When army Generals quit they are immediately getting head hunted by bomb making companies as well as being offered lucrative jobs at the Pentagon. It appears that whenever the words “security” “defense” “airport scanners and pat downs are here to stay” etc are used to scare us all in the news –they are also evidence of a booming growth industry of weapons manufacturing and consulting services.
No one seems to care about ‘conflict of interest’ when army Generals accept positions after the army in the booming ‘security and defense’ industry, such is their demand and skills.
General Gregory “Speedy” Martin‘s story is one that shows that this is the case, when he accepted two jobs at once. He’s a busy man. Read that here.
[Image via Getty Images]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~
Zac Efron in full military uniform on the set of The Lucky One – as a Christmas greeting for the troops serving abroad this year is a reminder that The Lucky One–really is the man and woman–who comes home.
Stay safe. Stay alive. And Merry Christmas Troopstars!
[Image via People]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
“Keeping secrets on our pillow”–Brandon Flowers lyrics, for those who grieve grief’s unquantifiable language in the dark night of the soul.
“As a family, we have been so fortunate to have a son and a brother who has so enriched our lives. To the young men of this country, Jack would want me to say this: Be your own man, do not be afraid to dream and pursue those dreams with quiet determination. Be sincere in your friendships, and keep those friendships in good repair. Stay true to your beliefs. Love your mother,”–the farewell words of Roger Howard on behalf of his family and friends, Anne Scott and daughters Charlotte and Isabella–as Roger laid his son, Private John Howard (Jack) to rest at Wellington’s Cathedral of St Paul in New Zealand’s capitol.
Private Howard was a Kiwi lad serving in the the 3rd Battalion in The Parachute Regiment of the British military, who was ‘killed by American soldiers piloting an American F-18 Hornet fighter, during a friendly fire incident in Helmand, Afghanistan,’ reports the UK Daily Telegraph.
Two Maori warriors carrying taiaha (traditional Maori wooden weapons of the art of Mau Rakau hand combat martial arts) ‘accompanied Private Howard’s coffin along with seven of his fellow British soldiers.’ In very poignant imagery, his coffin was draped in a Union Jack flag and with a traditional hand woven Maori cloak as he was carried into the cathedral, with his family following behind.’
His family are such big-hearted people to be able to forgive the futility of Private Howard’s loss of life in Afghanistan’s war effort. The cost of war to America and allies has been shared by many in common bonds of brotherhood in the hope of peace in the world.
New Zealand is a small nation. News like this rocks New Zealand culture to the heart, deeply. We don’t have all that many people to lose, our nation is small. One life lost is like 10,000 to us. It feels like as a Kiwi looking at New Zealand from afar in California that I’ve unexpectedly found myself crying about 29 lost miners gone too soon recently and now Private John gone too soon as well.
Such news makes any Kiwi cry. Blokes included. We’re just wired that way to fellow Kiwis in a deep and committed sense of place and Life’s purpose in the world. I’m tired of crying for New Zealand blokes lately in Hollywood, whose lives have been lost too early in the pursuit of the earth’s energy resources or a real sense of Peace too in the world transcending war. Accidents resulting in loss of lives in both cases, where unexpectedly men weren’t safe. Sorry, but I am. It’s just gut wrenching and we all share their loss and contributions to our culture.
RIP Private Howard. Sending kind healing thoughts and prayers for the Howard-Scott families this Christmas. A Kiwi brother of Commonwealth and Am-Kiwi community gone way too soon. What a beautiful send off for this Kiwi lad as these pictures show. John’s grandmother Elizabeth Scott looked very regal at the helm of her family.
Haere ra ou tatou teina–a symbol of a younger brother’s vital potential– to us all. Hollywood salutes your blood father’s spoken symbolic words of Peace in the Spirit of shared bronaaki culture (fellowship) that is Our Protector, stronger than war’s unquenchable grave and the proven Victor over death itself. Mauri ‘Ola Tatou. Ka Tu Te Whare Ka Ora o Te Ao i te taha o Te Awa Ora, Mo Ake Tonu.
