- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2005

Tea for Ten

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who gained national prominence by refusing to obey an order to remove the 5,300-pound Ten Commandments monument that he had placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building — and ultimately was removed from the bench — is to share tea with first lady Laura Bush.

Actually, Mr. Moore will address the First Ladies’ Inaugural Tea honoring Mrs. Bush on Jan. 22, two days after the inauguration, at the Mayflower Hotel.

“I consider it an honor and a privilege,” says Mr. Moore, author of the book “So Help Me God.”

Show your faces

Forget about the next four years, Democratic strategist James Carville says the coming year is the most crucial for President Bush and Democrats alike.

“You and I both know how important a year 2005 is going to be,” says Mr. Carville, who, because he’s wedlocked to former top Bush aide Mary Matalin, probably will be partying alongside her fellow Republicans this coming inaugural week.

“George Bush and the Republicans are going for broke,” he says. “They know that a second-term president has no more than eighteen months to force his agenda through — and they won’t waste a minute.”

In the meantime, Mr. Carville cautions Democrats not to “swallow all of the Republicans’ malarkey about ‘the people have spoken’ and go hide in a corner somewhere.”

Hair nor hide

Winter’s brisk temperatures are forecast to arrive in otherwise balmy Washington just in time for the presidential inaugural, thus President Bush had better don a warm hat.

“On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ members and supporters worldwide, I most respectfully ask that you reject the beaver-fur hat commissioned for the inauguration in favor of one made of something other than animal fur — perhaps a synthetic ‘cowboy’ hat that fits with the 21st century while giving a nod to American heritage,” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk writes to Mr. Bush.

Beavers, she notes, share in Mr. Bush’s vision for America — supporting strong family values, mating for life and forming bonds with children.

“Not only do these animals epitomize family values, they are also industrious role models: They are master architects whose complex sturdy lodges last for years, and they constantly maintain their homes, taking obvious pride in their work. Beavers are even known to enjoy flute music,” she adds.

Something’s fishy

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Democrat and White House aide under President Clinton, can’t figure out why the Bush administration allows Canadian cattle in the U.S. market — despite the discovery of three cases of mad cow disease there — yet continues to say U.S. imports of Canadian drugs are unsafe.

“I am puzzled,” Mr. Emanuel admits to Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.

“Curiously, three known cases of mad cow disease are insufficient evidence to halt the opening of the U.S. market to Canadian cattle,” he says. “But the fact that none of the millions of Americans who purchase prescription drugs from Canada have been harmed is not enough evidence for the administration to support the importation of prescription drugs.”

The congressman questions whether the issue is really one of safety. He cites the timing of the U.S. announcement to open the beef market, which occurred just after the Canadian government announced a possible crackdown on drug exports.

‘10th brother’

Steve Gardner, a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, is getting legal and financial assistance from retired FBI agent and Clinton whistleblower Gary Aldrich, president of the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty.

Known as the “10th brother,” Mr. Gardner was one of two men who refused to stand with Sen. John Kerry at the Democratic National Convention. After stressing his strong opposition to the Kerry candidacy, he reportedly suffered threats and insults and was mysteriously fired from his management job.

“I contacted Steve Gardner and offered my help,” Mr. Aldrich tells us. “It’s very important that when a whistleblower has the courage to reveal significant truth bearing on important decisions made by our countrymen, that that whistleblower is not punished and, at the end of the day, is no worse off for doing the right thing.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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