- The Washington Times - Monday, December 4, 2000

Supernatural Joe

A first-rate psychic with extraordinary extrasensory perception couldn't have foreseen what materialized in Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's crystal ball five months before Election Day.

Exactly two months before he was tapped by Vice President Al Gore to be his vice-presidential running mate, Mr. Lieberman introduced legislation in Congress "to improve the presidential transition process."

If you don't believe us, we obtained a news release from Mr. Lieberman's office, dated June 9, 2000, which reads:

"Noting that incoming presidential administrations often lack the tools and expertise to hit the ground running, Governmental Affairs Committee … ranking Democrat Joseph Lieberman today introduced legislation to improve the presidential transition process."

Mr. Lieberman expressed these sentiments that very day:

"The smooth transition from one presidential administration to the next is one of the beauties of our democracy. Our bill would streamline the transition process to ensure the new president is able to put his or her appointees in place in a timely fashion and begin the job of governing."

Help wanted

"Job Opportunity Immediate Need: a FAT WOMAN to travel to Florida and sing."

Submitted by Inside the Beltway reader George Kidd

Energizer man

Lots of folks send birthday greetings to Sen. Strom Thurmond, who we noted earlier turns 98 tomorrow.

We recalled when writing about the hardy South Carolina Republican the battle he waged in 1993 against Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, Illinois Democrat, surrounding the logo of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which the latter said celebrated "slavery."

"It should also be noted," now writes Johnnie Sancedio of Indiana, "that Sen. Strom Thurmond is still there while Carol Moseley-Braun is not."

Subsequent party

Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush finishes third behind Puff Daddy and Drew Barrymore in Jose Cuervo tequila's "Top 10 Overall Biggest Partiers of 2000."

Bill Clinton drops to fourth.

A to Zeller

The first university on the Internet aimed at conservatives of all ages will announce its initial public offering (IPO) this afternoon at the National Press Club in Washington.

Yorktownuniversity.com, based in Yorktown, Va., also will announce plans for its initial course offerings and faculty.

Attending today's IPO briefing: board chairman Paul Weyrich, former Reagan White House adviser Peter Hannaford and former Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ellen Sauerbrey.

Also stepping up to the press club's blackboard will be the university's newest faculty member, Richard Zeller, who was barred by Bowling Green State University from teaching a course on "political correctness."

Get out the lead

"America has forgotten the one sure-fire piece of technology to ensure election night accuracy. The pencil."

Tom Stephens

Stain scam

U.S. Postal Service inspectors in Washington are seeking federal prosecution of a man who mailed bogus dry-cleaning and clothing bills to restaurants across the country claiming their waiters had spilled coffee on his suit.

In an interview, the suspect admits the dry cleaners didn't exist and says he never even set foot in the restaurants. During a 90-day period, the crook made off with more than $10,000.

AIDS drops

The Kaiser Family Foundation's "Capitol Hill Briefing Series on HIV/AIDS" reports AIDS cases in the United States "decreased rather dramatically" in the 1990s.

Between 1981 and 1999, a total of 711,344 cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, reports Kaiser. In 1996, the number of new AIDS cases declined by 6 percent over 1995; between 1996 and 1997, new AIDS cases dropped another 18 percent; and between 1997 and 1998, there was another 11 percent drop.

Also, between 1996 and 1997, the number of AIDS-related deaths declined by 42 percent, followed by a 20 percent decline between 1997 and 1998.

Ten U.S. metropolitan areas account for almost half of reported AIDS cases, in order of prevalence: New York; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Miami; Washington (20,623 cases); Chicago; Houston; Philadelphia; Newark, N.J.; and Atlanta.

Honk

"Honk if Gore has sued you."

Bumper sticker spotted in Washington over the weekend.

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