Hollywood Enters Gun Debate to Get Its Virtue-Signaling Back

Time's Up

It turns out fighting the NRA can atone for other moral failings.

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Black Panther and the Box Office (New Substandard!)

In the latest episode of the Substandard (Subscribe! Leave a review!), we discuss Black Panther (which is good, a film that’s firmly in the second quartile of MCU movies) and JVL explain why he gets a bit crotchety at forced enthusiasm for pop cultural objects that don’t really need any extra hype. Send him your complaints, people.

Anyway, we didn’t spend too much time on this, but I think it’s worth discussing just how big a hit this movie has been so far. After the embed, a few thoughts on Black Panther‘s monster opening.

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7 Times Trump Has Been Tougher on Russia Than Obama

Putin Trump

The media have gone out of their way to paint President Donald Trump as soft on Russia or a Putin “stooge.” But if you don’t suffer from selective amnesia of the Obama years, it won’t surprise you that the previous administration bent over backwards to appease the Kremlin.

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Clint Eastwood, North Korea, Fifty Shades (New Substandard!)

In this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review, tell your friends), Sonny Bunch admits to being strangely drawn to The 15:17 to Paris despite all indications it’s a dud (such are the perils of using non-actors portraying themselves).

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Are Campaign Volunteers Scabs? And 7 Other Questions About the World’s First Unionized Campaign

Randy Bryce

Mustachioed steelworker Randy Bryce has electrified liberals eager to dethrone Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his tell-it-like-it-is blue collar style and, well, his mustache. He bolstered his credentials on both fronts Monday when he became the first political candidate with a unionized staff, a move made all the more groundbreaking because he did it while sporting a mustache.

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New York Times Highlights The Fact That Joy Reid Is Kind Of A Terrible Journalist

Joy-Ann Reid

A Saturday New York Times profile of MSNBC host Joy Reid unintentionally demonstrated why the “Heroine of the Resistance” is kind of bad at this whole “journalism” thing.

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Climate Change Saves Tuvalu

A cultural group performs on the Tuvalu stage at the 2012 Pasifika Festival

When the New York Times tells you something, especially in the Green Blog, a safe bet is on the opposite.

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The Best Post-Unforgiven Westerns (New Substandard!)

In the latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, review, etc.), Vic, JVL, and I discuss the Super Bowl (ugh, JVL is disgustingly happy) as well as westerns, tied to Hostiles. What better time to rank the five greatest post-Unforgiven westerns?

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RIP Andre Surmain, Founder of Lutèce

Last week, French restaurateur Andre Surmain died at his home in the south of France at the age of 97. He is best known for running Lutèce, New York’s gastronomic temple that lasted from 1961 to 2004.

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Democrats and the Media Love Cops Now

Comey McCabe

The media and Democrats are finally sticking up for law enforcement.

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What Ever Happened to ‘Peak Oil’?

“From the steps of the Supreme Court to the White House press room, from global trading exchanges to the snowy reaches of Alaska — over the last week, you could hear the creak of history as it began to pivot in a half-dozen locales,” an editorial in the New York Times read.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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L.A. Times Should Have Gone With the Koch Brothers

Los Angeles Times

Journalists at the Los Angeles Times must be kicking themselves. “What could have been?”

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