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Inside the Beltway
Our mailbox overfloweth this week, thanks to Washington resident John Lockwood, who while conducting research at the Library of Congress came across an intriguing Page 2 headline in the Nov. 2, 1922 edition of The Washington Post: “Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt.”
The story told how “great masses of ice have now been replaced by moraines of earth and stones,” and “at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared.”
Sure enough, that was the year one of the most famous archaeological hoaxes in history took shape in a gravel pit in the English village of Piltdown, where experts thought they had unearthed the fossilized skull of an early human. Wouldn’t you know, more than 40 years later it was determined that a prankster had attached the lower jawbone of an orangutan to the skull of a modern human.
Then there’s this letter from an otherwise concerned John Barnes of Lebanon, Tenn.: “Just read the Inside the Beltway note about the 1922 Washington Post article. What can be done to make sure that the environmental radicals do not get inspiration from Sandy Berger and go into the Library of Congress to steal, and then destroy, the article?”
“I feel like … the idiot, because I feel like I’m distracting from the other things that are important, like global warming and that kind of stuff. I genuinely mean that. And I don’t know what to do.”
—Lindsay Lohan, lamenting on her recent public behavior during an interview with Elle magazine
SenateMinority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told former first lady Nancy Reagan during a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California this week that he is working with other senators who want to erect a statue of President Reagan in the U.S. Capitol.
Meanwhile, the Republican leader said he will also be sponsoring a bill to establish the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission in preparation for the 100th anniversary of Mr. Reagan’s birth on Feb. 6, 2011.
By Tammy Bruce
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