How to Talk About Ghostbusters Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Ghostbusters

As I’ve noted elsewhere, the discussion surrounding the reboot of Ghostbusters (1984) is pretty terrible because Ghostbusters (2016) has devolved into a front in the culture war and no culture war issue can ever be discussed with anything resembling decency. Allow me, then, to offer a few do’s and don’ts for discussing the reboot without sounding like an idiot or a jerk.

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Melania Trump’s Pseudo-Crime

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If it hadn’t been reported that convention speeches fall under the purview of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, I’d suspect Trump’s three eldest children—the fruit of his marriage to Ivana, all of whom have a significant role in their father’s campaign—of intentionally doing step-mom Melania in. Fun as that thought is, the truth is of course more likely to do with garden variety incompetence in a gonzo campaign. It does heighten the moment that the counterfeit passages have to do with hard work and integrity, doesn’t it?

Still. Rather than being outraged over this particular incident, I’m sympathetic to Nate Silver’s observation:

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Why Melania Trump’s Speech Was Perfect, With Pictures

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A lot of attention is being paid to accusations that Melania Trump may have snatched a line or two of her convention speech from Michelle Obama, but the truth is that nobody really remembers Michelle’s 2008 speech and, in my opinion, Melania’s will never be forgotten.

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Mike Pence Probably Went to Chili’s Because Chili’s Is Good

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Over the weekend, Mike Pence—Donald Trump’s choice for vice president despite the fact that Pence harshly criticized The Donald’s idiotic and unworkable plan to ban Muslims from coming into the United States—tweeted a photo of himself and his family eating a meal at the Chili’s in New York City.

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In Praise of Chris Hemsworth, Comedic Actor

It's actually kind of unfair how great Chris Hemsworth is. (AP)

In my Ghostbusters review, I noted that the most ironic thing about the lady-driven reboot is the fact that the funniest actor in it is, well, a dude.

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French Fries Ranked for #NationalFrenchFryDay

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Here is the objectively correct ranking of chain restaurant french fries. Please do not contradict it. Save your crying about why you like garbage fries from Checker’s for someone who cares. 1. Chick-Fil-A So good. Pairs perfectly with any sauce. The waffle shape is key and all-too-rare in the franchise world. 2. Arby’s It’s now a …

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‘The Infiltrator’ Mini-Review

The Infiltrator

Plot points for The Infiltrator, opening today, discussed below.

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The DNC Has Some Silly Gimmicks Planned for the RNC

Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, not impressed / AP

The Democrats have some pretty sweet jokes planned for the next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland that are sure to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump, according to a leaked copy of their “Counter Convention Plan Sketch” that was released by The Smoking Gun.

Actually, they only have one good joke planned, which is to hand out tiny foam fingers to highlight Trump’s comically stubby fingers—a potentially disqualifying characteristic that still has not been addressed despite some pretty easy fixes suggested by the Washington Free Beacon‘s Sonny Bunch.

The rest of the planned gimmicks for the week,on which the cash-strapped party organ plans to spend $15,000, are terrible and a waste of money.

Here are some of the dumbest things the DNC plans to do:

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‘Hillbilly Elegy’ and ‘Justified’: Chronicles of the White Underclass

Justified

Here’s an interesting piece from Rod Dreher on Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Dreher’s review/essay is very long and (by his own admission) a bit rambling, but very much worth your time. The author of the book in question grew up in a poor, Appalachian household—no steady father figure and a mother who traded partners freely and resented his efforts to get out.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes the Best Pro-Trump Argument Yet

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In an interview with our paper of record published to much fanfare over the weekend, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about the election

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Appropriate Titles for President Barack Obama

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Of all the dumb, pointless outrages this weekend, Peter Daou’s was almost certainly the dumbest and most pointless: I created #PresidentObamaNotBarry because a prominent white NYT columnist calling our first black POTUS “Barry” is profoundly disrespectful. — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) July 10, 2016 It was, however, an effective outrage. Daou is a “former adviser to …

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Disney Films Predicted Everything in Politics This Year

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What do you do when all the news is bad and the Fourth is already gone by and you know you have to cover both party conventions later this month and you’re totally sick of politics? You could cry your eyes out, but I recommend watching Disney movies. They’re pretty much the same thing anyway. …

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PICTURES: Thousands of Americans Celebrate #Mercia on Independence Day

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iPhone autocorrect struck again this holiday weekend and caused thousands of freedom loving Americans to celebrate the Old English Kingdom of Mercia instead of the United States of America.

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Why I’m #TeamCinemark

The Cinemark theater at which the Aurora shooting took place / AP

Remember the shooting at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises? Very tragic, 12 people dead, midnight screenings scrapped for most big movies in favor of 7 P.M. Thursday shows, etc.

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Donald Trump Courts Convicted Rapist, Like Rest of Entertainment Industry

Donald Trump, Mike Tyson, and Robin Givens (AP)

So, reporters recently had some fun with the fact that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said that he was courting Mike Tyson, former heavyweight boxing champ and convicted rapist, to come to the GOP convention. This despite the fact that Trump has hinted at Bill Clinton being a rapist (which he has been accused of being repeatedly).

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