- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Amexiconada

A proposal introduced by a Mexican mayor at a Denver conference on intercontinental trade corridors — calling for a European Union-style merger of the United States, Canada and Mexico — is drawing negative reactions on this side of the border, at least.

“Mexican officials are constantly pushing for this,” reveals Jerome Corsi, author of “The Late Great U.S.A.: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada.” “They are all for eroding United States sovereignty and creating free movement of their peasant class across our border, flooding us with anchor babies and taking advantage of our country’s all-too-generous welfare programs.”

The tri-country merger was proposed most recently by Mayor Evaristo Lenin Perez of Ciudad Acuna, a sister city of Del Rio, Texas.

Sinking the Navy

With 70 percent of the design completed, a shipbuilder’s initial cost estimate for the construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) — a new “Ford-class” type of aircraft carrier that carries more technology and fewer crew — is 22 percent higher than the Navy’s cost target of $11 billion requested in the 2008 budget.

So the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed the Navy and shipbuilder are now working on ways to reduce the cost, even as President Bush is requesting another $200 billion from U.S. taxpayers to fund the Iraq war through 2008.

Sissy state

“We’ll have chicken wings, Twinkies, beer, wine, alcopops, and other soon-to-be-outlawed items,” reads our invitation to Friday’s lecture in Dupont Circle by David Harsanyi, author of Reason magazine’s upcoming cover story “Prohibition Returns!” and the new book, “Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children.”

Klaus’ favorites

That was Klaus Fritsch, co-founder of Morton’s the Steakhouse, arriving in Georgetown for last evening’s 25th anniversary of the popular restaurant.

“It was a good ol’ boys steakhouse,” publicist Linda Roth recalled yesterday of the restaurant’s opening in 1982, when LeRoy Neiman was on hand with his sketchpad. “Big meat, big knives, big bread. They still have all of those, but now they also have a woman president — Edie Ames. And there’s tuna tartare on the menu.”

Mr. Fritsch, who lives in Chicago, told Inside the Beltway yesterday that Morton’s just opened its 75th restaurant, with sights now on openings in Beijing and Shanghai.

His favorite all-time steak?

“Without a doubt the rib-eye. It’s a little fatty, but it has the most flavor. It’s a man’s steak,” he said. “And with a nice bottle of wine and the right lady sitting across from you, you can’t beat it.”

Stop burping

Speaking of meat, a little bird tells us that a big bird — in this case, a person dressed up in a chicken costume — will park a General Motors Hummer on Thursday outside the State Department, where the Bush administration will host a daylong forum on climate change.

The costumed activist from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will crow that eating meat does more to promote “global warming” than driving gas-guzzling vehicles.

Meanwhile, PETA leaks word that it will show up at all global-warming events hosted by Al Gore during the next three weeks in Austin, San Francisco and Denver. It wants the former vice president to adopt a vegetarian diet, and maybe even drop a few pounds in the process.

Bubba gabfest

Bill Clinton will appear on the “The Martha Stewart Show” tomorrow and reveal that he “almost didn’t make it past my heart incident,” when the former president underwent emergency surgery in 2004.

And what does he want to accomplish now that he’s never done before?

“[C]limb Mount Kilimanjaro” and “go to Machu Picchu in Peru,” he answers.

Lone sailors

On the heels of his announced retirement from Congress comes word that Virginia Sen. John W. Warner will be honored as a “Lone Sailor,” an annual tribute paid by the U.S. Navy Memorial.

Three other celebrated World War II veterans will also be presented with the Lone Sailor Award on Oct. 29, including baseball great Stan Musial, we learned yesterday.

The honor is bestowed on “sea service” veterans who distinguished themselves in their respective careers while exemplifying the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Mr. Warner is the second-ranking Republican of the Senate Armed Services Committee and its former chairman.

“These … men proudly wore the uniform of their country in a time of war, then achieved extraordinary success in a variety of careers in the public and private sector, but they never forgot the values they learned in the United States Navy,” notes retired Navy Rear Adm. Richard A. Buchanan, the memorial’s president and CEO.

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin @washingtontimes .com.

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