Next to my computer sits a stack of "post-worthy" material. It is constructed of numerous print-outs on current events, a fine essay on Rosa Parks, Social Security information from the ISJ and Time Magazine, and a good sized accumulation of c.r.a.p. (conspiracies, rants, abstractions, and Poland). The majority of it has been justified useless by the rest of the world, but I, in my stubbornness, refuse to let it go. Everyday it accumulates and I somehow go to bed having not written a single thing about any of it! So here's a couple:
Rumsfeld, Iraq, and Molly Ivins
My beef with Donald Rumsfeld has a lengthy history...in the same way that most liberals were so taken by the moderate conservative John McCain, I was taken by Rumsfeld. Just ask my high school buddies, I was frequently reviewing the order of succession on the off chance that a national crisis would emerge and my good friend Rummy would attain the presidency...okay, so maybe his smile got me. Then it all came crashing down--
Rummy distorted prewar intelligence in regard to WMDs, cut down troop levels that the Army chiefs recommended, he completely blew the State Department's plans for occupation, quite frankly alienated our allies who we could really use right now, oh, and let us not forget the prison scandal. Don't get me started on the fact that it is costing $8 million an hour to fund the war in Iraq... A lot of these mistakes you could possibly blame on the entire administration, but he was the man who said "you go to war with the army you have, not the army you want."
Molly Ivins, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, appears in our local paper I think every Saturday...well she and I have been battling this one together. Rumsfeld aside, the problems in Iraq are vast. Not only is the defense secretary making mistakes, bombings occur daily, assassinations have taken place, and yet for some unknown reason we're convinced that the Iraqi elections will go ahead as scheduled. You've got to be kidding me! I'll quit for now on this and will just wait it out to see if the elections become a monumental crisis or another strange victory for the Bush administration...read the Ivins article.
Okay, so this one hadn't even made it to the stack yet, but I of course have to comment. If you've some how been under a rock and have missed all of my gallant attempts to make everyone love Ray Charles as much as I do, you would have missed one of the greatest movies of the year--Ray. Jamie Foxx gives the performance of a lifetime...his and mine. I've never seen anyone play a real person as accurately as he plays Ray. Ray is nominated for best picture and Foxx is nominated for best actor.
Though Ray is in my opinion the best picture and Foxx is the best actor there is some tough competition. There are two people in Hollywood, that when thrown in, shake it up a bit-- Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Well, much to Meryl's dismay she was not nominated, but Clint is...twice. Clint is nominated for best director and best actor. At the Golden Globes he was nominated for those as well as best composer. The man is gifted. He has long passed his Dirty Harry days and is one of the most brilliant men in Hollywood. Performance wise, I've not seen Million Dollar Baby yet, as it hasn't graced out presence in Pocatello, but I highly doubt his performance could be comparable to Foxx's performance. Also in the category are Johnny Depp, Don Cheadle, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
DiCaprio brings me to my next point...Titanic was snubbed. DiCaprio has been snubbed at the Oscars several times as has Kate Winslet. Both are up for Oscars this time around and if the Academy knows what's best for them they would highly consider the history. Also a several time "snubbee" is Martin Scorsese. He is also an unbelievable talent and due for an Oscar.
One more mention and then I will give you my predictions. Morgan Freeman has graced us this time around as well. I feel nearly as strongly about Morgan as I do about Ray Charles. Though in different mediums, they are pure talent. Enough said.
Here are my hopes, followed by who I think will actually win:
Best Picture: Ray, The Aviator
Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Annette Bening
Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman, Clive Owen
Best Supporting Actress:Virginia Madsen, Natalie Portman
Best Director: Clint Eastwood,Martin Scorsese
And of course there will be the horrible "moment of passing" as they play that tribute to the stars of yesterday. This year should be quite interesting-- since the last Oscar ceremony we have buried a former president, a music genius, Superman, and Johnny Carson. That is all...until another day.