Matt Philbin

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The “border crisis” -- is there anything it can’t do? Last year it highlighted the inhumanity of both our immigration and abortion laws when the government refused to help a 17-year-old illegal in its custody kill her unborn child. Then last month it had liberals holding forth on the sanctity and efficacy of the nuclear family. How’s that for versatility?

Fun fact: When he wasn’t bedding his slaves, “purchasing” Louisiana and warring against peaceful Muslim trading ships, Thomas Jefferson was a proto-environmentalist. So were the other Founding Male-Identifying Parents. Joe Romm, at ThinkProgress tells us so.


“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” True, but the PC Inquisition is getting mighty predictable. The fetish for diversity reached a whole new level of stupid recently as the BBC introduced its new direction. Programming would emphasize “stories that haven’t been told” and “the voices we haven’t yet heard,” according to U.K. newspaper The Independent.

Liberals are never comfortable with displays of American patriotism, so Independence Day is particularly awkward for them. Everybody likes cold beer, hot dogs and fireworks, but the militarism and U.S. imperialism and corporate greed and ... as Broadly assistant editor Leila Ettachfini declares, “America has always been bad, no matter who the president is or was.”

Don’t you hate it when we view the charming customs of indigenous peoples through our “Western colonial gaze.” Take for example the Aztec ritual of ripping out the still-beating hearts of thousands of victims before decapitating them and removing the flesh from their skulls. Then they’d hang the skulls on racks the way college kids stack empty beer cans. We may see it all as “weird and violent and gruesome,” but Lizzy Wade wants us to know that's not “the only way to see it, or the ‘right’ way to see it.”

Man, being “woke” is a full-time job. You’ve got to get a handle on the outrage du jour and how it intersects with all the other stuff you’re supposed to be outraged about -- the fight of Zoroastrian little people for the right to work in Tajikistan’s steel smelting industry is of a piece with the struggle of Portland’s gay Asian ice cream vendors for the right to scoop in leather Speedos. And then you’ve got to get ready for it to change.

[insert name of unfunny female comedian here] is bitter about politics and she doesn’t care who knows it. [Unfunny female comedian] just unleashed an obscenity-filled tirade against a member of Donald Trump’s family, calling her a “feckless [insert crude, profane insult].”

Ireland probably thought cultural suicide would bring it peace. But, having shuffled off this mortal coil, the Emerald Isle’s sleep of death is not going to be terribly restful. Eire has opened the Hellmouth of social liberalism. Even as Irish and international progressives are celebrating the newly minted right to snuff out babies in the womb ...

The interwebs are an invaluable source of information about the pivotal figures in religious history. Just this morning I learned that Moses became president of the NRA and the Buddha was a Crossfit pioneer. And the Prophet Muhammad hosted the first production of The Vagina Monologues.

Netflix just announced the third season of teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why with a teaser released today on its social media accounts. This is coming after pressure from healthcare professionals and organizations including The Parent Television Council (PTC) and the American Family Association (AFA) about the harm the show is doing to teens. As stated in a recent NewsBusters post, they urged Netflix to pull the show. Netflix refuses to listen despite the evidence of harm.

Pro-tip for pro-athletes. If you win the championship, its courageous and patriotic to skip the White House visit. Unless you were invited by a liberal Democratic POTUS. Then, you’re selfish and rude and, if you previously had a “boy-next-door image,” you’ve trashed it.

Samantha Bee has an alleged comedy show on TBS. She doesn’t think Ivanka Trump should sharing photos of her spending Sunday morning with her son because immigrants or something. So with her characteristic charm and incisive wit, she called Ivanka a “feckless c*nt.” (She also alluded to the liberal hothouse theory that there’s incest going on in Trump world, but the C-word drew attention from that slimy innuendo.)

If you know anything about Keith Olbermann, you know he’s The Worst Person in the World to help ESPN pull out of its social justice spiral and get back on course covering sports. But according to USA Today, The Sultan of Sanctimony, the Colossus of Condescension, is returning to Sports Center as a guest host. And the timing could be any, well, dumber, just a day after the Wall Street Journal published an article titled, “How a Weakened ESPN Became Consumed by Politics.”

Dante had the ancient Roman poet Virgil to lead him through the circles of hell. We have a diminutive British blonde woman named Amelia Dimoldenberg.

Hate to say we told ya so … no, actually it’s kind of fun to say we told you so. According to Variety, the May 20 Billboard Music Awards earned a “2.4 rating in adults 18-49.” It suffered “a decrease of approximately 8% in the demo and 9% in total viewers compared to the 2017 ceremony.” And the 2017 Awards show was it’s a new low.

Thank goodness for Colin Kaepernick. Without the one-time quarterback and full-time jerk out filing laughable collusion suits and steadfastly maintaining that he is entitled to play in the NFL, sports hacks like USA Today’s Jarrett Bell might have to write about sports.

These are interesting times for the legacy of Ulysses Simpson Grant. On the one hand, Ron Chernow’s 2017 biography started or furthered a reputational rehabilitation of the 18th president, whose administration was tainted with corruption (though Grant himself was never implicated).

“If a man is not a socialist at 20, he has no heart. If he is still a socialist at 40, he has no brain.” And if at 17 a girl thinks socialism is “where the community (rather than rich people) have ownership and control over their labor,” she’s been reading Teen Vogue.

GLAAD, the thought police for all things gay, has its knickers in a twist because Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, has been named to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Perkins was nominated to the commission by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In a May 15 tweet, GLAAD described Perkins as an “Anti-LGBTQ hate group leader.”

Gotta hand it to Hamas: it knows its audience. For example, this headline from The Washington Post May 15: “Israelis kill more than 50 Palestinians in Gaza protests, health officials say.”