As retcons go…

In looking at Captain America: The First Avenger on IMDB, I cannot help noticing the sheer number of folks associated with “Hydra” (Hydra soldier, Hydra pilot, Hydra heavy artillery soldier) and the unsheer number of folks associated with that other political party that was popular during the 30’s in some European locations. I understand that…

2011 Time Capsule

Now is as good a time as any for us to make our predictions (otherwise known as projecting our hopes and dreams into the future) about what’s going to happen in November of 2012. Who is going to be at the top of the Republican ticket? Who’s going to be VP? Is Biden going to…

Clarification Given

For the last little while, a number of officials have been asking Obama’s Department of Justice to clarify its stance on Medical Marijuana. Yesterday (Wednesday), Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole released a memo explaining the Federal Government’s stance. You can read the memo here. (Short version: He’s indistinguishable from Bush.)

Video Games are Protected Speech

In a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled today that violent video games cannot be prevented from being sold/rented to minors. The two were Breyer and Thomas (together again) arguing that we already know that we cannot sell, ahem, “Gentlemen’s Magazines” to minors and that isn’t a violation of their First Amendment rights, therefore…

We, as a society

Last year, about this time, we were talking about Radley Balko’s report of a SWAT raid in Missouri. It was a horrifying video with children being endangered, pets being shot, and a small amount of marijuana being found. That was May 5th, 2010. It is now May 30th, 2011. Here is a post from Radley Balko in…

Blasphemy, Culture, and Reasonable Arguments

In 1988, Martin Scorsese directed The Last Temptation of Christ. This resulted in much controversy. Thomas Lindlof wrote a book called _Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars_ that does a very good job describing the various protests that followed the announcement, production, and release of this movie. In 1989,…

Lex Luthor Is My President

It looks like Superman is going to renounce his US citizenship in Action Comics #900. (I wonder if Clark Kent will keep his…) In any case, Superman is tired of having his actions seen as instruments of US Policy. Which is fair enough, I suppose. Personally, I am interested in seeing where the storyline goes or…