- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 26, 2001

'Alarming news
"The elite media simply ignored what was essentially racist violence by young black youths against random white people during the Cincinnati riots. … The New York Times and other outlets just wont report the facts if they seem to be prejudicial to a favored minority (Jesse Dirkhising, anyone?). But it is surely a pivotal moment in our culture when the first hate crime charge is brought from the Cincinnati brouhaha against … a white guy! Apparently hate crime prosecutions will shortly be brought against some black guys as well but not until the politically correct prosecution has been announced and instigated. No news yet on whether the thought police have interrogated the 837 other people arrested for what the New York Times politely referred to as 'alarming whites."
Andrew Sullivan, writing on "Cincinnati Lunacy," Tuesday at www.andrewsullivan.com

Moms and marriage
"Whether a woman is a teen-ager or not doesnt particularly matter in terms of the childs well-being. What matters is if she is married and how much time she spends on welfare. The age of the mother at the birth of the child is not particularly important. So … the Left is saying, 'If you have a child when you are 17-and-a-half years old, thats a huge tragedy, but if you are 19, that is an act of human emancipation and we applaud you. It shows an absolute contempt for these women, the men, and for the kids. But, hey, when youre building a new world order, you have to break a few eggs, and the underclass is their omelet. …
"I think that you can easily design a set of programs that can begin to encourage these young adults to wait until they are married before having children, or to get married. The clearest example would be that 85 percent of the out-of-wedlock births in the United States are paid for by the Medicaid system. And that means that the mother is on Medicaid and in contact with the government once she is pregnant. …
"So the first thing you could do in that case is say, 'Hi, I see you are not married. You are on Medicaid. Who is the father of the child? … Have you two thought about marriage? Are you interested in marriage? And you will actually find that these couples are not averse to marriage. … They just dont particularly see its importance."
Robert Rector, interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Clintonized army
"The last decade saw Bill Clinton and his civilian appointees turn the Army into a Nerf version of its former self. From the assistant secretary Sara Lister, who was run out of town for calling Marines 'extremist, to former Army secretary Togo West, who launched programs like COO ('Consideration of Others Training), the leadership saw to it that troops were sensitized as often as they got haircuts. And as recruiting got harder (the Army missed its goal three out of the last five years), the culture grew softer. …
"Two years ago, when Caldera first expressed his intent to cashier the old slogan, he criticized 'Be All That You Can Be for being 'about you personally, as opposed to serving your country. …
"After coaxing and cataloguing the Ritalin generations perceptions, the prognosis wasnt good. The researchers, said Caldera, 'told us we didnt have an Army brand. The 18-24-year-old target demographic … thought of the Army as a cold, faceless institution, filled with barking drill sergeants and other authoritarians who, like, tell you to wake up early and stuff. Worse still, the Army doesnt allow you to express your individuality …
"With a budget of $150 million, the Armys new ad campaign has received unprecedented exposure. When George Orwell noted that 'We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm, he probably had no inkling that such ruffians could be rounded up with ads run in the likes of Seventeen magazine."
Matt Labash, writing on "The New Army," in the April 30 issue of the Weekly Standard

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