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    Fri. August 22

    Fantastic Four Reboot: Marvel’s Greatest Film Ever?

    Mark Judge

    Comic fanboys don’t have much hope for the rebooted Fantastic Four movie that’s in the pipeline. There have been production delays and changes in casting, and the first two FF films were disasters.

    But if done right, the new Fantastic Four can be not just a cool superhero movie, but a great film. All director Josh Trank has to do is what fanboys have been telling directors for years: follow the story. Because if the producers follow the right story, the new FF can be a bracing defense of conservatism, or even libertarianism, in the face of the all-powerful State.

    In this case, Trank should follow the story arc of Fantastic Four #84-87. This is one of the greatest stories that legendary Marvel co-creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby ever put to the page and drawing board. It involves Doctor Doom, one of the FF’s great foes, and has an…

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    Fri. August 22

    ESPN and Public Apologies

    R. J. Moeller

    It all started back in late March when Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was charged with aggravated assault after an altercation with his then-fiancée at a New Jersey casino. In May, Rice was allowed by the court to enter a counseling program for first-time offenders instead of facing any potential jail time. Then last month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a two-game suspension for the All-Pro and Super Bowl-winning player based on the league’s personal conduct policy.

    After the suspension was announced, ESPN’s motor-mouth analyst Stephen A. Smith had the following to say on the matter:

     

    Smith’s remarks—intended to communicate that women can, in certain circumstances, play a helpful role in defusing a potentially volatile outcome—did not go over well, to say the least.

    From Variety.com:

     The remarks drew the ire of ESPN personality and host Michelle Beadle, who took to Twitter…

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    Fri. August 22

    When Restaurants Ban Children

    Melanie Wilcox

    A popular restaurant in Monterey, California, Old Fisherman’s Grotto, has made national news for banning strollers, high chairs, booster chairs, and loud and crying children, according to the sign posted outside of the restaurant.  Other signage says that its restaurant staff reserves the right to ask a party to leave if they have disruptive children.

    The story went viral after local Monterey news station KSBW broke the news.  Customers were either extremely grateful, or extremely offended.   A commenter “Julie” summarized the views of those opposed to the restaurant’s decision on KSBW’s coverage of the story:

    “I am disgusted by the owner’s attitude towards families with children. I have been a loyal customer for about 16 years, and I will never eat there again. I hope the locals pay attention to this story and take their business elsewhere. In my opinion, Crabby Jim’s clam chowder is just as…

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    Thu. August 21

    The Problem With the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Gracy Olmstead

    Pretty much everyone is participating in the #IceBucketChallenge. If you aren’t, your Instagram and Facebook feeds are still overrun with posts, videos, pictures, and hashtags of other people doing it. It’s the newest, and perhaps one of the biggest, social media efforts to pick up steam. Everyone from Justin Bieber to local pastors is taking it on.

    The roots of the phenomenon can be traced back to Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball captain who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. Frates told the Boston Herald that “exposure like this is what the ALS community needs so we can even attempt to find a cure and reversal for people living with this insidious disease.”

    And thus far, the campaign has been extremely successful: last week, New York Magazine reported that ALS was the fourth hottest search on Google, and a Google trending topic. Additionally, a representative from…

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    Thu. August 21

    Is Taylor Swift’s New Video Racist?

    Mark Tapson

    I recently wrote for Acculturated that these are tough times for white female pop stars, whose every video and stage performance is now scrutinized for racism and cultural appropriation by those who seem predisposed to find racism everywhere (except, too often, where it actually exists). Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry have been highly visible targets of such charges, and now Taylor Swift joins their ranks.

    The music video for Swift’s new single “Shake it Off” debuted Monday and as of this writing has 20 million YouTube views. It’s a playful, exuberant song about shrugging off your critics and haters, and living with joyful abandon. In the video, Swift self-deprecatingly but unself-consciously tries to keep up with talented, ethnically diverse performers in a variety of dance styles, from ballet to modern dance to twerking to breakdancing to ribbon gymnastics to cheerleading.

