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“The policies that turned a $9 billion surplus to a $24 billion deficit in just 18 months are continued and expanded in a state budget which, though just three weeks old, is already unraveling before our eyes."
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The Week: 4/6/03 – 4/12/03

CRO Column

First, Eat Your Vegetables
by Assemblyman Ray Haynes 4/12/03 | I really dislike green beans. I don’t know why, but there is not much about their taste or their texture that I find appealing. However, as a child, my mother insisted I eat them. | So—I ate them first in any meal in which they were served. Do the heavy lifting early, I learned, and the rest of the job is easy. This early lesson of eating the things I disliked first was a great lesson for just about every job I ever had. In any job, if you get the worst of the job out of the way early, the rest of the job is a piece of cake. | What has this got to do with the state budget? Well—I guess the Governor’s mother never made him eat his green beans at dinner. [more inside]

SAVE SADDAM – The Celebrity Front
From Front Page

Appeasers, Repent!
by Paul Bond 4/11/03 | Watching the now-famous television images of Iraqi people celebrating the victory of U.S. and coalition forces in Baghdad, I couldn't help thinking: I wonder if I'll be having dinner with Martin Sheen soon? | You see, it was four months ago that I asked Sheen, Mike Farrell and a host of activist-actors whether the sight of enraptured, newly liberated Iraqis might prompt them to second-guess their noisy opposition to war. [more at Front Page]

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From American Spectator

You Belong To Me
by The Prowler 4/11/03 | ...One who is greatly concerned is Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi. On Thursday, she publicly stated she would not change her vote against the war for anything. But privately on Wednesday she asked her personal office staff to compile comments from her career that would show her as supportive of military action and America's soldiers. On Thursday afternoon, she made a very big production of her speech in the Capitol during a congressional rally for the troops. As she spoke, those men and women there in uniform -- and even some Republican House members -- snickered at her performance. "She was trying just a bit too hard," says a Republican House staffer. [more at American Spectator]

From National Review
Are You Sleeping Soundly?

Being Gray Davis, ca. 2008.
by Cortes E. DeRussy 4/11/03
| DECEMBER, 2008, WASHINGTON D.C. — President Gray Davis had barely recovered from the euphoria of his stunning victory in the November elections when he sat down to consider the tasks ahead of his new administration. The sweeping Democratic victory over a disoriented and discouraged Republican party and its hapless presidential candidate, Elizabeth Dole, had vindicated the Democrats' campaign strategy: Rebuild the struggling economy and begin the pullback of U.S. military forces abroad. | But now, with the election over, Davis had to confront the problems ahead. They are daunting, he thought. How did it all come to this? [more at National Review]

From OC Register

George Harrison, Prophet
Satiric Beatles ditty 'Taxman' could be the Golden State's official song.
By Tony Strickland 4/10/03
| April 15 is fast approaching. Unfortunately, this year our annual tax anxiety won't ease with the passing of the income tax-filing deadline. | That's because in California, 2003 has proven to be the Year of Ridiculous New Tax Proposals. So far this year, Democrats in Sacramento have proposed taxing your car, the Internet, cell phone and pager services, cable and satellite television services, your wages, the business that employs you - even cocktails and diapers. | An old satirical Beatles tune could become the Golden State's official song. Consider the lyrics to "Taxman": "If you drive a car, I'll tax the street; if you try to sit, I'll tax your seat; if you get too cold, I'll tax the heat; if you take a walk, I'll tax your feet." George Harrison saw California's future, apparently, way back in the '60s. [more at OC Register]

From the NY Post
A Hitler Miniseries Meant To Bash Bush
by John Podhoretz April 9, 2003 | You know those protesters who carry posters with a short brush mustache under the president's nose and the slogan "Bush = Hitler"? The protestors who, rational liberals assure us, represent the irresponsible and reckless wing of the antiwar, anti-Bush movement? | Well, the CBS television network just devoted millions of dollars and will devote four hours of prime time to a miniseries dedicated to the "Bush = Hitler" proposition. | In an eye-opening article published this week by TV Guide, journalist Mark Lasswell reveals that the creative team behind the upcoming docudrama "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" believes their story is important because it might open our eyes to America's rapid descent into totalitarian terror. [more at NY Post]

