“Harry Potter” Actress Assaulted, Under Threat of Honor Killing


It’s been a while since I read through the Harry Potter novels. One thing I recall is the ingenious way in which their content matures along with their characters. Author J.K. Rowling effectively conveys the transition from innocence and wonder to the world-weariness of adulthood. You may recall a scene from the first book, The [...]

Michael Moore vs. WikiLeaks: “SiCKO Was Not Banned in Cuba”


In 2002’s Red Dragon, a prequel to Silence of the Lambs, FBI agent Will Graham lures a killer called “The Tooth Fairy” out from hiding by leaking an offensive profile to a tabloid reporter. Enraged by his public characterization as impotent and pathetic, “The Tooth Fairy” targets the reporter as his next victim. A similar [...]

Penélope Cruz Controversy Reveals Duplicity in Immigration Debate


Providing us with another convenient excuse to share an image of the radiant Penélope Cruz, some readers responded with indignation to last week’s post regarding the actress and her unborn child. The source of their angst was a position taken in defense of the term “anchor baby.” A conservative Hispanic group, Somos Republicans, took a [...]

The Religious Legacy of “Tron”


Featuring computer graphics which where state-of-the-art in 1982, Disney’s Tron became a cult classic among science fiction fans. While the film has not aged well, its high-concept has contributed to its endurance. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Tron was its role as religious allegory. The film depicted a computer-generated world where programs were created [...]

Hot Post: FOX Claims Penélope Cruz Will Bear “Anchor Baby,” Latino Republicans Protest


This popular post originally appeared on Wednesday, December 15. Our political discourse suffers from an impasse prohibiting genuine progress. That impasse is political correctness or, more accurately, cultural Marxism. It is the priority of emotion over reason. It is the assertion that, if someone is offended by an argument or the language used to articulate [...]

Censorship Is Not Always Bad


Imagine you are an American military veteran who has been injured in combat overseas. You have seen some of your friends cut down in the bloom of their youth, giving “the last full measure of devotion” for their cohort and their country. Throughout your network of friends and family, you know of countless others who [...]

FOX Claims Penélope Cruz Will Bear “Anchor Baby,” Latino Republicans Protest


Our political discourse suffers from an impasse prohibiting genuine progress. That impasse is political correctness or, more accurately, cultural Marxism. It is the priority of emotion over reason. It is the assertion that, if someone is offended by an argument or the language used to articulate it, the argument is inherently incorrect. It is a [...]

The Final Frontier: 10 Political Messages Beamed Through “Star Trek”


Science fiction affords storytellers the opportunity to couch political ideas within fantastic metaphors. In this way, ideas can be explored which might otherwise seem objectionable. In some cases, an audience might not consciously realize they are being influenced to think a certain way. Perhaps the greatest example of science fiction writing which has pushed a [...]

Let Public Broadcasting Die


While channel surfing a couple years back, I stumbled upon a program on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) called Lost Twin Cities. It was a fascinating documentary of the oft-changed architecture and infrastructure in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metropolitan area. I was impressed. So I coughed up the cash to become a member of TPT in exchange for the [...]

The Final Frontier: 10 Political Messages Beamed Through Star Trek


Science fiction affords storytellers the opportunity to couch political ideas within fantastic metaphors. In this way, ideas can be explored which might otherwise seem objectionable. In some cases, an audience might not consciously realize they are being influenced to think a certain way. Perhaps the greatest example of science fiction writing which has pushed a [...]