- The Washington Times - Monday, May 22, 2000

'Above human'

"Eric David Harris was born April 9, 1981, in Wichita, Kansas, to Wayne and Kathy Harris… .

"Harris' journal began in April 1998, and he wrote about how much he hated the world and his belief that he and [Dylan Klebold] were different because they had self-awareness… .

"Investigators will never know exactly when Harris and Klebold verbalized to each other their hate toward others and their desire to kill. However, it is clear from his journal that Klebold had those feelings as early as 1997, and Harris began expressing his thoughts in his journal in April 1998… .

"There were also many common themes throughout their writings. Harris and Klebold both wrote of not fitting in, not being accepted and … reflected on natural selection, self-awareness and their feelings of superiority… .

"Harris and Klebold left behind videotapes documenting many of their plans, their activities and their philosophies… .

"While talking to the camera, Harris and Klebold … talked about how 'evolved' they were and how they considered themselves to be 'above human.' …

"Harris and Klebold seemed to have lived two lives. Their friends and family described them as normal teen-age boys. Others described them as outcasts. But they left behind evidence of a much darker and sinister side. This darker aspect was an aspect they apparently shared only with each other."

From the Jefferson County (Colo.) Sheriff's Department official report on the April 20, 1999, shootings at Columbine High School

Proud understudy

"My mother is a women's health educator. Growing up in my house was not always easy, but it was certainly educational. On the shelf where most households keep the phone book, my family keeps a copy of 'Our Bodies, Ourselves.' In some families, it's unthinkable not to know the Pledge of Allegiance; in my family, it's unthinkable not to know all the methods of birth control… .

"But my mother and, of course, my father as well didn't just teach me about sex and vaginas and menstruating and birth control… . They taught me about politics and homophobia. They taught me about sexism and racism and any other -ism you can think up… .

"Many times, I have found myself unable to rise above my own insecurities to confront injustice in the way that my mother would under the same circumstances. When I hear someone use the word 'faggot,' or say something degrading about women, I often say nothing, out of fear of being labeled a 'feminazi.'

"When I do speak out, boys often make fun of me. They claim it is all in good fun. They laugh and say, 'Can't you take a joke, Carmen?'

"But when I do just let it go, I feel that I have failed my mother and her mission… .

"I am proud to call myself her understudy."

Carmen Winant, 16, of Philadelphia, writing on "Knowing what's up down there," Wednesday in Salon at www.salon.com

Pure emotion

"The Million Mom March was brilliantly manipulative agitprop, a textbook example of how the Left will find a potentially popular, modest-sounding issue and twist it in a way to help along their agenda.

"Not that they will admit it. These campaigns are always portrayed as being above mere politics… .

"Gun control resonates with all those suburban moms who feel that firearms are, well, icky. Back in the early 1980s, their mothers or aunts or older sisters used to feel the same way about cruise missiles. Disarmament then, and now, is a perfect wedge issue that can be pitched purely at the emotional level… .

"The Moms aren't big on facts or reasoned argument."

Andrew Stuttaford, writing on "Moms Away," in the June 5 issue of National Review

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