- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 14, 2002

Living in fear
"I flipped through the channels and I happened on to Harry Belafonte, talking about [Secretary of State] Colin Powell on Larry King. Now I'm not a big fan of Colin Powell. In my opinion, he is not the man for the job, but his color is irrelevant. However, color was relevant to Harry Belafonte, who believes that if you are black, you're only a good black if you agree with the activist agenda. You can't be conservative. Look what happened to Justice Clarence Thomas. You can't be black and have your own mind.
"I don't know who elected Harry Belafonte spokesperson for all blacks in America. If there was an election, I missed it. He basically said on national television that Colin Powell was like the house slave obeying 'Massa.' Harry Belafonte probably votes Democrat, but he has forgotten what democratic means it means that the individual matters. But not to Harry Belafonte and most activist people. The individual no longer matters. One must conform to the party line or be destroyed.
"We are losing our democracy to groupthink, empowered by guerilla-warfare tactics. So most people are living in fear. Political correctness, when it first came up, was sort of a joke. Now it's anything but. I look around and see how it immobilizes so many otherwise decent people."
Laura Schlessinger, writing on "America Is Afraid," Monday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Wiccan 'diversity'
"TV shows like 'Judging Amy,' 'West Wing,' 'Law & Order,' and the now-cancelled 'Ellen' portray women as 'smart, resourceful and in charge,' according to the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation.
"The third annual 'Watch Out, Listen Up' report also criticizes shows like 'The Bachelor,' 'Fear Factor,' and 'The Drew Carey Show' as portraying women in the limited roles of 'seductresses, victims, girlfriends and nags.'
"The report evaluated programs on six major networks, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, UPN and WB. Judges evaluated their treatment of gender composition and diversity, violence, sexual exploitation and social responsibility.
"When judging shows for diversity, single mothers, lesbians, women of size, intelligent women, women in non-traditional occupations, and women with disabilities and those of minority race, received higher scores.
"That criteria propelled shows with lesbian characters to the top. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Felicity' were among those receiving an 'A' rating.
Martha W. Kleder, writing on "NOW's Feminist Primetime TV Report Inconsistent," Nov. 6 in Culture and Family Report

Isn't it ironic
"Occupying a strange niche midway between mainstream studio weepie and alienating avant-garde exercise, 'Far From Heaven,' Todd Haynes' knowing yet sincere simulacrum of the great 1950s melodramas of Douglas Sirk, is the thorniest, most fascinating movie to come along in quite a spell. There's no denying that it's a singular achievement visually ravishing, subtly provocative, both entertainment and dissertation. But is it a great film? More to the point: Can it be a great film, given its fundamentally derivative nature?
"Expertly capturing the ultrachromatic look and fervid tone (if not the stately rhythm) of such grandiose heart tuggers as 'All That Heaven Allows' (1955) and 'Imitation of Life' (1959), Haynes splices the class conflict of the former with the racial politics of the latter, then tosses in the love that dared not speak its name Haynes' use of an anachronistic idiom, while never campy, is inherently ironic not merely because it's artificial, but because it's deliberately incongruous."
Mike D'Angelo, writing on "Far From Heaven" in the Nov. 7-14 issue of Time Out New York

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