- The Washington Times - Monday, May 3, 2010

One plane at a time

“Actor, environmental activist and pilot Harrison Ford, who owns seven airplanes, told his environmental critics that he will ‘start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere.’

“Ford spoke on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about general aviation at an event sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. In light of criticism Ford has received from environmentalists about his use of airplanes, CNSNews.com asked him if his environmental activism coupled with his flying was a ‘contradiction.’ Ford said, ‘They’re quite right. Ill start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere.’

“Ford is one of the chairmen of Conservation International and has done an advertisement for the environmentalist group Team Earth. In commenting on his seven planes, Ford told CNSNews.com: ‘I only fly one of them at a time — and … the contribution of general aviation to greenhouse gas emissions is less than 2 percent — and all of aviation, less than 2 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. And private, or general aviation, is even less than that. So, it is significant.’”

Nicholas Ballasy, writing on “Harrison Ford to Green Critics,” on April 28 at Cybercast News Service

Europe model

“The Europeanists have gotten themselves into a strange fix. They have expanded their Union to the point of decision-making paralysis but would consider expanding still further. They cannot deepen the Union, lest residual memories of democratic accountability roil Europe’s individual national souls.

“But the Union may have to be deepened, for, as the Belgian politician Leo Tindemans noted in a famous report on the future of Europe more than thirty years ago — a house half finished will not last. As Greece (among others) has shown, economic union without considerably more political union will not work. …

“The liberal immigration protocols they have enacted are stimulating a widespread anti-immigrant backlash, yet the demographic collapse of the native populations demand immigration to keep economies from collapsing as well. In nearly every sense, then, the European model, and the European promise with it, is locked in a ‘crisis of wishing.’ The further the Europeanists try to go forward, the harder it is for them to move anywhere at all.”

Walter Laqueur, writing on “Better Fifty Years of Europe?” in the July-August issue of the American Interest

Freddy’s fingers

“At some point in the 1980s, probably around the time of the fourth or fifth ‘Friday the 13th’ sequel, I realized that horror movies had, in effect, become comedies. It was all part of a ritual. You went out to the multiplex with your buddies, or maybe on a date, to see the latest by-the-numbers blood feast in which a sick young man in a goalie mask devised creative new ways to gouge and dismember a series of good-looking and eminently dispensable bad actors. …

“But until ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ in 1984, we were all laughing at these movies, not with them. Freddy Krueger changed all that. … Freddy, with his leer and his cackle and his slightly goofy scarecrow look, was a showman, a snarky demon clown, a burlesque master of ceremonies. In his first big scene in ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ he holds his arms out wide, like a wall-shadow parody of a boogeyman, then mockingly slices off two of his own fingers. A new kind of killer has arrived. He’s not just here to scare you — he’s here to have a good time doing it. Let’s party!”

Owen Gleiberman, writing on “How Freddy Krueger changed horror movies,” on April 30 at the Entertainment Weekly blog the Movie Critics

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