Movie theater patrons are the worst. The. Worst.

December 19, 2012

So look. There’s nothing new in the post that follows. But perhaps you’ll indulge me for just a moment? I need to vent.

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The most annoying sentence ever written

December 19, 2012

But I’m not a cinefile (though I tried my hand at screenwriting years ago, and was also the editor of a film magazine for some time). I just. Wow. I hate everything about that sentence, from the misspelling of cinephile to the casual admission that an editor of a film magazine doesn’t feel the need […]

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The Do Something Imperative sets its sights on video games

December 19, 2012

I warned you! The Do Something Imperative will not be denied! In the wake of the Newtown shootings, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill Tuesday night that would have the National Academy of Sciences examine any link between violent games and media and violent acts by children, industry sources say. According to […]

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Megan McArdle violates the Do Something Imperative, left freaks out (Updated)

December 18, 2012

Megan McArdle was subjected to a two-minute hate on Twitter last night for suggesting we instruct people that cowering in the face of mass violence is an ineffective way to stop said violence. Allow me to suggest, however, that liberals weren’t upset because of 74 words in a 4,591 word essay. Nope. They were upset […]

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The liberal imperative to ‘do something’

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 […]

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Defining Torture Down

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 […]

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Happily Ignorant

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

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.

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Review: The Hobbit

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

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 […]

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