From OC Register

In Defense of the Indefensible
Sacramento can't bring itself to cut even obvious waste, outrageous perks.
by Assemblyman John Campbell 4/9/03
| It's tax time, that depressing period where we all compute what we owe to the federal and state governments as their pound of flesh for the privilege of earning a living. As a CPA who once prepared other folks' tax returns, this has always been a time of special significance for me. | But now that I am in the state Legislature, it has added significance. That is so because I have seen up close what my state taxes, and yours, are paying for. [more at OC Register]

From Weekly Standard

Le Cinema de Fromage
A French film festival opens in Los Angeles and the films on display are very, very . . . French.
by Hugh Hewitt 4/8/03 | The attempt by France to protect Saddam, even at the cost of a crack-up of NATO and the United Nations, has confused many Americans who had long believed that France was an ally. So speculation abounds: Is Chirac on the take? Is it about the oil contracts? Are French munitions going to show up in the wrong piles in Iraqi arsenals? | There may be a less obvious answer. It appears that the French film industry has tanked in so thorough a way as to be beyond rescue. French foreign policy is simply an attempt to divert attention from this deeply embarrassing fact. | The seventh annual City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival opens in Los Angeles today, though advance publicity--not surprisingly--has been light. In fact, I have begun to wonder if the organizers are hoping to get through the week without anyone noticing a French event unfolding at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The sponsors list is a little thin as well. Last year's screenings drew 4,000 people. I am guessing that unless the festival starts passing out the freebies to antiwar demonstrators at area campuses, this year's crowd will be smaller still. [more at Weekly Standard]

From Sacramento Bee

A More Rational Approach To School Spending
by Daniel Weintraub 4/8/03 | After years of seeing their budgets rise dramatically and then flatten out, California schools now face possible cuts in state aid. Teachers and others are considering a ballot measure that would raise taxes and dedicate the new revenue to public education. | But while funding for schools is a constant topic of debate, that discussion never seems to focus on one central question: How much is enough? Or, to put it another way, how much money would it take to give every California child the best possible public education? [more at Sacramento Bee]

From OC Register

CanadaCare Light
an OC Register Editorial 4/8/03 | Will the California Legislature never let up in its assault on businesses - even after more than a dozen job-killer bills passed last year, the continuing electricity crisis, potential tax increases, a national economic slump and the uncertainties of war? | Senate President John Burton, D-San Francisco, is proposing a quasi-socialized medicine scheme for California. As it stands now, Senate Bill 2 would mandate that all employers in California provide health coverage to employees, including part-timers, or pay a fee to the state government to do the same. Currently, there is no requirement to provide health insurance, although about 80 percent of Californians are covered through company or individual plans. | It would set up a new state bureaucracy, the State Health Purchasing Program, managed by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. The board will "negotiate separate contracts with participating health plans" and "shall develop and utilize appropriate cost containment measures to maximize the cost-effectiveness of health care coverage offered under the program." This could end up causing health-care rationing, as has happened in Canada. [more at OC Register]

From Weekly Standard
A Tale of Two Nancys
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi can't decide whether she's Dick Gephardt or Howard Dean.
by Katherine Mangu-Ward 4/7/03 | "THERE ARE OTHER WAYS to go about [this war] than to have thousands of people killed on both sides." So proclaimed House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi last Tuesday on CNBC's "Capital Report." | In the same segment of the show, however, she said, "I would not second guess the military on a war plan and its effectiveness." She added, "Once the president makes the call I think we just have to wait and see and give the plan time to work itself out." | Nancy Pelosi seems to be suffering from episodic attacks of foot-in-mouth disease, followed by period of total propriety. Pelosi lurches unaccountably back and forth between comments appropriate to the leadership of the national Democratic party, and what she might be expected to say among friends at home in her ultra-liberal San Francisco district. [more at Weekly Standard]

