Beyonce as Mrs Carter Mona Lisa

My Second Attempt

A classy lady in a classic poseI was never happy with my first attempt at depicting Beyonce as Mona Lisa. When I saw her Mrs. Carter World Tour poster, I felt that it would make an excellent Mona Lisa parody. Of course, a trip to her website at www.beyonce.com will overwhelm you with that beautiful image! It is impossible to do justice to that beauty, but I felt it was worth a try!

My first attempt at creating a Beyonce Mona Lisa can be seen in my February blog, Beyonce as Mona Lisa

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Mona Lisa as Lady Justice on SCOTUS Decisions

A Bindfolded Mona Lisa Holds the Scale of Justice

Mona Lisa as Lady Justice Judging SCOTUS DecisionsLeonado DaVinci’s Mona Lisa is said to be the most parodied work of art in the world, but I don’t recall seeing one of her as Lady Justice. With the recent Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) long awaited decisions in the last week of June, 2013, I decided to show Mona Lisa as a blindfolded Lady Justice. Her scale shows her weighting those decisions: Is John Robert’s court cuckoo (parody on Marc Chagall’s The Juggler) or superheroes (parody on Marvel Comic’s Avengers)?

  • Declared that the part in the the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as a union between a man and woman is unconstitutional. This means that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages in the 12 states where they are legal.
  • Said that California’s Proposition 8 didn’t have the legal right to appeal a lower court decision. This allows same-sex marriages to resume in California.
  • Struck down a core component of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While it left the requirement in place, the SCOTUS ruled that the provisions that identify which jurisdictions the law covered were out of date.
  • Voted against how the University of Texas’ affirmative action policy was considered by a lower court and sent it back to the court for review. This raises the bar for universities implementing the use of affirmative action.

Polls indicate that Americans have mixed reactions to the above decisions.

BTW, parts of the arms, scale and sword for the Mona Lisa parody were “borrowed” from Geraldine Arata’s Lady Justice painting.

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Boehner No Superman

Boehner Is Superman

John Boehner is SupermanThe news that the “supermoon” for 2013 will be peaking this weekend on June 23rd, caused me to reminise on my previous post on John Boehner. Back in January, I called Boehner a Superman when he managed to get the House to approve a compromise bill averting the fiscal cliff.

Boehner No Superman

Since then, according to Jason Easley of politicususa.com John Boehner Refuse(d) to Allow the House to Vote on Sequester Replacement Bill. Moreover, there is the recent failure to pass the Farm Bill. According to the New York Times, the Farm Bill’s Fate in House Bodes Ill for Immigration Reform.

John Boehner No SupermanIt seems that the only major bills that the House can pass are Republican “symbolic” bills that have no change of being approved by the Senate or signed by President Obama such as to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare). This was the third vote for full repeal, and the 37th overall vote the House has taken to disrupt, dismantle, defund or repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. The other bill they spent weeks on was the House GOP approve(d) sweeping anti-abortion bill, as reported by Steve Benen in The Maddow Blog of MSNBC.

Is Boehner a Superman? See the movie, Superman: Man of Steel and let me know what you think.

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NRA Kills Gun Control

HEATED: Fox Bob Beckel to NRA: ‘Next Time a Nut Kills People, You’ll Have Blood on Your Hands’

NRA kills gun control youtube video

The subtitle, “HEATED: Fox Bob Beckel to NRA: ‘Next Time a Nut Kills People, You’ll Have Blood on Your Hands’, is not mine. It is the title of a Youtube video, posted about a month ago. For some reason, it made me think about the famous quote, “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”, in the classic 1946 movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. If you have not seen the movie or just want to refresh your memory, a short clip on YouTube contains the iconic scene from that movie. Only, in this case, “blood on your hands” conjures an image of Lady Macbeth trying to wash the blood off her hands in her sleepwalk.

parody on NRA's logo
The latest nut to kill people was at Santa Monica College on June 7th. Extensive detailed photos of the victims, shooter and weapons used are shown on the Daily Mail website by James NYE and Associated Press.

