Commentary

To the Men and Women of the United States Military: It's the July 4th weekend. Many of you are far from home in unpleasant places like Iraq and Afghanistan or off the coast of a hostile nation such as Libya. You are fighting at least three wars, and though bureaucrats don't call it the war on terror anymore, you still fight that as well. Every day poses a risk, whether on the streets of Baghdad or on duty in Fort Hood, Texas. At home, your loved ones are grilling, having a beer or playing Frisbee. Our tables are filled with... continue reading
To the Men and Women of the United States Military: It's the July 4th weekend. Many of you are far from home in unpleasant places like Iraq and Afghanistan or off the coast of a hostile nation such as Libya. You are fighting at least three wars, and though bureaucrats don't call it the war on terror anymore, you still fight that as well. Every day poses a risk, whether on the streets of Baghdad or on duty in Fort Hood, Texas. At home, your loved ones are grilling, having a beer or playing Frisbee. Our tables are filled with... continue reading
Thank God and Government! Breaking news. You'll be so relieved. Last week the media reported the reassuring fact that the FDA had finally imposed new labeling requirements on bottles of sun tan/sunscreen lotion. Whew. Sure, the entire economy is a shambles and unemployment is stubbornly stuck at 9 percent and threatening to climb. Billions of dollars are purportedly being lost to waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare. The national debt is at $14 trillion - $4 trillion of that just at Obama's hand - and we're borrowing billions more from China daily. The federal government is at war with private... continue reading
John Lennon once wrote "all you need is love." If that's the case, then GOP unknown Jon Huntsman will be the next president of the United States. The quasi-Republican former ambassador to China is finding the media environment filled with love. Huntsman, who was also the governor of Utah, is trying to position himself as "electable" because liberals, gays and the media love him. (Yes, sometimes those three groups aren't identical.) They love him because he's the kind of Republican they could vote for if they held their noses and someone forced them to choose a GOP candidate. (Actually, they... continue reading
Last week Charlie Cook, the usually carefully spoken and reasonable political pundit frequently seen on MSNBC, may have revealed something dark about himself with this comment about Sarah Palin: "She's making more money than God ever intended her to make." Mr. Cook and those who quickly, happily agreed undoubtedly harbor a green-as-dollars envy and resentment over Governor Palin, that ditzy broad who disses them, unfairly out-earning them as a political media personality, public speaker and author. But worse than such embarrassing envy is the idea that anyone, least alone God, should impose arbitrary limit on what someone can earn in... continue reading
Journalism is the "the first rough draft of history," former Washington Post President and Publisher Philip Graham reportedly said. If that's true, the history won't be very kind to conservatives. It's not news that most of the old media - newspapers, TV and public outlets like NPR and PBS - are liberal. But old media outlets are in trouble and layoffs, closings and circulation declines run like red ink all over their balance sheets. Sensing the old models haven't been working, the left has been pouring money into new ones. Sure they have ProPublica with its two Pulitzer prizes or... continue reading
It's so ironic that in the very midst of the Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal, television's most shameless channel, MTV, is working overtime to make any notion of sexual restraint obsolete. This year's MTV Movie Awards aerobically established a new low. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are starring in the upcoming summer comedy "Friends with Benefits," yet another movie exploring the "dream life" of casual and very cold sex. As they introduced the award for Best Male Performance, Timberlake and Kunis grabbed each other's private parts on national TV. Reflect for just a moment on what Weiner did, and the medium... continue reading
Welcome to "recovery summer." Oops, that was last year when journalists told us that prosperity was just around the corner. We turned that corner and took a huge left, but the economy didn't. It went south. Now, the greatest nation on earth is filled with dread over the next step, with nearly half the country anticipating economic calamity in the next year. According to CNN , "48 percent say that another Great Depression is likely to occur in the next year - the highest that figure has ever reached." Two and a half years into the Obama presidency and we're... continue reading
Born blocks from the NBC soundstage in 1984 to parents in the entertainment industry, Ben Shapiro is a natural choice to write a book about Hollywood. For his new book "Primetime Propaganda," Shapiro has studied decades of television content and interviewed a bevy of powerful Hollywood producers to document the degree to which they have created a political and cultural revolution of permissive leftism. The project gets off to a harsh start. In his introduction, Shapiro attacks "traditional" TV critics on the cultural right for being "worse than useless," suggesting some unnamed conservatives are insisting TV should not be watched... continue reading
Last of Four Parts To hear the left tell it, Fox News has a " history of inciting Islamophobia and racial and ethic animosity " and tries to "race bait its viewers." One staffer is called a "hit man," while his network is accused of "attack politics." A highly questionable study is hyped by numerous outlets claiming that it "confirms that Fox News makes you stupid." Fox is called simply: " The Liars' Network ." Sure, liberals have it in for Fox News, but that deep-seated, anti-Fox agenda isn't just an organic response from the left. It's a George Soros-funded... continue reading