Don’t Catch Affluenza This Christmas
I looked at my 14-year-old daughter’s Christmas list, written on a yellow legal pad with curly letters and little hearts.
“Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath,” was written in loopy script, right next to Burke’s Reflections on the ...
Re: What’s So Bad about Being a Princess?
Have you seen the Disney “I am a Princess” video? It feels more like a public-service announcement, but it’s obviously an attempt to rebrand the classic Disney products and movies for a more modern era:
Isn’t that a ...
Watch a Homeless Veteran's Time-Lapse Transformation
On Veterans Day, this will touch you.
A simply incredible time-lapse video, released just in time for Veteran’s Day, has captured the transformation of a homeless United States Army veteran. Jim Wolf struggles with homelessness and alcoholism, ...
Author Admits He Dated the 'Obamacare Girl'
Zeke Pipher has a great rundown of a date he recently had:
I dated the Obamacare girl.
And why wouldn’t I . . . she was so optimistic and promising when we first met. Big brown eyes and a warm smile. She ...
Mitt Romney's Son Adopts a Child and the Left Erupts with Venom
Last week, I wrote about a strange phenomenon we experienced firsthand after adopting our daughter from Ethiopia: Liberals think adoption is great, unless white, Christian, Republicans are the ones doing it. It was odd and sad to have strangers questioning ...
Another Hate-Crime Hoax? The Left Tells Stories Too Bad to Be True
We thought we knew this tragic story.
It was late and Matthew Shepard, a young gay college student in Wyoming, needed a ride home. He left the Fireside Lounge with two strangers who offered a lift. Aaron McKinney and Russell ...
NYT: Abortion Should Be Safe, Legal, and Romantic?
The New York Times has broken new ground in their “Vows” section:
While millions of Americans go off to church on Sunday mornings, a segment of our liberal elite has a different tradition. For them, Sunday mornings are designed for ...
Slate has a great scan of a magazine article fawning over Ronald Reagan as a young Hollywood star:
Most people know that Ronald Reagan was a Hollywood star before he became President. Most probably don’t know that he was ...
The Sad, Boring Fall of Miley Cyrus
Confession: my family starred in The Hannah Montana Movie. Okay, maybe “starred” isn’t technically the right word. We were in the climactic scene as “extras.” If you look closely and freeze the frame when Miley is singing to “save ...
Vanity Fair's List of the Top Ten Best-Dressed Political Wives
I’m sure it’s not easy being married to a politician, but some ladies manage to do it with style. Vanity Fair recently named the top ten best-dressed political wives, and these lovely honorees made the list: Ann Romney, ...
Why Dexter Is the Most Unintentionally Conservative Show on TV
I had to turn away the first few times I watched the show — the whole “serial killer” thing creeped me out. However, as Showtime’s Dexter is coming to a season close, I’m starting to realize that the show ...
Gospel Singer Cut From MLK Event Over Gay Issues
I think we’re going to be hearing more and more stories like this.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray cut a singer who has won Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Awards in gospel music from a city-sponsored concert Saturday at the Martin ...
Celebrate Me - I'm Childless!
Time magazine’s new cover story “Having It All Without Having Children,” by Lauren Sandler breaks down an interesting trend. More couples are foregoing parenthood than ever before in American history:
From 2007 to 2011, the most recent year for which there’...
When Should a Politician Just Go Away?
This week, I’m wrangling with honor, shame, and the idea of “second chances” in light of the (most recent) Weiner scandal:
By now, America has rejected Anthony Weiner with as much passion and unanimity as it rejected New Coke ...
Showtime's Virgin Tales Shows Ultra-Conservative Sexual Mores -- For Better or Worse?
Showtime has a new documentary that shows a subculture that doesn’t believe in even kissing before marriage:
The documentary, slated to air on Showtime later this month, follows the Wilson family, American Evangelical Christians who believe not only in ...
The Lone Ranger: “Cynical. Bankrupt. Brutal. Anti-American. A Catastrophe.”
After writing about Monsters University below, I thought I’d pass along this review of The Lone Ranger. I’m not sure, but I don’t think the author liked it. Here are the clues:
When the film first brings ...
Sex: the Cause of, and Solution to, All of Life's Problems
When I was in college at NYU, I enrolled in some Women Studies classes, where I learned all kinds of strange philosophies about sex. Mainly that it was a Very Big Deal, and that you have to either embrace your ...
Love America? You Might Enjoy Olympus Has Fallen
Even though my fellow NRO writer David French pretended to like Woody Allen movies during our short period of dating, he began watching high-body-count movies as soon as I said “I do.” The more explosions, aliens, and patriotic themes, the ...
For Christmas, I got my two oldest kids calligraphy pens to make their Lord of the Rings elvish writing look more authentic. (I’m married to this guy, so they didn’t really have a chance to ...
Two More Romneys Enter the World
Today reports that Craig and Mary Romney are the proud parents of twins. Check out Ann Romney’s tweet. Yep, that makes 20.
Is Brooks Brothers a Republican Brand?
Do you remember when George H. W. Bush was accused of being a “Brooks Brothers Republican?” Or in 2000, when a group of conservative protestors were dubbed the “Brooks Brothers Brigade” for rioting at the Miami-Dade county polling headquarters during the ...
Super Bowl XLVII: Brought to You by Adoption
We all know Michael Oher, who played for the Ravens in the Super Bowl, was the subject of the wonderful movie The Blind Side. Well, yesterday, pro-life advocate Bristol Palin posted a nice story on her blog about ...
Dear Abby’s Unfortunate Blend of Bible and Politics
“So, what should I do?”
All of us have had that moment when a friend looks desperately in our eyes and asks for advice. There’s something very intimate and powerful about two friends sitting together trying to figure out ...
