- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gun no-show

The National Rifle Association Foundation will not present an assault weapon to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at an upcoming banquet despite media reports about the event, including one from its own magazine.

“The event is not happening,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said. “Sarah Palin will not be attending. She was invited, but declined due to a family commitment. This happened weeks ago.”

Several newspapers picked up a story published in the May issue of the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine that said the governor would be given a custom AR-15 at the foundation’s May 16 banquet.

The rifle, specially chambered for a .50 Beowulf cartridge, was made by Templar Consulting gunmaker Bob Reynolds and features a Big Dipper, an outline of the state of Alaska, a moose and an NRA logo as well as an inscription, “In Honor of Governor Sarah Palin.”

The NRA could not confirm whether Mr. Reynolds still had plans to ship the all-white “Alaska Hunter” weapon to the governor. He would only say “no presentation will be made.”

Hypocrisy pageantry

Miss California USA officials have said publicly that they are considering stripping the crown from Carrie Prejean, in part because she has become a spokeswoman for a pro-marriage group.

Her association with the group may violate her 12-page pageant contract, which prohibits her from making personal appearances, conducting interviews or appearing in advertisements without approval from pageant officials, among other things.

She also is under investigation over a racy modeling photo of her, which has surfaced on the Internet.

But at the same time, the director of the pageant has posed topless and will appear in an ad campaign on gay rights.

Shanna Moakler has agreed to appear in a new ad in support of homosexual marriage, along with some other former pageant queens.

Ms. Moakler, who was first runner-up in the 1995 Miss USA pageant, has posed for topless photos as well. She was Playboy’s playmate of the month in December 2001.

No word yet on whether she is investigating herself, or whether she will strip herself of her own crown.

Locking up Keyes

Alan Keyes has called for the prisons of South Bend, Ind., to overflow with protesters jailed to protect the lives of the unborn at President Obama’s upcoming University of Notre Dame commencement address.

Mr. Keyes, who ran against Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate in 2004, is opposing the honorary doctorate the Catholic institution plans to give the pro-choice president because of his pro-life convictions.

A press release issued from Mr. Keyes through Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, said, “I will go to South Bend. I will step foot on the Notre Dame campus to lift up the standard that protects the life of the innocent children of this and every generation.

“I will do it all day and every day from now until the Master comes if need be, though it mean I shall be housed every day in the prison house of lies and injustice that Obama, [University President John] Jenkins and their minions now mean to construct for those who will never be still and silent in the face of their mockery of God and justice, their celebration of evil.

“If this be trespass, then forgive us our trespasses and join us in trespassing until the South Bend jail is filled to overflowing with witnesses to truth; filled beyond capacity; filled until we break the most onerous shackles of all - the ones that bind the heart and mind to evil and our nation to the path of its destruction.”

Blogger jail time?

Wired Magazine and other outlets are buzzing over a piece of legislation they say could be used to jail bloggers.

The bill introduced by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, California Democrat, is called the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act and punishes those who transmit electronic messages with the “intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person” with a fine and or imprisonment up to two years.

Megan Meier was a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide after a 47-year old neighbor sent the girl messages through MySpace impersonating a young, male love interest named “Josh.” When “Josh” scorned Miss Meier and humiliated her online, Megan hanged herself.

Wired writer David Kravets suggested Ms. Sanchez was proposing a “gulag.”

The congresswoman disagrees.

“The bill protects victims,” her spokeswoman Marsha Catron said. “It doesn’t impede on any freedom of speech.”

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@ washingtontimes.com.

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