On February 26, 2018 the American Enterprise Institute, “a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world,” hosted an event, Reforming Foster Care Systems at the State Level, at which Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was a keynote speaker. During the panel discussion and Q&A session following Governor Bevin’s initial remarks, he provided one of the best responses I’ve heard to a question addressing gun violence in schools, specifically in reference to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Governor Bevin’s commentary was thoughtful, truthful, and unencumbered by impulsivity and knee-jerk emotion.
My bet is that 100% of Americans want to stop mass shootings and protect our schools. There are just dissenting opinions on how to go about accomplishing the goal. I’ve chosen to keep my opinions about gun control and the Second Amendment to myself, but I will say this. Regardless of on which side of the argument you find yourself, if you’re going to march in protest, carry signs and make sweeping declarations, it’s a good idea to know what your talking about. Even just a little bit. If you don’t, it weakens your cause and it makes you seem… forgive me… stupid. Say for example, if you’re demanding the banning of assault weapons, it might be kind of a good idea to actually know what an assault weapon is. WATCH.
During his audition for ABC’s reboot of American Idol, 19 year-old Benjamin Glaze happened to mention he liked his job as a cashier because it provided him the opportunity to meet cute girls. When Luke Bryan asked if he’d kissed a girl and liked it – a play on Katy Perry’s hit single – Glazer confessed, “I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.” Kind of sweet and refreshing in this day and age, right? Enter Katy Perry. WATCH.
Today is National Pastry Day and according to the folks at National Day Calendar (the authoritative source for official holidays commemorating obscure and unusual anniversaries) the best way to celebrate is with your favorite pastry. Here’s a cream puff on me. Watch.
Sarah Silverman hosts a weekly Hulu show titled, I Love America with Sarah Silverman. During her opening monologue on December 7, she described having an intense visceral reaction to watching an ex-boyfriend raise an American flag in his yard. It happened many years ago, but evidently she’s still thinking about it because she recalled feeling weird, scared and shaken at this seemingly simple act of patriotism. Having no idea why, she called her sister, Susie, who “knows shit” because she is a rabbi in Israel. Rabbi Susie explained, “Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think about it. Flags. Marching. Blind allegiance. These things tend to ring a bell for us.”