- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2006

‘Somewhat peculiar’

“Is there a more obvious product of heterosexual behavior than the creation of children? If so then isn’t it somewhat peculiar that those who shun the behavior of heterosexuality so deeply crave the product that it brings? …

“As I read the news that Mary Cheney, the 37-year-old daughter of the vice president, was pregnant, I had many such questions running through my head. …

“I’m not supposed to be allowed to think such things. …

“Let’s face it in America today if we bring up such obvious inconsistencies we are immediately branded and labeled a bigot. … Argue with me all you like — the truth is Mary Cheney’s baby will share DNA with Mary and the male DNA donor. Genetically he/she will share nothing with Cheney’s partner Heather Poe.”

— Kevin McCullough, writing on “Why Would Gays Want Children?” Sunday in Townhall at www.townhall.com

Fat and freedom

“[This month] New York City banned the use of trans fats in restaurant meals, and an Ohio law passed in November … bans smoking in virtually all business establishments….

“Although ‘give me partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or give me death!’ is not likely to become a rallying cry anytime soon, it’s worth pausing a minute to consider the country’s headlong rush to prohibit just about anything that bureaucrats — or simple majorities of voters — find offensive. …

“[E]ven when bans do have an impact that most of us would agree is positive, one-size-fits-all actions leave no place for individuals to make some intensely personal choices.

“They ignore the evolving social arrangements — such as non-smoking sections, not to mention smoke-free businesses — that give people … more options rather than fewer. By the time Washington state passed its ultra-restrictive smoking ban last year … 80 percent of restaurants there were already tobacco free.

“Most important, these bans reduce all of us to the status of children, incapable of making informed choices. Is it quaint to suggest that there’s something wrong with that in a country founded on the idea of the individual’s rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?”

— Nick Gillespie, writing on “The race to ban what’s bad for us,” Sunday in the Chicago Tribune

Still standing

“He stands about 15 feet high, trademark corncob pipe held across his chest, thoughtful gaze looking north, toward the enemy. Since 1957, the statue of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur has stood in Freedom Park in Inchon, South Korea. …

“Upwards of 4,000 demonstrators … recently gathered to protest the existence of the statue and demand its removal. …

“Perhaps after almost a decade of leftist governments who appease North Korea — and deny its aggression, brutality, and human rights abuses — the people of South Korea may be presented with a catalyst issue that makes them ready to exert themselves. …

“If indeed the general is responsible through his image of inspiring yet another move toward freedom and democracy, then his legacy indeed continues unabated. It is up to the Korean people to see if the traditional virtues of loyalty, fealty, gratitude, and strength of character in adversity remain active. The initiative is theirs. Meanwhile Douglas MacArthur still stands stalwart in Freedom Park, an inspiration to continuing generations of Americans and Koreans alike.”

— Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu, writing on “North Korea Targets Douglas MacArthur,” Monday in FrontPage at www.frontpagemag.com

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