- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 5, 2006

Thanks, Meathead

“The latest Census Bureau data indicate that in 2005, 239,416 more native-born Americans left [California] than moved in. … The outmigration is such that the cost to rent a U-Haul trailer to move from Los Angeles to Boise, Idaho, is $2,090 — or some eight times more than the cost of moving in the opposite direction.

“What’s gone wrong? A big part of the story is a tax and regulatory culture that treats the most productive businesses and workers as if they were ATMs. …

“And things may soon get worse, thanks to Rob Reiner, who played the liberal ‘Meathead’ on the ‘All in the Family’ sitcom in the 1970s and now plays the same part in real life. He and his rich Hollywood friends have put an initiative on the state’s June ballot that would add a 1.7-percentage-point income-tax surcharge on ‘millionaires’ with income over $400,000, with the proceeds earmarked for universal pre-school. …

“All of this has contributed to the trend of wealthy taxpayers disappearing from the state.”

— From “Meathead Economics,” a Feb. 28 editorial in the Wall Street Journal

ABC’s agitprop

“Those hoping to be entertained … [Feb. 14] on ABC tuned into the wrong channel … if they flipped to it during ‘Boston Legal.’ For those 60 minutes, you were treated to a political lecture. … It was an hour to celebrate emergency contraception and demonize Catholic hospitals.

“The Emmy-award winning show that night included the fictional story of an 18-year-old girl named Amelia who was raped and brought to a local hospital while unconscious. The writers made the hospital ‘Saint Mary’s.’ …

“Among those watching the show were ‘reproductive rights’ supporters throughout the country, organized … by the likes of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union. …

“The heart of the Valentine’s Day show was what is popularly known as the ‘morning-after pill,’ also referred to as ‘emergency contraception’ (EC). …

“Currently, in eight states, hospitals are required to make EC available to rape victims. But the Catholic hospital where Amelia was taken did not provide her with EC or even inform her of the existence of the option. …

“While ‘Boston Legal’ writers were sure to condemn the imposition of religion on the fictional rape victim, EC’s advocates seem comfortable with dismissing others’ views and imposing their own.”

— Kathryn Jean Lopez, writing on “Something Criminal About ‘Legal,’” Wednesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Blond roots

“The modern gentleman may prefer blondes. But new research has found that it was cavemen who were the first to be lured by flaxen locks. …

“Scientific analysis … has isolated the date of the genetic mutation that resulted in blond hair to about 11,000 years ago. …

“Film star blondes such as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Sharon Stone and Scarlett Johansson are held up as ideals of feminine allure. However, the future of the blonde is uncertain.

“A study by the World Health Organization found that natural blonds are likely to be extinct within 200 years because there are too few people carrying the blond gene. According to the WHO study, the last natural blond is likely to be born in Finland during 2202.”

— Roger Dobson and Abul Taher, writing on “Cavegirls were first blondes to have fun,” Feb. 26 in the Times of London

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