- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Early influences
"'The first play I ever read was "Death of a Salesman,"' [Dustin] Hoffman remembers. 'It had such an effect. The difference between Willy Loman and my father is my father spent a much longer time thinking he was a success when he was a failure. Willy kind of got it.' In 1984, Hoffman would play Willy Loman on Broadway.
"Young Hoffman, short, plain and an indifferent student, became a class clown. His hero was Jimmy Durante.
"At Santa Monica College, he discovered acting and subsequently joined the Pasadena Playhouse. 'When I first started taking acting, I was quite withdrawn and hostile,' he says. 'At Pasadena Playhouse, I found someone who was just like me and it was Gene Hackman.' He and Hackman were both modeling their acting on Marlon Brando. 'Brando was an archetype and an idol,' says Hoffman."
Jennifer Allen, writing on "The Ongoing Dustin Hoffman," in the September/October issue of My Generation

Abortion as oppression
"When she published 'The Female Eunuch' in 1972, Germaine Greer advocated a life based on sexual license as the path to personal fulfillment. Greer practiced what she preached in 1972. As a result, she could no longer have a child because her several abortions left her sterile and suffering from other gynecological health problems.
"Almost 30 years later at age 50, she wrote 'The Whole Woman.' While not completely changing her pro-choice stance, Greer argues that abortion is a sign, not of liberation, but of oppression. Anecdotal evidence and personal testimonies increasingly portray a situation that is anything but pro-woman. Despite the incidents of malpractice and abuse, the $90 billion abortion industry remains largely unregulated.
"Currently, veterinary clinics in the state of New York are required to follow more guidelines than abortion clinics. For instance, a woman who decides to have an abortion will be attended by a clinic worker who may not even satisfy the criteria necessary to handle her dog at an animal hospital."
Pia de Solenni in "Women Deserve Better" in the July/August issue of Family Policy, a publication of the Family Research Council

Reparations when?
"In 1943, A. Phillip Randolph organized a civil rights march on Washington to demand full citizenship for black Americans. Twenty years later, Martin Luther King Jr. led a triumphant reprise and delivered what has become second only to the Gettysburg Address as the most famous speech in American history.
"But since King's day of glory, the Washington Mall has become the platform for a series of increasingly embarrassing displays of racial histrionics and anti-American bathos in the name of the civil rights cause. In [1995], America's most prominent black racist led an improbable 'Million Man March' to the hallowed site.
"Two years ago, the Reverend Al Sharpton claimed the same podium for what he called his 'Redeem the Dream' march, an appalling effusion of race-baiting diatribes.
"This year witnessed a full-blown return to the buffoonery of pasts remote in time and not so remote. One speaker referred to the event as a revival of the '60s, chanting 'Black Power! Black Power! Black Power!' But the presiding spirit of the day was not Stokely Carmichael or Martin Luther King. It was Marcus Garvey, famous for launching a 'Back to Africa' movement and then bilking those who bought tickets on his 'Black Star Line' in the hope of going 'home.'
"Rep. John Conyers also spoke, taking time to gratefully acknowledge the presence of 'Minister Farrakhan,' and to demand 'Reparations now!' Conyers is the author of the House reparations bill. If the Democrats win the House in November, Conyers will be the chair of the House Judiciary Committee and his reparations bill will come to the congressional floor. That is definitely something to think about."
David Horowitz, writing on "Reparations Buffoons on the Washington Mall," Monday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

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