Casual Corruption, Defined

police cop ticket

I feel like I’m a relatively jaded person. I don’t like to think of myself as naive. I know that some people get a pass for certain things because of what they do and who they know. It happens, that’s life.

The New York Times Won’t Let Mahmoud Abbas Have His YOLO Moment

Mahmoud Abbas

You’re the president of the Palestinian Authority, a darling of the western left and western media, but largely powerless in your own back yard. You’re 82 years old, in the 12th year of a four-year term, and many people are no longer taking you very seriously because your great patron and promoter, Barack Obama, is no longer President of the United States.

How Bright is Netflix? (New Substandard)

In the latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, tell your friends, leave a review!), we discuss a movie that cost $90 million to make, stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and never even made it to theaters: Bright.

How Trump Can Cut Aid to a Horrible U.N. Program

President Donald Trump talks to the press

These have been good weeks for supporters of the U.S.-Israel alliance and peace in the Middle East. The president made history with his Jerusalem announcement, and his critics—the U.S. foreign policy establishment, Europe, the media—were embarrassed after their dire and hysterical predictions of violence failed to come true.

Golden Globes Wrap Up

The problem with writing seriously about the Golden Globes is that it’s a fundamentally unserious enterprise, one in which winners are chosen by a few dozen ciphers whose outsized power leads to all sorts of whispers about corruption and celebrity suck-uppery. I know, I know: in Hollywood, it’s rarely about merit so why should the awards be any different? But still, the Golden Globes is especially egregious in its chicanery.

‘All the Money in the World’ Mini-Review

All the Money in the World

I think it’s fair to say that All the Money in the World will be remembered as an oddity, first and foremost. It may end up being the apotheosis of the #MeToo movement’s influence on Hollywood, a major film whose backers were so spooked by rumors of sexual misconduct that millions were spent on reshoots so an actor in it could literally be erased from the picture.

Best Things About Vic Matus, Ranked (New, Terrible Substandard!)

In the latest Substandard, JVL and I bravely soldier on after being abandoned by Vic, who “wanted to take an extra week off so he didn’t go insane.” And boy, is his absence felt! What a dreadful episode. Please don’t hold it against us if you choose to rate or review the show this week, of all weeks.

Anyway, after the embed, I wanted to offer some of the reasons why Vic was so missed this week. He’s really a great guy, it’ll be a shame if we have to kill the show because he quits.