We have so many things to be thankful for this week, it's hard to pick one, but there are certainly similarities in all of them.
Let's start with the way our country works. In all cases, we are dealing directly with the laws of the land;
We have a Supreme Court, the nation's highest court of judges, that vote the same way on everything they do. Will Antonin Scalia ever vote in favor of my new Gays For Marijuana Law? No. He won't. Is that the way a judge in our highest court should work? Even if it is totally Constitutional?
At the same time, will Ruth Bader Ginsburg ever vote in favor of my new Send All The Blacks and Jews To Work On Oil Rigs amendment? No.
So how can we begin to grow as a nation if our HIGHEST COURT is stagnant in their OWN opinions?
Wait a second, how does the law even work in the goddammed first place?
I heard that some lady in Texas didn't want a law to pass, so she just stood there yapping her fat mouth for 13 hours.
You can do that? You are telling me that in the most advanced country on Earth, you can literally just keep talking, and when the clock strikes midnight, a bill is dead in the water?
That can't be true.
Now listen, I am all for abortion clinics being everywhere. She was protecting nearly 30 abortion clinics all through Texas. I think everyone should have abortions all they want, and there should be some mandatory abortions all throughout Texas but doesn't this law seem a little bizarre?
First of all, how can the salaried people that we elect just call it quits on a bill they have spent months making because the clock strikes midnight? Can you imagine if you did that at your job?
"Hey Spencer, are you finished with the Henderson Account?"
"Oh man, I was working on it, and I realize it was due today, but unfortunately my wife started talking at me about abortions or some shit, the clock struck 12am, so...no."
I don't know about you, but if Spencer worked for me, I would be pissed. Spencer, you can forget all about that $5 Starbucks Gift Card you thought you were gonna get.
Do our elected lawmakers give each other Starbucks Gift Cards?
But this all raises a much bigger point for those of us with no law degree and no understanding of the nuance of our insane political system...
None of us know what is actually happening.
How could we?
There is too much to know! Most of our elected officers don't know what's going on either!
Get ready for a fact:
38% of our elected officials have law degrees. The rest were carpenters, doctors, rich kids, actors, magicians, and candy makers. That's not even 40%. But almost 50% of both the House and the Senate are just career politicians. There is also a ski instructor, a female cosmetics saleswoman, a prison guard, a mountain guide and a casino dealer.
So, if we don't know what's happening, and THEY don't know what's happening, what are the real laws?
Well, in World War Z, we learn the greatest laws of all:
1. Don't Die
2. Find Water
3. Kill Everyone Who Fucks With Your Family
4. No One Is Going To Help You When The Shit Goes Down
5. Brad Pitt Is The Hottest Dude Ever
You cannot change these laws. They are from God.
World War Z is a movie based on a book by Max Brooks. It is sort of a Studs Terkel style "oral history" of how people survived the great zombie invasion and where we are socio-politically afterwards.
It gives us some lessons about what is truly important, including family, farmland, communication with others and not blindly letting a huge corporate government basically imprison us all and stop giving us information.
The movie makes none of these points, but is still super good. It is fast and the action is great. A lot of people are turned off of zombie style things because of the gore, and I can understand why. I don't need to see 10,000 people get beheaded in 90 minutes either, but because WWZ was such a huge budget flick, the corporation that made it won't allow for that sort of thing anyway, so we all win.
We can introduce our children to horrible nightmares of everyone they love turning into mindless eating machines and we can stare at Brad Pitt at the same time.
Holy god, have you seen the lady playing his wife?
Brad Pitt with Mirielle Enos
They look like if you put a can of cat food next to a Porterhouse.
Do they honestly think that we will believe that these 2 people would be married? Frankly, in WWZ, his handsomeness is the only downfall of the picture. It is seriously distracting. This part would be perfect for a Mark Ruffalo type or a John Goodman.
I am done convincing you to go see a $200 million budget movie.
BUT, if you are like me and are sick of Scalia and John Roberts swappin' deals for Popeye's Chicken then now is the time to act. Or next year, or maybe you can just wait to the Zombie Apocalypse comes.
Just hold on to those assault rifles and stay away from the WalMart.
Wendy Davis A-
World War Z A+
-Anderson Lawfer, Eric Roach