So, let’s get right into it. I’m getting ready for the release of my newest book, “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity,” out April 27 by Simon & Schuster. To that end, my Daily Caller editor’s exact words were, “Please promote the shit out of it in your column.” Thus: watch a salacious promotional video here, pre-order your copy here, get an autographed copy here, and go here to see where and when I’ll be speaking, signing and appearing.
Next week, for example, I’m speaking at Wellesley College on Tuesday and Cornell University on Friday. I may dress up as Janeane Garofalo, just to see what would happen.
Also, last week, this happened to me:
How did I sustain such a savage and face-mangling injury? Was I bitten by a snake in the Everglades? Parasites in the Amazon? Fish-hooked off Madagascar? A bar brawl in Timbuktu? Sadly, since I don’t live in a Tom Robbins novel, the truth is far less exotic. I got this swollen eye while sleeping. In my apartment. In New York City. Apparently this is what happens when a mosquito bites your eye lid in the middle of the night.
So I don’t know anything about coal mining, but the tragedy in West Virginia makes me wonder if we can’t come up with a less dangerous way to do whatever it is they’re doing down there. I just can’t believe that in this day and age, when we have unmanned drones dropping missiles, bomb-sniffing robots and Martian rovers, we’re still sending actual human men (with families) five miles underground into toxic caves with highly explosive materials. These kinds of gaps in technology make things like the iPad seem silly to me—irresponsible even. I don’t want to put millions of folks out of work, but isn’t there any way we can make this job safer? According to E.J. Dionne’s column in the Washington Post yesterday, probably not.
Must-read of the week: Humberto Fontova dissects the myth of the miraculous Cuban medical system in Townhall magazine this month. The hospitals, much ballyhooed by die-hard American ideologues who want, above all else, to invent a believable reason to champion universal health care, are actually hellholes unfit for feral dogs, let alone people. As Fontova put it, “Ninety-nine percent of Cubans have no more experience with hospitals like the one Michael Moore featured in Sicko and CNN’s Morgan Neill visited, than Moore has with a Soloflex. Most Cubans view these hospitals the way teenage boys used to view Playboy magazine and husbands view a Victoria’s Secret catalog: ‘Wow! If only…’” Read Fontova’s illuminating piece here. See very disturbing, stomach-turning photos here. Tell Michael Moore what an overgrown infant he is here.
On Twitter this week, Anderson Cooper told me to watch this video, about the University of Colorado-Boulder, which is apparently the “greenest university in America.” They recycle! They ride bikes! They use solar power! They play saxophone on the quad! Indeed, in 25 years I can’t wait to send my kids to the Danny Glover School of Business at CU, or the Matthew Modine School of Aerospace Technology.
Also on Twitter, New York Times columnist Charles Blow asked his Tweeps for help with his next column:
—@CharlesMBlow I’m stump on my column. Have an idea, but don’t LOVE it. I want something with sizzle. What’s percolating out there?
Like a bad piano bar, apparently Blow takes column requests. Free Bird! How long before he gets Schustered, and the Times revokes his Twitter privileges?
In Paul Bedard’s “Washington Whispers” column, he discusses the possibility that the White House and NASCAR will team up for a distracted driving campaign against DWT, or driving while texting. Beltway wonks like Bedard just sound weird talking about NASCAR. See for yourself, here. And is there a more unlikely or uncomfortable alliance than one between Obama and stock car racing? He’d be more believable guesting on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, or touring with Matisyahu, the Hasidic rapper, or doing anything at all in Texas.
In The Week, “The Song Is You” novelist Arthur Phillips lists his favorite books, or “six works set in places that their authors never visited.” It’s hilarious. Among them? “The Winter’s Tale,” by William Shakespeare: “Shakespeare sent his travelers from Sicily to Bohemia. They landed on that country’s wild coast (which I can’t seem to find on my map). There they enjoyed, among other adventures, history’s greatest stage direction: ‘Exit, pursued by bear.’”
Finally, Obama rewrote America’s long-standing nuclear strategy, and (seemingly overnight) decided that we will not develop any new nuclear weapons, we’ll reduce the weapons already in our arsenals, and we’ll limit the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons. He named our new national security strategy “Bending Over.”
S.E. Cupp is author of “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity,” which will be released April 27. She is also co-author of “Why You’re Wrong About The Right,” and a columnist for the New York Daily News and a regular guest on “Hannity,” “Larry King Live,” “Fox & Friends,” “Geraldo,” “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld,” and others.