In the spirit of global brotherhood that surpasses any difference of race, geographical borders, religious or cultural boundaries too in our shared humanity of melanin fused with spirit on this same shared earth we love, here’s the group Candella singing Brandon Flowers song Crossfire in honor of Private Howard’s life of service for the world. The song is offered from Hollywood today in the hope of Peace’s diverse rule and expressions in hearts and minds universally as an intelligent way forward of all leaders of future generations who wear Wisdom’s timeless glasses to see the best paths forward for children to walk in freely. Children who as global friends, consider each other equally and who build good friendships across all cultures of the world, as their open hearts so choose to as our guides, teachers and leaders without fear. [Thanks Candella & Brandon Flowers]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.22.10~
Lt. Daniel Choi starring as The Asian-American Misunderstood Warrior of Diversity’s Equal Potential & Underestimated Value.
Clocking in at no. 47 of the most voted stars in Hollywood on Horiwood.Com for the year is Lt. Daniel Choi. These things we know about Daniel.
He was raised as the son of a Korean-American Baptist Pastor in Orange County. He enlisted in the US army. Because he identified with being gay and was outspoken about it, he lost his military privileges. He became the pin up boy of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal campaign, a favorite interview subject who fronted on nationwide TV still appearing in the standard issue military uniform, he did not return once discharged– in prime time.
As a person Dan Choi represents a knack of reinvention akin to someone on the scale of Madonna. To be Asian, then Baptist, then military, then a gay rights advocate, then unemployed but still an activist was his story this year. He’s even done hunger strikes–I don’t think Madonna ever did one of those for a political cause. Though, she might have for her art or the vanity of her figure back in the day. (more…)
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is repealed in The Senate today (Saturday).
In a statement President Obama said: “I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism# of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world has ever known.”
Republican Senator John McCain who has served in the military said: “Today’s a very sad day.” He blamed elite liberals with no military experience for pushing their social agenda on troops during wartime. ”They will do what is asked of them,” McCain said of service members. “But don’t think there won’t be a great cost.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saw it differently. “As Barry Goldwater said, ‘You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight,’ ” he said, referring to the late GOP senator from Arizona. And Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) who stayed in Washington this weekend for the vote despite needing surgery for early-stage prostate cancer, said “I don’t care who you love; if you love this country enough to risk your life for it, you shouldn’t have to hide who you are. You ought to be able to serve.”
Here in West Hollywood as I post this news grey clouds and grey mist have obscured everything along the skyline (unusual for California) and it is raining cats and dogs, heavily. The skies feel like they’re crying.
One in ten of all Americas are registered as being a veteran of war, currently in the USA (30 million plus people). That was Washington News today.
#Professionalism means: “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person (see Professional). The following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood.” (more…)
Leaders that give bravely warm the hearts. They incite acts of goodness towards others, a nation emulates and accumulates.
Acts of goodness accumulated by good people willingly, will bear witness and shall protect a nation’s name.
Goodness can be likened to a protective-shield that seals and covers a nation from harm. Impending perilous forces, dissolve in its light.
A nation’s goodness and honor, protects a nation from harm. In unity of spirit and with good hearts, such people cannot be defeated.
Laughter is a sign that a leader is on the right track where goodness is. He or she leads towards happier days. Shine like the sun.
[These thoughts written for Bill & Melinda Gates, their example and their courage to give boldly conquers fear]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.7.10~
Transparency is like refined gold, it has to be earned, tested with trust. So, I like people who endeavor to display a transparent spirit as leaders who serve the best interests of all, hence this quote running on this blog: ”In my time as Prime Minister I have tried to push for greater transparency, and we are happy to have an independent body overseeing expenses and entitlements for MPs [politicians], says New Zealand’s leader from Wellywood/ Wellington,”John Key 3 News. Information is like water flow. It often doesn’t flow to the right people who need to have it. Knowledge equals power. Africa needs water. What do we do this knowledge?
Transparency is good in any sincere culture but discretion is a part of wisdom too: ‘Do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing… Be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove… A wise man conceals a matter.’
Often people who expect others to be transparent are not themselves–so good men and naturally transparent people–are forced to be wise and manage their own information about themselves, like a cultural taonga of New Zealand belonging to the collective people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Each nation is a knowledge farm of fruitful minds.
