- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Deport whom?

“According to a RoperASW poll from last year, 83 percent of Americans support mandatory detention and forfeiture of property for illegal immigrants, followed by deportation.

“Eighty-three percent. Pretty big number. So who are the 17 percent who don’t think illegal immigrants should be seized, jailed, have their property confiscated and deported?

“Well, they’re pretty much everyone in the two major parties, plus the entire U.S. media. …

“If you’re one of that 83 percent of Americans who want illegal immigrants deported, you’re probably wondering why it’s easier for those who break U.S. immigration law to get a job at the White House (true: an illegal immigrant worked as a Clinton/Bush gardener) than for anybody who wants to enforce U.S. immigration law to get a job at the White House. And I guess the answer is this: There are supposedly up to 10 million illegals living and working in America. It’s not politically possible for a civilized nation forcibly to deport a population three times as big as Ireland’s.”

Mark Steyn, writing on “llIegals the political ‘untouchables,’” Jan. 11 in the Chicago Sun-Times

Degenerate Bowl

“I have been watching the Super Bowl since I was 9 years old. I still remember so many of the highlights, beginning with Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann’s miraculous connections in Super Bowl X, in Miami. I still love watching the Super Bowl, and I make a Super Bowl party for my kids every year.

“But while the game is usually wonderful, the halftime show is becoming increasingly depraved. …

“But this year was by far the most degenerate of all. Justin Timberlake, a man distinguished neither for his dance nor his music, decided to open Janet Jackson’s blouse and expose her breast. …

“Timberlake, who is locked in a permanent game of one-upmanship with his former girlfriend — the vulgar and prostitute-like Britney Spears — was looking to upstage the Britney-Madonna kiss. That’s what happens in a popular culture which has deteriorated to being almost entirely about empty sensationalism.”

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, writing on “The disgusting Super Bowl halftime show,” Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Surreal cinema

“In movie-reality, … women are assumed to be the equals to or superiors of men even in such traditional male activities as fighting. … [A] movie like Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’ would be inconceivable apart from the movie-reality it is wedded to. …

“The result is that there is a tacit agreement on all sides to live in the fantasy world of movie-reality while pretending it is as good as real reality. Thus, real-reality beings take on the quality of movie-reality which is what allows Patty Jenkins in ‘Monster,’ her movie about the life of the female serial-killer Aileen Wuornos, to raise her subject to the level of heroine. …

“Given, as Patty Jenkins’s film insists, that Miss Wuornos had no choice but to stalk the interstates of Florida, offering men sex for money and then shooting them, why should our feelings about her not be of sympathy for her sufferings, rather than those of her victims, and of admiration for the girlish pluck with which she embraced her destiny.”

James Bowman, writing on “Unisex at the Cinema,” in the February issue of the American Spectator

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