X-MenX-Men First Class is entertaining and at times engaging. However, some of the film's major elements may pose a problem for many moviegoers: It relies on evolutionary theory; it includes confusing references to historical events; it presents a seemingly sympathetic view of Communism; and it regales in revenge and rage — and even utter brutality.

I recently received an email from a Jewish reader charging me with “anti-Semitism.” Since, being a mere Christian, I lack those unique insights into the dark recesses of the Gentile psyche with which many Jews are apparently gifted, I can only speculate as to what it was I said that compelled my critic to arrive at his verdict concerning my feelings. 

Back in 1967, during the Johnson administration, there was a well-organized campaign by the liberal establishment to saddle the American people with subsidized, “public” television. Prior to 1967, noncommercial “educational” television depended on foundation grants, viewer contributions, and government subsidies from the Health, Education and Welfare Department for its subsistence. That was before there was an Education Department.

Candy flies through the air. Flags flutter from lamp-posts, bunting festoons every porch. Veterans of America's various imperial wars wave from their cars. So do members of the Town Council as they toss handfuls of Tootsie Rolls and lollipops to the spectators. Cheerleaders twirling batons precede the marching band, whose trumpets and tubas compete with the Canadian geese honking overhead. The temperature's climbing towards 90 degrees.

During the filibuster that effectively killed the controversial nomination of University of California law professor Goodwin Liu to a federal judgeship, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for his nomination on the grounds of his ethnicity: "There is no Asian-American member on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals," he noted. "There should be, and Professor Liu ought to be that judge."