How do you all think the rerelease of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3D is going to go over? The thing screams “creative disaster” to me, since the more popular/respected 3D films have been ones made with that idea from the outset, while the ones I’ve seen (Last Airbender, the third Narnia movie) were obviously 2D films with only a slight bit of a third dimension at all (also, they sucked). Which makes it seem unlikely that the 3D would be worth it in this case, but it’s also that this movie has become sort of a punchline for years now, and it’s kind of strange to billboards up there in a world where Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Red Letter Media, etc., have spent the past fifteen years turning the movie into a mockery. The entire thing is surreal to me, and I can’t imagine who would want this.

On the other hand, Star Wars fans have perfected the art of grumbling about Lucas’s self-indulgent, moneygrubbling rereleases and just going to purchase them anyway. It’s been happening for as long as I remember. Say what you like about Star Trek fans, but we generally just didn’t buy when they were presenting us with junk like Voyager and Nemesis, and managed to force the powers that be to actually give us something decent. I don’t know that Star Wars fans ever did that. So I wouldn’t bet on the movie being a flop, especially since it’s going to be really cheap as the filming is all done already.

Still, I tend to think that Lucas missed a trick here. It would have been a smarter business move to release the original three movies first in 3D, go with a straight nostalgia pitch, then do the prequels for those who have interest in them. The way Lucas is doing it seems sure to make the project as a whole much less commercially successful by reminding people how lame the payoff was to all that anticipation over the prequels, dampening interest in seeing the “classics” ruined. Lucas no doubt sees things differently, and if I had to guess, this venture is probably partly to keep up his insane rivalry with James Cameron (who is releasing Titanic in 3D, of course), but more as a way of getting people to appreciate the prequels more by making them even more visually flashy. Way to learn the right lesson there, George.

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I think that one of the first personality traits to get killed off once you go into politics is the capability to maintain perspective. I remember being amazed during the Clinton years at how much anger, ink, hatred and venom got directed at “WELFARE!!11!!!”, considering how relatively small “welfare” spending really is.

Well, history loves to repeat itself.

The latest social welfare program that conservatives are using to drop easily understood racist dog whistles to their mentally ambulatory brownshirts is food stamps – the federally funded program to enable black people to gorge themselves on fried chicken and orange drink provide the barest minimum of nutrition to poor people in their time of need.

How much does this lavish government largesse cost us?

A program that provides only, on average, $133 per month [!!] to families barely getting by?

A program where half of the recipients are children?

Answer:  Less than 2% of our entire federal budget:


So let’s all try to keep a little perspective.

Just imagine what we could achieve if people like Newt Gingrich directed their energies toward improving the nutritional health of our children instead of demonizing their lazy, shiftless, handout-taking parents…

I know, I laughed just then too.

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Here’s Grandpa Fustypants on rape and abortion:

“If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen.”

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Tis a hot song for your cold weekend:

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I just saw this on the streets of Chicago:

I pray to jeebus they sell sweet, delicious rickrolls!

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Somehow this seems like a fitting capper for the week to me:

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Unhinged vagina-shackler on Komen’s volte face:

Cancer is Cancer! Aboration is Aboration!

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Say what you will about Republicans but you have to hand it to them for perfecting the art of up-is-downism.

Take the latest kerfuffle over the Komen Foundation’s yanking of support for Planned Parenthood.

First you bring in a new VP dead-set on defunding Planned Parenthood and craft a new policy with the specific intent of having it only apply to Planned Parenthood:

[T]hree sources with direct knowledge of the Komen decision-making process told me that the rule was adopted in order to create an excuse to cut off Planned Parenthood. (Komen gives out grants to roughly 2,000 organizations, and the new “no-investigations” rule applies to only one so far.) The decision to create a rule that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to these sources, was driven by the organization’s new senior vice president for public policy, Karen Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia who is staunchly anti-abortion and who has said that since she is “pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.” (The Komen grants to Planned Parenthood did not pay for abortion or contraception services, only cancer detection, according to all parties involved.)

Then, once you’ve executed your plan to drop Planned Parenthood funding for political reasons and cause a holy shitstorm by doing it, you run to your Facebook page, clutch your pearls and accuse your critics of politicizing the issue:

Grant making decisions are not about politics–our priority is and always will be the women we serve. Making this issue political or leveraging it for fundraising purposes would be a disservice to women.

It’s the same old tapdance they do when it comes to Republicans saying racist shit:

  1. Republican says some racist shit.
  2. People who don’t like racist shit call the Republican out on saying racist shit.
  3. Said Republican clutches pearls and decries the mean people who are playing the race card against him.

So it is and so it shall ever be.

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