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Today in the Annals of Liberal Race Obsession

Featured image Along with Darkest Hour, the forthcoming Churchill movie we noted here the other day, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk opens tomorrow. From the trailers it looks to be extremely impressive, which is what you’d expect from Nolan, and most early reviews are glowing. There is, however, this passage in the USA Today review yesterday by Brian Truitt: The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, »

Today in the Annals of the Loser Left

Featured image I thought Wonder Woman was overrated, chiefly because I have very little enthusiasm for the whole comic book superhero film adaptations, which all seem unmemorable in as little as 30 minutes after leaving the theater. And they all have the same climax: the hero is losing to the villain, until some magical point when the hero summons up a reserve of hidden strength, or discovers a new dimension of power, »

After last night

Featured image Republican Karen Handel handily handled Democratic manchild Jon Ossoff in the special election to fill Georgia’s Sixth District congressional seat last night. The race was expected to be a cliffhanger. We were told that we wouldn’t know the outcome until the early morning hours today. By 10:00 p.m., however, it was clear that Handel would prevail. With 100 percent of the votes tabulated, Handel won by about four points or »

Adam West, RIP

Featured image If you’re the right age—which means my age—then the first TV Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward was the highlight of the TV week back when there were only the three networks. West was typecast by that iconic role even more than William Shatner was typecast by Captain Kirk, and West could never escape it. In later years West embraced his campiness and typecast image (see his apparently »

Wonder Woman and Wonderless Wymyn

Featured image I’m sure you’ve all heard the answer to the question, “How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: “That’s not funny!” The accuracy of this old one is amply confirmed by the reaction so many feminists and other leftists are having to Wonder Woman. I’ve leave aside for the moment the vile leftist complaints about the film’s star, Gal Gadot, because she is Israeli and also »

A Lesson in Punching Back

Featured image We’re three weeks away from the Georgia special election to fill the open House seat of Tom Price, who moved up to be secretary of Health and Human Liabilities. By all accounts it is a very tight race in a district that Trump carried by a narrow margin, meaning it is winnable by either side. It’s one of those suburban districts where Trump is not especially popular even with many »

Finally! An Academic Journal Worth Reading

Featured image Now this is a journal I can enthusiastically support: The International Journal of James Bond Studies. Because, after all, Blofeld is the inverse archtype of every college administrator. Now, you might well think that even academics couldn’t screw up something as straightforward as James Bond, and thankfully the first issue seems to be a feminist theory-free zone, but I’m not entirely reassured by this part of the editor’s statement in »

A Liberal Bubble? Yes, Bee Smug Indeed

Featured image Here’s two minutes of 100 percent pure liberal narcissistic smugness on display, with Jake Tapper challenging “comedienne” Samantha Bee about whether she represents liberal smugness. Despite her bobbing and weaving—and especially the inadvertently revealing admission that “we make the show for ourselves and don’t really care what others think”—her answers amount to: Yes, we are totally smug. Please, please keep this up, and Trump will win 48 states in 2020. »

Quick Hits

Featured image At CNN, liberal Chris Cillizza writes about Sean Spicer’s Hitler/chemical warfare gaffe: White House press secretary Sean Spicer forgot the first rule of politics during a press briefing on Tuesday: Never, ever compare anyone or anything to Adolf Hitler. Has Cillizza just returned from a 20-year exile in Albania? Did he miss #bushitler? Is he really unaware that most of his fellow Democrats can’t utter a sentence about President Trump »

How Would You Like Big Bird Served?

Featured image One of the great lies of public broadcasting is that taxpayer support amounts to only a tiny portion of their budget. For example, here’s what NPR said two years ago: On average, less than 1% of NPR’s annual operating budget comes in the form of grants from CPB [the taxpayer-funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting]  and federal agencies and departments. Yet the same piece says: Federal funding is essential to public radio’s service »

Oscar Week in Pictures: Ha Ha Land

Featured image I almost—almost—wish I had watched the Oscars last night to take in the sublime moment when the best picture award was flubbed. It was the perfect Twitter moment. La La Land blows 28-3 lead! But La La Land won the popular vote! All La La Land had to do was kick the field goal! Warren Beatty’s biggest flop since Ishtar! Only one thing to do morningafterwise—yup, a special edition of »

Another Reason Not to Watch the Oscars

Featured image Like Steve, I haven’t watched the Oscars in a long time, certainly not in this century. Actually, the last Best Picture nominee I am aware of seeing is Beauty and the Beast, so my connection with Hollywood is tenuous. I wouldn’t dream of watching what promises to be an anti-Trump smugfest, but here is one more reason to stay away: the New York Times is going to advertise its commitment »

Oscars? What Oscars?

Featured image I am the Cal Ripken Jr. of non-Oscar watchers. My streak of non-Oscar watching goes well back into the 20th century. So it’s not a stretch to not watch this year’s, which is Sunday I think? I’ll be off in La-Te-Da Land, skipping to my own tap shoes. Or at least my own beer tap. I am guessing this year’s awards show will get low ratings, or declining ratings as »

The M-E-C Freakout Continues

Featured image The Media Entertainment Complex (MEC) is going all in to destroy Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party. I wonder how liberals would react if Saturday Night Live did a sexist sketch like the one last night about Elizabeth Warren (preferably in full native American regalia) instead of Kelly Anne Conway: Paul has already noted the ruckus over the supposed ethics violation of Kelly Anne suggesting on air that people »

Memo to Hollywood: Please Don’t Do This

Featured image Last week in class I offered a reflection on how the rule of law often requires determined—nay, strictly speaking even extra-legal—displays of force to establish or vindicate the rule of law. The Declaration of Independence alone did not suffice to establish the United States: It took Washington’s army in the field—an extra-legal act of rebellion—to successfully vindicate the natural rights of man for self-rule that the Declaration proclaims. It then »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll draws on her professional experience as she continues in GET A GRIP – A SERIES! Part 2: GRABBING AT STRAWS (One Sane Woman’s Take on Locker-Room Talk, from Boys and Sort of Grown Men). She writes: Tens of thousands of women marched in Washington and other cities to protest the election of President Trump. Many wore little pink knit caps they called Pussy Hats. As we would say »

Have They Left Yet?

Featured image I wonder how Hollywood is even going to able to hold the Academy Awards this year since so many of its leading celebrities and stars have “literally” fled the country in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s accession to the White House. The Washington Free Beacon has tallied the exodus: Wait, what’s that? None of them have actually left? You mean they were just blowing smoke? Can we start a fund »