- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 4, 2003

Captured by feminists“It has taken less than a month for poor Jessica Lynch, the West Virginia gal captured by the Iraqis and rescued by the spec ops guys, to be captured again, this time by the feministas. That Pfc. Lynch has neither participated in nor apparently even consented to her new role is irrelevant to those who want to finish the job [the Clinton administration] began: feminization of the American military, without regard for the effect on its ability to fight. …”This debate has to be moved — forcibly — back to reality, to the only issue that counts. Liberals debate the women in combat issue on ‘gender equity’ and other sociological grounds. … Conservatives argue against women in combat on moral grounds. … Should women be exposed to the horrors of war? Neither side is talking about the only aspect of the issue that really matters: the effect … on combat effectiveness. …”I hope Pfc. Jessica Lynch does not become a pawn in this dishonest game. She has served well, and suffered much. For that she should have our gratitude and whatever it takes to heal her wounds. But to say that her experience proves that women should serve in combat arms is simply illogical, and a lie.”— Jed Babbin, writing on “Babes at Arms,” Tuesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.orgTerror machine“The guillotine is a paradoxical device. It was conceived with a humanitarian purpose: to spare criminals condemned to death in 18th-century France the horrors that had traditionally been their lot — primitive hanging, breaking on the wheel or, for those who had been foolhardy enough to try to kill the king, tearing apart by wild horses. Compared to these medieval barbarities, swift dispatch by a state-of-the-art beheading machine was infinitely preferable. Yet within two years of its inauguration, the guillotine had gained a notoriety unequalled by any of these earlier, and far nastier, methods.”Almost immediately pressed into service as the instrument, and symbol, of the Revolution’s Reign of Terror … it was never able to shake itself free from the association. It still throws an unwelcome shadow over the Revolution. …”[T]he guillotine was a product of egalitarian as well as humanitarian ideals, stemming from the revolutionary National Assembly’s desire to abolish unjust privileges in death as in life. Under the old regime, the luxury of decapitation, usually by the sword, was strictly reserved for the nobility.”— Munro Price, writing on “The kindest cutter of all,” April 20 in the London Sunday Telegraph Prom madness“The prom scene in America has freaked out, and it is time for a total overhaul. Without the use of their parents’ credit card, students would have to take out a loan to finance the add-ons of recent years — limos, dinners in upscale restaurants, et cetera. …”No one wants to go back to the crepe-paper decorated gymnasiums of yesteryear, but the cost of the dresses, tuxes, and flowers is overshadowed by the cost of the sophisticated venues for proms, the expensive dinners and luxury transportation that are de rigueur in some social environments. …”Tragically, every year there are numerous alcohol-related accidents across the nation during the prom season. …”Fed by alcohol, and sometimes drugs, many high schoolers see prom night as the time to lose all inhibitions. It is not uncommon for teens to rent a hotel room for the night. The thrill of Drew Barrymore finally getting asked to the prom in ‘Never Been Kissed’ is long gone. … The mythology and fantasies about prom night have somehow morphed into peer pressure to ‘lose’ virginity at the prom — as though virginity is something undesirable that you ‘get rid of’ as soon as possible. …”It is time to take back the prom, time to protect our teens and restore their dreams of romantic promise.”— Janice Shaw Crouse, writing on “Prom Promiscuities,” in Dot.Commentary from the Beverly LaHaye Institute

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