Klavan On The Culture

Klavan On The Culture

Who’s Hillary?

October 6th, 2015 - 5:51 am

Can You Spot Her?

Remember those Where’s Waldo? books that were popular a while back? On each page, there was a cartoon crowd scene and you had to scan the various figures until you found Waldo, the guy in the wool hat and the striped sweater? They should put out a new book called Who’s Hillary? On each page, there’d be dozens of drawings of Hillary and you’d have to figure out which was the real one? If any.

There could be the hip, self-mocking Hillary we were treated to on Saturday Night Democrat Toady — I mean Live! — the other night. There could be the indignant Hillary who tried to weasel out of fair questions on the Today show. There could be Grandma Hillary who just can’t make heads nor tails of those danged email servers — what do you, wipe em with a cloth er sumpin? There could be southern-accent Hillary, and African American Hillary and teary-eyed Hillary…  Hey, if it doesn’t work as a book we can always make it a line of dolls!

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Democrats on Gun Violence: Ban Facts

October 4th, 2015 - 9:38 am

I don’t usually post my videos one after another, but this one is too topical to hold back. On the Democrats’ reaction to mass shootings. Take a look:

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My New Podcast

October 2nd, 2015 - 11:21 am

Hey, my new podcast is up and running. You can listen for free here. It’s still a work in progress. We haven’t quite got the state-of-the-art studio finished yet, so I can’t have guests or bring in Cirque du Soleil to perform interpretive dances of my ideas, but it’s a start and I’d love to get feedback from anyone who takes a listen. Click the picture below to take you there.


The MacArthur Grant Explained

September 30th, 2015 - 1:51 pm

You may wonder why a MacArthur Genius Grant was given to Ta-Nehisi Coates, a bitter and, for my money, racist anti-white author at the Atlantic. Let me explain:

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Dear John

September 27th, 2015 - 8:12 am

I had a drink with John Boehner once. We were both at a small, private party and found ourselves together at the bar. I’m afraid my reaction to him was on the haughty side.

“He’s an institutional man,” I wrote with disdain to an old friend.

To which my friend, an old political hand, replied: “Yes, but let me remind you: Congress is an institution.”

Far be it from me to interrupt the Trumpian chest-beating on the right at Boehner’s announced resignation, but I still can’t help having some sympathy for the guy. It’s possible we on the right wanted something from him no mere speaker of the House could have delivered. We’re all heroes at our keyboards and our microphones, after all. We all know what’s what, what should be done and how. Anyone who can’t live up to the courage we have in our imaginations or can’t achieve the results we achieve in our fantasies must be either a wimp or a traitor. But how much wisdom and self-awareness does it take to remember: that’s not the real world? Hell, it’s not even Washington, D.C.

Which is not to let Boehner off the hook for his failings. He did not recognize that Barack Obama was not the usual politician, but rather a narcissistic ideologue, not to be trusted. He kept making deals with the guy only to find himself double-crossed. And when he went to publicize the president’s lies, he found a news media so corrupted by racism and ideology that they had become little more than a gang of professional liars, dedicated to protecting the White House.

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From Hollywood Reporter: The Gosnell Cast

September 25th, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Earl Billings, a very good actor, will play Kermit Gosnell, a very bad man.

As mentioned in a post below, the Gosnell movie is shooting now in Oklahoma (which stands in for Philadelphia!) and Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter has now announced the cast:

The filmmakers behind Gosnell, a movie about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, said Thursday that Earl Billings has been cast as Gosnell while Dean Cain will play Detective James Wood, who investigated Gosnell in a case that led to him being convicted on three counts of murder and one of manslaughter.

Billings, who bears a slight resemblance to the real Gosnell, has been a character actor for more than three decades, showing up in such films as American Splendor and Thank You For Smoking. He was a regular on the TV series Miss Guided in 2008.

Cain is best known as Clark Kent in the TV series Lois & Clark and has recently starred in a slew of TV Christmas movies.

Gosnell, originally conceived as a TV movie but now planned as a feature film, has begun filming in Oklahoma City, a producer said Thursday.

Nick Searcy, best known as an actor for his role on Justified on FX, is directing Gosnell from a script by Andrew Klavan, who drew on a 280-page grand jury report that describes how the African-American doctor charged different prices for anesthesia depending on how much pain a patient was willing to endure and how white women were given a nicer waiting room and cleaner medical equipment than the minority women.

The report alleges that Gosnell killed hundreds of infants by sticking scissors into their necks, but he was convicted a few years ago on just three counts of murder and one of manslaughter.

The movie also will tell the story of what filmmakers say was a media cover-up that lasted decades.

Have the U.S. and UK Traded Places?

September 23rd, 2015 - 8:25 am

One of the pleasures of traveling overseas is getting a brief glimpse of your homeland from afar. When I lived in the UK during much of the nineties, I used to compare it to looking at that famous photo of Earthrise taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, the first manned orbit around the moon. Suddenly, at a distance, the place you live looks very different and you get a new perspective on it.

The effect is not quite so dramatic when you only visit for a week, but during my recent vacation in the UK, I couldn’t help but notice that politically our two nations seem to have switched places. From similar experiences of governance, we have drawn entirely different lessons.

