So the sports moguls are getting paid for patriotic events at ballparks like the singing of "God Bless America," surprise homecomings and "Hometown Heroes" ceremonies? This tells us more about American fakery than we want to know.
I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the time, that an immigrant family had named their newborn "America" in hopes of not being deported.
Obama's speech is addressed to a nation with a dead imagination. Doing "something" about the Islamic State means dropping bombs on it. Bombing runs don't inconvenience a politician's constituents and always seem like stalwart action: a squirt of Raid on an infestation of bugs.
So what does this baseball and national ritual talk have to do with the current immigration debate in the United States? Concisely, I am intrigued that a New York born, Puerto Rican is told to go back to Mexico in response to his performance of God Bless America.
The next time you decide it's your place to denigrate an entire population, make faulty assumptions about people's backgrounds or assert your self-perceived supremacy, remember that you are exposing the emptiness of not just your thoughts, but of your human dignity.
Why can't a film simply exist without trying to change the world? There are plenty of different kinds of movies, and in the chaos of awards season some wonderful, little flicks are completely forgotten.
Here, in no particular order, are my favorite films of 2012. Some are great, some are guilty pleasures -- but all of them are films that gave me a jolt in some way, or reminded me why I love watching movies.
From Glenn Beck to TMZ to American Idol, no one is safe from Goldthwait's razor-edged wit, which is informed by his unhappiness at the kind of things that pass for news in the world of the 24-hour news cycle.