- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2002

'Love stinks'
"Bruce Willis has been doing a lot of griping about his love life recently.
"'I'm 47 years old, standing up here and love is still hard,' he told the crowd at a recent New York gig with his band, Willis and the Accelerators. 'I still can't figure it out. Love stinks.'
"And now he's looking to pass the pain of thwarted romance on to any would-be suitors for his eldest daughter, Rumer, who's 13.
"'Rumer is starting to get interested in boys,' Willis informs the London Evening Standard. 'I think I'll just kill the first one that turns up and hope the word gets around.'
"Not exactly father of the year material there, is he?"
Amy Reiter, writing on "Nothing Personal," Wednesday in Salon at www.salon.com

Kids today
"If the so-called Gen-Xers were slackers in their youth, then they are proving to be anything but in parenthood.
"In fact, if recent surveys are any indication, the generation born in the late 1960s and '70s many of whom are only now starting to have families are embracing a much more conventional, discipline-oriented approach to raising children than their baby-boom predecessors.
"They have seen the results of what President Bush in his State of the Union address last week called the If-It-Feels-Good-Do-It philosophy John Walker Lindh, who cast his lot among Afghanistan's Taliban, comes to mind and they don't like it one bit.
"'They've looked at the baby boomers and felt that maybe they were too permissive with their kids, gave them too many choices,' said Parenting magazine Executive Editor Lisa Bain. 'There is a return to certain traditional values, values of religion and spiritualism and giving them a sense of home and place.'"
Catherine Donaldson-Evans, writing on "Gen-X Parents Seek the Middle Ground to Raising Kids," Wednesday at www.foxnews.com

Today's establishment
"To be a dissident today is to be a conservative. Dissident artists are conservative artists. Dissident writers are conservative writers. Liberals were once dissidents, but today they are the establishment.
"Anybody who looks around and says, 'This isn't good enough. We can do better than this.' Such a person is a conservative, because conservatives don't think this is good enough. The New York Times and Hillary Clinton are thrilled because they're running the show, and you know they don't want it to change.
"I was raised in a Democratic family. I was a liberal. But I was never an orthodox liberal because of my grandfather, who came to the United States as a very young child from Russia. He always reminded me that there was a lot in the doctrinaire intellectual environment that was just anti-Americanism. And that if it was OK to oppose the war in Vietnam, if you started clicking over to the other side and saying, 'I wish the Viet Cong would win,' you were committing an inexcusable sin.
"Then I had a light-switch moment in the late 1970s when I saw people in the workers' paradise of Vietnam putting to sea in rowboats. To see people setting out on the ocean in rowboats and to go on as we did, business as usual, is morally incomprehensible. But there were very few leftists who said, 'Maybe we were wrong about Vietnam.' How can a morally honest person come out of the 1970s and still be a Democrat? It seemed inconceivable."
Yale computer scientist David Gelernter, interviewed in the January/February issue of the American Spectator

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