- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Shrinking glory

“Barry Bonds, asked recently if steroid users were cheaters, said he didn’t know how to define cheating. It’s pretty simple, really. To cheat is to deceive and defraud, according to Webster’s.

“Athletes who claim to have accomplished something on their own but did so in fact with secret help are guilty of deception. Fans who cheer the accomplishments are the defrauded parties. If Bonds knowingly took steroids to get stronger, to slow the effects of aging, and to promote healing, his brilliant records are all brilliant frauds. His numbers will get him in the Hall of Fame, but they won’t change what fathers tell their sons when they stand in front of his plaque.

“All the Pamela Andersons of baseball, these athletes of artificial proportions, can keep their records and their awards. But they will find over the courses of their lives … that the glory derived from those honors will shrink as dramatically as their deltoids and glutes.”

—Jonathan Eig, writing on “Steroid Solution,” May 25 in the Wall Street Journal

Rancid elite

“For columnist Michael Kinsley, human embryos are at once valuable and valueless. Their parts contain a possible cure for his Parkinson’s disease, yet they are ‘biologically more primitive than a mosquito,’ he wrote [May 22] in the Los Angeles Times.

“Kinsley is very enamored with this mosquito-embryo comparison. He’s used it before in previous columns to drive home the point that disposing of human embryos should generate even less thought than swatting a mosquito. …

“Historians of ideas should clip Kinsley’s columns on this subject as a straightforward example of the American elite’s rancid and heedless moral philosophy circa 2000. They reveal that as the age of cloning advances, the elite, demanding longevity at all moral costs, consoles itself with the thought that the class of lab humans they hope to form are ‘more primitive’ than insects. The human embryo is the one endangered species they won’t protect and will use as their utopian science’s slave. …

“‘I have no trouble feeling that the government should value my life more than the lives of these clumps,’ he wrote. ‘God may disagree. But the government reports to me and to other adult Americans, not to God.’”

—George Neumayr, writing on “The Elite’s Moral Gadfly,” May 24 in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Full circle

“George Lucas did it: Despite the tremendous pressure he had to overcome the problems of Episode I and II in order to round out his incomparable series, Lucas has delivered a wonderful finale in ‘Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.’ … What everyone wondered was whether he could successfully bring the plot line around full circle, so that Episode III would have the same ‘feel’ as the previous installment, and yet would also naturally flow into the beginning of Episode IV (i.e., the original ‘Star Wars’ movie released in 1977). …

“The movie’s concluding scenes show us precisely how the Republic forces become the familiar Star Destroyers (staffed with officers in gray uniforms and overseen by Darth Vader) and we see the familiar setting of Tattoine’s two suns as infant Luke is handed over to his adoptive parents.

“But perhaps most important, the latest film avoids the mistakes of the prior two. … Jar Jar Binks keeps his trap shut in this one, and Hayden Christensen’s acting powers have doubled since the last time we saw him.”

—Bob Murphy, writing on “A Great Finish,” May 24 at www.lewrockwell.com

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