- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Can’t hush Rush

“For nearly two decades, liberal activists have tried to counter the success of [Rush] Limbaugh and the conservative hosts who followed him. First they tried to restore the [Fairness] Doctrine, beginning in 1993 with a bill dubbed ‘Hush Rush.’ That effort died after Republican victories in 1994, so liberals turned to the marketplace, searching for a Rush of their own. For a while, they hoped that Jim Hightower … might be the answer. When Hightower failed, they hoped that Mario Cuomo, the former New York governor, might fit the bill. When Cuomo failed, they came up with the idea of a liberal network, Air America. … But Air America ended in bankruptcy.”

Byron York, writing on “An Unfair Doctrine,” in the July 30 issue of National Review

Shouting facts

“In July 1989 columnist Warren Brookes surveyed the nation’s Independence Day celebrations and noted that Americans were about to ‘engage willingly in activities that are thousands of times more dangerous than the “environmental risks” ’ President George H.W. Bush and the U.S. Congress were committing hundreds of millions of dollars to stamp out of existence. No, Brookes wasn’t arguing for more stringent fireworks regulation. Those taxpayer dollars, he wrote, were ‘trivial compared with the dangers to our liberties and our sanity from the risk-free agenda of the newest secular religionists, the “ecotheologians” … who are now busy shouting “death” on a crowded planet.’

“Eighteen years later, the nation’s Fourth of July holiday was spent immersed in the hype over Al Gore’s impending series of Live Earth concerts. … Robert F. Kennedy Jr. would call a disagreement on global warming ‘treason’ and those who air such skepticisms ‘traitors.’

“If Brookes hadn’t tragically passed away in 1992 at age 62, he would likely be Kennedy’s Public Enemy No. 1 today. Few understood the Green Scam quite so well or so early as Brookes did, and no one was more adept at eviscerating its sacred cows with sharpened facts, common sense — he spent 20 years in business before entering opinion journalism — and, yes, humor. … After his death the Wall Street Journal eulogized, ‘Few voices stand as Warren Brookes did, shouting facts into the gale of fashion.’ …

“We are in desperate need of another indefatigable visionary like Warren Brookes today.”

Shawn Macomber, writing on “The Man Who Saw Tomorrow,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

‘Malignant’ movie

“Watching 6- and 7-year-old children walk out of the press screening for the new ‘Harry Potter’ movie … is always an opportunity to reflect on the malignant corruption of our culture. Aside from the fact that these children are exposed to ugly creatures, fantastic violence and worthless incantations, this movie has some dialogue that sounds like it comes out of Stuart Smalley’s Daily Affirmations on ‘Saturday Night Live.’…

“For those who don’t care about the occult worldview in the ‘Harry Potter’ books and movies, which reinforces this rampant selfish solipsism, they should care about this insane condoning and tolerating of malignant narcissistic behavior.”

— Ted Baehr, writing on “Potter’s kids: Narcissistic, spoiled brats,” Friday in WorldNetDaily.com

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