Time to Rename the GOP the ‘No Donalds Club’

No Trump

Dave Weigel points out that the GOP is running out of time if it wants to do something clever in order to deny Donald Trump the GOP nomination, a drastic course of action that nevertheless seems more reasonable by the day.

This Post Will Help You Decide Whether You Back Brexit


I really hate the word “Brexit.” It’s probably one of the 10 ugliest neologisms of the last decade. But, hey, SEO and stuff. Anyway the q. of whether you support the United Kingdom’s remaining in the European Union is pretty straightforward even if you don’t know anything or even care about British politics. All you …

The Shadow of the Glass Tower: How Sauron Became the 2016 GOP Nominee

Trump Buildings

What appears below are fragments from the chronicles of Temthwa of Rawleth, a son of the Line of Stewards of the end of the Fourth Age. Fragment the first … From the fires beneath the Glass Tower there arose a hideous shadow, arrayed in armor of ebony. Upon its head was a monstrous crown. And those that …

Bernie Sanders Campaigned in a Yugo, Is Incredibly Weird

Bernie Sanders in a tight whip / Andrew Kugle

An anecdote in an article published Monday in the New York Times Fashion and Style section tells readers an awful lot about the fashion and style of Bernie Sanders, the insurgent candidate who has captured 43 percent of the vote in Democratic Party primaries. Twenty-eight years ago, [Sanders campaign manager] Jeff Weaver was a lowly campaign aide driving an obscure left-wing …

Trump Backs Gun Control, Attacks U.S. Troops. GOP Leaders Say, ‘Meh.’


In the last twenty-four hours, Donald Trump has accused U.S. soldiers in Iraq of stealing money intended for Iraqis, and doubled down on his innuendo that Barack Obama somehow personally supports ISIS.

He has also tweeted his support for the proposal (backed by Barack Obama) to take away the right to buy a gun for those on government watch lists. For those trying to figure out what this means: it means he has caved on gun control. So much for the argument that he’s better than Hillary on Constitutional issues that go before the Supreme Court.

Star Wars: The Remix Awakens

Rey is just a remixed John Cena in that neither can ever lose (h/t Max Landis, who made the original comparison)

After Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ release, I wrote that it was something like a cross between fan-fiction and a straight-ahead remix of the original trilogy. Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson expands on some of these ideas here:

Moocher Fails to Get Free Luxe Dinner, Pens Think Piece Years Later

Peter Thiel laughs at your demands for free food, moochers (AP)

A few years back, a writer for the New York Times who is now a special correspondent for Vanity Fair went to a “salon” at billionaire (and American hero) Peter Thiel’s house. The writer starved himself all day because he figured the wealthy investor would be offering tons of awesome food to the intellectuals and billionaires and CEOs and, um, journalists he had invited to chit chat. “Thiel, I assumed, would be presiding over some sort of gluttonous feast,” Nick Bilton writes. “I presumed that chefs had been at work for days glazing carrots with a thyme-honey citrus sauce, preparing succulent Thomas Keller–esque chicken.”