- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2000

'The way it was built'

"Just because you have kids doesn't mean all of your issues go away. Julie and I fight like anybody. You know, there's no such thing as happily ever after… .
"You know, I don't have all the answers about child-rearing. We're starting our third year of it. I don't know. I'm just going day by day. I'm just loving my children, providing a safe environment and self-esteem so they can grow up and have fruitful lives. That's all I know… .
"I know that I'm gonna make mistakes. There are going to be people that think this is wrong… . But I learned a long time ago that not everyone is going to agree with you… .
"I know that because of the procreation of our species, that it was man and woman, and that's the way it was built. But two loving parents that's all a kid needs. Two men, two women, a man and a woman, whatever. It's amazing what loving parents can do."
Rock singer Melissa Etheridge, interviewed by Jancee Dunn in the Feb. 3 issue of Rolling Stone, discussing the two children born to her lesbian partner, Julie Cypher, via artificial insemination by singer David Crosby

Conquered province?

"In 1930 … 12 Southerners, most of them associated with Vanderbilt University, published a manifesto called 'I'll Take My Stand,' which one of them, Frank Owsley, characterized as a protest against the North's 'brazen and contemptuous treatment' of the South 'as a colony and as a conquered province.' …
"It seems the tables may now be turning… . Things have reached the point where James Cobb, the current president of the Southern Historical Association, wonders whether Southern identity will survive: What happens to a self-image largely based on grievance, he asks, when there's not much left to complain about?
"But while poll numbers show that support for Southern independence only registers in the high single digits these days, Southern identification of a less political sort is a good deal commoner. Nearly a third of self-identified Southerners say that being Southern is 'very important' to them, and another third say it is 'somewhat important.' …
"The national government is perceived as arrogant, out of touch, and intrusive. The heretofore 'Southern' experience of seeing the institutions of government, commerce and culture in alien hands is thus growing increasingly widespread."
John Shelton Reed, writing on "The Decline (and Return?) of Localism," in the January/February issue of the American Enterprise

Soviet terrorSoviet terror

"The story of communism is one of crimes, terror, and repression, the subtitle of 'The Black Book of Communism,' an important work that forms a story in itself. The book was a best-seller in Europe, but remains barely known in the United States, where it took more than a year to appear.
"That lapse is understandable because the 'Black Book' chronicles what the American Left … has denied or defended since the 1920s, what the authors call 'politically correct mass slaughter.' …
"Consider Vassily Klementovich Sidorov, a merchant who owned one cow and four sheep, and who had committed no crime. In 1938, he was charged with saying that Stalin killed and arrested people. The verdict, from Soviet archives: 'SHOOT Vassily Klementovich Sidorov; confiscate all his goods.' This innocent man was one of 20 million victims of Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist terror in the USSR.
"As the record makes clear, this was a terror planned and executed by the Communist state in keeping with its principles, not in departure from them.
" 'It is of supreme importance that we encourage or make use of the energy of mass terror,' Lenin [said]."
K. Lloyd Billingsley, writing on "The Red and the Black," in the November/December issue of Heterodoxy

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