- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Geared for gays

“Two automakers are partnering with a homosexual activist group by developing a special marketing campaign geared towards homosexuals.

“Jaguar North America and Land Rover North America announced Tuesday their expanded national sponsorship of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

“The automakers will launch ads this month featuring a special ‘give-back’ purchase offer benefiting the group, as part of a marketing and advertising campaign designed to reach ‘gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) consumers.’ …

“‘The principles of diversity and equality are an integral part of Land Rover’s values,’ said Sally Eastwood, vice president of marketing for Land Rover North America.”

Melanie Hunter, writing on “Jaguar, Land Rover Partner With Homosexual Activist Group,” Tuesday in CNS News at www.cnsnews.com

Vox populi

“In every presidential election year, there are news stories about undecided voters, people who say that they are perplexed about which candidate’s positions make the most sense. … They say that they are thinking about issues like ‘trust,’ and whether the candidate cares about people like them. To voters who identify strongly with a political party, the undecided voter is almost an alien life form. … To an undecided voter, on the other hand, the person who always votes for the Democrat or the Republican, no matter what, must seem like a dangerous fanatic. Which voter is behaving more rationally and responsibly? …

“In election years from 1952 to 2000, when people were asked whether they cared who won the presidential election, between 22 and 44 percent answered ‘don’t care’ or ‘don’t know.’ In 2000, 18 percent said that they decided which presidential candidate to vote for only in the last two weeks of the campaign; 5 percent, enough to swing most elections, decided the day they voted. …

“Voters go into the booth carrying the imprint of the hopes and fears, the prejudices and assumptions of their family, their friends, and their neighbors. For most people, voting may be more meaningful and more understandable as a social act than as a political act.”

Louis Menand, writing on “The Unpolitical Animal,” in the Monday issue of the New Yorker

‘Constant unease’

“I was shocked to see the following words attributed to actor-rapper Will Smith, responding to a question of whether 9/11 had changed anything for him:

“‘No. Absolutely not. When you grow up black in America you have a completely different view of the world than white Americans. We blacks live with a constant feeling of unease. And whether you are wounded in an attack by a racist cop or in a terrorist attack, I’m sorry, it makes no difference.’ …

“Smith’s evident contempt for America is baffling. … Rather than feel for his country when it is viciously attacked, he seems unaffected and indifferent to the pain so many felt.

“Smith’s contempt for white Americans is similarly shocking. Smith has white Americans to thank for his success. White Americans go to his films and buy his compact discs. And yet, Smith speaks of having ‘a constant feeling of unease.’ I am unsure what constant unease must be felt while driving a Bentley, starring in multimillion-dollar blockbuster films, and topping album charts. I could go for some of that unease.”

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, writing on “Driving Bentleys and crying racism,” Tuesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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