- The Washington Times - Friday, June 20, 2003

A Dogg’s life

“This is MTV2’s new variety show, ‘Doggy Fizzle Televizzle,’ hosted by hardworking, sleepy-eyed Snoop Dogg — the entertainer whom everybody, for some reason, likes, including me. …

“Snoop takes a job at Arby’s and does a … segment, messing with the customers at the drive-thru. This is funny. He pretends to need money for Christmas and his kids. He takes orders, preaches the gospel, jokes about slavery. He bawls out customers. He asks them for guns. You want a gin and juice or Hennessey and Coke?

“He’s got a fake R. Kelly video, starring himself and an overage girl. He teaches school to squealing kids as Mr. Dizzle, making jokes, doing a raunchy Cosby. Then … he raps some nursery rhymes. …

“There are low moments: a predictable sketch about cornball ‘black history’ PSAs, the ‘Cap’n Pimp’ segment. … ‘Doggy Fizzle Televizzle’ is a very good time — loose, mellow television with an excellent comic ringmaster who has a gift for Wildean inversions. Take the political segment of the show: ‘Police brutality is horrible. I think the way the police is treated is disgusting.’”

Virginia Heffernan, writing on “Dogg Show,” Wednesday in Slate at www.slate.com

History lessons

“The founding generation was preoccupied with the example of the ancient world. After John Adams, the future second president, rode off to attend the Continental Congress, his wife, Abigail, wrote him that she asked their 7-year-old son, Johnny, the future sixth president, to read her a page or two of Roman history every day. John Adams approved: ‘The education of our children is never out of my mind. … Fix their attention upon great and solid objects, and their contempt upon little, frivolous and useless ones.’ …

“History should look for lessons from the rise and fall of nations. Tacitus claimed that his account of early imperial Rome would be written ‘without indignation or partisanship,’ but he certainly had opinions about the events, many of them sordid, that he recorded. His great Greek predecessors were more forthcoming about their point of view. Herodotus wished to celebrate Greek, especially Athenian, resistance to aggression: ‘Not even the terrifying warnings of the oracle at Delphi could persuade them to abandon Greece; they stood firm and had the courage to meet the invader.’ Thucydides, a generation later, depicted an Athens swollen by arrogance: ‘the strong do what they have the power to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.’”

Richard Brookhiser, writing on “Lost in the Mists of Time,” June 13 in the Wall Street Journal

PC feminism

“Politically correct feminists can be vicious. …

“PC feminists consider ‘sex’ to be a matter of biology; that is, you are physically male or female. By contrast, ‘gender’ is a social construct; that is, your sexuality is defined by society, not biology. (There are currently about 20 different categories of gender, from heterosexual to lesbian, from transvestite to transgendered.)

“‘Socially constructed’ means that everything about your sexuality … can be transformed by changing your environment. PC feminists claim that everything from the urge to procreate to male-female attraction is created by society. …

“PC feminism separates men and women into political classes and claims that their common humanity is less important than their genders. Men and women not only have no shared political interests; their interests directly conflict. …

“The only way out of the quagmire is to abandon convoluted social theory and return to common sense. Men and women are first and foremost human beings. Biology is a controlling factor of human nature, albeit not the only one. Men and women act as individuals, not as cogs in some vast class struggle. And, as individuals, we all share the same political interest: freedom.”

Wendy McElroy, writing on “A Conscientious Objector to the Gender War,” Tuesday in I-Feminists at www.ifeminists.net

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