Here in America, today - Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has already worked out what her parents do and wants to follow in their footsteps already as a performer turning out a show. “Shi’Bouncy” couldn’t be happier with her baseball bat and military attire as mother Angelina Jolie, sister Zahara and Maddox go to Lee’s Art Store themselves in Manhattan, New York to shop before they imagine and create as artists. Too cute. This family is on the attack today from haters not in Jolie’s league, or, all of her children either. Love it. Maddox Jolie-Pitt has been a star longer than many people claiming to be celebs today. He was born this way. A star.
Jolie’s statement today could be–Our best art, is serving our children, to be informed by their worldview, creating their art. In any culture, isn’t that always the truth.
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news on a sad day where the much admired Elizabeth Edwards died, looks like this as voted by you today worldwide. Thanks people.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.7.10~
“The teacher then moved on and launched into a complicated dissection of an obscure legal code. “I was lost,” Edwards said. The class was silent, when Elizabeth raised her hand. Edwards couldn’t believe she’d been following along: the woman must be a prodigy. “That was about as clear as mud,” she admonished the professor. “Go over it again in plain English.”
“Right then I knew I wanted to marry her,” said Edwards. Newton-Small concludes, I left that night, more impressed with the absent Elizabeth than her husband… Tonight we lost a smart, brave, sassy, woman.”
Writes Time magazine‘s David Von Drehle, “You may not remember, given all that has happened since, but when Elizabeth Edwards arrived on the Washington scene some 10 years ago, she was golden. The capital tends to confuse fame with merit, and so it sucks up to Senators and Cabinet Secretaries and talk-show hosts while politely ignoring their spouses. She was different. You heard that all the time. John Edwards? Yeah — but you’ve got to meet his wife!”
VH1 Divas Salute the Troops show held at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, saw pop star Katy Perry saluting the troops in a way that only Mrs Brand can. She’s such a good girl!
[Image courtesy of NY Daily News]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.6.10~
America: The Forever Young Hunter & Protector
Levi Johnston, the ex almost-son-in-law of Republican Senator Sarah Palin and once boyfriend of her daughter Bristol Palin makes the top 50 stars voted in Hollywood this year on Horiwod.Com. He’s the underdog pin up boy of America. A country Woodsman tryer who just keeps getting smarter, step by step.
His year saw Playgirl shelling out $100,000 for Levi to pose naked. This shoot created a controversy for the 20 year-old father of son, Tripp. Johnston has since become ensconced in American cultural life.
He often appears on TV talk shows as his ex mother-in-law’s nemesis, a reoccurring starring role for Levi across the same talk shows as Palin has appeared on. America finds this entertaining.
Surprisingly, Levi Johnston rates in both India and Thailand as an American celebrity to keep an eye out for in 2011.
His career path, star template is “everything Sarah Palin does, Levi does too– either the same thing with a slight twist, or, the opposite.” This has made him a star. He’s the frenemy mini-me male version of Palin. The in-law turned out-law sporting guns.
Reports People: Levi is often seen being trailed by a reality TV camera crew for a show he has in the works titled: Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor’s Office.
Levi Johnstone is proof that young people should be represented and stand for local politics and government politics too. A view the White House needs perhaps, as Levi’s popularity denotes as a trending topic this year. Last year his trending topic was that Levi was a teen parent.
This year a local candidate on the huntsman’s political trail in The Last Frontier of America is his hot trend transition. He is a young lad who like many country-raised fural folk, enjoy black powder shooting in his recreational time. He’s also a military pin up lad many soldiers can relate to abroad, estranged from their children and families. With a tenth of America registered as a veteran of war – Levi has quite a loyal fanbase, every time he’s spotted holding a hunstman’s gun. In a way he’s a young modern Davy Crockett King of The Wild Frontier from Greene County Tennessee, in American mythology of the 18th and 19th Century.
