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Movie review: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

If you don't like Wes Anderson's movies, you certainly aren't going to like "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is a jolt of pure, concentrated Wes-ness.  For his detractors, it will seem like a candy-colored Wes wasteland.  There isn't a single scene in this entire film that isn't trying to be arch.  Told as a series of nesting flashbacks, it's a multi-stage nuclear detonation of irony. Mar 29, 2014 3:46 PM PT

ObamaCare Launch Disaster: Send in the Lawyers!

The ObamaCare launch disaster wasn't all about the bumblers in the Obama Administration scarfing down $600 million and farting out a pile of 404 errors.  The state exchanges had a lot of trouble, too.  The worst ones are still abject nightmares, in which countless millions were paid for computer systems that remain almost completely unusable. Mar 29, 2014 7:34 AM PT

The death penalty and confidence in government

Allahpundit at Hot Air has some interesting thoughts on why support for the death penalty reached an all-time national low of 55 percent in the latest Pew survey, versus 38 percent opposed.  (Interesting that so many other issues with considerably less popular support are depicted as urgent priorities that everyone must fall in line with immediately...)  Other polls have also detected a downward trend in support for capital punishment over the past few years.. Mar 29, 2014 7:08 AM PT

Colbert's satire misfire

If you missed today's Internet kerfuffle, it surrounded a "joke" made in extremely poor taste by Comedy Central's Colbert Report, delivered via Twitter, and now deleted: "I am willing to show the Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Cong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." Mar 28, 2014 3:26 PM PT

Movie review: 'Odd Thomas'

Some fans of Dean Koontz's popular recurring character, Odd Thomas, might be surprised to discover there's a movie about him.  It got stuck in distribution hell and eventually slipped quietly onto DVD, popping up at Redbox kiosks and video-on-demand last week.  It's too bad the film got ignored to death, because it's pretty good.  Mar 26, 2014 12:20 PM PT

More Secret Service shenanigans

Fox News reports on the latest black eye for the Secret Service, as agents on the President's security detail are once again in hot water: Mar 26, 2014 7:33 AM PT

The creationism distraction

Over at The Federalist, my friend David Harsanyi susses out an organized media campaign to use creationism as a means of frightening secular parents away from school choice. Mar 25, 2014 5:07 PM PT

Hey, kids, buy ObamaCare and spend $1500 to save $250

Economist John Lott zings the economics of ObamaCare, picking apart the fuzzy math of an Administration advertisement (complete with a cartoon that literally depicts the target audience of of college-age young people as small children who get boo-boos by falling off their bicycles.)  The ad tells kids to buy an ObamaCare policy because they face a fifty-fifty chance of incurring $500 in medical bills each year. Mar 25, 2014 8:10 AM PT

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