- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2004

‘Chosen for a reason’

“The assumption through much of the modern era was that life is meaningless, a worldview that manifested itself in literature and drama with absurd plots, purposeless characters, and nihilistic themes. Now, a different worldview is manifesting itself in movies and TV shows: Life has meaning, with all of the little details tying together into one vast pattern. …

“‘Tru Calling’ … is about a young woman, Tru Davies, who works in a morgue. From time to time, one of the dead bodies says, ‘Help me!’ whereupon she is zapped back in time, where she must undo whatever chain of events caused the accident or murder that caused the death. …

“The other element in the show is the notion of ‘calling,’ a Christian concept referring to the vocations God gives us. … Tru’s calling is this strange ability to jump into the past to reverse death. ‘You were chosen for a reason,’ says her boss the coroner, who is strangely in on it. ‘Whoever gave you this gift did it for a reason.’”

Gene Edward Veith, writing on “Providential programming,” in the Feb. 28 issue of World

Her obligation

“In the late fall of 1983, professor Harold Bloom did something banal, human, and destructive: He put his hand on a student’s inner thigh — a student whom he was tasked with teaching and grading. The student was me, a 20-year-old senior at Yale. …

“Finally, last summer, I could no longer bear my own collusive silence. Yale had reached out to me once again. The Office of Development had assigned an alumna to cultivate me: She sent a flattering letter inviting me to join a group of women to raise money for Yale.

“I wrote my own letter back to Charles Pagnam, vice-president of development. I could not join such an effort because I had been sexually encroached upon at Yale 20 years ago, I explained. … I asked for a private meeting. I heard nothing. …

“Is a one-time sexual encroachment by Harold Bloom, two decades ago, a major secret or a minor one? Minor, when it comes to a practical effect on my life; I have obviously survived. … My career was fine; my soul was not fine. I had an obligation to protect others from which I had run away.”

Naomi Wolf, writing on “The Silent Treatment,” in the March 1 issue of New York magazine

Hollywood’s hero

“Throughout the Reagan administration, there was no tinpot communist dictator who did not instantly become the latest celebrity accoutrement in Beverly Hills and the Hamptons. Nicaraguan despot Daniel Ortega was the ne plus ultra dinner guest in Hollywood. … Hollywood celebrity entertainers formed the pro-Ortega Committee of Concern, chaired by actor Mike Farrell. … They held lush poolside fundraisers at celebrity homes for this Man of the People. …

“The Democrats repeatedly rebuffed Reagan’s request to fund the anti-communist Contras fighting Hollywood celebrity Daniel Ortega. In 1984, the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives sent a ‘Dear Commandante’ letter to the Soviet-backed Marxist despot in Nicaragua, commending Ortega for his efforts to bring democracy to his country and expressing regret that relations between Nicaragua and Washington were not better.”

Ann Coulter, from her book, “Treason”

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