Perhaps if Levi held a Human Rights manual in his other hand every time he held a gun for publicity, he just might one day rise to be a well rounded Senator or President of promise. Congratulations Mr Johnston for making the top 50 celebrities this year, by democratic vote in Hollywood.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.6.10~
David Wild is a writer for The Rolling Stone magazine here in America, here’s his thoughts as guest commentary via Huffington Post today on the VH1 Diva’s Show:
“This week, I had the great honor of spending a few days working as a producer and writer on The USO Presents VH1 Divas Salute The Troops that airs tonight on VH1 at 9PM and internationally on the Armed Forces Network. The show itself is a real blast in a decidedly non-military sense that’s hosted hilariously by Kathy Griffin, and featuring winning musical performances by Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, Paramore, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, as well as appearances by literally everyone from our First Lady Michelle Obama to “Snooki” and “The Situation” from Jersey Shore, including comedian Jeffrey Ross, MC Lyte and Brandy, who I think we all can agree is technically a better dancer than Bristol Palin.”
His playlist that honors everyone whose ever served a concept of freedom and peace in US military service is as follows:
FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (WE SALUTE YOU) – AC/DC
BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY – The Andrews Sisters
KEEP ON ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD – Neil Young
BORN FREE – Kid Rock
THE MARINES’ HYMN – The United States Marine Band
ONLY IN AMERICA – Brooks & Dunn
BORN IN THE USA – Bruce Springsteen
BROTHERS IN ARMS – Dire Straits
AMERICA – Neil Diamond
COMING HOME – John Legend
THANK YOU – Led Zeppelin
HOLIDAY – Green Day
DRESSED UP TO WIN – Irving Berlin
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN – Frank Sinatra
GOD BLESS THIS MESS – Sheryl Crow
ARMY DREAMERS – Kate Bush
AMERICAN GIRL – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
LIVING IN AMERICA – James Brown
I THANK YOU – Sam & Dave
ARLINGTON – Trace Adkins
GALVESTON – Glen Campbell
DEAR UNCLE SAM – Loretta Lynn
FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival
WHEN I GET WHERE I’M GOING – Brad Paisley
SOLDIER’S LAST LETTER – Merle Haggard
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER – Donovan
AMERICAN SOLDIER – Toby Keith
TRAVELIN’ SOLDIER – Dixie Chicks
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND – Woody Guthrie
There are so many good songs in here. I’d have to go for Loretta Lynn, Led Zepplin, Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, James Brown, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, The Andrews Sisters, Neil Diamond and perhaps my favorite, Dire Straits on guitar and vocal. Good stuff David Wild. Thanks.
I can’t remember government ever saying what VH1 Diva’s should perform before? So this is a first.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood Caifornia USA. 12.6.10~
Kesha looks very Britney, Madonna and Beyonce bee pop-fused in roller skates on the cover of Complex as she pays her pop dues. Meanwhile, Keri Hilson makes military Madonna-styling a statement from Vibe Magazine posing as a war pin up girl. American girls and accessories and wigs!
Quick news round up: Saturn’s Moon Titan could hold life says NASA. It’s a good idea to buy organic nutmeg only, this year. Alicia Keys not tweeting is news? Go here. Julian Assange’s announcement to Forbes Mag, that wikileaks next “US spring clean exorcism” sharing info, involves a major US bank, has caused Bank of America’s shares to drop by 3% today. Ouch. BoA suck anyway, their service is crap, fees way too high and their rep is that they fleece and rob all while having ‘America’ in their name. As a bank they confushe!
In ‘real news’ on THIS blog, your entertainment and celebrity news choices that you voted worldwide today in our top ten are:
2. Fame Game: Kim Kardashian’s star template wins big on Bing.Com
Quick News Continued: Samuel Hengel of Marinette Wisconsin clearly did not like high school. Sad story. In Ohio-Michigan extradition news, crazy dad John Skelton parent-naps his three sons. He’s arrested, but Andrew 9, Alexander 7 and Tanner 5 are missing. Talk Show host, Nancy Grace shows via her cancer footage benign cancer from her surgery. A 3.8 earthquake hits 80 miles off E Long Island NYC–no damage reported and biggest in 18 years. California reports The U.S. military’s mysterious robotic and unmanned X-37B space plane will complete its maiden voyage with a return to Earth as early as Friday, December 3rd. Censorship in the USA, The Alan Jones Channel, after amassing 75 million hits, 100,000 subscribers has been frozen by Google owned YouTube, silencing an independent news voice–for allegedly a wikileaks YouTube video. What next? I never saw his channel but popular website, The Drudge Report loved it.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.30.10~
Photo of the Day: Jessica Simpson meets Todd Sines: Information Systems Technician Seaman Todd Sines speaks with singer/actress Jessica Simpson on the mess decks during a USO and Navy Entertainment sponsored visit aboard USS Harry S. Truman on Oct. 1, 2010. (U.S. Navy). Image via Fox TV.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.16.10~
Entertainment and celebrity news as voted democratically worldwide, here in Hollywood has some heavy hitters of entertainment in the top newsworthy items of interest. Our top ten follows, after this war remembrance story from a once-military pop star. Thanks everyone.
