Orson Scott Card Wants Your Tolerance… Or Your Money

posterA long time ago, Orson Scott Card wrote the novel Ender’s Game, and a lot of people really loved it. More recently, a movie adaptation of that book was mounted, and lots of people really loved that idea. Then it came out that Card was against same-sex marriage and opposed to lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights in general — and lot of people definitely did not love that.

Some people did not love it so much that they have called for a boycott of the Ender’s Game movie, noting that Card’s intolerant actions have included joining the board of the National Organization for Marriage, fighting and opposing gay adoption and a safe-schools initiative.

A group called Geeks OUT has launched “Skip Ender’s Game,” a movement asking fans to do exactly that, with the idea of denying Card any further royalties from the property. A series of SEG events are scheduled in New York, Orlando, Seattle and other cities, timed to the movie’s Nov. 1 release.
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Jim Carrey ‘Cannot Support’ the Violence of ‘Kick-Ass 2’

carreyThis past weekend, Jim Carrey announced that he cannot “support” Kick-Ass 2, the comic book movie in which he plays a major role as Col. Stars and Stripes, because of the level of violence in the flick. (See the NSFW R-rated red-band trailer here.)

This change of heart came about following the Sandy Hook massacre, according to Carrey, who Tweeted:

I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.

I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.

Now, Carrey is totally within his rights to change his mind about how he feels about a job, and his position as a Hollywood gun-control advocate is fairly well-known.

However, I hope he realizes that Kick-Ass 2 is a work of fiction that has nothing whatsoever to do with the real world. I also wonder if he’s putting his money where his newfound enlightenment is and donating his entire salary from the project he “cannot support” to a Sandy Hook victims fund or anti-gun violence group?

I would respect that a heckuva lot more than his refusal to promote the film.

The Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

The only verified photograph of Lincoln at Gettysburg. He is in the center of the frame, without a hat, to the left of the bearded man in the tall hat.

Today, back in 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Penn. The speech was delivered almost five months after the Union defeated the Confederates on that bloody battlefield.

In the aftermath of the bitterest, most contentious and venomous presidential election in the history of our nation, I think it’s worth taking the time to reread it:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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It’s Finally All Over (But the Crying)

Election Day 2012 has come and gone, and Barack Obama was elected to a second term as President of the United States of America by a surprisingly comfortable margin. My guy – Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party – didn’t come close to winning, but if somebody else had to win, I’m glad it was Mr. Obama.

I’m glad that enough people saw through Gov. Mitt Romney’s surprisingly flimsy web of distortions, fabrications, sleight of hand, pandering and outright lies to keep the vulture capitalist – remember when Republicans Newt Gingrich, Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rick Santorum all called Romney that name as well as a corporate raider and accused him of gutting companies, laying off people and leaving towns financially devastated empty husks? – out of the Oval Office.
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At Last, the Election is in the Hands of the People

It’s Election Day, so I encourage everyone to go out and do your duty as an adult American: Vote!

If you are not in a swing or a battleground state, I urge you to make your vote truly count by casting your ballot for the Libertarian candidate for president of the United States, Gary Johnson.  If the Libertarians can scrounge up just 5 percent of the popular vote, the true, stable third party that so many people dream about will be a reality for the 2016 election cycle.

But for now, let’s stick with 2012. To me, the decision about who to support was fairly straight-forward once I thought about it. I kept wondering why – if the incumbent, President Barack Obama, were really so incompetent and really so bad – did the Mitt Romney-led Republicans feel the need to construct a fantasy Obama stuffed full of imaginary faults and run against that guy?
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Make Sure To Vote – for a Third Party!

It’s the day before Election Day here in the United States of America, and I think all bloggers are legally required to write something about the presidential race, so consider this me fulfilling my obligation to the blogosphere: Vote! No matter whom you favor, make sure to get out there and make your voice heard.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the meat of what I have to say: Do not vote for Republican Mitt Romney or the Democratic  incumbent, President Barack Obama, tomorrow. Vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president.

Look, unless you live in one of the swing states, your vote is pretty much meaningless. I live in a solid blue state, so voting for Romney would be an exercise in futility, and voting for Obama would just be piling on. The situation is parallel in deep red states. The only way guaranteed to make your 2012 vote truly count for something is to cast your ballot for a third party. And if you do that, you literally will be voting for the future of the United States: 2016.

If Gary Johnson can gather just 5 percent of the popular vote, a strong, stable third party will party will be born, because the Libertarian Party will be eligible for matching funds from Federal Election Commission in the 2016 election cycle. That means we the people will not be forced to pick the lesser of two evils, or choose the dirtbag who offends us the least. The dominance of the two-party system will be broken.

End the tyranny of the two-party system by voting for a third!!

Rush Rushes In, Where Sanity Fears to Tread

If it weren’t so pathetic it would be comical, the way Rush Limbaugh has been contorting himself to appear as if he were apologizing to a private citizen for calling her a “slut” while subtly reinforcing his point and piling on more cheap shots. But what else would anyone expect, since apologies are anathema to conservatives, because they carry with them a change of stance, and everybody knows that would make him a “flip-flopper,” which, to Republicans, is even more vile than being an atheist.
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Newt Slithers to the Lead in S.C.

Today, Republicans in South Carolina go to the polls to vote for a GOP candidate to run for president in the fall. In a stunning reversal of fortunes, former front-runner Mitt Romney finds himself trailing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who is favored to win in the conservative-leaning state despite revelations from one of his former wives, Marianne, that Newt cheated on her in her own house and asked for an “open marriage” in which he didn’t have to hide his relationship with mistress (now current wife) Callista. Marianne suggested that Newt doesn’t take his marriage vows very seriously.

Since his own behavior is clearly indefensible, Newt did the only thing he could: He shot the messenger. Employing the GOP’s favorite trope, Newt blamed “the media” for bringing Marianne’s statements to light. At the beginning of Thursday night’s debate, he launched into a tirade at CNN moderator John King for daring to bring up Newt’s own marital history.
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SOPA/PIPA Taken Off the Table – For Now

In an extraordinary change of heart today, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has changed his mind about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) – and the forces allied against it – and pulled his bill from consideration by the House Judiciary Committee indefinitely. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has canceled the Jan. 24 Senate vote on its version of the legislation, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

I applaud these reasoned actions, because now the conversation can shift to where it should be focused: on how to protect intellectual property intelligently. Nobody wants content to be pirated. As a creator of content myself, I most definitely want to be paid for my work. But there are better ways to do it than wiping out the Internet. After all, printing presses weren’t outlawed to stop libel. This is clearly a victory for those looking to preserve free speech and innovation on the Internet. However, the fight is far from over – for both sides. But without the threat of a flawed “fix” being rushed into law, all sides can work together to stop criminals.
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Another One Bites the Dust…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination bid today, making him the third of the four GOP candidates to quit after proclaiming that God had told them to run. Perry joins the unhappy pool that already includes Rep. Michelle Bachman of Minnesota and motivational speaker/former pizza pitchman Herman Cain. Only Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is still in the running as this is written.

Apparently, when it comes to politics, God is quite the prankster, eh? He’s so good at it he should be on MTV’s PUNK’D. Perhaps there was small print in God’s orders; something like, “I want you to run, but I’m not promising you’ll win.” Or maybe God just assumed that all these “religious” candidates had read the Bible and remembered the Gospel According to Matthew: “Many are called, but few are chosen.”
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