- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Among the Mumiacs

"In the land of the Mumiacs, Philadelphia is the capital. Who are the Mumiacs? They are, in essence, the hardest American Left. Mumia Abu Jamal, the cop-killer on Death Row, is their central cause, or at least their central symbol. It was in [Philadelphia] that Jamal murdered Officer Daniel Faulkner… .

"On [Aug. 1] … the Mumiacs staged a high-profile event… . It was not exactly a press conference; it was not exactly a pep rally; … mainly, it was a hate session, designed to paint America … as a fascist country whose Hitler is that fierce ideologue George W. Bush… .

"As I was leaving, I spotted a T-shirt hailing the National Lawyers Guild, the old Communist front. 'Throwback,' I thought… .

"But as I looked around this room, and heard these people … I had a grim thought: They would put us in camps, had they the power. They really would."

Jay Nordlinger, writing on "Red Stars Over Philly," Aug. 2 in National Review on line at www.nationalreview.com

Wooing workers

"America's 20- and 30-somethings, traditionally the most mobile age group, now change residences far more than older adults… . About a third of all people in their 20s changed residences in 1997, more than double the rate for those 35 to 44 years old… . This fact is … a by-product of the new global information economy, and is evidence of a youth culture that has made mobility and change a crowning virtue.

" 'A whole generation of young people see the world as their job market and their playground, and they have a one-way ticket,' says Elissa Moses, who last year completed a massive survey of teen attitudes as vice-president of global marketing for Philips Electronics… .

"The movement of New Economy workers, and the development of technology work centers is crucial in shaping the economic landscape… . Wooing these workers who are the engines of economic growth in the information age will be increasingly vital to the cities and states which want to reap the rewards of growth."

Roberto Suro, writing on "Movement at Warp Speed," in the August issue of American Demographics

'Minor furor'?

"Last week … I extolled George W. Bush's selection of Richard Cheney as his vice-presidential running mate. In that column, I mentioned that the press would almost certainly key on Mr. Cheney's lesbian daughter in an attempt to embarrass the Cheney family and the Republican Party. I wrote: 'It is ludicrous to judge a man based on one errant, but loved, family member. As I've said many times, if one of my children announced to me they were homosexual, I would immediately embrace them and tell them my love for them would never fail even though I disagreed with their life's choice. However, their choice would not affect my personal ministry, as it should not affect Mr. Cheney's ability to serve as vice president.' …

"USA Today reporter Larry Copeland attempted to portray my words as having a negative effect on the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. On July 31, Mr. Copeland wrote, 'Over the weekend, one of the right's best-known voices, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, created a minor furor by calling Cheney's daughter "errant" in his newsletter. Both gay and mainstream Republicans dismissed Falwell's remarks.'

"There was, in fact, no 'minor furor' as a result of the column. In fact, Mr. Copeland obviously took my statement out of context, singling out one word and avoiding the framework in which it was presented… .

"USA Today should be ashamed of the deceptive tactic it utilized to create this non-story."

Jerry Falwell, writing on "Mendacious Reporting at USA Today," in the Aug. 3 issue of 'Falwell Confidential'

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