- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Scene of the crime

It’s only fitting that a lawyer’s fax to his Atlanta office confirming that he’d successfully filed a mandamus action with the Arkansas Supreme Court requesting that the state’s ethics enforcement body bring disciplinary proceedings against lawyer Bill Clinton shows a return address for the Excelsior Hotel.
The same Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock where Mr. Clinton, as governor, propositioned Paula Jones a key ingredient to support the mandamus action filed this week by the Southeastern Legal Foundation.
“Basically the lawyer who was filing the action with the Arkansas court was a guest at the Excelsior, which is very close to where he needed to file,” explains SLF spokesman Rob Geist.
The Excelsior is not to be confused with the DoubleTree Hotel, where Juanita Broaddrick says Mr. Clinton raped her when he was the state’s attorney general.

National candidates

For the right price, Rudolph W. Giuliani will travel to Oakton, Va., to meet with Dick Tracey.”Mr. Tracey, would you like to be invited to meet with Rudy when he travels to the Oakton, Va., area?” Friends of Giuliani writes to Mr. Tracey, who although a resident of the Old Dominion is asked to give $1,000 to the New York Republican to help match Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “enormous campaign warchest.”A Northern Virginia banker, Mr. Tracey wonders whether New York residents will similarly contribute to the Virginia Senate campaign of former Republican Gov. George F. Allen, who hopes to unseat Democratic Sen. Charles S. Robb.

Nazi nonsense

Once was the time the women of NOW didn’t like being called hysterical. Now it appears Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women, is nothing short of paranoid.
Unsuccessful in crocheting shut the lips of conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, Mrs. Ireland (“It’s astonishing to us that Rush Limbaugh gets so much air time,” she says) and her ladies have decided to target advertisers on hundreds of radio stations that carry Mr. Limbaugh’s daily broadcast of “bigotry and intolerance.”
“We need your support to prove to the stations that give him air time and the advertisers who pay for it that profiting from hate will cost them the business of thinking customers,” Mrs. Ireland says.
She says dozens of advertisers (the number actually is in the hundreds) pay Mr. Limbaugh “to accuse us of being Nazis.”

Top to bottom

Retired Army Gen. George Joulwan, former NATO supreme allied commander and former commander in chief of the military’s Southern Command, has a new government assignment.
He’s conducting a top-to-bottom review of the U.S. Customs Service’s air and marine drug interdiction program. While in charge of the Southern Command, Gen. Joulwan was responsible for U.S. counter-drug efforts throughout Central and South America.
When that task is complete, he’ll make recommendations to Customs on the roles and responsibilities for its drug interdiction mission. Customs actually operates the nation’s second largest air force.

Near the ring

Consumer crusader Ralph Nader says his plans for 2000 could include running for president.
Honored by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia at the National Press Club, Mr. Nader ripped corporate lawyer culture that puts rain making and the corporate bottom line ahead of justice and safety.
“I am going to decide early next year,” Mr. Nader said of a possible presidential bid, adding that if he does run you’ll find him on the Green Party ticket to divorce the “duo-poly” that dominates American politics.
His campaign theme, he said, will be corporate power and democracy, the environment and other issues.

Attention shoppers

A one-day preholiday sale will be held tomorrow, and tomorrow only, at the Gore Store and Bradley Boutique, located in the lobby of Republican National Committee headquarters at 310 First Street SE.
“This will be a lifesaver for every harried last-minute shopper,” says RNC Chairman Jim Nicholson.
Gore Store cashier Mark Pfeifle, deputy press secretary of the RNC, calls our attention to colorful Al Gore posters citing his many exaggerations, nifty “I Invented the Internet” Al Gore computer mouse pads, “alpha male” baseball caps, copies of Al Gore’s manifesto, “Earth in the Balance,” (complete with energy-efficient candles to read it by), and much, much more.
“The hook is that all of the money from the sale will go directly to the United Way,” says Mr. Pfeifle. “Our goal is to raise more money than Mr. Gore gave to charity in 1997.”

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