- The Washington Times - Monday, February 20, 2006

Hissy fits

“The mainstream media’s petulance peaked this week after they disapproved of Vice President Dick Cheney’s notification method about his hunting accident in Texas. Once again the White House press corps reminded us that it’s not about the story, or the victim, but about them.

“The usual journalism suspects who always exhibit ‘objective’ criticism of the Bush administration displayed especially feral cattiness, and I’m not even talking about the demonstrative David Gregory of NBC News. No, the think-strained wretches of print did themselves proud as well….

“[U]nder the headline, ‘Handling of Mishap Creates Strain in the White House,’ New York Times reporter David Sanger wrote that Cheney’s ‘habit of living in his own world — had backfired since the accident in Texas on Saturday.’

“Leave it to the White House press corps to have the audacity to blame Cheney’s information management, and not their own badgering of presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan, as the source of ‘tension’ and ‘strain’ in the administration. David Gregory’s antics alone could have made anybody in the room blow a gasket.”

— Paul Chesser, writing on “Firestorm and Media Brimstoning,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

No respect

“Houston police officer Robert King, a 29-year veteran, patrols the department’s Fondren Division in the southwest part of the city, a rugged section with some of the city’s highest crime rates.

“‘I’ve met three nice people from New Orleans,’ King said, ‘out of hundreds.’

“He said the difference between the hometown folks and the evacuees is in their demeanor.

“‘Their attitude is not something we’re used to encountering,’ King said. …

“‘Crime has gone up tremendously’ since the evacuees arrived, officer K. Raven said. ‘And when you try to approach some of these guys, they act like they just don’t respect us. They don’t have any respect for the police.’

“‘And with rare exception,” King added, ‘if I have to jack somebody up on the street in the middle of the night, they’re from New Orleans.’”

—From “Robert King: Evacuees brought bad attitudes, cop says,” Feb. 12 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Campy cowboys

“‘Brokeback Mountain’ works on two levels, both bogus. It’s a heterosexual liberal’s fantasy that homosexuals are just like heterosexuals except for sexual orientation. In reality, the odds that [Jake] Gyllenhaal’s character, who is of average to above-average masculinity, and [Heath] Ledger’s character, who is out at the far right edge of the masculinity bell curve with John Wayne, would both be homosexual is one in a million.

“And it’s a gay’s fantasy that somewhere out there is an ultra-masculine cowboy who will fall head over heels in love with me and pine away for me his whole life. To be precise, it’s that ultimate gay’s fantasy … that you’re so irresistible that you attract a Real Man who is only gay for you. It’s a silly, silly movie, and I suspect the people making it deep down recognized that fact, so they made it slooooow and serious to cover up its essential campiness.”

— Steve Sailer, writing on “The Best Actor Oscar Race,” Feb. 11 at https://isteve.blogspot.com

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