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Tom Purcell

OK, tail-end boomer

I don’t blame millennials and Gen Z for mocking baby boomers with the trending “OK boomer” meme.
I’ve had my issues with baby boomers, too.
“OK boomer,” reports, “is a viral internet slang phrase used, often in a humorous or ironic manner, to call out or dismiss out-of-touch or close-minded opinions associated with the baby boomer generation and older people more generally.”
It’s sarcasm used to tell baby boomers that they’re too critical, condescending and dismissive toward younger folks’ anxieties and concerns.
I feel those younger folks’ pain.

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Rich Manieri

’Tis the season for phony outrage

Thanks in large part to social media, and in equally large part to the mean-spirited discourse of the day, virtually anything can be turned into a national controversy.
For Exhibit A, I go to Melania Trump or, more specifically, to the first lady’s coat.
If you remember last holiday season, Mrs. Trump was lambasted by the media and Hollywood types for her red Christmas trees.
This year, because there are no red Christmas trees or otherwise scandalous decorations in the White House, Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan went wardrobe on Melania.

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Rich Manieri

Chick-fil-A’s capitulation is sad but not surprising

I’m not going to stop eating at Chick-fil-A for three reasons. First, I like it. Second, if I started avoiding businesses with which I might have a philosophical or ideological difference of opinion, my options would be pretty limited. Third, I believe Christianity would be much better served if Christians would focus more or introducing people to Jesus and less on boycotting restaurants and coffee shops.
But I am disappointed.

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Peter Funt

Ho, Ho, the Mistletoe

During the Holiday Season, which now stretches from Autumnal Equinox to New Year’s Day, it’s nearly impossible to turn on the radio or walk through a shopping mall without hearing the rich, mellifluous voice of Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives. Few people can place his name but in the coming weeks millions will sing along or tap their toes to the improbable holiday hit he recorded in November 1964.


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