Late Night: Candidates Get Jiggy

The debates are tomorrow! (I’ll be at the opera, seeing Don Giovanni with the sublime milliner Satanica Batcakes sharing the balcony box with me. But I’m TiVoing them). Expect lots of goofy videos post-debates, but here are a few culled from the intertubes showing the huge affect elections have on pop culture including, of course, celebrity reminders to get out the vote.

Chuck Norris’ call to GOTV is especially interesting because he is making a direct reference to the Dark Ages, and calling for conservative Christians to vote in order to prevent

a thousand years of darkness.

the during the so-called “Dark Ages,” lasting from the Fall of Rome usually given as 476 and depending on your historical bent and knowledge, lasting through to 1000 or to the 14th Century. But how dark were they? Well dark because we don’t have that much knowledge about them. Christianity was expanding.  And of course it was the age of Muslim expansion as well. So wait, is Chuck Norris claiming that if Christians don’t vote, Christianity will expand? Or that Islam will expand? Or that we will have “darkness” because the internets will crash and thus all of future generations’ knowledge about LOLcats will be destroyed much like  the dark ages are considered dark because we don’t have a lot of information about them?

Just vote, okay?

State’s Rights POTUS Obama Arrives In Los Angeles: Clooney’s Pals Show Him the Money, But Will LGBT?

Gridlock will greet homebound Angelenos as BarackSame sex couples should be able to get married…but I support the concept of states deciding the issue on their ownObama makes his way to one of George Clooney’s palatial homes for a celebrity and high-donor filled event. The Los Angeless Police Department to residents of Fryman Canyon to stay home all day or make other plans, and whole business areas have “no parking” signs. The traffic situation is so bad it’s been dubbed Starmageddon, but hey, it’s expected to raise $15 million for Obama.

Obummer’s  calculated personal decision to support marriage equality (the day after North Carolina voted against it) is also expected to raise money. Oscar winning writer Dustin Lance Black, who previously was so angered by the President’s lack of action on LGBT issues that he spoke about sitting out this election (bad idea, everyone should go to the polls and vote for their local ticket!), is thinking about holding an all-star LGBT fundraiser for Obama and  said

I am moving from a position of little enthusiasm to a position of strong support, and that means you will see me contributing financially and repeating my efforts of 2008 by knocking on doors in states where he wants me to knock on doors. When you ask for something big and you get it, you have to show your gratitude.

Obama is the first Democratic president since Harry Truman to assert state’s rights. Dustin, please research what that phrase actually means. Because it kinda sucks. Massively.

photo 1 and 2: screen shots “Falling Down

photo 3: screen shot: “Hollyscoop”

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Late Night: Jon Bon Jovi Scores Key Presidential Post

Wow, at last the citizens of America can breathe a collective sigh of relief: A post on the new, much-needed White House Council for Community Solutions has been filled by scholar, author, statesman and noted world traveler Jon Bon Jovi.

The 25-member panel–established in 2009 by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to provide advice on the

best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs

includes eBay CEO John Donahoe, Starbucks Vice President Paula Boggs and Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin.

Ideally, unemployment figures will drop soon, as there are one-in-five posts still unfilled in the Obama Administration, reports AOLNews, which also quoted a HuffPo report, noting that only

39.8 percent of Obama’s judges have been confirmed, compared to 76 percent for George W. Bush and 89 percent for Bill Clinton at the same juncture in their presidencies.

AOLNews continues with:

The problem also has been aggravated by a proliferation of presidential appointees requiring Senate confirmation. When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, he filled 295 core policy jobs in Cabinet departments and executive agencies. Obama had 422 such positions and a total of 1,177 full-time appointments that required Senate confirmation.

I wonder if any of those gigs are telecommuter positions?

Happy Oct 22! LA Gets POTUS and Protests

It’s 10/22. Do you know where your POTUS is? Today in Los Angeles the 110, 101, 2, 5, and 134 freeways  will be affected impacted by Obama appearing at USC and then taking a cruise to Glendale to tape an interview with radio personality Piolin on a Spanish-language station. Question of the day–will the President try  Glendale’s local delicacy Zankou Chicken, made famous by its Faulkern-esque family murder-suicides and redolent garlic sauce?  The rain and mist might make it non-viable for Obama to take a helicopter like Cardinal Roger Mahony used back when he had a bishop-prick to attend to, so expect freeway and street closures.

There’s also a big rally downtown outside at Pershing Square with the October 22 Coalition marching as part of a National Day of Protest

to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation

which will have observers from the National Lawyers Guild present. In Los Angeles during a September marches expressing outrage at the shooting of Guatemalan day laborer Manuel Jamines (Jamines Xum) by the LAPD, four protesters were arrested–two of whom were turned over ICE–and three officers injured by rocks and bottles thrown by demonstrators.

