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Sarah feminista

"Nothing angers leftist feminists more than combining the words 'feminism' and 'Sarah Palin' in a sentence. When Sarah Palin defined herself as a feminist, Jessica Valenti and the feminist left lost their minds. That's because to the fascist feminists, only certain women count as 'real' feminists. Amanda Marcotte even helpfully defined the specific issues that women are supposed to care about. …

"The truth is, they're likely intimidated by strong conservative women. Conservative women don't live in a world of constant victimhood. They don't define themselves by their gender. And when conservative women like Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley endure disgusting misogynist attacks, they don't wail about the patriarchy keeping them down. And conservative women actually represent feminism and the average American woman, whereas femisogynists represent only themselves and their own pro-abortion, sexist, anti-male, victimized agenda. When faced with true empowerment, fascist feminists can only try to tear the empowered women down."

Cassy Fiano, writing on "8 Ways Fascist Feminists Are Ruining America's Women," on Aug. 2 at David Horowitz's NewsReal

'Foreign' films

"Perhaps the economic necessity of appealing to countries other than America has sapped American movies of their quality. For surely, the thing that once made American movies so great was the greatness of unique American values: individualism, self-reliance, a healthy disrespect for the powerful and the romance of infinite territory.

"American movies used to be big because we and the world used to see ourselves as big: big in our dreams, big in our plans, big somehow in our souls. … It took stars like John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart to depict that race of men. … Do you think the pewling, self-hating, apologizing and appeasing leftists who dominate so much of the arts these days see us like that?

"American movies used to be important because the stakes were so high. We were the last, best hope of earth. What happened here mattered to everyone. If the good guys lost in America, they lost everywhere. If they won, everyone had a fighting chance.

"The left has sought to make us forget this about ourselves. They teach that it's virtue to believe this country is just one more in the list of nations. … American movies will not be great again until they are made by artists who comprehend America's unique greatness. Let the rest of the world make their own movies."

Andrew Klavan, writing on "American Movies, Foreign Minds," on Aug. 2 at his eponymous site

Surely not

"Whenever I doubt my own powers of naivete and rationalization, I remind myself that I once considered Ayn Rand to be an admirable and important philosopher. Somehow I was able to justify her atheistic nihilism with my views of Christianity by telling myself that she really didn't mean what she said. For instance, since no moral person could truly be against altruism, her frequent rants against the behavior must be referring to something else. …

"Similarly, when the hero of her novel 'The Fountainhead' raped a woman I used Whoopi Goldberg's moral reasoning: It can't be 'rape-rape,' can it, if the victim consents after the fact? Eventually, I could not longer dismiss the evidence that Rand was an apologist for wickedness. But I was shocked to learn today just how far she would go to condone evil in following her views to their logical conclusion: …

"'The newspapers were filled for months with stories about serial killer called William Hickman, who kidnapped a 12-year-old girl called Marion Parker from her junior high school, raped her, and dismembered her body, which he sent mockingly to the police in pieces. Rand wrote great stretches of praise for him, saying he represented "the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatsoever for all that a society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. A man who really stands alone, in action and in soul. … Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should." She called him "a brilliant, unusual, exceptional boy," shimmering with "immense, explicit egotism." Rand had only one regret: "A strong man can eventually trample society under its feet. That boy [Hickman] was not strong enough."'"

Joe Carter, writing on "Ayn Rand's Superman: A Serial Killer and Rapist," on Aug. 2 at the First Things blog First Thoughts

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