Johnnie Moore, author of a new book called Dirty God, wrote an article on FoxNews examining how Jesus “was, is and would be a capitalist” if he were dropped into America today. He begins by writing, “It would not surprise ...
When Colette mentioned that depression in young adults is soaring – and suggested it might have something to do with narcissism or helicopter parenting – I had to weigh in on a recent study that suggests a different cause altogether: casual sex.
Two New Kids' Movies Have Interesting -- and Sometimes Troubling -- Subtexts
By now, conservative parents know they have to be on guard when their children graduate from high school and go to colleges full of hedonism and liberal professors eager to indoctrinate students with leftist ideology. But, judging from two recent ...
Why I Cried When Reagan Replaced Carter
Chris Cillizza of WaPo’s The Fix asked his readers a question about our first memories of election days. Well, this isn’t an election-day story per se, but it is about the first time I “felt” the ramifications of ...
Ann Romney's New Cookbook: Family, Fun, and 'Fluff'
In a USA Today interview with Susan Page, Ann Romney talks about her new cookbook, The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes and Favorite Traditions (Shadow Mountain). The beautiful 224-page book features stories from the Romney family, gorgeous ...
After my husband and I adopted our daughter Naomi, we were thrust into the world of “adoption politics.”
I’d figured adoption was universally considered to be wonderful, like chocolate cake, rainbows, or a heavy snowfall that keeps everyone home ...
Texas High-School Text Book Redefines the Second Amendment
Sean Getts, a dad in Denton, Texas, was surprised to open his daughter’s AP United States history book and find it had rewritten the Second Amendment. He snapped a photo and posted it to Facebook with this caption:
Which Political Party Is More Charitable?
Recently, a Chronicle of Philanthropy study evaluating the giving patterns of conservatives and liberals revealed that liberals are an uncharitable bunch:
People who live in deeply religious regions of the country — the solid-red states of the Bible Belt and Utah — ...
If You Send Your Kid to Private School, Are You a Bad Person?
Allison Benedikt over at Slate has a provocative manifesto about how parents who send their kids to private school are basically evil. Her reasoning is that we all have to be in it together or the whole system falls apart. ...
"Millennials in the Workplace" Training Video
If any of you have ever had to hire — and fire — millennials, you might need this handy “workplace training video” to help you navigate their world of iced coffee and ironic tee shirts:
Hard Work, Ashton Kutcher, and Bristol Palin's Quest for Jeans
Colette, thanks for pointing out Ashton Kutcher’s amazing speech about the value of hard work. It’s great to see that that clip has generated a great deal of conversation. I sent the clip to Bristol Palin who loved ...
Breastfeeding or Manners? Let’s Have Both
A mom in Texas was breastfeeding her child at a recreational-facility, when an employee asked her to cover up, or to use a private room that the recreational facility would provide. The ensuing incident was caught on video – and, of ...
Imagine Getting into a Cab and Realizing Your Driver Was the President
You overslept on the very morning you have that very important appointment. Instead of navigating the subway, you stick your hand in the air and hope the next cab has vacancy. When it stops, you slide into the weathered seats, ...
The Chilling History of How Hollywood Helped Hitler
The Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating book excerpt of “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler” (Harvard University Press, Sept. 9) by Ben Urwand which chillingly shows how far major Hollywood studios went to collaborate with the Nazis during the ten ...
Men and Women are the Same — Except When Women Are Better
A recent New York Times article makes a fascinating claim: that females make males more generous, brothers who have sisters are more sympathetic, and corporate execs who have baby girls are less tight-fisted than execs who have bouncing baby boys.
Newsroom: Like Watching the Inner Lives of People who Hate Me
I was recently asked to write a weekly article following HBO’s Newsroom, a drama about an anchorman who apparently — in the first season — decided to save network news by telling the truth and covering only “important” stories. I’d ...
Monsters University Is Far from Leftwing Propaganda
Like many of you, my husband and I packed up our three kids and headed to the movie theater this weekend to see the latest Pixar movie, a sequel to Monsters, Inc. called “Monsters University.” It was a delightful little ...
Delayed Effects of Deployment
‘I want to join the Army,” my husband said.
I was standing in our apartment in Philadelphia in 2005. It was around five o’clock in the afternoon, and the sun poured through the windows that overlooked the Walnut Street Theater, ...
Teacher Asks if Student Is Mentally Unstable Because of BB-Gun Photo
Joseph C. Phillips — the actor who played Denise’s husband on The Cosby Show (and later became famous as Justus Ward on General Hospital) is speaking out after a social-studies teacher asked his 15-year-old son if ...
Todd Palin Finishes Iron Dog, Honors Chris Kyle
Recently, Todd Palin and his partner Scott Davis headed out again on their annual Iron Dog race. As you heard many times during the hysteria of the 2008 election, he’s won the race several times — four at last count! This ...
SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden: “Is This the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done, or the Worst Thing?”
Phil Bronstein, executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting, wrote an amazing article in conjunction with Esquire. The piece is a profile on the man who killed the most wanted terrorist of our time — Osama bin Laden — ...
Rubio Rejects the "Conservative Messiah" Label
I cringed when I saw Time magazine’s cover, depicting a handsome Marco Rubio under the headline: The Republican Savior.
After all, there is no “perfect” Republican presidential candidate, and we’ll be sorely disappointed if we continually look for ...
Women in Combat Hurt Women Back Home
Newsmax contacted me about my opinion on the new “women in combat” decision. Here’s my response:
The media is focusing on how women in combat will affect military readiness. But no one is talking about the impact ...
Spanking, Circumcision, Guns, and Stigmatizing Each Other into Oblivion
Earlier this week, my kids and I pulled up to an old Jeep decorated with political stickers, some of which can provide amusing reading at red lights and some that might evoke the scene in Fried Green Tomatoes ...