The airline industry can’t take much more of this without permanent damage

Travelers are bracing for another rough holiday weekend of delayed and canceled flights.  Cancellation rates are about four times pre-pandemic levels with many travelers stranded for days.  This cannot continue much longer as there’s no point in traveling if your arrival can only be predicted in days instead of hours. People love to travel.  Almost… Continue reading The airline industry can’t take much more of this without permanent damage

Juneteenth: The good, the bad, and the ugly

In principle, a holiday dedicated to honoring America’s long march to freedom is an unequivocally good thing, but in practice progressives and Democrat lawmakers twist it for their present political purposes, haranguing the country and proposing radical policies. At the risk of sounding somewhat retrograde and out of step with the times, I have mixed… Continue reading Juneteenth: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The timelessness of Tom Cruise, the last movie star

Top Gun: Maverick is the most successful film in a storied career and perhaps the best case study of movie stardom over time of all time.  Cruise portrays the same character 36 years apart, and makes it clear that nothing has really changed for either him or Maverick, onscreen or off. Tom Cruise is the… Continue reading The timelessness of Tom Cruise, the last movie star

The joke heard round the world of the woke

A reporter at The Washington Post rants for days on end over an off-color joke, attacking her colleagues and the company she works for in public, and playing the victim card while another is suspended without pay for a quickly deleted retweet followed by a prompt apology.  How long can any institution last when the… Continue reading The joke heard round the world of the woke

#MeToo: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and whatever this mess means in modern America

A former Hollywood power couple’s dirty laundry is aired on national television via a highly publicized defamation trial, garnering millions of viewers and billions of clips online, but progressives insist there is some hidden meaning about the fate of the #MeToo movement to be found.  Apparently, we’re supposed to believe the accuser even when she… Continue reading #MeToo: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and whatever this mess means in modern America

Choose culture and competency over gun control

The story is tragically familiar:  Every mass shooting is followed by impassioned pleas for more gun control, but no attention is paid to how frequently our current laws fail or why our culture seems incapable of spotting the obvious signs that an attack. Let me begin by saying that I’m a believer in the Second… Continue reading Choose culture and competency over gun control

Jackie Robinson: Never take his name in vain

They’d never suspend a black player for poking fun at a white player for comparing himself to Babe Ruth.  Unless Major League Baseball plans to ban trash talk in general, what’s the difference here? Last weekend, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox were enmeshed in a bases clearing incident over comments made between… Continue reading Jackie Robinson: Never take his name in vain

Tampons in kindergarten bathrooms for boys should be peak insanity, but there’s more to come

Meet the “Menstrual Dignity Act” which requires every school in Oregon to offer free supplies for “menstruating students” in both boys and girls bathrooms in elementary school.  The act is part of a broader set of equity initiatives covering everything from mathematics to CRT.  Meanwhile, the Biden Administration is taking these ideas national with 90… Continue reading Tampons in kindergarten bathrooms for boys should be peak insanity, but there’s more to come

Operation: Mindcrime: How Queensryche’s masterful concept album changed my life

I was twelve years old when Queensryche released their rock opera, combining hair metal essentials with a subversive storyline about a heroin addicted assassin working for an underground revolution.  For me, it radically changed my perspective on what a genre could be, introducing concepts I’d learn more about and fully embrace in the years to… Continue reading Operation: Mindcrime: How Queensryche’s masterful concept album changed my life

Critical Race Theory: A leading antiracist puts forward a radical, ridiculous new theory as to why this corrosive ideology is essential in schools

Ibram X. Kendi is very concerned that online gaming has become a hotbed of white supremacist recruitment, and the only real protection we can offer to prevent this indoctrination is to indoctrinate the kids with antiracism.  Of course, if you disagree, you are a white supremacist yourself.  Who could’ve guess it? You know things aren’t… Continue reading Critical Race Theory: A leading antiracist puts forward a radical, ridiculous new theory as to why this corrosive ideology is essential in schools