- The Washington Times - Monday, December 11, 2006

‘Kiss of death’

“These girls are lowering themselves to the level of backstreet floozies. It angers me because I fought a bitter fight to get feminism back on track and be pro-sex at the same time. This is degrading the entire pro-sex wing of feminism. …

“I am completely appalled by what these young women are doing because I think that they are cheapening their own image and obliterating all sexual mystery and glamour, which are the heart of the star system. …

“Britney [Spears] seems like she’s lost, and the career track is obliterated.

“Literally from that kiss [at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003], from that moment onward, Britney has spiraled out of control. It’s like Madonna gave her the kiss of death. Britney is throwing it away.”

— Camille Paglia, in an interview posted Thursday at www.usmagazine.com

Jihad principle

“When Islamists wage jihad — past, present and future — conquering and consolidating non-Muslim territories and centers in the name of Islam, never once considering to cede them back to their previous owners, they ultimately demonstrate that they live by the age-old adage ‘might makes right.’ … Why is it that whenever Muslim regions are conquered, such as in the case of Palestine, the same Islamists who would never concede one inch of Islam’s conquests resort to the United Nations and the court of public opinion, demanding justice, restitutions, rights and so forth?

“When Muslims beat infidels, it’s just too bad for the latter; they must submit to their new overlords’ rules with all the attendant discrimination and humiliation mandated for non-Muslims. Yet when Islam is beaten, demands for apologies and concessions are expected from the infidel world at large.”

— Raymond Ibrahim, writing on “Islam gets concessions; infidels get conquered,” Dec. 5 in the Los Angeles Times

‘Toon market

“Of all ‘South Park’ episodes, ‘Gnomes’ offers the most fully developed defense of capitalism, and I will attempt a comprehensive interpretation of it in order to demonstrate how genuinely intelligent and thoughtful the show can be. … ‘Gnomes’ deals with a common charge against the free market — that it allows large corporations to drive small businesses into the ground, much to the detriment of consumers. In ‘Gnomes’ a national coffee chain called Harbucks — an obvious reference to Starbucks — comes to ‘South Park’ and tries to buy out the local Tweek Bros. coffee shop. Mr. Tweek casts himself as the hero of the story, a small business David battling a corporate Goliath. The episode satirizes the cheap anti-capitalist rhetoric in which such conflicts are usually formulated in contemporary America. …

” ‘Gnomes’ … undermines any notion that Mr. Tweek is morally superior to the corporation he’s fighting, and in fact the episode suggests that he may be a good deal worse. … ‘Gnomes’ thus portrays the campaign against large corporations as just one more sorry episode in the long history of businessmen seeking economic protectionism — the kind of business/government alliance Adam Smith wrote against in ‘The Wealth of Nations.’ Far from the standard Marxist portrayal of monopoly power as the inevitable result of free competition, ‘South Park’ shows that it results only when one business gets the government to intervene on its behalf and restrict free entry into the marketplace.”

— Paul Cantor, writing on “The Invisible Gnomes and the Invisible Hand,” Dec. 4 at www.lewrockwell.com

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