- The Washington Times - Monday, October 30, 2000

Throwing stones

Liberal film star Alec Baldwin can certainly dish it out, but can he take it?

You'll recall during the presidential impeachment fiasco when Mr. Baldwin went on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and shocked most normal people by imposing a death sentence on Rep. Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican:

"I'm thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all, right now, all of us together … would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death," Mr. Baldwin said. "We would stone him to death. Wait… . Shut up. No, shut up. I'm not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death, and we would go to their homes and we'd kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families."

Now it appears the Hollywood actor who has vowed to leave the country if George W. Bush is elected president has been on the receiving end of death threats himself.

"Due to the constant and steady stream of offensive material that has been posted here on my Guestbook, regretfully we are closing the Guestbook indefinitely," Mr. Baldwin writes on his official Web site.

"Most of the offensive material has been political in nature," he says. "Nearly all of the information … is misinformation or disinformation, fueled by political extremists whose only goal is to harass and disrupt."

Owning Al

"Al Gore's Soul"

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Try Robin Hood

We were bound to hear from clan Wallace sooner or later.

We wrote Friday that House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, trying to inspire his Democratic caucus troops, arrived at their meeting dressed as 13th century Scottish hero Sir William Wallace, also known as "Braveheart."

Seconds after our column hit the streets, Maryland resident June Galuardi, in the spirit of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen's famous insult of Dan Quayle in 1988 "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy" weighed in with her rebuttal:

"I'm Scotch-Irish. I'm a descendant of the Wallaces. I have relatives who are Wallaces. They are not Democrats."

Armed angels

"On the evening of Saturday, October 21, after the opening night performance of the Washington Opera's 'Don Quichotte,' my friend Alyce and I were exiting … the front entrance of the Kennedy Center, when one of those obnoxious official motorcades, which Democratic political appointees seem to crave the most, roared by complete with flashing lights," writes Washingtonian Hugh O'Neill.

"However, on this occasion, the escort vehicle was not manned by the usual male, short-haired FBI wannabes, but a total crew of four lovely 20-something women, all with long straight blond hair, and all giggling to beat the band.

"I'm not sure whose motorcade it was because so many of the elitists … were in attendance, including, I have read, [Secretary of State] Madeleine Albright. It looked for all the world like a promo for the new 'Charlie's Angels' series."

Required giving

On March 14, the Energy Department's inspector general found "several contracts awarded by the department to manage its facilities included clauses requiring charitable giving by the contractors."

The IG, Gregory Friedman, determined "the structure of the solicitations and contracts that we identified include mandatory commitments for charitable giving which are, in our judgment, problematic."

Concerned by DOE's apparent practice of tying charitable contributions to the awarding of contracts, House Science Committee Chairman Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, sent a letter to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, requesting a description of its policy.

On Aug. 11, David M. Klaus, DOE's director of management and administration, wrote back that the department hasn't in the past, nor does it now, have a policy requiring charitable giving by its contractors.

So on Oct. 12, Mr. Sensenbrenner asked the IG to re-examine his facts.

Last week, Mr. Friedman replied: "We are unable to reconcile aspects of the department's stated position with our own understanding," noting Energy has even acknowledged "four current contracts which contain charitable giving provisions."

"It's my hope," Mr. Sensenbrenner tells this column, "DOE will soon come clean and bridge its irreconcilable differences with the facts in this case."

Stiff endorsement

Former UPI congressional correspondent Jim Burns, walking a new beat for CNSNews.com, was amused to spot a car with personalized Virginia tags: STIFF.

"Wouldn't you know," he tells us, "below the license plate there was a 'Gore-Lieberman' bumper sticker."

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