British singer James Blunt speaks of times when in serving in The British Army, British soldiers were forced to logically debate, consider and defy arbitrary US military commands concerning attacking Russian soldiers in Kosovo. It boiled down to a Gen. Wesley Clark order vs a Gen. Mike Jackson counter decision. How pop music is this military news, with a name like MJ appearing.
Anyway, as China has been choosing James Blunt penned songs to sing recently via artist Liu Wei in TV talent quest finals, this story deserves some press today, as Blunt is a taste preference of a super power nation, of a sixth of the world’s population. When you think about it, when India (who has another sixth of the world’s population) has gone the way of an American alliance to trade and China and Russia are the two big nations who can further U.K trade interests and that of Asia-Pacific nations economic growth too as well as America, this is a relevant story of popular culture, worth coverage today on a Maori’s Hollywood blog. Full story below.
3. About Horiwood: A video portrait – Climb by Hekia Parata
10. TIE B: Some Kiwi Trading News via USA - 11.14.10
Bonus Post: Still Standing by Brooke Fraser
“The singer claimed that when the Russians seized control of an airport in Kosovo he was told to remove them, but refused because of the consequences it could have.
“He told BBC Radio 5Live: “I was given the direct command to overpower the 200 or so Russians who were there. The direct command [that] came in from General Wesley Clark was to overpower them.
“And if we had a foothold there then it would make life much easier for the NATO forces in Pristina. So there was a political reason to take hold of this. And the practical consequences of that political reason would be then aggression against the Russians.”
“Asked if following the order would have risked starting World War 3, Blunt replied: “Absolutely. And that’s why we were querying our instruction from an American general. Fortunately, up on the radio came General Mike Jackson, whose exact words at the time were, ‘I’m not going to have my soldiers be responsible for starting World War 3′.”"
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.15.10~
Here’s, here’s ten things about Gen. Wesley Clark. For all he has endured and achieved in life, there’s no doubting that this man is a star. He has a history that resembles being that of the Emanuel Swedenborg ‘school’ of thinking via military routes. A lot of his own life wasn’t known to him at certain points maturing. As you do the best with the knowledge that you currently know, Clark’s story is interesting. Here’s a few things about him.
1. Wesley Clark was born of the Kohen family line, yet he never knew he was Jewish until later in life. Clark was born Wesley Kanne in Chicago on December 23, 1944. His father Benjamin died on December 6, 1948. His mother Vaneta moved to be with her family in Little Rock, Arkansas at this point of Wesley’s family life. To protect Wesley from the Klu Klux Klan, Vaneta never revealed Clark’s Jewish heritage. When his mother married Viktor Clark Wesley took his name too.
2. Ancestry: Clark’s paternal great-grandad was a Jew of Belarus who fled to the US in the shadow of the Pale of Settlement and violence against Jews from Russian Pogroms. Wesley’s grandfather, Benjamin J. Kanne, was a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law who served in the U.S Naval Reserve in the position of ensign during the World War I years. Back in Chicago, Benjamin developed a passion for ward politics. In 1920′s America he served in local offices as a prosecutor. As a delegate to the 1932 Democratic National Convention - Kanne was part of the work that nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt as the party’s presidential candidate.
3. Religious belief: Wesley Clarke was named by his mother after Charles Wesley - the Methodist reformer of his mother’s faith. He chose to go to a Baptist Church growing up, and would later convert to his wife’s Catholic faith.
