John Oliver OBLITERATES Children’s Book Benefiting Human Trafficking Victims

About a year back, I remember seeing two tweets come across my feed that summed up perfectly the level of discourse some liberal comedy show hosts bring to the table.

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The New York Times Island Hopping Campaign

Easter Island

The New York Times loves to island hop, going from one island to the next to pronounce its impending doom due to global warming.

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March Madness: New Yorker Uses Basketball Tournament to Attack Koch Brothers

Koch shockers

The New Yorker welcomed the start of the world’s finest tournament this year by penning 1,500 words suggesting the reason Charles Koch helps fund the Wichita State Shockers as part of a plan to “control” his home-town university.

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Stephen Hawking Wrote a Popular Book About Physics and Spent the Rest of His Life Crusading for Awful Causes

Stephen Hawking

“I have received a number of letters from Palestinian academics,” Stephen Hawking said in his declaration of support for the BDS movement. “They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference.”

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Death Wish, the 1970s, and Daubers (New Substandard)

In the return episode of the Substandard (subscribe, tell your friends, leave a review!), we discuss vigilante films and the awfulness of the 1970s.

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Stephen Hawking, RIP

Here’s my Stephen Hawking story. It takes a minute, but we’ll get to him, I promise.

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The Women’s March Has An Anti-Semitism Problem, And So Much More

At the Nation of Islam’s 2018 Saviours’ Day Address, the organization’s leader Louis Farrakhan took the stage to attack “that Satanic Jew.” Farrakhan—who once praised Hitler as a “very great man” and said God put Jews in the ovens—called Jews “the mother and father of apartheid,” and declared that “when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.”

Sitting in the crowd, clapping along with other attendees, was the co-founder of the Women’s March Tamika Mallory.

Mallory was shredded for her support for Farrakhan. After over a week of radio silence, the March finally put out a statement that can best be described as tepid, saying it was “not aligned” with Farrakhan’s views but neglecting to condemn the man himself.

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Continetti in Claremont Review of Books: The Washington Senators

Sens. Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse

I must be a glutton for punishment. Toward the end of last year, I spent some time reading seven books by five different senators: Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Mike Lee, Al Franken, and Elizabeth Warren. When I was finished I wrote up my observations for the Claremont Review of Books, which was gracious enough to publish them. Maybe the editors pitied me.

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Natalie Portman, Oscar Predictions, Xbox (New Substandard)

In this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review!), we discuss the sci-fi-horror-drama Annihilation. Sonny gives the big boy review, another reviewer was left angry and confused, and JVL thinks Natalie Portman’s better acting days are behind her. Yes, we do get into the Portman oeuvre. No, no one mentioned Mr. Magorium’s Wonder …

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John Gizzi, Up Close and Personal

John Gizzi

John Gizzi was running late to yesterday’s White House press briefing. In fact, a camera briefly captured the Newsmax White House correspondent squeezing into a row of seats while Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was fielding questions.

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All Obama’s Scandals That Didn’t Embarrass Him

Barack Obama

These days Barack Obama is apparently delivering speeches at “major sports analytics” conferences. But he never misses an opportunity to display his hubris. “We didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us,” Obama said of his eight years in office. “I know that seems like a low bar. Generally speaking, you didn’t hear about a lot …

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Ode to an American Hero

Normally I would save this sort of thing for the Free Beacon‘s annual Man of the Year celebration, but some things simply can’t wait. Some heroism needs to be celebrated immediately. Behold: the hero Gotham needs right now:

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The Unlearned Lessons of Columbine

I generally avoid discussing gun control/mass shootings because the arguments are so rote and the arguers are so calcified that few minds are likely to change. For what it’s worth, I would like to associate myself with David French’s arguments here about the state of the debate, the gap between right and left on the issue, and what might be done to curb gun violence even more than it has already been curbed.

But it is worth noting, briefly, that the shooting in Parkland, Fla., represented a rather large failure to adhere to the rules learned after the Columbine shooting almost 20 years ago. Nine years ago in Slate, Dave Cullen—whose book, Columbine, is chilling and fascinating in equal measures—highlighted the four major lessons that school shooting taught people seeking to avoid a repeat.

One of those lessons is that shooters show signs ahead of attacks:

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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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