Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beyond the Palin

So, it's been an eventful week since I've blogged last. Things have been incredibly hectic at Banded Artists, the production company Matt and I work with, so I've been concentrating on our latest TV project pretty much full-time. Okay, unless you count Comic-Con. Nonetheless, it's a project that will make it much easier to find funding and outlets for the Vice-Precedence film, to say nothing of the book.

In the meantime, as Matt has reported, some shit has been going down in Cheney-Town, making one wonder just how safe Dick Cheney really feels. Asking for six more months of Secret Service protection kind of implies fear. Or that he's realistic. Let's face it, there are a lot of whack-jobs who would like him dead. Some of us just want answers.

On the lighter side of VP news, Sarah Palin has moved on from her post as Alaska's only female Governor. I say lighter because, let's face it, we haven't heard the last of her. She says her goals now are to do more work for Alaska. I think we all know what that means. What's the best way to work "for your state" and give yourself some experience while putting you back on the presidential track? If you said Greenpeace, you're wrong. Can anyone say "Senator Palin?" Unfortunately, I can, and it kind of burns.

Biden, meanwhile, has been reported to piss off just about everyone, especially the Russians. My suspicions are that the media wants to think people are pissed off, because that's somehow news to them. Biden, during a visit to Russia, commented rather openly about a Russia that he perceives to be weakening. This, after Russian President Medvedev and Obama agreed on a nuclear arms treaty. Naturally, many Russians - or the Russians who get quoted in newspapers - felt insulted by Biden's remarks. One can understand that feeling.

What I find interesting, though, is how only months ago our own media was pressing the idea of a slowly building New Cold War, hammering home the lingering smell of the old KGB in the person of former Russian Prez Putin. And now, Joe Biden can just waltz in after a seemingly historical arms deal and just call them a bunch of pussies? It's more likely just as much the lingering smell of the last administration and their need for a new enemy that's at fault for this rapidly changing picture of Russia that the government wants America to accept. Even Obama wasn't soft on Russia, referring to them as a computer, essentially, in his frequently-quoted "reset button" remarks. One has to wonder - with Obama in power, do they respect us more? Or do they fear us more? One thing is for sure, though - either way, they're still going to have to deal with Biden. I just want to know what Biden knows that we don't.

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