- The Washington Times - Friday, May 3, 2002

Green dreams
"On the campaign trail, I saw [Green Party presidential candidate Ralph] Nader tell a variety of whoppers: that 'the Social Security "crisis" is a phony problem invented by George W. Bush to make his Wall Street buddies even more rich,' that Western Europe had 'abolished poverty,' that Americans get '90 percent of their news from television.' In [Mr. Naders new book] 'Crashing the Party' his tall tales range from the banal to the vindictive to the fantastic ('Most of our stands and positions are supported by most Americans').
"Most Americans, it seems safe to wager, are not in favor of abolishing the death penalty, doubling the minimum wage, taxing every stock transaction, beefing up the Internal Revenue Service, reorienting the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to 'fight global infectious diseases,' charging broadcast companies 'billions' in spectrum 'rent,' rewriting the Constitution to create European-style proportional representation, and erecting a Museum of Tort Law in Winsted, Conn. Yet Nader seems to believe that if we just remove the corporate blinders from our eyes, Americans will naturally embrace this political program and the Greens will become a 'majoritarian' party."
Matt Welch, writing on "Speaking Lies to Power," in the May issue of Reason

Parasites vs. Le Pen
"Here's what [French politician Jean-Marie] Le Pen is all about. He's against immigration. France has about 5 million Muslims, with more and more arriving daily. They arrive dead poor but well versed in Islamic law. They get houses and welfare benefits but do nothing. Their numerous children turn to drugs and crime, and their 'quarters' are almost no-go areas to non-Arabs, including the police. Le Pen's most ardent followers are poor, white, hardworking French men and women who cannot afford expensive houses on the Avenue Foch, or to send their children to elite schools. The elite parasites that govern France, Belgium, Britain and Germany do not [care] about poor and middle-class people and manage to demonize those who raise their voice in protest by calling them racist.
"Just look at the way normal French people are scared to give their names to the media and admit they voted for Le Pen. The one I liked the best was the student who avoided the cameras because 'at my university, the professors can be very, very angry if they knew I supported Le Pen.'"
Taki, writing on "Vive Le Pen!" in the May 1 issue of the New York Press

Good-bye, Ally
"Poor Ally McBeal. Off she goes, slinking past a volley of critical abuse on her way to oblivion (or syndication).
"When Fox announced the imminent cancellation of 'Ally McBeal' two weeks ago, the news precipitated a flurry of gleeful, gloating postmortems. The New York Times' Anita Gates was doubtless speaking for a horde of critics and viewers when she wrote on Sunday that 'the news that her namesake one-hour comedy series won't be back next fall after five seasons is sort of a relief. Take this woman off television. Please.' You could just see the people crowding outside the palace, calling for Ally's head on a stake, then realizing that Ally's head on a stake would look no different from Ally's head on her body, then cackling and pitching a few tomatoes.
"Isn't it easy to bash Ally? Aren't we glad to see her go? She was so skinny, so whiny, so girly, so rubber-lipped and pouty, and her skirts were so short. She was so ruled by her emotions, so possessed by her fantasies, so annoying. What kind of woman was she supposed to be, anyway? Was she supposed to be us?"
Carina Chocano, writing on "Bye-Bye, Dancing Baby," Thursday in Salon at www.salon.com

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