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David Benkof
David Benkof
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The Soft Racism Of Celebrating Black Turnout

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Liberals, still baffled by Donald Trump’s victory, don’t seem to understand Republican Roy Moore’s defeat yesterday, either. They’re completely missing the principle-over-politics bravery of Republicans who voted for Senator-elect Doug Jones, or at least stayed home. And their alternative explanation - that the Democrat won because African-Americans turned out in droves - betrays once again their patronizing attitude toward black voters.

Governor, Promise Republicans The Franken Seat If Moore Loses

3:32 PM 12/08/2017

Now that Senator Al Franken has heeded calls for his resignation by his fellow Democratic Senators, members of his party are preening, boasting of having taken a “Roy Moore Test” and aced it. But they never really faced one. Minnesota’s Democrat governor gets to pick the replacement senator, so Franken’s seat was never at risk.

After They Nail The Christian Bakers, They’re Coming After YOU

11:02 PM 12/04/2017

It’s the wedding-cake version of "the sky is falling." If the Supreme Court allows cake bakers to refuse gay weddings, LGBT activists say, then banquet halls and tailors will too. Soon, every Christian in America will be justifying discrimination in the name of "free expression."

Give Grandpa A Break For Whistling At Pretty Girls

5:59 PM 11/08/2017

In recent days, the once-shocking accusation of workplace sexual harassment by famous men like Harvey Weinstein have been joined by increasingly reckless, attention-seeking complaints of long-ago “misconduct.” While many such charges are legitimate, evaluating decades-old sexually tinged workplace behavior using today’s standards is arrogant and ethnocentric – not to mention unfair.

If You Have To Google It, It’s Not A Racial Slur

5:25 PM 10/23/2017

The most surreal scene in SoldiersWidowGate – the media’s feckless anti-Trump controversy du jour – was Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) bristling at being called an “empty barrel,” which she called a “racist term.”

Trump Comment To Soldier’s Widow Was Perfectly Respectful

6:06 PM 10/19/2017

The latest media Trumptrum over an alleged presidential flub is his supposedly rude conversation with the widow of a recently deceased American soldier. The offending quote, repeated ad nauseam, is that Sgt. La David T. Johnson “knew what he signed up for.”

Don’t Get Swept Away By #MeToo Regarding Sexual Assault

11:35 AM 10/16/2017

Facebook and Twitter are crackling with #metoo hashtags, posted by women reporting they have been “sexually harassed or assaulted.” The flood of posts at first seems alarming, but the magnitude of such posts isn’t very instructive, because sexual harassment and sexual assault are very different things.

No, Lesbian Parents Are Not The ‘Ideal’

4:08 PM 10/02/2017

Today’s tiny range of acceptable opinion on homosexuality came into focus Thursday, when The New York Times ran an op-ed titled “Heterosexuals Deserve Our Support.” That unfunny satire was penned by Lisa Pryor, a straight woman alarmed that the gay marriage debate raging in her native Australia seems to have more than one side.

Give Devout Bakers ‘Conscientious Objector’ Status

9:58 AM 10/02/2017

Two little grooms are perched atop the Supreme Court’s docket on this first Monday in October, as the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has engaged Court watchers for months. The justices are expected to decide by June whether a state can force a baker to design a cake that celebrates an event like a gay wedding that conflicts with his religious beliefs.

No, The Flag Is Not About ‘Ideals’

5:42 PM 09/26/2017

Bob Costas and many others have sympathized with athletes who disrespect America’s symbols because those represent only the “ideals” of the nation, which America is supposedly failing. Costas, in fact, thinks the national anthem would be more “palatable” if sports fans were invited to sing it specifically to express America’s ideals.

Will Democrats Fall For The ‘New Trump’?

1:29 PM 09/15/2017

Conservatives everywhere are yelping with whiplash, aghast at watching Donald Trump cozy up to “Chuck and Nancy,” the president’s sobriquets for liberal Senate minority leader Schumer and liberal’s liberal House minority leader Pelosi. That’s right, it’s not “Foolish Chuck” and “Silly Nancy.”