- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Undead decade

“By the way, according to the American Thinker’s Rosslyn Smith, the 1960s have finally died. Again. … Smith pegged the decade’s demise to the … Stones appearance at the Super Bowl, a performance that ‘was compelling only in its misery.’

“OK. … How many times have the ‘60s ‘died’? There was Altamont, of course, and Kent State, Watergate, the Beatles’ break-up, Neil Young endorsing Ronald Reagan, Jerry Rubin transforming into a yuppie, Rupert Murdoch buying the Village Voice, John Lennon’s murder, Tom Hayden wearing a suit and tie, disco, the disappearance of a ‘nickel bag.’ …

“My own opinion is that the ‘60s, the longest decade in history, evaporated the night Reagan mercifully crushed Carter, but take your pick. This is a debate that won’t end until someone throws dirt on Judy Collins’ grave.”

— Russ Smith, writing on “Stoned Super Bowl,” in the Feb. 15 issue of New York Press

Monkey business

“It’s been said that with enough time and typewriters, monkeys would eventually compose the works of Shakespeare. Experimental trials have yet to give us ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Twelfth Night,’ ‘Julius Caesar,’ or anything else from the Bard’s corpus, but they did provide the script for ‘The Vagina Monologues.’

“Oh wait, that was written by Eve Ensler. My mistake. …

“Ensler’s play is now performed on over 1000 campuses annually.

“I wasn’t able to attend OSU’s production; work and class schedules deprived me of the artistic and intellectual delight I would have indubitably experienced. …

“However, I’ve read the script several times, and the production is easily summarized: combine a childish obsession with dirty words, a mind eternally arrested at Freud’s third psychosexual stage and the writing skills of a baboon.

“Despite its vulgarity, the play’s greatest offense against my taste was the puerility of its writing. Ensler apparently interviewed women, regurgitated what they said in a putrid, half-digested mess, and didn’t edit. As for the rest, she made it up.”

— Nathanael Blake, writing on “On Campus: Jane Austen v. The Vagina Monologues,” Friday at www.townhall.com

Red state GIs

“Though blacks and Hispanics make up 15 percent and 18 percent of America’s young adult population, respectively, they have each represented less than 11 percent of the fatalities in Iraq. Fully 75 percent of the soldiers killed in Iraq have been whites (who make up 61 percent of our military age population).

“Demographic data show, furthermore, that U.S. service members come from a cross-section of American society, and basically match the wider population in family, education and socioeconomic status.

“If there is an imbalance in who is carrying the military load in Iraq, it is between Red and Blue America. In two years of fighting in Iraq, 33 percent of U.S. military fatalities came from rural areas, though only 20 percent of the U.S. population is rural. Both city dwellers (29 percent of the U.S. population, 26 percent of Iraq fatalities) and suburbanites (51 percent of the population, 41 percent of the dead) are underrepresented among today’s war casualties.”

— Karl Zinsmeister in “Fact vs. Fiction: A report from the front in Iraq” in the March 2006 issue of the American Enterprise

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