     

    The video immediately drew fire for supposedly racist…

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    Wed. August 20

    Teaching Kids Temperance at Lunchtime

    Erin Vargo

    “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” —Denis Waitley

    Childhood obesity is back in the news after a federal law banned schools in dozens of states from selling food items that don’t meet nutritional requirements—specifically as it applies to campus bake sales. It prompts the question: Who are you gonna call if your child is obese? Forget doctors, coaches, and local farmers. Apparently, the Feds are the new gut busters.

    In an age of overdependence on fast food, it’s no wonder we have found ourselves in a (proverbial) pickle.

    Let’s be frank. The matter of declining health among American children is both chilling and ironic. In 2005, The New England Journal of Medicine released a study that predicted the long-term consequences of the trend:

    “‘Obesity is such that this generation of children…

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    Wed. August 20

    Jeff Bridges: Great Dude but Bad Philosopher

    Julia Shaw

    Jeff Bridges is a great actor. He played iconic stoner The Dude in The Big Lebowski, a tough U.S. Marshal in True Grit, and a dysfunctional folk singer in Crazy Heart.  And I loved him in them all.  Now he’s the titular character in the new dystopian movie, The Giver.  I might see it just to watch Jeff Bridges.

    Jeff Bridges also seems like a great husband. He’s been married to his wife for 37 years. In an industry where marriages are more easily counted in days than years, Bridges’ commitment to his wife is a praiseworthy exception.

    But while he may be a great actor and an awesome husband, Bridges is a terrible philosopher. In a Wall Street Journal interview this weekend, Jeff Bridges discussed his philosophy of life.

    [Bridges] says that he is constantly dealing with the idea of perfection. ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I…

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    Tue. August 19

    Why is the State Arresting So Many Parents?

    Abby W. Schachter

    This summer has produced a series of banner headlines about parents who made the mistake of allowing their kids to spend time alone. South Carolina mom Debra Harrell was arrested because she allowed her nine-year-old to play alone at the playground a mile from her work. Florida mom Nicole Gainey was arrested when her 7-year-old son was spotted walking to a park by himself. Another mom was arrested for letting her seven-year-old play alone at a Long Island mall’s LEGO store while she shopped elsewhere in the mall. And this mom was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for (conscientiously!) standing outside her van to smoke a cigarette, leaving her three kids inside.

    This is not a comprehensive list, just the most prominent of past few months, and all have been ably chronicled by Free-Range godmother Lenore Skenazy on her blog and at Reason.com.

    Once you get over…

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    Tue. August 19

    Chris Pratt and the Familial Obligations of a Movie Star

    R. J. Moeller

    The biggest (and I would argue best) movie of the summer has been Guardians of the Galaxy. Leading man Chris Pratt brought a new and refreshing take on the whole “gun-slinging cowboy” action star motif, and consequently, he’ll be hammering some sizable paychecks for years to come.

    But with newly found wealth comes newly found relatives coming out of the woodwork to get themselves a piece of the pie. As the late Notorious B.I.G famously reminded us—mo’ money, mo’ problems.

    From RadarOnline.com:

    As the superhero star enjoys life in the celebrity fast lane as a result of his success from Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy, there are some people who are still struggling—his family.

    A source tells Star magazine that Pratt is starting to feel the pressure from family members to bail them out of their financial crises.

    “Most of the…

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    Mon. August 18

    Sugar Dating: A Prettier Name for Prostitution?

    Melissa Langsam Braunstein

    How would you feel if you saw a college gal you know with a significantly older man? What if you knew he was literally her sugar daddy?

    Welcome to sugar dating. Add “sugar” to anything, and it sounds more appealing. “Sugar dating” certainly sounds nicer than transactional dating, escorting, or prostitution, but is it any different?

    According to one sugar baby,

    The job description of a sugar baby . . . is to be fun, happy, busy, sexy, and mysterious. Other feelings freak sugar daddies out—so if you aren’t happy or busy enough, embellish! Text him photos of stylish parties stolen from Instagram while you watch Girls and eat rice pudding alone, on your period. Keep your emotional needs in check via friends and lovers (but don’t mention these “support networks” to your sugar daddy, especially when monogamy is assumed).

    SeekingArrangement, the world’s largest sugar dating website, which boasts over…

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