Culture

Thinkin’ about “Lincoln” again

Featured image Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln seems to have dropped from our cultural consciousness. Perhaps the cognitive dissonance it induces on the left suppresses its memory. As we celebrate the anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday today, I want to take a look back at the film with the notes I offered at the time. I put just about everything important that I know about Lincoln into them. Until reading David Brooks’s obtuse »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll continues her post-election series in GET A GRIP! Part 3 – VIRTUE SIGNALING WITHOUT THE VIRTUE. She writes: One of the most unnerving aspects of the Great Democrat Freakout has been the astonishing level of nastiness unleashed. Like lynch mobs everywhere, the larger the audience, the more unhinged the behavior of individuals in the crowd. An aging, has-been singer shrieks her fantasy of blowing up the White House. »

SNL salutes Dear Leader [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Do you get the feeling that the left has lost its mind and gone brain dead at the same time? I do. I offer into evidence Exhibit DII of the Age of Trump. In the video below, “Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata pay tribute to President Obama” — that’s the way NBC put it — with their utterly creepy performance of “To Sir, With Love.” They played it straight, just »

Why America hates Hollywood, or should

Featured image John has already written about the Trump hate-fest at the Golden Globe awards last night. I want to focus on Meryl Streep’s attack on the president-elect. Streep hammered Trump for ridiculing a New York Times reporter [formerly with the Washington Post reporter] with a disability. She said: [T]here was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was »

Golden Globe Coda

Featured image I wrote about the Trump hate-fest at the Golden Globes last night while the show was in progress, based on a news account. (I would rather get a root canal than watch a Hollywood awards program.) Subsequent to my post, Meryl Streep went completely over the top with Trump Derangement Syndrome, for which she has been appropriately bashed non-stop for the last 20-odd hours. Still, crazy as Streep’s screed was, »

Hollywood Hates Trump, Broadway Loves Hillary [Updated]

Featured image About America’s left-wing celebrities, one can only wonder: when will they ever learn? Tonight’s Golden Globe awards were open season on President-Elect Donald Trump. The Associated Press reports: “Politics mentioned early and often at Golden Globes.” Only a few seconds into his monologue, host Jimmy Fallon noted that the Globes was “one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote.” He was just getting started. Fallon »

Mother’s little helper

Featured image I wrote here about some worrying trends among whites in America. I noted: The out-of-wedlock birth rate for whites is higher now than the black rate was in the 1960s when illegitimate births among blacks so alarmed Daniel Patrick Moynihan. We also know that drug abuse plagues white communities as well as black ones. And whites reportedly are contributing more than blacks to the epidemic of disability claims which is »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Frank Loesser prospered writing songs for the movies, for the war and for Broadway. As John Bush writes in his Allmusic profile of Loesser, “it appears that Frank Loesser had several careers packed into his one life.” Loesser wrote “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” in April 1942. It was only the second song for which he had written both the words and the music; the first had preceded »

When Shakespeare won’t do

Featured image Students at Penn removed the dominating portrait of Shakespeare from the wall of the Heyer Staircase in Fisher-Bennett Hall and replaced it with that of self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde. The Weekly Standard’s Scrapbook tentatively describes Lord’s poetry as “agitprop,” which is about as good a one-word description as any. “Unreadable” is probably too generic. After removing Shakespeare’s portrait, the students deposited it in the office of »

Keith’s World

Featured image With the decline of satire in the hands of the left, one might view Keith Olbermann with new appreciation. An impossible man, he has long since burned out among his natural allies in the mainstream media. He now posts poorly produced videos via GQ from a bunker with the acoustics of a rainwater barrel. How the crazed have fallen. If Wayne’s World had a political bent, it might have gone »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll rubs it in with great dexterity as she wonders IF A CELEBRITY THREATENS TO LEAVE, AND NOBODY CARES, IS SHE STILL A CELEBRITY? She writes: One time, maybe 25 years ago, a male client whose workforce was mostly female was wearing a gag t-shirt at the holiday party where I entertained. He explained that it had been a gift from his wife and four daughters and his employees »

Kellogg’s: Not too gr-r-reat!

Featured image John proposed that readers boycott Kellogg in response to the company’s announcement that it is pulling its advertising from Breitbart. Many readers have responded with messages to Kellogg’s on which we have been copied. I particularly enjoyed this one, which I thought other readers might find of interest as well: I read Mr. Hinderaker’s excellent post about Kellogg pulling its advertising from Breitbart.com. You may remember when the company refused »

Freakout on Broadway shows conservatives should maintain a status apart

Featured image Conservatives critics have written favorably about the musical “Hamilton.” Alexander Hamilton is, after all, a hero to some conservatives. And conservatives are inclined to be pleased any time large audiences are exposed to American history in a manner that doesn’t abuse or demean men like Hamilton. In the case of “Hamilton,” conservative critics found the history presented to be serious and reasonably accurate. Even so, I couldn’t help suspecting that, »

Mike Pence takes the high road

Featured image John has written about what happened when Mike Pence attended the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” yesterday. First, members of the audience booed Pence when he and his family took their seats. Then, when the performance was over and the Pences were exiting, a member of the cast read a harangue against Donald Trump, on behalf of the cast, that was addressed to the vice president-elect. In response, Trump went on »

Cracks Among the Culturati?

Featured image “Politics is downstream from culture,” Andrew Breitbart liked to argue, and given the near-monopoly of the left on America’s cultural scene (Hamilton hecklers anyone?), the ballot box is the only place where the American people get to fight back. So it is worth taking in instances when the cultural world seems to get it, like this sketch on Saturday Night Live last night about the liberal “bubble.” Just 2:20 long »

Freakout at the YWCA

Featured image I may be mistaken, but I think we can generally count the YMCA/YWCA among the multifarious institutions subservient to the reigning shibboleths and clichés that dictate so much of the way we live now. Consider this message sent out by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore this past Thursday. The reader who forwards the message comments: “It offers both freakout and the sort of political partisanship by nonprofits masquerading as ‘diversity’ and »

Bums For Hillary

Featured image If you ask the average person whose presidential campaign has been crude, vulgar and raunchy, I am sure most would say Donald Trump’s. But this image of singer Jennifer Lopez comes from a Hillary Clinton rally in Miami, not a Trump event. I am anything but a prude, but, seriously? Is this really what presidential campaigning has come to? Can you imagine a performance like this at a Ronald Reagan »