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We Came in Peace, for All Humankind

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Everything’s a Problem, the satirical blog written by Sonny Bunch of the Washington Free Beacon, has some fun going into faux-outrage mode over “Calling People ‘Guys,’” and quotes as his “problematic” example, David Gelernter’s March 2008 article in the Weekly Standard on “Feminism and the English Language,” in which Gelernter writes: How can I teach […]

‘We Have Reached Peak Problematic’

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

I find this article by Daniel Payne of the Federalist to be problematic. So very, very problematic: In the great boiling stew of social justice discourse, we have reached what could convincingly be termed “peak problematic.” There is quite literally nothing that the Left cannot construe as “problematic.” Modern feminism, in particular, is obsessed with “problematic […]

Newspeak Dictionary Applet Now Available for Google’s Chrome Browser

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Awesome: a Chrome extension that replaces every instance of “manned” with “crewed” and “unmanned” with “robotic.” — Rose Eveleth (@roseveleth) February 26, 2015 Huh — I remember that it wasn’t all that long ago when Christian Websites were pilloried over such things by the Washington Post: The American Family Association obviously didn’t foresee the […]

Reframing the Enemy, At Home and Abroad

Monday, January 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll


Communist Propaganda Writ Small

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they […]

Huh. I Thought Bill de Blasio Would Have Been a Clinton Supporter

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Today’s edition of Ed is brought to you by the word “Man-spreading.” Or as Rich Cromwell writes at the Federalist, “The Rabid Equality Crowd Finally Outright Admits They Hate Testicles:” They’re not called the family jewels because they are ordinary. They’re not referred to as stones because they’re impervious to injury. No, they are […]

‘It’s Time To Push Back Against Feminist Bullies’

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

In addition to getting the vapors over scientist Matt Taylor’s shirt(!) last week, “the social media outrage machine,” went on quite a virulent wilding spree last week, as Mollie Hemingway writes at the Federalist: A review of [Atlantic reporter Rose] Eveleth’s outrage-tweets over a shirt someone wore might make you embarrassed to be human. When […]

Well, That Didn’t Take Long

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

This is the satiric Photoshop I did back in April for Roger Simon’s post titled, “College: The Sixty-Five Thousand Dollar Misunderstanding,” which referenced the Obama administration and Columbia University’s fixation on “gender-neutral bathrooms,” combined with the then-recent Facebook freakout that led to them adding 56(!) gender choices for users to pick from. As Britain’s Malcolm […]

NBC Anchor: Muslim Beheading In Oklahoma Was ‘Workplace Violence,’ Suspect a ‘Gentleman’

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Lean forward: MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: I would be remised not to bring up the story out of Oklahoma. It is a story that I read as a workplace violence story. But I want to play just a little bit of the sound from the press conference that followed a gentleman who beheaded a woman in the […]

The L.A. Times Morphed Into the Ministry of Truth So Slowly…

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Via Weasel Zippers, we learned the Los Angeles Times has a new term for illegal aliens in the work force: they’re ‘informal workers,’ and that doesn’t mean they don’t arrive on the job in a tuxedo,” Tim Graham quips at NewsBusters: Times reporter Tiffany Hsu (a “UC Berkeley grad”) began her Saturday story with the […]

Antithought: Barack Obama’s Whig History

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“The pathetic ‘wrong side of history’ plea,” as explored by Jonah Goldberg in the New York Post: The right side of history is bunk. In domestic politics, people (mostly liberals) tend to say, “You’re on the wrong side of history” about social issues that are breaking their way. It’s a handy phrase, loosely translated as, […]

‘Political Correctness Is Dead’

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“It’s official,” Gavin McInnes writes. “On Sunday, March 9th, 2014, political correctness breathed its last breath:” It had been careening out of control since trannies took over the controls, but the moment that Beyoncé starred in a PSA to ban the word “bossy,” PC lost its last shred of credibility. Beyoncé is the songstress who […]

Actual CNN Caption: ‘Putin Bullying Obama?’

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Imagine you’re a backroom boffin in Vladimir Putin’s Russia assigned to monitor all of the news media out of the West that references Russia and your boss. Imagine the chuckle you know Putin’s going to get when you show him the following screen capture from CNN: NEVER change, CNN. Don’t ever g**damn change –> […]

The Obama Administration Declares War

Friday, February 28th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Against Vladimir Putin? Don’t be silly. But the Obama administration is fully prepared to wage maximum war against the enemy within, as Peggy Noonan writes in her latest column: We are suffering in great part from the politicization of everything and the spread of government not in a useful way but a destructive one. Everyone […]

Today’s Update to the Newspeak Dictionary

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll


Oceania has Always Been at War with Microagression

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Now is the time when we employ doubleplus crimethink juxtaposition, Animals, Small Dead-style: As a group of students begins studying for a calculus exam, a white student turns to an Asian peer and says, “Hey, would you mind helping me solve this problem? It’s really difficult, but you can probably do it.” The Asian student […]

Two National Journals in One!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Past performance is no guarantee of future results: ● “National Journal’s Hirsh: Time for a moral sanction against gun metaphors similar to the ‘N’ word.” —Headline, the Daily Caller, January 21st, 2011. —The National Journal, today: “The Obama Administration Is on T-Mobile’s Porch With a Shotgun.” Note the photo they chose to accompany their headline, […]

How the L-Word Was Won

Sunday, January 19th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

In the introduction to his new book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class, Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute writes: The best short credo of liberalism came from the pen of the once canonical left-wing literary historian Vernon Parrington in the late 1920s. “Rid society of the dictatorship of the […]

It’s a Wonderful Fountainhead

Monday, December 16th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

From now until December 25th (and perhaps January 1st), Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life will be playing somewhere. It’s available on Blu-Ray. There’s currently a sharp-looking copy on YouTube. It will be on TV, where the film’s reputation was made during its many annual repeats; it was unexpectedly flat at the box office during […]

Of Course: Photographer Who Took POTUS Selfie Photo Ashamed He Broke News

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

That time Obama took a selfie with two fellow world leaders at Mandela’s memorial service — Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) December 11, 2013 “Obama/Cameron Selfie Photographer to TNR: I’m Ashamed of Mankind,” the New Republic reports today: Roberto Schmidt is the AFP photographer, currently the agency’s chief photographer for South Asia, who captured that […]