WOMEN AND WINNERS
Re: William Tucker's Spare the Women:
Fantastic article by W. Tucker today. I don't normally think along these lines, and it's great to have my noggin jostled like that.
Will you make sure readers know when his upcoming book "Monogamy and Its Discontents" becomes available? Putting interested readers on a special, one-time only mailing list would do the trick. Pity we have to wait 'till next year.
-- Dave Fobare
Talk about a male chauvinist! Yes they are still around. they cannot comprehend that women are truly intelligent people, even as intelligent as William Tucker thinks he is.
-- Jim Schrenker
I strongly disagree with you on "women just wait to see who the winner will be." That may be true in the animal kingdom and it may be true in a percentage of the human kingdom but it's not true in self-determined women who think more of themselves than "just a partner for a strong male."
And for your own good I hope you get to meet some of the latter. I think a lot of women are weak and want to be taken care of (the taken care of isn't a weakness as long as they contribute in other ways that are just as valuable). But there are a lot of women out here who truly DO NOT agree with your wife.
Mohammed Atta was brainwashed and probably on drugs when he committed this disgusting act. He was very weak-minded from the get-go. Strong ethical people do not do this kind of thing, only weak, unethical, criminals would so this kind of thing.
-- Joni Ramm
I speak with some authority about women, having been one myself for over forty years. If someone tried to hurt any member of my family, I would kill him if necessary, and wound him badly just to send a message. Biology has endowed women with emotional intelligence that years of political correctness and educational brainwashing have not yet erased. If there are any little Tuckers about the house, ask Mrs. Tucker what she would do to protect one of them from harm. I hope she knows the right answer.
As for Islam, I have no difficulty at all grasping the threat of Islam, which debases women beyond anything else that I can think of.
-- Julie McKinley
With all due respect, I am a 40-year-old woman and I do not believe as the writer's wife that these Islamic fanatics can be appeased. They want me dead unless I conform to their sick and twisted way of life. Which is exactly why I wonder where is the NOW on all of this? Where is the outrage with women in the 21st century wearing a blanket aka burkha over their entire body in 100 degree heat? Having to walk in town only escorted by a male regardless if the woman is a widower. People like me never get polled by the media but trust me -- there are a lot of bright women like me who understand what's at stake here. Women's freedoms in the U.S., in particular, are a stark minority to the rest of the world. The ignorant women who control the media and have the gall to claim they speak for all of us just don't get it. That's why they support sheep like John Kerry. I get it. And I'll vote with the rest of my friends this fall to ensure a second W term. Why the Jews vote Democratic today is beyond me too. W is the only one for Israel really. He's put our U.S. military behind his pledge. I don't want to get off message here, but many women understand what's at risk behind this Islamic jihad. The Islamic women in the U.S. are noticeably silent as well because their husbands would beat them for speaking out. I'm grateful for being born an American woman more than ever before and I support George W. Bush because he gets it too.
Re: Jed Babbin's Vague It Up:
Loved it, hit the nail on the head.
Bardot should be given a medal because Islam is BARBARIC. One only has to read "Hatred's Kingdom."
Keep up the good reporting and work.
P.S. Let us hope my email address is not being "monitored" or this will be the last one from here, having lived in Germany for almost 40 years, I can attest to a lot of the info from Jed.
Europe is really quite hopeless, isn't it ? Like a recidivist alcoholic -- all, it seems, we can ever do is wait for her to hit rock bottom, then pick up the pieces and rehab her at great expense. I suppose we'll do it again, more reluctantly this time. We have to, don't we?
I spent much of last year in England. I thought I would love it -- I loved it there in the late 1950s, and early 1960s. I love the England of Churchill, Orde Wingate, Paul Johnson, Petronella Wyatt, and Margaret Thatcher. That England is gone. What remains is not even interesting degenerate --it is vanilla degenerate.
The place is well lit, but there is nobody home.
As I made my way along the pavement in Brighton of a Saturday evening, struggling to keep my balance on the puke-slick surface, gingerly weaving through the drunks and nose-ringed matrons, all I could do was marvel at Kubrick's prescience, for the clockwork in the orange has, indeed, stuck midnight.
-- Paul Kotik
In his recent article "Vague It Up" Jed Babbin alleges that the U.S. Constitution is clear and simple.
How is it, therefore, that although there are no apparent references therein to the "freedoms" to publish hard-core pornography and murder unborn children, his country's judges have nonetheless allowed these practices on constitutional grounds? "Clear and Simple"? My Arse!
The notion that entirely written constitutions are necessary or even helpful to a nation's well-being is whiggish nonsense. They only lull the people into a false sense of security, unaware that words may always be twisted by the unscrupulous to mean their opposite. That is why my country, the UK, is better off without one and will vote against the new EU constitution if the U.S.'s friend -- but the UK's enemy -- Mr. Blair ever gets round to holding the promised referendum.
Mr. Babbin also accuses "Europe" (a term of notoriously unclear extension) of failing to come to his country's aid at its time of need. The UK is part of Europe and, for the moment, the EU. The UK has fought on the U.S.'s side its recent Middle Eastern wars. Although crusty, Marxist and Islamist antiwar protesters made a lot of noise about this, by far the greater part of the British people have an instinctive sympathy with the U.S., despite those unfortunate events of the late eighteenth century. When will the U.S. show some reciprocal loyalty? A good start would be overcoming your country's sentimental republicanism by banning Noraid and allowing the UK to extradite suspected Provisional IRA terrorists from the U.S. as straightforwardly as the U.S. can extradite suspected al Qaeda terrorists from the UK.
-- Tom Holbrook
Boil it down and the difference between the U.S. and the EU is one of trust. In the U.S., the presumption of the Founding Fathers was to presume trust of the populace to do what was right for themselves and their fellow countrymen. The Constitution constrains what the government is permitted to do. One only need read the lead sentence of the Constitution or Article IX, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people," to understand the level of trust the framers intended.
On the Continent, the Euros are still in the mental trap, even to this day, of believing in the dark side of human nature. And so they wish to contain it before it gets let loose. Their error of course is, in attempting to restrain the beasts of a few, they restrain everyone and reduce the potential of all their citizens.
Just goes to show just how unique this country of ours truly is.
-- John McGinnis
Your commentary on the collapsing civilization of Western Europe was eagerly read, but I have a serious complaint. Twice in as many paragraphs, you employed the word "Frog" to mean "French." The use of ethnic epithets is beneath both you and the otherwise fine publication for which you write. I suppose it would be one thing were we at war with France, but we are not; and while the use of "Kraut" or "Jap" may have been commonly accepted in earlier wars, just try to use anything like "Wog" today and see where it gets you.
As for where "Frog" will get you, I recommend you stop that at once, or you and I will be taking this outside where you'll come to regret meeting one Frenchman who, irrespective of his love of cheese, is no "surrender monkey."
And as for Mme. Bardot, she can expect to be mercifully dead before any partie Islamique forms a government in Paris, but it's coming all the same. The French are willfully blind to the threat to their country that the Muslims -- please notice the omission of any such qualifier as "fundamentalist" or "radical" -- represent, and there is no Charles Martel at hand now that another is desperately needed. Further, it saddens me to no end that, if there were to arise another "Hammer," instead of rallying to his banner, they would do a lot worse to him than merely fine him $6,000.
-- Stephen Foulard
About the Congress making no laws to censure the freedom of speech, take the example of Sen. Harkin's amendment to the defense bill, limiting the conservative view on the Armed Services Radio.
The claim of not enough liberal voices, is, if not naive, downright stupid and deceitful.
The majority of programs lean so far to the left, it resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
-- Rita Lawson
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.'s Let Them Eat Deer:
Mr. Tyrrell reminds me of my own very dated but vivid personal experience with a European closet cowboy. It happened when I was skiing for a week with my (U.S. Air Force) family near Kitzbuhel, Austria during the particularly uninhibited time of Fasching.
There was a congenial, heavy set Austrian who was friendly with us Americans. During the seemingly continuous party time one evening, he put his arm around my father's shoulder and asked quietly: "Kennen Sie 'Bonanza'?" After an affirmative reply, our Alpine Cowboy friend confided: "Ich bin Hoss."
-- Robert Martins
Re: Enemy Central's Sleepers of the Year:
I am a business owner who has voted Republican and Democrat, depending on the strengths and values that the politician brings to Office.
I am so sick and tired of the Republican Right Wing crying about Clinton this and Clinton that, I believe it is critical to bring a sense of balance back to White House. I'm one of those voters who votes for the best candidate, NOT the Party. I voted for Reagan, Clinton and Bush. Now, I'm going to vote for Kerry. Thank you for helping me make up my mind.
My concern today, is the holy-than-thou attitude of the right wing conservatives and the influence they have on President Bush. Right Wing conservatives don't seem to get it. There's probably many business owners and other hard working Americans that believe and practice religious freedom but also believe in the separation of Church and State. Otherwise you end up with a power tribunal like the Taliban.
Let's get real. I don't buy, nor do I believe that any American that's even half-awake, buys the rhetoric that Clinton is responsible for 9/11. In fact, it's that type of distorted political spin that has given me pause to think that we as a Nation are in desperate need of a balanced political landscape. You lose voters like me that may support some of the notions of conservatism by serving up hate and lies as a platform for political advantage. It's mean-natured, back-stabbing and out-right lying: all in the name of political intent. It makes run, not walk, away from this forum.
I support stem cell research that Nancy Reagan has been pleading for. I support getting rid of Saddam, bin Laden and other terrorists that kill innocents. I support our troops. I support bring the pendulum back into balance.
I'm voting for Kerry.
-- Sanford Futterman
Re: George Neumayr's Blame the Bishops:
By George, he's got it! Mr. Neumayr's quite right to note the hypocrisy of Catholic dissident John Kerry politicking at Georgetown University and Boston College, scandals touted by Kerry's campaign as opportunities to thumb their noses at the Vatican and rally the pro-choice Democratic base.
But the problem of pro-choice candidates at Catholic colleges is worse than Mr. Neumayr might have imagined: Dennis Kucinich at Sacred Heart University (Conn.) in June 2003, Howard Dean at St. Anselm College (N.H.) last September and Georgetown last October, Dick Gephardt's daughter at Boston College last November, Kerry and Gephardt at Clarke College (Iowa) in January, Wesley Clark at Rivier College (N.H.) in January, and Carol Moseley Braun at the College of the Holy Cross (Mass.) in March. The final Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary, featuring seven candidates battling over their pro-choice credentials, was hosted by St. Anselm College in January.
During the last presidential campaign, Al Gore held a campaign rally at Gonzaga University (Wash.) featuring the university's basketball coach and cheerleaders. Gore also spoke at Marquette University (Wis.) in March 2000, Bill Bradley at Mount St. Clare College (Iowa) in May 1999, and Joe Lieberman at the University of Notre Dame in October 2000.
And these are just the presidential races. In the past five years, as documented in our new report (to be posted soon at www.cardinalnewmansociety.org), Catholic colleges have hosted scores of pro-abortion politicians and others -- many of them dissenting Catholics -- who spurn Catholic teaching on abortion and sexuality. Indeed, the problem goes further to the activism of faculty members, college officials and trustees.
It's not that there aren't good Catholic colleges available, but we're trying our best to clean up the rest of them by building a groundswell of concern among Catholics. Mr. Neumayr's article helps!
-- Patrick J. Reilly
President, Cardinal Newman Society
Re: Unsigned's letter (under "If the French Had Wings") in Reader Mail's Comma Cause:
I enjoyed the letter from "unsigned (Utilisateur 1)" in today's edition. As is the usual practice of French "intellectuals," the writer didn't (or couldn't) sign their name.…
In this century both France and Germany have stumbled aimlessly in an endless circle of defeatism, Fascism, Communism, Socialism, arrogance, and spite, interrupted by very brief interludes of genuine gratitude and friendship toward the United States. This is clearly the behavior of two once-great cultures that have had their day and are now sliding at full speed down the back slope of history. I am comforted by the fact that I will probably live to see France become a Moslem nation. The Eiffel Tower will make a nice minaret and the "believers" will have a ball burning all of those "infidel paintings" in the Louvre. France will be no more and the hateful fools will have done it to themselves. Germany, you're next.
-- Tillman L. Jeffrey
Re: The Washington Prowler's The Plot Thickens (Talking Teddy):
Please! Ted Kennedy attacking the Pope because he gave Holy Communion to Augusto Pinochet should be Teddy's last utterance before Rehab begins. Here we have a medical text example of what Scotch can do to brain cells when it is applied in liberal amounts (pun intended). This ridiculous comment by the old submarine commander reminds me of a bumper sticker I once saw. The sticker said, "Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than my gun".
-- Joseph Baum
Newton Falls, Ohio
Hello fellow patriots:
Do you think the Kerry campaign is smart enough to tee-up Teddy "Captain Oldsmobile" Kennedy for a Sister Soulja moment?
-- John Carrigg
Downers Grove, Illinois
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