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This Tea Party science fiction movie trailer is better than both Atlas…

This fake trailer for a conservative science-fiction movie just premiered at CPAC, the big right-wing confab, and... it's a thing of true beauty. It contains more awesome scenes of socialist oppression, and a few heroic people fighting back, than both Atlas Shrugged movies. And the acting is truly epic as well,… » 3/15/13 3:20pm 3/15/13 3:20pm

The White House shows us how to recover from a geek gaffe

President Obama attracted a bit of geek ire (mostly in the form of good-natured ribbing) when he mixed his pop culture metaphors yesterday while discussing the automatic spending cuts. But the White House showed us how to recover gracefully from a geeky gaffe: by owning the mistake and using it to turn attention back… » 3/02/13 7:30am 3/02/13 7:30am

The Galactic Empire Responds to the White House's Response to the Death…

Four days ago, President Obama shot down the dreams of the American people and told them in no uncertain terms that he would not be building a Death Star, despite the online petition with a whole 25,000 signatures politely requesting him to do so. Now, the Galactic Empire has given their response to the White House's… » 1/15/13 12:20pm 1/15/13 12:20pm

"If It Hadn't Been for Those Kids": Red Dawn, Rebooted

All apocalyptic stories are about wish fulfillment to some extent. But Red Dawn, opening today, is the purest jolt of wish-fulfillment I've seen in ages, about the fall of America and the rise of some plucky kids who Suck It Up and Do What Must Be Done. This is an action movie so ridiculous, it barely qualifies as… » 11/21/12 12:00pm 11/21/12 12:00pm

Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Romney for president of the zombie apocalypse

With less than two weeks until the US presidential election, director Joss Whedon decides to toss in his two cents. But what starts as a Mitt Romney anti-endorsement quickly morphs into a parody of hyperbolic political ads. Which candidate will put us on the fastest path to the zombie apocalypse? And which candidate… » 10/28/12 4:15pm 10/28/12 4:15pm

9 Incredibly Nice Animals Who Ran for Public Office

Have you ever looked into a the soulful eyes of a dog or the steely, merciless peepers of a shark and thought, "I would follow you anywhere, if only you would lead." Sometimes, they've done just that. We're going to take a look at the best animals ever to hold, or run for, public office. Get ready to lay some… » 10/22/12 10:10am 10/22/12 10:10am

The 8 Weirdest Real-Life Science Fiction Political Ads

Elections tend to be a surreal time, what with motormouthed candidates perpetually promising a chicken in every underfunded classroom and gasoline pumps that shoot champagne instead of petrol. Here are eight times politicians channeled the realms of science fiction, horror, and fantasy for the express purpose of… » 10/15/12 10:50am 10/15/12 10:50am

The Black Fantastic: Highlights of Pre-World War II African and…

Africans, and those of African descent, have not been treated well by speculative fiction, both inside its texts and in real life. Anti-African racism is a fact of life in Western culture, and was even more pronounced before 1945. Not surprisingly, the number of works of speculative fiction written by black writers is… » 9/27/12 4:00pm 9/27/12 4:00pm

1980 Rocky Horror spoof cast Ronald Reagan as Dr. Frank-N-Furter

On a dark and stormy night, two liberal kids named Brad and Janet seek help at a mansion after their car breaks down. But they quickly discover that the occupants want to seduce them — to become conservatives. That's the premise behind the bizarre Rocky Horror spoof, The Ronnie Horror Picture Show. » 9/16/12 3:00pm 9/16/12 3:00pm

What would it take for America to be optimistic again?

This has been an unusually depressing election campaign, even by recent American standards. The overwhelming emotion among our political classes and pundits appears to be bitterness, laced with weary fake-outrage. There's been almost no attempt at even feigning optimism. No "Morning in America." Hardly any sign of… » 9/11/12 1:02pm 9/11/12 1:02pm