- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 29, 2000

Compassion that kills

" 'When novelist John Irving, winner of an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, thanked Planned Parenthood in his acceptance speech, he revealed the depths to which our entertainment industry has been influenced by this organization,' said Jim Sedlak, director of STOPP International.
" 'This year's Oscars … demonstrate just how out of touch with reality Hollywood and Planned Parenthood have become.' …
" 'The Planned Parenthood mentality is so ingrained in the film world, that actor Michael Caine, who plays a doctor who does abortions, not only wins a best supporting actor award [for "The Cider House Rules"], but then states that "This man was to me the most compassionate creature I've ever played." … Have we come to the point in America that the killing of a defenseless, innocent human being is seen as an act of compassion?' "
from a Monday press release from Stop Planned Parenthood International

Where the jobs are

"Motorola [was] one of about 50 companies that participated in an unconventional career fair this month at two spring break hot spots. For two days, a mix of small and big businesses including International Business Machines, the Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Airways, and Jabil Circuit, an electronics manufacturer set up recruiting and marketing booths beneath a yellow-and-white tent on the beach here in Florida's panhandle, about 50 feet away from the surf … .
"The companies pulled out all the stops to lure the half-naked students, many toting beers and cocktails, inside the tent … . Most of the recruiters themselves were in their 20s. Instead of the suits and ties, skirts and dress shoes that predominate at campus job fairs, here they favored T-shirts and polo shirts, shorts and sandals. Their mission was to portray their workplace as a hip, laid-back environment that would appeal to hip, laid-back college students … .
"Jenne Romero and Brent J. Lewis, recruiters for Quantum, a disk-drive manufacturer in Milpitas, Calif., said they expected to hire at least four or five of the 150 students who filled out questionnaires. 'The candidate pool is getting so thin, especially in Silicon Valley, that we're looking at unconventional ways of recruiting,' Mr. Lewis said.
" 'OK, so they're drunk, sunburned and running around half-naked,' Ms. Romero added. 'This is spring break. It's not an average representation of what they're going to be like the rest of the year.' "
Leo Reisberg, writing on "Corporate America Hits the Beaches in Spring-Break Recruitment Effort," in the March 24 Chronicle of Higher Education

New trend?

"Call it raunch 'n' roll.
"In a new trend, porn stars are popping up all over the rock scene, on stage with Kid Rock, singing backup for Marilyn Manson, in videos for the well-mannered Counting Crows and on album covers for bands including pop-punk superstars Blink 182.
" 'Porn is pretty people having sex. What's wrong with that?' says Art Alexakis, singer for Everclear, which [filmed] a porn star-studded video for its recent cover of Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back in Town.'
"For rockers, porn stars are the hottest must-have fashion accessory since supermodel girlfriends… .
"In the happy marriage between porn and rock, it seems everyone wins. Rockers gain a sexy, rebellious edge and porn stars get exposure the right kind.
"And both get a little love on the side."
Corey Levitan, writing on "Porn to be wild," in Monday's New York Post

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