“NRA Killing Our Kids”

You can see the original “NRA Killing Our Kids” and “NRA Blood on Your Hands” CodePink protest posters on the YouTube video from WPLNews.

This is my updated version of this video. The video has a new title, “NRA Kills Gun Control”. You can see the video at http://youtu.be/xyNZARHoxM8

For hotlinks to the twitter handles of the Senators who voted “No” on the compromise bipartisan Manchin-Tooney bill, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/senate-background-check-bill_n_3104250.html.

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Note: this post was updated on 6/24/2013.

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A Parody on Guns Dont Kill People

Don’t Let the NRA Control your Senators

A parody onGuns Kill People YouTube Video

I have completed my class project at Santa Ana College on computer animation using Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro. It was an enjoyable, but time-consuming experience. I plan to use what I have learned in my future parodies. The final video is posted on YouTube.

I went through several titles during the development of the video and finally settled on “Guns Don’t Kill People”. It is a parody on NRA’s trite arguement that divert the attention from the real issue: preventing guns, especially assault weapons, from getting into the hands of killers.

The video shows the two protest signs that CodePink had used during the Wayne LaPierre NRA speech after the Newtown massacre: (1) “NRA Blood on Your Hands” and (2) “NRA Killing Our Kids”. The NRA lobby had pressured the Senators during the vote on the bipartisan (Manchin-Toomey) proposal in the Senate on April 17th. The Senators who voted “No” on that compromise gun control proposal are listed on the June 3rd article in the Huff Post Politics secion of the Huffington Post website along with their twitter handle. Please go to that website and click on the hotlinks to twitter to let the Senators know that they should be representing you the voter and not the NRA and gun manufactures!

Note: this post have been updated on 6/24/2013 to link to the latest updated version of the youtube video.

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Gun Control Bill Defeated in Senate

A Parody on Guns Don’t Kill People

A parody on NRA Kills Gun Control YouTube VideoI have updated this post to reflect the URL of the revised YouTube video and the new name, “A parody on NRA Kills Gun Control” at the YouTube website.

Shame on the Senate

After months of wrangling over the issue of how to reduce the type of massacres, the US Senate came up with a bipartisan bill to expand the requirements for background checks. Yesterday, the bill was defeated by a vote of 54 for the bill vs. 46 against. Unfortunately, it requires 60 votes in order to overcome a filibuster. If the polls that show that 90% of the people are for expanding background checks, something is wrong! One of the many blogs regarding this outrage can be read on the Washington website, Obama and Giffords shame the Senate. According to the Huffington Post, Obama, Gun Control Backers say that the Senate Defeat Won’t Stop Us.

If you care about the issue and disagree with your Senators, let know your opinion by sending them messages via USA.GOV. It only takes a few minutes of your time to get our government to listen to the voices of the people!

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Note: this post have been modified on 6/24/2013 to link to the latest update of the youtube video.

Note: Originally posted on 4/18/2013 and updated on 6/2/2013
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Danica Patrick Mona Lisa

Patrick the First Woman to Win Daytona 500 Poll Position

Danica Patrick crashes the glass ceiling at Daytona 500

Most people don’t realize how gruelling the sport of NASCAR racing is. What does it take to win the poll position at the Daytona 500? The News video at ABC features, “Danica Patrick Points to Hard Work(outs) in Daytona 500”.

Leonardo da Vinci would be proud to have Patrick as his Mona Lisa since da Vinci admired the human spirit and what can be accomplished if you put your mind to it.

When I was working on the parody, I was surprised at how big Patrick’s helmet was relative to the size of her own head. The NASCAR website says that helmet choices are based on safety, than preferences. If Patrick should ever get into an accident, I sure hope that the helmet does the job keeping her from serious injury.

You can find out more about Patrick at her official website. Hey, if she keeps on breaking the glass ceilings in racing, I might just be tempted to change my Internet provider to Godaddy… just kidding!

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