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Man and superwoman

There's a little dust-up going on in the movie and comic-book communities over the lack of a big superhero film with a solo female star.  Plenty of these films, including the current hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," have female team members, but so far there hasn't been a solo project with a female star in the vein of Iron Man or Captain America.  Supposedly Marvel has some vague hope of creating such a movie one of these days, but it never gets further than boilerplate P.C. rhetoric about how it's a swell idea and everyone loves the notion of a strong superwoman carrying her own film.  Film School Rejects has an amusing history of Marvel honcho Kevin Feige wriggling out from beneath this question roughly once per year, every year since 2008. Aug 5, 2014 1:07 PM PT

Nanny State Goes Wild with Bake Sale Ban

The Wall Street Journal bids farewell to a staple of school life since time immemorial: the bake sale.  Those Who Know What's Good For Us have decided bake sales are out of the question for our roly-poly student bodies, you see. Aug 4, 2014 1:27 PM PT

Mitt Romney's comeback

The Washington Post notes that President Obama is about as welcome as a walking, talking root canal on the Democrat campaign trail, while Republicans can't get enough of Mitt Romney: Aug 4, 2014 10:23 AM PT

Netanyahu takes Obama to school again

If Barack Obama and John Kerry's hideous fumbling in the Gaza war - essentially turning the United States into Hamas' legal representation, in alliance with the terror-enabling state of Qatar against Israel and virtually every reasonably sane Arab government - seems confusing, two crucial points should be borne in mind.  One of them is that Obama and Kerry are both feckless and lazy.  They want a big foreign-policy win, fast, and they know they're not going to get it by talking to the blood-splattered monsters of Hamas, so they lean on Israel. Aug 2, 2014 9:53 AM PT

Did Snowden Help al-Qaeda Step up Their Online Game?

The Edward Snowden saga is really two stories in one.  There are the secrets he's revealed about the extent of the Digital Panopticon, which is of great concern to Americans who are understandably upset about the degree to which they have been spied upon.  (And when the Ruling Class notices the Eye of Sauron glaring at them, by golly, they get filled with bipartisan anger, too!)  And then there's the way Snowden obtained those secrets, which is both a massive indictment of U.S. internal security, and of Snowden himself.   Aug 2, 2014 9:38 AM PT

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights: Israel is mean because they won't give Iron Dome missile defense to Hamas

For anyone who needed further proof that the United Nations has gone completely off the rails, and reached an altitude where the rails are no longer visible through the clouds, you've got the top "human rights" munchkin complaining that Israel won't give its Iron Dome missile defense system to the Hamas terrorists, to make things a fair fight, as reported right here at Breitbart News: Aug 1, 2014 12:30 PM PT

The Church of Global Warming burns another heretic

Talking Points Memo relates the short and unhappy career of Roger Pielke Jr. at Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog, as inquisitors of the Church of Global Warming turned up with a wooden stake and plenty of kindling to burn the heretic for daring to question one of the more absurd extensions of their religious dogma: Jul 29, 2014 7:05 AM PT

Movie review: 'A Most Wanted Man'

Slipping in between the summer blockbusters comes Philip Seymour Hoffman's last full performance in "A Most Wanted Man," a very subtle, deliberate, and talky John LeCarre adaptation.  Hoffman plays German spymaster Gunther Bachmann, who runs a tiny off-the-books counter-espionage unit in Hamburg.  Bachmann plays a long, patient game in the War on Terror, breaking German law here and there in his efforts to slowly climb the terrorist totem pole.  When he learns of a half-Russian, half-Chechen Muslim refugee looking to dispose of his late, unlamented father's ill-gotten millions, Bachmann sees an opportunity to get his hooks into a seemingly clean Islamic scholar and philanthropist, who is suspected of diverting money into al-Qaeda's hands behind the scenes. Jul 27, 2014 1:35 PM PT

Every state is a border state now: Cape Cod says no to a shipment of illegal aliens

As the shock waves from Barack Obama's manufactured border crisis ripple across the country, turning every state into a border state, backlash is emanating from people who didn't have much of a problem with open-borders ideology, back when they thought all the illegal aliens would be staying in the South.  One such vignette comes from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as reported at the Daily Signal: Jul 27, 2014 9:10 AM PT

Obama's foreign policy triumph in Libya: U.S. embassy evacuated

We have a surprise winner in the Saigon Embassy Evacuation Sweepstakes... surprising, that is, to anyone who hasn't been paying attention to the steady disintegration of Barack Obama's foreign policy "triumph" in Libya.  Those who placed their bets on the Baghdad embassy being the first to bail can only watch, disappointed, as F-16 fighter jets and MV-22 tilt-rotor Ospreys cover the American diplomatic retreat from Tripoli, with nary a YouTube video protest in sight.  Fox News reports: Jul 26, 2014 6:23 AM PT

The very expensive death of the Chevy Volt

I've been a student of the Chevy Volt electric-car debacle since the first time I took a stab at figuring out the actual per-unit cost of each car, with the subsidies figured in.  The thing launched with a sticker price of $41,000, but direct state and federal subsidies - i.e. taxpaying chumps forced at gunpoint to pay for part of your shiny new electric car - could take it down to $33,500 or less.  But if you figured in all the subsidies those taxpayer chumps were forced to give manufacturers, they really cost at least $81,000 apiece.  You paid $33k or so, while people who will never drive a Volt, and maybe never buy a Chevy, covered the rest. Jul 25, 2014 2:18 PM PT

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