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“While Kanye is enthusiastically spouting quotes from the Breitbart comment section, and wearing the red hat, he’s never actually said anything of substance when it comes to his controversial political stance, other than vague statements about “love.”
When Jimmy Kimmel famously asked Kanye a slightly difficult question regarding his support for Trump, the show instantly cut to commercial break and never returned to the topic. Kanye’s silence said it all; he doesn’t really know why he supports Trump, other than he likes how much attention it attracts.
In our South Park-ish era, Trump is the only syllable that guarantees sustained attention. And Kanye’s too media-savvy to simply condemn the President; everybody in Hollywood already does that, and it doesn’t make the slightest ripple.
Kanye likes to make waves, and he aims for a tsunami, but it’s become an increasingly impossible task. He already waved off the horrific legacy of slavery as a “choice” (the month before his album, Ye, dropped). What is he supposed to say now? Sadly for him, he’s allowed to say the N-word, so what other controversial opinions can he shoot into the Twittersphere?”
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"Like many Western analyses of the Middle East, they reduce Iraq’s complex internal conflicts to catchall explainers of ‘sectarianism’ and ‘tribalism’ – presuming that some groups of people are intrinsically primed for antagonism."
" he's a loser in the precise sense that his singular accomplishment in American public life has been to lose a Senate race to the stupendously unpopular Republican Ted Cruz."
"While applauding the social impetus, Israelis are divided in opinions on an American-based initiative and question its grammatical integrity."
A look at the networks that churn out nonstop, formulaic Christmas movies; the actors who star in all of them; and the fans who can't stop watching.
"The Department of Homeland Security wants to use credit scores to determine immigration cases. That sets a dangerous precedent."
"Traffic. Congestion. Pollution. Hours-long commutes. What if you could leave it all behind and trade it in for an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient personal copter—all without a pilot’s license?"
"“But Qutb saw something else. The dancers in front of him were tragic lost souls. They believed they were free, but in reality they were trapped by their own selfish and greedy desires.”"
Cliches can be used as a political tool. "Prefabricated language helps everybody from prime ministers to CEOs disguise what they really want to say."
"Santa is nothing but stress for families who don’t believe in him. Trying to keep other kids from finding out the truth can cause a holiday-season-long headache."
"Umami is hard to describe in words. In the New Yorker, Hannah Goldfield defines it as “that deep, dark, meaty intensity that distinguishes seared beef, soy sauce, ripe tomato, Parmesan cheese, anchovies, and mushrooms..."
"The designer babies have thus been called the “future-we-should-not-want” for each new reproductive technology or intervention. But the babies never came and are nowhere close. I am not surprised."
"Thousands of secular Israelis became newly observant and joined Haredi communities in the 1970s and ’80s. Now, their children and grandchildren are searching for a place of their own."