- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2003

Runaway bias

“It seems Hollywood is becoming bolder and bolder as each week goes by.

“I went to see a movie this week: ‘The Runaway Jury.’ By looking at … reviews and trailers, it promised to be exciting and suspenseful. It would have been, if it weren’t for the context of the film.

“The movie begins with a man and many of his co-workers being gunned down by a former employee. Years later, his wife sues the manufacturer that created the gun that killed her husband. …

“The gun camp schemes throughout the film, attempting to kill some people, threatening jurors, stealing, conspiring and doing every illegal and unethical thing possible. The hatchet job on the freedom to own firearms is a theme through the entire movie. …

“[T]he ongoing message throughout the movie is that the problem of gun violence would be solved if the gun manufacturers would be held responsible. …

“[T]he only juror arguing on behalf of the gun manufacturers and the Second Amendment is a hate-filled ex-Marine who likes to yell a lot.

“Liberal propaganda at its finest.”

Kyle Williams, writing on “Hollywood: Dangerous to America,” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at WorldNetDaily.com

All the lonely people

“In 1940, less than 8 percent of Americans lived alone. Today that proportion has more than tripled, reaching nearly 26 percent. Singles number 86 million, according to the Census Bureau, and virtually half of all households are now headed by unmarried adults.

“Signs of this demographic revolution, this kingdom of singledom, appear everywhere, including Capitol Hill.

“Last month, the Census Bureau reported that 132 members of the House of Representatives have districts in which the majority of households are headed by unmarried adults.

“In Hollywood, television programs feature singles game shows, reality shows, sitcoms, and hits such as ‘Sex and the City.’ …

“Research by Unmarried America — a group promoting equal rights for unmarried workers, consumers and taxpayers — finds that single employees generally make less money than married workers, have a higher unemployment rate and receive less compensation for benefits.”

Marilyn Gardner, writing on “The Power of One,” Oct. 15 in the Christian Science Monitor

Hip history

“In America, the first low-rise jeans, called hip-huggers, became popular during the late ‘60s, with the ascendance of the hippie counterculture and rock ‘n’ roll. Icons of rock like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison helped to popularize the style. …

“But it took Britney [Spears], Christina [Aguilera] and Jennifer Lopez to bring the style, riding lower than ever, back into the mainstream over the past five years. …

“By the time a trend hits malls across America, high fashion is already calling it dclass. Vogue declared low-rise pants over in May 2002. …

“It usually takes only a couple of months for a trend to go from the fashion magazines to the streets, and yet somehow … this trend clings tenaciously on. It could be that the pants are a feminist statement, demanding as they do an ecumenical embrace of body type by wearer and viewer alike, and as such, women are loathe to abandon them.”

Amanda Fortini, writing on “Hello, Moon,” Oct. 10 in Slate at www.slate.com

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