It used to be the two parties in the U.S. squabbled ferociously but agreed on the basics: patriotism, capitalism, liberty. In England, conversely, the left was full-blown Communistic and the Labour party would actually start its meetings with a rousing chorus of the Old Red Flag, whereas the Tories could only blither uselessly about “preserving our way of life.”

Now we’re the divided ones. The Democrats are in full America-hating, income-seizing, idea-suppressing mode and the Republicans, such as they are, are fighting a rearguard action over the body of our tattered Constitution. In England, meanwhile, years of Thatcherism and then Blairism have convinced a majority of the electorate that, when it comes to the economy at any rate, capitalism and free markets are the answer. London seems to be booming, full of young foreigners and natives sporting goods and delivering services. Labour has become such a collection of ostracized crackpots that they’ve elected commie terrorist-sympathizer Jeremy Corbyn to lead them, one hopes, into complete powerlessness and obscurity.

How did we, after the good economic years of Reagan and Clinton, wind up with this lawless leftist clown of ours in the White House? How did the greatest economic engine of all time start to sport an economy as drab as post-war England’s? How did we lose the plot of freedom? Let’s hope it was just a joke of historical circumstance and we all come to our senses soon.

Though with Trump still in the race, my hopes are not high.

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“Gosnell” Begins Filming

September 21st, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Gosnell Films

Just in time for my return from vacation, the Gosnell film begins shooting today. The pic shows International Stage and Screen Star Nick Searcy (I think that’s his full name) directing the cast. I wish him, them, and producers Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda all the best as they bring their amazing journey to fruition (with a small assist from me on screenplay duties).

For those who got caught in the news blackout imposed by the major media, Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American history, leaving only God knows how many bodies in his wake — and God, believe me, has an exact count. Why did the story go virtually unreported by the networks, and most of the major papers? Because Gosnell was an abortionist and the possibly thousands of people he murdered were babies so, like, feminism… or something.

Luckily, the media learned its lesson and would never again bury a major news story simply to defend the practice of killing infants. Oh, wait…

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4 Ways to Preserve the Nation in my Absence

September 10th, 2015 - 7:50 am


I notice my wife is packing many of our belongings so either she’s finally had enough or we’re going on vacation. Since I can’t imagine life without her, I have no choice but to assume we’re leaving town for a week. Do me a favor:  try not to destroy the country or yourselves while I’m gone. Here are some handy tips.obama_guitar_hippie_12-2-13-3

1. Remember it’s Obama’s fault. It’s a principle of child psychology that children who are abused by one parent frequently focus their anger on the other parent for not preventing the abuse. “Never mind that Dad used to spank me with a hammer, why didn’t Mom stop him?” Remember that principle the next time you hear yourself say: “That rotten Mitch McConnell is worse than Barack Obama.” Mitch McConnell is bad; really bad; stinky-cheese level bad. He’s so paralyzed by the thought of getting blamed by the media (who are going to blame him anyway) that he imagines the failed end of every possible political action and takes no action at all. But remember: What’s bad about that is that Obama is such an anti-American, anti-constitutionalist, anti-capitalist, anti-liberty narcissistic fathead that simple patriotism demands he be opposed at every turn with courage, canniness and vigor. Obama, not McConnell, is the source of our country’s woes. Save the full blast of your ire for him.

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Hey, Commenters: Quit Flagging Each Other!

September 9th, 2015 - 8:16 am

Someone keeps flagging comments on this blog. Please stop. When you flag the comment it gets condensed and you have to click on it to be able to read it. This is appropriate and useful for spam ads like, “My grandmother makes fifteen dollars an hour at home…” But it’s inappropriate  — actually, it’s wrong — to flag someone because you disagree with them, because they do or don’t believe in God, do or don’t believe in gay marriage, do or don’t believe in abortion, whatever. What’s the point of being here if we can’t wrangle with one another over the issues of the day?

The thing is: when you flag the comment, I have to go through the comments and unflag it. I don’t have enough time to do that. So it gives the false impression that I’m censoring ideas or that there are some ideas not welcome here. I’ll cut a slob’s four-letter words and ugly slurs sometimes, but even then, I try to leave the jerk’s point intact. There are behaviors that shouldn’t be allowed, but no thoughts.

A couple of years ago, when PJ Media did a revamp of the website, many of the old comments on posts were lost. I lodged a friendly protest with the management and the old comments were restored in archive, though they were still harder to reach than I liked. The point I made to my PJM pals was that comments on a post are the public’s contribution to the site, part of the collaboration between writer and reader that the internet has made possible. The blog’s not just about what I say but about what the readers say too. Flagging comments makes it harder for me to find out what’s the rumpus.

The usual joke is that the comment section of a blog contains remarks from the worst people who read that blog, but that’s a half truth, maybe only a quarter truth. It does seem there are some people who spend their days frothing with rage over every notion they disagree with and just waiting to unleash their fury in rabid, barely civilized comments. And there are idiot trolls who come on only to sew dissent, portray conservatism as bigoted or ramp the discussion up to an angrier pitch. I pity them the life they lead, but can’t do much about it. But in general, most of the comments I read are sincere, thoughtful, intelligent and responsible. No one needs you to tell the rest of us which are which. If we can read them, we can figure out for ourselves which are worthwhile.

So thanks for policing our thoughts and making sure only the ones you agree with are easy for us to read. Now stop. It’s low behavior, unbecoming a conservative. The grownups are talking. If you can’t stand what’s being said, go play outside.