Category Archives: Culture

We’re as Mad as Hell … and You Know the Rest

Dick Metcalf was “one of the country’s pre-eminent gun journalists,” as a page one story in the New York Times described him.  He wrote the feature column for Guns & Ammo, the popular magazine for gun enthusiasts. He also did a television show. Not long ago Metcalf wrote a column under the headline, “Let’s Talk…

The Notion That Commercialism is Now an Obscenity

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My family doesn’t make it to the movie theater often. Let me rephrase that: We don’t make it to the movie theater AS a family often. My son and daughter are lucky enough to have a grandmother who loves taking them to see the latest animated, family flicks. And my wife and I, on occasion,…

Keep Your Kids Sheltered From Politics

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When I was a kid, I rarely heard the grown-ups around me discussing the topic of politics. Sure, I’d catch a little snippet of a conversation between my parents from time to time as they watched the evening news, but that was about the extent of it. They never talked about such things with their…

Could a Conservative Democrat Sideline Hillary in 2016?

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It shouldn’t really surprise anyone that the 2016 presidential election, despite being nearly three years away, has already been talked about quite a bit in the national news media. After all, a number of likely Republican candidates are already beginning to emerge, and they’ve been finding creative ways to distinguish themselves from their peers. Some…

Duck Dynasty … and the God Given Right to be Stupid

Just when the paranoia over the so-called War on Christmas was cooling down, here comes Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family stirring things up all over again. By now you know that Phil gave an interview to GQ in which he said some not-so-kind things about gays.  A&E, the network that airs…

Ethan Couch – More Excuses for Really Bad Behavior

There was a time when someone like, Ethan Couch, was called a “spoiled brat.”  But now, in a society where what’s right and wrong is getting more and more blurry every day, you can always find a professional to come up with some excuse for really bad behavior. People who can’t keep it in their…

Could Pajama Onesies Be the Key to Engaging Young Americans?

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In my column last week, I explained why I didn’t believe it was a smart idea for Republican candidates, in 2014, to present a GOP comprehensive healthcare plan as an alternative to Obamacare. My reasoning was that it would only give the Democrats something to demagogue, and draw some heat off of themselves, much like…

What’s Worse: A Liar or a Realist?

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In the wake of the horrendous roll-out of Obamacare, there’s been a new narrative emerging, not just in the political rhetoric flying around Washington, but also in the national media. That narrative is that the Republican Party needs to come up with a comprehensive healthcare solution of their own to present as an alternative to…