- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2007

Alien relevance

“How is it that when aliens invade, they always seem to pick Washington? Perhaps it’s the precedent set by ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still,’ or maybe it’s just the drama of blowing up the Capitol building, like in ‘Independence Day.’ Either way, whether by design or dumb luck, Hollywood’s alien hordes usually end up in the seat of government. Somehow, it just seems right. And so it is in ‘The Invasion’ … in which Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig tear through Georgetown while fending off baddies from another world. …

“[T]he whole production desperately strains to be relevant. As the alien takeover moves forth, there’s a not-at-all hidden subplot about the political changes that occur in the rest of the world. Bombings cease in Iraq, Kim Jong-il signs a peace treaty, and President Bush buddies up with Hugo Chavez. Thank you, space aliens.”

Peter Suderman, writing on “Aliens in Our Midst,” Friday at NationalReview.com


Campus coup

“Just when you thought our universities — with their multiculti curricula, anti-Americanism and intolerance of debate — couldn’t possibly get any more partisan, along comes the next new thing: the labor movement’s successful co-opting of academic departments and programs. For years, universities have offered courses in ‘labor studies,’ often taught by ardent labor activists. Since the mid-‘90s … these departments have defined their mission chiefly as supporting labor and its organizing efforts rather than educating students. …

“These programs … draft students through internships to do labor’s bidding, often against the interests of taxpayers. …

“[L]abor studies undeviatingly promote the interests of a tiny constituency: the union. It’s a coup for organized labor to have tapped into the campus culture wars for their own narrow purposes.”

Steve Malanga, writing on “Picketing 101,” Aug. 13 in the Wall Street Journal

Work ethic

“All research indicates growing drug usage, especially marijuana — almost 46 percent of junior and senior high school kids. … And just as disturbingly, kids confess to lying, cheating, being chronically dishonest at home and school — and … not feeling especially guilty about it. …

“I have an urgent suggestion, based on my own life experience as a kid and later as a parent: Put the kids to work. …

“Today, I see so many young people, on every economic level it seems, lazing around home in the evenings, wanting to go out and ‘party,’ feeling bored with school, disappearing in the afternoons after school and complaining if they have to clean up after a pet or wash a dish or hang up a towel in the bathroom. They feel entitled to handouts of money and the latest toys and cell phones and sneakers and jeans. …

“Is there any answer to this nightmarish development? Is it too late? Is society lost?

“No — put the kids to work.”

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