Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 17 Jun 2021 19:06:35 -0700 Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate a3158c6044c44074ba73fd0346e9a66c How Blue City Governance Is Destroying Blue Cities for 06/16/2021 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, a video from a San Francisco Walgreens went viral on Twitter. The video depicted a man standing next to his bicycle, loading up a garbage bag with products. The man then rides his bicycle down the aisle, past a security guard, who limply throws out a hand to try to grab the bag; the shoplifter simply brushes past him, then rides out the door.</p> <p>This sort of thing has become exceedingly common in San Francisco. In late May, Thomas Fuller wrote in The New York Times, "At a board of supervisors hearing last week, representatives from Walgreens said that thefts at its stores in San Francisco were four times the chain's national average, and that it had closed 17 stores, largely because the scale of thefts had made business untenable." Employees at Walgreens had been told to stand aside as shoplifting took place because security officers had been assaulted repeatedly.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 16, 2021</p> 370c1a86bd248e93a1d5c9d84324607a The Definition of Courage Has Shifted Since Normandy for 06/09/2021 Wed, 09 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. On that day, Operation Overlord began, launching the Allied invasion of Europe that would spell the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime. At least 4,400 Allied troops died in the Normandy landings, and another 10,000 were wounded. As the invasion started, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took to the radio airwaves to ask Americans to join him in prayer: "Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity ... let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be."</p> <p>Nearly eight decades later, President Joe Biden had nothing to say or tweet about the D-Day anniversary. Breaking with bipartisan precedent, Biden remained silent on that topic. The next day, however, Biden did tweet something noteworthy about bravery: "To transgender Americans across the country &#8212; especially the young people who are so brave &#8212; I want you to know your President has your back."<p>Updated: Wed Jun 09, 2021</p> 050be532419dfb0c7d160a4fe9f06cb2 The Muddled Thinking of 'Antiracism' for 06/02/2021 Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, a clip of America's most prominent racial grifter, Ibram X. Kendi, began making the rounds on Twitter. Kendi, the author of "How to Be an Antiracist," has undoubtedly made a fortune by indicting those who disagree with him as complicit in American racism &#8212; and by providing partial absolution to those who repeat his cultish ideas. In one particular clip from a recent interview, however, Kendi was asked to do one very simple thing: to define racism itself. Kendi failed signally in that task. "I would define it as a collection of racist policies that lead to racial inequity that are substantiated by racist ideas," Kendi stated. </p> <p>The audience laughed out loud.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 02, 2021</p> f92395be6a4d73b7191457f61b5b82ab China Isn't Winning. The West Is Forfeiting for 05/26/2021 Wed, 26 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers from the Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019 with "symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness." That report followed hard on a series of investigative pieces from journalists such as Nicholas Wade and Donald McNeil, formerly of The New York Times, who revived the media-dismissed theory that the institute had generated COVID-19 in a laboratory and then accidentally allowed it to leak. "The argument that it <i> could </i> have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology or a sister lab in Wuhan has become considerably stronger," McNeil wrote. "And China's lack of candor is disturbing."</p> <p>It now seems highly credible that COVID-19 originated inside a Chinese state laboratory &#8212; and that China knew about it as early as November. In mid-January, the World Health Organization reported, based on Chinese information, that "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus." China censured its own Dr. Li Wenliang for attempting to spread the news of COVID-19's danger. It took until the end of January for China to lock down Wuhan.<p>Updated: Wed May 26, 2021</p> beb46970cb8a718f0ddf823c680ce209 If You Side With Hamas, Your Anti-Semitism Is Showing for 05/19/2021 Wed, 19 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For the past two weeks, rockets have been fired into civilian areas of Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Hamas' charter openly calls for the destruction of the state of Israel, which would entail an anti-Semitic genocide; its 1988 charter explicitly and openly calls for such a genocide. Hamas spends tens of millions of dollars in foreign aid not on helping the citizens of the Gaza Strip but on building terror tunnels and rocket capacity to strike at the Jews. Hamas fires its rockets from civilian areas, seeking to force Israel to kill Palestinian civilians so Hamas can propagandize about supposed Israeli human rights atrocities. Hamas locates its military facilities inside hospitals, journalist headquarters, schools and mosques. Hamas aims its rockets indiscriminately at civilians in Israel, killing Jews, Arabs and foreign workers.