4. Education: In Little Rock, Clark graduated from Hall High School with a National Merit Scholarship as a member of the swim team. At 22, after entering the military at West Point, New York, he would go on to be a scholarship lad, a recipient of many, that aided his training. Some highlights of his educational trajectory are: he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where he completed a degree in the Magdalen College school of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. He would later earn a Masters of Arts degree in Military Science, with a thesis on gradualism (the belief that changes occur, or ought to occur, slowly in the form of gradual steps) of the Vietnam war. However, when at Oxford, at 24 a British cousin called him to tell him he was Jewish.
5. Military Career: 7 months into serving in Vietnam, Clark was wounded, being shot four times by a Viet Cong soldier with an AK47. While wounded he saw his son Wesley Jr, for the first time in hospital. He would later command a battalion of all wounded soldiers at Fort Knox, which he says, was the deciding factor that kept him in the military. Post Vietnam Clark served as a White House Fellow for James Thomas Lynn and John Marsh. He championed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. He served in Germany 1946 to 48. Supreme Allied Commander Alexander Haig, took a shine to Clark, where Wesley served for a time from 78 to 79. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. After Germany, Fort Carson Colorado was where he was based. It was a glitch in his military trajectory, but later at National War College, while studying again, he was promoted to full colonel in 1983. He returned to Washington DC where he would later develop the Battle Command Training Program. As a result, he was promoted to Brigadier General in 1989. He commanded the National Training Center in 1989, responsible for training for The Gulf War. At Fort Monroe in Virginia, Clark served in a planning postas the Deputy Chief of Staff for Concepts, Doctrine, and Developments at Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Clark’s concern with the “digitization of the battlefield” saw him adding technology with battle thought and practice. The idea earned him a promotion to Major General in 1992. His stint serving at Fort Hood, Texas during the ‘Waco siege’ years, saw Clark receive a lieutenant general promotion. Lieutenant Denis Reimer was someone, who many believe tried to block Clark’s progress. According to Clark’s book, General Robert Scales said that it was likely Clark’s reputation of intelligence within the military was responsible for feelings of resentment against him from other generals. Despite these woes he was still named to the United States Southern Command and in June 1996 he was promoted to full general. Apparently, Gen. John M. Shalikashvili signed the order. Clark maintains he was not the first choice, but the first officer chosen “hadn’t been accepted for some reason.”
More coming soon… this is my homework assignment today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.15.10~
Today was the biggest growth day on the blog in two months.
Thanks for the mad love everyone. Together, we’re making history.
God bless you all. Thank you.
Let’s rock this, together!
What I have learned at this point blogging, is that Maori-Kiwis really can live away from whanau (family) iwi (tribe) in the US full time, for 4 and a half years now.
I’ve learned that I love America, more than most people claim they do.
This is a great nation, diverse and beautiful and I feel very privileged and blessed to have been a small part of it, during some very interesting years. As most of you who read the blog are American, “thank you,” have faith in yourself, as many of us (your friends who are non-American) do. We believe in you!
No matter what the day may serve up, may a growing bond never change between you and your allied nations of friends. When you’re down, it us who, within reason, hold your arms up in shared victory. That’s what real friends are for. Kiwis (New Zealanders) are such real people. We don’t quit good people. The victory is not always monetary. A change for you all perhaps in these not always smooth, political years and growing pains. Instead, the victory we share together is a shared world for future generations, beyond temporary moments of instant gratification known as ‘our lifetime.’
On that note, here’s a group of lads, all of whom are perhaps much more noble than me –yet not one has my profile, even though they all should– whose ancestors all raised them to think of their grandchildren’s grandchildren. Here’s some more Maori entertainment from the priceless lads of K2 Maori Company.
Blogging in H-Wood, most days I feel like one of these bros. Not much different to any one them. I believe that not enough Maori men are seen or visible at high profile levels of leadership in the world. Yet the world needs what Maori men know culturally, at this point in world history. Especially in America, hence a motivating reason of why I blog.
