- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Dog days humor
The group Conservative Action is taking credit for the green-and-yellow "Condit for President" flyers posted on Capitol Hill.
The prank campaign posters contain actual endorsements of sorts from Democratic House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt and, wouldn't you know, two Republicans — Reps. Jack Kingston of Georgia and Christopher Shays of Connecticut. The latter declared just after the Gary A. Condit-Chandra Levy scandal unfolded: "He's a great man, and I love the guy!"
That isn't nearly as bad as Mr. Kingston's premature endorsement: "He's an honorable man."

Pathetically popular
Number of visitors since April (when Chandra Levy was first reported missing) to California Democratic Rep. Gary A. Condit's official congressional Web site: 359,892.
Number of visitors during the same period to California Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's Web site: 94,207.

Pulpit politics
Before he headed South for the August recess, Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., North Carolina Republican, introduced the Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act, to allow churches and other houses of worship to engage in an "insubstantial" amount of political-speech activity.

Hill raising
Dan Quayle's back on Capitol Hill.
The 44th vice president of the United States yesterday joined the 42nd vice president, Walter F. Mondale, as an honorary board member of the Fund for the Capitol Visitor Center, a long-overdue museum and tourist facility.
The center will be the largest addition to the U.S. Capitol since before the Civil War. It's needed because the Capitol was never designed to host the more than 4 million visitors that pass through it every year, which has resulted in terribly long lines of people waiting outdoors in the elements.
As for the former vice presidents, Mr. Quayle is keeping busy these days in the investment banking and international consulting arena. Mr. Mondale is chairman of Dorsey & Whitney's Asia Law Practice Group.

Practically full
Arlington National Cemetery is projected to run out of in-ground burial space for veterans in the year 2025 unless additional property is provided.
The House Armed Services Committee recommends expanding the hallowed graveyard just across the Potomac River in Virginia, once the property of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, into areas adjacent to the current cemetery boundaries.
The expansion, says the committee, would ensure the availability of burial space at Arlington through 2060.

Two-term limit
One last observation regarding California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's controversial proposal to limit airline passengers to two alcoholic drinks each, this one submitted by reader Paul A. Stevens:
"If two-drink maximums are so great, maybe that can be carried over to terms. We could limit members of Congress to a certain number of terms."

Camping with Campo
Hardly a day doesn't go by in Washington, the world capital of lawyers, that a law firm doesn't issue an announcement regarding its partners or associates, most of them dealing with new hires.
But not the law offices of Farrell & Campo at 1730 K St. NW, which is pleased to announce that Terry T. Campo has completed his service as director of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia's Winter Heating Assistance Project.
The what?
"It was a fascinating experience," says Mr. Campo. "I spent a year and a half there. It's an amazing place; you can see that it was a very wealthy country at one time. They really made their money in the period of 1870 to 1920, when Georgia was a very prosperous region. The architecture is beautiful, and the Georgians are very nice people who were never 'Sovietized.' They, of course, are struggling now."
So much so that Mr. Campo spent some days "without electricity or heat."
"I was sleeping in a sleeping bag fully clothed at night to keep warm," he recalls.
The Georgia Winter Heating Assistance Project, for which Mr. Campo negotiated agreements, has supported the privatization of the region's power grid by providing $13 million in transition financing for local electricity-distribution companies. A similar program designed by Mr. Campo is being considered by the Republic of Moldova.
And how does it feel to be practicing again in Washington?
"All the luxuries are kind of boring," he says.

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