Is the new Gillette razor ad a radical feminist attack on masculinity -- the commercial embodiment of a woke sensibility? I was prepared to think so. But having watched it twice, I find a lot to like. The ad has been panned by some conservative commentators. With all due respect, I think they are falling into a trap. They seem to have accepted ...Read more
Tucker Carlson is completely right about one thing: The decline of marriage is a great challenge of our times. I've written a whole book about it. So, you'd think I would rejoice that Carlson's rant-heard-round-the-right focused on it. Sorry, no. I've rarely seen such a cynical and misleading use of television.
Everything that is going wrong ...Read more
Mitt Romney's declaration of independence from Donald Trump as he takes his seat in the U.S. Senate has been illuminating -- more for the responses than the op-ed itself. Professional speculators are asking whether it's the opening gambit of a 2020 primary challenge (his denials notwithstanding) or mere virtue signaling.
The unappeasable left ...Read more
Remarkable, isn't it, that Donald Trump has made decrying "fake news" his calling card? Is the press hostile to him? Sure. Do they lie about him? For the most part, no. Then again, the truth is not everyone's friend. As William Randolph Hearst once quipped: "If Mr. Hughes will stop telling lies about me, I'll stop telling the truth about him." ...Read more
President Donald Trump's behavior is unprecedented, but his decision to withdraw our troops from Syria, while unprecedentedly abrupt, is actually part of a tradition of unforced errors in American foreign policy.
Out of spite, or sometimes as a smokescreen to evade responsibility, Congress and past presidents have managed to lose wars that ...Read more
It has become an article of faith in some quarters on the right -- well, most -- that Robert Mueller's investigation has found no evidence of collusion with Russia and has accordingly shifted gears to process crimes like lying to the FBI or obstruction of justice. Having decided that this must be true, many have called for Mueller to wrap it up....Read more
NBC's Katy Tur, responding to an article in the New Yorker about climate, looked into the camera and asked, "How pointless is my life? And how pointless are the decisions that I make on a day-to-day basis when we are not focused on climate change every day, when it's not leading every one of our newscasts?"
It's a safe bet that not only will ...Read more
The Centers for Disease Control has delivered sober news -- average life expectancy at birth in the United States has declined for a third straight year due to extremely high rates of death from drug overdoses and suicide. As The Washington Post reports, this is the longest sustained decline in life expectancy since the early 20th century. ...Read more
Our Thanksgiving family tradition is to go around the table and express gratitude for our blessings. It's such a simple exercise, and yet almost as satisfying as the feasting. Maybe we shouldn't confine it to Thanksgiving? We have observant Jewish friends who've done something like this every week at Shabbat dinners. Each person cites a "...Read more
Question: What does CNN's Jim Acosta crave more than anything?
If you said "attention," go to the head of the class. It's a mystery why the White House has given Acosta way more than that. Acosta had his "hard pass" yanked after last week's press conference. (Don't ask who was obnoxious, because they ALL were.) Acosta has literally become a ...Read more
Exit polls aren't always 100 percent reliable. For example, in 2016, the exit interviews suggested that Donald Trump would lose Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina by small margins. He won all of them.
Let's take it as given that 2018's exit polls are likely flawed in the same way. Still, they are among the most interesting ...Read more
A caravan of ragtag would-be immigrants is making its way through the nations of Honduras (per capita income $4,630), El Salvador (per capita income $7,540), and Guatemala (per capita income $8,000) to Mexico.
The response in the U.S. (per capita income $60,200) -- panic.
Hyperventilation is seemingly the response we bring to all challenges in...Read more