Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
China has been using these "fishing boats" on a regular basis in an attempt to enforce its claim to a number of island chains supposedly full of untapped oil and natural gas. Vietnam has responded by holding live fire navel maneuvers off its coast near the disputed region in an escalating show of force that is designed to highlight its view on the matter.
As various foreign affairs experts weigh in on the geo-politics of the dispute one particular comment, made by Mainland born academic Wang Hanling recently, has grabbed the headlines. In response to Vietnam's use of naval drills in the area he says,
"If the big brother bullies the younger brother it is not good and is something that should not happen, [but] if the younger brother challenges or bullies the older brother, it's just ridiculous."The United States needs to keep its eye on the ball. As a global player with no territorial claims in the area its role as peace broker is needed now more than ever. The smaller countries of the region are looking to America for leadership on the matter. The last thing they need is an America that is war weary, debt ridden, and withdrawn.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Lowe also has the uncanny "Forrest Gump" like quality of somehow connecting with every major person or event of the last 30 years. For example as a 14 year old "nobody" his step father's sister is doing some technical work on a "Cheesy western" Sci-fi type movie. She says it's stupid but if he wants to come down and watch some filming he can. He goes to the warehouse where they are shooting and he gradually reveals that this "cheesy-western" Sci-fi movie is in fact Star Wars. Whether he is meeting Liza Minelli, being chased on Halloween night by a baseball bat wielding Martin Sheen, or hanging out in history class with this funny kid sitting next to him named Robert Downey Jr., you are left thinking, "This guy has a lot of good stories to tell."
Lowe also seems to be aware of his audience. This is no trashy Hollywood movie star "tell all". He doesn't attempt to hide some of his bad choices but when addressed, are done tastefully in a manner that suggests that he has written this not just as a movie star, but as a husband and father.
Anyhow, I literally can't put the book down and recommend it highly to readers of Beyond the Pale. For someone who is fascinated with movies, story, and the creative process, I find myself enthralled with Lowe's tales. He's a guy whose been around a long time, has seen a lot, and finally has sat down and wrote about it. Ok, full disclosure. When I first saw St. Elmo's Fire in 1985, I came this close to getting an earring like his character Billy had in the film. Yep, it was the 80's and we did weird things.
In the end I find myself wishing I knew this guy personally just so I could hear some of these stories first hand over a nice meal and a cold beer. Guess I'll just have to settle for the book...