- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Sean for Iran

“Iran is led today by a president who has repeatedly threatened to eradicate the state of Israel. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is building weapons that can get the job done quicker and more efficiently than Adolf Hitler with his formidable war machine. He is every bit the Jew hater that Hitler was. And he hates America even more. …

“[Actor Sean] Penn spoke at a town hall meeting in Oakland last weekend. What he said about his country was shameful. What he said about our country’s enemies — and the enemies of freedom throughout the entire world — was even more despicable.

“What can you say about a man who embraces and defends Iran, the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world today? What can one say about a man who embraces dictators around the world while openly loathing the elected leaders of his own nation?”

— Joseph Farah, writing on “Hollywood history repeats itself,” Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Crime hype

“Over the last six months, the Police Executive Research Forum, the chief executives of primarily large police departments, has gotten the media concerned that the country is threatened by a sudden upsurge in violent crime and murder. A New York Times story on March 9 started the current round of hysteria with the headline that ‘Violent Crime in Cities Show Sharp Surge.’

“An earlier front-page story in January in USA Today caused a similar ruckus.

“One wonders whether the reporters ever thought of getting a critical comment for their story.

“The Police Executive Research Forum report sounded the alarm: ‘The FBI statistics reflect the largest single-year percent increase in violent crime in 14 years.’

“It becomes a lot less scary when one realizes that the violent crime rate fell for 13 straight years, a total drop of 39 percent, before increasing in 2005 by less than 1 percent.

“The Forum even referred to this minuscule one-year increase as a ‘trend.’ …

“With crime numbers such as these, it is strange that the Forum could get so many people talking about a surge, whether it be nationally or just in cities.”

— John R. Lott Jr., writing on “The Crime-Statistics Con Job,” Sunday at FoxNews.com

Kids in charge

“Time was when the teacher was an authority figure, someone to be feared, not a pal, not anyone a teenager would choose to spend time with.

“That was a time when parents were held in the same regard.

“But today the child rules. Sometimes the child is a 6-foot male with raging hormones in a classroom with females in various modes of provocative dress, including the teacher, who does not lecture but holds rap sessions, where each and every opinion from students is given the consideration of that of a panelist at a scholarly conference.

“The ethos of relativism dominates the conversation as well. The big sin is to declare a right or wrong. ‘What’s right for you may not be right for me.’ …

“It begins early in education, and by high school, it is the rare student who can defend notions of right and wrong. …

“The teacher becomes a peer, and according to the regnant ethos, it’s OK to have sex with one’s peer.”

— Mary Grabar, writing on “Facilitating Student-Teacher Affairs,” Sunday in Townhall.com

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