- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2003

Slow targets
"Al Gore. The French. The Catholic Church. Barbra Streisand. Dennis Miller should know that, no matter how precise and deadly his weapons might be, slaying slow-moving targets like these hardly makes him a champion marksman.
"The way Miller gloats in his latest HBO special, 'The Raw Feed' … you'd think he was the deadliest sniper around. Then again, gloating has always been a big part of his act. …
"It's strange that Miller is considered one of our sharpest political comedians, when he takes complicated questions of foreign policy and reduces them to exhilarating head-to-head match-ups, describing them in terms more appropriate to his former gig on 'Monday Night Football.' …
"Miller makes the stage his own little planet. He leaps indiscriminately from topic to topic, and can't be bothered to bring his audience along for the ride. As you try to follow him, his obscure references are scattered like stumbling blocks in your path. While the crowd strains to navigate around such obstacles 'Like Nick Nolte with a clogged eustachian tube? What is that like, exactly?' Miller is on to the next labyrinthine joke-rant. …
"[H]ighlights of 'The Raw Feed' echo the successful blend of bitterness and a firm grasp of the absurd. … 'I would call the French "scumbags," but that would be a disservice to bags filled with scum,' he grumbles."
Heather Havrilesky, writing on "Dennis the menace," Monday in Salon at www.salon.com

Sticks and stones
"The meaning of the word 'gay,' like many words, has changed over time. Fifty years ago, 'gay' meant 'lighthearted' and 'happy.' Remember the theme song from 'The Flintstones,' which went 'we'll have a gay old time'? …
"In any event, a lot of old-timers lament the passing of this beautiful word, which to today's generation is only allowed to mean 'homosexual.' …
"Twelve-year-old Ben Madison was playing foursquare at West Middle School in Grand Junction. Foursquare is where you bounce a ball from one square to another. Another 12-year-old kid was acting as the referee. As ref, he called one of Ben's bounces out of bounds. Ben didn't agree with the call. …
"Ben protested by saying, 'your call was gay.' When this was reported to a teacher, it was immediately interpreted to be sexual harassment, so of course Ben was suspended. …
"According to Ben's mom, Ben didn't even know 'gay' meant 'homosexual.' To him and many kids his age, 'gay' means 'stupid or dumb.' …
"It isn't easy being a 12-year-old boy in today's hypersensitive, bureaucratically controlled society. …
"Instead of trying mind control … maybe school administrators should lecture the victims of the PC crimes: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
Jon Caldara, writing on "Don't be 'gay' about thought control," Sunday in the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera

Low-rent drama
"I have recently become absolutely riveted by Robert Blake, after having been not so fascinated by his wife's murder for the better part of a year. In other words, I'm fascinated by Robert Blake, not the Robert Blake case. Too low-rent, I used to say. …
"The accused has been an actor since he was in the 'Our Gang' films as a child in the 1940s. He once gave a truly inspired performance, in the 1967 film of Truman Capote's masterpiece, the spectacularly successful 'In Cold Blood.' … Later he starred in a successful television series called 'Baretta,' but with 'In Cold Blood,' he had reached a height he never achieved again. Until now, perhaps. …
"I have a feeling that Robert Blake is going to create an awesome on-camera drama before this story is over."
Dominick Dunne, writing on "Prime-Time Blood," in the May issue of Vanity Fair

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