Ideologues seek to ban Gone with the Wind from movie houses and dig up Nathan Bedford Forrest's grave. The revival of the War Between the States after a 150-year interbellum thankfully witnesses human simulacrums and corpses as casualties rather than living, breathing people. After killing 300,000 Southerners, destroying Richmond, Charleston, and Atlanta, and imposing martial law on much of the rebellious region for more than a decade, the victors allowed the vanquished to keep their heroes. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how a century-and-a-half later that appears too generous a concession to some.
MTV, perhaps in penance to its early programming choices, later this month premieres White People, a documentary that, as the trailer informs, exposes “what white people have done in America.” Illegal alien Jose Antonio Vargas hosts the program. Some people miss their own irony. Read my column @ the American Spectator on the unhealthiness of obsessing over racial "pride" or "shame."
My childhood impression held that the Confederate Flag stood for Lynyrd Skynyrd just as Southerners stood in unison for “Freebird” as their “Star-Spangled Banner.” They raised cigarette lighters in reverence to their anthem; Northerners placed hands on heart. They say Palmetto bug. We say cockroach.The propensity of Massachusettsans to glean anthropological understanding of the people on the map they look down upon by watching Deliverance and Mississippi Burning, rather than traveling below the Mason-Dixon Line, surely leads to some misunderstandings. But the reward of firsthand knowledge just isn’t worth the risk of forced sodomy on a canoeing trip or Klansmen stuffing one’s corpse in an earthen dam. Read my column @ the American Spectator on why not everybody who loves the Confederate Flag hates the NBA, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Tyler Perry movies.
Rachel Dolezal is neither a black woman nor a white one but an angel sent by God to jar us from our collective insanity. Dolezal at least passes for Angela Davis’ younger sister. Bruce Jenner could pass for one of the Twisted Sisters, but that’s about it. We mock Dolezal’s claims of blackness yet rush to call Jenner, a still-musclebound six-foot-two-inch man, “Caitlyn.” Read my piece @ the American Spectator on how our dishonesty rises to the pathological level at least as much as Dolezal’s does.
Transformers, as the Decepticons know too well, fight as a potent military force. But transsexuals? The New York Times, in the wake of Bruce becoming Caitlyn, urges the U.S. military to welcome transgenders. Read my column @ the American Spectator on why unleashing an army of transsexual warriors upon our unsuspecting Muhammadan enemies may be just what it takes to win the war on terrorism.
The pope confessed this week to turning off the television for good in 1990. Seventy or so years before Francis' promise to the Virgin Mary, the technology's pioneers promised that television meant big things for mankind. Inventor Lee de Forest exclaimed, “What thrilling lectures on solar physics will such pictures permit!” RCA honcho David Sarnoff predicted “a new horizon, a new philosophy, a new sense of freedom, and greatest of all, perhaps, a finer and broader understanding between all peoples of the world.” My studies have yet to reveal a prophecy of television creating a new race of quarter-ton amoeba-people or transmitting mental retardation to its most faithful viewers. Read my piece @ the American Spectator on the pixelated moron-maker.
There’s something fundamentally conservative in libertarian Rand Paul telling Republicans to think about how things might get worse instead of better when dreaming about toppling another Middle Eastern government. When I interviewed the Students for a Democratic Society’s first president Al Haber for A Conservative History of the American Left, I asked him in his book-filled living room to define the motivating idea behind the Left: “What is the better world possible?” Rand Paul asks conservatives to consider the worse world possible. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how Marco Rubio and Rand Paul drive the debate in the race for the GOP nomination before the candidates even convene for a formal debate.
The Wells Report maintains that it is "more probable than not" that Tom Brady knew of a conspiracy to deflate footballs prior to the AFC Championship Game. It's more probable than not that because of the sloppiness of the Wells Report Brady doesn't sit out a game of that suspension. Wells disbelieving referee Walt Anderson's memory when it undermines his case and believing his memory when it buttresses it stands as a major reason a fair-minded arbiter rules his report unfair. Read my top-ten list @ Breitbart Sports of reasons why Brady's suspension dies before the 2015 season lives.
Reading the Wells Report ranked close to Geraldo opening Al Capone's vault in the history of letdowns. Here's my piece @ Breitbart on the symbolism of Brady speaking in Salem. In my piece @ the American Spectator, I write that It’s “more probable than not” that the Indianapolis Colts could not have defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game using a rugby ball, a beach ball, a debutante ball, or a Lucille Ball. Elsewhere @ Breitbart I wonder how Ted Wells could give a maybe guilty verdict when eight of the 11 footballs examined by the referees reached a reading precisely at or above where Wells's scientific consultants said they would sink to in such weather conditions.