- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

Feminist standards

“I heard two feminists talking the other day about an alleged relationship between Ashley Olsen, 21, and Lance Armstrong, 36.

“I don’t have to tell my readers that both feminists were offended by the relationship. Nor do I have to explain that they were offended because they thought Armstrong was taking advantage of the younger Olsen and that he was somehow perverted for taking interest in one so young.

“But perhaps I should at this point remind the reader that feminists are staunchly opposed to parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortions. …

“So why is a 12-year-old mature enough to have an abortion while a 21-year-old is too immature to date Lance Armstrong?”

Mike Adams, writing on “Feminism Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry,” Tuesday at Townhall.com

Taxing water

“Chicago’s impending bottled water tax has thrown the city into an uproar. A group of politicians, including Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., staged their own version of the Boston Tea Party by pouring bottled water into the Chicago River. …

“The law is a pet project of Alderman George Cardenas. It’s intended to raise revenue (about $10.5 million annually, by city estimates), to discourage the use of environmentally harmful plastic bottles, and also to address Cardenas’s ridiculous obsession.

“The Alderman blames the city water and sewer department’s $40 million budget shortfall on bottled water consumption, an allegation that — pardon the pun — doesn’t hold water. …

“The real problem lies in the city’s mess of petty, interest-driven taxes, penalties, and exemptions. Maintaining a tax code with hundreds of variable tax rates for different goods necessitates a bureaucracy to monitor these taxes — which is not where the city’s money should be going.”

Nicole Kurokawa, writing on “Bottled Water Blues,” Monday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

‘Jesus candidate’

“In one corner stands Mike Huckabee, whose campaign speaks freely of destroying the conservative movement. ‘It’s gone,’ said Ed Rollins, his national campaign chairman. ‘The breakup of what was the Reagan coalition — social conservatives, defense conservatives, antitax conservatives — it doesn’t mean a whole lot to people anymore.’ Naturally, Rollins points to Huckabee as the figure to form the new coalition.

“Huckabee, a Baptist minister, has an appeal that doubles as his most unattractive quality. Far from merely appealing to Christians or engaging in normal expressions of faith, he is consciously making himself the ‘Jesus candidate’ in order to win the Republican nomination. It is a strategy exploitative of faith, yet it has worked so far because so many Republicans are Christians and so many are also unhappy with the rest of the Republican field.”

David Freddoso, writing on “Republican Blood Feud,” Monday at NationalReview.com

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