Incidentally, most Kiwi kids grew up singing this song. I was about ten? I think, when I first learned it with my siblings, next door neighbors and friends. I still know all the words off by heart. When I was in Hawaii I heard some Hawaiian bros singing this hori jingle too, so it’s a bit of a global hit, worth sharing. Americans… you’re quite surprising people, to know this song. Thank you all for being a part of our diverse view, that includes Maori presence (taste preferences and observations) daily too in Hollywood and America. Mauri ‘Ola - life to you!
Golden couple of the day: Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
I was thinking how in New Zealand, we hardly devote any time, energy, spend to the production of our “national anthem” being sung. In America, the singing of the anthem — is a production. Watch this clip.
What: A walk down memory lane–how a national anthem should and can be sung.
Who: Patti Labelle sings the American Nation Anthem (with power and gusto) for Venus Williams at US Open final at the request of President Bill Clinton. Watch that HERE. Amazin,
Above version Nona Gaye sings a (mellow and chill version duet) of the Star Spangled Banner (the SSB) with her late dad, Marvin Gaye. Both cute versions.
As a Kiwi – living in the US – it’s weird how New Zealand and America’s national anthems – both have the words “ramparts” in them. In New Zealand – we are “freedom’s ramparts.” Check out Patti Labelle giving a clue, what the sound of freedom is. Her version deserve THREE stars from Hollywood, I reckon. Talk about blowing racism out of the American air! Patti Labelle is something else. An amazing performance and picture of an American-ness vibe in the clip, I want to be a part of as a Kiwi American-Maori.
[Image - Patti Labelle's star Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood California USA. Patti Labelle star sighting WoF, Saturday 6th November, on the way to the Chinese Grauman's Theater - to see Boy a film by Taika Cohen.]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.7.10~
KJ ROCK – ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY MARINES HAKA FOR U.S SECRETARY OF STATE, HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA – 11.3.10
Hilary Clinton’s in New Zealand, so here’s one from the NZ military troops to celebrate the U.S Secretary of States presence in NZ waters, that they protect and serve.
A thought: Milky Bar Kids in New Zealand rock aye?! Men in New Zealand are just brought up culturally aware and nuanced in diverse cultural lore as this video clip represents a picture of. A colorful and vibrant culture is New Zealand.
Here’s the Royal New Zealand Navy doing the haka of New Zealand (Maori warrior war dance) at the Devonport Royal Navel Base in Auckland, The Supercity. As mentioned on this blog before, the haka has been performed as an expression of masculinity and one’s inner spirit of a warrior, for over one thousand years within New Zealand shores. It’s just a part of how we roll as a rugby football playing nation.
The troops of the Kiwi King, John Key, Prime Minister.
Top Pic: New Talent: Kalani Jones
Pic Below: Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock of Hollywood, Ca.
Haka video source: Jordan Samuel Graham – my nephew.
[Image of Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Day, because I cant find the pics of when Chelsea Clinton visited Queenstown, New Zealand from back in the day, so this one will suffice, aye. Question: When will the Obama's pay NZ a visit? We have good fiscal leadership in NZ, well worth a trip down to learn and see the countryside too with the girls. A family vacation?]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.3.10~
Mogul on the rise, Justin Bieber 16, has added his nose and name to endorse a new line of scented ‘dog tags’ (those things soldiers wear as id).
Bieber tells Womens Wear Daily: “They actually brought me a bunch of stuff to smell today. One of them smelled too young, too fruity. One was really good…”
He sets homework. He only likes one so far. Love it.
Although his mogulness is being a bit thwarted by capitalist glitter opportunists - Justin’s real mogul monies is going to “Ka-Ching-Pow” when he endorses hair products.
Why doesn’t his management just cut to the chase for this kid – and say yes to all the hair product companies lined up and barking at this kid’s door. Sexying up the military? with kids merch marketing. That’s a big call to not put the scent in a bottle, but associate a Bieber fragrance with war for children. Regardless of how his Canadian image and talent is being used – this kid’s star is white hot. In mapping pop cultural trends worldwide, let’s roll with it.
[Music Pick - Baby - song of 2010 - Summertime Ball, Wembley Stadium 2010. This kid is huge.]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.25.10~
On the front page of The Washington Post, for Sunday, the GOP have raced ahead on fundraising, and, soldiers save lives, in Afghanistan is the story.
