Smollett Skates

 

In a development so infuriating, even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeing red, actor Jussie Smollett was basically given a get out of jail free card after his hoax involving his supposed assault by supposed Trump-supporters.

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Complacent, Unhurried Propagandizing

 

I’m not sure there’s any other kind, these days. To judge from such blogs as I look at, most propaganda issues not from government but from journalism, which is not (yet) featherbedding at taxpayer expense and is presumably susceptible to market forces…and yet newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post provide […]

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Corporations as Nations

 

Science fiction often predicts future technologies, quandaries, or at least identifies a general direction of development. These days, the genre is most often associated with off-Earth adventures, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Another common theme has elicited fewer comparisons to reality in mainstream press: government by mega-corporations.

We limited-government conservatives and libertarians recognize the problems and dangers of regulatory capture. We know that over-regulation of industries can lead to revolving doors and cozy deals that give the largest corporations unjust advantages over smaller companies.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked

 

Source, Rotten Tomatoes Audience Response: Captain Marvel – 62%The Incredible Hulk – 70%Iron Man 2 – 71%Captain America: The First Avenger – 74%Thor – 76%Thor: The Dark World – 76%Ant-Man and the Wasp – 77%Iron Man 3 – 78%Black Panther – 79%Avengers: Age of Ultron – 83%Doctor Strange – 86%Ant-Man – 86%Thor: Ragnarok – 87%Guardians […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are a bit surprised by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff signaling they don’t plan to pursue impeachment of President Trump unless there’s a bipartisan consensus for it. They also look on sadly as New York City’s exorbitant taxes and hard left policies leave the city careening towards bankruptcy. And they crack a few pop-culture jokes but also weigh in on the serious issues as celebrities and elites around the country are charged with bribing colleges and universities to admit their kids under false pretenses.

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Before Eurovision, There Is Beovision

 

I was working at home but tuned into a teleconference with my colleagues. Most of them were also working from home; the medium was Skype but restricted to audio- and screen-sharing; all this was fortunate, in view of what happened. Two coworkers were beginning to snarl at each other. Or rather one was growing heated […]

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Don’t Watch the New Michael Jackson Documentary Before Bed. Or Lunch. Or Dinner.

 

This week HBO released the long-awaited documentary Leaving Neverland, a two-part series of interviews with two alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse by entertainer Michael Jackson. It’s part of a recent evaluation of sexual crimes of the rich and famous during the #MeToo era, and comes on the heels of a similarly disturbing documentary of musician R. Kelly.

The series tells the stories of two of Jackson’s alleged victims, an Australian boy named Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who describe their abuse as spanning in time from when they were around age seven to their early teens.

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The Mystery of Bad High-School Acting

 

I’m not trying to be unkind here; this is something that genuinely puzzles me. You see, every so often I have to go to a high-school play because someone’s kid is in it. They are almost always bad, because the kids are usually really bad at acting. Now, I don’t blame them – they’re young […]

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World, You’re Messing Up My Superhero Movies

 

The rest of mainstream movies may be going down the drain (IMHO) but for the last ten years I’ve been enjoying the heck out of the Marvel movies. (There’s a whole internet where the worth of that statement is being debated, but I enjoy the heck out of the Marvel movies. So take that as […]

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Winning With A Bad Hand

 

I was consulting with a neurologist regarding the recent difficulties I’d been having with my right arm. It had, quite suddenly, stopped doing what my brain told it to do, at least when I told it to toss something underhanded, as when playing horseshoes or juggling. Instead, my hand would pronate or rotate counterclockwise, ultimately hitting me in the rib cage if I fought hard enough against it. 

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The Failure of the Entertainment Press

 

On Twitter during the Oscars last night, Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali wrote a fascinating thread about one of the co-producers of the show this year:

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That Other Time Zone, by Dave Creighton

 

A friend has written a book, to positive reviews from experienced fiction readers. @dill has read it, and is planning to write a post on it when she can. I’ve connected with Dave over the years as a fun and thoughtful friend from church. Our pastor quotes him and credits “our resident plumber.” Who knew that […]

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Don’t Ask

 

But somebody did. Ask. Me. What’s a typical Brazilian dish? “Uhhh…rice and beans?” Undeterred, my questioner said she’d heard of something involving fish, but could not recall its name; could I? No; I had no idea. I retold my Manaus restaurant story: the dish of the day was, said the sign, Fish. And that’s all […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are grateful to see Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson rebuke Jussie Smollett for perpetrating a hate crime hoax and damaging the reputation of the city. Johnson also blasted the media for ignoring serious issues while providing wall to wall coverage of Smollett. They’re also horrified by reports of a active duty military officer who plotted to kill many people with bombings, shootings, and outbreaks of disease. And they correct MSNBC hosts Katy Tur and Ari Melber for claiming that George Washington was a “native son of New York”.

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Will Smollett Claim TDS As A Defense?

 

As of this morning, actor Jussie Smollett is under arrest for filing a fake police report in connection to the “attack” that took place last month. According to the two men who perpetrated it, he paid each $4,000 in order to carry it out.

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Nothing is New

 

Last year I started reading the Wizard of Oz to my daughter. She loved it and I’ve been reading the other books in the series, which I hadn’t know. Tonight we finished The Lost Princess of Oz and a few days ago a scene cracked her up. She had me reread it a number of […]

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Hello you fellow right wing, knuckle-dragging troglodytes and welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 213!!! it is the Ten in Twenty edition of the show with your 2 in 2 hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. We come to you every week….but you *know* that already, don’t you? What, you ask, are the topics for this week? Where, you ask, is the beef?

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Tinker – Tailor – Soldier – Spy

 

Have you ever felt on that rare occasion that watching a movie before reading the book was helpful? No? Have you ever read a book by John Le Carre?

First, there’s that British humor and language, like ‘bob’, instead of meaning @kentforrester‘ s dog, it means moolah, money. It dives from there into the deep, dark, dangerous cavern of espionage. I love spy stories, especially non-fiction. I have several Robert Baer books, and others from the cold war to the present time. Yet I’ve noticed Le Carre books everywhere lately, library sales, book store discount tables and movies popping up. I try reading them and my brain starts to whirl. In “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”. the reviews warn “this is not for the quick action reader”. He slowly builds the characters to where they become personal, and then methodically unfolds the plot, shifting from present to past and back again (from that quirky British perspective). A third of the way through I shelved it, frustrated. Then the movie was on last night…

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