Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously optimistic after the Supreme Court appears to support the constitutionality of President Trump’s proposed travel ban. They also shake their heads at the sudden outrage over presidential physician Admiral Ronny Jackson, as Democrat Sen. Jon Tester and the media run wild with stories of Jackson’s drunkenness and prescription drug recklessness, yet somehow none of this ever came to light while Jackson served as doctor to President Obama and his family. And they sigh as the conservative love affair and liberal outrage over Kanye West hits another level after Kanye tweets that he loves Trump, slams Obama, and Kim Kardashian tweets in strong support of Kanye’s right to think for himself.

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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Super Troopers 2 and stoner flicks. JVL lectures on drug policy, Sonny has a hot take on Kanye, Vic embarks on a Reduced Gluttony Diet.

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Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare

 

Note: I honestly didn’t even want to write a review for this movie, I so badly didn’t care. But I promised myself that even garbage like this should get a few words. It’s part of the challenge, right? Let me know what you guys think. Direction by Jeff Wadlow Screenplay by Jillian Jacobs, Michael Reisz, […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a Republican win in an Arizona congressional race, although the margin should have been a lot wider. They also groan as many conservatives suddenly adore Kanye West because of a few tweets that poke the left as being the thought police. And they discuss the furor over Budget Director Mick Mulvaney admitting he only met with lobbyists who donated to his campaigns while serving in Congress. While they can see why this seems distasteful, Jim and Greg wonder how people thought politics worked in the real world and they don’t believe the liberal shock and horror for a second.

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What’s the Dumbest TV You Watch? I’ll Tell You Mine

 

Do you watch any television shows that you’d be embarrassed to let people know you watch? Since I use an alias here at Ricochet, I’ll boldly come out and tell you one of mine, Family Feud. Yes, the insipid game show which began on the networks and moved to syndication and has been around since the invention of the cathode tube (or more precisely 1976).

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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Rampage and the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s oeuvre. Is he truly a bankable star? Vic goes rummaging through his closet. JVL has a movie date with his mother in law. Sonny takes a stroll with William Friedkin through Georgetown.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stand her ground after chief Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow suggests Haley was confused about whether new sanctions had been ordered against Russia. They also shudder as more horrible allegations come out against disgraced Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, and because he won’t resign even after top GOP leaders urged him to step down. They roll their eyes as independent 2016 presidential candidate Evan McMullin remains mired in campaign debt and has missed his last three required filings with the Federal Elections Commission. And Jim and Greg pay tribute to the remarkable life of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

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In this latest micro episode, Sonny and Vic discuss the politics of Chappaquiddick (JVL is out of town). Sonny explains the difference between dead Democrats and dead Republicans. Vic remembers meeting Ted Kennedy.

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Way-Down Double-Digit Rankings

 

Years ago, I read a news item about a reorg in North Korea. As I recall, the guy who was #25 in line for Big Heat got bumped off. On that ranking, of course the reporters were just quoting someone who was likely just making it up. Reporters could not have done the ranking themselves; […]

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Saturday Thought Sampler: All Topics Welcome

 

The weather is still sour, unsuitable for walking, and I’ve been restless, needing to write a post but being too tired to have anything coherent to say. So here is a sampling of thoughts I’ve been able to hang on to for more than ten seconds I recently read a blog post where a parent […]

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Isle of Dogs

 

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Rampage

 

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as the Republican National Committee furiously tries to line up a few Democrats to push Mike Pompeo over the finish line as the next Secretary of State. They also hang their heads as large percentages of Americans demonstrate very poor knowledge about the Holocaust, including 41 percent of Americans and 66 percent of millennials who have no idea what Auschwitz was. And they throw up their hands, as the Republican National Committee tries to discredit the upcoming media blitz from former FBI Director James Comey by favorable quoting Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Maxine Waters.

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In this twee episode of the Substandard, our hosts discuss Isle of Dogs and the Wes Anderson oeuvre. Sonny gives us rankings. JVL goes back to the minors. Vic orients his kids with Chinese food. Plus “Gene” unleashed!

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Blockers

 

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The Kendra and Hank Breakup: Dissected

 

Andrew Breitbart used to say “politics is downstream of culture.” Similarly, I believe cultural trends are downstream of Hollywood, so you’ll excuse me if I dip my toes a bit into some celebrity gossip for a few minutes.

Kendra Wilkinson (it’s okay if you’ve never heard of her; she was one of the handful of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends featured on his reality show “Girl Next Door”) and husband Hank Baskett (of some sort of sportsball fame) have announced their divorce this week. The pair are parents of two: eight-year-old Hank IV, and three-year-old Alijah.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are happy to Republicans senators like Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, and John Kennedy pin down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on critical issues like censorship, free speech, and user policies that actually benefit Facebook members. They also react to House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing his retirement, looking both at his record and the increased likelihood that Democrats will take back the House this year. And they have fun with London’s ridiculous new knife control push after 50 stabbing deaths in the city this year, including police confiscating scissors and pliers as deadly weapons.

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On this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses the second trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s actually pretty good (JVL wants more Donald Glover!). Sonny calls Emilia Clarke “a nothing.” Vic uses the word “luscious.” Plus a discussion of fonts!

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