Culture War

Some People Just Have Way Too Much Time on Their Hands (So to Speak)

By on 6.28.13 | 4:17PM

In the category of The Punchlines Write Themselves, we now have an online app that teaches women how to masturbate. You're probably thinking that the "Happy Playtime" Internet site featuring a dancing cartoon vagina -- no, I'm not kidding -- is yet another mile marker on the Road to Hell, and I don't disagree. But leave it to award-winning blogger Ace of Spades to find the "Good News" angle: At least it's not funded with federal tax dollars.

Not much consolation, I guess, but good news is increasingly rare these days.

Kipling Meets Hefner

By on 4.11.11 | 11:48AM

There ought to be some kind of award for this: "Most Timely Citation of Poetry in a Blog Comment," perhaps? Daniel J. Flynn's column about Hugh Hefner's 85th birthday inspired me to musings of my own, which inspired a reader to quote Kipling:

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

Perhaps some of younger readers could ponder why they never encountered Kipling in their college literature anthologies.


Art Doesn’t Work

By 11.3.09

Rocco Landesman, the new head of the National Endowment for the Arts, likes to compare his president to the late dictator Julius Caesar.