Brazilian Tomfoolery

No, I’m not talking about Luís Fabiano’s blatant double handball against Ivory Coast.

Speaking of Luís, he single-handedly almost derailed my rooting interest in the Verde-Amarela with his French-inspired antics but I digress.

No, the aforementioned tomfoolery involves actor Tom Cruise who was in Rio at the Brazilian premiere of his latest offering, Knight and Day.

It is well-documented that Maverick (at 5’7″) is considered short. I disagree, though that might have something to do with the fact that height is probably the only thing Mav and I have in common.

The generous people of Brazil gave Cruise a jersey, here’s the pic:

They even gave him the #10, reserved for the best player in a squad, but one wonders if the Last Samurai knows that Tomzinho means “Little Tom” in Portuguese.

Gotta love the Brazilians’ sense of humor.

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POTUS, Starring Barack Obama as Lorenzo Lamas…

The Secret Service must be big fans of Renegade, a ridiculously campy mid-90s TV show starring Lorenzo Lamas as a bounty hunter. Here’s a screenshot:

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I’m basing this on the fact that, according to this story, “Renegade” is the Secret Service-assigned code name of President-elect Barack Obama.

I cannot begin to imagine why they would pick this moniker, given what the term means according to Webster’s:

1 : a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another
2 : an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior

Even more interesting is what is found in the Wikipedia entry for “Renegade”,

Renegade (Middle Ages), a term for a fallen Christian or a knight without allegiance.

To quote Disney’s March Hare (below), “Verrrrry interesting…”

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Sarah Palin Mannequin Raises Question

Caught this story on Drudge,
Halloween Palin Prop Sparks Controversy In WeHo

Apparently a West Holly wood man thought it a great Halloween idea to hang a mannequin dressed as Sarah Palin (picture from the story):

According to the story, Chad Michael Morisette, who hung the mannequin by a noose, had this to say about it,

It should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It’s Halloween, it’s time to be scary it’s time to be spooky.

Now is a good time to remind everyone that if this country were nearly half the neo-con fascist theocracy that folks in some quarters believe it to be, Mr. Morrisette would have been cast in prison and then summarily shot. And oh yeah, his family would be charged for the bullet, but I digress.

No doubt, this election season has been a trying one for all involved. Race, unlike any previous election, is inevitably a focal point due in large part to the fact that one of the nominees is half-black.

In this election you have racists voting for Senator Obama because he is half-black and racists not voting for Senator Obama because he is half-black. These 2 groups of people have more in common than they realize.

I don’t intend to stir the simmering racial pot but a question if I may:

Would a mannequin of Senator Obama hanging from a noose, say in the Deep South, be seen as “art” or as a vicious “hate crime”?

Judging by the irrational hysterics that went on last year in Jena, Louisiana (and parts beyond) methinks the latter…

Javier Bardem’s Way of Sticking it to the Church

Mr. Bardem is a Spanish actor who tonight took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the film, “No Country for Old Men”.

During his acceptance speech, he humorously thanked the Coen Brothers, who directed the work, for putting “one of the most horrible haircuts in history over my head.” (see below)
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Leaves one to wonder if Jav realizes that this ‘do has been back in style amongst some sectors of today’s youth. Though, in infants the ubiquitous bowl cut is always fresh, right moms?

To sate my natural curiosity I went over to Wikipedia to read up on the presumably talented Bardem and found an interesting factoid about him. The factoid linked to a story on Univision’s website in which he is quoted as saying,

El actor español Javier Bardem aseguró en París que se casaría “mañana mismo” si fuera homosexual, “sólo para joder a la Iglesia”. [Spanish actor Javier Bardem asserted in Paris that he would marry ‘tomorrow’ if he were homosexual, ‘only to stick it to the church.’]

The Wikipedia’s entry translates “joder” with the f-bomb (“get married tomorrow, just to f*** with the church”). This is a tad harsh and the Spanish word doesn’t carry nearly the vulgarity associated with that English word, I believe my paraphrase to be somewhat more accurate though I won’t deny any colloquial influence.

Nevertheless, I thought it interesting that Bardem would seemingly protest the Church’s (The Roman Catholic Church) stance on homosexuality by theorizing on the best way to be uncharitable towards the very people whose lack of (in Bardem’s view) tolerance and acceptance he disagrees with.

Given the irrationality that is the hallmark of the darkened human mind, Bardem’s words are not surprising.

Removing God

As a Christian you would think that when organizations and/or governments “remove” God from public places it would bother me or cause me great consternation.

On the contrary, it makes me chuckle. Take the latest installment in the “Removing God” series,
“Radio Disney: Remove God From ‘Ten Commandments’ Movie Ad”

I understand that some of the brethren get all worked up about stuff like this and they might have good reason.

But I do hope they remember the words of CS Lewis,

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.

Removing God indeed.