Superman is apparently renouncing his American citizenship. I want to see the birth certificate--or at least the immigration papers. My sources tell me that Superman's real name is not the all-American "Clark Kent," but "Kal-El." Sounds like al Qaeda. And what about the whole concept of "Superman"? Made in America? More like Made in Germany, circa 1933. Superman didn't love it. So he is leaving it. Please take that loser Aquaman with you.
As many of the Birther conspiracy theorists have by now devised, I was in cahoots with the White House in penning my "Birther=Truther=Stupid" article just days before the president released his long-form birth certificate! I keed. I keed. I wish I could say that this ends the controversy. Alas, for conspiracy theorists evidence against the theory is just proof of the cunning of the conspirators.
Muammar Gaddafi wrote a book thirty-six years ago that goes along way to shedding light onto the Libyan leader's narcissism and socialism--and how the two go together. Like the ideology he touts, Gaddafi is a survivor--outlasting the many proclamations of his imminent demise. Read my article @ FrontPageMag on how Gaddafi's little green book, unlike him, does not endure with the passage of time.
Several Borders locations in my neck of the woods, and probably yours, are closing. The chain is actually shutting down more than 200 stores nationwide. I think I understand why after going to a clearance sale this weekend. The signs said 50-70 percent off. But they neglected to say off of what. Season two of Star Trek caught my eye. So did the $95 price tag. On a hunch, I ventured across the street to Newbury Comics. They had the same item for under $40. It wasn't on sale. That was their starting price just as $95 was Borders's starting price. Put another way, the clearance sale item was still significantly pricier after the huge discount than the same item across the street. I ended up buying a few items--highlights include a "Little Britain in America" DVD and a book called "Banned in Boston"--that seemed okay deals. But the clearance sale seemed to exemplify the Borders philosophy: overprice items and entice consumers through online coupons or gimmick sales. The psychology of spotlighting deep discounts apparently tricks some people into believing that they are getting a deal. The thinking is that the buyer won't notice the inflated starting price. Borders, as its bankrupcy reorganization suggests, apparently didn't trick enough costumers. People just aren't that stupid.
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. This simple truth is anathema to a growing number of partisan Republicans. As I write in my column @ Human Events, the people most repulsed by the people who accused George W. Bush of masterminding 9/11 and stealing an election have become those people. This is bad for America. It may be worse for the GOP.
Atlas Shrugged has escaped its binding to make it to Hollywood. Rather than 54-years late, Ayn Rand's magnum opus's appearance on movie screens is perfect timing. As I write in my piece @ FrontPageMag, bailouts, ObamaCare, and Government Motors make ours an Ayn Rand moment.
Chrystal Magnum, the accuser in the ill-fated Duke Lacrosse rape case, has been indicted for murder. Do you think Nancy Grace and Wendy Murphy will pin this one on Collin Finnerty, Reade Seligmann, and David Evans, too?
The California Federation of Teachers have resolved that convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal should be freed. What do they know that a dozen jurors and more than a dozen appellate judges do not? Read my column @ Human Events explaining why the teachers championing this evil resolution are scarier than the cop killer they lionize.
Remember "jobs saved or created"? Its Orwellian quality was unmatched in Obama's rhetoric--until now. "This is my approach to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next twelve years," the president announced yesterday. "It's an approach that achieves about $2 trillion in spending cuts across the budget. It will lower our interest payments on the debt by $1 trillion. It calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion in spending from the tax code. And it achieves these goals while protecting the middle class, our commitment to seniors, and our investments in the future." As if to demonstrate that this was no slip of the tongue, the president lambastes Republicans later in the speech for "spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." He thinks we're stupid. Maybe he's right.
Energy prices skyrocketing? Check. Inflation worsening? Check. A president abandoning allies in the Middle East? Check. Do you ever get the feeling that you're really living in a television program? As I write @ FrontPageMag, the rerun we are collectively forced to act in is That '70s Show. Barack Obama stars as Jimmy Carter.
