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  • Hands Off the Ladies’ Rooms

    04/22/2016 6:01:02 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | April 22, 2016 | Mona Charen
    If it concerns sex in any way, you can be sure that our culture will fixate on it and manage to defy common sense with hyperventilating indignation. Same-sex marriage roiled the waters for decades, but now that the Supreme Court has big-footed that question, culture warriors are prowling for new realms of transgression to embrace. So, coming to a bathroom near you — transgenderism. I’m just back from a weekend at Harvard University where unisex bathrooms are the norm. On behalf of womankind, I say: To the Bathroom Barricades! Bathroom injustice has been a feature of the world for a...
  • Run Against Obama

    04/08/2016 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 8, 2016 | Mona Charen
    When a Republican has been in the presidency for eight years, as George W. Bush was, Democrats run against the Republicans. When a Democrat has been in office for eight years, as Barack Obama will soon have been, Republicans run against Republicans. This is a year in which the multiple failures of the Obama years should be irresistible for Republican presidential candidates. Democrats, correspondingly, should be awkwardly sidestepping and tightrope walking to avoid a too-close association. Instead, partly due to the eccentric obsessions of Donald Trump, we've seen Republicans reprising debates about the wisdom of the Iraq War while ignoring...
  • The Race Conversation Starbucks Wants You to Have

    03/20/2015 11:39:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | March 20, 2015 | MONA CHAREN
    The Race Conversation Starbucks Wants You to Have by MONA CHAREN March 20, 2015 Unfortunately, it’s likely to be just as “honest” as all the previous ones. Starbucks is hoping to lead a national conversation about race. According to a video released by founder Howard Schultz, Starbucks barristas are encouraged to scrawl “race together” on coffee cups before placing them in the hands of customers. This hollow bit of moral exhibitionism is supposed to encourage “compassion,” “honesty,” “empathy,” and “love.” Does Starbucks sell caffeine-free compassion? Each and every time we’re hectored to engage in an “honest conversation” about race, it’s...
  • It Gets So Quiet So Fast

    12/13/2013 8:26:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | December 13, 2013 | Mona Charen
    "Our house is as quiet as a tomb." So said a friend who's at the same stage of life -- that is, a mother of three with only one child still living at home. Her youngest, unlike mine, is an introvert, but like my Ben, he is exceedingly busy in his last years of high school, thus leaving the house echoing with emptiness. As a college sophomore, I visited my academic adviser with a problem. "I don't know what I'm going to do after graduation," I confessed. He cocked his head sideways. "Most people don't come to me with this...
  • The New Brainwashing: Women Like Hookups

    07/23/2013 5:41:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | July 23, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Noting the comeback campaigns of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner in New York, feminist author Hanna Rosin wonders why "50 years into the sexual revolution" women politicians lag so far behind men in the sex scandal tally. She notes biological and evolutionary explanations only to reject them in favor of the idea that women are just too unused to power to abuse it in that way. She's cheered though by surveys showing that younger women are cheating on their spouses almost as much as men and confidently looks forward to the not-too-distant day when we'll "find ourselves willing to look...
  • The Conversation Holder Doesn't Really Want

    07/19/2013 9:32:44 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 19, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Eric Holder dismissed America as a "nation of cowards" because we wouldn't, he argued, have a "national conversation" about race. It's a slander wrapped in a farce. We talk of race unremittingly. That's the farce. The slander is hydra-headed. No honest conversation about race is possible when accusations of racism replace reasoned arguments. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who mentioned high rates of crime among black males, was rewarded with the racist label within minutes by some of those (The Atlantic, Slate) who presumably agree with Holder that we are too timid when discussing race. Many American liberals are achingly...
  • Chivalry: The Opposite of Good Manners?

