear how absurd and un-American this positions is. Andrew Sullivan brings up a good point about how we’d handle divorce is Huckabee had his way. This along with Huckabee’s pandering to the Confederate Flag folks is evidence that his campaign is in trouble. He may win the battle in South Carolina but these kinds of statements may cost him the war.

“But whatever…….”

Check out this article if you want to know what God has told Pat Robertson about 2008. Apparently we are in for a big recession and…..drum roll……more violence and chaos in the world. Wow, Pat’s really going out on a limb here. Maybe he’s being a bit more conservative with his predictions due to his predictions for 07 being unrealized. Apparently he predicted a massive terrorist attack in a U.S. this past year, but it didn’t happen:

But don’t unload your portfolio just yet. Robertson acknowledged Wednesday that his prophecy of a nuclear terror attack in 2007 failed to unfold.

He also cited information from God when he predicted on a year go that major U.S. cities would be hit by “very serious terrorist attacks” causing “possibly millions” of deaths.

No such catastrophe occurred.

“All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed and God in his mercy spared us,” Robertson said on “The 700 Club,” a television show he hosts on the Christian Broadcasting Network, based in Virginia Beach.

“So did I miss it? Possibly,” he said of his unrealized prediction. “Or, on the other hand, did God avert it? Possibly. But whatever, it didn’t happen, so I think we can all rejoice.”

How this guy gets people to mail him checks is so beyond me. I don’t understand. God tells Robertson about a massive terrorist attack and when it doesn’t come true, we rejoice because God spared us! Yes, rejoice indeed. If you are busy rejoicing, then you can’t smell that dog shit on the bottom of your shoe. But whatever……

Films in 07

better late than never. i’ve been thinking about some of my favorite films of last year. here’s my top five:

1) No Country for Old Men — This the only film of the year I saw more than once in the theater (3 times to be exact). This film is simply a treasure of story telling and filmmaking. it’s received an incredible amount of hype but for very good reason. the coen brothers are geniuses and this movie is a blatant reminder of that fact. My two favorite performances of the year are both here in this movie with Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem.

2) Once — You might remember my post about this movie earlier in the year. I saw it once in a theater with two other dudes (one who snored the whole time) and once on dvd with my wife. I must say, I enjoyed it much more watching it with my special lady friend. If the trivial subjects of love and music interest you in any way, then you will fall in love with this movie. If you don’t care for things like love and music, then maybe you were busy campaigning for robo-candidate, Mitt Romney.

3) The Namesake — I just recently saw this film on dvd. I heard good things about it but it was the biggest surprise. This is a fantastic film about family and identity. The performance of the father character by Irfan Khan is easily one of the best of the year.

4) Rescue Dawn — Christian Bale is very quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. He is so great in this movie and it’s actually a very surprising role for him. Steve Zahn is also fantastic. You can’t go wrong with Warner Herzog and Rescue Dawn is certainly no exception.

5) King of Kong — This movie did not get the attention it deserved. If you are at all a video game person, this movie is a must see. It shows us how a simple game of Donkey Kong can become an epic struggle between the forces of good and evil.

movies that just missed my top 5 are Knocked Up, Zodiac, 3:10 to Yuma, and Death Proof.