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Liberal Arts: The Public Education of Kirsten Powers Continues

Monday, May 11th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Kirsten Powers surprised by vitriol her book ‘The Silencing’ has elicited from the Left http://t.co/YRpKkdjJ76 — Ed Driscoll (@EdDriscoll) May 12, 2015 Ahh, another year, another moment when Daily Beast/USA Today columnist and Fox News token lefty Kirsten Powers gets “surprised” by reality. Add the above link to her discovering, the hard way, in October […]

‘Shock the Bourgeoisie!’

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In his latest G-File, Jonah Goldberg writes, “back in the ’80s and ’90s, the whole point of subsidizing art was to pay for stuff that offended, shocked, and stretched the boundaries (and, occasionally, sphincters) of society:” As is almost always the case, what this actually meant was that it must shock the right kinds of […]

From Bobos with Sharp Trouser Creases, to ‘The Road to Character’

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“I’ve achieved more career success than I ever thought I would, but I looked at the inner light they had, and I said, I haven’t achieved that.” The Christian Science Monitor quotes David Brooks regarding the subject of his new book: And so, he set out to explore that elusive quality, a certain contentment through […]

Breaking News from 1976

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Is California Gov. Jerry Brown becoming the Jerry Falwell of the left?” asks Claremont’s Jack Pitney at the Christian Science Monitor: As you may recall, the late Reverend Falwell was one of the founders of the contemporary religious right. In 1979, with conservative activist Paul Weyrich, he created the Moral Majority, an organization that mobilized […]

So, About the MSM’s Vaccination Obsession This Week

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Shot: Q: There’s a perception that vaccine refusal is especially common among affluent, well-educated, politically liberal parents—is there any truth to that? S.M.: It’s dangerous to make broad generalizations about a group, but anecdotally and from the overall data that’s been collected it seems to be people who are very actively involved in every possible […]

First Time as Tragedy, Second Time as Iowahawk Fodder

Monday, January 26th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

FDR had breadlines for as long as the eye could see. Bill de Blasio has… OMG THEY’RE STABBING EACH OTHER FOR THE LAST PACKAGE OF VEGAN EGG SUBSTITUTE #NightOfTheLivingUnionSquareHipsters pic.twitter.com/Pug6jlQpu8 — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 26, 2015 Entirely related! pic.twitter.com/fU1lixVqN3 — Lorraine Feather (@LorraineFeather) January 7, 2015 And of course, as with FDR and the […]

Shark Jumped

Friday, January 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Behold the international healing power of bad ’70s folk music. “Kerry Brings James Taylor to Serenade French With ‘You’ve Got a Friend,’” the Weekly Standard’s Michael Warren reports. No, I’m not kidding: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Paris Friday in what was billed as a show of solidarity with the French people after […]

Mario Cuomo and the Descent of Political Man

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

The left’s “Hamlet on the Hudson” is placed into perspective by Kevin D. Williamson: Cuomo was something of a Barack Obama before his time: Like the president, Cuomo came to prominence after making a highly regarded speech at the Democratic National Convention. Like the president, he never quite figured out that there was more to […]

‘George Clooney Discovers the Essential Uselessness of the Hollywood He Helped Create’

Friday, December 19th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Oh, God, while the Sony situation isn’t funny George Clooney’s reaction to it certainly is,” Moe Lane writes. “Well, not Good Funny.  This is Bad Funny… anyway, let’s go over who Clooney blames, shall we?” As Moe notes, between the media, trial lawyers, movie executives and Obama,”That’s… a large cross-section of the Establishment Democrats’ supporters up […]

Change! In Vermont, Single-Payer Healthcare Quietly Disappears

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“You can’t attribute the entire mess to one cause, but it certainly didn’t help [Democrat Governor Peter Shumlin's] case to have Jonathan Gruber involved in the project to the tune of roughly $400K. The voters probably weren’t looking forward to being lectured on videotape about how stupid they are in 2015:” But perhaps the most […]

Quote of the Day

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

.@ConanOBrien I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 Heh, indeed.™ Kudos to Albright and/or her ghost-tweeter for a hilarious response.

‘The Secret Torment of Joni Mitchell’

Monday, September 1st, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Other than the self-hating misanthropy of “Big Yellow Taxi” (“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Yes, and over the last 150 years, “they” also put up electric lights, air conditioning, the polio vaccine, and err, the musical instruments, concert halls, record players, radio and TV networks, and the commercial aviation that made […]

Massive Smug Cloud Forming; Miami Residents Warned to Seek Shelter Immediately

Monday, August 11th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style: It’s baffling that they hold themselves in such high regard. Take President Obama, an academic socialist who’s never competently performed an executive function in his life, including during the last five years. Yet he somehow still believes himself to be himself to be God’s gift […]

Not Everyone at the BBC was a Pedophile, But…

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Notwithstanding two years of headlines re Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and others, not everyone at the Beeb in my day was a paedophile — or at least I don’t think so,” Mark Steyn wrote last week, in a profile of Rolf Harris, who at the end of last month was “found guilty of 12 counts […]

Curiously, the Times Seems Ambivalent on This Development

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“NY Times: GOP’ers sounding more like Occupy Wall Street, scaring business leaders,” Noah Rothman writes at Hot Air: “Mr. Cantor’s loss is much more than just symbolism,” the Times reported on Saturday. “He has been one of Wall Street’s most reliable benefactors in Congress. And Mr. Brat used that fact to deride the majority leader […]

You Can Wear Anything, But Lay Off Of Those Camouflage Wingtips

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

You can get a pretty good sense of the overall mental health of America based on the amount of camouflage being worn — outside of on-duty military personnel and hunters of course — at any given time. Camouflage as ironic leisurewear for the elite took off in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a […]

Tell Us, Ronan, Where You Used to Work

Monday, May 19th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Hey, did you know MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow worked for the State Department? Don’t worry, he’ll be happy tell you — repeatedly: Please MSNBC, have John “did you know I served in Vietnam?” Kerry on as a daily segment to be interviewed by Ronan “did you know I used to work in the State Department?” Farrow. […]

Oh That Return of the Primitive

Monday, April 14th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“US Airways tweets graphic photo of nude woman to customers, then apologizes,” the New York Daily News reports: “Inappropriate” doesn’t begin to cover it. A shockingly graphic tweet by U.S. Airways featuring a woman and an airplane has led to an investigation and red-faced apology by the airline. A photo of a naked woman lying […]

Then Came Dave

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Letterman was a turning point in American cultural history,” Michael Long writes at NRO. His article went online after I wrote my piece on Letterman, Leno, Colbert, and HBO’s Late Shift, or I would have certainly excerpted it there. But it’s worth reading the piece in full, for a reminder of how Letterman’s original late […]

Why Not Try for the Popularity Contest?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Alec Baldwin, Drama Queen,” writes Michelle Malkin in her latest column, quoting from Baldwin’s train wreck New York magazine column, adding that Baldwin is “especially mad, mad, mad about how angry and hateful the rest of America has become:” “The heart, the arteries of the country are now clogged with hate. The fuel of American […]