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Martin Rogers is probably a nice man, and he seems sincere when he writes in USA Today, “Tolerance and understanding of the LGBT community still has some way to travel, but isn’t there enough of it for there to at least be a conversation about new Olympic events allowing two men and two women to skate in tandem?”

You know who Donald Trump is afraid of? Hair stylists? Nutritionists? Nope. Witches! We know that thanks to NBC’s new “unique journalistic project,” NBC Left Field. (Yes, that’s really the name.) It’s essentially Vice with peacock logo. The group of “journalists, filmmakers, designers and programmers,” makes short documentaries about super-important stuff. Like witches.

“The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” To most people, that statement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entirely unremarkable, all the more in the context of being delivered in a recent speech to a Sheriffs’ association. 

Feminist site Jezebel, whose position on abortion is safe, legal and on demand anytime up until tee-ball, brings us a fascinating report about (wait for it!) not having babies. It seems that, “With Environmental Disasters Looming, Many are Choosing Childless Futures.”

In the words of Dave Barry, “I swear I am not making this up.” According to Vulture, CBS is “ordering a pilot for Main Justice, a show based on the life of former attorney general Eric Holder.”

If you watched the Grammys Sunday night, you’re apparently in very select company. Viewership of the three and a half-hour trashcast was off 24% and scored all-time low ratings in its target demographic. And small wonder. All entertainment awards shows are awful, but few are as vulgar and insulting, and none have less to actually celebrate.

Overheard at MLB HQ:

Executive: You know, the NFL is really taking a beating in ratings and attendance. Being less fun and more politically correct was a horrible idea.
Commissioner Manfred: Hold my $9 beer.

The Grammys are over (and if you watched it, sorry: those IQ points are gone forever.) The Oscars are a little over a month away. That means the we’ve reached peak entertainment awards season, with all the glitz, style and self-congratulation kicking into overdrive.

ESPN is about to get less angry, and hopefully less political. Jemele Hill is reportedly leaving Sports Center for ESPN’s The Undefeated blog on Friday, Feb. 2, after just a year hosting the show.

This is CNN! It sure is: pretty gross, ultimately pointless and, yes, it has a bit of “fake news” about it. CNN’s website has an article by Ian Kerner, “a licensed psychotherapist and sexuality counselor in New York City,” about how “cuckolding can be positive for some couples.”

It’s been a rough year for the NFL. Ratings were down, stadiums half-empty, players kneeling, Roger Goodell somehow keeping his job. But take heart, fans! The football gods have decided that you've suffered enough. NBC’s Super Bowl pregame show will go on without Katie Couric Bob Costas.

C’mon white ladies, get woke! You can’t leave it to your sisters of color to drag your pasty butts into the promised land of free sex changes, condoms for elderly nuns and legal abortion until Tee Ball.

Liberals love to congratulate themselves for being “on the right side of history,” while of course, consigning conservatives to the “wrong side.” But history takes its sweet time unfolding, and liberals are an impatient lot. So they like to retrofit existing history, demanding that people and events be judged according to their modern progressive pieties, and lumping conservatives in with historical villains.

CNN very publically refused to attend the White House Christmas Party (which had to be relief to everybody tired of Jim Acosta’s whining – “The waiter intentionally didn’t offer me mini-quiches!”) So it’s not surprising the network loves talking to others who, when it comes to Donald Trump, will take their ball and go home.

Being a snowflake never really gets any easier. Sure, crayons and puppies get you through the immediate crises of Ben Shapiro showing up on your campus or finding that the food co-op is out of your favorite artisanal cheese. But life is a vast minefield of micro-aggressions, hidden triggers and unchecked privilege – and never more so than when you have to pack up the Prius and drive to the suburbs for … a family Thanksgiving.

In a particularly snotty Nov. 7 New Republic article, Sarah Jones tells readers “Why the Right Is Obsessed With the Sutherland Springs Shooter’s Atheism.” Guns, she posits, are a new civic religion, and shooting victims are martyrs of the faith. Therefore, the shooter’s atheism is a big deal.

Who would have thought we’d actually come to miss Hugh Heffner? The old libertine’s PJs are barely cold and the magazine he founded to showcase nude women has turned to showcasing … nude sort-of women. Playboy wants everyone to “Meet your November 2017 Playmate Ines Rau.” Problem is, Ines isn’t really a girl.

Last week Stephen Paddock killed at least 59 Las Vegas concert-goers using automatic weapons. Reportedly aided by “bump stocks” that made his semi-automatic rifles into automatic weapons, his killing spree was the worst in U.S. history.


Monday was Columbus Day (“Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in more virtuous liberal enclaves). While the network evening news shows kept what we can only imagine was an embarrassed silence about the day and the man, the old Italian navigator took the expected beating in the lefty press.

Right on cue for Columbus Day, the statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle in Manhattan is getting round-the-clock guards to ward off vandals, and USA Today’s Josh Hafner wants to know “As Confederate statues come down, what about Columbus?”