- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2005

No left left

“There is a kind of humanitarian do-gooder mentality abroad in the public schools these days, which is like, ‘We all get along. Here’s our quota. We are going to read the poem by the African American, the poem by the Native American. The poem by the Chicano.’ …

“These things are stale at this point. If I hear one more time that my ancestor Christopher Columbus is guilty of genocide. … You have got to engage. And learn about how are they, the people out there. One of the best ways to do this is to listen to talk radio. You listen to talk radio long enough and you are going to hear the voices of the people. … There is a mandarin mentality and snobbery that you can find in the urban metropolises and academe, and they are totally detached from the culture as a whole. …

“Leftists are supposedly speaking for the people. But they have disdain for the people. … There is no real leftism. In the ‘60s I knew real leftists. Real leftists were truly proletarian. They had no airs, no airs whatever. They would labor in activist things and get their hands dirty. … Something is seriously wrong. Something has gone very, very wrong. This is why the Democrats haven’t been doing well. There are no authentic leftists left.”

Camille Paglia, interviewed by Robert Birnbaum Aug. 3 in the Morning News at www.themorningnews.org

No wonder

“To believe the conventional wisdom, Morris Dees Jr. is a brave man who protects Blacks and Jews against White Supremacist Klansmen.

“That’s the PR, anyway. The truth is otherwise.

“The real Morris Dees, chief of the misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), is using our courts to take American land from Americans and give it to illegal aliens. …

“Two miles from the border with Mexico, U.S. citizen Casey Nethercott’s dream ranch is now the property of Edwin Alfredo Mancia Gonzales and Fatima del Socorro Leiva Medina, both illegal immigrants from El Salvador.

“And Nethercott didn’t sell it to them. They took it by force, after trespassing on it to sneak into the U.S. …

“Dees’ legal squad used American courts to put Nethercott in jail and transfer his property to the illegals he tried to keep out. …

“No wonder people hate lawyers.”

Debbie Schlussel, writing on “Gaza in Arizona,” Aug. 29 in Front Page at www.frontpagemagazine.com

Jodie and Leni

“I met [German director Leni Riefenstahl] a couple of times. She was 90, and she was scuba-diving in New Guinea for six months out of the year and trying to complete this movie, which she did, that’s only fish. She wrote a biography that’s almost all lies, but it’s interesting. I wanted her archives, but I didn’t want her involvement [in a planned film about Miss Riefenstahl] — and that’s something she really wanted, because she’d been libeled so many times. She was not a member of the Nazi party, and she was not Hitler’s girlfriend — that’s just stupid. But she’s a complex morality tale. …

“It will be really controversial. But if anybody is up for the challenge of doing a sophisticated moral-question-asking movie, I feel I am.”

Jodie Foster, interviewed by Sean Smith, in the September issue of Premiere

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