- The Washington Times - Friday, March 8, 2002

'It can happen here'
"Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is trumpeting this week's California primary win by Bill Simon, saying he could be the next Ronald Reagan in terms of a political newcomer ousting a sitting Democrat governor.
"'Reagan, when he ran for governor, he was dismissed just like Simon too right wing, he was [an] actor, a novice,' said Limbaugh. …
"Simon overcame long odds and a 30-point poll deficit in a month to catapult past former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan … and solidify his GOP candidacy against incumbent Democrat Gray Davis in this fall's general election.
"'I'm not saying Simon needs to be Reagan. Nobody can be anybody they're not,' said Limbaugh. … 'Davis gets away with portraying himself as a moderate when he's not. He's a liberal.' …
"'Democrats … controlled Sacramento when Reagan ran and won. He defeated a sitting Democratic governor, Pat Brown. It can happen here.'"
Joe Kovacs, writing on "Rush Limbaugh: Simon the next Reagan?" yesterday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Not victims, leeches

"Recent AIDS news has not been good and we only have ourselves to blame. …
"[T]he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that U.S. AIDS cases rose by 8 percent last year the first annual increase after seven years of declines. …
"Twenty years ago, the men who caught AIDS had no idea what was coming. They were true victims. The disease was like cancer … its origins seemed mysterious and its outcome was an awful, debilitating death. …
"By continuing to engage in sexual practices that spread HIV, we are contributing to our own massacre. What is wrong with us? Are we so self-hating that we welcome death, that we would trade 10 minutes of pleasure for a lifetime of illness?
"I am saying 'we' here, but of course I don't mean 'we' at all. I mean let's be frank irresponsible gay men. Haven't we had enough of these leeches?
"The gay men who are now contracting HIV through unsafe sex are not victims. They have consciously decided to disregard their own health and the welfare of their community. …
"The rest of us are tired. … We are tired of picking up the pieces left by selfishness and denial."
Jennifer Vanasco, writing on "A Second Coming," Jan. 16 in the Chicago Free Press

Media myopia
"A Muslim mob, you'll recall, had attacked a train full of Hindus, an unfortunate development, which the [San Jose] Mercury News reported to its readers thus: 'Religious Tensions Kill 57 In India.'
"Ah, those religious tensions'll kill you every time. …
"Fortunately, nobody manning the West's newsrooms appears to be in the least bit religiously tense. Instead, whatever the provocations, they glide serenely by, reluctant to let everything ruffle the 'Islam is a religion of peace' editorial. The ne plus ultra of the Islamo-euphemist approach is, of course, the beloved staple of comment pages and cable news shows, 'The Saudis Are Our Friends,' which I believe now has its own category in the Pulitzers. …
"The Royal Family derives such legitimacy as it has from its role as the guardian and promoter of Wahhabism. It is, therefore, the ideological font of militant Islamism. …
"The House of Saud is not Royal, merely nomads who found a sugar daddy."
Mark Steyn, writing on "With friends like the Saudis," Monday in the National Post



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