The Fall of the House of Thompson

Yesterday we learned that Georgetown University let go its men’s basketball coach, John Thompson III, after 13 seasons—the last 2 being absolutely dismal. I am still in shock.

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How Not to Escape Your ‘Filter Bubble’

Beauty and the Beast Podcast, Plus: Board Games!

In the latest Substandard (Subscribe! Leave a review! If we get to 100 reviews on iTunes by next week, Bill Kristol will record an especially condemnatory opening message!) we unveil the long-awaited Beauty and the Beast podcast! More importantly, we spend 25 minutes yammering about board games. Let’s be honest, you love the yammering. The yammering is the best part. Listen below!

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R.I.P. Chuck Barris

Chuck Barris

No, that’s not a typo. Three days after the death of guitar legend Chuck Berry, television producer, songwriter, and game show host Chuck Barris died. Mind you, his death doesn’t come as a shock. Rather, it’s shocking to learn he was still alive. Even more amazing is finding out Barris was born in 1929—he was 87 at the time of his death. That much we know to be true.

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The Transitive Property Proves Roger Federer > Serena Williams

If a > b and b > c then a > c. IF Karsten Braasch > Serena Williams: Braasch would smoke cigarettes and sip beer during the changeovers, and to be honest no longer looked the part of a fit professional athlete. It made no matter. Braasch led 5-0 over Serena before winning the set 6-1, and …

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‘Get Out,’ 2017’s Most Surprising Defense of Racial Profiling

Warning: Literally the whole plot, including the ending, of Get Out are discussed below. Don’t come crying to me about spoilers.

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R.I.P. Chuck Berry

I have in front of me an LP whose white cover features comic-book-style illustrations. Pop Origins is easily one of the best compilation albums ever released; it was put out by Chess in 1969 to introduce younger children to the vastly more talented black artists whose songs—”Spoonful,” “Little Red Rooster,” “Susie Q”—had been covered by popular …

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And Another Thing! An Irish Whiskey Addendum

Irish whiskey

“The light music of whiskey falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.”
—James Joyce, Dubliners

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ and Other Monster Movies

On the latest edition of The Substandard (subscribe and/or leave a review!), JVL, Vic, and I discussed Kong: Skull Island and other sundry monster movies. Give it a listen!

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The Kate Upton Puppy Event is Back

Photo Credit Angel Gray Photography

Kate Upton, continuing her campaign to go down as one of the greatest women in American history, is putting on the third annual Grand Slam Adoption Event this weekend in Florida during a Detroit Tigers spring training game.

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BREAKING: CBO Says Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Lead to More Births

In my four or so years of journalism I have never read a report produced by the Congressional Budget Office. Yesterday I learned why. Here is the first paragraph of “Budget Reconciliation Recommendations of the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 9, 2017”: The Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for …

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Free Beacon Fan Fiction: Supreme Court Upholds Trump Executive Order to Detain ‘Disgusting’ Journalists at Guantanamo

June 28, 2017 WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday voted 7-2 to uphold President Donald J. Trump’s executive order condemning members of the “extremely failed and disgusting” media to indefinite confinement at the recently renamed Trump International Luxury Resort and Detention Camp for Enemies of American Greatness in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision was …

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Kid Rock Says Buying Chinese-Made Grills Is Pathetic, So He Is Blowing Them Up

Rock legend Kid Rock just came out with the American Badass Grill—an 100 percent made in America charcoal grill—and he has put together the greatest marketing campaign in the history of the country.

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Wokeception

BEFORE PROCEEDING ANY FUTHER, PLEASE HIT THIS BUTTON.

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China’s Dangerous Long Game in Taiwan

Just over twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton responded to Chinese missile tests and amphibious exercises designed to intimidate Taiwan by dispatching two U.S. aircraft carriers to the vicinity of the island, which lies about 100 miles off the coast of the Communist mainland. Times change. In January of this year, China sailed an aircraft carrier—purchased from Russia and commissioned in 2012—leisurely around Taiwan.

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