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Monday, November 27, 2006

Quote of the Day: Mark Steyn on our future

In yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Steyn noted that the future of the free world is leaning over the precipice of a Muslim society that is willing to blow up 64-year-old grandmothers in the name of jihad. Who is helping tip the free world in that direction? Symbolically, Scarlett Johansson (ellipses mine):
Like every other sad middle-aged loser guy, I fell in love with Scarlett's fetchingly pert bottom in the opening of "Lost In Translation"...In a bit of light Bush-bashing the other day, she attacked the president for his opposition to "sex education." If he had his way, she said, "every woman would have six children and we wouldn't be able to have abortions." Whereas Scarlett is so "socially aware" (as she puts it) she gets tested for HIV twice a year.

Well, yes. If "sex education" is about knowing which concrete condom is less likely to disintegrate during the livelier forms of penetrative intercourse, then getting an AIDS test every few months may well be a sign that you're a Ph.D. (Doctor of Phenomenal horniness). But, if "sex education" means an understanding of sexuality as anything other than an act of transient self-expression, then Scarlett is talking through that famously cute butt.
Others skewered by Steyn's pen, er, keyboard, include the new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori. In an interview with the New York Times, Schori said that Episcopalians "tend to be better educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than other denominations," because the denomination encourages its members "to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion."

Which is why the views of Fatma An-Najar, the aforementioned suicide-bomber grandma, are likely to gain a firmer hold than those of Schori and Johansson.


  • At 11/28/2006 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "There will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq. These terms do not reflect the reality of what is going to happen there. The future of Iraq was always going to be determined by the Iraqis — not the Americans.
    …The time for more U.S. troops in Iraq has passed. We do not have more troops to send and, even if we did, they would not bring a resolution to Iraq. Militaries are built to fight and win wars, not bind together failing nations.
    …The United States must begin planning for a phased troop withdrawal from Iraq." - Sen. Chuck Hagle—R NE

  • At 11/29/2006 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Scarlett Johansen needs to shut up do what she does so well: look pretty.


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