Propaganda for Dummies?

March 13, 2014–For those of us who grew up in the ’80s—or, alternatively, if you just happened to watch a fair amount of TV during that glorious era—the term “Very Special Episode” may elicit some fond and funny memories. The “Very Special Episode,” as Wikipedia describes it, refers “to an episode of a sitcom or […]

The Rise of the Fun Police

January 30, 2014–A decade ago, “Saturday Night Live” began running a series of skits featuring “Debbie Downer,” a character who could single-handedly destroy fun of any kind with the world’s most depressing remarks. In her inaugural appearance on the show, Debbie, played by the amazing Rachel Dratch, manages to annihilate the good moods of her entire family […]

Will Liberalism Implode?

November 15, 2013 - Over the past few weeks, depending on where you sit on the political school bus, you’ve probably either had (a) a stream of guilty “I told you so” happiness; or (b) a dreadful, stomach-sinking horror while watching Obamacare, the president’s oft-labeled “signature achievement,” make its national debut. It has been, in short, […]

How Joe Biden Ruined My Wednesday

November 7, 2013 - Last week, I woke up with pinkeye. It was not glamorous. I trudged to the bathroom and stared in the mirror, disgruntled. Then I wiped off my red, crusty eye, threw out my contacts, grabbed my glasses, and made an appointment with my doctor. Not a huge tragedy, I’ll admit. But this […]

Short on Beer Money? Look to Obamacare

October 23, 2013 - So, I don’t want to jinx anything, but when it comes to the ridiculousness surrounding the much-ballyhooed Obamacare rollout/circus/tragicomedy/Exxon-Valdez-meets-the-Titanic-meets-the-Edmund-Fitzgerald level of disaster, I think we’re close to hitting bottom. At least I hope so, because it’s getting surreal out there. On Tuesday, the wondrous powers of Twitter unearthed the “Thanks Obamacare” ad […]

The Desperate Life of Carlos Danger

July 26,2013—Hollywood may be having a rough summer—big-budget, would-be blockbusters are flopping like doomed and disheartened fish left on an empty dock—but America certainly isn’t lacking for entertainment. This week, we had the pleasure of meeting “Carlos Danger,” a sexy, quasi-Latin sexting machine who also appears to be the alter ego of would-be New York […]

The Age of Female Sainthood?

April 11, 2013–Boys and girls, despite what some people might tell you these days, are dramatically different creatures — and one of the most important distinctions between the sexes lies in their preferred methods of torture. In 1991, an episode of the hit show “Seinfeld” discussed an age-old tactic of torment favored by young boys: […]

The Zombie Girls of Brooklyn

January 22, 2013–What is it like to live in a world where nothing matters? If you’ve ever watched HBO’s cult series “Girls,” you know the answer. If you’re not familiar with the show, which follows the largely depressing, sex-fueled lives of four self-centered, fresh-out-of-college Brooklyn women, rest assured: The national media are working industriously to […]

When Babies Disappear

January 14, 2013–Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. “See, here’s how it works,” he said, drawing a graph. “With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you […]

When Did Feminism Become So Embarrassing?

Follow @heatherwilhelm July 23, 2012–Marissa Mayer is young, blond, attractive, and six months pregnant. She’s also, as of last week, the new president and CEO of Yahoo, a Fortune 500 tech company, and—much to her chagrin, I’m guessing—the fevered subject of dozens of angst-laden feminist blog posts. As a woman, Mayer is a rarity in […]

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Heather Wilhelm is an Austin, Texas-based writer with experience in marketing, public relations, corporate communications, online news, web development, magazine editing, and print journalism. Her written commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, RealClearPolitics.com, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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