Stream Splashes: October 21-27 in Review

By The Stream Published on October 28, 2018

Every week, The Stream rounds up some highlights from the recent news. We call these our “splashes”: everything from insightful commentary on the week’s big events to small inspiring stories you may have missed.


Remember when Kanye West was in the Oval Office a hundred news cycles ago? I haven’t forgotten it. His comments really got me thinking about how our culture has tragically confused the issue of manhood. And that got me thinking about a turning point in my life thirty years ago.

I was just out of college, living in a crummy rented room outside Boston when I got a letter from my father, addressing an unpleasant disagreement I’d had with my mother. At some point in his fatherly peace-making effort he wrote the sentence: “You are a good man.”

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As our neighborhood fills with jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and even a creepy graveyard, “teen vampire lit” conversations aren’t far behind. “Have you read the Twilight books?” “What do you think of the Vampire Diaries series?” These are two shy questions I hear often from high schoolers to the tune of giggles in the background from other girls.

I do try to be diplomatic in my response. But as a reader, writer and teacher, I find nearly every modern representation of the vampire nauseating and lame. Even full of novacaine, I’d find Bela Lugosi’s Dracula more interesting than Edward Cullen.

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“If I look back, I know that God has always been there,” country music star Jo Dee Messina told People magazine recently. “I want to make sure that people know that God is good.”

Jo Dee Messina, known for 1990s country music hits like “Bye Bye” and “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” revealed last year that she was diagnosed with cancer. In a Facebook post, Team JDM wrote that Messina was exploring all options but had faith in God.

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We’ve reached a turning point in the culture wars. The left’s giving up the moral high ground it stole from Christians, and fighting dirty for real now.

Leftists have so convinced themselves that Christians and other conservatives are “haters,” they think anything they do is good, loving and just. If a leftist sucker-punches conservatives, he’s just fighting for justice against a more powerful oppressor.

Disturbing, yes. But it also opens up new strategic opportunities.

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