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Our reluctant hero story of the day, and the politics of this. Here’s a quick snap shot.

Today I read a headline called “Obama Authorized Secret Support for Libyan Rebels” via The Huffington Post in New York.

In very secret order coded wording (that reads like a Hollywood movies scripting), The Post quotes Reuters writing, “President Barack Obama has signed a secret order [called a Presidential finding] authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday. [The findings] are used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency.

It’s only been an entire month, since it was noted that the Libyan Rebels were wearing distressed denim jeans, of a quality that is only made in Los Angeles. Of course, Obama was supporting these rebels! Truckloads of jeans left the USA of designer quality. The jeans were not made in China. Are the Huffington Post blind? Don’t know their jeans?

Libya is an oil and gold rich nation. “Findings” always occur around such nations. “Findings” (Presidentially signed or not) still do not excuse the USA from acting from a position of being fossil fuels addicted (using more oil, coal etc – then any nation should be disproportionately to other nations living more modestly), yet, often America gets involved in nations that are oil or minerals rich. That’s been the pattern of most military deployments of any kind from the US.

Reuters goes on to say, “The United States is part of a coalition, with NATO members and some Arab states, which is conducting air strikes on Libyan government forces under a U.N. mandate aimed at protecting civilians opposing Gaddafi.” That part is the good part. Many nations have committed to this part of the mission too. Now where do the ‘spoils’ of war’s ‘flow’ go to, and are the Libyan people managing these for their own peoples best interests. Raping people of their own resources with a democratic face of what they themselves are the stewards of, is not democracy. There needs to be strong evidence that Libya is about Libyans being emancipated for their own strategic interests. Otherwise, we did Libya little to no favors – and we certainly were not their friend.  Read the rest of this entry »



Doing a sketch, pop star Britney Spears wears protective googles to get her google rankings up this year, while turning on a show for Jimmy Kimmel, late night TV host.

In Spears’ humorous way, it’s this Kentucky girls way of saying Hola to her many fans in Japan from California where she now lives.

Love it. I wonder if protective goggles are selling out in California right now. Probably.

All Britney needs is a snorkel so she can go scuba diving on a vacation in the paradise Isles of Fiji about now. That would be fun. :)

In other news Spears has announced that she’s going on a national tour with Enrique Iglesias son of Julio. Smart touring combo.

Photo via Just Jared.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~



James Dean & Natalie Wood‘s classic movie roles in Rebel Without A Cause sort of make all of the rebels news around the world, seem like they are retelling a classic Hollywood story.

Okay, that was a very creative interpretation of a Hollywood flick’s movie artwork in light of current world events with rebels waving guns everywhere in the Middle East, and US Media going–”Yiihaaaa! You’re all cool, you big bad rebels holding guns you. Get those oil wells and keep wearing our jeans!!!” …. but it does make you think! Democracy with ethics is worth rebelling for. Democracy with ethics is about human rights.

Democracy narratives are always told the best in denim when looking at democracy from America. As a rule, denim is about the people. It’s about a people movement.

Human stories (like movies) are universal, who can’t relate? Revolutions bring us images too in our newspapers, online constantly. Each life we see, rebelling in a revolution … is a unique story and could be a movie too. We feel like we are rebelling with these people, when we see them rebel. We are convinced the world is getting better, because these people are moving forward, at great cost to rewrite their history with a democratic reason as the catalyst. Suddenly, they are no longer foreign, Middle Eastern people or North African ‘other’ (or the ‘diaspora’ to use a w*anky academic toff term). Suddenly, they are more like us. They are people who wear jeans and need human rights too.

This movie poster depicts a film about rebelling that made Woods and Dean the Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson sex symbols of their generation. Up until then, people were treated like children. This film gave teens and early twenty-somethings a voice. The film created a culture of self expression for Western youth. They had space. They could breath. They had democracy within democracy, yet the democracy was more their own.

Rebel Without a Cause was a film that ignited denim culture around the world too–and with that came the concept of The American Dream being associated via denim jeans advertising to ‘American lifestyle,’ particularly for the young. The film helped build L.A to be known as the Denim Jeans Capitol of the World. The most jeans are made here. L.A denim and Hollywood denim is California too. Everyone wants a piece of authentic Hollywood. Libyan rebels seem to want this more than most other nations. Jeans provide that feeling or allusion of US freedom for these people.

