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Why Drug Addiction Isn't That Bad

The real junk is inside National Geographic Tomorrow evening, the National Geographic Channel is going to hit cable viewers with a huge dose of drug propaganda cloaked as investigative reporting in a three-part special that will look at Heroin, Meth…

Dec 1, 2008 | Comments (34)

BOOK REVIEW: Outliers: The Story of Success and Why You're Not Having Any

Malcolm Gladwell, successful author. Ever wonder why you’re not rich and/or famous? If you’re an American, of course you have. Or, if you happen to be one of the lucky few who’ve actually gotten rich and/or famous, your reaction when…

Dec 1, 2008 | Comments (12)

Mumbai: Exporting Pakistan's Resources

I sure didn’t expect to be spending Thanksgiving morning sucking down instant coffee and flicking channels between CNN and the BBC. But the attacks in Mumbai are so big and, like they keep saying, “brazen,” that I stayed up late…

Nov 27, 2008 | Comments (139)

War Nerd Update: Mother Ship, Shrimp Boat, Either Way It’s Puree!

Cop groupies, naval warfare nerds and gas-starved SUV moms around the world all had the same hero last week: the Indian Navy. The Subcontinental squids announced that they had struck the first blow for law’n’order on the high seas by…

Nov 26, 2008 | Comments (11)

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Film Review: Twilight and the Attack of the Vegetarian Vampires

The problem with Twilight isn’t that it’s an embarrassing fantasy for teenage girls—hell, I was a teenage girl myself once, so whatever celluloid dreams get the poor addled kids through seventh grade are okay by me. No, the problem is…

Nov 25, 2008 | Comments (23)

Tyolka Tuesday: Russian Calendar Girl Collection

Russian companies know that sex sells. They also have a ridiculous amount of hot chicks working in them. Putting tyolka and tyolka together, they had a light bulb marketing moment: “Let us not imprison our talent in offices and simply…

Nov 25, 2008 | Comments (7)

Our Books ... Buy Them

The eXile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia By Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi Yea, the Lord has heard thine prayers, and He, in His infinite Sadism, has answered thee: back on sale, newly printed up, is the…

Nov 23, 2008 | Leave Comment

eXiled TV: Mukasey Covers Billy Squier's "Stroke"

Despite what they say, this sure looks like a stroke to us.

Nov 21, 2008 | Comments (13)

Obama Crawl: Episode #1: South Park

How do you cope with defeat when your whole creed is “You can’t argue with success”? In the wake of Obama’s victory, American conservatives have some of the best minds to come out of Regent University working on this problem….

Nov 21, 2008 | Comments (31)

Daily Inquisition: The Growing Trend of Transvestite Porn

Daily Inquisition: Transvestite Porn Statement of the Grand Inquisitor: Having made a study of popular porn sharing sites like tube8.com, redtube.com and youporn.com, we have noted a disturbing trend. Gaping holes, ass-to-mouth, and extreme gagging are being eclipsed by a…

Nov 20, 2008 | Comments (24)

In Semi-Praise of "Fallout 3"

At its root, Fallout 3 is about cleansing the world of life, stealing and hoarding. This makes it a real innovator in the world of role-playing gaming. The last innate human drive unfulfilled was simple raw power, and as the…

Nov 20, 2008 | Comments (16)

TypePad Mocks Media Famine

Six Apart, the company behind the popular TypePad blogging platform, just went Marie Antoinette on us all. With all the jobs being cut in the paper industry and increasing numbers of reporters stuck with nothing to do but moan, the…

Nov 19, 2008 | Comments (14)

Daily Inquisition: Burn Santa Barbara, Burn

Honorable Mention: Blessed are the wind-blown embers. Statement of the Grand Inquisitor: Let us start with a fitting quote from yesterday’s LA Times article: A wind-blown ember can be opportunistic, slipping through tiny breaches in the homes. Opportunistic indeed! These…

Nov 19, 2008 | Comments (4)

War Nerd Update: Yo Ho Ho and a Tanker of Crude

Yo ho ho ho time in Somalia! What’s the bestest present kids dream of in faraway Puntland, where piracy is more than a Disney marketing gimmick? A supertanker, that’s what. A Saudi supertanker is the ultimate in stuffed stockings: 100…

Nov 18, 2008 | Comments (44)

FILM RANT: Quantum of Solace, Or Not Getting Any Action

Daniel Craig working on his stance. The ultimate proof that movies these days are rotten: Quantum of Solace is breaking records at the box office. It’s not the public’s fault; people want to see something move onscreen and they’ll take…

Nov 17, 2008 | Comments (7)

War Nerd Book Review: From Hyena's Belly to Canadian Bitch

Today I’ll finally keep my promise and tell you about my favorite book on the Horn of Africa. Remember a couple columns back, I promised to tell you about a great book on the Ethiopian/Somali wars? Of course I promised…

Nov 17, 2008 | Comments (15)

Ames' Antiwar.com Interview On The Bullshit War In Georgia

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Nov 16, 2008 | Comments (11)

Raymond “Chuck” Foster, Imperial Wizard of the KKK

The Accused: Raymond “Chuck” Foster, Imperial Wizard of the KKK Statement of the Grand Inquisitor: Normally a sad nitwit like Raymond “Chuck” Foster wouldn’t even be worthy of the attention of the eXiled Inquisition Team, but now that he’s managed…

Nov 14, 2008 | Comments (1)

War Nerd: Bush Fought The Wars And The Wars Won

What George W. Bush loved best about his job was being a war president. Playing war, that is, as opposed to making war like a grown-up. Remember him strutting onto that carrier in his little flight jacket? You never saw…

Nov 13, 2008 | Comments (21)

Mormon Baptism of the Dead

Mormon Baptismal Font: plenty of room for everybody. Statement of the Grand Inquisitor: We have to admire the sheer chutzpah of the Mormons. Whereas we struggle with faulty humankind, inquisiting people, torturing them, trying to shove them toward the true…

Nov 12, 2008 | Comments (5)