When conservative speaker Ben Shapiro came to Penn State on April 6 of this year, he was met with protesters from the left who trying to silence him.
Standing outside of the crowded room in which Shapiro was speaking, I witnessed a mob of protesters banging on doors, screaming as loudly as they could, and devising a plan to pull the fire alarm in the building to disrupt the speech.
Police officers across the United States are shunning interaction with their communities, and violence is increasing in those places. These are Heather Mac Donald’s two main contentions in her passionate, widely sourced book, The War on Cops.
Mac Donald begins in Ferguson, appropriately.
Since the end of World War II, it has been axiomatic that nuclear weapons are a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy, enabling America to resist not only far-flung threats to its security but to advance its interests globally.
Upon entering office and throughout his presidency, President Barack Obama in various pronouncements made clear his intention to overturn this link between foreign and military policy. During a visit to Hiroshima, Japan in May, the president intoned that there needed to be a “moral revolution” to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
A well-known—albeit colorized—portrait graces the cover of James Lee McDonough’s new biography of William Tecumseh Sherman. The image speaks volumes. Sherman’s hard, intense look seems to match his relentless efforts to drive the rigors of war deep into the Confederate heartland, and the frazzled, unkempt hair (more noticeable in the original black-and-white) speaks to Sherman’s restless and sometimes eccentric energy, which marked so much of the his life and military career. Well-researched in Sherman’s voluminous correspondence, up-to-date on recent scholarship, and briskly written, McDonough’s biography serves as a worthy introduction to this pivotal and heterodox general.
You’ve surely seen them, that collection of Ancient Greek sculptures in London called the Elgin Marbles. Forming about half of the original carvings that Phidias did for the Acropolis in the fifth century b.c., they were removed while Athens was under Ottoman control in the early 1800s by the English envoy, the Earl of Elgin. Even back in Elgin’s time, possession of the marbles was a contentious issue, and the squabbles have grown worse in recent decades. The national museums of Greece are demanding them back, while the British Museum wavers back and forth about whether or not the works should stay in England.
Backing up her claims with 29 pages of notes, journalist Mary Eberstadt shows how American secular culture is growing increasingly intolerant of religious beliefs that enter the public domain. The secular left wants to return to what Richard Neuhaus called the naked public square. It appears Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale had it wrong in the mid-80s; the ones who nowadays start witch-hunts are, for the most part, progressives who limn diversity.
This is why they seek to ban college campus Christian groups such as Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship because of alleged discrimination. Inter-Varsity groups have the temerity to desire Christians as their student leaders! Some question whether any Christian student groups should be allowed on campus at all, or if any Christian colleges should get accreditation.
Free State of Jones begins as a meditation on the horror of war before sliding into a rousing defense of the fight for freedom before tapering off as a rather mediocre history lesson about the ineffectiveness of reconstruction.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon—and you’ll surely know that this is Nicolas Winding Refn’s movie, as Nicolas Winding Refn’s name is prominent in the credits and Nicolas Winding Refn’s monogram appears on the title card—feels less like a narrative feature than an almost-two-hour-long music video.
Roger Clinton once answered the door of the guesthouse at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion wearing only a bath towel. He had decamped there for the night after playing a show in Arkansas and was mildly surprised to discover that friends of the Natural State’s then-first lady would also be using the residence for the evening.
“This appetizer is meant to be shared.” I kept remembering those words by Elizabeth Watts, director of media and community relations for Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., when the piping-hot dish arrives. And, in fact, I enlisted my family to help tackle this feast of golden goodness—a creation of culinary genius made from a kitchen where there are no rules, just right. I am, of course, referring to the Outback Steakhouse Loaded Bloomin’ Onion.