Considering marijuana prohibition’s affect on

the criminalization of a generation,

and POTUS’ stance on pot, expect some pro-Prop 19 groups  at both events.

Break Your Heart: The Broken Promises Extended Remix

From GetEqual. This quote from Barack Obama applies to so many issues aside from DADT,  ENDA and DOMA.

The only way to bring about change is if the American people are holding the people in office accountable.

Register. Vote. Call your Congress members. Call your state legislators.

Obama May Be Antichrist. But Glenn Beck Says It’s James Cameron. Maybe.

According to a new Harris poll conducting during the height of the health care debate, 24% of the surveyed 2,230 Republicans think Obama “may be the Antichrist.”

Okay “may be” and “is” are two different things all together. Anyone “may be” anything, and that verb form is pretty speculative. Plus Glenn Beck may have a different candidate for the Beast: Director James Cameron. At least that’s what Cameron says in an Avatar home-video press session:

Glenn Beck is a fucking asshole. I’ve met him. He called me the anti-Christ and not about Avatar. He hadn’t even seen Avatar [at the time]. I don’t know if he has seen it [since].

The Beastly epithet was delivered when Cameron was exploring an ossuary in The Lost Tomb of Jesus. But actually James, you need to turn down your hubris a bit. According to CNN transcripts, what Beck said was:

Many people believe James Cameron officially has tossed his hat in the ring today and is officially running for anti-Christ.

Cameron “may be” the Antichrist, and the director has some equally vacillating views about Beck:

I think, you know what, he may or may not be an asshole, but he certainly is dangerous, and I’d love to have a dialogue with him.

Note the backsliding from “is a fucking asshole” to “may or may not be an asshole.”

And while 24% of Republicans believe that Obama “may be” the Antichrist,
* 67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist
* 45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president”
* 38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did”

There are too many people running around pointing fingers at others or themselves as Ole Triple 6, but they have forgotten something really important:

The oldest extant scrap of Revelations, a 1,700 year old papyrus from the Oxyrhynchus find gives the Number of the Beast as 616, the area code for Grand Rapids, if you care to parse that. The difference has been suggested as a mistake in transcription. I posit that the original was 616 and some clever transcriber used gematria to change it to the triple digit and thus equal through the magick of math Nero. And I know saying that will bum out a lot of heavy metal fans because now their tattoos will be like all irrelevant, but whatever.

We’re Not Worthy! Obama Headlines ASU Graduation with Alice Cooper

 cooper-alice-photo-alice-cooper-6226514.thumbnail.jpgIt’s two master showmen together for one fantabulous night!

Fresh off his stellar gig opening for Wanda Sykes, Barack Obama will be headlining, with Alice Cooper kicking off the night, one show only at Arizona State University’s graduation at Sun Devil Stadium.  Cooper will naturally be performing his hit teem anthem, "School’s Out,"  backed by Runaway Phoenix, a band that includes his son, Dash an ASU junior.

 Obama will perform as POTUS, solo.

It all comes full circle:

In 1983 Arizona’s own John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  and in 1987 supported Arizona Republican Governor Evan Mecham’s rescinding of the state holiday in honor of King created by the Democratic predecessor. In the face of overwhelming public disgust for this position, McCain eventually backed down and encouraged state recognition of the holiday.

Mecham’s infamy continued to grow: He got a triple kick as the first United States governor

to simultaneously face removal from office through impeachment, a scheduled recall election, and a felony indictment

and became the first Arizona governor to be impeached. So it’s kinda really extra huge to have Obama there. Except that ASU officilas did not grant Obama the usual honorary doctorate for a series of reasons that just got weirder and wackier. Instead university administration vastly expanded a scholarship which they renamed the President Barack Obama Scholars Program (which actually will do more good for a larger number  in the long run–by giving more students a chance to complete college–than an honorary degree would do Obama, but still it’s the principle)

Don’t expect conservatives to get all freaked out over Alice Cooper. Quite the contrary. First off,  it’s not like he’s Danzig or even pop-shocker Marilyn Manson. After a lucrative career as a glitter and gloom hard rocker, Cooper founded Solid Rock Foundation whose:

primary goal is to honor Christ by helping to meet the spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs of teenagers and children within our community.

 Cooper, a staunch Republican who’s said

[R]ock is the antithesis of politics. Rock should never be in bed with politics,

is keeping partisanship out of the mix.  Though he’s shared the stage with  the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Groucho Marx and Johnny Carson, Cooper says:

Of all the people I’ve ever shared a stage with, Obama is the biggest rock star. And I’d like to thank him, in advance, for changing the national anthem to ‘Schools Out.’