- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2000

Thumbing his nose

"The Beatles were a lot of things to a lot of people, but I stick with my first impression. They were funny. And John Lennon was the funniest among them… .

"What if Lennon's [Dec. 8, 1980 shooting] death, and the shared pain that followed it, has seeped into his life and work too much? I mean, who would have thumbed his nose at sainthood more than cheeky John Lennon? …

"The 1964 Beatles film, 'A Hard Day's Night' … is uproarious, an essay in joy. And all through it, John Lennon is a lecherous laugh riot."

Sarah Vowell, writing on "John Lennon," in the January issue of Spin

History lesson

"Ever since Mayor Daley of Chicago 'found' tens of thousands of dead people to 'vote' for John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election, many Americans have suspected the Democratic Party's urban political machines to be awash in voter fraud… .

"As notorious as the Democrat political machines are, the origins of vote fraud in America lie in the Party of Lincoln. The massive vote fraud that took place during the War Between the States and for the ensuing 12 years of Reconstruction provides an abject lesson in tyranny that has ominous implications for American taxpayers… .

"In border states like Maryland, where there was powerful opposition to the war, federal soldiers flooded the cities on election days and were instructed to vote, even though they were not residents of those states.

"Federal soldiers also intimidated voters into voting Republican by menacing them at the polls. As Lincoln biographer David Donald has written, 'Under the protection of federal bayonets, New York went Republican by 7,000 votes' in 1864… .

"During Reconstruction (1865-76) the Republican Party held a monopoly of power that was so complete, historian Richard Bensel observed … that the closest parallels to that situation are 'the PRI in Mexico, the Congress Party in India, and the Bolsheviks in the early years of the Soviet Union.' …

"With a political monopoly gained through voter fraud and military force, the Republican Party plundered the South for over a decade… .

"Henry Clay Warmoth, the Reconstruction governor of Louisiana, 'accumulated' over $1 million in wealth in just four years on his $8,000 per year salary, a financial feat comparable to Hillary Clinton's cattle futures trading prowess."

Loyola College professor Thomas DiLorenzo, writing on "Origins of American Voter Fraud," on the Ludwig von Mises Institute Web site at www.mises.org

Putting it bluntly

"Perhaps Darwinian evolution has taken on a significance in our culture that has little to do with its scientific value, whatever that may be… .

"When biochemist Michael Behe pointed out in The New York Times last year that the embryo 'evidence' for evolution was faked, Harvard Darwinist Stephen Jay Gould admitted that he had known this for decades … but accused Behe of being a 'creationist' for pointing it out… .

"Why does Gould, who knows that [19th-century biologist Ernst] Haekel's drawings [of vertebrate embryos] were faked, dismiss Behe as a creationist for criticizing them?

"I suspect there's an agenda other than pure science at work here. My evidence is the more or less explicit materialist message woven into many textbook accounts… . One textbook quotes Gould, who openly declares that humans are not created, but are merely fortuitous twigs on a 'contingent' (i.e., accidental) tree of life. Oxford Darwinist Richard Dawkins … puts it even more bluntly: 'Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.' "

Jonathan Wells, writing on "Survival of the Fakest," in the December/January issue of the American Spectator

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