What galls me most about Terry Jones publicity stunt (if I hadn’t seen his picture, I would have thought this was some Monty Python satire by the other Terry Jones) is that he is desecrating September 11. That day may not be sacred in the Almighty sense, but it should be kept sacred in a national sense. We should do nothing to dishonor those who died and those who saved others from dying. By distracting attention from what happened on that day, Pastor Dimwit is doing just that. At the same time, he is making it easier for those who want to forget why we fight to change the subject. He has gotten far too much attention for the pastor of a supposedly 50-member church, and I have already said too much about him. But it is worth reminding ourselves not to lose sight of what happened that day nine years ago.
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More