- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Family values 2002
"Five episodes into its 10-episode run, MTV's 'The Osbournes' has already been compared to every classic nuclear-family sitcom ever produced. The series has been likened to 'The Simpsons,' 'Married With Children,' 'Father Knows Best' and 'The Addams Family,' though, actually, Ozzy Osbourne as a TV dad is closer to Herman Munster than Gomez Addams.
"The unscripted half-hour comedy provides a glimpse into the domestic life of the legendary rocker, his wife and manager, Sharon, and two of their three teen-age children, Kelly and Jack. Jack is a self-described 'fat kid' in combat fatigues, who amuses himself by bayoneting cardboard boxes as Mom explains to the cameras that 'he's kind of the oddball at school.'
"Pudgy, pink-haired Kelly pouts, screams and sulks like a champ, then goes into convulsions of embarrassment when her dad grills her about exactly why her older sister has set up a gynecological appointment for her. As for Ozzy himself being the father of teen-agers has seemingly put the fear of God into him. Wide-eyed and nervous as Kelly prepares to go out one night, he pleads with her: 'Don't drink, don't take drugs. Please. And if you have sex, wear a condom.'"
Carina Chocano, writing on "Herman Munster, rock god," April 11 in Salon at www.salon.com

Ignoble Nobel
"The 1929 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to U.S. Secretary of State Frank Kellogg. And why not? The year before, he had persuaded the great powers to outlaw war. Among those that ratified the historic Kellogg-Briand pact were the democratic countries, plus Germany, Japan, and Italy. High-minded people, deluded that signed agreements shaped history, were delirious with joy. Barely a decade later, of course, most of the world was plunged into war. I know of no record that the committee expressed any regrets.
"I had a sinking feeling when the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and [Yasser] Arafat in the immediate aftermath of the Oslo accords and the handshake on the White House lawn. After all, Arafat's sole vocation in life was that of a terrorist, and, even if there were some sparse signs that he was ready to give up the murder of innocents, the choice was still morally unconscionable."
Martin Peretz, writing on "Regrets," in the April 22 issue of the New Republic

Mixed-up media
"Has the media turned radically pro-life since Daniel Pearl's murder? The shocking answer is: 'Yes.' News writers routinely drum up sympathy for get this Pearl's 'unborn child,' something they'd usually think of as 'the unviable tissue mass festering inside Marianne Pearl's abdomen.' A Nexis search for the Wall Street Journal reporter's name and the phrase scores hundreds of hits, including ones from even the most liberal sources.
"'Unborn child,' you may recall, is the exact term pro-life Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson used in his fight to improve health care for poor moms. The reaction when he described all children as the media describes Pearl's? Outrage! Bob Herbert's Feb. 4 New York Times column, 'Sneak Attack,' was a typical nugget of hypocrisy. 'A guerrilla attack on abortion rights' he whined, warned us to suspect all GOP attempts to help the poor, and then reported: 'under the new rules, childhood would begin not at birth, but at conception.'
"Just like Daniel Pearl's wee one, eh, Bob? Are they unborn children or aren't they? It can't be one when it makes good copy and one when it doesn't, or can it?"
Dean Karayanis in "Why Can't the Media say 'Unborn Children'?" March 1 in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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