- The Washington Times - Friday, September 8, 2000

'Birdbrain' campaign

"These candidates don't think about the issues. It's not that they're complete idiots, although I've read 'Earth in the Balance' and watched George W. speak, and the term 'complete idiot' does come to mind.

"Rather, Bush and Gore are Brilliant Birdbrains. This is a small privileged class of elite Americans who have body-temperature IQs and the best educations that money can buy… .

"Republicans are still against abortion, or so their platform says. But from the way Republican candidates toe dance when they address actual abortion questions, it's clear that the GOP has finally gotten it through its thick skull that even Republican women want abortions to be … an option under certain circumstances. These certain circumstances involve Republican men; Republican women sometimes get desperate enough that they sleep with them. Then the women wake up the next morning thinking, 'Ohmigod. What if I'm …?'

"Democrats are pro-abortion but don't want to come right out and say, 'It's great to kill babies, especially the babies of poor, uneducated teen-age girls, babies that are just going to grow up to be … Democrats.' …"

P.J. O'Rourke, writing on "How to Tell Bush From Gore," in the Sept. 28 issue of Rolling Stone

Harry's magic

"The smash Harry Potter books, about an apprentice wizard and his friends at the Hogwarts Schools of Wizardry and Witchcraft, have caused a boom in applications to Britain's Magic Circle society.

"Membership in the society's Young Magicians Club has increased by 25 percent since the popularity of the four J.K. Rowling books, with 50 of the 250 members joining in the last few months, said Roy Marsh, the club's secretary.

" 'It's not been cool for kids, particularly older kids, to be into magic,' Marsh said. 'The Harry Potter books have swept this away. It's now cool again to believe in magic.'

"The Magic Circle … requires all successful applicants to sign pledges preventing them from disclosing tricks of the trade to nonmembers. Members of the Young Magicians Club are between the ages of 10 and 18."

From an Aug. 27 dispatch by the Associated Press

Rebel therapists

"Columbia University psychiatrist Robert Spitzer should easily qualify for the gay rights hall of fame.

"After all, he proposed one of the homosexual lobby's most important milestones a 1973 resolution removing homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders. The APA Web site now credits the resolution for launching 'a quarter century of efforts to end discrimination among homosexuals.'

"But these days, the 68-year-old self-described atheist is more likely to find his name on the homosexual lobby's blacklist. His crime? Last year, he proposed a symposium on reparative therapy psychological treatment for homosexuals who want to become heterosexual. Now he stands accused of weakening the platform he helped create… .

"Pennsylvania psychologist David Leaman discovered the price of rebellion this spring after inviting 400 colleagues to hear [a] reparative-therapy seminar. Afterward, the state-subsidized Cumberland Valley Mental Health Center terminated him from his position as a juvenile evaluator.

"His invitations violated a 'nondiscrimination policy,' explained a letter from the center. His reputation suffered also. 'I got branded by some colleagues as just a conservative fundamentalist who has a bias against homosexuality,' said Dr. Leaman."

Candi Cushman in "Politicized Psychology" in the Aug. 26 World magazine

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