The Week (or so) in Review: October 4- 15 2008

I’m going to try my best to NOT speak about politics in this post.

I have looked back at my blog over the past year and I realize that I used to talk a lot about my life and what was going on in it; a journal, so to speak.

While politics are the main focus in my life at the moment- so much so that I have lost work because of it- I have gone back to my roots of having a little fun and actually realize my work and focus on the many projects that I have let slide. 

I have returned to my novel, Home Off The Range but in a much different way. Although my editor(s) have been after me for the last 33% of the book that needs to be edited, I have swayed a smidge. Don’t get me wrong: it will get done. But at the advice of an EP and an Agent, it has been recommended to me to screen write the novel. OK. Well. Major shift. Although I always thought the story should eventually become a screenplay, I highly doubted that I would ever have anything to do with the writing of it. Maybe as an advior of sorts but writing a screenplay? Never. 

So, here I am: writing a screenplay. I was SO intimidated by it but as soon as I started, I realized how much fun I was having with it. It is SO different from writing a novel. So much. But I’m so into how different it is; how it is becoming another story, taking into consideration potential budget, how scenes have to be negotiated and coming to a truce within myself of what I can relinquish in the story to make it actually- potentially- have someone interested in saying: “Okay. Let’s go.” It’s a whole new thing.

In the mean time, I have two other projects that have been in a tickle trunk for a while that have jumped out on their own and landed in my lap. One was encouraged by a friend in SoCal who gets life-as-we-know-it more than almost anyone I know. She encouraged one of these projects to sit on my lap, look me in my face and say: “Now’s the time. Make me.” Thank Buddha for friends in SoCal. Why don’t I live there again? See. There are some things I still need to figure out.

The third project was encouraged by another writer friend of mine who is presently in negotiation for an animated series with some big three letter cable conglomorate who shall remain nameless. You know the one. I just don’t wish to jinx things by saying their names out loud. [Yes. I’m spooky like that.] As I work through project one and two, #3 is right there and ready for a good 17- 20 page synopsis. So, it is being done; I’m even making scene breakdown cards in my little recipe boxes. I didn’t expect to conjure that up yet but there it is.

Beyond projects, I am enjoying time with long-lost friends, going to art events (even if they suck), dinners and general symposiums that make us all happy. 

Canada’s winter is upon us. We need to fill ourselves with more than “Trash Wednesdays” and too much other TV. If I’m going to spend yet ANOTHER winter in cold and snow, I have got to fill my time with great projects, great connections and endless filled agendas. I can’t deal with another season of SAD. 

At least this year I am blessed with airline credits. So trips to SoCal or other warm(er) places CAN and WILL be in the cards for us.

In the mean time, here is the week’s politics and economy summed up in a very important video. Complete with winks, unnecessary spending and big-business protection:

Jane Devin: Angry and Frustrated

Read Jane Devin’s Blog.

WTF Friday: After the Debate? Angry & Frustrated.

 

9/11: History, Present, Future

I have reflected- in print- on 9/11 for the last two years.

I have reflected about many things in the past: Where I was, what I was doing; who and what that day reminds me of.

On this anniversary, I am thinking of a film.

What, with the elections just around the corner. What, with the media and political circus and political drama, and political “chess” moves that are being palyed in American Politics, all North American Politics, World Politics at the moment. 

Today is a different day for me than past 9/11 anniversaries.

9/11/01 was the catalyst to a lot of the world as we know it now.

Today, I can see how far we have NOT come as a planet; as a conscious race of humans; as people who seem to have been given faery dust and are still asleep. The whole world seems to have become a bizarre kind of Brigadoon.

To quote a friend’s response when I questioned the media’s motives as of late: “It’s all diversion, deflection, and meaningless speculation… The new American media is about opinions, not facts.” Is it just me or has the media drastically changed since 9/11? [Or was it like this before?] And I’m not just talking about the obvious Rupert Murdoch and Fox. I’m talking about all of it. MSNBC. CNN. Even the BBC. The list can go on. To me, it’s appears that almost every Media outlet is a Stepford wife.

Today, Palin’s son is deployed to Iraq. Pardon me: “Eye-Rack.” Perhaps it’s coincidence but I can’t help but notice that it came at a very convenient time. 

Of course I think about what was lost that day. But as I reflect, I think more about what has been lost since. 9/11/01 is a marker. I don’t want to take away from the horror; the loss; the pain that everyone- especially the families and 1st responders- has gone through and what this day represents for them.

