For those of you that know me, you know I LOVE movies. It's long been a pipe dream of mine to somehow get paid for watching and commenting/critiquing movies. Maybe one of these days! Until then I'll just keep watching movies...and talking about them...for free. :) One of my favorites is not a popular one. "Dune" came out about 20 years ago and was a big-budget sci-fi epic set in the very far future. The star-studded cast featured Kyle MacLachlan, Jurgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart, the ageless Sting, Linda Hunt, Virginia Madsen, and Jose Ferrer.
In short the film is about the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, speaking to one who would rise up and bring life back to an ailing planet and galaxy. Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) is this movie's Neo, the one of prophecy speaks of. The moment he realizes he's "The One", he utters probably the most notable line in the movie, "The sleeper has awakened!"
This morning's announcement regarding President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize has awakened me from my blogging slumber. Before this morning, I was convinced that the award was given to people that actually accomplished something of legitimate global significance. I would love to understand what he's done to deserve this award beyond give a few speeches, give legitimacy to a regime that killed people who opposed it (Iran), support a democratically ousted dictator (Zelaya), waste the pretige of the Presidential office with a hugely unsuccessful Olympic bid, burden the US economy with an anti-stimulus stimulus bill, work to push through hugely unpopular legislation (cap and tax - pending, health care - pending), appoint wacko extremists for czars (Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, Kevin Jennings, John Holdren - to name a few) and drag his feet on the most important theater in the war against terrorism (Afganistan).
And interestingly enough, not even the mainstream media thinks Obama deserves this award. The audible gasp that went up in the room in Oslo where the announcement was made is quite telling. The Washington Post, The New York Times, Matt Lauer and notable liberal blogger Peter Beinart all said what the majority of people here in the US think as well as what most of the rest of the world thinks about this decision. This is a joke - but of the unfunny, embarassing variety. Ironically this decision diminishes the Nobel society. Now anyone that can capture the world stage by gifted oratory and charisma without really accomplishing anything significant can win a Nobel Peace Prize. In my opinion, he doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Martin Luther King. It's actually a slap in Dr. King's and his family's face to award this Prize to someone that comparatively has done so little.
Well too bad for Chicago he hadn't won the award before addressing the IOC to pitch for the 2016 Olympics. Maybe it would've improved our showing and allowed us to make it to the SECOND round before getting the boot.
I guess my views make me a racist - it's his 50% whiteness I must be opposed to. :)