She is the first to smile over her last name: Boring. She is not boring. Perianne Boring, constituent relations director for Rep. Dennis A. Ross, Florida Republican, says she is the sole Capitol Hill staffer to compete for Miss District of Columbia in July, a preliminary to the Miss America pageant.
"I'm hosting a happy hour on Friday to benefit the Children's Miracle Network, the pageant's charity partner, and a nonprofit that raises funds for 170 children's hospitals," Miss Boring, 23, tells Inside the Beltway. The event is 6-9 p.m. at the Science Club in Washington; there are deejays and a suggested donation of $20, which includes a special Pa-Tini martini. "She's motivated and she's earnest," notes Steve Maguire, co-owner of the club. But does Mr. Ross support her quest?
"He's happy about it, he supports it," says Miss Boring, adding that the prospect of a Miss America college scholarship is an irresistible draw.
Things change quickly: Still listed in the Associated Press Washington Daybook for Thursday: "5:00 p.m. The Peterson Institute for International Economics holds a discussion on 'Global Recovery and Global Cooperation: The Challenges Ahead.' Participants: International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn." Yeah, well. The French official is currently in a New York jail on charges that he sexually assaulted a Manhattan hotel maid.
Meanwhile, a cultural showdown may loom - as rambunctious as the old "Freedom Fries" and "cheese eating surrender monkeys" sentiments that reflected American dissatisfaction with French behavior in the days following the 9/11 attacks. This time the French are mad. A survey conducted in France by Paris-based pollster CSA Institute after Mr. Strauss-Kahn was charged found that 57 percent of the respondents thought he was a "victim of conspiracy"and "set up" by Americans. Less than a third thought he was not a victim.
MUGGING FOR DONATIONS
"Let me introduce you to Jerome Corsi. This week he released a new book that the publisher says will be a best-seller 'of historic proportions.' The title is 'Where's the Birth Certificate?'- yes, really," says Obama For America deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot in a donation pitch that includes a "Made in America" coffee mug premium emblazoned with President Obama's photo and an image of his long form birth certificate.
"There's really no way to make this stuff completely go away. The only thing we can do is laugh at it-and make sure as many other people as possible are in on the joke," Ms. Smoot says.
SORE ABOUT SOROS
Media Research Center business and culture analyst Dan Gainor has fired off round two in a four-part volley against liberal billionaire George Soros, who spent $48 million in recent years funding media properties, journalism schools and industry organizations. Mr. Gainor established that Mr. Soros has clear connections to NBC, ABC, the New York Times and The Washington Post. But he also funds the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists. See the report here: www.mrc.org/bmi.
"Readers unhappy with Soros' media influence might be tempted to voice concerns to the Organization of News Ombudsmen - a professional group devoted to 'monitoring accuracy, fairness and balance.' Perhaps a direct complaint to one such as National Public Radio's Alicia Shepard or PBS' Michael Getler, both directors of the organization. Unfortunately, that group is also funded by Soros," Mr. Gainor observes.
Well, yee-haw. The American Redneck Society has formed the Redneck Political Alliance "to let elected representatives know what issues concern American rednecks," says Rob Clayton, who founded the Virginia-based membership group last fall.
"The Redneck Political Alliance will not endorse any candidate or political party but rather will give American rednecks a chance to let elected officials know if they're LEJIT," he says, noting that the acronym stands for limited government, erasing the deficit, job creation, immigration reform and tax reduction.
"We'll be asking folks to grade politicians according to these five criteria. Soon, we'll be grading candidates for president and letting folks know whether they're LEJIT," Mr. Clayton adds, referring interested parties to the survey at the group's website www.americanrednecksociety.com.
END TIMES IMMINENT?
Is it buh-bye world in 48 hours? Indeed, there's much talk that Saturday is "Judgment Day." But not to worry. Such speculation has been going on "before there was a Jesus," says Miguel De La Torre, a professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology. OK. What now?
"If I knew for certainty that I was going to die this weekend, then the mark of a good life is to live the last days of my life like I lived all the other days up to this point. My advice would be to 'be at peace.' No one knows when the world will end," Mr. De La Torre advises, cautioning against falling into the "trap" of extreme behaviors that can't be "undone."
POLL DU JOUR
• 63 percent of registered voters say "most members of Congress" do not deserve to be re-elected.
• 69 percent of independent voters, 64 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats agree.
• 28 percent of voters overall say incumbents deserve re-election.
• 36 percent of Democrats, 26 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of independents agree.
• 57 percent of voters overall say the U.S. representative in their own district deserves re-election.
• 67 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of independents agree.
Source: A USA Today/Gallup Poll of 897 registered voters conducted May 12-15.
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