I’m thinking more and more about taking American Badass to the Edinburgh Festival. It makes a lot of sense and is delightfully exciting and scary. I like this kind of adventure and thrill over roller-coasters or skydiving. My fingers are still crossed for the soloNOVA festival at PS 122 in June. It would be great to do both this summer but if it doesn’t happen then I’ll just have to make something else work.
There’s quite a few changes that will have to happen to the piece. 3 of the monologues are going to be either completely 86’d or revised to be sharper. The changes between characters have to move quicker and the text needs some streamlining. Also the multimedia will get a bit of a face lift. If it’s possible, I want to add more physical humor to the piece. I’m not quite sure how yet.
I read today about “Jingle Mail”. Apparently, it’s easier for people to walk away from their mortgages than it is to get away from credit card debt. Bankruptcy is not what it once was. Now people are mailing their keys after leaving their homes. We really need some adults to work this out. Corporate responsibility is a joke. Corporations are not people. They don’t care. This is why the oil companies keep having bigger and bigger years in spite what is happening at the pump and CEOs skate with tens of millions of dollars, even when a company is sunk and people lose retirements. CEOs should be where the buck stops.
I received the following from MoveOn. I think politicians should have heavy fines each time they go outside of what they say. If Eliot Spitzer had to shell out millions for being a two-faced no good cheating hypocrite, maybe we could have better infrastructure.
10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):
1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1
2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make Cheney look like Gandhi.”2
3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3
4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”4
5. The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill.5
6. He’s one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations.6
7. Many of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”7
8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8
9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley, believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the Antichrist” and a “false cult.”9
10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10