From OC Register
Uh, Governor: This is a 'hiring freeze'?
State adds 37,000 workers in a year in which it was supposed to add none.
by Ray Hanes 4/7/03
| I know I have said this a lot, but sometimes I feel like I have entered an alternative universe when I walk into the state Capitol building. I hear these noises coming from the mouths of the budgeting people, from the legislators themselves, and the governor, and those noises sound like English words, but those sounds don't have English meanings. | Take the word "freeze," for instance. In normal parlance, when referring to physics, it describes the physical activity that occurs when water turns from a liquid to a solid. In the business world, to freeze spending is to stop spending any more money. To freeze hiring is to stop hiring new people. This meaning is trying to give people the idea that, as water stops moving and encroaching upon other physical substances when it is frozen, so spending or hiring will stop encroaching on revenue when they are frozen. That is, at least, what I think it means, and I bet if you asked most people, they would think the same thing. | Not government. [more at OC Register]

From SF Chronicle

Handout City
by Debra J. Saunders 4/6/03 | SAN FRANCISCO ought to be known as the city that surrendered -- surrendered to the homeless, surrendered to panhandlers and then gave up on taking on the slow but steady spread of blight across this otherwise stunningly beautiful city. | It's the rare politician who risks the nasty opposition of vocal advocates for the Special City's dysfunctional population. Supervisor Gavin Newsom sponsored Care Not Cash, a homeless reform measure designed to push some General Assistance recipients into housing. Former Mayor Frank Jordan also had supported ballot measures to curb aggressive panhandling and move homeless aid recipients into housing. | Voters approved those measures, but then city politicians contrived to undermine the voters' will by throwing up bureaucratic roadblocks. Why not? There would be no citizen revolt. Taxpayers in San Francisco don't even expect city politicians to pay attention to their vote. [more at SF Chronicle]

From OC Register
Low-Performing Legislators
Feel-good semantic changes in education terminology won't help anyone.
by K. Lloyd Billingsley 4/6/03
| A bill before the state Senate Education Committee continues the California tradition of government by pronouncement, a practice that further distances the state from reality, increases its laughing stock nationwide and now defrauds its children. | AB 96, the first piece of legislation ever advanced by Rudy Bermudez, a freshman Democrat from Norwalk, changes the designation "low-performing schools" to "high-priority schools." The measure is strictly semantic and enacts no changes in spending, curriculum, standards or methods. Mr. Bermudez argued that the state should not employ terms that "disable children." Partisans of his idea, which passed the Assembly 51-22 on March 13, contend that "low-performing" is demeaning and that the new label alone will boost self-esteem and inspire students to higher performance. But the impassioned debate, which carried on for 45 minutes, missed a few points. [more at OC Register]

The Week: 3/30/03 – 4/5/03

CRO Column
The Arrogance of Power

by Assemblyman Ray Haynes 4/4/03 | I always thought that debate in a republic such as ours would center on great ideas concerning our future. We would disagree, and engage in the debate to convince people that our ideas were better, and that we “deserve” power because society would be better off if our ideas, rather than the ideas of those who disagree with us, were implemented. Lately, in California at least, political debate has descended into a discussion of who ought to be in power, not why. Political debate is no longer intended to be a tool to educate voters, but rather an exercise in the maintenance of power through manipulation. [more inside]

From National Review

Bowling Truths
Michael Moore’s mocking.
by Dave Kopel 4/4/03 | In the field of mockumentary filmmaking, there are two giants. Rob Reiner created the genre with his film This is Spinal Tap. Michael Moore has taken the genre to an entirely different level, with Bowling for Columbine. [more at National Review]

