You're the driver of a pickup truck, trying to keep your load of illegal immigrants from flying out. Just a little light hearted humor, right? Not according to some immigration groups, who are blasting "Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration," calling it racist.
But the developer of the new App for iPhone and iPad says it's just a light hearted take on the frustration some of his friends felt about trying to immigrate to the U.S.
"We felt like this issue was kind of a bit taboo for games and popular media," said Developer Alex Schwartz. "So we wanted to build something . . . about this struggle that we could put into our work and our passion, which is making games."
Schwartz tells the Associated Press the message that developers want to send out through the game – it's so tough to legally emigrate to the U.S. that it's almost easier to smuggle yourself over the border despite the dangers.
Schwartz said it wasn't the developers' intent to offend immigrants and their advocates. In fact, he said developers went out of their way to make sure the game's characters weren't stereotypical. "For example, one of the immigrants is a nerdy looking guy with a pocket protector," Schwartz said.
But Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrants & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said the game is in poor taste and trivializes the seriousness of immigrants willing to risk their lives under a broken immigration system.
"Last year, 170 human beings died crossing the border," Millona said in statement. "It's disgraceful that anyone would try to make money out of this tragedy by making light of it in a game."
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Sometimes I'm just astonished at how stupidly Hollywood celebs behave. Case in point: Christina Aguilera.
There she was, ready to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. You could argue that she was performing in front of the largest audience that will ever see her perform.
And she blew it. Big time. She apparently was so into vocal riffing that she somehow actually forgot the words to the song. You've gotta ask yourself if she even made any effort to actually practice "The Star Spangled Banner." Maybe she just figured she already had it down.
She was wrong. Bonus humor: look at the faces of the people listening to her sing as Fox cuts away from the stadium. They know something's not right, but they can't collectively put their fingers on it.
It's amazing. Take a look at Super Bowl history.
I've been drawing editorial cartoons for local papers for over 30 years. In that time, most of the things I've drawn have been published. But, occasionally, a client paper won't pick up a cartoon. Editors are certainly entitled to do that. They get to shape their paper to fit what their audience wants.
When that happens, the only people who see it are me and some editor. It's frustrating. Imagine spending a couple of hours creating something that essentially gets thrown away. In the newspaper business, we say that a rejected cartoon or article got "spiked."
The Web changes all that. Now, whether an editor likes the cartoon or not, I'm free to publish it here, or wherever.
Recently, I've had a couple of cartoons get "spiked." After some consideration, (and with great glee) I've decided to share them with you here.
I created this cartoon early Monday morning and sent it out to my client papers. It's a piece about the murder of the correction officer, Jayme Biendl, at the Monroe prison. The Kitsap Sun ran it, bless their hearts. I don't think it showed up anywhere else. That's not altogether surprising. It's a very tough cartoon and most of them probably thought that it was in questionable taste. What do you think?
I can't begin to tell you why this next cartoon got rejected. It's accurate. It makes its point succinctly. And I think I nailed the caricature of the governor. Check it out:
I'm pretty sure the cartoon below hasn't been picked up. Again, it probably made most editors squeamish. I might point out that it exactly lists the conditions that the state puts on its aid to pregnant mothers that goes to county health agencies. Would you have run this?
I haven't seen this cartoon in any papers yet, either, although I wouldn't be surprised if someone ran it. It's relatively benign, making a gentle comment about a relatively controversial topic.
The King County Library System put in a new open-source computer system a few months ago. As you might expect, it was filled with bugs. They've worked out a lot of them, although you still can't pay your library fines using it. I suspect a number of editors will choose to run this cartoon.
For all the talk of what happens off the field at the Super Bowl, few have actually experienced what happens on it. Former Seahawk Robbie Tobeck is part of a very exclusive club...playing in not one but two Super Bowls (including the infamous Steelers screwing.)
He joined us on Northwest Nights to share his amazing experiences...and show us the ring very few ever get to wear...
Just don't get him started on fishing (although you can tune in Saturday's from 6-9a on 710 ESPN to find out why...)
It's the talk of the tech world. Verizon has begun taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4, breaking the AT&T stranglehold. For those that have been waiting, it's a god send. But is it really a must have? We went to the source to find out. CNET.com Senior Editor Kent German is one of the lucky few to take the Verizon version for a test drive. He gave us the pros and cons on Northwest Nights. Frank still prefers two cans with a string. But at least he doesn't pay for roaming...
Did the State of the Union put you to sleep? Well, wake up thanks to this brilliant auto-tune by the notorious Gregory Brothers from their "Songify-This" series. I also posted another one they did for John Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity from last year. Enjoy! - Producer Josh
The Sanity Song
He won't be playing on Superbowl Sunday, but Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck will be getting plenty of play...at over 300 churches across the country.
Hasselbeck is one of several NFL players starring in a new video airing on what's being called "National Porn Sunday." It's the brainchild of Nevada Pastor Craig Gross, who's XXXchurch.com is behind the effort. He says the goal for the event is to get churches talking about the "elephant in the pew" and get people help that are struggling with porn and sex addiction.
Here's an interesting article on the campaign:
Hasselbeck says he's never been addicted to porn but thought it was a good idea. The video also features former Seahawk John Kitna. Here's a trailer:
He won't be playing on Super Bowl Sunday, but the Seahawks Matt Hasselbeck will be getting lots of play. He's one of the NFL players starring in a video airing at over 300 churches nationwide aimed at getting people to talk about pornography.
It's the brainchild of a Nevada pastor who counts former Seahawk John Kitna and Hasselbeck among his friends. Craig Gross calls it the "elephant in the pew", and hopes a conversation about porn addiction will help men "run away from their sexual sins"
Here's an interesting article on the effort:
Hasselbeck, by the way, says he himself has never had a porn addiction.
Here's a trailer for Sunday's event:
Today, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson delivered a blow to Obamacare. He ruled that the entire health care overhaul law is unconstitutional.
Vinson said Congress exceeded its authority by requiring nearly all Americans to buy health insurance. In fact, the jurist ruled that lawmakers lack the power to penalize you or me for not doing something. He actually compared the "individual mandate" to requiring people to eat healthy food.
Here's part of what he wrote: "Congress could require that people buy and consume broccoli at regular intervals, not only because the required purchases will positively impact interstate commerce, but also because people who eat healthier tend to be healthier and are thus more productive and put less of a strain on the health care system."
Exactly. This is the kind of stuff I'm railing about when I talk about an oversized, intrusive government weaseling its way into every corner of our lives.
I reject the simple idea that the government has the right to force you or me into buying something; the fact that they'll penalize us if we don't do it makes it even more onerous.
Judge Vinson also talked about the Founding Fathers: "It is difficult to imagine a nation, which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America, would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place."
Predictably, those who support Obamacare started trotting out the boogeyman to attack the judge's decision.
Governor Gregoire didn't reject Vinson's logic. She simply claimed that all kinds of bad stuff would happen if Obamacare is overturned:
"This means that nearly 900,000 seniors in Washington who have Medicare coverage will be forced to pay more for regular check-ups and important preventive services, like mammograms and colonoscopies.
Attorney General Rob McKenna disagrees. In his role, he had Washington state join the state of Florida lawsuit, along with 25 others. McKenna joined us on Northwest Nights tonight. Listen to what he had to say.
tonight on Northwest Nights