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Radical shock

“He’s the ultimate symbol of radical chic, but was Che Guevara really a homophobic, racist square who personally ordered the jailing and executions of innocent men, women and children?

“That’s according to Humberto Fontova, the author of ‘Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him,’ who claims that Guevara probably would have imprisoned or punished most of his celebrity fans, from Johnny Depp to Angelina Jolie.

“Che detested rock and roll and railed against ‘long hairs,’ ‘lazy youths,’ and homosexuals. …

“Che sidelined black Cubans and mocked those who were part of the revolutionary movement. …

“Che personally ordered 700 executions by firing squad, which he supervised at his jungle headquarters in Cuba. He also hosted book burnings, torching thousands of books owned by suspect intellectuals and librarians.”

from “Turning the Page: The Real Che?” at Muck raked.com

Family future

“There is nothing fixed or inevitable about today’s low birthrates or … low marriage rates or, for that matter, notions about the desirability of the natural family itself — in Europe or anywhere else. All these measures of family vitality have fluctuated throughout history, sometimes radically so. …

“The world has not experienced these historically low rates of natural family formation for long — or their attendant problems. Single motherhood, for example, though cheered by feminists a generation ago in the name of ‘liberation,’ is now widely seen for what it really is: an inhumanly difficult task for almost any woman to execute, let alone the poorer and more vulnerable women among whom it has become common. …

“It is interesting that both marriage rates and childbearing among relatively affluent educated American women now seem to be on the uptick for reasons that have set sociologists quarreling. Maybe learning from the recent past, in particular from the problems that have arisen from other kinds of family structures, is one reason for that change.”

Mary Eberstadt, writing on “How the West Really Lost God,” in the June-July issue of Policy Review

Privileged Paris

“What do Paris Hilton and illegal immigrants have in common? They have both sparked a revolt by the American people, who oppose disparate treatment for similar behavior and who are tired of the double standards that are applied unequally to different classes of people.

“In the case of both the illegal foreigners and Paris, it is the ‘haves’ versus the ‘have nots.’ The ‘haves’ are Paris and illegals who possess both the means and the arrogance to think they are better than everyone else and ‘entitled’ to special treatment. Paris and illegals have not only thumbed their noses at the system, but have pushed their way to the front of the line of law-abiding people who have systematically followed the rule of law.”

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