    12/14/2012 8:20:17 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2012 | Mona Charen
    The code persists despite feminists’ best efforts. Chivalry is back in the news. The always alert Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute draws our attention to an item in the Psychology of Women Quarterly. A new study on what the authors are pleased to call “benevolent sexism” (which, as Murray translates, seems to mean gentlemanly behavior) found that both women and men are happier when men behave like gentlemen. This being a sociological publication, though, the findings are not written in English, but rather in academic argot. It’s full of sentences like this: “A structural equation model revealed that...
  • Rape, God, Life and Liberals

    10/26/2012 5:10:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 26, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Let's stipulate that people, and particularly politicians, can get into trouble by attempting to speak for God. But that's not the moral of the story regarding Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Responding to a question about abortion, Mourdock offered a grieved response -- his voice breaking a bit -- on the matter of which exceptions he favored. His Democratic opponent, Joe Donnelly, also pro-life, said that he would permit abortions in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. Mourdock said he had "struggled with it . . . for a long time," but had come...
  • Why Sarah Palin Shouldn’t Run (She'd do better promoting conservatism on TV, not as President)

    11/19/2010 6:50:35 AM PST · by WebFocus · 602 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2010 | Mona Charen
    By telling Barbara Walters that she thinks she can defeat President Obama, Sarah Palin has dimmed hopes cherished by sensible Republicans that she might decide against a run for the White House in 2012. Here are just some of the reasons she should not run. The Republican nominee should be someone with a vast and impressive record in government and the private sector. Voters chose a novice with plenty of star power in 2008 and will be inclined to swing strongly in the other direction in 2012. Americans will be looking for sober competence, managerial skill, and maturity — not...
  • Mona Charen: Obama's use of TARP insulates people (and himself) from bad decisions

    08/27/2010 3:24:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/27/2010 | Mona Charen
    President Obama has a weakness for thinking in categories. For someone who provokes swoons among liberals for his great intellect, he has repeatedly evidenced an unsophisticated, one might even say simple-minded, view of the world: Workers good; bosses exploitative. Borrowers good; lenders bad. Patients good; insurance companies bad. Again and again, the president and his spokesmen have justified their expansions of government power as efforts to help those who "through no fault of their own" find themselves in difficulties. Many politicians traffic in this kind rhetoric during campaigns, but Obama has institutionalized it in policy. One of those reifications --...
  • A Democrat Goes into a Psychiatrist’s Office (Don't run on record but accuse the GOP of extremism)

    07/30/2010 7:04:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/30/2010 | Mona Charen
    Come in. Make yourself comfortable. What’s that? You’re a congressional Democrat? You voted to triple the national debt; destroy a health-care system that an overwhelming majority of Americans were happy with in a way that creates a massive and infinitely complex new entitlement; bail out the banks and auto companies; and “stimulate” the economy with an $862 billion boondoggle that hasn’t created a single private-sector job? Your president is suing the state of Arizona for having the effrontery to enforce a law he wishes not to enforce (though he does have the constitutional responsibility to “take care that the laws...
  • Are You with Us or with Them?

    11/09/2009 1:25:56 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies · 787+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/6/2009 | Mona Charen
    President Obama likes to preen himself on his supposed moral superiority to his predecessor. He announced the closing of Guantanamo in his first week on the job (though, ten months on, it remains open) to advertise the new administration’s disdain for George Bush’s war-fighting tactics. And at every opportunity since, he has stressed that his policies — on taxes, on the Middle East, on health care, on “man-caused disasters,” and on “climate change” — reflect a more refined and elevated morality than has ever before held sway in Washington, D.C. So you have to wonder how the president slept last...
  • Expletive Deleted . . . for Now (Have the “S-word” and “F-word” lost the power to offend ?)

    05/01/2009 7:40:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies · 1,174+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/01/2009 | Mona Charen
    The Supreme Court of the United States is a redoubt of decorum in a casual-Friday world. The justices still wear robes. The assembled attorneys, journalists, and interested observers still rise when the robed ones enter the chamber. Lawyers still begin their oral-argument presentations by intoning the words, “May it please the court.” But when the justices convened last November 4, they were hearing arguments about whether the “S-word” and the “F-word” can be legitimately regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. In a decision handed down last week, the Court ruled 5–4 on behalf of the FCC. But the fact that...
  • Mona Charen: CNN Versus the Tea Parties

