“We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place? ...).” So wrote parents David Stocker and Kathy Witterick after the birth of their third child, who they really did name “Storm.”
This isn’t the first story about parents who don’t want their children to be influenced by others’ sex-role expectations. In 2009, a Swedish couple, citing the feminist philosophy stating that “gender is a social construction,” refused to reveal the sex of their 2 ½-year-old child “Pop” (I have it on good authority, from Snap and Crackle, that it’s a boy).
Another Memorial Day has arrived and I again have it in mind to finally get to the end of a book I have begun reading several times but never finished. It is David Halberstam's Pulitzer Prize-winning account of how our nation got bogged down in what might be called the Q (for Quagmire) War — World War 'Nam in Southeast Asia. Before I had reached the Goldwater days of my youth, I didn't even know there was a Southeast Asia. I was hardly aware of Asia at all. But once I learned our fellow Americans were fighting Communist aggression there, the righteousness of the war appeared self-evident. In the words of a song that became a hit in the 1960s, the young men of my generation heard the sound of "Distant Drums."
Kung Fu Panda 2 showcases Po the Panda living out his dream as China’s Dragon Warrior. Kung Fu seems to come much easier to Po in this sequel, as it should after the strenuous accelerated learning techniques he underwent in the first film. Unfortunately, Po’s new talent may be short-lived as he learns that both Kung Fu and his homeland of China are in danger, and sets out with the Furious Five to save the day in this installment.
That man is a fallen creature has never been more clearly demonstrated than by the behavior of our elected politicians in Washington. Most of them are highly educated lawyers who have studied American history in their universities, and yet have acted so stupidly as to have brought this great nation to the brink of financial disaster.
We learn at an early age that you cannot spend more than you earn. We learn that it is not good to borrow money in order to buy things you really don’t need. And yet, these very smart politicians keep doing this in contradiction to all wise and intelligent understanding of basic economic principles.
There’s a really dirty little secret about the category of literature known as “women’s fashion magazines”: They are aimed at pre-teens, teenagers, and 20-something adults. In fact, magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vogue, which started publishing teenager spinoffs in the 1990s, quickly realized that adolescents were already reading the adult versions. Indeed, the teen spinoffs are not much different than the ones for “grown-ups”; the only thing missing are ads for wrinkle cream.
The administration of Barack O'Bomber has not been a screaming success thus far, as just about any Republican will be happy to tell you. But a Democrat in the White House has one thing going for him that most Republicans don't like to admit. Whenever a big government program is in trouble, Republicans will ride to its rescue. That's bipartisanship. Being bipartisan means you never have to stand for principle.
In its fourth installment of the highly acclaimed Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides deals with powerful themes of honor, sacrifice, and morality in a world characterized by sin, sexuality, and piracy. This latest installment is an unapologetically Christian film, but its ominous backdrop and debauchery may make it less likely to be viable family fare and perhaps a better fit for older audiences.
Nowadays, in order to justify each and every sin under the sun, each and every assault upon the moral fiber of our family,community, and nation, one approach fits all: opponents of everything good and right, sensible and salutary need only push the claim that their privacy has been violated.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday, May 24, was a spectacle rarely seen in Washington. Both Democrats and Republicans gave the Israeli statesman over 25 standing ovations during the 40-minute address. The Washington Post described the occasion in these words:
“The road is always better than the inn,” said the great Cervantes, who was no doubt wrong about other things as well. The road is not always better than the inn. The traveler who was robbed and beaten on the road to Jericho probably didn’t think so. Even absent the brigands, there are a lot of variables, including the condition of the road, the weather conditions, and, most importantly, where the road leads. There is, according to an authority greater than Cervantes, a broad way that leadeth to destruction and many travel it. There is also a road to salvation and, because it is narrow, few find it and fewer still take it.
William J. McGee, the consumer advocate on the Department of Transportation's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, wrote "Forcing the F.A.A. to Fly Blind" in the New York Times (April 9, 2011), where he laments Congress' cut in the FAA budget, saying, "A $4 billion cut will necessarily reduce the work force further. And it's hard to imagine this will not diminish safety." Mr. McGee suggests there will be shortcuts in aircraft maintenance.