- The Washington Times - Monday, February 17, 2003

Hollywood 'chatter'
"Saddam Hussein has put the people of Iraq on an 'Orange' alert … in response to Iraqi intelligence picking up an increase in 'chatter' out of Hollywood. Actors go into a frenzy whenever they sense that world events could pre-empt their appearances on 'Entertainment Tonight.' They've been in March Hare mode lately, so Iraq is in a state of high alert.
"For the past few months, Saddam had been lulled into a sense of security. We haven't heard from Barbra Streisand since she turned with a vengeance to figuring out the difference between Iran and Iraq. George Clooney disappeared, hoping people would forget his inside tip that, in the rush to war, Bush had cut a deal with France so they wouldn't complain when we attack Iraq. That was a month ago, and the French are still resolutely whining. Apparently even the French have more manhood than George Clooney.
"So things had grown quiet in America's headlong 'rush to war,' which we've been talking about for over a year now. But in the past week, the anti-war 'chatter' out of Hollywood has increased. Singers, models, actors and vegan hysteric Kim Basinger have all come out against the war. Liberals see themselves as part of a deployment."
Ann Coulter, writing on "Casting-couch Bolsheviks," Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com


Liberal dominance
"Liberalism … dominates the strategic heights of our culture: the universities, media, churches, Hollywood and the foundations. Liberalism's most powerful position, arguably, is its dominance in the law.
"Judges on both national and international tribunals have generally aligned themselves with 'elite' classes that despise conservatism and its culture, and are thus well to the left of the general public. The result is not only the steady decline of self-government and national sovereignty but also the pushing of culture to the left. Today's liberalism celebrates the liberation of the individual, but that liberation is only from the traditional culture of the community, and from the laws that reinforce it. The individual is not often liberated from the demands of authoritarian liberalism, sometimes referred to, though inadequately, as 'political correctness.' …
"Justice Antonin Scalia accurately described the state of play: 'Day by day, case by case, [the Supreme Court] is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize.'"
Robert H. Bork, writing on "The Soul of Law," Jan. 20 in the Wall Street Journal
Fifties goddess
"It's odd that 'Doris Day' remains a byword for the opposite of sex. Her period of stardom coincided almost exactly with the baby boom, when exuberant procreation was the national pastime. She presided over this fecund era like a freckle-faced fertility goddess, exuding pheromones that lured men into matrimony.
"She peaked with a series of sex comedies beginning with 'Pillow Talk' in 1959, which earned Ms. Day her only Oscar nomination. She didn't win the statuette, but for the next half-decade she was America's No. 1 box-office star. … She generally portrayed a successful career woman pursued by a chauvinist (usually Rock Hudson), to whom she eventually decides to give herself without benefit of clergy. Plot complications delay their tryst, and by the time they finally end up in bed, they are married.
"These plots were farcical but not necessarily farfetched; there were still a fair number of upwardly mobile virgins around in the early '60s, and Ms. Day was their champion. She made domesticity seem sexy. …
"She might have turned that to her advantage by accepting the Mrs. Robinson role in 'The Graduate,' but she rejected it as too vulgar. Suddenly, Doris Day was culturally irrelevant. She made her last film in 1968, segueing to television and then to retirement."
Mark Lewis, writing on "And the Oscar for Perky Sexpot Should Go to Doris Day," Thursday in the Wall Street Journal

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