June 10th, 2009

News

Spies, journalism, and Colbert

THE EARLY NEWS:
* Another reason Stephen Colbert rules: reminding us about, you know, Iraq.
* Welcome to America: if the journalism business fails, who will pay for journalism?
* "If the United States wants to listen to the world, maybe it should start by watching first."
* Backlash over Obama's flip-flop on "don't ask, don't tell."
* The economic benefits to legalizing gay marriage.
* New world order: Shanghai hosts a gay festival!
* Interesting: Iran's 'marriage crisis'
* Inside North Korea's prisons.
* "The case of Karl-Heinz Kurras has all the ingredients of a Cold War spy thriller."
* The Explainer, on why the color green so important in the Muslim world?
* "Just 10% of Twitter users generate more than 90% of the content."

Movies

In Theaters: Up

As previously noted, we hit the cinema this past weekend to watch Up. Pixar, one of the most dependable names around these days, hits another one out of the park, with an excellent and touching story married to excellent visuals and laugh-out-loud comedy. Check it out on the big screen, you won't regret it.

This was also the first of the new batch of 3-D movies that I'd seen, and I have to admit, the technology has improved dramatically. The colors weren't washed out at all, and I only got a slight headache from the glasses. And now that we know the Rockville theater does #-D well, and is Metro-accessible, we've got a new wealth of options for our movie-going treats.

New trailers:
* Shorts - Robert Rodriguez returns to kids fare, and it looks like fun. Maybe not overly deep, though.
* G-Force - Z. is all over this. She's been asking about guinea pigs for a while. Hopefully will at least be entertaining, as wise-cracking talking-animal movies go.
* Toy Story 3 - It's Pixar, so I'm up for it.

News

straightforward

"On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that, 'The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men,' a 'basic civil right.' ...My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the [state] judge said, that it was God's plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation's fears and prejudices have given way, and today's young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry."
-Mildred Loving, co-plaintiff, Loving vs. Virginia