From OC Register
Fluent - But Not Fluent Enough
Schools have financial incentive to refuse to recognize student gains
By Lance T. Izumi 4/4/03
| With public education, there always seems to be a dark cloud that comes with every silver lining. Take the recent test scores showing a significant jump in the number of non- English-speaking students, also known as English- language learners, who have become English-fluent. That good news is offset by the fact that many school districts refuse to redesignate large percentages of these newly English-proficient students as being fluent in English, a refusal that results in the continued academic ghettoization of these children. [more at OC Register]

SAVE SADDAM – The Celebrity Brigade
From Page Six NY Post

Rise of Lunacy at CBS
by Richard Johnson 4/3/03 | The scraping sound you hear next month will be Hollywood's anti-Americanism hitting bottom with the CBS movie "Hitler: The Rise of Evil." Executive producer Ed Gernon says he sees the miniseries - starring Robert Carlyle, Peter O'Toole and Julianna Margulies - about Germany falling under Hitler's rule as a cautionary tale for, you guessed it, the American people during the Bush administration. Gernon tells the upcoming TV Guide that he, Margulies and director Christian Duguay believe it's a good idea to look at the Bush White House through the prism of the Germany's genocidal psychopath. A fearful American public's cooperation with Bush's policies, Gernon tells TV Guide's Mark Lasswell, is "absolutely" similar to post-World War I Germany's acceptance of Hitler's extremism. "I can't think of a better time to examine this history than now." CBS president Leslie Moonves disavows the filmmaker's highly paranoid views and says he doesn't subscribe to the Bush-Hitler parallel. [at NY Post]

From OC Register

And Now, The Local Income Tax
The latest bad idea from the big spenders in Sacramento is a doozy
by Jon Coupal 4/3/03 | As we approach April 15, our enmity toward income taxes becomes especially acute. Despite modest federal tax cuts, the majority of hard-working Americans pay more than ever. This is especially true in California, which has firmly established - and is building on - its reputation as a taxpayer torture chamber.
Just when state taxpayers think they've seen it all, along comes another appalling idea. The latest is Assemblyman Mark Leno's proposal, which would, for the first time, authorize local governments to impose an income tax. [more at OC Register]

SAVE SADDAM – The Celebrity Brigade
From FrontPage

Mike Farrell: Art of Deception
by Jean Pearce 4/3/03 | By now, Mike Farrell probably figures he’s got the nation fooled. For over 20 years, the Hollywood actor turned peace activist has flawlessly played the part of the pacifist patriot with America’s best interests at heart. Farrell is quite convincing when he’s in character, as he has been since he propelled himself to the forefront of the Iraq war protest movement. Without batting an eye, Farrell will tell you how much it would pain him. [more at FrontPage]

SAVE SADDAM – The Western Front
From The Volokh Conspiracy

And We Should Listen To Them On This Because…?
[Eugene Volokh, 8:06 AM] 4/2/03 | Some UCLA faculty members are gathering signatures in order to try to get the UCLA Faculty Senate to enact an anti-war resolution:

The undersigned joins in this petition to call a special meeting of the Division (that is, of "all members of the UCLA Division of the Academic Senate, which includes emeriti and numbers about 3300 faculty members") to consider adopting the following resolution, to be sent in a letter to President George W. Bush:

We, the faculty members of the University of California, Los Angeles, say to the President of the United States, that we:
1. condemn the U.S. invasion of Iraq;
2. deplore the doctrine of preventive war the President has used to justify it the invasion;
3. reaffirm our commitment to addressing international conflicts through the rule of law and the United Nations;
4. oppose the establishment of an American protectorate in Iraq; and
5. call for the establishment of a post-war representative government in Iraq, answerable to the United Nations, which guarantees to Iraqis inalienable personal, political, and civil rights.

Let's set aside the merits of the matter, and focus on the role of the UCLA Faculty Senate here. [more at The Volokh Conspiracy]

SAVE SADDAM – The Western Front
From Front Page

Robert Scheer, Gucci Marxist
From his perch at the Los Angeles Times, Berkeley radical Bob Scheer fires scuds at his native land.
by John Perazzo 4/2/03 | For nearly two decades Robert Scheer has been a "national correspondent" and then regular columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where he has specialized in national security issues.

