- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Patton on war
"Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bull . Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle.
"You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self-respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight.
"When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big-league ballplayers, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser.
"Americans despise cowards.
"Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost, nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.
"War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts. When shells are hitting all around you and you wipe the dirt off your face and realize that instead of dirt it's the blood and guts of what once was your best friend beside you, you'll know what to do!"
Gen. George S. Patton, in a 1944 speech to the Third Army, reprinted Nov. 10 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Comic secret
"I still have this side of me that wants to do nutty things and have fun and, you know, I still do that. And I still want to do comedy. But at the moment, I want to do things that are more naturalistically based, that are about relationships and tell stories and, you know even if they're fun stories to do them in a natural way. It's just a matter of exploring different avenues. Who knows, two years from now, or a year from now, I could go back and do something completely insane.
"I had to figure out how to do it. I lay on my bed every night for a couple of years basically going, 'What is it? What do people want? Why do they go to a comedy club? Why do they go to a comedy movie? What are they looking for?' Pain. Someone else's suffering. It's so much about feeling superior to a person on stage."
Jim Carrey, interviewed by Andrew Berg in the fall issue of Detour

Academic women
"Raising a family can cut into a man's career, but women take the bigger hit. No matter the profession, caring for small children while holding down a full-time job is enormously challenging. Thinking that you can do it all is a recipe for disaster, says Mary W. Gray, who for years headed the American Association of University Professors' Committee on the Status of Women in the Academic Profession. 'There is an illusion of flexibility in academe that leads people to believe they can do everything and they can't,' says Ms. Gray, who heads the department of mathematics and statistics at American University. 'You can't do a credible job and be a full-time mom.'
"Professors are judged on their teaching, research and service to the university. Their on-campus hours are frequently sucked up by the first and the third, forcing them to spend evenings and weekends on research and writing. Academic women with children, however, find those off hours consumed by meals, homework, baths, family activities.
"Academic jobs are simply oversized, says Joan Williams, director of the Program on Gender, Work and Family at American University. They originated in an era when most professors were men who could devote their lives to their jobs because they had wives at home to care for the children."
Robin Wilson, writing on "For Women With Tenure and Families, Moving Up the Ranks Is Challenging" in the Nov. 9 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education


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