A Scene from Washington, D.C.

January 10, 2013

FADE IN ON EXT. SIDEWALK, NIGHT A Young Professional walks down the street, hurrying to make the light. A Disheveled Interloper seeks to stop him. DI: Excuse me, can I stop you for a second and ask… YP: Sorry, no. [Hurries on] The half-walk, half-run is not enough; the light turns yellow. He frustratedly sighs, [...]

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The Media-Offense Complex

January 9, 2013

The whole “Katherine Webb Thing” is so ludicrous I don’t know where to start. But I do think it’s a pretty compelling window into society’s worst neurosis, the need to find offense and victims and apologies every single time something obviously innocuous happens that violates whatever sensibility those in the media have. To recap: The [...]

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Notre Dame: Still overrated all these years later

January 8, 2013

I wrote this piece on BCS reform way back in 2006 for the Weekly Standard; I would argue that, given the events of last night, it’s as relevant as ever. The most relevant portion? But the BCS must be reformed. First: No independent teams should be allowed to participate in the playoff. Consider the most famous [...]

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Alex Jones: Lizard Man, Probably

January 8, 2013

Look, I’m broadly sympathetic to Jones’ larger point that taking guns away will do little to reduce crime. But holy crap, if you wanted to discredit the pro-gun argument, you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to do so. I assume he’s a plant inserted by the New World Order so as to [...]

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Kubrick at LACMA

January 7, 2013

I’ve got a piece on the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art over at the Free Beacon. The exhibit’s definitely worth checking out if you are in the city and have two or three hours to kill. I want to expand on one point I made early on about Kubrick’s legacy, [...]

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Paying for content

January 3, 2013

I had a bit of fun on Twitter yesterday with Andrew Sullivan’s announcement that he was adding a pay wall/metered function to his website. I’ll be honest, it’s not the sort of thing I care to support—I can’t go in for the Trig Trutherism, the anti-Israel rhetoric, the Obama-fealty—but I really do wish him the [...]

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3D on the wane?

January 1, 2013

There’s an interesting factoid in Vulture’s roundup of the 2012 box office figures: Could it be that there’s actually an inverse relationship between usurious 3-D ticket prices and box office attendance? It’s actually not such a crazy notion. Movie ticket prices overall have actually been on the downslope after having hit a record high during [...]

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The posting, it will be light

December 26, 2012

I just wanted to wish everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc. It’s been a fun year: I’ve enjoyed muttering to myself here and honored to see that a few of you enjoy muttering along with me. There are things in the offing for next year—big, exciting things!—but I can’t really talk about them just yet. [...]

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The inanity of gun control

December 26, 2012

Excellent use of DC police resources, investigating Meet the Press for committing an act of journalism: washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-sc… — Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) December 26, 2012 I know Goldberg’s being sarcastic here, but I really do think this is a good use of police resources. To recap: Meet the Press’ David Gregory appeared on his show with [...]

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Review: Jack Reacher

December 21, 2012

Christopher McQuarrie, the writer-director of Jack Reacher, is an oddly underused Hollywood asset. After winning an Oscar for The Usual Suspects (1995), McQuarrie did not reemerge on the big screen until his directorial debut in the wildly underrated The Way of the Gun (2000). He was then silent for another eight years before reteaming with The Usual Suspects’ Bryan Singer to [...]

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