Today- 9/11/08- I just can’t help but think of the film, Wag The Dog. And I can’t help but think that we have been- and continue to be- duped.

Palin Vs. Clinton

It AMAZES me that the Democrats- more specifically, Obama- are taking the bait from Republicans by responding to Palin’s critiques of the Dems and Obama. But, of course, if he were to remain silent, he would be inundated with critique from pundits and the media in general.

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

It continues to be a spectacular launch of a new product from the Republicans. Everyone IS taking the bait: Obama, the liberal media/ pundits, the people. And, yes. Even those of us who get what they are doing! We are talking about her. Blogging about her. Damning ourselves at the same time we are damning she and her party. 

When did this become about Sarah Palin? How did this become about Sarah Palin? How many times can I say Sarah Palin?

The new question is this: Are Clinton supporters now turning to Palin? It is a question asked in the media, both mentioning and carefully not mentioning gender. 

Are people really that vacuous that they would turn their undying support of Clinton over to McCain/ Palin because of Palin? If so, is it just because of gender that the support is given? How DIFFERENT do these women stand politically? Answer: almost at opposite ends of the spectrum. 

So how could someone change their support?

To me, it is a ridiculous amount of attention being spent on by the media. It is offensive. 

But- the media continues to feed into PalinMania and so do we. It is clearly the intention of the Republicans to get those votes of Clinton supporters. And they are gaining. 

It will be a sad day for me to see the Republicans maintaining their address in Washington for another four years if people continue to be mesmerized by the Svengali-like characters in this story; by the giant head that is the wizard of Oz. There is very little peeking to see the man behind the curtain. When there is, the findings are revealed quickly and we continue to look at the Oz-like head that is Sarah Palin.

Can we turn our attention away from the fact that this person is just a product or a catch phrase?

Pit Bulls, Lipstick and a Side of 15 For Ron Paul

Well.

It cannot be argued that Sarah Palin does not get a crowd going. 

At the RNC Wednesday night, Palin delivered a deliberately effective speech to and for the people. More specifically, for hockey moms everywhere. It was pretty blatant where this speech- written by one of Bush’s top speech writers- was trying to go; who it was trying to hit. 

For all those who have responded to my last post and the post before that, suggesting that Sarah Palin is being used as a pawn or a PR tactic within the Republican Party, I think that your case just made its point.

Some highlights:

 

In our family, it’s two boys and three girls in between – my strong and kind-hearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper.

And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

That’s how it is with us.

Our family has the same ups and downs as any other … the same challenges and the same joys.

Hit on the first pitch to her fellow, regular ol’ American Peeps. First Base.

 

 “You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

Now that- after seeing the well-planted “Hocky Moms for Palin” signs in the audience was the line of the night. And it wasn’t even in the script. She CAN improvise- Hit. Move onto second base.

[Is it just me or does anyone else see Palin as a Tina Fey character? It’s often so comedic. PLEASE SNL- Bring back Tina Fey for guest spots as Palin!]

 

But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

Politics isn’t just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.

The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.

Another hit! Move on to third base! Bases are LOADED! You remind those Americans that you are JUST LIKE THEM- a hockey mom running for office and taking over Washington. For the people!

 

To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless … the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God … the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pin-hole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.

As the story is told, “When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe’s door and flash a grin and thumbs up” – as if to say, “We’re going to pull through this.” My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.

 

I’m just wondering here- Is the fact that McCain was a POW the reason that we can trust him in a war torn world? My guess is that- if I had been a prisoner of war for as long as he had, I would have vendetta on the mind. Just saying- At any rate, tears are now flowing. Another hit, this time out of the park. Four points for the Republicans. 

The only thing left that I want to know when she will be talking about (to quote one of my commenters from another post) “anti-choice, anti-gay rights, and full-throttle rape the earth as quick as we can anti-environment” stances. She really hasn’t had a chance to address all of this yet in a public forum. Swept into a VP nom and making speeches to get “the people” worked into a frenzy of “OMG! She’s JUST LIKE US!” -ness takes time and effort.

A friend of mine made me aware of some fact checking into Palin’s speech which you can find here. It’s a good read!