From one of the most powerful press platforms in the country, Scheer articulates, on a weekly basis, the left's corrosive assertions about the moral deficiencies of our nation, our president, and our efforts in the war on terrorism. [more at Front Page Magazine]

SAVE SADDAM – The Celebrity Brigade
From National Review

Oh, That Robin!
“Mork” weighs in on the war.
by Dave Konig 4/2/03 | Irrepressibly nutty beloved comedy genius Robin Williams has broken his 12-day silence to speak out against the war in Iraq. The improvisational juggernaut (star of the box-office smash Patch Adams) has delighted audiences for what seems like 40 or 50 years now with his fast-paced, unscripted impressions of southern preachers and flamboyant hairdressers. Using the same finely honed comedic instincts exhibited in the box-office smash Bicentennial Man, rapid Robin recently reeled off the following zany zingers. As a service for those National Review Online readers who are not in show business and don't "get" the jokes, I will offer a helpful explanation following each gag:

ROBIN ON BUSH: "We have a president for whom English is a second language. He's like; 'We have to get rid of dictators,' but he's pretty much one himself." [more at National Review]

From LA Daily News

Lauritzen's Lark
Incoming school board member takes aim at good schools
4/2/03 | Going into last month's elections for the Los Angeles school board, a widespread concern about candidate Jon Lauritzen was that, if elected, he would become a stooge for the teachers union that bankrolled his campaign.

Since winning the election over outgoing board President Caprice Young, Lauritzen has done little to diminish that concern.

Although he doesn't take office until July, Lauritzen has already started doing United Teachers Los Angeles' bidding -- at the expense of parents and students in the San Fernando Valley and their hopes for quality schools. [more at LA Daily News]

SAVE SADDAM – The Western Front
From City Journal

Can’t We All Just Stay Home?
War protests divert police resources from homeland security and endanger us all.
by Heather MacDonald 4/2/03 | …To date, it’s the anti-war protesters who have burdened police forces by far the most egomaniacally. San Francisco cops in full riot gear worked 16-hour shifts chasing anarchists as they shut down the city’s financial district last week. More than half the department took part in trying to quell the crippling “street action” that illegally took out intersections, bridges, and commerce. The Sheriff’s Department, the Fire Department, and the 911-call center—also first responders to a terror strike—found themselves almost as overwhelmed by the violent protests. Had al-Qaida struck San Francisco at that moment, it would have confronted an exhausted police force and an urban infrastructure already engulfed by deliberately created chaos. [more at City Journal]

From OC Register
The Loons at PETA Have a Cow
Attack on TV ad, 'chicken Holocaust' the latest displays of fanaticism
by Doug Gamble 4/1/03 | The only thing that bothers me about the "Happy Cows" TV commercials that run throughout California is that the cows seem happier than I am and their lives look a lot more interesting.

But the fanatical People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has more serious problems with the humorous ads that show cows lolling around in lush pastures and engaging in snappy patter. In a lawsuit aimed at forcing the campaign off the air for false advertising, a cheesed-off PETA contended that most California dairy cows live in filthy, grassless fields and are forced to give too much milk.
more at OC Register

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From Front Page

Hell's for Heroes
by Julia Gorin 4/1/03 | Ever more Americans have been expressing dismay over our international standing since George W. Bush's election to office. Exasperated statements like "Ever since this guy took office, everyone has turned against us!"; "We're alienating the rest of the world!"; "Even our allies hate us!" grace the national dialogue regularly.

