Through The Looking Glass

For expression, for self-fulfillment… and for a grade

“It doesn’t matter how you play the game, it’s whether you win or lose. And even that doesn’t make all that much difference.”

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Okay, so I’d like to kick off this blog entry with this.

Yes, this happened Monday evening. Yes, this is one of the most unbelievable finishes to a basketball game that I’ve ever seen. I actually can’t stand the Nets and the 76ers, but I have watched this clip on Youtube about seven times in a row and will probably watch it at least that many times before the day is over. Devin Harris’ shot is one of the best buzzer beaters any sports fan will ever see.

However, there are more pressing matters to tend to. One of the bigger events this of this past week was the 81st Annual Academy Awards presentation.

The Oscars had  several positive themes going for the awards show this year. Slumdog Millionaire won eight awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Heath Ledger won a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor award for his iconic portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Finally, Sean Penn and Kate Winslet won for the Best Actor and Best Actress categories, respectively.

I’ll admit, I have yet to see many of the movies that were nominated for the major awards. I have yet to see Milk, and I do think Sean Penn is a phenomenal actor. However, I did see The Wrestler and was blown away by Mickey Rourke’s performance. Heath Ledger was certainly deserving of the Best Supporting Actor nod, though. Josh Brolin and Robert Downey Jr. are currently two of the finest actors that can be found in Hollywood. Still, Ledger took on a role that Jack Nicholson revitalized in 1989 and made it better. I’m eager to see what Winslet and Penelope Cruz brought to their respective roles as well.

While Hollywood was looking to gain the support of the Academy voters, President Obama has gained the support of Americans so far.

Most Americans (about 64%) support the President’s $787 billion stimulus plan and President Obama has about the same number giving their approval for his performance thus far. An interesting note is that 75% of those polled felt that President Obama has been trying to work with Republicans.

Count me in as one of the nearly two-thirds of Americans voicing a positive response to Obama’s response to our economic crisis. I really believe that President Obama has the best interests of our country at the forefront of his stimulus package. The Republican opposition so far is laughable, since the article notes that 61% of Republicans polled acknowledge that President Obama is trying to work with Republicans. The GOP has made a point to challenge Obama. It’s too bad they can’t factor in what the majority of America feels would help us all out.

Finally, here’s some scary news for the state of our credit card industry. American Express is offering some of their cardholders the chance to “simplify” their finances.

The credit card company is giving out $300 to cardholders who pay off their balance by April 30. The offer is basically American Express’ way to provide an incentive to those it feels could potentially default on their credit cards. The catch is, cardholders who participate in the program must cancel their American Express cards.

This is alarming to me in many different ways.  American Express’ pre-emptive strike to get unpaid balances helps to prove how bad of shape the credit card industry is in. Also, the cardholders who receive this offer are basically being told to “please leave.” I wonder what kind of balances are being targeted. I do understand American Express’ reasoning for the incentive; it helps to have the cardholder reduce the balance rather than have the creditor eat the deficit by simply closing the account.

That’s the post for this week. Hey, it’s no spectacular half court shot, but it will have to do until I check in next week.


Written by greatfoesofreality

February 24, 2009 at 9:48 am

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  1. Great entry. I have yet to see Wrestler, Slumdog Millionaire or Milk.


    March 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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