Hugo Chavez – No Hero of the Poor

Supporters of Hugo Chavez and his legacy typically argue that, regardless of his illiberal crackdowns on speech, dissent, and civil liberties, those aspects of his regime pale in comparison to the great good that he did for the poor in his country.  At the newly relaunched FiveThirtyEight, however, Dorothy Kronick demonstrates – quite conclusively, in…

Yeah, that’s about right.

I’m still working on my post discussing my concerns that the left is needlessly starting down the road that’s made the right such a fishing joke.  It should be up this week.  But since we seem to be so deeply entrenched in “any criticism of the liberals/Dems is invalid because BSDI and False Equivalence!” here…

Russell’s final Oscar picks

At last the big night is finally upon us. Just like last year, I offered a set of predictions totally blind and without the benefit (such as it is) of having  seen any of the nominated films and prior to any of the preceding predictor awards.  Having now seen all of the latter (but still…

School of Hard Knocks

Student:  Mr. Kazzy, we need white chalk so we can mix it with the red to make pink. Mr. Kazzy:  We don’t have any white chalk. Student: Why don’t you go to the store and buy more white chalk? Mr. Kazzy:  We can’t solve all our problems by going to the store.  Sometimes we just…

The film is a saddening bore

Cinematic shorthand tends to make use of emblematic actions to visually represent certain eras: the 40s USO dance, 50s drag race, 60s protest, etc. These, usually collective, activities come to be how we visualize historical periods such that we wonder if those who lived through the periods but sat out the activities were really there.

Sam He Is

SEC Defensive Player of the Year and NFL prospect Michael Sam came out.  While he says his teammates and coaches knew since the summer and that many people associated with the NFL also seemed to know, he wanted to formally come out on his own terms, saying, “I want to own my truth. … No…