- The Washington Times - Monday, January 1, 2007

Supreme saga

” ‘Dreamgirls” is a barely disguised account of Berry Gordy and the rise of the Supremes; it features some brief, crisply written expository passages and several photo-montage sequences that detail the emergence of black artists as a major commercial force in American music of the 1960s — all seen against a background of the Detroit riots and the civil-rights movement. But, apart from these episodes, just about everything is sung, and, in this movie, the songs aren’t merely commentary on the narrative and the personal conflicts; they are the narrative and the drama — a rousing success story that is also (though we don’t realize it right away) a parallel story of failure. …

” ‘Dreamgirls’ fulfills the ecstatic promise inherent in all musicals — that life can be dissolved into song and dance — but it does so without relinquishing the toughest estimate of how money and power work in the real world that song and dance leave behind.”

— David Denby, writing on “Best and Brightest,” in the Dec. 25-Jan. 1 issue of the New Yorker

Bisexual bigotry?

As a guest on Laura Ingraham’s radio show a few years ago, I debated Evan Wolfson, former project director of Lambda Legal. Relying on Lambda’s expressed concern for the rights of bisexuals, I challenged Wolfson to admit that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to legalizing polygamy. … If polygamy isn’t legalized, how will a bisexual marry just one person without denying his or her ‘bisexual orientation’? Otherwise, in order to marry, won’t bisexuals have to make a gender choice in a spouse and then engage in adultery in order to fulfill who they are as bisexuals?

“Wolfson … says in his book, ‘Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry’: ‘Civil unions … are unequal in the security, clarity, and status they provide, unequal in the legal protections that flow from them, unequal in fact as well as in name — and names or words, of course, matter.’ …

“How long will bisexuals accept less than ‘equal treatment’ while homosexuals continue to diss civil unions and push for the right to ‘marry’ in other states? … How long will they wait for their homosexual ‘allies’ to help them achieve the equal right to ‘marry’ the persons of their choice?”

— Janet M. LaRue, writing on “When Will Bisexuals Drag Homosexuals Out of Polygamy Closet?” Dec. 22 at Townhall.com

No. 48

“Earlier this month, my wife asked me for a Christmas list. I suggested a University of Michigan football jersey. This raised an important question: What number should go on it?

“I thought about Anthony Carter’s No. 1 and Rick Leach’s No. 7 because they were conquering heroes of my childhood. Then it dawned on me: I wanted No. 48, for Gerald Ford. After all, he was the man who gave me my first lesson in media bias.

“Ford … was a very good football player. In 1932 and 1933, his Wolverines went undefeated. In 1934, he was the team MVP. In Michigan’s storied football history — no school has won more games — only five numbers have received the honor of retirement, and Ford’s No. 48 is one of them.

“And yet the media went on to portray this great athlete as a notorious klutz.

“Somehow, the only president who ever tackled a Heisman Trophy winner gained the reputation of a lubber. A man who turned down offers from the NFL in order to attend law school — at Yale, no less — became known as a blockhead.”

— John J. Miller, writing on “Bold Moves,” Wednesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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