‘Detective Pikachu’ Mini-Review

I don’t get it.

I mean, I get Detective Pikachu. The movie, that is. It’s not complicated, basically one part noir, one part cartoon, about a young man trying to figure out who killed his father, and why: a sillier Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, perhaps. I could talk about Justice Smith’s underwhelming performance as Tim Goodman or Ryan Reynolds’s amusing-but-tiring shtick as the voice of the titular yellow catlike Pokemon whose powers involve lightning, I think (it’s never really explained). Or about how something feels just a hair off with the computer animation; there’s an unreality when Tim pats Pikachu’s head, his hand seems to be resting just above it.

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Chris Hughes Is a Backstabbing Loser

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes surprised many this morning by writing a New York Times op-ed calling for a government breakup of the company he is no longer a part of. I’d be lying if I said I had strong feelings about a proposed breakup of Facebook. As a free market conservative I oppose both government intervention …

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I Dated Bernie Sanders. This Is What It’s Like Watching Him Run for President

HORLIVKA, Donetsk People’s Republic—On an afternoon in January, I crouched behind what was left of a rotting horse, digging around in my pockets for chewing gum and amphetamines. I found the letter instead. As much as I’d wanted to after reading it, I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. Inside the internationally postmarked envelope was the official letterhead of a Prague-based private detective working on behalf of a powerful American oligarch, Neera Tanden. The subject: “Bernie Sanders.” My love of a lifetime long past. My Bernychka.

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Prominent Beto Supporter Denounced for Singing Pro-Lynching Anthem

A prominent supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was outed Tuesday as a virulent racist who definitely supports lynching. Pacific Standard, an insightful social justice magazine run out of Santa Barbara, California, published an article Monday complaining that “Country Hits Increasingly Objectify Women And Glorify Whiteness,” based on a study by Mississippi State professor …

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Thank You, President Trump! Chick-fil-A Is Now America’s Third-Largest Restaurant Chain

In the two years since Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, the United States of America has achieved unsurpassed greatness in almost every imaginable category. The economy is surging. Tiger Woods is a Masters champion again, after ending his “Obama drought” on the PGA Tour. Mankind continues to enjoy unprecedented dominance over Earth’s inferior species. And now, thanks to booming sales, Chick-fil-A has become the third-largest restaurant chain in the United States, behind Starbucks and McDonalds.

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RIP, Turkish Democracy

When he was mayor of Istanbul in the 1990s, now-Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared democracy to a streetcar. “You ride it until you arrive at your destination,” he said. “Then you step off.” On Monday, Erdogan stepped off the streetcar.

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Humans Continue to Enjoy Unprecedented Species Dominance Under President Trump

President Donald J. Trump promised to Make American Great Again, and he has. We’re winning again, and not just as a country, but as a species. Mankind—aka “the human race,” in the politically correct parlance of the failed Obama era—continues to enjoy unprecedented dominance of Planet Earth under President Trump’s courageous leadership.

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Paul Krugman, Moron

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is a wealthy partisan hack who, like most partisan hacks, is unable to resist the allure of Twitter. When a steaming hot take enters his brain, Krugman is rarely dissuaded from sharing it with the world. He types it in the little white box. He presses the “Tweet” button.

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There’s Nothing Progressive About Terrorists Targeting Civilians—Except When Israelis Are the Victims

Many Western progressives, including those in elected office, who claim to support peace, equality, and social justice, seem to think it is OK for Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to launch rockets at Israeli civilians.

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Beto O’Rourke ‘Finds’ Missing Turtle, Raising Questions

Beto O’Rourke had a turtle problem. The former congressman and failed Senate candidate reportedly left the campaign trail in late April to address a “family crisis” in the form of a missing turtle, aka “Baby Gus.” The family dog, Artemis, was ominously fingered as the chief suspect in the turtle’s disappearance.

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The Case for Reparations

“They wanted to know what Trump was up to with the Russians — which of course is nonsense. This whole thing was a complete setup.” — GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS,  “HANNITY” Two years of witch hunting. Eighteen Trump-hating angry Democrats. Forty-nine FBI agents. Five hundred interviews. Thirty-five million dollars. Four hundred pages of total exoneration. Until we reckon …

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Hypocrisy Alert: Pelosi Worries Trump Will Contest 2020 Election if He Loses

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) is worried, she tells the New York Times in a new interview, that unless President Donald Trump is overwhelmingly defeated in 2020, he will contest the results of the election.

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Israel Should Adopt Barack Obama’s Counter-Terror Strategy

Smoke billows from a targeted neighbourhood in Gaza City during an Israeli airstrike on the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave

You are not mistaken if it feels like the headlines today are the same as the headlines a few months ago, which were the same as the headlines a year ago, five years ago, seven years ago, a decade ago.

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China in the Arctic: A Cause for Concern

American officials are right to be concerned about China’s activities in the Arctic, which could pose a serious threat in the coming years.

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What Did He Know and When Did He Know It? Defecting ‘Russian Spy Whale’ Must Testify in Congress

Last week, Norwegian fishermen encountered a beluga whale with a suspicious harness attached to its head. The harness, which appeared to have once held a small recording device, was marked “Equipment St. Petersburg,” prompting many to conclude that the whale was part of a nefarious Russian espionage ring. Recent reports indicate the whale has opted to defect to Norway, and potentially to become a vital source of information for Western intelligence agencies.

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