- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Adoring adultery

“Having done all he could to ruin the state of New Jersey … the new adulterer liberals all love is [former Gov.] Jim McGreevey. Just in the last week alone, he’s held hands with Oprah and shared New Jersey rest-area secrets with Matt Lauer. …

“While Oprah, Lauer, McGreevey and the throngs of Democrats who ‘support’ him may be holding hands singing ‘Kumbayah,’ some adult needs to come along and ask a few serious questions.

“Questions like, why should you be praised for your ‘honesty’ now when you were putting sexual pleasure ahead of the security of the state you served? Who can trust you after you named a lover to the post of homeland security czar who was neither an American citizen, nor was qualified to even attend homeland security meetings? …

“I don’t understand the attraction, but one thing is true: Liberals love adulterers.

“And today, if you break your vows of commitment to your wife and children, abandon them and get kinky with rest-stop lowlife, while simultaneously endangering a populous state in the midst of a war on terror, you’re a rock star.”

—Kevin McCullough, writing on “Why liberals love adultery,” Friday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

‘Inept’ prophet

“It’s not easy, treating the Koran as literature — that is, as a book we are free to pick up or put down depending on our appreciation of its merits.

“First of all, its great literary achievement is said to be the musical perfection of its classical Arabic, and music is what’s lost in translation. Second, it does not treat itself as literature but rather as divine utterance. … Third, it is absent virtually all of the pleasures of literature. … The Gospel of John may put forth a lot of crazy ideas, but it hooks the reader from ‘In the beginning was the word,’ mainly because such a sentence supposes there was a beginning, and therefore an end. The Koran makes no such concessions. Indeed, the Prophet Muhammad … is, by modern conventions, a singularly inept storyteller.”

—Tom Junod, writing on “The Koran,” in the October issue of Esquire

Fence consensus

“When the amateur border guards, the Minutemen, first set up with their lawn chairs and binoculars at the U.S.-Mexico border and started talking about the need to build a fence, polite opinion scoffed. Now, the fence almost represents a consensus position, embraced by the left and right alike. …

“Sixty-four Democrats just voted with Republicans in the House to pass legislation authorizing 700 miles of double-layered fence along the border. The Senate recently voted 94-3 to spend nearly $2 billion on 370 miles’ worth of fencing and will take up the House bill soon. …

“This political state of play is the exact reverse of what was widely predicted earlier in the year. … But a funny thing happened on the way to ‘comprehensive reform’ — the political marketplace worked. …

“The public has long supported better immigration enforcement, but Washington has disdained and ignored it. … The high-profile debate on immigration, however, coupled with an election, has forced the Beltway to give public opinion its due.”

—Rich Lowry, writing on “We’re All Neanderthals Now,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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