Political correctness

Can We Take A Joke?

Featured image Further to Ralph Nader’s comments noted here yesterday that political correctness is killing comedy (Ralph Nader!), I’m delighted to see leading comedians coming together to join the attack in a new documentary, “Can We Take a Joke?” Here’s the two-minute trailer, just out yesterday: »

PC Scourge of the Week: Sexist Weather! [With Skeptical Comment by John]

Featured image This is one of those days where parody and satire are impossible. From the Washington Post: Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study. Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, »

Dartmouth and double standards

Featured image In the apocalyptic satire Dr. Strangelove, President Merkin Muffley meets with his military advisors as they seek to recall a bomber on its way to dropping the big one on the Soviet Union. President Muffley invites the Soviet ambassador into the War Room to join the discussion. When fight breaks out between the Russian ambassador and General Buck Turgidson at the Pentagon, President Muffley exclaims: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in »

Don’t Let Black Lives Matter See This Ad

Featured image The ad below for laundry detergent is currently airing in China. Less than a minute long. Just take it in and ponder how our racial sensitivity enforcers here would react. (Tom Friedman was unavailable for comment.) Not to worry: I’m sure President Trump will ban the import of this Chinese product. »

Bathroom Break

Featured image Of all the publications you’d expect to be in full sympathy with Transgender Bathroom Nihilism (TBN), The New Yorker would have to be high on the list. So it is notable when that august publication takes note of the incoherence and legal pitfalls of the Obama Administration’s recent diktat on the subject. The New Yorker thinks it may well unravel Title IX—a thing much to be hoped for: It is »

Indians to Redskins name-change advocates: Get a life

Featured image Nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll. This is basically the same result produced by the last major survey on this matter, conducted by Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2004. Thus, the national movement to force the Redskins to change their name, though successful with many white liberals, has utterly failed to move the needle »

Today’s Hot Reads

Featured image 1. Did former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell really say that Trump would lose because there are more ugly women in America? Yes, he did: “Will he [Donald Trump] have some appeal to working-class Dems in Levittown or Bristol? Sure,” Rendell said. “For every one, he’ll lose one and a half, two Republican women. Trump’s comments like, ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested, that’ll come back to haunt him.'” »

Manchester Police Apologize for “Allahu Akbar”

Featured image In Manchester, England, police staged a mock suicide bombing attack at a shopping center as part of a training exercise. The pretend bomber yelled “Alluhu Akbar” just before he detonated his mock explosives–a touch of verisimilitude appropriate to the exercise. But it prompted a complaint, followed by an apology: Police in Manchester, England has issued an apology, after a suicide bombing “simulation” which involved an actor shouting the Islamic phrase »

Bathroom Wars, Circa 1975

Featured image One of the markers of irrepressible liberalism is how it came to realize it doesn’t need to change the Constitution or the positive law to get what it wants. Remember the fuss over the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 1970s? Is there anything feminists have wanted that they haven’t been able to get by legislation or litigation in the absence of the ERA? Hard to think of anything. One »

Kids (in the Hall) Say the Darndest Things

Featured image I never watched the Canadian comedy show “Kids in the Hall” when it was on, but always heard it had some good moments. And this sketch from over 20 years ago anticipates the current mood of political correctness, triggering, and all the other campus cliches pretty well (3 minutes long): »

Today’s Cuckoo Land Report

Featured image What did Donald Trump say this time? Something offensive to indians native Americans? Yes, he said something about “going off the reservation. . .” Wait, what’s that? Hillary said it? And has offered the usual abject apologies? Check: Hillary Clinton’s staff have apologized for their boss after the presidential hopeful was lambasted by Native American groups for saying Donald Trump had gone ‘off the reservation’ Friday. After being asked about Trump’s offensive »

Why Are Liberals So Insecure and Miserable?

Featured image You may have seen the news yesterday that the faculty senate at George Mason University has voted by a wide margin to oppose naming their well-regarded law school after Antonin Scalia. Among other complaints, according to Inside Higher Ed, is “the reinforcement of the external branding of the university as a conservative institution rather than an unaligned body that is a comfortable home for individuals with a variety of viewpoints.” »

Power Line & Campus Leftism on Patriot Radio

Featured image Patriot radio host Seth Leibsohn in Arizona often has us on his terrific radio show, and yesterday he and his regular Monday guest Chris Buskirk, who curates the DownStreamPolitics website, were on the air discussing my post from over the weekend about Harry Jaffa and how “The Cold War Never Ended.” Seth and Chris were actually present for the lecture that I quoted from, the lucky guys. Before going to »

Trump-Schilling 2016!

Featured image I think I have the winning ticket for Trump. He should immediately name legendary Boston pitcher Curt Schilling as his running mate. Schilling was fired from ESPN yesterday for stating what most Americans of common sense believe about . . . bathrooms. From the New York Times: ESPN Fires Curt Schilling Over an Offensive Social Media Post . . . The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and »

Say It Isn’t So!

In another crummy news week, this has to be the worst story: Victoria’s Secret Turns Its Back on the Catalog By  KHADEEJA SAFDAR   First, Playboy stopped running nude photos. Now, Victoria’s Secret will stop mailing out its famous catalogs of scantily clad models. L Brands Inc., the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, this week unveiled strategic changes that include “evolving how the business connects with customers through more focus on loyalty programs and »

Harry Reid accused of telling candidate to stand down because “a Muslim can’t win”

Featured image The Washington Post reports that a Muslim Democrat running for a U.S. House seat in Nevada says Harry Reid encouraged him to end his campaign because “a Muslim cannot win this race.” Reid reportedly made this statement during a private meeting last year. Reid’s spokeswoman confirms that the meeting took place but denies that her boss made such a comment. She calls the candidate — Jesse Sbaih — “a liar.” »

Trans-Insanity

Featured image My great teacher Harry Jaffa used to say that the heart of post-modernism was the proposition that the subjectivity of one’s convictions matters more than their objective validity. To which he also observed, “Whether you want to belong to the human race is now a matter of personal preference.” This comes to mind with this statement out yesterday from the American College of Pediatricians: Gender Ideology Harms Children March 21, »