April 27th, 2011

Movies

In Theaters: Hop

As noted, over spring break my parents took Z. and me to see Hop. I freely admit that going in I didn't have high hopes, but man, this was pretty unfulfilling. The trailer made it look like a movie about an evil baby chickie taking over Easter, but that was like fifteen minutes of the movie, if that. I wager that if they had advertised it as a Easter Bunny coming of age movie, paralleled with the coming of age movie of, uh, some slacker guy, no one would have wanted to see it. But here we are. It was amusing to hear Dr. House as the Easter Bunny, Sr., though.

New trailers:
* Zookeeper - Kevin James does Dr. Doolittle. Pass. (Z. does like talking animal movies, unfortunately.)
* Winnie the Pooh - Traditional animation, and it looks like they're working hard to stick to the source, which is a plus. Weird part: the song in the trailer is, you know, the song from my wedding dance. Heh.

News

The Y Report, the invisible primary, and the Obama MacGuffin

SOME NEWS:
* Great read: how the unheralded 'Y Report' lays out a new path for American power. (Courtesy sjo.)
* Why isn't this bigger news: "The U.S. State Department has broadened its travel warning for Mexico."
* Upheaval continues in Syria.
* Nice. New bill in Maryland would require companies to post election spending online.
* Thunder Horse: BAGnewsNotes with a picture of a lesson we should have learned.
* Michael Scherer on the Obama MacGuffin.
* Seeking greater transparency at the Fed.
* Barbour was the first cut from 'the invisible primary.'

Politics

hoo boy

"Brooks' argument boils down to the idea that if you are rich, it is probably because you earned the money by working harder and being smarter than most other people, and that this kind of merit doesn't deserve higher taxes; that in fact we should reward merit. He goes on to say the kind of redistribution us lefties support 'for the sake of fairness, it weakens free enterprise, lowers opportunity and impoverishes us in many ways.'

"It is an interesting, if very familiar (conservatives in America have been making it for about 230 years), argument, and it is important to discuss because it goes to the heart of what conservatives in this country believe. Brooks does a good job of including some nuance in his argument, acknowledging for example that luck might have something to do with becoming wealthy, and that government had some modest role to play in a modern society, but essentially, he is very open about what conservatives believe: if you are wealthy, it is almost always because you deserve to be; if you are poor or working class, that is probably what you deserve as well."