Ashton Kutcher Proves That Identity Politics Are Not Your Friend

Ashton Kutcher Proves That Identity Politics Are Not Your Friend

Ashton Kutcher announced that he was trying to start a dialogue about gender equality in the workplace, and women responded by starting a dialogue about how Ashton Kutcher was ignorant and sexist.  Kutcher promptly apologized and said the blowback was a “learning experience,” but it’s pretty clear that the only lesson to be learned is that when you side with identity politics, unless you share the same identity, you’re never going to win. Preaching inclusiveness to the liberal mob is like preaching in one of those churches where they hold venomous snakes –…

Critics Can’t Keep Giving Superhero Movies Good Reviews

Critics Can’t Keep Giving Superhero Movies Good Reviews

Spiderman: Homecoming is opening this weekend to rave reviews, with 95% of “top critics” recommending this new movie about a boy bitten by a radioactive spider (the third iteration in 15 years). This praise comes on the heels of last month’s Wonder Woman movie, which was recommended by 92% of critics. Logan, the R rated movie about an X-Man with steak knives attached to his hands, was recommended by 93% of critics. And last year, it was Captain America: Civil War that received greater approval from critics than Saving Private Ryan. While there…

Uber Allowing Tipping Shows Corporations Are Beating Individuals

Uber Allowing Tipping Shows Corporations Are Beating Individuals

This past week, Uber reversed course and announced that they would allow tipping in an effort to increase the satisfaction level of their increasingly dissatisfied driver base (rival Lyft has a much more positive rating from drivers – in part due to higher wages from tipping). The move came just after the resignation of the app’s CEO, and also following the resignation of a board member who made a “sexist” comment about women talking more than men (which was a shame both because the comment was true and because he missed out…

The Congressional Baseball Shooting Should Make It Clear To Democrats That Some People Are Just Nuts

The Congressional Baseball Shooting Should Make It Clear To Democrats That Some People Are Just Nuts

It was fitting that baseball, America’s former national pastime, provided the backdrop for the latest controversy in America’s current national pastime – arguing about politics and gun violence. When James Hodgekinson entered a Republican baseball practice with a kill list in his pocket, you can be sure the media was ready to pounce like an Instagram model at the NBA draft. One can only guess at the disappointment in newsrooms when they found out the shooter committed his crime in the name of the viewpoint they espoused each night. The…

Harvard Shouldn’t Police Facebook Memes

Harvard Shouldn’t Police Facebook Memes

Harvard University, in its latest effort to create the ultimate safe space, rescinded its offer to at least 10 prospective students due to “offensive” memes that the students were sharing in a private Facebook group chat entitled “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens.” Now the students must scramble to find community colleges to attend, where they will either have to give up their group chat or explain to the other students what “bourgeois” means. While FIRE and other free speech advocates have admonished Hahhhvard, many people have been quick to jump to…

Bill Maher And Kathy Griffin Are Different People Who Did Different Things

Bill Maher And Kathy Griffin Are Different People Who Did Different Things

In a pleasing tidal shift, the internet’s outrage this week was not directed towards fake hate crimes, but instead towards narcissistic overpaid celebrities – something people on all sides of the aisle can get behind. The brunt of the news coverage went to Kathy Griffin – who was still recovering from posting a photo of herself holding a bloody severed Trump head. Griffin and her photographer claimed the image was meant to mock Trump’s comments regarding Megan Kelly, which if true, is a joke absolutely no one got. When Trump said that…

No One Is Trying To Import More White Nationalists

No One Is Trying To Import More White Nationalists

After a Portland man went on an anti-Muslim tirade and stabbed a group of men trying to protect two young women, the media predictably had a field day.  The Washington Post claimed that such attacks would continue to happen unless we fight white supremacy. Slate criticized Trump for not tweeting about the attacks soon enough. Many people were quick to point out that more people are killed by white nationalists than refugees, and Jill Stein tweeted that the event was “Another heartbreaking tragedy in Trump’s America.” The violent attacks in Portland…

Trump Should Kill Public Service Loan Forgiveness, But Only For New Borrowers

Trump Should Kill Public Service Loan Forgiveness, But Only For New Borrowers

Many student loan borrowers panicked when they saw Trump’s proposed budget, as it cuts the public service loan forgiveness program (PSLF) which allows certain debtors to pay a small proportion of their income towards their debt, and then have their entire student loan balance forgiven after they work in the public sector for a period of 10 years. The PSLF program was put in place during the Bush administration as a way to encourage students to enter public service by working for the government or non-profits. The idea was that most…

Trump’s Taxes Don’t Connect Him To Russia

Trump’s Taxes Don’t Connect Him To Russia

Even though Trump is still hiding his tax returns (possibly until he is out of office), this week he was smart enough to rule out one of the more commonly speculated reasons for his nondisclosure –  that his tax returns would tie him to Russia. To thwart this rumor, Trump had his tax lawyers issue a letter stating that they have prepared Trump’s taxes the past 10 years, and that his tax returns reflected no income or debt from Russian sources other than the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, the sale of a Florida mansion to…

What Do You Put On TV When Everything Is Partisan?

What Do You Put On TV When Everything Is Partisan?

According to an email circulated by employees at the FDA, the Trump administration requested that all televisions located on the FDA’s campus in Maryland be switched to the Fox News channel. The televisions had previously displayed CNN. After the email made headlines, the FDA issued a statement refuting its contents, saying that: “There was no directive or memorandum from the Administration that went out to employees about broadcast news channels displaying on monitors in common areas throughout the FDA’s White Oak campus.” MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who has the look and charisma of an Arthur cartoon,…