- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Movie moms

“The fact that unwed motherhood no longer carries the social stigma it once did now makes it more plausible to hold pro-life views concerning abortion. ‘Knocked Up’ and ‘Juno,’ two recent films, are unabashedly pro-life, anti-abortion, and even pro-marriage. Neither film made an explicit appeal to a socially conservative audience. The films appear to come from a completely secular culture. Judging by their successes, they have been well received. …

“In a sense, these movies are much more realistic about sex than most cultural influences, including Hollywood, secularism, radical feminism, and the abortion lobby. People have sex, pregnancy happens. … If these movies are any indication, however, people are realizing that sex can lead to pregnancy and that pregnancy means a new life is now involved.”

Pia de Solenni, writing on “Reel Life,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www. spectator.com

Gray future

“Many analysts have joined the debate over whether the Baby Boomers have saved enough for retirement. Optimists tend to look at the amount Boomers have saved relative to their incomes, compared with how much their parents had saved at the same age. But Boomers are living longer, so they will need more money than their parents did. And even with the new prescription-drug benefit, they can expect to spend more on health care.

“Perhaps most important, the Baby Boomers have fewer children. My grandmother has one daughter living nearby to help with shopping, another (my mother) overseeing her finances, and a third who is only a plane-flight away in case of emergency; when my grandfather was dying, my mother drove up to Newark for weeks at a time. My parents’ familial support network will be thinner: divorced and living in different cities, they will have to share the same two daughters. Given the vicissitudes of the modern economy, neither child may be living nearby when help is required. This is demographically typical, which means that not only will the Boomers be paying for help that family used to provide, they will also have fewer people to call on for financial assistance.”

Megan McArdle, writing on “No Country for Young Men,” in the January/February issue of the Atlantic Monthly

‘Why us?’

“In [June 2006], Canadian authorities raided and charged 17 Muslim males in Canada with various terrorism-related offenses. …

“If some of the allegations are true, the arrests averted what could have been the largest terrorist attack in North America since 9/11. …

“Many Canadians still don’t understand why these members of the ‘religion of peace’ would want to harm Canadians. …

“On the op-ed pages, a former Liberal Deputy Prime Minister has whined ‘why us?’ Yeah go figure — the plots allegedly involved an attack on the far-left Canadian Broadcast Corporation which, ironically, has always taken great pains not to apply the ‘terrorist’ label to people who blow stuff up. …

“Muslim fanatics, from Osama bin Laden to Mullah Dadullah, have been saying they want to kill Canadians for years. Unlike liberals, these guys are generally pretty good on the follow through. So why do some of our ‘enlightened’ friends still refuse to believe them?”

Rachel Marsden, writing on “Terrorism in Canada,” Friday at RachelMarsden.com

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