This weekend, the #1 movie in America was The Angry Birds Movie.
Based on the once-popular mobile game and brought to life by movie makers’ rapidly drying well of ideas, the film tells the simple story of birds who are angry at pigs for stealing their eggs, and slingshotting themselves across the land to stop the pigs.
That’s the story behind the game, anyway. The movie tells a much deeper, darker tale. Continue reading →
With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the political world has been in a frenzy.
Scalia was a conservative justice, and without him, the bench is evenly divided between four mostly liberal judges and four mostly conservative judges. The appointment of the next justice will have reverberations felt for a long time to come.
Naturally, this has caused violent arguments in Washington and beyond about what to do. Republicans in the Senate–who must provide consent on the presidential appointment, as laid out in the Constitution–have said they won’t even vote on any Obama nominee since it’s an election year.
Obama, for his part, has said “Come on, guys,” and “I’m sorry I did the same thing when I was in the Senate.”
Let’s see if we can work through some extreme scenarios to find the perfect compromise. Continue reading →
For some, when they figure out who they want to lead their country, they ask themselves which candidate seems more like a regular guy or gal, someone they could see themselves comfortably have a drink with.
Smarter people take the question further, and ask what one New Zealander asked of his prime minister: are you a regular guy, or a shape-shifting reptile bent on driving humanity toward enslavement?
Prime Minister John Key responded, saying he went to both a doctor and a veterinarian to make sure, and the answer came back that he was not.