Christmas at the Coolidges
Once upon a time, Christmas trees were still called Christmas trees. There were no Black Friday sales, no “Jingle Bell Rock,” and certainly no lawsuits over the permissibility of public celebration of the birth of Christ.
Calvin Coolidge loved Christmas. ...
The main character of the new movie The Descendants, played by George Clooney, is Matt King, but he isn’t very regal. He has quite the pedigree —descended from Hawaiian royalty and missionary bluebloods — but in sad reality he isn’...
Leonardo DiCaprio, caked underneath layers of makeup, looks the part of the controversial FBI director in the new film J. Edgar. But looks — and great acting — can deceive when the story isn’t quite right.
In telling J. Edgar Hoover’...
Uday’s Body Double, the Hero?
After eight years of focusing on the moral ambiguities of the Iraq occupation, Hollywood has finally offered up what might be the strongest possible apologetic for the war: an unflinching portrait of the murderous dynasty it deposed, with a focus ...
California Wants to Discriminate Against Asians . . . Again
Okay, so Governor Jerry Brown didn’t say that explicitly when he joined the growing chorus of activists trying to water down or overturn California’s Proposition 209, a ballot effort that invalidated the consideration of race in higher education, in ...
The Class-Size Debate Never Graduates High School
Over at City Journal there’s an interesting piece regarding the class-size myth.
You’ve heard these usual arguments before: Class sizes are growing, and that affects educational outcomes negatively.
It turns out both statements are false. Class ...
Claremont McKenna’s Pro-Islamist Professor
Claremont McKenna College is a nationally recognized leader in training Defense Department officials and State Department personnel (including numerous ambassadors). Professor Bassam Frangieh is head of Claremont McKenna’s Arabic Department and Middle East Studies program, where he teaches tomorrow’...
Deval Patrick: The Proto-Obama
Gov. Deval Patrick, the proto–Barack Obama, is up for reelection in Massachusetts. Republicans hoping to defeat Obama would do well to study Patrick’s political fortunes — if only to see how poorly Massachusetts Republicans have done against one of ...
A Shadow of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows understands one thing well: There are few joys as great in life as having a good enemy. Chess players know it well. The clock ticks. The sweat forms on the brow. The mind racks ...
Coolidge on Giving Thanks
In our increasingly secular age, as we watch grown men play a boys’ game, as a certain parade sponsored by Macy’s commercializes our streets, and as we look forward to shaking off our tryptophan-induced slumber to wait in line ...
Chu Chooses Silence on China
Congresswoman Judy Chu arrived in China last week as a guest of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs. Yet even as she castigates America for abuses of Chinese people who came here more than a century ago, she ...
Facebook Posting Keeps Student Out of Medical Class
Paging the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, paging.
A University of Minnesota mortuary-science student was flunked for something she wrote on her Facebook wall — and also required to take a clinical ethics course and undergo a psychiatric exam, and ...
Tweet Your Way Into the University of Iowa B-School?
USA Today carries the story:
At the University of Iowa, a good tweet is worth $37,000.
That’s the price of a full scholarship, and that’s exactly what a student hopeful can win in a contest the university has dreamed ...
Singer Adele is on top of the charts and her taxes, but that hasn’t stopped critics from trying to drag her down for comments she made about footing the bill for the British welfare state.
On average, British subjects ...
Farewell: A ‘True Story’ That Isn’t
‘True stories” are the highest form of fiction, and so it is with Farewell, a Cold War spy film that, for all its charms and graces, changes too much history in order to fit its story. French filmmaker ...