Mocha Mr. Clean's The Dirty Truth

September 11, 2008

9/11: Seven Years Later

Filed under: Current Events — mochamrclean @ 9:55 am

Let us mourn our lost loved ones, the innocents … let us honor them and keep them alive in our minds and hearts. Let us never forget that fateful day. But let us not be defined by that day.

~mmc

September 5, 2008

Triumph the Insult Dog Rules!!!

Filed under: Pop Culture — mochamrclean @ 9:08 pm

I love Triumph … seeing him at the Republican National Convention was priceless! No one – not even Greta Van Susteren and Newt Gingrich – escaped his wrath:

Like yours truly, Triumph tells The Dirty Truth!

~mmc

September 4, 2008

Obama, Beware of this Pitbull with Lipstick

Filed under: Current Events,Politics — mochamrclean @ 7:11 pm

37 million people – 37 million – saw the stirring address before the Republican National Convention given by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s GOP VP running mate. It’s amazing that this woman was unknown to most of the country a week ago. Now, she’s practically the new savior of the the Republican Party and perhaps the biggest threat to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Why is she such a threat? It’s simple: Last night she showed something that no other Republican or politician, period, had displayed in a while. Moxy, fearlessness. A set of balls.

Like her politics or not, Palin attacked Obama in a way no one – not even Democrats, or fellow Republicans – had been able to get away with. And she hit him hard on his most glaring weaknesses for all the world to see. She pretty much summed up the suspicion the middle of the country had about Obama by implying that he was an elite slickster who who comfort people to their faces but then talk badly about them behind their backs, several states away.

Palin then defended her own questionable resume and experience by poking at Obama’s own somewhat thin leadership experience:

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”

If you believe Palin, Obama is a vapid phony, willing to say anything in eloquent poetic lingo, to make his public swoon and get votes

“But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot … what, exactly will be our opponent’s plan?” she asked.

I’m scared for Obama … as mentioned last week, Palin is as conservative, anti-abortion, blue collar as they come.

Throw in the fact that she’s an attractive Supermom of five kids, she’s exactly the type of person the middle of the country loves. Obama, unfortunately, is exactly the type of person, the middle of the country views with suspicion. Could it be that two turning points in this presidential election came on both Aug. 29, 2008 and Sept. 3, 2008?

Stay tuned …

~mmc

September 3, 2008

The Supernatural

Filed under: Mixed Martial Arts — mochamrclean @ 12:08 am

Holy s#%t!

So, the feud between Randy Couture and the UFC is over and to celebrate, they’re going to feed him Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 in a Heavyweight Championship match. My first reaction is, “Wow!” Brock got one win over Heath Herring in the UFC, has three – count ’em, three – total mixed-martial arts bouts under his belt and he gets a shot the UFC Heavyweight Championship? Am I missing something here?

This matchup is about money and marquee value, folks. It really has nothing to do with the title, even though it has title implications. (The winner will face the winner of the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship – Frank Mir or Antonio Nogueira – in a title unification match.)

UFC must really want Brock to succeed. They see him as “The Next Big Thing” (yes, wrestling fans, that’s how WWE once referred to him) and could see him as the fresh new face of the company, able to carry the UFC to new heights, mostly – and ironically – due to his fame in sports-entertainment (or “acting” or “fake wrestling” as some critics within the MMA community have referred to WWE).

Brock is not an MMA fraud whose legend (or myth) was built on street fights and viral videos. He’s the real deal as an amateur wrestler and would eat Kimbo Slice’s lunch and then come back for dinner. But it’s clear that he’s still learning. Though he pounded Heath Herring, he should have really put him away. If Brock had been truly skilled in the Octagon-style ground game and submissions, he could have made “The Texas Crazy Horse” cry uncle.

Couture, on the other hand, is a legendary strategist whose conditioning is a blueprint for his many admirers. He could probably spot numerous holes in Brock’s game, exploit his inexperience in the mixed-martial arts world and take him to school.

But MMA is a crazy, unpredictable world where the unlikely is often likely. Couture wasn’t supposed to beat the bigger, younger, stronger Tim Sylvia for the UFC Heavyweight title at age 43. He did. He wasn’t supposed to beat Chuck Liddell; he knocked him out. So what if Liddell beat him in rematches? Couture wasn’t supposed to put “The Iceman” on ice to begin with.

On paper, Couture is not supposed to lose to Brock. Even though he’s now 45, he’s still much more experienced. But Brock is younger, incredibly powerful and driven. And he has wrestling skills. What if he improves just enough? What if he catches Couture just once with one of those 4XL gloves?

These are strange and interesting times in MMA. Let The Dirty Truth unfold …

~mmc

September 2, 2008

The Shield’s Final Act

Filed under: Pop Culture — mochamrclean @ 6:07 pm

For those of you who are fans of great TV, tonight’s return of FX’s The Shield for its seventh (and final season) brings a mixed bag of excitement and sadness. We’re happy that the show is back, but we know that tonight is its last season premiere.

Michael Chiklis’ Detective Vic Mackey is much more than the proverbial anti-hero. He’s really part hero-part villain who operates according to a flexible code that works only for him and most of the time, for those he holds most dear. Like most great actors who really take ownership over their characters, Chiklis is Mackey; you can’t see anybody else in that role.

Though Mackey has been The Shield’s heart and soul for six seasons, the gritty writing and nuanced characters have kept fans coming back for more and more. As Mackey has sunk deeper and deeper in the corruption, violence and crime that seems to pervade his station (and life), fans have wondered time and again, “Is this the end of Vic? Is this the time that he goes down, one way or another?”

Arguably, The Shield’s best season was its fifth, when Forest Whitaker had a recurring role as Lt. Jon Kavanaugh, who had an obsession with proving that Mackey was a dirty cop. Seeing these two foils together on the small screen was pure magic; Whitaker and Chiklis’ intensity keep you anchored in front of the TV.

But, as the old saying goes, “All good things must come to an end” – and the end starts tonight. At least Vic Mackey will still live on on SPIKE and DVD.

~mmc

September 1, 2008

Counting Down to the Return of Metallica

Filed under: Pop Culture — mochamrclean @ 5:33 pm

For those of us who wondered when/if they’d be back, Metallica returns Sept. 12 with the first studio album of new material in five years, Death Magnetic.

It’s hard to believe these guys have been around 26 years. Their early stuff up until 1991’s Metallica (aka The Black Album) are modern-day classics; everything after that is somewhat up for debate.

Some of their hardcore fans, who may be still grieving over the day the band members cut their hair, argue they haven’t really been any good since The Black Album. And let’s face it, their legal battle with Napster a few years ago and the documentary, Some Kind of Monster (which showed them at the rich, decadent worst) didn’t really help them.

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich with composer Michael Kamen and former bassist Jason Newsted

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich with composer Michael Kamen and former bassist Jason Newsted

But hey, the boys of Metallica may be older and approaching 50, but I think there’s a good chance that Death Magnetic will show they are far from washed-up. Until September 12, here’s a taste of classic Metallica for those who are feeling a tinge nostalgic – and perhaps a little old – like yours truly:

And here’s also a taste of of what they can do with a live orchestra, for those who still think they went, perhaps, permanently “soft” a long time ago:

I don’t know about you, but a band that can still rock and tear up a stage with a live orchestra (as in operatic orchestra) is pretty badass to me, even if their wealth has left them less hungry.

~mmc

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