- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 25, 2002

Commie bomb

"If I tell you that Harrison Ford's latest movie is about a heroic Soviet sub commander and his crew in the year 1961, you would immediately know what to expect: commie propaganda. There may be no more Soviet Union and precious little communism out there, but you know some folks in Hollywood are feeling nostalgic for the good old days.

"Well, Harrison Ford's latest movie is indeed about a heroic Soviet sub commander and his crew in the year 1961. Ford himself told Jay Leno he didn't know how Americans were going to take it, given that it's full of Soviet heroism and all.

"The American people aren't taking it well at all. 'K-19: The Widowmaker' opened to the worst box office of any Harrison Ford action movie. But you can't immediately go to the Soviet angle to explain the movie's failure. First off, 'K-19' has a really bad trailer, in which Harrison Ford can be heard talking in a Russian accent about as ridiculous as the one used by Boris Badenov in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon series.

"[I]t turns out the politics of 'K-19' aren't bad at all. The movie is a harsh condemnation of the Soviet Union's politicized military structure, and profoundly sentimental about the Soviet sailors who had to live with the consequences of the Kremlin's decision-making.

"'K-19' passes my conservative anti-Communist ideological litmus test just fine."

John Podhoretz, writing on "Red Ford," Tuesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Super Schlafly

"Even taking into account the extraordinary capacity of the left for hallucinatory self-aggrandizement, the insipid blather about the feminists and the total radio silence on Phyllis Schlafly is astonishing. The elite media cast about for women to praise but treat the stunning accomplishments of Phyllis Schlafly like the publisher of the New York Times treats his SAT scores. (It is a dark secret that must not be revealed.) Schlafly simply cannot be mentioned except for the occasional demeaning caricature.

"About the time a young Hillary Rodham was serving as inspiration for the perfect little girl in the Hollywood thriller 'The Bad Seed,' Schlafly was remaking the Republican Party. As the feminists spent 20 years engaged in a death-match debate over whether it is acceptable for feminists to wear lipstick, Schlafly was writing 10 books, most of them on military policy.

"She was nearly the first woman ever to attend Harvard Law School. Instead, she married, raised six amazingly accomplished children and later attended law school in her 50s all while fighting the establishment in her free time. That most people know more about Madeleine Albright's brooch collection than Schlafly's achievements tells you all you need to know about the media."

Ann Coulter in "Call her Mrs." July 18 in www.JewishWorld-Review.com

Explosive man

"In the months before his final descent into madness, Friedrich Nietzsche made the following declaration and prediction: 'I know my destiny. Someday my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous, a crisis like no other on earth, the profoundest collision of conscience, a decision conjured up against everything that had been believed, required, and held sacred up to that time. I am not man; I am dynamite.'

"And so he was. The man who practiced and perfected the art of 'philosophizing with a hammer,' who pronounced that 'God is dead,' who called on his readers to follow him in exploring regions 'beyond good and evil,' who gleefully declared himself the Antichrist, who unconditionally denounced human equality and democracy this man was indeed explosive."

Damon Linker, writing on "Nietzsche's Truth," in the August/September issue of First Things.

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