FROM THE ‘HEH’ DESK
Meanwhile, there’s a cultural moment. As far as the Obamacare goes, Americans trust information from Fox News more than President Obama. No, really. A new poll from YouGov finds that Fox News leads the list of most-trusted sources for health care news, followed by “friends and family,” Mr. Obama, National Public Radio, “your personal insurance company,” local TV news and, wonder of wonders — “Republicans in Congress.”
Consider that “Obama administration officials” ranks 13th while “Democrats in Congress” follows in 14th place. The other news networks were scattered throughout the lengthy list. The poll of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted Nov. 6 and 7.
THE RETURN OF THE HE-MAN
Stand clear, now. Here comes “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to being Your Most Masculine Self,” by one Stephen Mansfield. Due from publisher Thomas Nelson on Tuesday, the book has received accolades from none other than Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, the former commander of Delta Force.
“The Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness. It is time to recover what we have lost,” Mr. Mansfield proclaims. He also wrote “The Faith of George W. Bush” and “Lincoln’s Battle with God” among other books.
“My goal in this book is simple. I want to identify what a genuine man does — the virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhood — and then call men to do it,” the author adds.
He is weary of man-bashing culture like demeaning commercials and sitcoms, and he seeks to school younger gents in authentic manliness, lest they become isolated, by emphasizing “more doing, less talking.”
The thoughtful Mr. Mansfield also has supplied a list of 10 essential movies for manly men. They are: “Seabiscuit,” “Chariots of Fire,” “The Pursuit of Happy-ness,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Apollo 13,” “The King’s Speech,” “Men of Honor,” “Hoosiers” and “The Last Samurai.”
Now open at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., it’s “SPY: The Secret World of Espionage,” an exhibit that includes never before seen objects and documents from the CIA, KGB, FBI, National Reconnaissance Office and the “clandestine world of spies.” The collection of 300 items includes eavesdropping bugs, concealed cameras, a Soviet poison dart umbrella and Reagan’s original leather binder for intelligence briefings.
Also on the tour: interactive secret writing devices, disguises, voice changers, a laser maze and “on-the-spot training for future spies,” organizers say.
A public Spy Lunch scheduled for Wednesday, incidentally, includes “Covert Salad” with fancy ranch dressing, a “CIA Entree” consisting of rosemary chicken and roasted potatoes plus “Espionage Cake,” which has much to do with chocolate and raspberry.
POLL DU JOUR