In the Middle East, the next generation are wrestling over directions of their nations. We see Libyan defectors and refugees fleeing Libya as far afield as Italy. Revolution, rebelling, taking control of nations’ destinies of a new generation is upon us. These people want to be in a democratic global picture. This is a movie if played in the deserts of Cairo, of Libya – of Northern Africa–would still speak to an audience of people today.

I know the images from the Middle East and Northern Africa, speak to us back, in the same way a movie does. Our hearts are moved with a human message of rebelling–for better things, for new direction, for control, for fairness, for equality.

[Poster Art as sighted in the Weideman Gallery]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.2.11.



The headlines accompanying this image of a Libyan rebel wearing distressed denim jeans, made only in Los Angeles, continues today. The campaign to make war, revolution sexy in Arab nations is big news as these Headlines from The Huffington Post reveal today. Here’s some:

Libya Rebels Rout Gaddafi Forces In Fierce Battle For Oil Port

No-Fly Zone ‘Unlikely’ Unless Massive Civilian Bombing

Facebook Video Shows Gun Battle.. Gaddafi Threatens Attacks On U.S. Fleet.. Rebels Call For U.N. Air Strikes.. ICC To Probe ‘Crimes Against Humanity’..
5 Ways To Help Libyan Refugees.. LIVE UPDATES

An image for discussion perhaps. Again, it’s all about the oil’s control… and with that thought… better human rights. Like I’ve said on this blog, Hollywood would be hard pressed to create war images like this in a big budget film. Very stylized war imagery via Libya today.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.2.11~



Leza Corban is a songstress who is a master at jazz singing. She can sing anything though. Click on above pic to hear Corban sing. Leza also has worked for many other recording artists, including The Strawpeople and Debbie Harwood. Here’s a classic Kiwi lounge tune called Scared of Flying. It’s what we listen to, in our down time with gorgeous beach and rural views on weekends.

In World news via the New York Times, a big budget Hollywood movie’s wardrobe department could not have found better distressed denim jeans (made in Los Angeles) to put on Libyan rebels, photographed here rather fashionably defying Qaddafi troops at Tripolis border in this pic with rockets and guns. If you’re going to die, you may as well look good, right? This photo is a bit odd, actually. Very fashionable rebel lads, I must say.

Of course, Colonel Kadafi’s latest appearance has again, for the fourth decade running now, managed to adjust global economies and push the price of oil up. How does he manage to do that by being a grumpy grandad, presented to Western Media to explain oil price hikes. Because he’s a ‘foreign face’ in the “West’ we just excuse it as ‘crazy Middle East behavior.’ We shouldn’t, when he’s acting for others. But that has been his gig for forty years now. Pretty much.

The US is further along in the big disappearing act in Afghanistan now with troops being withdrawn more and more – while the NY Post floats the rather naive journalistic concept of the USA picking “the winners of the Mid East’s new line up.” The cheek! It was always going to be the Monarch nations who were the winners. But they do make Presidents of nations look like puppets of Monarchy, in this trade off of wealth acquisition (oil hikes) for giving their people ‘democracy’ Western style. They cheapen the political world with these antics. Gotta love the front page of The Times today. It’s a little rich. Very ‘Wall Street’ is the tone of the article who are some of the most oil addicted/ dependent people in the world (like many of us as well), with how this news effects stock market bearings and outcomes.

In particular, this is the verbage penned by Helene Cooper on the matter of whose winning via the Mid East oil/ ‘revolution’ show – “As the Obama administration grapples with a cascade of uprisings in the Middle East, it has come to a stark recognition: the region’s monarchs are likely to survive; its presidents are more likely to fall.

Helene continues – “In the rapidly changing map that stretches from Morocco to Iran, two presidents have already tumbled: Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia. Administration officials said they believe that Yemen’s authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is in an increasingly tenuous position.

Yet in Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has so far managed to weather a surge of unrest, winning American support, even though his security forces were brutal in their crackdown of protesters. Officials believe that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is also unlikely to be dethroned, while the emirs of the Persian Gulf have so far escaped unrest. Even in Jordan, where serious protests erupted, King Abdullah II has maneuvered deftly to stay in power, though he still has to contend with a restive Palestinian population.”

Monarchs sit pretty and all the rest is distraction, pretty much.

The US however talks imposing ‘unilateral sanctions to deter Libya’ while the other oil family, The Bushes of Texas with good Saudi ties, cancels a scheduled public appearance because ‘appearing with Julian Assange of Wikileaks together at the same venue is the reason given for the cancelled speaking gig.’ Fair enough, but Aussie’s aren’t that scary. Or are they? A Saudi student in Texas is arraigned and arrested in a bomb plot at the exact same time. Bloggers apparently love talking about this. Why, I don’t know!

