- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Tennis, anyone?
"Ex-prez Bill Clinton continues to escape abroad and create scenes wherever he goes. On Wednesday, he was in Paris, attending the French Open. Acting as if he were still president, Clinton was more than a half-hour late for the quarterfinal match between American Andre Agassi and Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean.
"Agassi had easily won the first set 6-1 and appeared on his way to an easy victory. But then Clinton arrived. Instead of quietly taking his seat, he entered waving to the crowd and encouraging the cheers from onlookers as Agassi prepared to play the second set.
"'Clinton insisted on sitting on Agassis side in the first row, says an American reporter in Paris covering the match. 'It was distracting to Agassi. The crowd was getting rowdy with Clinton there waving and smiling and shaking hands during the match.
After being swept in the final three sets by the unknown Frenchman, Agassi refused to blame his defeat on Clintons distracting behavior. But reporters couldnt help but notice that the American tennis star openly seethed when Clinton entered the players-only area and told reporters he was sad to see Agassi lose, but that Grosjean just appeared to be the better player.
"'I thought when Agassi heard that, he was going to take a racket to Clinton, says the reporter. 'It was the most thoughtless comment Clinton could have uttered."
—The Washington Prowler, writing on "Match Light," in the American Spectator Online (www.spectator.org), posted June 7

Boomer colonialism

"But in the interest of brevity (and sanity), lets pause over only one reason to be dismayed by this 21st-century Beatlemania … It allows leading-edge baby boomers to once again assert their supposed generational exceptionalism …
"'Boomers can be tiresome when they natter on too long about the fun-swollen fabulousness of the 1960s, granted (Kurt) Loder … 'But even the mistiest of such geezers is likely to be right about the rock and soul music of that decade: Who could overstate its distinctive exuberance, its heady inventiveness, or the thrill of its sheer abundance? And who could overcelebrate those most emblematic of 60s pop phenomena, the Beatles? … It is hard — no, it is impossible — to imagine any of the gazillion or so carefully marketed little bands of today replicating a quarter of that feat.
"Loders passage suggests whats really at stake in this latest burst of Beatlemania: An attempt by aging boomers to colonize the youth of their children (and grandchildren!), to make all who come after them replicate the boomers own sensibilities, tastes, and experiences in a way far more totalized and stifling than anything the 60s generation rebelled against.
"If they have their way, when were 64 — and theyre 94, or 104, or whatever — well still be listening to the Beatles. And to the boomers talking about how the Beatles, and by extension themselves, really were the most astonishing group of all time."
—Nick Gillespie, writing on "The Long and Whining Road," in June issue of Reason magazine online (www.reason.com)

Status quo at Harvard

Welcome to Harvard. It's a place where intellectualism is infectious … but theres an undertow at this institution. Its not mentioned in the information packet sent to prospective students. Nor is it uttered during the campus tour. If youre not alert, it can drown your thought process. That undertow has a name. Its called the New Intolerance. Intolerance when it comes to the simple idea of debate, a dissenting viewpoint, a more conservative perspective…
"On todays college campus, by holding views counter to the mainstream campus orthodoxy, you inevitably place yourself in an uncomfortable position. It can be a lonely existence, mired in frustration."
—Kate Kennedy in "What Harvard Doesnt Teach" in the June issue of Ex Femina

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