I Put a Spell on You, Because You’re Mine

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1929-2000) may well have been a man born ahead of his time. His best known song, I Put A Spell On You, recorded in 1956 when he was drunk and in a blackout, sold more than a million copies. This is the perfect theme song for the second term of the Pop-Culture President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama:

I put a spell on you
’cause you’re mine

You better stop the things you do
I ain’t lyin’
No I ain’t lyin’

Screamin Barack Hussein Obama

Screamin Barack Hussein Obama

When Barack Obama first ran for President in 2008, unlike Screamin Jay Hawkins, he was a man without a record. Now, of course, he has a record. It’s an abysmal one. But for some reason, a majority of voters decided to give this man another shot. (And you gotta love the way Barack Hussein Obama pronounces the word “shot” with his Chicago accent. He was fond of electioneering on the basis that he was the One who would give everyone a “fair shot.” Unless of course you are an entrepreneur, a small business owner, an investor, a Medicare recipient, a Christian, an hourly wage earner, a coal miner…. Well, maybe it’s not exactly fair, but you do get a shot if you are in certain labor unions, or if you want someone else to pay for your birth control and abortions. That’s not just me talking. No. It’s that straw man. You know. The one over there.)

Speaking of the straw man, there is another character from The Wizard of Oz who bears a striking resemblance to the leader of the Free World. It’s not just me saying it:

Apologies to Margaret Hamilton

Witch is the Real Obama?


Does this man look angry a lot? Other people have noticed. Haven’t you? And how’s this for a coincidence? The Leader of the Western World and the Wicked Witch of the West are in practically the same pose. What are the odds?

And here they go again:

Wicked Witch of the West & Leader of the Western World

Wicked Witch of the West & Leader of the Western World


I don’t know about you, but so far this week I have watched a lot less Fox News and a whole lot more reruns of The Big Bang Theory.

No one is recommending that you stay drunk and in a blackout for the next four years. But maybe listening to that great recording by Screamin Jay Hawkins will lift your spirits, if only for a couple of minutes.

Have a nice day.

Israeli or Palestinian?

Do you know the difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian?

That’s not a joke and there is no punch line. It’s a question raised by Swiss photographer Olivier Suter in his project Enemies.

Last March while on a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Mr. Suter asked Palestinians for photographs that he could use to compare with photographs of Israelis. He then published the eight photos he received in an ad in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, with the words “Wanted: people who look alike.” There was no mention in the ad that the people in the pictures were Arabs.

enemies_275x170The photograph on the left shows five-year old Adam Shurati, who lives in Bet Hanina, a Palestinian suburb of Jerusalem. On the right is an Israeli, Hadas Maor, in a photograph taken many years ago when she was six years old.

Hadas’ father Yehuda said, “Ben-Gurion was right when he said ‘The Palestinians are not our cousins, they’re our brothers. Turns out, they could be twins.”

Adam’s mother Nancy was surprised but happy about the resemblance between the children. But, she says, Adam is not too pleased that he looks like a girl.

See Also:
Can you tell the difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian? [Haaretz; May 30, 2009]

Memorial Day Reflections

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
President Harry Truman

A highlight of my recent visit to Washington DC was seeing the War Memorials on the National Mall. I took photographs one morning in early May 2009:

Vietnam War

Vietnam War Reflections

Vietnam War Reflections

The power of the Wall is in the reflections of the living superimposed upon the names of the dead heroes.

Reflections on the Vietnam War Memorial

Reflections on the Wall

Thank you.

Thank you.

Korean War

Korean War Reflections

Korean War Reflections

Korean War Soldier

Korean War Soldier

Gratitude and Remembrance

Gratitude and Remembrance

World War II

Three tour buses had pulled up at the World War II Memorial just before I arrived at the site. Elderly war veterans disembarked one by one. Many were in wheel chairs. A tall man, in his eighties, wearing a cap embroidered with the words “Top Gun,” sat down on a ledge and quietly wept.

World War II Veterans

World War II Veterans

World War II Reflecting Pool

World War II Reflecting Pool

Undying Gratitude

Undying Gratitude

Princess Diana, Mandela Labeled ‘Gay Icons’ in London Exhibit – Bloomberg.com

For “Gay Icons,” a show of photographic portraits at London’s National Portrait Gallery, 10 famous gays and lesbians, such as entertainer Elton John and athlete Billy Jean King, chose “icons” for the exhibit, based on their inspirational qualities and achievements. The sexual orientation of these role models was only occasionally a factor in their selection. For example, Harvey Milk, the slain San Francisco County Supervisor, made the list specifically because he was the first openly gay man elected to public office in California.

So here’s a question: Why the exclusionary title “Gay Icons?” We can all be inspired not only by men and women featured in the exhibit, but also by the achievements of the 10 members of the selection panel.

See Also:
Princess Diana, Mandela Labeled ‘Gay Icons’ in London Exhibit [Bloomberg.com; March 26, 2009]