Category Archives: Culture

White House Announces Trump Will Become the First President To Attend March for Life

The White House announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump would be the first sitting president to attend the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The announcement, which has been championed by those in the pro-life movement, came as the Senate began hearing opening arguments in Trump’s impeachment trial. The March for Life…

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Planned Parenthood Exposed: Report Shows Why Oft-Mentioned 4 Percent Stat Is Misleading

Although the number of yearly abortions in the U.S. appears to be declining, Planned Parenthood reached an all-time high in the 2018 fiscal year and performed 345,672 abortions, nearly 13,000 more than the year before. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortion provider, but its most recent annual report claims abortions were only 4 percent…

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Judge Smacks Down Transgender Pronouns, Says They’re a Courtesy, Not a Right for People Before the Court

You can get yourself into an awful lot of trouble these days for the mere act of living in reality. Such is the case of Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Duncan is a Trump appointee, one who was savaged by the left during his…

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‘Political Intervention’: Liberty Counsel Chairman Slams ‘Despicable’ Planned Parenthood’s Historic $45M Donation

As tensions rise in the midst of the 2020 presidential election season, Planned Parenthood this week launched the largest electoral campaign in its history, with plans to spend $45 million on pro-choice candidates. It is no surprise that Planned Parenthood is funding pro-abortion politicians, the vast majority of whom are Democrats. In a July 2019…

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PEN IS MIGHTY: Journalists to Award Themselves Bezos-Funded ‘Courage’ Award Named After Billionaire Heiress

The Washington Free Beacon regrets to inform you that the journalists are at it again. The White House Correspondents’ Association, a pro-journalism activist group responsible for hosting the appropriately dubbed “nerd prom” dinner party, announced Friday the creation of a new journalism award for “courage and accountability.”

ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl captured the sentiment of the pro-journalism community by describing the announcement as a “big deal.”

The award is named after the late heiress Katharine Graham, daughter of former Washington Post owner Eugene Meyer, a financier who by the age of 40 had amassed a fortune worth nearly $800 million in today’s dollars. Graham served as publisher of the Post for a decade beginning in 1969.

Current Washington Post owner and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos reportedly endowed the “courage” award for journalists with a “generous donation.” The Katharine Graham Award for Courage and Accountability will be presented for the first time this April at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the annual black-tie gala in Washington, D.C., at which journalists congratulate themselves for their courage by attending exclusive parties with actual celebrities.

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The Best Year for Movies in Forever

The two late entrants into the Oscar race, Little Women and 1917, both scored Best Picture nominations and are credible possibilities to take the statuette at the awards ceremony in February. That’s not only because both of them are good, which they are; Little Women is an emotional knockout (its last hour in particular), while 1917 is a riveting and harrowing thriller, inventively told and staggeringly well photographed. Nor is it because they are both wildly successful at the box office, which they also are; by the end of this weekend Little Women will approach $100 million at the domestic box office on a $40 million budget with lots more runway to spare, and 1917 is likely going to earn hundreds of millions worldwide.

Nor is it because they both can claim to be speaking to the zeitgeist, though they do—Little Women because it is an explicitly 21st-century feminist rendering of Louisa May Alcott’s already feminist 1869 novel and 1917 because it is a portrait of the futility of war at a time when every Democrat in the presidential race all but swore an oath to pacifism at the last debate.

It’s because of the rules.

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expanded the number of nominees from 5 to as many as 10, the rules changed—no longer do voters simply choose one film as the best and whichever picture gets the most votes wins. Now voters rank their choices in order and then other things happen and math gets involved and when math gets involved I stop paying attention so whatever, dude. With a ranked system, the movie that gets only the third-most votes as the top choice can still win somehow (again, math). So there’s just no telling what might win.

And here’s the thing about the movies of 2019, at least as far as the Oscar nominations are concerned: They were really, really good. For the first time I can remember, every single movie nominated for Best Picture would be an entirely suitable winner—and there are nine of them. Compare this with last year, when Green Book won; there wasn’t a single film among the eight nominees I thought was deserving. In 2018, there were to my mind two somewhat acceptable choices out of nine—Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird—in a year when the absurd and egregious The Shape of Water won. And so it goes; 2017 was the year La La Land didn’t win even though Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway said it had, and Moonlight did, and I’m still angry because that was bulls—t.

