Category Archives: Culture

Risk and Reward Has Become a Kick in the Head

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Last month, when a train conductor in Peru kicked a 22 year-old, Canadian backpacker in the head, he probably believed he was teaching the young man a valuable lesson: Don’t stand so close to the train tracks when a train is coming through. As it turns out, that wasn’t at all the lesson learned by…

The Hard Right’s Admiration for a Very Stupid Man

Ideologically pure conservatives apparently are so desperate for heroes, so fed up with what they call the overreach of the federal government, that they have turned Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy into an American folk hero – a modern day no-nonsense cowboy who takes no guff; a 2014 version of John Wayne. Bundy, for those…

The Left’s Refusal to Evolve on Race

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Whenever you hear a liberal politician talk about race these days, it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re not doing so in the context of issues like unemployment, inner-city violence, education, and the make-up of the American family – you know, discussions that could actually benefit minority communities. No, they’re typically just accusing Republicans and…

Why It’s Sad to Watch the Bush/Clinton Friendship

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On Monday, a large crowd attending the NCAA championship game in Arlington, Texas between Connecticut and Kentucky took a moment to loudly applaud an image displayed on the large video boards inside AT&T Stadium. It was of former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush seated next to each other in one of the…

Liberals Who Have Forgotten How to be Liberal

Let’s get something straight:  Liberals are the smart ones.  The tolerant ones.  The open-minded ones.  I know this because liberals are constantly telling me (and everyone else) how smart and tolerant and open-minded they are Except when they’re not. The other day Brendan Eich, the CEO of the tech company Mozilla, that created the web…

Media Sensationalism is Damaging; Still Better Than Bias

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When I was a teenager, a man tried to rob a grocery store down the street from where I lived. I read about it a day or two later in my local newspaper. The story was of particular interest to me because my brother worked at that grocery store as a cashier, and he was…

You Know the Difference Between Genius and Stupidity?

Sometimes I wonder why pollsters ask the American people about anything.  What’s the point?  I mean, would Gallup ask someone from Uzbekistan if he thinks Mickey Mantle was a better centerfielder than Willie Mays? Would the NBC/Wall Street Journal polling outfit ask the average man on the street in Kabul if he prefers Canali or…

Could Rick Perry Be a Viable Candidate in 2016?

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Governor Rick Perry made some news earlier this week when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show (from Austin, Texas) and discussed the possibility of decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the Lone Star State. Listening to Perry, I thought he laid out a pretty decent, thoughtful argument for moving in that direction. He also touted…