Paraphrased in a whiney tone, that is to say: "Ohmygod! Everyone hates us! No one else is doing it! This is not the way to be popularrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"

Kids sounding like this usually get smacked. In Hollywood, they get applauded.
more at Front Page Magazine

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From Weekly Standard

Hear No Victory, See No Victory, Report No Victory
The Los Angeles Times goes to war.
by Hugh Hewitt 3/31/03 | The Los Angeles Times, often called the Lost Angeles Times or the Left Angeles Times, escapes the sort of scrutiny that Andrew Sullivan and others apply to the New York Times because the "West Coast's leading newspaper" simply doesn't matter much on the East Coast (and increasingly not so much in its own back yard).

Had the New York paper run with a front page like Sunday's LA Times did, Sullivan would have been at work for a week playing catch up. It is as though the editors had agreed on an "All setbacks, all the time" policy, regardless of the actual news from Iraq.
more at Weekly Standard

From LA Daily News
He Was A True American, And A True Marine
by Chris Weinkopf 3/31/03 | When Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez set out to do battle against the Iraqi Republican Guard just outside Umm Qasr, he was probably unable to think of much other than the task at hand: Freeing a port so humanitarian aid could soon make its way to the oppressed people he and his fellow Marines had come to liberate.
Certainly he didn't expect to become one of the first American servicemen to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nor could he have imagined that he would end up providing the definitive answer to a tired political debate that had for too long divided his countrymen back home.

Sure enough, Gutierrez would end up not only giving his life for his country, but also giving us a lesson on what it means to be an American.

On that day, Gutierrez, an immigrant from Guatemala, laid to rest a line of thinking that's all too common stateside, including in his home state of California.
more at LA Daily News

SAVE SADDAM – The Western Front
From SF Chronicle

Right Side of the Argument
Lonely are the Republicans
by Leslie R. Guttman 3/30/03 | Whether you agree with the war or not, there's no question the soldiers in Iraq are courageous. Another type of bravery -- although far safer -- can be found on the UC Berkeley campus: A tiny contingent of Berkeley College Republicans sits in front of Sproul Hall, badly outnumbered by protesters applauding anti-war speakers.
more at SF Chronicle

From SF Chronicle
Muchas Gracias
Debra J. Saunders 3/30/03 | In 1998, leftist activists ganged up on Proposition 227, which mandated English immersion classes for most limited-English students. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and CA opposed the measure.

It didn't matter, as the Los Angeles Times had reported, that in the preceding year 1,150 state schools failed to promote any limited-English students to English fluency. President Clinton's Education Secretary Richard Riley told The Chronicle the measure was a "disaster." Gray Davis, then a candidate for governor, opposed 227. So did his two Democratic rivals and state schools chief Delaine Eastin.

Activists accused then-Gov. Pete Wilson of race-baiting in supporting the "wedge" measure. Pundits warned that to the extent Republicans supported 227, the GOP would alienate Latino voters. GOP gubernatorial nominee Dan Lungren came out against 227.

California voters approved the measure by 61 percent of the vote.
The voters, you see, wanted results, not excuses.
more at SF Chronicle

SAVE SADDAM – The Celebrity Brigade
When Americanism Meant More Than Socialism
In Supporting Roles
When top stars and directors enlisted in the war effort in the 1940s, it was a different Hollywood -- and America.
by Lynn Smith 3/30/03 | The most thrilling part of 1943's Academy Awards ceremony, wrote columnist Louella Parsons, had nothing to do with the Oscars. Rather, it was the sight of two dreamboats -- Tyrone Power and Alan Ladd -- in their private's uniforms, marching onto the Cocoanut Grove stage after the national anthem. The movie stars presented the flag, along with a list of 27,677 names -- all members of the motion picture industry who also had signed up for the armed forces.

Today, it's hard to imagine stars such as Ben Affleck or Josh Hartnett signing up for a tour of duty in Iraq. A celebrity who wants to take a political stand is much more likely to speak out in public or flash a surreptitious peace sign -- eliciting as many jeers as cheers. But in World War II, everyone -- Hollywood movie stars and directors included -- was expected to pitch in and support the war effort.
more at LA Times

From OC Register

State Should Heed History
Davis' approach to cutting budget deficit went disastrously awry in 1930s
by Veronique de Rugy 3/30/03 | Gov. Gray Davis wants to hike sales and income taxes $8.3 billion to help close California's budget deficit of at least $26 billion. In addition, Davis wants to add $1.10 in taxes to each pack of cigarettes, and raise assorted fees. He is also calling for minor program cuts in the wake of the spending frenzy of the last four years, during which time the state budget ballooned nearly 40 percent.

