• A New Monument to Black Confederates

    A New Monument to Black Confederates

    Two Republican legislators in South Carolina proposed a new monument on the state Capitol grounds to honor Confederate soldiers—this time commemorating black fighting men who went to battle for the South. This idea is both ill-considered and offensive. First, the estimated 6,000 African-Americans who did fight for the Confederacy were…

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  • 2017: A Breakthrough Year for Hollywood Heroines?

    2017: A Breakthrough Year for Hollywood Heroines?

    Hollywood's so desperate to get past harassment scandals that industry insiders have proclaimed 2017 “the year of the strong woman.” Box office returns show that the three top moneymakers in America all featured female protagonists: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman. “Women truly emerged…

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  • A Surprise Hit Shows China Saving the World

    A Surprise Hit Shows China Saving the World

    Sometimes, movie industry developments illuminate themes in world affairs. For instance, a huge moneymaker last year was a title few Americans would recognize. Wolf Warrior II earned nearly $900 million, becoming by far the biggest hit in China's history. The story focuses on an elite unit of the Chinese Army…

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  • Hollywood’s Best and Worst of 2017

    Hollywood’s Best and Worst of 2017

    MICHAEL'S PICKS FOR BEST FILMS OF 2017: 1. Wonder (PG) **BEST** 2. Dunkirk (PG-13) 3. Darkest Hour (PG-13) 4. The Shape of Water (R) 5. Lady Bird (R) 6. The Big Sick (R) 7. The Disaster Artist (R) 8. The LEGO Batman Movie (PG) 9. I, Tonya (R) 10. Spider-Man:…

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  • Trump Wins as Mainstream Conservative, Not Radical Fringie

    Trump Wins as Mainstream Conservative, Not Radical Fringie

    Donald Trump's first year in office delivered an array of important achievements: confirmation of conservative judges, including Neil Gorsuch; more support for oil pipelines and oil drilling; dramatic progress against ISIS; deregulation and enhanced border security; the end of meddlesome net neutrality; the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital; and,…

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  • A Vote is a Terrible Thing to Waste

    A Vote is a Terrible Thing to Waste

    When legal wrangling concludes, control of the Virginia legislature will be decided by drawing lots, or pulling names from a bowl—because of a tie vote in the 94th District. Republican incumbent David Yancey and challenger Shelly Simonds both got 11,608 votes but if the Democrat wins the draw, the legislature's…

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  • Fairly Tale Lessons for the Merchants of Doom

    Two famous children's stories, “Chicken Little” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” convey an important message for today's gloom-peddling Left. In both tales, frightened main characters warn of impending disaster—”the sky is falling” or a rampaging wolf will devour the innocent. In both cases, the protagonists ultimately lose credibility and…

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  • The Red Sun is Setting for the International Left

    The collapse of the international left has become so obvious that even the New York Times can't ignore it. A recent headline noted the pro-business tidal wave sweeping South America, where each of the ABC countries—Argentina, Brazil and now Chile—recently rejected socialist parties that once dominated their politics. Meanwhile, the…

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