- The Washington Times - Friday, January 31, 2003

Unlucky in love

"I'm a very loving, caring person, and if I start dating you … it may take me a long time to give myself away to you, but once I do, that's it. You can have whatever you want. But I've had my heart broken plenty of times. …

"Three times, actually. I was 15 the first time. She cheated on me, and I broke up with her. That's reason enough, right? 'Oops, sorry, see you.' I'd been going with her for a year. The second one I saw for a year and a half. And the third one [Britney Spears] was for 3½ years. It was the same thing with her as with the first girl who broke my heart and the second. They've all gone down the same way. All of them. Three strikes I'm out. … I'm not going to let my baggage with somebody else become my baggage with a new person. But I tell you, man, I have little, little hope. Three strikes. Little hope."

 Justin Timberlake, interviewed by Erik Hedegaard, in the Jan. 23 issue of Rolling Stone


Death wish

"Here's the reality: When feminists talk about 'women's reproductive rights,' they mean the right of women not to reproduce. Fine. That may make sense as a personal decision, but the state has no interest in promoting it generally.

"Why? Because the state needs a birth rate of 2.1 children [per woman] to maintain a stable population. In Italy, it's now 1.2. Twenty years ago, a million babies were born there each year. Now it's half a million. … Most European races are going to be out of business in a couple more generations. …

"God's first injunction to humanity couldn't have been plainer: Go forth and multiply. …

"A society whose political class elevates 'a woman's right to choose' above 'go forth and multiply' is a society with a death wish. …

"The abortionists respond that every child should be 'wanted.' Sounds nice and cuddly, but it leads remorselessly to Italian yuppie couples having just the one kid in their 30s. In a healthy society, not every baby is exactly 'wanted': things happen, and you adjust to them. …

"Next time you're in a rundown diner and the 17-year-old waitress is eight months pregnant, don't tut 'What a tragedy' and point her to the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic. Leave her a large tip instead. She's doing the right thing, not just for her, but for all of us."

 Mark Steyn, writing on "Go forth and multiply," Jan. 27 in the National Post


Tyrant's march

"Much of the TV footage used these days to shed light on the bizarre, hermetically sealed regime of North Korea features its massive army parading through the streets of Pyongyang in extremely tight-knit, highly synchronized marching formations. A prominent and chilling feature of these marches is the goose-step, in which thousands and thousands of troops kick their legs up like belligerent, robotic Rockettes.

"North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il ('Dear Leader') is just the latest in a long line of vicious rulers whose soldiers have stepped the goose. Where and when did the goose-step originate, and why has it been so common among recent history's most sadistic tyrants?

"Norman Davies, author of 'Europe: A History,' traces the origins of the march back to the Prussian army in the 17th century. …

"It was also adopted by the Russian army and later, after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, by the Red Army. …

"George Orwell … succinctly articulated the menacing nature of the goose-step. … 'The goose-step, for instance, is one of the most horrible sights in the world, far more terrifying than a dive-bomber. It is simply an affirmation of naked power; contained in it, quite consciously and intentionally, is the vision of a boot crashing down on a face.' "
Mark Scheffler, writing on "Marching Orders," Wednesday in Slate at www.slate.com.

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