The people of Bahrain want more changes. Is their internet too slow? This is ridiculous! :)

And, The Discovery space shuttle heads into Orbit for the last time. Apparently. Here’s ten posts we’re sharing as pop culture in this moment, on the build up to Helena Ataya of Aotearoa New Zealand’s centenary celebrations, right here from the City of Angels. Enjoy.

1. The Ali Tin tote – don’t leave home for the office without it

2. Inspiring kids – Why we should sing

3. Vintage Oscars – Cary Grant & friends 1958

4. Natalie Portman for Christian Dior 2010

5. Observing the Egypt Crises – Switching out billionaire spokespeople

6. Born to be Somebody - Dianne Warren songwrites for baby Elvis

7. Helena Ataya turns 100 very soon

8. Leonardo DiCaprio on being stalked

9. Donald Trump does publicity for Jennifer Hudson

10. Don’t Call Me Fat - Bahamas tweeting with Miley Cyrus

Bonus PostRed Carpet Paparazzi – 30 Seconds to Mars R US

Texas was doing a lot today with Saudi, Wikileaks distancing and Space Shuttle launches. Wowsa!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.25.11~



I have a confession to make, I am perhaps the most compassionless sibling out of all the kids in my family. Most of my siblings live in Aotearoa-New Zealand. One lives in Australia.

Today I looked at this Billboard. It was way too sexy for Middle-America (joking) yet in Hollywood it strangely wasn’t. I look at these two models clinched in a sexy embrace. Her bunny teeth flanked by pumped up bee stung lips with his tattoo ink carving a Young Hollywood picture against blue California skies next to a palm tree.

This is the first billboard you’ll see when you leave my front door. Just a little bit sexy, no?

After photographing this picture of the Hollywood skyline, I get a coffee and enjoy the morning sun. I begin to think family and ‘family projects.’ I am thankful that I have such an amazing family I would love to do ‘family projects’ with.

They are sexy in different ways I think sitting opposite this billboard in warm, California winter’s sunlight, as I ponder my amazing siblings life messages to date. They cling onto things that are perhaps a little bit more important than image, like family, Read the rest of this entry »



If we can change the world with our own two hands, let’s make sure we give the world clean water. Especially kids without access. Levi’s jeans marketing poster art, snapped in Hollywood 5 minutes ago reminded me that we have a lot of work to do and undo in the world. Ten posts we’re sharing as culture right now from Hollywood on Horiwood.Com via social media are:

1. Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire wins over Mad Men – SAG Awards 2011

2. Spiritual Wisdom – Practical Spirituality – Chabad wisdom rocks!

3. Art – Man of Sorrows by Matthew Brooks

4. Egypt News via West Hollywood -1.31.11

5. America is becoming more bilingual – Census Results 2010

6. Vanity Fair needs the riot act read on their ‘diversity card’ – Hollywood issue

7. Ten news topics – Kiwi readers read as news @ 8.30PM – 2.1.11

8. Brad Pitt models for the global security industry – with our shared pop culture

9. Shakira ‘s ballet flow

10. Justin Bieber – Vanity Fair March 2011

A thought – every time we show kindness to others, we demonstrate our capacity to be ordinary folk whose spirits are super natural.

To read up on US media outlets news coverage, check these guys and girls out too: Brave New FilmsBuzzFeedPeek (Alternet)Political AnimalPolitical Capital (CNBC)Political WireRead the rest of this entry »



Hot denim, leather street chic fusion meets the woods of Davy Crockett with the return of the racoon tail belt accessory for your jeans, at the Venus clothing store on Melrose and Spaulding.

Let’s wurq Los Angeles. The story of a wild frontier continues via fashion motifs for Young America. This is America today.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.25.11~



Yes. This really is actor Mark Ruffalo getting his artist streak on for W Magazine. To see more of Mark and his peers who out-performed themselves this year photographed a little bit differently, go here for a peek.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.13.11~



Random Maori Fullas are two Maori bros who have a Facebook following. They’re very funny guns. Now progressing to merchandizing. I love their tee shirt.

They’re also doing Hollywood shout outs too. I love how the bros have never been to L.A but they know all about it. Lol! Maori are perceptive as a rule, so perhaps they already do. Who knows?!

