- The Washington Times - Monday, August 15, 2005

Liberal latte

“It’s been two weeks since my last Starbucks coffee. …

“I am a self-proclaimed coffeehouse junkie and need that wonderful yuppie, intellectual ‘atmosphere’ and freshly brewed aroma as much as the caffeine. …

“When a report came out earlier this year showing that none of Starbucks’ charitable contributions went to conservative causes, I didn’t blink — I bought a latte. … When I was at work a couple weeks ago … (yes, latte in hand), I finally had a wake-up call. …

“Starbucks has a corporate policy of supporting the homosexual agenda by sponsoring ‘Pride’ events all over the country — events where children will be exposed to sexually explicit materials and pedophiles as well as the extremely liberal and pro-abortion Planned Parenthood.”

—Meghan Kleppinger, writing on “Starbucks: A habit easily broken,” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

NCAA warpath

“[T]he National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it would ban the use of Native American team names and mascots in all NCAA-sponsored postseason tournaments. If a team turns up wearing uniforms with words like ‘Indians,’ ‘Braves’ or similar nicknames the association deems ‘hostile and abusive,’ that team will be shown the locker-room door. …

“Already, one university president, T.K. Weatherall of Florida State, one of 18 colleges and universities on the Association’s blacklist, is threatening to take legal action — and I hope he does. Florida State’s athletic teams are called the Seminoles, and the university says it has permission from that tribe in Florida to use that name. …

“One might suppose that any organization with an Office of Diversity and Inclusion would welcome mascots and team names reflecting the Native Americans among us. But no, the NCAA is on a moral mission — the less sensitive might call it a warpath — to pressure colleges and universities to adopt its standards for iconic correctness.”

—Kenneth L. Woodward, writing on “Red Scare,” Thursday in the Wall Street Journal

Crash landing

“Just like a lot of other Americans … I went to see this summer’s one hit movie, ‘Wedding Crashers.’ I used to love to go to the movies. But, unfortunately for the movie business, I, just like a lot of other Americans, have almost stopped going. In fact, all around me in the theater, people were saying how they hadn’t seen a movie in months.

“Still I had a special reason for going to see it. In case you don’t know, it is about a couple of 30-something guys who crash weddings as a way to pick up bridesmaids and other romantically inclined female attendees. …

“The movie is set in Washington, D.C., with lots of lovely views of the monuments on the Mall. Now it just happens that last week I also attended a wedding in the nation’s capital. It was the wedding of my 30-something son. …

“When you are a 30-something guy, what it takes, just as ‘Wedding Crashers’ suggests, is the right woman. It may be corny but it seems to be true.

“Classically, all comedies end with weddings and this summer’s hit movie is in that tradition. Nothing makes us walk away with a smile like a final wedding scene.

“Especially, when you are the mother of the groom.”

—Myrna Blyth, writing on “Mother of the Wedding Crashers,” Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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