FoxNews.com has posted my appearance on Fox & Friends. Check out my three minutes and eight seconds of fame (I've 11:52 left, by my count). My return to the television airwaves involves the reemergence of the Mumia Abu-Jamal case after the California Federation of Teachers called for the cop killer's release from prison. Accompanying the clip is a news story on the case. The "Cop Killer" referenced in the article and the clip is a long booklet I wrote more than a decade ago. It was mainly distributed free among college students. This was prior to the Internet taking off, so only a print version exists. I am thinking that it might be a good idea to post the entire booklet online or use it in some other manner. We'll see. And you see my appearance on Fox. Just click the link above.
Today, April 12, is the first day of 2011 that my property is completely snow free. This is a significant day. The winter has been brutal, and having ice on my property from January 1 through April 11 is probably a symptom of this winter's brutality. So, too, is my crushed porch, disabled satellite dish, and hanging gutter.
Sorry for the late notice, but I will be appearing Tuesday morning (that's today!) on Fox & Friends. The California Federation of Teachers has passed a resolution calling on Pennsylvania to Free Mumia. That would be Mumia Abu-Jamal, murderer of police officer Daniel Faulkner. I'll be on the Fox News Channel explaining why the CFT isn't merely wrong--but late. Mumia is about as 2011 as the Spice Girls. Tune in at 8:20 a.m. for my segment.
What's the difference between capitulation to the Left and a conservative triumph? Just $5.5 billion, apparently. In the context of a $3.8 trillion budget, the $5.5 billion disagreement between Democrats and Republicans doesn't seem like a very big chasm to bridge. Read my column @ Human Events on how conservative celebrations over the deal to avert a government shutdown have more to do with winning a public relations war than winning a public policy battle.
Hugh Hefner turns 85 this weekend. One in a long line of preachy perverts, the Playboy founder preaches sexual liberation but keeps the playmates on a curfew and pays them an allowance. As I write @ the American Spectator, the idea of an authoritarian libertine is not as strange as it sounds.
The Nation magazine was for Muammar Gaddafi before it was against him. Back in 1970, the magazine claimed that Gaddafi's Libya boasted equality before the law and a society devoid of racism. As I write @ FrontPageMag, The Nation's premature celebration of Gaddafi fits the publication's template of mistaking despots for democrats.
What is it about socialism that attracts so many thugs, madmen, and murderers? Muammar Gaddafi is the latest in a long line of socialists to unleash the violence of the state upon his own people. As I write in my column @ Human Events, it's okay to call Gaddafi "crazy," "evil," "megalomaniacal." Just don't call him a "socialist."
Rolling Stone asked its online readers to pick the best bass player of all time. Unsurprisingly, they named John Entwhistle of The Who. It's called bass guitar, and who can blame the Ox for playing it more like a guitar than a bass? More so than even Keith Moon, Entwhistle gave The Who their heaviness. An unfortunate omission from the list is Peter Hook, whose playing in Joy Division and New Order helped define the '80s alternative sound. The bass emits a deeper sound than a guitar, but Hook was known for a "high" sound that made the instrument more melodic in his hands. Duff McKagan also got snubbed. There was a lot of talent in Guns N Roses. But one element that saved GNR from being a heavy metal act was McKagan's punkish bass playing (along with Adler's drumming that rolled more than rocked). These gentlemen aside, bassists are usually a lot like referees: the best ones blend into their surroundings and go unnoticed.
The enemey of our enemy isn't always our friend. Case in point? Libya. Read my article @ FrontPageMag on how some of our ostensible allies in Operation Odyssey Dawn are our sworn enemies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and points beyond.
April is not supposed to go down like this. The first day of the first full month of spring arrives in my environs with a snow storm. This is the exclamation point on a brutal winter. In anticipation of the storm, I stalked the woods near my home with a young friend in search of firewood. As loyal readers of the site will recall, my stockpile of purchased firewood evaporated quickly this cold winter (actually, the chemical process isn't evaporation but it reminds me of it). Gathering firewood in your neighborhood, rather than purchasing it from a hick, is considered a really hick thing to do where I live. Taking a saw along for the wood gathering hike merely emphasized this last point. Part of the motivation for today's sylvan adventure stemmed from the $6 I turned over to the supermarket for the chemically-treated wood they peddle. Not only could I gather my own wood for free, but it would likely burn longer and hotter than the tiny logs they peddle for big money. Okay, six bucks isn't big money. But free beats it any day of the week.