But my favorite quote of the day comes from Regan’s “Read my lips” speech writer, Peggy Noonan:

“The most qualified? No! I think they went for this- excuse me political bullshit about narratives… Every time Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”

15 for Ron Paul, On a side:

Go Ron Paul for having your own rally/ convention across the street (basically) from the RNC. Complete with (eew) Tucker Carlson and Jesse Ventura. They’d have been better off haveing cute, young, brilliant Libertarian-esques such as Oliver Pigott and troop/ artist/ political commentator, Jayel Aheram. Along with a good majority of the US troops that were/ are Ron Paul supporters. 

A commentary from someone who attended both the “Rally for The Republic” and the RNC:

My interest in the US Elections is great. It is no surprise that I would be an Obama supporter from here on in but I’d love to hear thoughts and see a dialogue going on the subject of the origination of a Democratic Republic. What say you about the US constitution? About the Declaration of Independence? Although I am a bystander from another country, American elections affect the state of the world and I think that it’s in everybody’s interest to pay attention to what’s going on. My only wish is that more US citizens were apt to pay attention to what is going on in the rest of the world. To get outside of the microcosm. I know it’s hard. I’m an outsider looking in. All the time. Hell, I haven’t even blogged about what’s going on right now in Canadian politics. [It’s coming.]

But until then, Thoughts?

Can’t Get Enough Of That GOP, Spelling-esque Drama!

I surprise myself.

I amaze myself. And not in the same way that Ashton Kutcher states that he is amazing.

After having watched what I personally deem the featured highlight at last week’s DNC- of the epic mini-film/ homage of Ted Kennedy (complete with Jerry Goldsmith-esque soundtrack) and his speech (with Maria Shriver and Caroline Kennedy in tears)- I thought to myself: what can possibly top this? I am serious when I say that I was really moved by that.

Well, I amaze myself because I am far more attached and fascinated by the excitement the led up to the RNC. The announcement of Sarah Palin as the Veep running mate to McCain peaked my interest into the Republicans. No. Not because I thought I would change my mind. Please. Everything they stand for is against everything that I am as a human being. [Damn. What ever happened to out Libertarian Ron Paul having run as a Republican? That may have changed my point of view-]

I am fascinated at this real life evening drama- not unworthy to what Aaron Spelling might have produced- unfold. 

Case in point. Palin’s daughter Bristol (a great name picked out by an extremely right-wing conservative, I might add) is pregnant at 17. Sarah Palin’s obsequious stance for abstinence in teens: Palin said when running for governor in 2006 that she would support funding for abstinence-only education in schools, according to Eagle Forum Alaska, a conservative group that sent a questionnaire asking gubernatorial candidates their views on a range of issues.”

Although I applaud the family’s support for their daughter, there is a hypocracy here that can’t go unnoticed. Clearly, there is a non-belief in Choice for Palin (not surprising; but from the speech that she delivered accepting the VP nom in a ticket with McCain and how she will be the woman who shatters the 18,000,000 cracks in the glass ceiling that Clinton provided her- a bit of a feminist stance- one might think differently). Of course, abortion is out of the question. But what really gets me is the fact that she is completely oblivious to the fact that teens are teens and they are going to do what they want. Like have sex. Like have unprotected sex. Me believes that Bristol doth protested her Mama’s stance too much and went out and got hers. With consequence. But I DO applaud the support. Albeit trite. Palin could not possibly, publicly chastise her daughter and her actions. No. Instead, Bristol will marry the fellow that knocked her up. Good plan! Get married at 17! That’s going to be a lasting relationship.

At least now McCain/ Palin has the public support of Evangelicals et al throughout the US.

Gotta love a family that is all about keeping up appearances. 

I appreciate that “both sides” have asked the media to keep out of this; to let family matters be family matters. But we live in the age that we live in. And it’s going to be even more of a media frenzy than it already is. This “story” is a media field day. Or week. Or months. 

I feel for Bristol. I really do. I wonder what her choice would be if she had one? There’s an island at longitude 20 degrees south and latitude 163 degrees west. It’s called Nim’s Island. I have a feeling she might be safe there. And, right about now, I wonder if that’s where she would like to be.

Camille Paglia on Sarah Palin

 

On August 30, 2008, feminist social critic Camille Paglia said of Sarah Palin: “[She] is as tough as nails”.

“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling… That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails… Good Lord, we had barely 12 hours of Democrat optimism… It was a stunningly timed piece of PR by the Republicans.”

Do you think Paglia is endorsing Palin (as some have suggested)? Or is she commenting on the “stunningly timed piece of PR by the Republicans”? 

Here is Palin’s accepting the nom as VP running mate to John McCain.

Part I

Part II

Thoughts?