- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2000

'Fortysomething'?

"Nothing ever took the place of 'Thirtysomething,' which went off the air eight years ago or, more to the point, no other show picked up where it left off. Before 'Once and Again,' there hadn't been a show aimed so specifically at the now fortysomething demographic. For the many people who found 'Thirtysomething's characters unbearably self-absorbed, talky and whiny, that absence may have amounted to a breath of fresh air; the rest of us, when we heard that Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, who created 'Thirtysomething,' had a new show coming last fall, couldn't wait to see it. 'Once and Again' … revolves around the romance between Lily (Sela Ward), the co-owner of a bookstore and the mother of two, who has recently separated from her husband, and Rick (Billy Campbell), an architect and the father of two, who has been divorced for three years… .

"Despite the show's being riddled with lines like 'When can I see you?' and 'I have to see you,' and despite the fact that the stars are both very attractive, there's no feeling of urgency about their romance. Not to mention that Lily and Rick are, so far, uncommonly uninteresting."

Nancy Franklin, writing on "Again and Again," in the Jan. 24 issue of the New Yorker

'Redneck vote'

"This [Confederate battle] flag issue will grow in significance not just in South Carolina but elsewhere. This fall, my wife and I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Meadowlands here in [New Jersey]. The biggest cheer came when a hundred-foot-long Confederate flag dropped down as they opened 'Sweet Home Alabama.' …

"Because the [South Carolina] legislature's approval is necessary for any change in the flag status, the issue will override all others in this year's races. If Republicans hold the state House, which is highly likely, efforts to remove the flag will end. If they take the state Senate, you will see expanded efforts in other Southern states to provide recognition for the Confederate flag, seen by some as a symbol of heritage and others as a symbol of rebellion against political correctness… .

"The 'respectable' business and church interests in [South Carolina] who switched sides and called for the flag to be taken down made a serious mistake here and will find that they will not be able to count on the 'redneck vote' when the chips are down."

Rick Shaftan, writing on "The Confederate Flag and Politics," a Jan. 22 posting on the Web site www.lewrockwell.com

Anti-Christian fascism

"I was more than a little surprised to see that the New York Post now equates being a Christian with being a fascist. On Oct. 27 of last year, the Post printed two headlines… . The first reads, 'Pat: I'd Like All Folks to Be Christians,' and the second one … reads: 'Buchanan Offers U.S. Fascism With a Happy Face.' …

"Now, we've all heard the term 'fascist' cast about like a curse word. It's used as a club to silence dissent from left-wing orthodoxy on university campuses across America. But for those of us who do not want to be condemned to relive the past because we have failed to remember it, let me ask: Is there really any such cozy relationship between fascism and Christianity? Far from it… . Fascism and Christianity stand in total antithesis to one another.

"Consider, for example … Friedrich Nietzsche, whose philosophy had a profound influence on Nazi theory: 'Christianity, sprung from Jewish roots … represents the counter-movement to any morality of breeding, of race, of privilege: It is the anti-Aryan religion par excellence.' This antithesis is the reason the Nazis despised both Christian and Jew. Both held worldviews based on a monotheism that says the state is not autonomous, for there is a God whose law is above the law of any government."

J. Richard Pearcey, writing on "A Fascist by Any Other Name," in the on-line magazine Boundless at www.boundless.org

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