Landing a queen
We often write about Mr. Moran’s women’s conferences, because they tend to generate newsworthy items. Like in the fall of 2004, when keynote speaker Helen Thomas, of White House press corps fame, turned the proceedings into a one-sided forum on the Iraq War.
Miss Thomas blasted President Bush for marching on Baghdad in the first place, and received a standing ovation in the process. The ladies understood when Miss Thomas added: “George Bush doesn’t send me flowers anymore.”
As for Queen Noor, the widow of Jordan’s King Hussein, she lived almost 30 years next door to Iraq. Four weeks after the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, she went on national television to warn about its aftermath, fearing a “breakdown of law and order.”
Our friends at Mandarin Media alert us to the newly launched “Ho Chi Minh Golf Trail” in Vietnam, a network of world-class golf courses named in honor of the late North Vietnamese communist president who fought hard against the United States.
Which makes us wonder when and if peace ever returns to Iraq whether Americans will find themselves teeing off at something akin to the Saddam Hussein Golf and Country Club. Like “Uncle Ho,” as the late North Vietnamese revolutionary is fondly remembered today in Vietnam, Saddam — who was hanged in late December — is similarly being embraced by many of his surviving Iraqi countrymen.
No more flowers, no more bike paths, no more highway-beautification projects will be paid for with federally earmarked transportation funds until those states with structurally deficient bridges make needed repairs.
Such is the language of legislation Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, says he will introduce when Congress reconvenes in early September. He says “many” of the more than 6,000 recent transportation earmarks went to such beautification projects.
As soon as he returns from the Middle East this week, Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis will shave his head, but not because of the heat. Rather, the Republican congressman promised to lose his hair if the American Cancer Society met a Florida fundraising goal.
“We are thrilled because when Gus shaves his head and goes to his office in D.C., he will … bring more awareness [of cancer] to the U.S. Congress,” says Mike Wick, chairman of the cancer society’s Southeast Hillsborough unit.View Entire Story
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