Pop Culture is No Substitute for Politics

Ebola, Solyndra, IRS hard drives, Benghazi, “If you like your health care plan… ,” Fast and Furious, spying on journalists, ISIS, droning American citizens, Joe Biden… it’s getting really tough to pinpoint the worst thing about the Obama presidency. While many of those developments are extremely consequential, let me humbly suggest that the following Vine … Continued


Let’s Kick Elitism Out of Rock and Roll

The intersection of pop culture and politics is a dangerous place for even the most seasoned artists, and it’s certainly no place for kids. And yet, the New York Daily News informs us that the progeny of some of D.C.’s biggest power players have formed their own rock band: The 12-year-olds in the rock ‘n’ … Continued

Entertainment, Music

Celebrities at the Republican Convention Actually Care About Issues

I recently finished the Keith Richards autobiography Life and was struck by how often Mr. Richards alluded to meeting some great old American country or gospel singer as an adult that he had idolized since first hearing this-or-that performer’s records as a teenager back in England.  Each time such an instance occurred in Life, Richards … Continued

Culture, Politics

The Swiss Finally Take a Stand. Against Class Warfare.

With all due respect to 90’s one-hit wonder band Aqua, I think “The Romney Girl” may have them beat: I’m a Romney girl, in a Romney world. He’s so plastic, it’s fantastic. Silver tip your hair, tax shelters everywhere. Outsource nation, Bain is his creation Bob Dylan in his hey-day would be jealous of such … Continued


Barack Obama: Celebrity-in-Chief

This celebrity has been on The View,  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, has been on the cover of Rolling Stone, and has had exclusive interviews with Entertainment Tonight and People Magazine. Can you guess who it is? If you guessed the Commander-in-Chief, … Continued