The push for tax increases over spending cuts is a lose-lose idea that follows in the policy footsteps of Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt. In the 1930s, they pursued tax increases based on the mistaken idea that a balanced budget would help the economy. Yet the high tax rates they approved hurt the economy and made the deficit higher, not lower. Higher taxes were a bad idea then, and higher California taxes are a bad idea now.
more at OC Register

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Moore Is Less

Bowling Truths
Michael Moore’s mocking.
by Dave Kopel 4/4/03
National Review

The Moore the Scarier
By Debbie Schlussel 3/25/03

Stupid Academy Award
by David T. Hardy 3/24/03
David Hardy

Unmoored From Reality
by John Fund 3/21/03
Opinion Journal

Michael Moore's Revenge
by Bill Whalen 3/28/03
Weekly Standard

Hollywood Is Hell
By George Neumayr 3/24/03
The American Spectator

Oscar Goes to War
by Jonathan V. Last 3/24/03
Weekly Standard

CRO Academy Award Predictions
We think that socio-politics will guide the voting.
Streetsweeper (posted 3/17/03)

Pundit or Saint?
by George Neumayr 3/28/03
American Spectator

Shame on You, Mr. Moore! Shame on You!
by James Poniewozik 3/24/03

The Shame of Hollywood
By Tammy Bruce 3/21/03
FrontPage Magazine

Hollywood Honors A Stupid White Man
By Jan Golab 3/12/03
FrontPage Magazine


And some
Lingering Observations

From OC Register

In Defense of Proposition 13
If keeping it intact is unfair, how fair is an $8,400 property tax bill?
by Tom McClintock, Shadow Controller 3/28/03 | Just for fun, take the current value of your home and multiply it by 2.67 percent. Look hard at that number, and then imagine paying it this year as property tax. This isn't a theoretical exercise - if not for Proposition 13, that's what you would now owe to the county tax collector.
more at OC Register

From Eonline
The United States Is Strong in the Hearts of Americans at This Moment When We Are Under Siege
by Ben Stein 3/28/03 | It was an hour to remember, an hour when I got to see the mood of America at a given moment--on the eve of war, as an ungrateful world was kicking around its saviors. Let me take you back to how it happened and how it went.

By a series of strokes of luck, I am a "celebrity judge," along with Naomi Judd and Ahmet Zappa ( Frank's son ), on a successful CBS talent scout type show called Star Search.
more at Eonline

From World Magazine

Tears of the Left
Bruce Willis's new action movie implies certain ideas that make liberal critics queasy.
by Andrew Coffin 3/27/03 | Tears of the Sun at heart remains an action film—it really doesn't touch on the subtleties of American interventionism or the horror of genocide and ethnic cleansing (although its effects are graphically represented). What really bothers most critics, I think, are two very simple points implied by the film's story: that it is possible to make cultural distinctions and that some good can come from American military action. These ideas should be irrefutable and harmless at face value, but in fact make liberals mighty queasy.
more at World Magazine

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From SF Chronicle

by Debra J. Saunders 3/25/03 | IT'S RATHER choice that the anti-war group Direct Action to Stop the War is complaining about "increased repression from the San Francisco Police Department." Their so-called peace demonstrations certainly were designed to repress -- that is, "subdue" or "restrain," according to my dictionary -- people in San Francisco. Activists boasted they wanted to close the Financial District to end "business as usual." So they sabotaged public transit and blocked intersections to gridlock city traffic.
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Wilson for Senate
by Debra J. Saunders 3/18/03 | So it's time for Wilson to get back to work: He should run against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
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