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Coyote thanks Obama for big profits from illegal alien smuggling operation

At long last, after six years of dismal failure, there is clear evidence that Barack Obama's policies finally managed to stimulate an industry.  The Washington Examiner tells us that "coyote" smugglers are doing great business across the porous southern border of the United States, expanding rapidly into a corporate empire that includes a professional "sales force," competitive pricing, first-class hotels, and even VIP bus service for those who can afford a platinum-level illegal immigration experience: Aug 21, 2014 12:55 PM PT

In high-strung America, not even Taylor Swift gets to be playful any more

This morning John Nolte brought us the remarkable news that some significant number of people - significant enough to generate some Salon click-bait, at any rate - think Taylor Swift's new music video is racially insensitive.  It would make a fun party game to show the "Shake It Off" video to different people and ask them to guess which part of it was supposedly offensive: Aug 20, 2014 10:13 AM PT

The Paper of Record helps frantic Democrats distance themselves from Obama

After relating a highly amusing incident in which a crestfallen Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was brusquely told by President Obama to deal with Republican leader Mitch McConnell on his own (just try to imagine the expression on the Crypt Keeper's face - you'll bust a gut laughing) the New York Times runs the latest Democrat National Committee talking points as if they were a "news" story: Aug 19, 2014 9:33 AM PT

Constant apology and the oppression of 'precise language'

I appreciate what the new movie (and 20-year-old book upon which it is based) "The Giver" was trying to say enough to feel bad about giving the film a tepid review, but I've got to call 'em like I see 'em.  For counterpoints, John Nolte here at Breitbart loved the movie, as did my old friend Ed Morrissey at Hot Air (who had almost exactly the opposite take as mine, comparing "The Giver" to other young-adult movies created after the book was published) and Emily Schultheis at The Federalist.  I like to read varying takes on movies and books, so perhaps the connoisseur of criticism will find some value in comparing what each of us had to say, pro and con. Aug 18, 2014 11:57 AM PT

Movie review: 'The Giver'

When I first saw a trailer for "The Giver" earlier this summer, I thought it looked like "Equilibrium" for the "Hunger Games" set.  That 2002 Christian Bale film has long been a guilty pleasure of mine.  As it turns  out, the book upon which "The Giver" is based predates "Equilibrium" by a decade, and is in many ways considered the grandpappy of the current Young Adult sci-fi dystopia craze.  Unfortunately, Grandpa is showing his age. Aug 16, 2014 9:28 PM PT

'Robocop' revisited

With all the talk of militarized police flying around these days, and the name of Robocop frequently invoked (or his image dragged into Photoshop tomfoolery) in criticism of the police response to the Ferguson riots, this seemed like a good time to catch up with the "Robocop" remake on DVD.  Alas, it proved a significant disappointment, although it made an interesting attempt to incorporate Surveillance State anxiety into the venerable Eighties action film. Aug 15, 2014 8:56 PM PT

The Ferguson story changes dramatically

Writing at length about the latest developments in the Ferguson saga, I thought the praise given to Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson was generally well-deserved.  The town wasn't quite as peaceful last night as the Shangri-La portrayed in Big Media reports - there were several instances of violence, including rocks thrown at cops, that simply were not reported, because they were unhelpful to The Narrative - but it was much improved.  Johnson, who grew up in Ferguson, hit the streets personally, and people responded well to him.  That's leadership, and it counts. Aug 15, 2014 9:55 AM PT

Challenging Edward Snowden and the information vigilantes

I've had strong misgivings about the freelance arbiters of secrecy ever since Wikileaks got off the ground.  Since I'm also institutionally suspicious of the government agencies they raid for information, and particularly suspicious of what the government has mutated into over the past six years, that poses a bit of a dilemma.  Can you respond to the information provided by someone like Edward Snowden, while simultaneously harboring deep misgivings about him claiming the power to decide what secrets should be exposed?  There's already considerable evidence that he jeopardized national security, while also exposing programs that made many Americans uncomfortable with the extent of the Surveillance State. Aug 14, 2014 12:52 PM PT

Murder suspect allegedly asks his iPhone for help disposing of a corpse

Reports were swirling around the Internet today about a University of Florida student named Pedro Bravo - dubbed an "idiot killer" by website BGR - asking Siri, the voice-response program of the iPhone, for assistance with disposing of a corpse.  The even stranger twist to the story is that Siri responded. Aug 13, 2014 1:55 PM PT


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