A couple of notes on The Usual Suspects

I rewatched The Usual Suspects recently and thought, as many people do, that it's a terrifically entertaining film. But on the second viewing I noticed a couple of interesting points relating to the surprise ending. (Spoilers ahead.) 

So I looked, briefly, to see if other people made these observations. I saw claims that there are big plot holes (for examples, here and here), the claim that Keyser Soze wasn't who's he's supposedly revealed to be (for examples, here and here), and even the claim that Keyser Soze didn't really exist

But I didn't see anybody who mentioned my two points. (The analysis of the movie is quite voluminous and I didn't spend a whole lot of time looking.) So on the off-chance that they're original, I'm putting them here.

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"My favorite bumper sticker I’ve never seen: Commas matter."

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker makes a case for using commas correctly.

It matters because good grammar conveys a great deal about a person.

Quality is in the details — and attention to commas, semicolons, dangling participles, gerunds and the proper placement of quotation marks says to the reader that this person is careful, considerate (because bad grammar is painful to the discerning eye), and (there’s that Oxford comma) competent.

"Acts of War Cannot Go Ignored"

With all the hubbub over The Donald in the last few days I had missed this.

On Sunday night, as Americans were transfixed by the spectacle of the second presidential debate, events occurred off the coast of Yemen that remind us of the kind of challenges with which a president must contend. Two ballistic missiles were fired at a U.S. destroyer in international waters from the part of Yemen controlled by the Houthis, an Iranian-back militia. The missiles did not hit the USS Mason, although it’s unclear if they had some internal defect or whether the ship defended itself with its suite of missile-defense systems.

Follow up: "'This is obviously a huge deal': US Navy ship fires 3 missiles in defense after being targeted near Yemen".

And I missed this: "As Obama prepares to ambush Israel what will American Jews do?"

Finally, also this: "The scary truth about what Putin really wants (and Obama’s willful ignorance)".