All hail Mad Maxie!

The online magazine Politico published a story earlier today about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and the relationship (or lack thereof) between her and President Barack Obama.  What was quite alarming to me was how glowing a profile of the congresswoman the piece provided. 

Author Joseph Williams authoritatively quotes Jesse Jackson on Waters, “she is smart… she is trustworthy.”  Oh really?  Is Jackson referring to the same “smart” Maxine Waters who at a congressional hearing was at an embarrassing loss for the simple government term, “nationalize”?  The same “smart” Maxine Waters who said she marched for abortion rights because her “mother could not have an abortion”?!  Is Jackson referring to the same “trustworthy” Maxine Waters who just last year had charges of ethics violations levied at her by the House ethics subcommittee?    

Maxine Waters (or Mad Maxie as we call her in these parts), is a mere agitator.  Waters is not the noble “racial equality warrior, advocate for the poor” as Williams labels her.  Williams conveniently ignored writing about Mad Maxie’s apologist statement characterizing the actions of the 1992 L.A. rioters as “righteous anger”.  He also overlooked her incite to violence comment from the ’92 L.A. riots, “many other cities could go the way that Los Angeles went last night…”   

Politico likes running stories that flat out question the intelligence of Republicans but interestingly enough chooses to gloss over the history of a most unsavory Democrat like Mad Maxie.  Perhaps Democratico would be a more apt name for the publication.

Santorum, you’re no Lincoln…

“I have been a long-time advocate for states’ rights. However, I believe as Abraham Lincoln did – that states don’t have the rights to legalize moral wrongs.”

Is Rick Santorum now equating same sex marriage with slavery?

The former United States senator from Pennsylvania who was defeated by eleven percentage points in the last election he campaigned in is now bemoaning the other candidates for not supporting an aggrandizement of the federal government.  To top it off he touts his support of the federal government trumping states’ rights on “moral” grounds as a credential of conservatism.

How does advocating the federal government overhauling states’ rights on issues of morality differ from endorsing a national healthcare mandate?  In short order proponents of Obamacare argue people should support the federal mandate because it is “morally wrong” to leave so many Americans uninsured.  Would Santorum agree?   

Message to Santorum:  supporting a constitutional amendment to legislate people’s “morality” is fine until the meaning of morality is construed to control the People.

Herman Cain is going to be the Republican VP nominee… Think about it – a black delivering the South to the Republicans.

-Willie Brown

Pity the poor Perrys!

Texas First Lady Anita Perry bemoaned the treatment her husband Rick Perry received from the press and fellow Republicans in a curious speech in South Carolina today.  Granted, her husband has indeed received harsh criticism from almost all angles but one is left wondering what she or the candidate were expecting.  Republicans are always treated badly by the press.  That is expected from a biased media.  After an immediate jump ahead unto frontrunner status when he announced, Perry and wife should have expected non-supporters within the party to attack his record.

Politician Perry’s distressed wife wailed, “We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up,” all without citing a single example.  Even more outrageously, Mrs. Perry hit the soundbite circuit by going on the attack herself when slamming current frontrunner Herman Cain‘s economic plan, exclaiming, “When I hear 999, I want to call 911.”  Mrs. Perry even wildly prefaced said soundbite by referring to herself as a “healthcare professional”.  Not once did she elaborate on how her former occupation in nursing factored in her criticism. 

Perhaps the biggest issue for Politician Perry (one his campaign is trying to draw attention away from) is that he, much like Obama in ’08, has not been thoroughly vetted.  He’s a lot of style but little substance.  A conservative action hero but nothing more.  His are a cowboy mannequin politics, if you will.       

The sad fact that Team Perry cannot take criticism without jumping to hysterics is nothing short of concerning.  Michelle Malkin laid it out by explaining that “we have primary battles for the GOP nomination and not coronations.”  If the Perrys cannot endure the heat of this primary, how do they think they will ever survive the scorching fire of a general election?

