- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2007

‘Stinky hippies’

“This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called Summer of Love. Honest and intelligent people will remember it for what it really was: the Summer of Drugs.

“Forty years ago, hordes of stoned, dirty, stinky hippies converged on San Francisco to ‘turn on, tune in and drop out.’ … Turned off by the work ethic and productive American Dream values of their parents, hippies instead opted for a cowardly, irresponsible lifestyle of random sex, life-destroying drugs and mostly soulless rock music that flourished in San Francisco.

“The Summer of Drugs climaxed with the Monterey Pop Festival, which included some truly virtuoso musical talents such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, both of whom would be dead a couple of years later due to drug abuse. …

“As a diehard musician, I terribly miss these very talented people who squandered God’s gifts in favor of poison and the joke of hipness. …

“Clean and sober for 59 years, I am still rocking my brains out and approaching my 6,000th concert. Clean and sober is the real party.”

Ted Nugent, writing on “The Summer of Drugs,” Wednesday in OpnionJournal.com

‘Silencing truth’

“God is regarded as an enemy by many in the grip of homosexuality or other lustful behavior because He reminds them of who and what they truly are meant to be. People caught in the act would rather stay ‘blissfully ignorant’ by silencing truth and those who speak it. …

“Healing from the wounds caused by homosexuality is not easy — there’s little obvious support. What support remains is shamed, ridiculed, silenced by rhetoric or made illegal by twisting of laws. I had to sift through my own embarrassment and the disapproving ‘voices’ of all I’d ever known to find it. Part of the homosexual agenda is getting people to stop considering that conversion is even a viable question to be asked, let alone whether or not it works.

“In my experience, ‘coming out’ from under the influence of the homosexual mind-set was the most liberating, beautiful and astonishing thing I’ve ever experienced in my entire life.

“Lust takes us out of our bodies, ‘attaching’ our psyche onto someone else’s physical form. That’s why homosexual sex — and all other lust-based sex — is never satisfactory: It’s a neurotic process rather than a natural, normal one. Normal is normal — and has been called normal for a reason.”

Michael Glatze, writing on “How a ‘gay rights’ leader became straight,” July 3 at WorldNetDaily.com

Sci-fi prophet

“From the beginning of his career as a writer in 1939 … [science fiction author Robert] Heinlein was one of the field’s masters. Before that, science fiction had been mostly either a heavy-handed and didactic genre or one concerned with unsophisticated fantastic adventure tales. Heinlein added sophistication and realism, creating a future world that seemed everyday and lived-in, not impossibly distant. He treated rockets and space travel as matter-of-fact details of human life — as Heinlein believed they would and must become. …

“It’s hard to remember now just how important Heinlein was in popularizing the concept of space travel. … NASA granted him a posthumous Distinguished Public Service Medal that read, ‘Through dozens of superbly written novels and essays and the epoch-making movie “Destination Moon,” he helped inspire the nation to take its first step into space and onto the moon.’ ”

Brian Doherty, writing on “L.A.’s Nostradamus,” July 1 in the Los Angeles Times

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