Here’s what the newspaper of the nation’s capitol, is drawing as hot topics from The Post website:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.16.10~
This just in via text: “d-child’s solider (t.i atlanta) 4 K2 maori co. Please.”
“Nga tane toa o Te Roopu a K2 Company – Arohanui tatou no Te Taone Nui o Nga Anahera. Ka kite tatou. Ka Tu Te Whare Ka Ora. Kia kaha roa mo ake.”
[Destiny Child's Hollywood Star, the Maori version from Hollywood today for K2 Maori Company and friends and family].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.16.10~
Maori soldiers have been super guys and heroes for centuries: A soldiers life, is a life, only another soldier and their friends and military families really knows.
Here’s K2 Maori company singing Hoki Mai and Pa Mai, two Maori classics, that were written for World War II Maori soldiers returning after defeating Hilter and Nazi Germany back in the day.
These two songs are still sung by every Maori school kid and horis the world over. We sing it, for the uncles, grandfathers we lost in celebration of what they gave the world as Maori men, who stood against racism.
There are only 300,000 Maori men in the world. They still choose to fight and put their lives on the line, to make a political point. This one going up, from West Hollywood, to the troops serving in Afghanistan. This is how Maori lads roll, in the NZ army anyways. They don’t hold a rugby football at home in front of internationally beamed cameras, but they’re our boys too.
They don’t imitate Lady Gaga like muppets- they all perform together, with group singing – harmony of the collective defines how they roll in the army, not individualism, which gets people killed at war. Cheers ears. :)
To Joe. Thanks for the request for “more Maori entertainment, plz. Like, K2 Maori company.”
You’re welcome, with special thanks to my K2 hori brothas, protecting Aotearoa/ NZ and the world. And still remembering to smile and sing too. ICU. Thanks for the request. Now world famous from West Hollywood too. Mauri Ora. Life to us!
[This performance recorded in Bosnia where Angelina Jolie is directing her very first movie, "Untitled War Love Story."
[Russell Crowe's Maori star, Hollywood walk of fame, The Te Ika-A-Maui version, for K2 Company today].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.16.10~
~”I wish I was a little less crazy, a little less out there… I wish I was a little more solid, a little more grounded”~Billy Ray Cyrus thinks humility and green.
Miley Cyrus‘ papa, Billy Ray Cyrus goes in to bat, for American’s teen Queen -after her bird imagery of her Can’t Be Tamed album, got covered in an oil slick of CNN TV coverage about endangered birds of the gulf oil crises (for reals).
Billy Ray is pictured here with band members of Brother Clyde patching up the family’s image. Nice job. Cyrus takes Iraq war lyrics and fuses them with a Florida green issue, overlay, with music video pics of current events.
His Iraq comment via the boot is this: “Lately (a single form the band’s self titled album) is coming out very soon,” Billy Ray reports. “It is a really powerful record about the sign of our times … I just got back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Seeing what is going on in our world, the song ‘Lately’ is going to speak to a lot of people. The music is going to translate.”
Musically, Billy Ray is all about experimenting (with country, grunge, rap and rock fusion) while fostering a group of up and coming, eclectic alternative india musicians with a slow down and feel good again message, for earth/ life sustainability too. Here’s the band’s new song, Lately.
Go fellah! Band members of Brother Clyde are: Jamie Miller (of theSTART and Snot), Dave Henning on base, rapper King Phaze, Dan Knight on gat, and Samantha Maloney (Courtney Love‘s Hole band). Any boy band with a girl drummer has gotta do okay.
Courage to Slow Down, love people’s lives not war acceleration without defined purpose, and take care of the earth. Wise country wisdom from Billy.
True fact: the first day, Susan K took me to Hollywood Blvd for gelato, Billy Ray walked past the gelato store, several times, doing a shoot on the Walk of Fame. Because of that, this is his plug. We had pistachio gelato. It was delicious fun. California does the best pistachio gelato. :)
Buy Billy Ray’s new single for 99 cents, right here. I love this pic–for branding purposes, you can never have enough symbols going on in the background. A symbol = audience’s meaning.
[Image of B.C courtesy of Country Music Love]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.31.2010~