Disney-Fox, Pats-Eagles, and Vegas (New Substandard)

In this latest hodgepodge episode of the Substandard, Sonny, JVL, and I discuss the impending “Big Game,” the impending Disney-Fox merger, and the not-so-impending Substandard episode broadcast from the Wynn in Las Vegas (see, told you it was a hodgepodge).

Democrats Can’t Stop Drooling Over Russia

Joe Kennedy SOTU rebuttal

The State of the Union response is never easy. Staging in front of a live audience certainly helps. But when your messenger is Joe Kennedy III, a backbencher only in Congress by virtue of his last name—what the Democrats would call “white privilege”—you might not get the result you’re going for.

Hillary Clinton’s 1,500 Word News Dump

Hillary Clinton

I’m not even mad. I’m impressed. It takes some guts to publish a 1,500-word Facebook post 20 minutes before the State of the Union explaining why you, Hillary Clinton, feminist hero, didn’t fire a dude for sexually harassing one of your young female staffers despite the fact that everyone in your campaign told you to get rid of him ASAP. It’s kind of like, I dunno, trading for a new franchise quarterback in the middle of the Cavalcade of Horrors section of Donald Trump’s speech.

Kate Winslet Has Regrets

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet announced during an acceptance speech that she had “bitter regrets” for working with various unnamed individuals accused of numerous transgressions against women.

Why Not *Literally* Sign Larry Nassar’s ‘Death Warrant’?

In an odd moment of judicial bravado today, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina proclaimed “I just signed your death warrant” to Larry Nassar while sentencing him to as many as 175 years in prison. Twitter and IRL lawyer Gabriel Malor suggested some reasons as to why this bit of showboating was improper, and his thoughts are well worth reading. Mostly, though, I was left wondering: “Well, why not literally sign a death warrant for Nassar?”