Mr. McCain, you need to stop. Take a deep breath John. You are so lucky this isn’t a contest about character. Your opponent is on his first marriage. He doesn’t fly off the handle for no reason. He doesn’t attack your efforts. He didn’t graduate so low in his class at the Naval Academy his grandfather, who happened to be an Admiral, had to help him out.

Like some people.

It’s close now, I understand. You want to push things over to your side. You’re upset because the mainstream media isn’t making you the pin-up boy. Your photo op was ruined by an avalanche of applesauce. Instead of going to Germany, you take pot shots outside a German restaurant. You continue your staycation version of an overseas trip by holding hands with the Dalai Lama in Denver.

Let’s clear it all up please. You served in Vietnam. So did my father. I love my father but his service there as an Army pilot doesn’t qualify him to run the military.

My grandfather was also a Naval pilot in WWII. He also went to the Naval Academy. He also had a temper in his 70s. His service and character didn’t qualify him to be President or run the military.

Neither does yours. General Clark was right about that. Your opponent wants to run a clean campaign so he didn’t clip your legs right out from underneath you on this. He ordered everyone to give you respect on your service.

You are betting the farm on being the guy who can lead our wars overseas when the world is clearly saying THEY DON’T WANT YOU. A poll of five countries-Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia-said they want Obama. Most countries think America is a “force of evil” with Italy being the only one with a slight majority saying America is a “force of good”, according to the Telegraph.

I don’t know about anyone else but I’d sleep better with more countries around the world thinking good of us and wanting us to lead the world into a better future. Our economy is hurting over this and we are going to bankrupt ourselves fighting every chance we get.

Mr. McCain, you failed in your photo op with the Dalai Lama. Why? Because His Holiness Dalai Lama practices non-violence and seeks opportunities to use tolerance. In responding to Robert Thurman about the possible futility of these actions His Holiness said, “This is hard to explain. In our own case, we don’t consider the loss of a monastery or a monument the end of our entire way of life. If one monastery is destroyed, sometimes it happens. Therefore, we don’t need to respond with desperate violence. Although under particular circumstances, the violence method — any method — can be justified, nevertheless once you commit violence, then counterviolence will be returned. Also, if you resort to violent methods because the other side has destroyed your monastery, for example, you then have lost not only your monastery, but also your special Buddhist practices of detachment, love, and compassion.”

Shock and awe failed. The wars are failing. The initial response failed. We did not need to send that many soldiers and contractors over to die. Adding the Halliburton cabal did not make this better. How the soldiers are abused coming home is a failure. The money being wasted is a failure. The whole damn enchilada is a failure.

Of course, the surge was a rotten idea because the whole thing is a festering pile of ill-conceived lunacy. I know you are in a tough spot trying to get the fans of Bush’s positions so you don’t break away from your party entirely. You also must distinguish yourself from your candidate. But to say he failed a real-time test on being Commander-in-Chief because he voted against the surge 16 months ago is a load of crap. It’s also like picking a fight with your spouse because she didn’t do the dishes a year and a half ago.

If you are going to take this tactic, you must amend your commercials in which you say you hate war.

Everyone needs to sit down and re-evaluate the function of that office. Take another breath and don’t mess it up. Please. Fight a fair fight. Say some truth.

Domestic Knight

I decided to spend the afternoon in the AMC 42nd St. watching The Dark Knight. I have an affinity for Batman. I grew up pretending to be him and in large part owe my life as an actor to portraying Batman and Spiderman as a boy. Who better to be in the school play than the kid always wearing a cape?

I will have to see this one again in a month or so. So I can forget it a bit first. I have a few bones…

I guess they overdubbed Bale’s Batman barking wolf voice. It was weird and it doesn’t give him a lot of places to go. He spoke less as Batman in the first one. For that matter, everyone did. This has a lot of speechifying on morality. AND IT MAKES NO SENSE!! Christopher Nolan and his brother gave everyone these diatribes about being more than a hero or less than a hero and it all comes down to dealing with terrorism or not. Breaking rules after others have broken rules. Batman, Joker, and Two Face are supposed to be crazy but they aren’t. They’re just angry. They’ve come up with their own codes but you lose patience with what they are saying because in the bigger scheme, IT MAKES NO SENSE!!

Cillian Murphy makes a cameo that pretty much wipes away his performance in the first movie, rendering it worthless. Why was Scarecrow there? Why was he being a vigilante? Why did he have just a few cheesy throw away lines?

Michael Caine was indecipherable in the back half of all his big lines. Not because of the Cocknye accent but because he stopped paying attention to what he’s saying. The meaning was dropped. Let’s face it, these guys were really doing a George Bernard Shaw play here in a graphic novel veneer. God bless them, I know from experience it’s hard speaking Shavian text and making it engaging.

Gary Oldman and Eric Roberts are doing good things in this. Oldman is the heartbeat and backbone of this movie and I’m glad he got more to do on this one. I used to think he was masturbatory as an actor but he has really added humanity to his arsenal. Just a few years ago, he’d be top choice for Joker.

Aaron Eckhart looks like Aquaman in a suit. The Two Face make up did not disappoint later in the movie. I wonder if he ever asked himself “What Would Billy Dee Williams Do?” while they were shooting.

Chicago looked good in this one. Best use of that town since Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Ledger was truly spellbinding. I didn’t know what to expect moment to moment. He made my palms sweat. While I didn’t care for the Bush agenda/anti-terrorism thread in the movie, I thought he was marvelous. Such freedom. They gave you just enough to start coloring in the rest about this person. His Joker is actually a person. I thought a lot about Hitler being a failed artist. I think that was a bit of Bob Kane’s impulse with the character. An evil creative genius. He never slipped into silly or took it to some hammy place the way others have with the Joker. You would never get to the bottom of this Joker.

I hope they keep replacing the Rachel Dawes character. Maybe America Ferrara can get a swing at it next. You just have to be female and brunette. Maggie Gyllenhaal was good. Nobody’s talking about this switcheroo. Poor Katie Holmes. Maybe Batman will save her in real life.

This movie got me thinking about a few things. Here we go.

I just read 1 in 37 of us are on some database for being a suspicious person. 1 in 37. I would guarantee I am one of them with those odds. I’ll be standing naked in some humiliating way having to justify my writing and performances.

So let me go for broke here with the simple stuff. Some of it’s old hat now but…

1. Why does no one talk about the plane hitting the Pentagon? Where’s the hole in the building? Where’s the video on all of that?

2. What was supposed to happen with the 4th plane?

3. Why did it take almost a month before they said it was Al-Qaeda? Why haven’t we found them?

4. Why has no one taken responsibility?

5. Why do they use “Homeland” like the Nazis?

6. A plane hit the Empire State Building years ago but it didn’t fall down. I bet no one planning the attack thought they would go down. Hmmmm. It disturbs me because I don’t feel we have real answers. What if it was a botched job? What if we will never understand the full plan?

7. Oil and money. That might have been the plan somehow but now they want us out of Iraq. The folks they put into place want us out. Don’t be too shocked if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki suddenly disappears or is taken out.

8. What happens if the oil companies profits go away and the government has to bail them out like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

We need a Batman-hold the FISA-to get us out of the corruption cycle. Like with dealing with the Joker, we’ll never get to the bottom of it and find the answers. There’s a point where it just needs to stop. The world needs to be covered with a thicker ozone and self-esteem layer.

The trick is we don’t know who the bad guys are. But no matter how confusing the truth may be about the events, we can’t turn on ourselves so much we can’t trust ourselves. Eventually, we have to stop fighting everyone or we will become more than just weak.