</p> <p>Israel, meanwhile, routinely calls building supervisors in Gaza to warn them to evacuate buildings before bombing them. One such conversation, broadcast by Sky News, went like this:<p>Updated: Wed May 19, 2021</p> bc7f3445f19ab044b5279e3541779bf0 Biden Sets Everything on Fire for 05/12/2021 Wed, 12 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Joe Biden is the luckiest man to ever assume the presidency.</p> <p>He succeeded an unpopular figure. He was inaugurated just two weeks after the dramatic storming of the U.S. Capitol by extremist Donald Trump supporters seeking to stop the certification of the 2020 election, which was also the beginning of the year after widespread race riots. He inherited COVID-19 vaccines and a vaccine rollout plan, and could rightly expect to ride the tsunami of natural economic recovery that was predicted for the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic; he inherited a series of historic Middle Eastern peace deals.<p>Updated: Wed May 12, 2021</p> e1e10fff3c86634d35490362791543ec Due Process Is the Opposite of Social Justice for 05/05/2021 Wed, 05 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It has been two weeks since the conviction of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd. The world has moved on. Politicians breathed a sigh of relief when they heard the verdict; the media quickly moved on to its next manipulated data point in favor of the proposition that American police are systemically racist. </p> <p>But there were always lingering questions about the verdict. The biggest question was whether Chauvin could have received a fair trial. Jury selection happened while the city of Minneapolis publicized a $27 million settlement with Floyd's family. The judge denied requests for a venue change despite the fact that the trial would take place in a city that had been wracked with riots, looting and burning over Floyd's death. One of the alternate jurors admitted, "I did not want to go through rioting and destruction again, and I was concerned about people coming to my house if they were not happy with the verdict." <p>Updated: Wed May 05, 2021</p> 72a8b73bef8e3342fc65e5350ae4cbcd The Circular Logic of Systemic Racism for 04/28/2021 Wed, 28 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The evidence on the murder charges was weak; the evidence on manslaughter was significantly stronger. Still, the jury took only 10 hours and zero questions to come to its conclusion: guilty on all counts.</p> <p>In and of itself, the Chauvin case never should have been a national news story. After all, an average of three suspects are shot by police every day in the United States, and thousands of homicides that have nothing whatsoever to do with the police take place in the United States every year. Theoretically, national news stories should be indicative of profound national problems, not man-bites-dog statistical rarities.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 28, 2021</p> b603d8bf427937b5b76d8a510d1381da The Bigotry of No Expectations for 04/21/2021 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We all know what's coming.</p> <p>In Minneapolis, in anticipation of the jury's verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the alleged murder of George Floyd, everything is shutting down. Minneapolis public schools announced that schoolchildren will be transitioned to distance learning from Wednesday through Friday. The NBA announced the possibility of canceling games. Businesses in major cities began to board up. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 21, 2021</p> e82411643fe8ce3575281f686944ed81 The Fight Over Identity for 04/14/2021 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America has been wrecked on the shoals of identity.</p> <p>Identity politics has been characterized casually as a form of tribalism: Americans grouping themselves according to biological or sexual characteristics, in opposition to other groups associated by biological or sexual characteristics. There is certainly truth to the idea that such tribalism has damaged America in extraordinary ways &#8212; that tribalism acts as the sort of factionalism the Founding Fathers feared, tearing Americans from one another and forcing them into polarized units to compete against others in a battle over control.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 14, 2021</p> 345634323a49ec1b937f98bb81f96c95 Past Time to Fight Back for 04/07/2021 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, on the basis of whole-cloth lies, major corporations went to political war with the state of Georgia. The lies at issue revolved around Georgia's new voter law, characterized by both Stacey Abrams and President Joe Biden as a new form of Jim Crow. What do these dastardly new voter restrictions do? They require an ID number to receive an absentee ballot, with language identical to that of federal law; they bar electioneering within 150 feet of a polling place or 25 feet of voters in line, including handing out food or water for partisan purposes; they increase the number of mandatory days of weekend early voting; they preserve some drop boxes that did not exist before the pandemic; they require additional voting machines and election personnel in crowded precincts; they increase voting hours in future elections for the vast majority of counties. </p> <p>These provisions are similar to the laws in a vast majority of states. That didn't stop Democrats and the media from simply lying about the Georgia voting law. While some in the media did point out that Biden had lied about the law's supposed crackdown on voting hours, nobody in the media treated his "Jim Crow" contentions with the sneering disrespect they so richly deserved. Instead, they simply parroted the line that Republicans were engaged in widespread voter suppression, another lie &#8212; a lie far more unsubstantiated than Republican concerns about voter fraud and irregularity.