Boycotting Inglourious Filmmaker

Police departments in New York City, Los Angeles and Philadelphia are calling for a boycott of director Quentin Tarantino's films. The reason: Tarantino's participation in what's being characterized as an anti-police demonstration in New York. "When I see murders, I do not stand by," he told demonstrators at the rally, sponsored by a group called RiseUpOctober. "I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers."

"The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls 'murderers' aren't living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies—they're risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem," said Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association. "New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous Cop Fiction." Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, chimed in with, "We fully support this boycott of Quentin Tarantino films. Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes police and encourages attacks on us. And questioning everything we do threatens public safety by discouraging officers from putting themselves in positions where their legitimate actions could be falsely portrayed as thuggery." [,, 10/29/15]

Bingeing Leads to Brutality

A New Mexico man has allegedly killed a friend after binge-watching The Walking Dead and getting drunk while doing so. Damon Perry, 23, confessed to police that he believed Christopher Paquin had morphed into a zombie. So Perry reportedly beat him to death with various implements (his hands and feet, an electric guitar, a microwave and knives). Grants, N.M., police department spokesman Moses Marquez told The Daily Beast, "It was one of the absolute worst [crime scenes] I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been with the department for 15 years." Grants police don't believe Perry is mentally ill. He just got too drunk and watched too much TV about killing zombies, with horrific consequences. “He seems remorseful,” Marquez said. “He’s had the time to sober up and realize what has happened, and he has expressed remorse.” [, 10/26/15 c&e]

A Christian Response to Celebrity Tragedy

When Lamar Odom was discovered comatose in a legal Nevada brothel, many Americans obsessively watched the saga from afar, digesting what little information the Kardashian clan (Khloe Kardashian is Odom's estranged wife) was willing to release. But Jayson Bradley, writing for Relevant, believes Christians should engage with these kinds of stories differently. "Maybe we should rethink the societal temptation to put people on pedestals," he writes. "Maybe we should abandon voyeurism as entertainment. We definitely shouldn’t be enjoying celebrity downfalls. Are you a Lakers fan who has followed and cared about Lamar Odom’s career? Pray for him. He’s a real person who has walked through a lifetime of loss. He deserves to experience something more profound than just being the target of tabloid journalism. Like the rest of us, he needs to experience the touch of the living God." [, 10/19/15]

A Fictional 'Truth'

"It's astounding how little truth there is in Truth. There are, in fact, too many distortions, evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom. That's a disservice not just to the public but to journalists across the world who go out every day and do everything within their power, sometimes at great risk to themselves, to get the story right."

—a CBS representative in a statement, explaining why CBS will not help Sony Pictures advertise the movie Truth, which is based on a deeply embarrassing moment in CBS' own journalistic history. [, 10/16/15]

'Supergirl' a Super Hit

The Oct. 26 premiere of CBS' Supergirl drew 14 million viewers, making it the biggest fall premiere of 2015's crop of new broadcast shows. It is also the biggest premiere this century of a comic book TV adaptation. [, 10/26/15;, 10/27/15 stats]

Not Quite Woman of the Year

"To prove either that they have reached the pinnacle of patriarchal leftism, or that they are making the biggest joke in the history of mankind (on us), Glamour magazine has named Caitlin nee Bruce Jenner 'Woman of the Year.' To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of this award, Reese Witherspoon will accompany him on the December cover. This is not only absurd, but patriarchal posturing at its finest; not to mention an insult to real women everywhere. It was all fun and games—except when it wasn’t—when Jenner announced he was going to begin playacting a woman for the foreseeable future. As if that wasn’t enough, the transgender lobby prodded their ideal posterboy further Left. Next, ESPN awarded him with its Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and he secured his own reality show, I Am Cait. Enough is enough. Glamour goes too far. Jenner cannot be woman of the year because—kids, close your eyes—he has a penis. Jenner might feel like he is a woman, he might want to be a woman, he might be living as a woman, but thoughts do not generate biology or reality. … The fact that Glamour is even passing this off as some kind of convoluted, uber-progressive fact is absolutely mind-bending. It’s as if we’ve taken the blue pill a long time ago and Neo is actually Trinity. When The Matrix is the only working analogy, we have a problem."

—Nicole Russell, in her Federalist article, "Caitlyn Jenner Can’t Be Woman of the Year" [, 10/23/15]

Giving Cough Syrup a Bad Rap

Five San Francisco-area high school students were hospitalized after overdosing on the cough syrup Coricidin in an attempt to get a buzz. It's a kind of drug abuse that's been popularized by rappers in recent years. "Experts say rappers like Lil Wayne have glamorized taking cough syrup recreationally by rapping about the behavior in their songs. … Young people who abuse the drug often do so by mixing it with soft drinks such as Sprite," says Fox News. [, 10/22/15]

Everything Is So Awesome It Isn't!

The Danish toymaker LEGO announced that it won't be able to make enough colorful stackable bricks during this year's peak Christmas holiday shopping season. "We will not be able to deliver all of the new orders coming from customers in the remainder of the year in some markets in Europe," LEGO spokesman Roar Trangbaek said. The reason? LEGO points to the worldwide popularity of The LEGO Movie that boosted its toy sales by 15% in 2014 and has pumped up sales another 18% this year. That's helped make the family-owned business the biggest toymaker in the world in terms of revenue and profit in 2014, beating rival Mattel. [, 10/21/15 stats]