On July 18, 1969, Senator Edward Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. The Massachusetts Democrat, 37, survived the plunge, but his companion Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, perished in the submerged car, and Kennedy waited 10 hours to report the accident. He then deployed a squad of sycophants to handle the cops, the court, the coroner and the press. And the senator got off with a tap on the wrist.
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Lloyd Billingsley is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is the author of Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation, and Bill of Writes: Dispatches from the Political Correctness Battlefield.
According to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, sea lions are thriving in record numbers. These playful animals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, and fishermen have been fined and jailed for killing them. On the other hand, for many years NOAA and state governments have been killing sea lions as part of official policy.
LeBron James did not play college basketball, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star is on record saying that “the NCAA is corrupt.” That’s a serious charge, but does the three-time NBA champion have a case? As it happens, the shady economic realities of college hoops have been on display for 50 years.
To play Winston Churchill is no easy task, as Richard Burton (The Gathering Storm) and Robert Hardy (Churchill: 100 Days that Saved Britain) discovered firsthand. Gary Oldman’s fine performance in Darkest Hour may grab an Oscar next month, but the film fails to convey the key backstory.
Like Monday morning quarterbacks, politicians from the White House on down criticize the National Football League and its players without ever really knowing how to execute from the playbook. Those critics might learn a thing or two from this year’s Super Bowl, starting with the reasons the event takes place.
Everybody needs food, but the government does not require entrepreneurs to obtain a certificate of need before opening or expanding a grocery store. Everybody needs healthcare at one time or another, but the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and 35 states require hospitals to obtain certificates of need (called CONs) before they open their doors or expand. Certificates of need tend to favor large non-profit operations, which are now blocking competition while scamming patients and taxpayers alike.
The Republican tax bill (which passed 227-203 in the House and 51-48 in the Senate) marks the first reform of the tax code since the 1980s. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have some justification for celebration, but even during the holiday season the people should not imagine that the bill actually gives them anything.
Notorious criminal Charles Manson, who passed away last month in a California hospital, has certainly made the list of celebrities who died in 2017. For observers of any age, particularly millennials, Manson’s departure is worthy of reflection on a couple of points.
On October 1, Stephen Paddock turned his guns on a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 59 people, including himself, and wounding more than 500 in the worst mass shooting in modern American history. As an event that marks an anniversary on November 5 shows, the horror could have been much worse.
On its fourth weekend in theaters, It -- the 62nd film adaptation of a work by Stephen King -- raked in $17.3 million from stateside theaters and $35.6 million overseas. Those figures topped even the first weekend revenues for American Made, which scored $17 million domestic and only $3.8 million international, despite the name of Tom Cruise above the title.
Establishment media stories on Labor Day can easily leave the impression that “labor” and unions are one and the same. Workers across the nation should reject that equation because it isn’t true.
The New York Times reports that the Trump administration is directing the Justice Department to sue universities over affirmative action policies directed against whites and Asians. Opponents call it a “dog whistle” intended to create fear that government will punish efforts to maintain “diversity” on campus. Those alarmed might consider how Californians handled this issue.
On July 4, Americans celebrate their independence, and on July 17 they might take time to recall John Coltrane. Fifty years after his passing, tragically, many know little about this giant of American musical artistry.
California assemblyman Rob Bonta authored AB 22, which repeals part of a law allowing state employees to be fired for being members of the Communist Party. The Bay Area Democrat has withdrawn the bill, but his gambit provides a tutorial on the currently raging subject of foreign intervention in American elections.
The Promise, directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), takes place during World War I, when the Ottoman Turks set out to exterminate the Armenians, the first attempt at genocide of the past century.
In California’s state capital of Sacramento, torrential rains and flooding have put the city’s surging homeless population into a state of crisis. Politicians are running to the rescue.
Visitors to Mexico City can take a new “Corruptour” with twenty-seven stops, including a government subway line that cost more than $1 billion but had to be shut down for repairs. Such a tour is a great idea for California, which abounds with similar debacles.
Versatile British actor John Hurt passed on January 27 at the age of 77. Critics hailed his performances in films such as A Man for All Seasons (1966), Alien (1979) and The Elephant Man (1980). John Hurt was willing to take risks, just like the character he played in Night Crossing (1982), the adaptation of a true story.
“Conservatives were justifiably worried that America’s decline was reaching a point of no return,” writes David Horowitz. After the recent election, many breathed a sign of relief, but as the author of Big Agenda sees it, “one battle is over, but there are many more to come.” To prevail, the combatants must want to win, but that has not always been the case with Republicans.