- The Washington Times - Monday, August 6, 2001

Not Martha's Vineyard
August is normally hot in Texas. Real hot. Unbearably hot.
And dusty.
"I don't mean to sound sarcastic when I ask this," a reporter told White House spokesman Ari Fleischer before President Bush departed for a monthlong stay at his Texas ranch. "Why does the president like to go out to his ranch for the whole month of August?"
"Will you be there?" Mr. Fleischer inquired.
"Yeah, I will," replied the reporter.
"Well, that's why."

Smut books
The National Archives still isn't finished binding President Clinton.
Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin announces that the second of two volumes of the "Public Papers of President William J. Clinton, 1999" is now complete and available for sale at $75.
The 1,376-page hardcover volume contains texts of Mr. Clinton's public statements, speeches, news conferences and communications to Congress.
Still, collectors of presidential memorabilia should be reminded that the 1999 Clinton papers aren't nearly as extraordinary or valuable as the volumes the president presented us with in 1998 — an unprecedented year of presidential history that began with, "I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and ended with "I'm trying to be honest with you and it hurts."

Must reading
Sen. Ernest F. Hollings can't live with The Washington Times and he can't live without it.
The South Carolina Democrat was holding court on the state of the economy with reporters in the Senate Press Gallery on Friday, complaining that the nation has a budget deficit, not a surplus, yet the media are ignoring the story.
Journalists instead, he said, are content to report on the income-tax refund checks that President Bush is mailing to every American taxpayer. To prove his point, the senator held up Friday's edition of The Washington Times, featuring a front-page photo of members of Congress waving mock tax refunds at a Republican rally with Vice President Richard B. Cheney.
"It's a disgrace," Mr. Hollings shouted, throwing the newspaper to the ground in a huff.
What we found most intriguing was that before walking out of the press gallery, Mr. Hollings picked up the newspaper, carefully folded it, and took it with him.

Baseball capital
Washington might not have a professional baseball team, but history and tradition of America's favorite pastime runs deep below its monuments and memorials.
So deep that author Jim Roberts at noon and 7 p.m. tomorrow — in the hallowed chamber of the National Archives Building, no less — will discuss his latest book, "Hardball on the Hill: Baseball Stories from Our Nation's Capital."
The book examines the unique relationship between U.S. presidents and baseball, and the long and intense rivalry in Congress surrounding baseball. It includes stories and anecdotes about famous and not-so-famous locals like Clare Donohoe, the first woman signed for the real "League of Their Own," and John Dowd, the Washington lawyer who conducted the gambling investigation of Pete Rose.

Where's summer?
"Another cooler year, how inconvenient," reacts Christopher Horner, counsel to the Cooler Heads Coalition, a Washington-based lobby that doesn't buy into the global-warming theory.
He's referring to what's been front-page news in Southern California, a normally balmy destination that has avoided the "apocalyptic" season of high temperatures and resulting rolling blackouts that many predicted.
Temperatures in the region are at their lowest levels in a decade, according to the National Weather Service. In July in downtown Los Angeles, this average temperature of 71 degrees was 3 degrees below normal.
"It's the coolest since 1991," meteorologist Bruce Rockwell said, so cold that beach-goers have bundled themselves in blankets.
It's also been cooler than normal in Washington and other cities up and down the Eastern Seaboard, which are usually sweltering in heat and humidity by this time of year.
If you want heat this summer, go to Chicago. Or Texas.

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