- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 2, 2000

'Evolutionary urge'

"From Lil' Kim and her pastied bosom at the MTV Video Music Awards to Jennifer Lopez's whisper of a dress at the Grammys, the star race to outstrip one another is hotter than ever… .
"It is now a half-century since Playboy made its debut with Marilyn Monroe on the cover… . Behind us is the naked frolicking of 'Hair' in 1968, college campus streaking in 1974 … and Sharon Stone's infamous leg-crossing in 1992's 'Basic Instinct.' …
"You'd think we would be thoroughly sated by now, but don't bet your binoculars on it.
" 'People thirst for visual images of attractive women, and the entire history of art and sculpture is a testament to that,' says David Buss, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. 'It's a deep evolutionary urge.'
"The sight of the human body from Venus de Milo, goddess of love, to Michelangelo's David to Titian's painted nudes still pushes buttons, scientists say."
Gregg Zoroya, writing on "Skin is in," in Tuesday's USA Today

'Deadly industry'

"Despite Planned Parenthood's portrayal of itself as a well-respected health care organization, its numbers show a decrease in customer counts… .
"[Stop Planned Parenthood] International director Jim Sedlak says the downturn in support for Planned Parenthood and in public perception of the organization will continue to show up in the annual reports.
" 'Americans and especially women are beginning to understand just why Planned Parenthood exists. With over $100 million in profit last year, the so-called defenders of choice are starting to look more like cash-counting fast-buck artists.'
"A detailed analysis of the recently released Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) annual report reveals an organization struggling to maintain its customer base.
"The number of female birth-control customers fell for the fourth straight year, making its 1999 total of 1.85 million the lowest since 1991… .
" 'Politicians have long favored the channeling of financial support to Planned Parenthood,' said Sedlak. 'But with the reality of Planned Parenthood's deadly industry overwhelming its once pristine image, that's likely to change.' "
from "Staying away from Planned Parenthood a growing trend," a Feb. 24 news release from STOPP International at www.all.org/stopp

Inspiring murder

"It would have taken no great effort for the reporters covering the Apollo debate to have walked across 125th Street from the theater to visit Freddy's Fashion Mart, where in 1995 eight people died in a murderous rampage inspired by [Al] Sharpton.
"Mr. Sharpton is best-known for the Tawana Brawley hoax ….
"But at Freddy's, Mr. Sharpton was even more malevolent… . Picketers from Mr. Sharpton's National Action Network … marched daily outside the store, screaming about 'bloodsucking Jews' … and threatening to burn the building down.
"After weeks of increasingly violent rhetoric, one of the protesters, Roland Smith, took Mr. Sharpton's words about ousting the 'white interloper' to heart… . He shot and wounded three whites and a Pakistani, whom he apparently mistook for a Jew. Then he set the fire, which killed five Hispanics, one Guyanese and one African-American … . Smith then fatally shot himself.
"Eight people died, and so evidently did the conscience of liberal Democrats. It was Al Sharpton who had the honor of asking the first question at last week's [Democratic presidential candidates'] debate, held within hailing distance of the Freddy's massacre."
Fred Siegel, writing on "Democrats Embrace 'Impressario of Hatred,' in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal

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