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.
The latest rehabilitation project for the late Senator Ted Kennedy who could have once (or twice or thrice) benefitted from rehab comes from Hollywood and it goes by the working title Chappaquiddick. Mark Ciardi, who registered a 9.37 earned-run average in the majors but enjoys a somewhat better record as a producer of sports movies, told the Hollywood Reporter of his forthcoming film: “You’ll see what he had to go through.” Read my column @ the American Spectator that wonders if the producer of Chappaquiddick knows that Mary Jo Kopechne was a “she”?
The press calling a candidate a “demagogue” often speaks to the professional malfeasance of journalists, not politicians. The word signals that the professed devotion to objectivity and truth and fairness no longer applies. Read my article @ the American Spectator on how every Clark Kent toiling at the Daily Planet imagines himself Superman laboring to save the world.
The news networks aired a nationwide Rorschach test on Wednesday evening. CNNFoxMSNBC showed scenes of the aftermath of a mass-shooting at a Christmas party at a social-welfare center for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California. Some viewers glimpsed Timothy McVeigh-types behind the mayhem at the government office. Others saw Muhammadans crashing the Christmas party. Read my piece @ the American Spectator on how the madness of mass shooters proves contagious to observers who reflexively project motives upon them.
Progressives were for Woodrow Wilson before they were against him. A century after the Old Gray Lady twice endorsed Wilson for president, the New York Times joins Taliban types in calling for Princeton University to erase its association with its former president who became the president. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how the march of history moves so swiftly that yesterday’s progressive hero inevitably becomes today’s reactionary villain.
Bryce Harper became a meme because he couldn't pronounce meme. That's how the cool kids on the interne troll. Bryce Harper hit 42 home runs and played as an MVP at 22. Yet the pale, pasty, Barney Fife doppelgangers hunched over screens all day who obsess over Double Rainbow guy and tell Chuck Norris jokes and sing “Chocolate Rain” and tweet pictures of Gene Wilder with witty sayings attached imagine themselves cool. Read my piece @ Breitbart Sports on how the people obsessed with memes become them.