The good news about Sunday’s “Unite the Right II” rally held in Washington D.C. is that it was an embarrassing failure. A year after hundreds of alt-right protesters clashed with Antifa counter-protesters in Charlottesville, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer, less than two dozen fringe-balls showed up for the sequel. By contrast, the counter-protesters …
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) is one of the most unpopular politicians in the country. According to a recent Gallup poll, 53 percent of Americans hold an unfavorable view of the woman in line to become Speaker of the House if Democrats retake control of Congress in this year’s midterm elections. According to Pelosi, …
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday formally unveiled President Donald Trump’s visionary plan to establish a new branch of the U.S. military: the Space Force. The president marked the occasion by Tweeting, and liberals across the country were left with the odd yet familiar taste in the mouths that often results from being thoroughly owned.
I can never thank enough the Democratic voters of New York’s 14th congressional district for giving us Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young Latina who stunned politicos by beating powerful Democrat Joe Crowley in the primary. Ocasio-Cortez’s win was greeted with enthusiasm by the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, who hailed her as a rising star and a champion for democratic socialism
Looking back at the early years of the Obama era, one cannot help but be amused at the apparent earnestness with which the former president declared war on special interests, the “revolving door,” and excessive wealth. Knowing what we know now, it is easy to forget Obama’s pledge to ban lobbyists from his administration, or the time he …
On the latest episode of the Substandard, I tell a story about using Twitter for good, and how even in the process of using Twitter for good you kind of have to use it for evil. If you don’t want the story spoiled, listen now (it’s in the first 20 minutes of the show) and then come back here for some visual depictions of what I was talking about on the show. Go, listen now, I’ll wait. While you’re at it, maybe you’d like to subscribe and leave a review? We’d surely appreciate it.
In an effort to boost flagging ratings for the Oscars telecast, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has set a three-hour time limit on the program and is introducing a category to reward “outstanding achievement in popular film.” Let’s set aside the asinine ways that they plan on saving time (relegating technical awards to the commercial breaks instead of, say, getting rid of the goddamn song and dance numbers or reducing the number of self-indulgent montages of past, better movies from 23 to, like, I dunno, 15) and instead focus on the TRULY stupid idea: Best Popular Picture.
Yesterday the French government reported that Joël Robuchon, the most Michelin-starred chef on the planet, had died from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He was 73. By most accounts, Robuchon was a tyrant in the kitchen, a madman obsessed with perfection, and a genius. Pete Wells of the New York Times breaks Robuchon’s career into two parts: the culinary wunderkind who, at age 36, received his first Michelin star after opening Jamin in 1981 (and the maximum three stars only three years later), and the seasoned veteran who opened L’Atelier de Joél Robuchon in 2003, not caring what those Michelin critics thought, and redefined high-end dining. (This whole gastronomic experience where customers can pay thousands of dollars to sit on stools around a bar while chefs cook what they want? You can thank—or blame—Robuchon.)
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta is an American hero who puts his body on the line every day to defend our most cherished freedoms. Much like a firefighter who charges into a burning buildings to save children, Acosta protects the U.S. Constitution from the rhetorical flames of tyranny by shouting questions at public officials from the back of a crowded room.
If you’re a politician, someone complimenting you and also giving you a chance to claim aggrieved status is a coup indeed. And sometimes, female politicians tell reporters about people who just miraculously told them they’re terrific but aren’t sure about them because they’re … WOMEN. No proof of this, but pinkie swear!