An Islamic extremist killed 49 people in Orlando last Sunday. The president used the occasion for an angry denunciation of Republicans on Tuesday. His votaries blame Republicans, homophobes, and Christians. But the killer registered as a Democrat, actively pursued homosexual relationships, and in matters of faith proved decidedly non-Christian. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how one can kill 49 people but one that kills the narrative always serves as the greatest offender to the ideologue.
The ring lost The Greatest and then the rink lost Mr. Hockey. The former won a gold medal at the Olympics when Dwight Eisenhower served as commander in chief and lost the lineal heavyweight championship for the last time a few weeks before Ronald Reagan won the presidency. When the latter debuted, Bing Crosby generated the most box office; when he retired Burt Reynolds did. They remained great when the guys they started with no longer remained. Read my articles commemorating Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe @ Breitbart Sports.
The quadrennial national popularity contest underway pits the host of one of America’s longest running reality shows against a woman whose husband won election to the presidency. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how like the homecoming king and queen in high school, the presidential nominees turn out to lack genuine popularity when you discreetly inquire with the subjects.
Congressional investigators working under Rep. Frank Pallone never spoke to a scientist they accuse of wrongdoing in a report accusing the NFL of attempting to manipulate the grant giving of the National Institutes of Health. “It was all factually incorrect,” Dr. Richard Ellenbogen told me, “and if they would have asked me I would have told them.” The House Democrats accused Ellenbogen of trashing grant seekers critical of the NFL and trying to push his own grant. But Ellenbogen notes that he did neither. Read my piece @ Breitbart Sports on how in the war on football, as Aeschylus says about all wars, truth is the first casualty.
The same Obama administration that insists on giving billions to Pakistan after the country harbored the architect of 9/11 seeks to defund North Carolina after its government excluded males from its ladies’ rooms. Some evils demand immediate, unforgiving eradication, and not allowing the sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, to use the stall next to your pre-teen daughter ranks as just such an offense. Read my column @ the American Spectator on the strangeness of an administration that finds a right to privacy in the Constitution invading the bathroom stall next to yours.
The dean of American University this week deemed the anonymous placement of an “All Lives Matter” flyer on a faculty member’s door a form of “harassing, intimidating or threatening behavior.” When Toronto Blue Jays manager Jay Gibbons reacted to a new safety rule costing his team Tuesday’s game by remarking, “Maybe we’ll come out and wear dresses tomorrow,” sports writers denounced his words as “misogyny” and “insensitive language.” Last week, in a matter less frivolous than baseball and campus politics, the White House bowdlerized the audio of French President François Hollande’s reference to “Islamist terrorism.” Read my column @ the American Spectator on how PC, from peer pressure to hallucinations, is a lot like PCP.
As President Obama courted a 20th-century evil in Havana this week, a 21st-century evil exploded in Brussels. An 8th-century (B.C.) story — originating on a current fault line separating Christendom and the Islamic World — pegs the people killing our people even as it helps foster an understanding of ourselves. In The Odyssey, a group of more than 100 suitors eat the family of Odysseus, absent for years because of the Trojan War, out of house and home. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how the West requires not so much an Odysseus laying to waste the rude houseguests but a Penelope calling them out on their ingratitude.
The man seeking to transform America’s second-oldest Catholic college into yet another trade school misses his own irony. Simon Newman assumed the presidency of 208-year-old Mount St. Mary’s last year without spending a day as a professor, provost, or even proctor. Would Newman, a fierce advocate of college as job training, have hired someone with no experience in finance to run his investment firm? Read my article @ the American Spectator on how the fledgling college president's unfortunate metaphor that administrators must place a "Glock" to the heads of students who look like they might fail in the future ranks as the least of his many miscues.
A socialist leading the polls in Live Free or Die Land, the two past winners of the Iowa caucuses mustering less than three percent and no delegates between them, and a Bush and a Clinton facing rejection by the parties habituated to nominating Bushes and Clintons all indicate that politics as usual proves unusual over the next ten months. Read my article @ the American Spectator on how, on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, wins by the Gus Hall of the Green Mountain State and Don Rickles with worse hair confirm we have entered the political Twilight Zone.
Bruce Jenner shocked the world when he came out as a Republican but his medically aided act of contrition mitigated the public relations disaster. Understanding that we all live in a massive reality television program, Donald Trump keenly opted to run for president. Playboy regrettably clothed their models in a characteristic move to offend prevailing mores. White people insisted on their blackness, a horse deserved all accolades as the year's greatest sportsman, and nutters perplexed God and the goddess Isis by killing in their name. Read my article @ the American Spectator on how 2015 went down in history as even dumber than 2014.