Thursday, April 13, 2006

One blonde

“This is the only country on Earth that thinks it’s not sporting to consider our own interests in choosing immigrants. Try showing up in any other country on the planet, illiterate and penniless, and announcing: ‘I’ve seen pictures of your country and it looks great. I think I’d like to live here! Oh, and by the way, would you mind changing all your government and business phone messages, street signs and ballots into my native language? Thanks!’ They would laugh you out of the country. …

“There are more than 6 billion people in the world, many of whom apparently like the idea of living in the wealthiest democracy on Earth. But if the billions of people of the world did live here, it wouldn’t be ‘here’ any more. America is special for a reason that must transcend the right to vote — or everyone would be trying to immigrate to Iraq right now.”

— Ann Coulter, writing on “Brown is the new black,” April 12 in WorldNetDaily at

Another blonde

“Good news: Sharon Stone was in Israel in March. That meant she wasn’t here. The blond actress, best known for abbreviated skirts and even shorter statements about George Bush … had traveled to the Jewish state as a guest of Shimon Peres’s Center for Peace. There, conceding that even a Hollywood star could not solve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Stone stated that she could use her sex, as it were, to help encourage peace efforts.

“After all, she added, ‘It’s time for women to be part of negotiations, because they have a different language. Imagine, “I was considering going to war, let’s discuss, let’s consider the other angles.” ‘ A piquant idea, one that doesn’t seem to have occurred to the female suicide bombers. Perhaps Ms. Stone had used the wrong map and was addressing the wrong crowd. …

“Hollywood denizens might have learned something since March 2005. That was the month a billboard went up, courtesy of a conservative group called Citizens United, showing a photo of the newly reelected President Bush, flanked by pictures of such outspoken anti-administration celebrities as Whoopi Goldberg, Chevy Chase, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and, of course, Barbra Streisand. To their right was the line: ‘4 more years. Thank you, Hollywood!’ ”

— Stefan Kanfer, writing on “Hollywood Gets It Wrong. Again,” April 11 in City Journal Online at

PC stereotypes

“If you listen to the pro-illegal crowds, all Mexicans are good for is performing lousy, grungy, dirty, filthy, rotten jobs. Where is the civil rights outrage? Where are the politicians who, if you stereotyped any other group like this, would be up in political arms?

“If somebody stood up and said, ‘We need to let in more Africans because they will do the lousy, low paying jobs nobody else will do,’ what would Jesse Jackson say? What would Ted Kennedy say? Would they be cool with it? …

“Why no big uproar over the automatic stereotypical assignment of lousy jobs to Mexicans, where they arrive in this country to find that their glass ceiling has already been set as high as the floor they have to sweep?”

— Doug Powers, writing on “From Si to Shining Si,” April 12 in the American Spectator Online at

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