SNL, ISIS, and the Outrage Economy

SNL ISIS Dakota Johnson

On Saturday night, SNL debuted one of their fake commercial sketches. In it, a father and daughter share a tender goodbye. She’s leaving high school. Why? Well, we assume, to go to college. That’s what kids do! But no! Turns out she’s joining ISIS! It’s funny because it subverts our expectations. Now that I’ve spoiled the punchline, you can see it for yourself here:

The Left’s History of Obamacare

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A question recurs throughout this book: Why do liberals seem to be the only ones offering genuine solutions to our health care problems, and why do conservatives seem to oppose everything? It is a question that Stephen Brill never really answers.

At over 450 pages, America’s Bitter Pill is long on details. Brill has attempted to give us a comprehensive account of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare. His narrative begins before President Obama was elected to the White House and ends with the rollout of the law only months before the book’s publication.

Making World War II Worth Winning

American paratroopers drop from a fleet of carrier planes to land near Grave in the Netherlands in 1944 during World War II. In the foreground, left, are gliders which have already landed with airborne troops.

There is a growing genre of World War II literature devoted to chronicling the Allied efforts not just to defeat Nazi Germany, but to rescue Europe in the closing months of the war. Believing themselves the vanguard of a thousand-year empire, Hitler and his inner circle were prone to millenarian thinking. As the Red Army moved block by block into Berlin and as Allied bombers leveled city after German city, Hitler issued multiple orders to lay waste to the Europe he had been unable to conquer.

Legitimating Lies Through the BDS Movement

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Jed Babbin and Herbert London’s masterful new book, The BDS War Against Israel, opens with a blood-chilling quotation from Mao Zedong: “A lie repeated a hundred times becomes the truth.” Chairman Mao would have marveled at our Information Age, when lies can be shared, pinned, tweeted, and retweeted thousands of times over with the tap of a screen. Lies can self-replicate like viruses, taking on the character of commonplace truths with stunning rapidity. In this respect, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement is an epidemic.

Everything’s A Problem!

Eddie Redmayne Probelmatic

Introducing a new series, in which we occasionally look at the things that are rustling the jimmies of the angry PC crowd and determine just how problematic they actually are.