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Some might think Mark J. Penn has enough to do - what with working as chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and serving as worldwide CEO of the public relations giant Burson-Marsteller.

But now Penn has a new endeavor: author.

His book, "Microtrends" offers a fascinating glimpse of the world as Penn sees it, identifying 75 new demographics based on countless sources. Penn - the pollster who noticed "soccer moms" in the 1990s - now sees mini groups everywhere. Ever heard of "wordy women"? That's Penn's term for one work trend. "Women are on the verge of taking over word-based professions, like journalism, law, marketing, and communications," he writes.

Cougars - everyone knows that is the term for older women who date younger men. According to Penn, they're on the rise, with nearly 3 million couples involving a woman six years older than the man, up from fewer than half a million in 1997.

New Luddites? Those are some 70 million Americans who have not entered the Internet age, otherwise known as "Tech-Nos."

Modern Mary Poppinses? They are college-educated nannies, whose salaries are now on the rise.

Late-breaking Gays? These are, Penn says, the two million or so people who were once married to members of the opposite sex.

And Hillary haters? That is not in his book. But you get the feeling, reading his material, he knows where they are.

--Anne E. Kornblut

By Washington Post editors  |  September 7, 2007; 2:04 PM ET
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Is Markos Moulitsas for real? Look at THIS virulently homophobic essay he published:

"Military Right

Published on: Monday, January 25, 1993

It's truly disturbing how much ado has been made over Bill Clinton's campaign promise to lift the ban on homosexuals from the U.S. military. It's ironic how it has taken a president who has never served in the military to make a promise that affects the military in such a negative manner.

Those who have served in the military, such as myself, understand the demands and pressures of military life are incompatible with allowing integration with homosexuals. I'm neither socially conservative or prejudiced, and neither is liberal columnist Mike Royko, Gen. Colin Powell, and influential liberal Democrats Sam Nunn and Les Aspin, all who've come out against lifting the ban.

Under military circumstances, as much has to be done as possible to focus the unit's mission and keep disciplinary problems to a minimum. Worrying about whether the known homosexual sleeping next to you is watching as you change your underwear may seem trivial as you read this, but to the soldier who's short-tempered after three weeks in the field and four hours of daily sleep, it becomes a matter of great importance to his pride and sensibilities. And in any case, there aren't many people who would change clothes in a group of co-workers if members of the opposite sex were in the same room watching. There is something inherently uncomfortable about it.

Such fears would go a long way in disrupting efficiency and morale in a unit.



Freshman Northern Star, January 25, 1993"

I just can't believe he SAID all that crap. I can't believe ANYTHING Markos Moulitsas says!

MAMZ says he came out of the military a Democrat, but he finished in military in 1992 and he published this letter in 1993. This doesn't sound like any Democrat I know, ridiculing President Clinton and opposing ALL, ALL gays in the military!

Posted by: francislholland | September 7, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

He may be on to something...

from a Wordy, Boomer, Soccer Mom, for Obama :)

Posted by: linnie1 | September 7, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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