- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2003

Sci-fi nostalgia

"The type of programming Boomers tend to watch centers around life stage, according to Diane Denesowicz, senior partner and group director of consumer insights at Mindshare. …

"Denesowicz notes the science fiction programming, in particular, is popular among Boomers, a fact she attributes to Boomers' heavy watching of the genre during their formative years. Science fiction shows about space travel, such as the 'Star Trek' prequel 'Enterprise,' no longer hold great appeal to 18- to 34-year-olds. Gen Xers and Gen Ys have less of a connection to the miracles of space exploration, whereas Boomers remember and are nostalgic for such historic moments as man's first walk on the moon."

 Pamela Paul, writing on "Targeting Boomers," in the March issue of American Demographics

Commie mommies

"Communists come in a lot of shapes, sizes and colors. This time they're wearing pink, they're on the nightly news, and more than anything, they want the mothers and grandmothers of America to identify with them.

"If you didn't know any better, you'd think the leaders of the women's anti-war group Code Pink got lost on their way to the carpool line. …

"[T]hey've become the media darlings of war protest movement. …

"At the center of Code Pink is legendary leftist organizer Medea Benjamin, the 50-year-old mother of two widely credited as a chief organizing force behind the 1999 Seattle riots in which 50,000 protesters did millions of dollars worth of property damage in their effort to shut down meetings of the World Trade Organization. … Benjamin's … organization Global Exchange was the founding force for United for Peace and Justice coalition, the nexus of the anti-war protests.

"The United for Peace coalition, which includes Socialist Action and the Socialist Party USA, is also led by Leslie Cagan, who has a long history of activism with the American Communist Party. …

"The ties that continue to bind Benjamin, Cagan and the others behind Code Pink and today's anti-war movement were formed in the … 1980s when the still young Marxist-American activists found the cause that first unified them: a communist government in Nicaragua. … [T]hey helped aid the Marxist Sandinista regime in its struggle against the American-backed Contras for control of the Nicaraguan government."

 Jean Pearce, writing on "Code Pinko," Wednesday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

PC crimes

" 'You have the jewel of Africa in your hands,' said President Samora Machel of Mozambique and President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania to Robert Mugabe, at the moment of [Zimbabwes] independence, in 1980. 'Now look after it.'

"Twenty-three years later, the 'jewel' is ruined, dishonored, disgraced.

"Southern Rhodesia had fine and functioning railways, good roads; its towns were policed and clean. It could grow anything. … The staple food, maize, grew like a weed and fed surrounding countries as well. … When the blacks rebelled and won their war in 1979 they looked forward to a plenty and competence that existed nowhere else in Africa. … But paradise has to have a superstructure, an infrastructure, and by now it is going, going almost gone.

"One man is associated with the calamity, Robert Mugabe. …

"Mugabe is now widely execrated, and rightly, but blame for him began late. Nothing is more astonishing than the silence about him for so many years among liberals and well-wishers the politically correct. What crimes have been committed in the name of political correctness. A man may get away with murder, if he is black. Mugabe did, for many years."

 Doris Lessing, writing on "The Jewel of Africa," in the April 10 issue of the New York Review of Books

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