The liberal imperative to ‘do something’

by Sonny Bunch on December 17, 2012

You’re going to hear from a lot of liberals that We have to do something in the wake of Newtown. Complacency is not an option and We can’t just shrug and do nothing and The fierce urgency of now and other such slogans will be bandied about. We’re going to be told that We need to have a national discussion about […]


Defining Torture Down

by Sonny Bunch on December 16, 2012

One of the things worth pointing out in the whole Zero Dark Thirty kerfuffle is the absurd defining-down of “torture,” something Kyle Smith gets at quite nicely in his column this weekend: Does “ZD30” glorify torture? No, because no one is tortured in it. The worst procedure shown is waterboarding, and while this is an extremely unpleasant […]


Happily Ignorant

by Sonny Bunch on December 15, 2012

I recently revisited the piece in the New York Times on child psychopaths, and was struck by this quote: John Edens, a clinical psychologist at Texas A&M University, has cautioned against spending money on research to identify children at risk of psychopathy. “This isn’t like autism, where the child and parents will find support,” Edens observes. “Even […]

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The feminists are not going to be happy about this

by Sonny Bunch on December 14, 2012

I, however, am pleased. I can’t wait to hear all the complaints that men would never be sexualized like this, and that they’re celebrated for their athletic prowess, not how hot they are. I just. Can’t. Wait.


Review: The Hobbit

by Sonny Bunch on December 14, 2012

The first entry of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is a well paced, exciting piece of work, a welcome return to the world of Middle Earth Jackson so vividly brought to life between 2001 and 2003 in his massive, and massively profitable, Lord of the Rings films. But then, I could be wrong. The film, as viewed in […]

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No Regrets

by Sonny Bunch on December 13, 2012

Apologies for the light posting; crashing on a couple of different deadlines (one of which is a review of The Hobbit, Part One: The Hobbiting, to be published tomorrow). But I did want to quickly highlight this video, in which Michael Moynihan explains why “Draw Mohammad Day” was important and why he wishes it had […]


Glenn Greenwald’s Movie Corner

by Sonny Bunch on December 12, 2012

Hi folks, Glenn Greenwald here. Given the outrage surrounding my decision to write about—and harshly judge the supporters of—a movie I haven’t seen, I figured like any good troll I should keep up the hard work. So I’m back to let you, the reader, know just what films are politically acceptable to enjoy and judge […]


Dance, puppets!

by Sonny Bunch on December 11, 2012

As I thought might happen, the liberal-left freakout over Zero Dark Thirty has been kind of fun to watch. The Free Beacon published a good roundup of the reax; I just want to add one quick comment to a point Glenn Greenwald made. Greenwald, in that hyperbolic, hyperventilating way he has so vigorously mastered, denounced the film as […]


Thoughtcrimes, ca. 2012

by Sonny Bunch on December 6, 2012

Anytime a group blog pulls a post I’m curious to know which thoughtcrime was committed.… — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) December 5, 2012 As it turns out, this was the thoughtcrime in question: That’s the entirety of Tom Van Dyke’s post. The editors of the League took it down and later put up this letter explaining […]


Andrew Sullivan Conservatism

by Sonny Bunch on December 5, 2012

Has anyone catalogued Andrew Sullivan’s various proclamations about what being a “real conservative” means? I’ve always found them to be mildly amusing, if only because “being a real conservative” typically means “believing whatever Andrew Sullivan happens to believe on any given day.” The most recent example of this trend is his discourse on steroid usage, […]