What the Late-Night Lefties Get Wrong

When you make comedy subordinate to politics, the humor suffers. Once upon a time, late-night comedians told jokes. Now, apparently, they “destroy” people. Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart was the original “destroyer,” as National Review’s Kevin Williamson discussed in a brilliant 2014 piece. Today, the chief “destroyers” include Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Politics

The New York Times’ Favorite Abortion Doctor

In order to lighten the mood, Willie J. Parker loves to talk about Alabama football while he is performing abortions. The board-certified obstetrician believes that “rather than allowing your fear to amplify any sensation you’re having, you’re having a conversation with me . . .” He calls it “verbicaine.” Parker’s folksy attitude was on full … Continued

Culture, Politics

The Politics of Second Chances

America loves a comeback. We love to see someone overcome their circumstances and prevail, whether it is a win in sports or a complete change in life. However, a second chance is something that must be earned; a person should show that they are worthy of a second chance before it is given, or one … Continued

Culture

Why Social Justice Warriors Think It’s OK to Be Racist Towards Asians

It happens all too often to Americans of Asian ancestry. They are walking home on a crowded street, and someone bumps into them and shouts, “Go back to China!” When it happened last year to Michael Luo, a New York Times journalist, he started the hashtag #ThisIs2016, and Asian-Americans shared their stories. It happened to … Continued

Culture


The Latest Front in the Culture Wars? Historical Correctness

If you think political correctness is disturbing, you probably aren’t fully aware of how deeply entrenched it is in American culture. But it is such an immutable characteristic of the Left that it can never be satisfied, and must always push on to the next frontier to satisfy its grievances. And the Left has already … Continued

Culture

The Search for Gentlemen on Valentine’s Day

McDonald’s is not the only fast food chain offering toys in their meals. Burger King restaurants in Israel are giving away an “adult toy” in a special Valentine’s Day meal tonight. Consumers will find a feather duster, head massager, or blindfold among their Whoppers and French fries. The marketing campaign seems to be trying to … Continued

Culture

Don’t Be a Valentine’s Day Hater

I’m not one for remembering dates. For years, I could never remember if my older sister’s birthday was on March 5th or 7th. To play it safe, I’d just alternate my answer whenever I was asked, knowing I always had a 50/50 shot. Somehow I still managed to pick the wrong one most of the … Continued

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In Defense of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has come in for a lot of abuse in recent years. It is overly commercialized—CVS puts out those heart-shaped boxes of chocolates the first week in January; parents are pressured to buy Snoopy cards for a whole classroom full of second-graders; restaurants jack up their prices, even as their food gets worse. Valentine’s … Continued

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Why Thomas Hardy, Not Jane Austen, Is a Better Guide to Love

Valentine’s Day is here, and with it, the usual slew of literary and pop culture reminders of what love does to us. Pick your poison—Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks, the Brontes, Old Hollywood, 90s rom coms, BBC bodice rippers—we are saturated by reminders that a rewarding life includes a worthy, rewarding and, above all, romantic relationship. … Continued

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