NFL Super Bowl Pick, with Pictures


If you’ve been betting on football this year based on which team I think has the hotter fans, then you are probably up a good bit of cash. My data-based strategy led to a 74-60 record in the regular season. Things got a bit tricky in the playoffs and I was forced to slightly modify my …

Coen Brothers Films Ranked from Least to Most Problematic

History's greatest monsters (AP)

New Foreword to the Revised, Expanded, and Updated version of this blog post:

Well now the Coen Brothers have gone and done it. Not content to simply make the most problematic movies in all of filmdom, they have stuck a finger in the eye of the #OscarsSoWhite crowd. While giving interviews for their new film, Hail, Caesar! (reviewed here), they said that questions about diversity in their movies are, more or less, idiotic.

This is, obviously, deeply problematic.

So much so that I’ve decided to update and re-run this column in order to highlight the problematic nature of Hail, Caesar! and place it within the context of the rest of their horrifyingly troubling work. If you cannot even with this I don’t blame you. But stay strong! We’ll get through this together!

End of new foreword.

ANALYSIS: The Establishment Always Wins

Noted figure of the Establishment, Ted Cruz (AP)

Think back to the before time, the long long ago, prior to Donald Trump being defeated in Iowa and his mantra about being a winner proven false. In those dark days there was a beacon of light, a sort of Establishment Bat Signal:

Breaking: The Diddle Report

Exhibit A

In October 2015, bearded reporter Dylan Byers broke news about the political activities of one of our employees, managing editor-digital Andrew Stiles. We immediately instructed our ombudsman, Biff Diddle, to thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Stiles’s considerable donation to the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign, allegedly in exchange for hats.

Ombudsman Diddle, who could not be reached for comment, delivered his report to Washington Free Beacon headquarters on February 1, 2016.  The report determined, conclusively in our view, that Stiles’s actions constituted a serious violation of the Free Beacon employee ethics policy. As a result, we have decided to vacate the position of managing editor-digital, and to sever all ties with Mr. Stiles, effective immediately.

In the interest of transparency, we have attached Ombudsman Diddle’s full report below. In the interest of national security, significant portions of the report have been redacted.

EXCLUSIVE: White House Preps for Iowa Caucus Results

The frontrunner. (AP)

President Obama huddled with White House aides on Monday to prepare for the Iowa Caucus results, the Free Beacon has learned. Senator Bernie Sanders is widely expected to win the state’s Democratic primary. If that happens, the White House is expected to deploy some new hardware that was recently installed with the help of some children.

5 Things to Know Before the Votes Are Counted in Iowa

Does it really deserve a star on the flag?

The Iowa caucuses are upon us. The winning candidates from each party will immediately be sworn in as co-presidents. Donald Trump is probably going to win—or is he? Jeb Bush will be there. Hillary Clinton is supposed to win, but she’s also one of the worst political candidates in American history, and is almost definitely going to jail. Whatever the outcome, here are five things you need to know before the votes are counted: