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Re: Jed Babbin’s Mahmoud, Kofi, and the Usual Suspects:

The consensus on Iran seems to be that we will have no choice but to launch a pre-emptive attack in the near future to forestall the rogue state achieving nuclear arms. But let’s take a deep breath and consider the following: We couldn’t stop the USSR, China, India, or Pakistan from getting the bomb, and we probably won’t stop Iran. MAD prevented any of those countries from launching a missile, even though they were as crazy and paranoid as the Iranians.

Nuclear arms play a different role in the Middle East than in the West. They’re a token of coming of age for the country. In Pakistan, the day they got the bomb is a national holiday. So I say let’s give the Iranians a dozen nuclear armed missiles. After all, if they are insane enough to launch one, we don’t want it to be one of their inferior home-made Molotov cocktails that they aimed at Paris and hit New York. Then, let’s place nuclear missiles in Afghanistan and Iraq, as Reagan did in Europe, and let the Iranians know we will complete the desertification of their country should they launch one.
Roger D. McKinney
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Re: Patrick J. Michaels’s Warming to Efficiency:

What you say about energy and CO2 is undoubted, despite the allegations against CO2, and now Methane, which can be found in other articles on the subject of Global Warming. There is also absolutely no evidence that the present climate cycle, which will be colder, or warmer, depending on the time of year and the observer’s agenda, is being caused mainly because of human activity.

If we were stupid enough to lower our standard of living by actually complying with the Kyoto edict, it could amount to a fraction of a degree of world wide temperature we are told. In truth the Kyoto thing is symbolic. We can’t predict the weather in the future and we certainly cannot control it.

I wouldn’t mind seeing the Eco-terrorists give up their transportation and high ways of living and hunker down in some cave.
G.B. Hall
Marietta, Georgia

While the author discusses CO2 output he fails to provide more balance to the issue of greenhouse gases. Ninety-five percent of the “greenhouse effect” is water vapor, on which man has no impact. That leaves CO2, N20, methane and other gases. Human impact there is also quite limited. In fact man’s contribution to all greenhouse gases is 0.28 percent. Or if we reduced all greenhouse gases to about 400 pounds mankind’s contribution is 1 pound. Insignificant.
Don Herion

Re: Yale Kramer’s Brokeback Mountain and the Romance of Gayness:

And notice, too, how quickly Hollywood jumps from the “Gayatitude of the Movie of the Mount” to accepting and applauding movies glorifying Palestinian suicide bombers. Somehow, I wasn’t aware of any country named Palestine except in Hollywood fantasyland. But then, Arabs, with no connection to a historically Roman Palestine, give themselves this mythical designation and “Presto, Change-o!” Fantasy comes to life. A truly Hollywood moment. Now I see the connection between these two entities. Silly me!
Wolf Terner
Fair Lawn, New Jersey

While Yale Kramer makes excellent points about “Brokeback Mountain” and the romance of gayness, my objections to the movie start with its description as a “cowboy” tale. As far as I know, the movie is about sheepherders. There’s a difference, as any Westerner knows.
Bill Macfadyen
Santa Barbara, California

Cartoonist Jeff Danziger has often been accused of dipping his pen in acid, but his “Big Bucks Mountain” (which I first saw in that collection of cartoons the Washinton Post prints on Saturdays) points to the “next big subject” for the Hollywood elite to proselytize. (Click here.)

Why is it that, while other terms which describe clinical phobias are properly Greek throughout, the term “homophobia” is only half so, construed to mean “an irrational fear of homos.” Nowadays, to call a homosexual person a “homo” is very politically incorrect.

Since the Greek “homos” means “the same,” “homophobia,” properly parsed, should mean “an irrational fear of those who are just like myself.” As a “homophobe” in that context, I would shy away from other heterosexual conservative veterans.

Interesting, yes?
CW3 Herb Allen, USAR
Vietnam veteran

John Ford must literally be rolling in his grave with the entire hullabaloo that is surrounding the homosexual cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain. Watching the reviews and awards that are coming out of Hollywood, a person would think that this movie of a couple of randy sheep herders is on par with the Civil War epic, Gone with the Wind.

The Hollywood elites must be given credit though for choosing a vehicle to push their homosexual agenda of brainwashing America that homosexuality is as American as apple pie and cowboys, and traditional marriage.

Take for instance how Europeans have viewed Americans in general through the years. The typical European phrase directed at Americans is, “Why do Americans act like cowboys all the time?” Even today European media outlets refer to President Bush’s foreign policies in such ways as, “President Bush is acting like a cowboy, forcing U.S. views on the rest of the world.”

To the world and U.S. history the epitome of American maleness that has been associated with the cowboy is being a rugged, adventurous, shoot now and ask questions later sort of guy.

So what better slap in the face to the traditional American male, and one could say marriage, than to make a film about a couple of gay cowboys who have nothing better to do than watch sheep and make randy overtures to each other.

I guess many in Hollywood are products of public education because a cowboy is an American icon who drove vast herds of cattle across the vastness of a wild and untamed territory. During the range wars farmers and sheep herders were encroaching on the vast ranges that the cattle grazed on and a war ensued between the cattlemen, farmers, and sheep herders. Calling a cowboy a sheep herder is the worst sort of insults, so I guess Ms. Proulx sort of missed that point.

I guess the flavor of the movie wouldn’t have the same emotional impact of pushing the homosexual agenda as, “Broke Back Mountain a steamy love affair between two sheep herders.” At least one positive came out of this movie; the sheep can sleep a lot easier now without having one eye open, and in the words of Hillary Clinton, “And you know what I mean.”
Melvin L. Leppla
Jacksonville, North Carolina

Dr. Kramer’s excellent analysis, detailed and accurate as it is, is no match for the Gay-Chic rampant throughout affected, “informed and sophisticated” America.

By its jaded standard the bond of mutual regard and respect, even brotherly love that develops between men must, perforce, include sex to be of any consequence or meaning.
Chef Tim
Muncie, Indiana

You should have a story on the elitists’ and Hollywood’s “MORALPHOBIA.”
James E. Unger

Re: Lisa Fabrizio’s The Wrong Side of Roe:

Milton (Uncle Milty) Berle was wont to say, “I wish I’d said that … and I will!”

As Ms. Fabrizio so aptly put it, “When and if Roe is relegated to the ash-heap of history, the loudest cheers may come from right-to-lifers, but the sustained applause will be from lovers of the U.S. Constitution.”

Keep the faith!
Bob Johnson
Bedford, Texas

The real issue here is that liberals do not trust American voters to vote their way and they need activist judges. Let’s put this to a VOTE and see how it comes out.
Elaine Kyle

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