This one’s for them on their first visit as a warm welcome. They can be found here on ! :)

If my knowledge of Hollywood serves me correctly, this view of the Hollywood sign is taken from below Beachwood Canyon. Definitely snapped on the tourist traps trail well blazed. Love the photo. Black cotton on denim. How could you go wrong? That’s the attire of over half of L.A running errands right there.

I am very excited there are Maori in the Hollywood Hood creating and sharing ‘Hollywood Maori’ culture with the world. Chaa!

Nau mai, Haere Mai ki Te Whenua o nga Toa Waha Nui… Right backatchu! :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.13.11~



Denim detail, humanitarian spray paint stencil on pavement, more denim – as snapped on Melrose in the denim capitol of the world. Buzzing today! Many twenty and thirty something Australians here shopping. Good to see. Let’s go Melrose Fashion District and Aussie!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.8.10~



Be a reservoir via Hollywood of life for kids. To put it bluntly, 2 million kids die each year because clean drinking water is what 1/6th of the world still need.

Let’s flow. Thanks people.

[This photograph: Ethiopia]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~

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When I last caught up with Chelsea Handler of the Chelsea Lately talk show, LA’s wittiestly potty-mouth blonde of late night talk shows, announced to the world that she was going to be MTV Music Awards host this year in LA.

Chelsea did this by rocking out to a Natasha Beddingfield concert (it’s a blonde thing) in Glendale, CA, with her beau Dave Salmoni close by.

Well today, Cheslea – who has a major phobia of animals that don’t look like domesticated dogs or cats, decided to put Dave in the ‘sometimes boyfriend’ department, which in Hollywood means, her star brand is greater than his right now. Poor Dave.

EOnline the home of Chelsea’s show says this about her decision: “Up until a couple weeks ago, I was working very intimately with the Animal Planet, but unfortunately, that contract was terminated,” she playfully revealed during her monologue. “However, I enjoyed being in bed with them and may hook up for an occasional project.”

Yep, it’s a jungle out there. But at least somebody’s able to see the forest for the trees.”

All the trees say Chelsea is funny. Period. Other than that, she has her scriptwriters writing the best dialogue for her on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in local Hollywood cafes, I’ve noticed of late. What a taskmaster! Is popularity in Hollywood a drug? :)

Let’s not forget that Chelsea got her job by sleeping with her boss, for five years, before we’re too quick to judge Dave. 

To watch Chelsea’s ego, announce the news herself, go here. A girl’s gotta do. 

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.2.10~

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Posted by horiwood on September 3, 2010 in Chelsea Handler, Denim


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When I met Miley Cyrus in Beverly Hills on Rodeo, we talked about impacting youth with a mix of talent and spirit. Her beauty in person, is like off the richter-scale wow!

[Image courtesy of Splash]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.31.10~

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Posted by horiwood on September 1, 2010 in Denim, Miley Cyrus


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Denim + Flat front khakis or NBC news anchor Brian Williams + Benjamin Button‘s Brad Pitt –rock out for an all star press focus in celebration of New Orleans rebuilding efforts today and recovery.

Nice one!

[Images courtesy of Fame Pictures & Splash]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.28.10~


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California today. Natasha Alam is red carpet ready in a tank top and some denim. Minimalist hotness. 

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. Celebrity Sauce~

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Posted by horiwood on August 27, 2010 in Denim


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The big news of the day in sports-related topics is that Tiger Woods and Elen Nordegren‘s divorce is now finalized. This allows both people, to begin a new start in parenting their children, while both being fair to each other’s romantic futures. In a very civilized statement via People Magazine, Tiger and Elen said this:

“We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future,” they said in a statement released by Nordegren’s Virginia-based law firm of McGuireWoods. “While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us.”

The statement adds: “Once we came to the decision that our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future well-being. The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern.” 

All the best for each person in this family’s better-futures. 

[Image courtesy of Safari Buddies]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.23.10~


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Denim. Black Tie. Glasses.

For the record, it was way too hot to be wearing a tie at LAX today. 

LA is the Denim Capitol of the World, so Efron represented. 

~Psted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.27.2010~

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Posted by horiwood on July 28, 2010 in Denim, Young Hollywood, Zac Efron


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So disco Oil Can’s, without the sneakers. Lol! L.A strut.

[Image courtesy of Splash]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.20.2010`

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Levis reminds us… that we are meant to Go Forth into All The World.

I live it… as shot on the Sunset Strip yesterday here in Hollywood.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.14.2010~

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