- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2001

D.C. starlets
"Washington, D.C., is different than Hollywood, or Manhattan, or any other city in which young girls attach themselves to older, successful men.
"For one thing, there's the transient nature of interns, who stay only as long as a summer or a semester, rendering the capital the functional equivalent of a vast … singles bar. For another thing, the young women who score D.C. internships can be less sexually savvy than the girls who score screen tests and modeling contracts in New York or L.A. …
"Beautiful women learn early on how to parry the advances of powerful males. … Meanwhile, your average-looking smart and ambitious woman, for whom the totality of her prior experience with older men is limited to an encounter with a lecherous history in her junior year, arrives in D.C. with less immunity against the multitudes of predatory D.C. power brokers. …
"In Washington, it's hard to take six steps without tripping over a senator or congressman or a president. Monica and Chandra made contact quickly and easily with their love objects. Often isolated from female mentors and advice, young women fall for the same I'll-leave-my-wife-only-you-understand-me stuff that TV movies are made of."
Dahlia Lithwick, writing on "G-Girl Confidential," July 25 in Slate at www.slate.com

Bleak future
"The future of Christendom, according to the Population Reference Bureau's 2001 annual report, is likely to be pretty bleak. opulation growth in the West has ground to a halt, while the Third World is reproducing like gangbusters. The numbers: 'Of the 83 million people added to the global population each year by the difference between births and deaths, only 1 million are in the industrialized countries.' …
"Europeans and Americans might be alarmed by the report, but they should not be surprised. Birth rates in the West have been tumbling for the past half-century. …
"The report finds that the 'United States is now the only industrialized country in the world with a fertility rate at or about the "replacement level" of 2.1 children per woman,' but that's hardly a consolation, considering one-third of our nation's births are illegitimate. In other words, married couples are not replacing themselves, and a growing illegitimate population is also bad economic news, unless you are among the few who have found a way to profit from an expanding welfare state."
Christopher J. Check, writing on "Cultural Revolutions," in the August issue of Chronicles

Taking exception
"Rabbi Daniel Lapin has just about had it. He heads up a renewal organization called Toward Tradition and takes sharp exception to the statements of Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League.
"You remember when, during the pope's visit, Syrian leader Assad said some rudely stupid things about Jews. The pope declined to get into a spitting match with Assad then and there, so Foxman complained about the pope's 'sin of silence.' …
"About the same time as the Syrian visit, there was a media flap over some prominent Christians who opined that candor compels a recognition that the Jews of the time were not entirely uninvolved in the crucifixion of Jesus. Talk about pushing Mr. Foxman's buttons. He charged that 'It seems to be open season on Jews and Judaism.'
"Right. Next week come the pogroms.
"Back to Rabbi Lapin: 'I wish we could all calm down a little. I mean, were it not for the ADL's screaming, hardly anyone would know about Assad's pathetic insults. And just what was the elderly pontiff supposed to do as Assad blathered away in Arabic jump up, run across the stage, and start strangling the guy? But I imagine Abe Foxman was facing a shortfall in fund raising this quarter, or something like that.
Ten thousand little old Jewish grandmothers must be really worked up and writing their checks to ADL.'"
Richard John Neuhaus on "We Piped and You Did Not Dance," in the August/September issue of First Things

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