Notes from a Whiskey Competition

Last week I served as a judge for an international whiskey competition, to which friends and colleagues expressed all manner of encouragement. “Lucky you!” said one. “Lucky bastard,” joked another.

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Climate Alarmists Warn of Coming ‘Mass Extinction Event’: Don’t Worry, They’re Always Wrong

climate change protest

Scientists are once again sounding the alarm that humans are destroying the planet, and we’re heading towards a “mass extinction event.”

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Murder on the Substandard Express

Look, I’m not saying that this episodes ends with the revelation that JVL, Vic, and I joined forces to murder Jonah Goldberg on a fancy train for accumulating more reviews for his podcast in a few short weeks than we have in over a year. But I’m not NOT saying it either. You’ll just have to listen to the whole thing to find out. And if you want to save Jonah, you can do so by leaving a review of the Substandard here.

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American and Chinese State-Run Media Agree: China Is Leading on Climate Change

Mainstream American media and state-run communist outlets in China are on the same page in declaring China as the new leader in the fight against climate change.

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Why Is Taylor Swift Ducking the Issues?

Taylor Swift, a musician popular with “young people,” is not nearly political enough for the haggard stooges employed by a media-industrial complex thirsty for fresh #content:

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Transcript from the Vice Presidents Club

As reported on NBC News, Vice President Mike Pence has been in regular communication with former vice presidents Joe Biden and Dick Cheney.

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Fact-Check: Trump’s Apple Pie from McDonald’s Wasn’t Fried

Earlier this week Politico profiled Keith Schiller, President Trump’s former “body man,” who recently testified before the House Intelligence Committee.

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Thor and the Ethics of Fake Lego (New Substandard!)

On this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review, tell your friends), we discuss Thor: Ragnarok, which, over the weekend, smashed the competition.

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BREAKING: Woman Wins Women’s Race

The front page of the New York Times Monday morning was shocking. A woman won the New York City marathon! Impossible!

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5 Things the Eisenhower Memorial Tapestry Actually Looks Like

Yesterday saw the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Park for Lost Tourists. As has been reported, the Eisenhower memorial project has been a mess from the beginning, and now in the usual silly ceremony of shiny shovels shoved into dirt the mess is moving from the noumenal to the phenomenal—it’s not just a …

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Time for Hollywood to Retire the Icky, Horrible Suburbs Trope (New Substandard!)

In the latest episode of The Substandard, we talked a bit more about Halloween—my expertly drafted mix of sugar and chocolate decisively CRUSHED Jonathan V. Last in the candy draft vote, it should be noted—and I ranted about Suburbicon and Hollywood’s reliance on the wicked, evil, no good very bad suburbs as a setting and plot device. A bit more on that after the embed:

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I Counted 14 Quotes From Anonymous Sources In This Vanity Fair Story

Vanity Fair’s Gaberiel Sherman published a bombshell story Wednesday saying the president’s allies fear that impeachment or removal from office is a real possibility. MSNBC covered Sherman’s bombshell report as “breaking news.” When I was reading the story, I started counting up all of the anonymous sources Sherman quotes. It was a rare instance for Sherman actually to name his …

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Barack Obama’s Broken Rules

The subject line of the email read, “My four rules.” It was from Barack Obama, regarding this week’s inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation in Chicago. Not having been lectured to by Obama in, oh, about a week, I opened the link.

“In true dad fashion,” Obama writes, “I came up with a set of rules” to guide the activities of the foundation, participants in its summit, and you, too. “I think they’re relevant to our everyday lives.” Maybe. They don’t seem to have been entirely relevant to Barack Obama’s presidential life, though. He observed only one of them.

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Ralph Northam’s Nervous Campaign

Next Tuesday’s election between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam is going to be a blowout, according to the polls. The only remaining uncertainty is who will be on the winning side—two polls from reputable institutions came out this past week, one showing Gillespie with an 8 point lead and another showing Northam with a 17 point lead. …

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NY Times Alarmed That Four-Star Gen. Kelly is Patriotic

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

The New York Times is shocked that retired four-star Marine general John Kelly has “strong feelings on patriotism,” in a new profile attempting to sound the alarm against the president’s chief of staff.

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