I Love It

Anti-war protesters invoked Lincoln’s famous declaration: “There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There’s nothing good in war except its ending.” Alas, that’s actually from an episode of Star Trek, specifically one of my favorite ones, “The Savage Curtain” (#77), which has come up around here several times for Lincoln’s more memorable utterance to Lt. Uhuru, “My, what a charming negress.” Maybe at the next rally, they can just drone on “Help me, Spock. Hellllllp meeeeeee Spooooocccccccccckkk.”

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

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