Backstreets: Is this somewhat forgotten classic actually Bruce Springsteen’s best song?

Rich lyrics with interpretations ranging from a heterosexual high school couple sneaking away from their parents to drink beer, to heroin addicts trapped on the outskirts of town, to gay lovers hiding their affair, combine with a melodic, rocking composition to create an unforgettable song.  It’s part Shakespearean Sonnet, all rock and roll, a true… Continue reading Backstreets: Is this somewhat forgotten classic actually Bruce Springsteen’s best song?

Shakespeare: Is there at least one dead white dude worthy of redemption?

Despite calls to cancel the Bard, NPR reports that black theater actors and directors are adapting Shakespeare’s plays in innovative new productions and interpretations, taking their place in a long, storied history of performances and a worldwide legacy that embraces all ethnicities.   Earlier this year, a movement was afoot to cancel, or at least greatly… Continue reading Shakespeare: Is there at least one dead white dude worthy of redemption?

Simone Biles: Does anyone believe the reaction would be the same if Trump supporting Tom Brady refused to come out after halftime for mental health issues?

Of course not, and so a world champion athlete is suddenly just a “Black woman” and a victim, and quitting is a display of strength and courage.  Otherwise, it’s yet another moment where we must be for something or against something, either-or, all or nothing. Let me start by stating what should be obvious to… Continue reading Simone Biles: Does anyone believe the reaction would be the same if Trump supporting Tom Brady refused to come out after halftime for mental health issues?

The Billionaire Space Race: If a really rich dude goes to space, can the rest of us hear them scream?

In a scene out of a Kurt Vonnegut short story with a vulgar title, Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and soon Elon Musk head to space for a few minutes, prompting endless memes, fact checks, controversy, criticism, and praise, but what does it really mean in the grand scheme of things? There are few things… Continue reading The Billionaire Space Race: If a really rich dude goes to space, can the rest of us hear them scream?

Springsteen’s Thunder Road: Still brilliant and seminal whether or not Mary’s dress “sways” or “waves”

It’s rare when a single work of art, much less a single song running less than five minutes, encapsulates the full genius of an artist in one fell swoop.  “Thunder Road” is precisely such a work; everything that makes Bruce Springsteen truly great is present and all you need to do is listen. There is… Continue reading Springsteen’s Thunder Road: Still brilliant and seminal whether or not Mary’s dress “sways” or “waves”

The odd way some liberals celebrate the Fourth of July

A former Senator, a current Congresswoman, a publicly funded media outlet, and an out of control activist all take aim at Independence Day and our Founding documents.  Instead of celebrating America, they insist on bashing it.  Can’t we just have a single day where America is great before we get back into our partisan corners?… Continue reading The odd way some liberals celebrate the Fourth of July

Declare your independence from groupthink

This Fourth of July celebrate your freedoms by embracing your right to the contents of your own mind and conscience.  The Founders themselves knew that passions and factions would always run high, but the alternative to a free society would be far worse.  Their legacy is your right to say no to groupthink. The Fourth… Continue reading Declare your independence from groupthink

Britney Spears: Wow, just wow, is this really America?

The pop star appears in court to dispute the 13 year old conservatorship that has denied her basic freedoms, rights, and autonomy over her own person, even having another child.  For more than a decade, Ms. Spears’ life has not been her own.  One wonders how this is even possible in the land of the… Continue reading Britney Spears: Wow, just wow, is this really America?

Racism is real: What can we do about it?

For argument’s sake, let’s assume that everything the Critical Race Theorists and their anti-racist allies claim about institutional racism in America is true.  The question is whether or not their goal of establishing a new racial hierarchy with white people on the bottom would truly solve the problem.  Hint:  It won’t. For argument’s sake, let’s… Continue reading Racism is real: What can we do about it?

The woke can’t even stand the woke, but that’s not even the worst part of what’s coming

Lin-Manuel Miranda prostrating himself before the woke crowd for not being woke enough is this week’s entertaining aside, but the real fight is over the nature of truth and traditional liberal values like equality before the law, free speech, and the free exchange of ideas.  The battle lines are being drawn and the mainstream media… Continue reading The woke can’t even stand the woke, but that’s not even the worst part of what’s coming