- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Vulgar mascot
"Her essential vulgarity is the key to the Rosie [ODonnell] persona. Anyone who doubts this should tune into her daily talk show.
"What does the Rosie phenomenon tell us? Perhaps that there is a large swath of women in America who feel wounded and left behind and find in Rosie someone who, unlike celebrities of yesteryear, didnt take elocution or 'better herself, but makes her very vulgarity a badge of honor. Perhaps they are single mothers who work harder than they thought they would have to. Perhaps they wish they had more money or were more beautiful. For whatever reason, they have chosen Rosie, who has tons of money and access to glamour, as their mascot."
—Lisa Schiffren, writing on "Ring Around a Rosie," in the spring issue of the Womens Quarterly

'Millionaire' quotas

"If youre a white male, your chances of getting on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire? just got a lot worse.
"And if youre a woman or minority, your odds got a lot better… .
"Just like affirmative action in college admissions and hiring, host Regis Philbin and company now use factors like race and sex — in a big way — to pick who gets a chance at the million dollars… .
"According to 'Millionaires website, … of 599 contestants whove reached the hot seat, only 125 were women versus 474 men. More lopsided are winnings, with men garnering at least $40 million and women just over $5.5 million. Of the eight $1-million winners, none are women… . And thats with the benefit of affirmative-action contestant recruitment at play. Affirmative action doesnt work… .
"'Millionaires original method of picking contestants … was re-engineered in fall 1999 in an effort to gain more women and minority contestants… .
"'Another white male! Regis once exclaimed after a white male won the 'fastest finger segment of the show to get to the hot seat. Regis then desperately begged female and minority viewers to 'please call the qualifying hotline… .
"Isnt it a tad hypocritical that privileged, noblesse oblige white males at the top want to replace Joe Sixpack white males at the bottom with minorities?"
—Debbie Schlussel, writing on "Who wants to be Regis affirmative action millionaire?" May 1 in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Gun-control elite

"Probably no subject generates more lies and deliberate distortions of the facts than gun control.
"Its easy to understand once you comprehend that the motivation is to disarm the common citizens of the United States. The talk may be about crime or safety or children, but the goal is to disarm the common citizens.
"Thomas Jefferson explained that desire when he said people always fall into one of two categories no matter what their age or what they call themselves. There are those who trust and cherish the people and those who hate and fear the people.
"It is the elitists, who hate and fear the common people, who are behind the gun-control movement… .
"Our Founding Fathers were proud that Americans were trusted with arms because they knew that only when people are armed could they truly be thought of as free citizens.
"And thats where the circle closes. Those who want to deprive you of your right to keep and bear arms are intending to deprive you of your freedom, period. Like the criminals their policies encourage, these elitists know that it is always best to disarm victims before you enslave them."
—Charlie Reese, writing on "Gun-control elitists hate, fear common people," in the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel


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