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The Wall Street Journal: Dylann Roof proves that institutional racism “no longer exists” in the South

[ 89 ] June 19, 2015 |

I shit you not.

Game of Thrones podcast: Season 5, Episode 10 — “Mother’s Mercy”

[ 74 ] June 19, 2015 |

This episode is notable not only for Steven’s barely contained rage, but because — obviously — is the last Game of Thrones podcast we’ll be doing for nine months.

Have no fear though! We will still be podcasting! Starting this week, we will be hosting a podcast on the new BBC series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. We hope those of you who enjoyed listening us talk about one television show adapted from thick novels will join us as we talk about another television show adopted from another thick novel.


They should emerge onstage in the dead silence to which they’ll inevitably return

[ 193 ] June 17, 2015 |

Having just written a brief history — since 2008 — of conservatives being sued by musicians for using their work at campaign rallies, I’m thinking of doing them a favor and maybe writing up a list of songs by artists who might allow conservatives to use their work. Currently, I’ve got Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Pitbull. Suggestions?

UPDATE: Thanks for all the suggestions! Here’s what I ended up going with.

A glimpse into my inbox — if I actually responded to lunatics, which I’m doing today because why not?

[ 29 ] June 14, 2015 |

Fox News covers “Game of Thrones”: People think the White Walkers are evil just because they’re white!

[ 30 ] June 13, 2015 |

This is easily the goofiest thing I’ve written in some time, and it may have been for an audience of one — i.e. people who watch as much Fox News as I do and obsess over Game of Thrones — but here you go:

On “Fox & Friends” this morning, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was outraged by those criticizing Stannis Baratheon’s decision to sacrifice his daughter, Agamemnon-and-Iphigenia-style, to the Lord of Light. “There’s only one true god and his name is R’hllor,” she said, adding that “it’s a leader’s job to make the difficult decisions, and he should be applauded for doing so.”

“Of course,” co-host Steve Doocy said, “the real issue here is the troops. If Stannis had cut and run, they would have starved, and now they at least have a chance to die brave deaths while laying siege to Winterfell.”

“Some people would rather the troops starve than die honorably,” Hasselbeck said. “If Stannis tried to return to Castle Black, Shireen still might have died, and even if she didn’t, Jon Snow just let a bunch of Wildlings across the border. It’s not like she would have been safe there!”

“I think we should talk about that,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said. “Who is Jon Snow to be offering all these Wildlings amnesty?”

“No one’s talking about the rate of Wildling-on-Wildling crime, either,” Doocy added. “It’s high — much higher than in the White Walker community.”

Kilmeade agreed, arguing that “some critics” are bashing the White Walkers just because they’re white. “We don’t really know anything about them,” he said, “but we do know that, unlike the Wildlings, they’re not using precious resources that could be going to the troops. I’m not saying we should start a #WhiteWalkersMatter campaign or anything, but I’m not saying we shouldn’t either.”

Read the rest over at Salon…

Game of Thrones podcast: Season 5, Episode 9 — “The Dance of Dragons”

[ 40 ] June 11, 2015 |

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Megyn Kelly & Howard Kurtz attack SEK in a manner up with which he cannot put

[ 97 ] June 11, 2015 |

I couldn’t not respond, now could I? This is about ethics in journalism!

Fox News is trying its hand at comedy again…

[ 44 ] June 11, 2015 |

…and the results are predictably awful:

Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” featured the show’s hosts having a conversation with Colin Quinn about Jerry Seinfeld’s recent complaint that political correctness has ruined comedy. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, in particular, didn’t seem to know what comedy even was, asking questions of the sort one would expect from an alien anthropologist who barely passed her required “Human Culture” courses. “Do you feel that you’re being more and more restricted in your art, your profession, and what you do, and your freedom?” she asked, as if she knew those words were related, but only theoretically.

That’s because for conservatives like her and her co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, a “sense of humor” isn’t about what’s actually funny, but about what awful thoughts they possess that comedy would provide them the “freedom” to express aloud without facing public opprobrium…
I’m sure Jeff Goldstein — God rest his self-beknighted soul — thinks differently.

I’m not going to say that this is the best thing ever…

[ 35 ] June 11, 2015 |

…but this is the best thing ever:

Of course, I’m a confabulist who invents improbable happenings about himself in order to satisfy his insatiable hatted ego, etc. etc. etc.


[ 42 ] June 9, 2015 |

I’m not sure which story I enjoy more — the one about the man who requested a “summer break” from his federal conviction saying that other criminals downplay the severity of their crimes or the one about the evangelical preacher who left one bank because it was gay friendly only to deposit his father’s money in another that’s gay friendlier.

Franklin Graham urges Christians to boycott Wells Fargo…

[ 50 ] June 8, 2015 |

…and Wells Fargo is like, “Really? We didn’t notice.”

I’ve got to say that I really enjoy watching evangelical Christians being marginalized on account of their extremism. Not that I’m part of a vast conspiracy to marginalize them, mind you, just a happy spectator.

SEK on his adventures at the Dallas Comic Con

[ 22 ] June 7, 2015 |

karen gillan comic con kristen lucas-smith

As those of you who follow me on Facebook know, this is a sanitized version suitable for public consumption, but I’m damn proud of it anyway. (It still reads to me like someone took a 5,000 word draft and chopped it down to 1,500, but since that’s what I actually did, I’m sure I’ll always feel that way.)

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