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 07, 2021</p> bab5cd71381b17cee89bdfa1e8b0a69f No, the Derek Chauvin Trial Isn't a Referendum on American Racism for 03/31/2021 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Since the death of George Floyd, our esteemed media, as well as their Democratic allies, have suggested that Floyd's alleged murder is representative of broader American white supremacy, that Floyd's experience with law enforcement is indicative of how American police pose an existential threat to black Americans. They have offered no evidence for this proposition. Not a shred of evidence has been presented to suggest that former police officer Derek Chauvin's actions the day of Floyd's death were motivated by race. Not a shred of evidence has been presented to suggest that black Americans live at threat of extermination from whites or police officers: As of 2013, according to Reuters, a black person's chances of being murdered by a white person were 5 in 1 million, and according to The Washington Post database of police shootings, as of 2019, a black person's chances of being shot by the police while unarmed were approximately 3 in 10 million.</p> <p>But facts don't matter when you're pressing forward a narrative.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 31, 2021</p> b38c5ae69c145125a6191e82618874c4 For the Left, Bigotry Is a Tool for 03/24/2021 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, a white man shot to death eight people in Atlanta-area spas, six of them Asian American. According to Atlanta police, the man said he was targeting brothels and blamed the women for his alleged sex addiction. The gunman stated that he had visited two of the spas before and had planned to drive to Florida and target the pornography industry. So far, there is no evidence that the shooter was motivated by anti-Asian animus, making hate-crime charges unlikely at this point.</p> <p>Nonetheless, the establishment media and Democratic politicians quickly began reflecting the lie that the shooting was an anti-Asian hate crime, the latest outgrowth of a major uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes &#8212; all driven supposedly by "white supremacy." White House press secretary Jen Psaki connected the alleged increase in anti-Asian sentiment to former President Trump, stating that his "calling COVID 'the Wuhan virus' ... led ... to perceptions of the Asian American community that are inaccurate, unfair." Racial grifter Ibram X. Kendi tweeted: "Locking arms with Asian Americans facing this lethal wave of anti-Asian terror. Their struggle is my struggle. Our struggle is against racism and White supremacist domestic terror." Nikole Hannah-Jones, pseudo-journalist and de facto editor-in-chief at The New York Times, tweeted in solidarity: "I stand with my Asian-American brothers and sisters, just as so many of you have stood with us. I grieve. We must own all of this history &#8212; ALL OF IT &#8212; and determine to fight for a truly multiracial democracy where we all can be free."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 24, 2021</p> 3860071896c4929ab0eabf4c10d8af7e Wokeifying America's Military for 03/17/2021 Wed, 17 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, President Biden's military declared its first war ... on Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Carlson had committed the great sin of pointing out the oddity of the fact that the Biden White House had been promoting brand-new uniforms for pregnant soldiers, rather than America's military efficiency in the face of a rising Chinese military threat. This prompted spasms of apoplexy from top brass in the military itself: Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said that the Pentagon was filled with "revulsion" at Carlson's comments, adding, "We absolutely won't just take personnel advice from a talk show"; Army Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston tweeted that women "will dominate ANY future battlefield we're called to fight on," calling Carlson's words "divisive"; Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott H. Stalker, the senior enlisted leader of the U.S. Space Command, said that Carlson's opinion was "based off of actually zero days of service in the armed forces."</p> <p>Now, the military itself recognizes that pregnant women can't exactly staff front-line positions. At 20 weeks of pregnancy, pregnant soldiers in the Army are exempt from field duty, deployment, wearing individual body armor, standing at parade rest or attention for longer than 15 minutes, or participating in weapons training; upon diagnosis of pregnancy, all pregnant soldiers are exempt from regular physical fitness training.