Hillary and Jihadi John
February 26th, 2015

Two non-related items:

(1) It seems that the Washington Post has identified the London-accented ISIS executioner. They claim that he is “a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming.”

But that seems rather far-fetched. Don’t we all know that ISIS militants are motivated by a lack of job opportunities?

That said, the Post story does lay the foundation for a radicalized-by-stop-and-frisk explanation. That would be awesome because it would prove, once and for all, that Islamophobia is the (other?) root cause for religiously-motivated beheadings.

(2) Andrew Stiles deserves a Pulitzer for stuff like this. Sample funny:

Hillary Clinton is running for president, but due to her advanced age, inability to think on her feet, and unquenchable lust for money, she would like to avoid having to actually campaign for as long as possible.

Anyway, after seeing the idea floated that Clinton would like to finish the nominating contest without participating in any candidate debates, it got me thinking: What if Clinton was able to make it through the primary season without giving any unpaid speeches!

Might not be as crazy as it sounds. I mean, these don’t have to be Goldman-Sachs-style paid speeches. But what if she turned every campaign event into a closed-door fundraiser where Democratic voters had to pony up, say a $25 cover to get in the door? (18 to party, 21 to drink!) No more “Come to the IHOP and meet the candidate garbage.” You want the good stuff with the next POTUS, you pay like everyone else.

Japan’s Robot Babies
February 25th, 2015

Me over at TWS: There are some perfectly good reasons why Japan would be disinclined to fix its demographic problems with immigration.

Site News
February 24th, 2015

Three posts in a month. Wow. That got out of hand quickly.

The reason blogging has been non-existant is that I’ve been tied up with another project. I’ll tell you all about it next week, I hope. It’s kind of fun.

Do You Want to Job to Roman?
February 23rd, 2015

Galley Reader K.T. sends along this video mashing up Frozen and smark complaining about Roman Reigns. I barely keep up with the WWE, but this is awesome.

Who Wrote the Best ’50 Shades’ Lede?
February 18th, 2015

Kay Hymowitz, for the win:

In her standup act, comedian Whitney Cummings scoffs at the claim that men like strong women. “Sorry, I’ve watched porn,” she says. “Men like Asian schoolgirls with duct tape on their mouths.”

She can do demographics, high-brow criticism, and this. Hymowitz is a national treasure.

Trailer City
February 9th, 2015

Is McFarland USA the annual middling Disney feel-good sort-of-true sports flick? Yes.

Does it have Kevin Costner, who’s a better leading man in middle age than he was in his youth? Yes.

Is it the cross-country movie I’ve been waiting for my whole life? Oh yes. Yes it is.

Romney 2016: The Darkness
January 30th, 2015

No! Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!

I demand a recount.

Romney 2016 Update
January 30th, 2015

My favorite part of this Romney 2016 walk-through isn’t that Romney has come to the conclusion–for the second straight cycle–that there’s no one running who could possibly be a better candidate (or president!) than himself. And it isn’t that he considers Jeb Bush a “small time” businessman.

No. It’s that when Romney looks at the 2016 field, the only two people who stand out as “strong presidential material” are . . .

Bob Portman and John Kasich.

Once again, Mitt Romney displays the laser-like intelligence and keen acumen which earned him hundreds of millions of dollars in the private sector.