That’s what makes the 2020 slate so miraculous. If I had to vote for one of the nominees myself, I would pick Marriage Story, which may be the best American movie made in the past decade. But in doing so, I would feel a little bad I was passing Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood by, which is a glory in itself. The beautiful JoJo Rabbit pulled off an almost fiendishly difficult feat in avoiding the horrendous pitfalls that come with being a growing-up-a-Nazi comedy. But let’s say none of those three prevails next month and Little Women or 1917 does. Or Ford v Ferrari. Or The Irishman. In any other year, any of them would have won going away.

Even the two movies I didn’t especially like, Parasite and Joker, are brilliantly crafted and conceived and deserve the accolades they have received. And then there were the movies that didn’t make it—Dolemite Is My Name and Knives Out foremost among them—whose presence among the nominees would have been entirely justified.

How did this bounty come upon us in 2019 when 2018 and 2017 were such duds? Luck is the only explanation. It would be just like Hollywood to raise our hopes and expectations this way only to dash them upon the shoals of mediocre reality with a horrible 2020.

If I had to guess, I’d say 1917 is the movie to beat because it’s new and fresh and bold and will be one of the dominant box office players just when Academy voters have to vote. But there’s just no way of knowing what’s going to happen here, and that makes this the first exciting Oscar race in, like, forever.

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Meet the 16-Year-Old Competitive Shooter Working to Keep Her Guns Legal in Virginia

Mia Farinelli is like any other teenage girl, except for one key difference. Her skill as a world-class competitive shooter has brought her into the national spotlight. She uses that spotlight to teach others about her sport, but also to do something other top high school athletes don’t have to worry about: stop political proposals seeking to ban the very guns she competes with.

Join us as we follow Mia while she practices shooting, makes coffee for customers at her after-school job, beats competitors twice her age, lobbies her lawmakers, and speaks at a county meeting during the height of the Virginia Second Amendment sanctuary movement.

Find out how Mia started competing with guns, what her favorite competition is, how she hopes to influence lawmakers, and how a ban on AR-15s could crush her dream to one day join the Army’s shooting team.

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Atlanta Newspaper Hires Cosby Lawyer to Go After American Icon Clint Eastwood

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) recently hired convicted felon Bill Cosby’s former lawyer to go after Warner Bros. and Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood for his movie Richard Jewell.

Marty Singer, who has developed a reputation as a “guard dog” for Hollywood clients, threatened a defamation suit against Eastwood and Warner Bros. for the film’s alleged portrayal of late AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs having sex with an FBI agent to get a scoop on Richard Jewell. Jewell was wrongly suspected of committing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

“It is highly ironic that a film purporting to tell a tragic story of how the reputation of an FBI suspect was grievously tarnished appears bent on a path to severely tarnish the reputation of the AJC, a newspaper with a respected 150-year-old publishing legacy,” Singer said in a letter threatening the defamation suit.

“The ‘Richard Jewell’ film falsely portrays the AJC and its personnel as extraordinarily reckless, using unprofessional and highly inappropriate reporting methods, and engaging in constitutional malice by recklessly disregarding information inconsistent with its planned reporting,” the seven-page complaint letter read. “This, too, is the height of irony, since all those involved in the film’s creation and dissemination and its false portrayal of the AJC are the ones who have acted recklessly and are engaging in constitutional malice.”

Singer’s letter went on to demand that Eastwood and Warner Bros. issue a statement “publicly acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes and artistic license and dramatization were used in the film’s portrayal of events and characters.”

Singer has a history of sending threatening letters. In 2015, he sent one to the Washington Free Beacon on behalf of billionaire Tom Steyer, who is currently running for the Democratic nomination for president. The four-page letter called for a retraction of a Free Beacon article on Steyer’s “deep ties” to a 2015 scandal involving Democratic then-governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber. The Free Beacon did not retract the story, and Singer took no further action.

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Transgenders Report ‘Psychological Pain’ Over Menstrual Products Only ‘Tailored to Girls’

It seemed no more than a minor drop in the bucket when Proctor & Gamble’s menstrual hygiene brand Always announced last October the traditional feminine Venus symbol was to be removed from its product packaging amid widespread criticism from LGBT activists. Apparently, however, it was not. Instead, menstrual products have now been chosen as the…

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Rapinoe Signals She May Defy Olympic Rules & Kneel Anyway

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe suggested on Instagram this week she may defy Olympic rules and kneel or otherwise protest at this summer’s games in Tokyo, despite a ban by the International Olympic Committee on using the games to make political statements. Her reasoning: “We will not be silenced.” It’s interesting how she says she’s being…

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Employee #1: Alex Marlow Details Andrew Breitbart’s Vision in Long-Form Profile

Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow joined Patrick Courrielche for Red Pilled America’s 50th episode — the first of a two-part profile — to reflect on his political genesis and Andrew Breitbart’s vision for the news media outlet he founded.