    04/17/2009 12:19:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 2,051+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2009 | Mona Charen
    When thousands of people in all 50 states assemble to protest government policy, you might suppose that this is news. Not according to the coverage on the front pages of the Washington Post, New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal. The "tea party" rallies went unmentioned. In Washington, D.C., despite temperatures in the 40s and a driving rainstorm, about a thousand demonstrators assembled across from the White House. The front page of the Times found space for a big story with accompanying pictures of competing public demonstrations in Kabul, Afghanistan, but not a word about the American protestors. Perhaps...
  • Mona Charen - Ruth Marcus Replay of C-Span Q&A This Morning

    04/12/2009 9:27:56 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ · 1 replies · 384+ views
    C-Span TV | 13 April, 2009
    Sunday's Q&A session with Mona Charen and Ruth Marcus is scheduled for rebroadcast this morning at 5:50 - 6:50 AMEDT on C-Span. Moderated by Brian Lamb, the program explores the political and cultural interests and views of this odd couple, who in fact went to the same high school together and claim to be friends. The program includes excerpts from a similar interview with the two from three years ago, giving them the chance to revise and extend some of their comments. Interesting to hear them go at topics such as the nature of man and the need for government...
  • Useful Idiots Caucus

    04/12/2009 8:09:54 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies · 665+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4-13-09 | Mona Charen
    Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Cuba last week and were delighted with their reception. They met with Raul Castro for four hours (including dinner). Three lucky members of the delegation were even entertained by Fidel at his home. As the Miami Herald reported, the representatives found Castro, to be "very engaging, very energetic . very talkative.'' Imagine. The dictator known for his five-hour speeches. Who could have guessed?
  • Rebooting America's Global Image Not Going Well

    03/27/2009 3:59:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 794+ views ^ | March 27, 2009 | Mona Charen
    One of President Obama's signature boasts was that his election would, to use his term, "reboot" America's image in the world. Addressing thousands of Germans last summer, Obama said, "In Europe, the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our world rather than a force to help make it right has become all too common." His election, he promised, would transform America's global image. it the president, the Congress, or some unknown people who pull the strings?" Khamenei further suggested that some American leaders have "demanded that our great and honorable nation be wiped out." President...
  • Deniers for Obama (Abortion, Infanticide Extremist, Charen)

    09/18/2008 11:10:38 PM PDT · by unspun · 36 replies · 351+ views
    NRO, Creators Syndicate ^ | 9-19-2008 | Mona Charen
    Appearing on C-SPAN last weekend I mentioned that Barack Obama had opposed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act when he was an Illinois state senator — a position he has attempted to deny or obfuscate ever since. The liberal blogger who appeared on the program with me erupted with indignation. She didn’t deny that Obama had opposed the bill. She denied, hotly, that babies are ever born alive after an attempted abortion. Since I have actually met Gianna Jessen, who survived an attempted abortion, I invited viewers to contact me directly if they wanted evidence. My inbox has been bursting....
  • This Historic Candidacy (Who's the real Michelle Obama)

    08/27/2008 10:49:45 AM PDT · by IndianPrincessOK · 11 replies · 147+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 27, 2008 | Mona Charen
    I so wish I could support Barack Obama. It would be great -- truly magnificent -- to elect a black president of the United States. Watching the convention coverage on Monday night, I was moved by my friend Juan Williams' almost tearful reaction to Michelle Obama's address. He shook his head in amazement that an African-American woman was in the position she was. And it moved me to see how moved he was. I wish I could send Michelle Obama -- so attractive, so poised, so stylish -- a cyber hug. I'd wager that millions of other Americans, like me,...
  • Veep Musings

    08/27/2008 3:34:35 PM PDT · by MeanWestTexan · 95 replies · 296+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 27, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Romney is so talented. But two very rich guy Republicans do present problems. Lieberman is a dear man, but would be a disaster. His support for the war in Iraq and for a muscular defense makes him seem moderate. But on everything else he is an orthodox liberal. He has voted against all our good judges, for taxes, and even for partial-birth abortion. That puts him to the left of Joe Biden! John Kyl would be a great pick – a hero to conservatives — except that he’s from Arizona. Sarah Palin is appealing but too inexperienced. Vitiates the argument...