Culture

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image We introduced our old friend Ammo Grrrll over the weekend and we think she fits right in. Even so, except for the thumbnail shot that goes back a few years, we will protect her identity from disclosure here on out through the use of her well-chosen pseudonym. We will add only that, before adopting the Ammo Grrrll persona, she had a productive career in stand-up comedy making people laugh for »

The selling of Obamacare

Featured image Reality has been outrunning satire for a while in the Age of Obama, but the folks at Saturday Night Live seem to think they can pull it off. As we approach the shifting deadline for Obamacare enrollment on Monday, Obama adviser “Mike” (he looks an awful lot like Obama flack Dan Pfeiffer) and social media expert “Mara” are featured talking Obama into taking promotional photographs that are guaranteed to go »

Remembering Budd Schulberg

Featured image Budd Schulberg — writer, novelist, playwright, screenwriter — was born 100 years ago this coming March 27. Mark Steyn takes the occasion of the Schulberg centenary to look back in the column “What made Buddy run?” Please check it out. Schulberg died in August 2009 ago at the age of 95. His life cut through an almost unbelievable slice of American history, more than enough for two memoirs. In Moving »

Why Paul Ryan must be denounced

Featured image George Will shows that Paul Ryan was right to contend that a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities” plays a huge role in the persistence of poverty. Will finds the liberal outrage at Ryan’s unexceptionable remarks to be the product of “malice, ignorance, and intellectual sloth.” I find them to be the product of ideological necessity. Ryan’s analysis is inconsistent with both the left’s narrative and its prescriptions. Therefore »

Helicopter parenting and the selling of Obamacare

Featured image Team Obama has famously resorted to an “angry mom” ad in the hope of inducing young adults to sign up for Obamacare. In the image that accompanies this post on the main page, a mother stands with her arms folded, looking none-too-amused. The caption reads, “Don’t worry about me, I’ll just wait here until you get #GetCovered.” Is this ad likely to be effective? It depends on the nature of »

Shallow waters at the intersection of Obamacare and the culture

Featured image Everyone, I think, understands why President Obama is enlisting pop personalities in his effort to get younger Americans to sign up for Obamacare. I doubt that the president relishes being mocked, however mildly, by a bratty comedian. But desperate times call for desperate measures and, to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, Obama must go to war using the culture we have. But relying on an idiot culture means mingling with idiots, which »

Triumph of the Phil

Featured image Not having done our homework, we went to the film Philomena over the weekend. We made a mistake. We shouldn’t have gone. It’s not just one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, it’s also one of the most detestable. From beginning to end, it is an attack on the Catholic Church for crimes fabricated out of “true events” involving Philomena (Phil) Lee, played by Judi Dench. The Washington Post’s »

A Star Wars Interlude

Featured image It was inevitable that someone would offer up a Facebook “Look Back” video for Darth Vader (below), but the real news is the insider revelation that the destruction of the Death Star in Episode IV was clearly an inside job.  I expect Rosie O’Donnell will be all over this story any moment now.  Excerpt: THE KID WHO TOOK THE SHOT JUST HAPPENED TO BE NAMED ‘SKYWALKER.’  Yep, same as our »

Once Again: Jimmy Who?

Featured image John’s notice of the passing of Sid Caeser a few days ago included the clip of Ronald Reagan on “What’s My Line?,” where of course the panel had to be blindfolded and Reagan had to disguise his voice because he would have been instantly recognized.  I think I knew Reagan had done this, but I had never seen the episode. But it reminded me: Jimmy Carter appeared on “What’s My »

The Antidote for Crunchiness

Featured image Walking around downtown Boulder the other day on Pearl Street, I ran into the “Condom Squad,” which, as you’ll see from the nearby photo, consisted of fetching young ladies in tight black leggings  (the winter uniform of coeds these days) passing out massive quantities of free prophylactics, just in case there are any stray bananas that need covering up from the winter cold.  A “fitting job” I would say.  (Note »

Down With “Downton”!

Featured image So George Will doesn’t like Downton Abbey.   I have to say I found DA boring after a few episodes, and quickly lost interest.  But Will, who, as a baseball fan, has a high tolerance for slow speed stories, finds DA to be a simile for our Progressive/Administrative State: It is fitting that PBS offers “Downton Abbey” to its disproportionately progressive audience. This series is a languid appreciation of a class »

SNL’s Lorne Michaels: Liberals Lack a Sense of Humor

Featured image It isn’t news to any conservative that most liberals have a deficient sense of humor, which is what makes the light bulb joke about feminists so accurate. (How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb? “That’s not funny!”)  But it ought to be worth something when Lorne Michaels, the long time producer of Saturday Night Live, ratifies this, in this month’s New York magazine interview (note especially what »

Obama gets “Mad Men” wrong

Featured image President Obama’s State of the Union address was highly forgettable. In my opinion, its only memorable line was his reference to the television show Mad Men. It was, in any case, his most tweeted line, according to Tevi Troy. Obama delivered the line in decrying alleged wage disparities between men and women. He said: “It is time to do away with policies that belong in a Mad Men episode.” Tevi, »

Bottom Story of the Day: Coffee Capers

Featured image There’s a story in the front section of today’s Wall Street Journal that seems perfectly suited to Hinderaker’s beat: “Towns Fret as ‘Bikini Baristas’ Draw Crowds.” “Bikini” or “lingerie” coffee stands have caused a stir across the Northwest, a region already crowded with drive-through coffee outlets operated by mainstream companies such as Starbucks and Dutch Brothers. According to a consumer website that functions as a guide to kiosks, more than »

Fifty Years On: Still the Best [With Comments by John]

Featured image It was fifty years ago that The Beatles took the U.S. by storm, culminating in their February 9 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show (supposedly the most watched TV show in American history at that point).  Here’s a short highlight reel And here’s “The Rutles” spoof (and if you’ve never seen The Rutles, well, order it on Netflix tonight.  I’m convinced The Rutles was the Inspiration for This Is Spinal »

Hollywood Decides It Doesn’t Like Guns

Featured image Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep are planning to make an anti-gun, anti-National Rifle Association movie. Weinstein told Howard Stern that “they’re [the NRA] going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.” Somehow I think that isn’t going to happen. But meanwhile, you can’t help wondering, is anyone more violent than the anti-gun crowd? Deadline Hollywood has a breathless story about the prospective film: The title will be »

The Americans: Check It Out!

Featured image A couple of weeks ago Scott linked to an article in the Wall Street Journal about the top television shows of 2013 in our Picks. My wife followed the link and learned about a series neither of us had heard of, called The Americans. She thought it sounded intriguing–it’s about Soviet spies living under cover in the U.S. during the 1980s–so we bought Episode 1 and watched it. Then we »