Guy Who Wrote Book Arguing U.S. Should ‘Talk to’ Terrorists Really Doesn’t Like Jim Mattis

James Mattis

People hold grudges for any number of reasons: bullying in high school, stealing girlfriends, or, in more extreme circumstances, framing them for wrongdoings. But no reasonable person would characterize wanting accountability for the murder of hundreds of U.S. Marines in a brutal terrorist attack as a “grudge,” right? Well, you obviously have not read a new article published Sunday in Politico: “James Mattis’ 33-Year Grudge Against Iran.” Written by Mark Perry, who once authored a book in which he advocated that the U.S. “talk to” terrorists in order to stop terrorism, the piece describes the Marine Corps as a “cult” suffering from 30-plus-years of uncompromising, warmongering hostility toward Iran.

My WAFCA Ballot

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The Washington Area Film Critics Association, which was foolish enough to induct me into its ranks years ago, released its nominees for its annual year-end awards yesterday; winners will be announced tomorrow. In the interest of transparency,* I figured I’d share my nominees and some thoughts on the choices with y’all. (I’ll update this post Monday morning when the winners are announced.)

NFL Week 13 Picks, With Paige Spiranac


It has been almost a year since golfer Paige Spiranac has appeared on the Washington Free Beacon. That is my fault, and I apologize. I failed to keep up with the women’s circuit during the presidential election, and unfortunately missed Paige win her first professional event over the summer. Won my first tournament as a professional today on …

Buzzfeed and Late Capitalist Decadence; Or, Gay Marriage Is False Consciousness Part 454


I couldn’t stop laughing. A day after Buzzfeed ran Kate Aurthur’s breathtaking scoop about how—brace yourself—not all American Christians are Unitarians, I saw this hilarious letter written by some flunky on the business side of things at the former cat blog’s London bureau in response to employees’ attempts to unionize. Forgive me for quoting it in full: Dear …

Jim Mattis Is Going to Make the Military Great Again

Gen. James Mattis

He commanded the first Marines to take the fight home to al Qaeda and the Taliban after 9/11. The first conventional U.S. troops into Afghanistan, these Marines made their way to Kandahar on the longest ship-to-shore assault in American history.

New Substandard Podcast Tackles ‘Die Hard,’ Christmas Gifts

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Fantastic new episode of the Substandard podcast, in which JVL is wronger than usual (he both believes Die Hard is a Christmas movie (it isn’t) and thinks that A Christmas Story is a bad Christmas movie; he’s basically history’s greatest monster) and Free Beacon director of food and beverage services Vic Matus is bluer than usual (seriously, it was gross). Check it out:

Important Questions (About Movies) for Trump’s Incoming Treasury Secretary

Snyder, Zack. Neocon Jesus of Steel at Golgotha. 2016.

So, Steven Mnuchin is going to be Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about Dodd-Frank or anything like that—what do I look like, some kind of nerd?—but I do have very strong feelings about the fact that he has served as executive producer (read: financier) of a number of films over the last few years.

Thanksgiving NFL Picks, with Holiday Advice and Great Pictures

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Every Thanksgiving a bunch of pieces pop up about how to argue about politics with your family around the dinner table. The New York Times offered its readers a crash course of the “most effective ways to argue” that was crafted by psychologists and philosophers. The geniuses at Vox have prepped their readers to win arguments on topics …