Mocha Mr. Clean's The Dirty Truth

March 3, 2010

Fighting the Power … Old School Style

Filed under: Pop Culture — mochamrclean @ 7:21 am

If you’re in an old school (’90s style) frame of mind, here’s today’s offering:

Or if you’re not exactly the Public Enemy-type, you may prefer this forgotten group (there were only, like, 100 members):

No matter what color, creed or jam you prefer – no matter what challenge you face today –  fight the powers that be … even if that means killing them with a



February 28, 2010

But Sometimes Love Isn’t Enough …

Filed under: Uncategorized — mochamrclean @ 6:43 pm

A few days ago, you learned about Rachel and Jacob and their inspiring story about love, devotion, selflessness and organ transplant. I wrote about  “love being hard work” but “when it’s right, it’s not that hard.”

To some, that may have been an oversimplification of matters of the heart – and they are right. Love is nuanced, often complicated. Sometimes it can feel right, but not really be right. But most of all, it takes two folks – it can’t be one-sided. Those relationships almost always involve a certain amount of denial, fear and ultimately disaster.

And sometimes, if you love someone, you have to know when to say goodbye. You have to stop being in denial of what’s in front of you. You have to come to terms with – and accept – the fact that no matter how hard you’ve tried, no matter how hard your special person has tried, no matter how good it once seemed to be, your relationship is not going to work. Sometimes you have to accept the fact that no matter how devoted you are to someone, he or she may not share that same commitment. There’s a big part of you that will always feel unfulfilled – and unrequited.

Mocha Mr. Clean has never really been afraid to walk the lonely road. (Let’s face it: Some folks really can’t stand being alone.) But anyone who tells you they actually like being alone … well, they’re just not being upfront with The Dirty Truth.



Because I feel like it … and it’s an underrated Springsteen song:

February 24, 2010

Grown-up Talk vs. Kids’ Play

Filed under: Current Events,Politics — mochamrclean @ 10:11 pm

If you want an illustration of the difference between children and adults, here’s one.

This is what children do:

This is what adults do:

Now, does President Obama tend to rely too much on the teleprompter. Perhaps. But Sarah Palin sure made a strong case a few weeks ago in favor the teleprompter.

Could you imagine what all the right-wing blogs and Fox News Channel would have been saying if Obama had scribbled notes on his hand? I mean, we’d be hearing jokes about a childish, socialist, communist, weak-on-terror, wussy president for 8 years – even if Obama turned out to be a one-termer.

But when Sarah does it, those righties say that proves she’s “down to earth.” “Folksy.” “Can adjust on the fly.” “Resourceful.” Yeah, okay. You go ahead and keep telling yourself that.

C’mon, at least Sarah could have used index cards. (Check STAPLES – they still make them. Honest.) To think, a part of me once thought she was a viable threat to Obama. Still, Sarah’s folks love her and will say and accept almost anything, as long as it’s not pro-Obama – and that’s perhaps one of the things that should keep our president up at nights.

Is all this petty? Yes, it is. Unfortunately, that’s what politics is all about these days and all sides are guilty of it. And until both sides stop washing their hands of responsibility, our country is going to continue to be in the mess it’s mired in – and that’s The Dirty Truth.


February 23, 2010

You’re All I Need to Get By

Filed under: Uncategorized — mochamrclean @ 10:42 pm

Rachel and Jacob are two friends of mine and you don’t see too many couples like them these days. (And in the interest of full disclosure, I am not using real names here.)

Rachel and Jacob, both in their late thirties, have been married for 15 years, but they have been together since high school. They were high school sweethearts and they have seen each other through love at first sight, proms, graduations, marriage, medical school and two beautiful boys. Both of them are doctors – you could say they’re like a real-life version of the Huxtables, only with a Latin flavor. The greatest thing about these two folks is that not only are they successful, but they’re quality people – they have seen each other through the thickest and the thinnest.

Right now, they are going through a thin phase. Jacob needed a new kidney. Who was the donor? The love of his life, Rachel. Time will tell whether Jacob’s body accepts Rachel’s kidney, but the love between these two – the commitment, selflessness – is overwhelming inspiring and amazing.

So often these days, you hear about folks not being able to make it work – not being able to stay together. Divorce has seemingly been the norm for a long, long time – it’s nice to see youngish folks who love each other that much and are that committed to each other. (These days, most long-term couples are folks who keep their teeth in a clear glass and well into their retirement.)

Love is hard work, but when it’s right, it’s not that hard. It can be both the kind of fever that fuels a passionate kiss or renders us sick with heartbreak. It can fit like a glove, protect us, make us feel warm, snug, taken care of  .. fulfilled. And when it’s right, the love with that special person is all you will need to get by.

Here’s to Rachel and Jacob and hopefully a speedy recovery to them both. They’re two of the finest people I know … and that’s The Dirty Truth.


Reintroducing … ‘The Dirty Truth’

Filed under: Uncategorized — mochamrclean @ 10:02 pm

Greetings True Believers, dreamers, skeptics, romantics and everyone in between and welcome to Mocha Mr. Clean’s The Dirty Truth. I’m the MMC himself.

It’s been a long time since we last met – more than 18 months. I got struck by a very long case of writer’s block. And with writer’s block came a lack of energy and inspiration – a lethal combo for any writer.

But now, I’m back and feeling the hunger again. The beautiful thing about The Dirty Truth is that it will not be about just one thing. One day, you can see musings on politics (Isn’t everybody a pundit these days?); the next you’ll see commentary on pro wrestling and comic books; another day you’ll see the world as I, the MMC, may see it. I don’t promise that you’ll like or agree with everything that is written here. I don’t promise to be witty and entertaining all the time. But I do thank you if you take the time to read.

So sit back, relax and get ready … it’s time for the return of 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.


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!


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 …


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 …


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.


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