The Five Biggest Fictional Latinos in American Pop Culture

With the passage of time Hispanic Heritage Month (currently taking place) has become increasingly less observed.  This is actually more than likely a positive because it represents how Hispanic heritage has actually transcended unto the mainstream culture.  

There may be no better manner by which to honor Hispanic heritage and acknowledge Hispanic cultural presence in the United States than to list the five biggest fictional Latinos in American pop culture.  Thus I have compiled such a list.  It was a lot more complicated than originally considered.  There were many figures that came to mind.  Unfortunately quite a few did not make the cut. 

Not one of these people is a real life person and as such are most suitable to show how the image of the Latino is projected in America.    

Presenting in ascending order, American pop culture’s greatest fictional Hispanics…

5) Ricky Ricardo

On I Love Lucy the Cuban night club owner added a unique personal palette to a then very monochromatic television world. His heavy accent was an object of endearment and to this day is imitated with much gusto. His dignified conga drum playing introduced America to Afro-Latino rhythms. Additionally Ricky and Lucy had the first significant cross-ethnic relationship on American television.  It was done so seamlessly no one noticed. Thus a Latino as head of household would be introduced to generations.

4) Betty Suarez

New York has had many television series to tell her many tales.  However, unlike say Friends or Sex and the City, Ugly Betty told the story about the great socioeconomic and ethnic divides of New York through the experiences of cultural commuter Betty crossing through the worlds of the Queens and Manhattan boroughs.  An unconventional beauty, Mexican American Betty was the Mary Tyler Moore of the Millennial Generation.

3) Tony Montana

If The Godfather was a liberal morality tale on unfettered American capitalism, Scarface was its libertine gospel counterpart.  Cuban refugee Montana serves as the story’s hero, a man who really makes the world his.  The exploits of Montana made the movie a classic of the gangster genre.  For better or worse, Montana’s outlaw brazenness greatly contributed to molding American hip hop culture.

2) Dora

In the fantasy adventure world where the pan-Latino Dora lives, all things are limitless and bilingual. Where cartoons typically fail at being both vehicles of entertainment and education for children watching, Dora the Explorer excels. Credit the star of the show for that.  Very young children across America have likely grown up learning two languages because of this spunky Hispanic girl. 

1) Zorro

The set up was of a classic swashbuckler in the tradition of an Alexander Dumas novel but Zorro was a Spanish Californian and consequently an American hero not unlike the real-life Davie Crockett. Crossing over into just about every artistic medium, Zorro would become a figure of vigilante justice that would directly inspire the creation of Batman. Perhaps no other fictional character has been portrayed in as many films, television series and stage shows and in so many languages all around the world as Zorro.

Could Texas have its first Hispanic U.S. senator?  National Review seems to think so.  Best of all, the candidate in question is a Republican.

In another post here at Awake till Dawn to be filed under “in case you missed it”, above shown is the official movie poster for The Iron Lady theatrical release.  At first glance it is almost as striking as Margaret Thatcher’s personality. 

The imagery is quite captivating.  Meryl Streep as the title character, a bouffant of hair and an icy glare.  A look as alluring as it is intimidating.  Much like Thatcher herself.  I’m personally anxious to see the Prime minister’s questions scene.  Word has it the cast and crew applauded at the end of the shooting of this same scene where Streep as Thatcher delivers a monologue.

However, Ray Pride at, has interpreted the poster to represent Thatcher’s dementia-ridden mind dissolving into a state of strictly Parliamentary affairs.  As if the poster suggests Thatcher was so consumed by being Britain’s head of government her mind was lost in the process.  

We have discussed the controversy behind this same film here before.  Granted Thatcher was and remains a controversial figure and a movie about her should be nothing short of controversial.  The issue lies in a film presenting itself as a straightforward historical account and character study but really being an anti-conservative propaganda piece and ad hominem attack.  The Iron Lady still needs to prove itself as the former versus the latter.  To be fair, we’ll wait for it to come out.

I’ll be going to see it in theaters in December (if it’s released then in Houston).  Of course, a review will follow very shortly thereafter.

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