Kanye West Headlining Stadium Event Aimed at Igniting National Spiritual Awakening

Rapper Kanye West will be bringing his Sunday Service to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday as part of a massive day-long event that many are believing God will use to help spark the next national spiritual awakening in the United States. Awaken 2020 had been scheduled for months, with tens of thousands…

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Nearly 100% of Up-&-Coming Dems Disagree America Is the Greatest Country in the World

It’s a quote that’s commonly, but inaccurately, attributed to Winston Churchill: “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart.  If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.” As the International Churchill Society notes, the ol’ bulldog was a Tory at the age of 15 and…

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Nigerian Has Perfect Response to Cardi B Ditching America for Africa: Let’s Trade

In the wake of the airstrike which killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Cardi B decided it was time to decamp to Nigeria in order to avoid the fallout from World War III, which was no doubt imminent. Now, one Nigerian has a modest proposal for her: How about a trade? For those of you…

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Review: Marriage Story

I really, really didn’t want to see Marriage Story, despite the rapturous reviews and the fact that it’s the work of Noah Baumbach, one of the most interesting writer-directors in America. It turns out I’m not alone. People in happy marriages tell me they don’t want to see it because they fear exposure to its portrayal of a marriage’s end would work like exposing oneself to a norovirus. People in not-so-happy marriages don’t seem to want to see it either because they fear it will push them down a path they are trying to avoid. And divorced people say they have PTSD from what they went through splitting up and don’t need to relive the worst time in their lives.

Well, I was wrong and so are all of them. In fact, Marriage Story is nothing less than a masterpiece—the best American movie in years, I think. I think this so much right now that as I write, I can’t think of the movie before it that would have held that title. Now you might think that its excellence would just make things worse. If Marriage Story‘s depiction of the end of a bad marriage is so brilliant, then surely it would be even more painful, even more awful, even more torturous to watch.

It’s not. In the first place, Marriage Story tells a very specific tale about very specific people—pretentious and theatrical showbiz types about whom it is both wonderfully compassionate and viciously satirical. The movie’s sociological specificity means it provides exactly the kind of distance from its subjects that keeps it from becoming too personally painful.

Marriage Story doesn’t feel like it’s about you and me—it’s about them, these beautifully drawn characters, Nicole and Charlie, and their experiences going through the divorce mill, not ours. Baumbach renders their experiences and their behavior with such meticulous care that it’s impossible not to feel some commonality with them, to be sure. But that’s art for you. At its best, it draws you in to the story of someone else’s woes, not your own. Has anyone ever said she couldn’t read Anna Karenina because its portrait of divorce was too painful? Marriage Story is no Anna Karenina, to be sure, but in a pinch, it’ll do.

Charlie (Adam Driver) is a somewhat avant-garde theater director whose work looks so ludicrous in Baumbach’s depiction that it makes total sense when he wins a MacArthur Genius Grant. Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) is an actress best known for her role in a sexy teenage movie comedy who long before surrendered her Hollywood standing to become Charlie’s helpmeet and muse off-Broadway. But she can no longer tolerate being his second fiddle, and he has no interest in restructuring their lives so that her solo career might share the spotlight. So they’re done.

When we meet them, their Brooklyn-based marriage is already over and they’re just about to negotiate the final terms in a friendly fashion. They separate formally when Nicole gets a TV pilot and moves to Los Angeles temporarily with their eight-year-old son to film it. When she decides she wants to stay in L.A., despite Charlie’s certainty that they had agreed they would remain a “New York family,” lawyers get involved—and everything goes to hell.

The hell into which they descend is funny and sad, comic and tragic, absurd and knowing. Nicole has a dazzling divorce lawyer (Laura Dern) who is ready for combat. Charlie has a shleppy but ruefully wise alte kocker (Alan Alda) who counsels him to accept the reality of Nicole’s wishes and concede before he is driven to penury. The friendly terms become distinctly chilly. What we see is not warfare, which might be agonizing to watch, but rather a kind of emotional attrition that’s more true, more real—and funnier.

Charlie seems more reasonable and kinder than Nicole at first—and since it’s clear Charlie is based on Baumbach and Nicole on his ex-wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh, it might seem like Baumbach is stacking the deck and making a revenge picture. But as Marriage Story progresses, Nicole’s argument that Charlie has not been a good husband gains in force precisely because his surface levelheadedness and calm come to seem like masks that hide an overweening solipsism.

