- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 30, 2000

Sneak peek

"Here's another a moment that to me quite captures her. It is January 2000 and the first lady is on [CBS' 'The Late Show' with David] Letterman… . [He] asks the name of the state bird. 'The bluebird,' she says, to applause. The state tree? Hillary gets a Jeopardy Daily Double look. 'Um, the maple.' But which maple? She blinks, thinking hard. 'Let's see, there's the red maple, the sugar maple …' That's it, says Letterman, to more applause …

"And then the next day it turned out she had seen the questions in advance. She'd been given a 'sneak peek,' according to her spokesman.

"That in itself wasn't shocking. What was shocking was the Daily Double look, the straining gamely for answers. It was all acting. It was all a fake. And it was so convincing.

"It was so … Hillary."

Peggy Noonan, from her new book, "The Case Against Hillary Clinton"

Pro-life hippies

"If one had to perform the impossible task of picking the one commune that most perfectly epitomized the spirit of the communal 1960s era, the Farm would be a leading candidate. Established near Summertown, Tenn., in 1971, the Farm was conceived in Haight-Ashbury, powered by the highest hippie ideals, and dedicated to ego-denying communal equality… . It had a charismatic leader who was a veritable archetype of the hippie philosopher… .

"Stephen Gaskin, the Farm's founder and spiritual teacher, was a faculty member at San Francisco State College in the late 1960s… .

"Strong environmental convictions plus a spiritual respect for animal life meant that the Farm practiced veganism, avoiding not only meat but eggs, milk products, honey, leather, and anything else of animal origin… .

"Respect for life also extended to condemnation of abortion… . Soon doctors, nurses, and especially midwives led by Ina May Gaskin were delivering hundreds of babies a year at the Farm clinic not only of Farm mothers, but also soon the babies of other women in the area and from around the country. In its opposition to abortion, the Farm made a remarkable offer: 'Hey ladies! Don't have an abortion, come to the Farm and we'll deliver your baby and take care of it, and if you ever decide you want it back, you can have it.' … Not surprisingly, a lot of women found the offer irresistible."

Timothy Miller, from his book, "The '60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond"

Godless Hollywood

"There weren't many surprises at the Academy Awards presentation especially since the Wall Street Journal had polled members and predicted most of the winners already.

"Oh, it was glitzy as usual. It was mildly entertaining with Billy Crystal as the host. But there was something missing at Sunday night's big Hollywood show… .

"Only once during this year's festivities do I recall anyone making a political point author-screenwriter John Irving talking about how important it was that his film, 'The Cider House Rules,' made a pro-abortion statement. He even thanked Planned Parenthood, known in some circles as Abortion, Inc.

"However, of most interest about the Oscar show was not so much what was said as what wasn't.

"Not a single award recipient thanked God for his or her achievement.

"Isn't that remarkable?

"I think it's an indication as if we needed another that Hollywood, as an industry, is further from mainstream American values and morality than ever before."

Joseph Farah, writing on "The gods of Hollywood," in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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