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 17, 2021</p> b5b1b9447786973ddf1553a8cce5d2ac Why Dr. Seuss Had to Go for 03/10/2021 Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced it would stop the sale and distribution of six classic volumes from the great children's author. Those volumes, said the company, violate its commitment to "messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship." The books include portrayals of people "in ways that are hurtful and wrong."</p> <p>Society has long held that activity that damages others ought to be curbed. John Stuart Mill posited the so-called harm principle &#8212; the belief that activity that harms someone ought to be condemned or even barred &#8212; in the mid-19th century. But Mill refused to conflate harm and offense: Being offended wasn't cause for sanction of another. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 10, 2021</p> 388a32f3cea8046c46c1bab319244151 When Lies Matter More Than Facts for 03/03/2021 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, The New York Times ran a long piece re-reporting a supposed race scandal from Smith College. The scandal, originally reported in midsummer 2018, featured a black student, Oumou Kanoute, who claimed that she was racially profiled while eating in a dormitory lounge. She suggested in a Facebook post that she was confronted by a campus police officer, who might have been carrying a "lethal weapon," and a janitor, adding: "All I did was be Black. It's outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a woman of color."</p> <p>The janitor was placed on paid leave. The college president issued a campuswide statement explaining, "This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their ordinary lives." <p>Updated: Wed Mar 03, 2021</p> b48b4546d5125a19f20b27896a7d8ff3 The Authoritarian Left Is on the March for 02/24/2021 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">This week, Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jerry McNerny, D-N.J., sent out a series of letters to America's largest communications corporations: AT&T, Alphabet Inc., Cox Communications, Dish Network, Comcast, Apple, Amazon and others. Their letters demanded answers from these corporations on one simple topic: Why would these platforms continue to allow the dissemination of "misinformation" from conservative outlets?</span><br><p>Updated: Wed Feb 24, 2021</p> 1bb2c8c50b177d5783c2f692d7823fd8 It's Time to Uncancel Americans for 02/17/2021 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, actress Gina Carano made headlines when Disney+ and Lucasfilm decided to cancel her from their hit series "The Mandalorian" over controversial social media posts. It is perfectly obvious that the corporations had been looking for an excuse to get rid of Carano thanks to her conservative politics &#8212; The Hollywood Reporter uncovered a source who snarked, "They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw." </p> <p>What, precisely, was Carano's sin? After the 2020 election, she put up a social media post decrying voter fraud and then put up a post referring disparagingly to elite-driven mask culture. This week, she put up a post pointing out that the Holocaust did not begin with mass murder but with neighbors turning on one another thanks to politics. The Holocaust comparison may have been overwrought, but it was certainly not anti-Semitic. "Nonetheless," Lucasfilm stated, "her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."<p>Updated: Wed Feb 17, 2021</p> 79c06765186ad42bbab70a337607b3f2 When the Hateful Think They Are the Virtuous for 02/10/2021 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Virginia Heffernan, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, unleashed the most perverse column in recent memory. The title: "What can you do about the Trumpites next door?" Heffernan wasn't lamenting neighbors who had tagged her house with pro-Trump graffiti, or who had participated in the Jan. 6 riots, or who had even held an election watch party and turned the music up too loud. No, Heffernan was lamenting the travails of living next door to Trump supporters ... who had cleared her driveway of snow.</p> <p>Heffernan writes, "Trumpites next door to our pandemic getaway ... just plowed our driveway without being asked and did a great job." This simple act launched Heffernan into a journey of angst and rage. "How am I going to resist demands for unity in the face of this act of aggressive niceness?" she laments. "I realize I owe them thanks &#8212; and, man, it really looks like the guy back-dragged the driveway like a pro &#8212; but how much thanks?"<p>Updated: Wed Feb 10, 2021</p> bcd16ee557c2af4eef863239a46dc759 The Inequality of 'Equity' for 02/03/2021 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Joe Biden took office pledging a return to unity and decency. A new era of good feelings is at hand, we were informed by both his administration and its sycophants in the media. A new world &#8212; a world of "equity" &#8212; is at hand.</p> <p>Equity, you see, is the word of the day. Not <i> equality </i> &#8212; that would be a traditionally American concept. The Declaration of Independence declares that "all men are created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides that all citizens must receive "equal protection of the laws." Equality, in the traditional understanding, means something simple and easy to implement: the protection of the rights of all individuals, along with the invasion of none of those rights.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 03, 2021</p>