Marriage Story is two hours long and I don’t think there’s a false or untrue or bad second in it. It’s beautiful to look at and listen to (it has a wonderfully heartfelt score by Randy Newman). There has rarely been a more perfectly cast picture. Alda and Dern (and Ray Liotta, who has two smashing scenes as a bombastic attorney) are sensationally good. Julie Hagerty, whom you will remember as the ditzy love interest from Airplane 40 years ago, is dazzling as Nicole’s sweetly vicious undermining mother. An actress named Martha Kelly plays a depressed social worker in a turn for the ages.

And then there are the leads. I’ve never quite gotten Johansson, but Baumbach has gotten a rawness and complexity out of her—maybe because he gave her the part of her life—that make her brilliance as an actress undeniable even to me. As for Adam Driver, I don’t know what to say exactly except that he gives one of the greatest of all screen performances. Period.

Driver should win the Oscar, as should the movie. He won’t, I don’t think, nor will it, because life isn’t fair, which is, in fact, one of the movie’s implicit messages. Sometimes things don’t work out. And you go on anyway.

Look, if you don’t want to see Marriage Story because you fear it, that’s fine. Go ahead. Be stupid. Or be smart, go to Netflix, and watch it. You already paid for it, moron!

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Abby Johnson Condemns Hollywood Sweetheart’s ‘Insulting’ Golden Globe Abortion Plug

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson did not mince words Monday, excoriating actress Michelle Williams for appearing to “thank abortion for her success” at the 77th Golden Globe Awards. Awarded best actress in a mini-series or television film, Williams had disregarded ceremony host Ricky Gervais’ request that industry leaders not “use the platform to make a political…

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Audience of ‘The View’ Literally Cheers White Supremacist Because He’s Anti-Trump

In the latest sign that some liberals don’t care who you are or what you stand for as long as you oppose President Donald Trump, the studio audience present for Wednesday’s airing of ABC’s “The View” literally cheered for a white supremacist. Some background: Notorious racist Richard Spencer managed to grab a few headlines Tuesday…

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Joy Behar Celebrates White Nationalist’s Opposition to Trump

ABC’s The View cohost Joy Behar on Wednesday celebrated white nationalist Richard Spencer opposing President Donald Trump because of the president’s actions against Iran.

“You were saying what’s some good news. This is a tiny thing that I noticed,” Behar said. “You remember Richard Spencer? He’s basically the organizer of Unite the Right, the white nationalist group that was marching in Charlottesville. He was all in for Trump. Not anymore.”

Behar read Spencer’s tweet renouncing his prior support for Trump in reaction to Trump’s decision to eliminate Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani.

“Wow,” Behar said, as the audience applauded. “That’s big, that’s interesting.”

“Do you know why?” cohost Abby Huntsman asked.

“It’s like I said yesterday, Trump ran on not invading and not being a warmonger,” Behar said. “These people, they’re the ones who are going to go.”

Soleimani led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps which trained, funded, and armed Iran-sympathetic terrorist groups in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and around the Middle East, killing thousands, including hundreds of Americans.

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Former US Attorney: ‘Too Many Inconsistencies’ To Declare Epstein’s Death a Suicide

Former Utah U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman told “Fox & Friends” hosts that there are “too many gaps now and too many inconsistencies” to rule wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s death a suicide. “We want to say this is just suicide and we want to be able to put it aside and understand…

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Colin Kaepernick Decries ‘American Terrorist Attacks’ in Wake of Soleimani’s Death

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday came to the defense of Iran in the aftermath of the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, decrying “American terrorist attacks.”

Kaepernick, a Nike brand ambassador and frequent critic of the United States, took to Twitter to express his opposition to the Trump administration’s decision to kill Soleimani, accusing the United States of targeting minorities “at home and abroad.”

“America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad,” Kaepernick tweeted. “America [sic] militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday defended the drone strike that killed Soleimani, saying that it disrupted an “imminent attack” on U.S. diplomats and service members in the Middle East. The State Department also said Soleimani was responsible for a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that killed an American contractor, as well as last week’s assault on the U.S. embassy in Iraq.

Soleimani led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps which trained, funded, and armed Iran-sympathetic terrorist groups in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and around the Middle East, killing thousands, including hundreds of Americans.

Kaepernick’s tweets are only his most recent courting of controversy. The former NFL quarterback first attracted criticism for kneeling during the National Anthem before games to protest the American criminal justice system. Last summer, he successfully lobbied Nike to stop selling a shoe decorated with the Betsy Ross flag, claiming the flag was racist.

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