- The Washington Times - Monday, March 22, 2004

‘South Park’ GOP

“‘South Park’ launched its eighth season … with an episode that parodied Japanese anime, mocked the crackdown on ‘indecency’ and showed a kid getting a ninja throwing star stuck in his eye. At this point, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s cartoon is almost as old as its boy protagonists. …

“‘South Park’ survived the transformation from buzz magnet to old news by revising its formula, reasserting Parker and Stone’s creative control and aiming more at maintaining its cult following than at reaching for a mass audience. …

“By 2002, the cartoon was respectable enough that a fellow named Stephen W. Stanton was declaring the existence of the ‘South Park Republican,’ a new breed of GOPer who doesn’t fit the old stereotype of ‘stodgy white guys with money.’”

Jesse Walker, writing on “Humble Folks Without Temptation,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

He, she, it

“Transgender rights is the issue of the day on many college campuses.

The bathroom is the battlefield: Students are demanding that, in addition to men’s rooms and women’s rooms, the administration set aside facilities for transgenders. …

“No college has gone further than Wesleyan in this new dimension of political correctness. … Students no longer have to check ‘M’ or ‘F’ on their health forms. Instead, they are asked to ‘describe your gender identity history.’ … Wesleyan also eliminated the term ‘women’s‘ from their women’s rugby team. They have several girls who, for their gender identity, have chosen to be males. So, said one of them, ‘We don’t want people yelling, “Go, girls!”’

“The most ironic manifestations of transgender activism come in America’s elite women’s colleges. These have become havens of feminism, lesbianism and political correctness. …

“So if these females who choose to be males are considered not to be women anymore, how come they still get to go to a women’s college? …

“At Smith, a prominent women-only college, the students voted to eliminate female pronouns from the student constitution, since ‘she’ and ‘her’ were deemed to be insensitive to transgender students.”

Gene Edward Veith, writing on “Identity crisis,” in Saturday’s issue of World

Not serious

“To suggest the U.S., the world’s only remaining superpower — with our global satellite communications and surveillance systems, ultra-modern military forces, $10 trillion GDP, vast technological superiority and armed populace — cannot substantially impact the current level of illegal immigration shows an incredible level of ignorance. The U.S. government has never been serious about closing off its borders to illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and the occasional Mexican military or police unit that ‘accidentally’ strays onto American soil. So how can anyone say it isn’t possible? …

“Between Democratic voter interests and Wall Street Journal neocon corporate interests, Washington has been bought and sold many times over on the open-borders concept. … On the one hand, advocates argue the concept can work as long as migrants are documented, tracked and possess the proper paperwork and identification. But on the other, they say current law forbidding employers from hiring undocumented workers is impossible to enforce because it … has only ‘created a thriving black market for false identification papers.’

“Which is it — documentation helps or doesn’t help?”

Jon Dougherty, writing on “Wall Street Journal: Oblivious to reality,” Sunday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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