- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Pardon me

A State Department official is reminding Congress that it made fugitives like Marc Rich, who renounce U.S. citizenship to evade payment of taxes, ineligible to enter or visit the United States without a favorable recommendation from the secretary of state and a waiver from the attorney general.
The specific provision of law, the official says, is Section 212(a)(10)(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended. The equivalent in the U.S. Code would be 8 USC 1168(a)(10)(E).
"Clinton's pardon doesn't affect this at all," says the official, who requests anonymity. "The real question is, can [Mr. Rich's attorney] Jack Quinn persuade [Secretary of State] Colin Powell and [Attorney General] John Ashcroft to allow this? I hope not. Sincerely, I am appalled at what has happened."
Former President Clinton has taken "full responsibility" for his controversial pardon of the billionaire financier, who fled to Switzerland after his 1983 indictment in what has been labeled the biggest tax-fraud case in U.S. history.
Mr. Clinton could ultimately be called to testify before two congressional committees set to examine his 140 11th-hour pardons.

Time flies

When Jennifer Erin Jana was born in Solana Beach, Calif., in 1985, she received a letter from President Reagan.
"Life for your generation should be very exciting and joyous," penned Mr. Reagan, "because the world has never offered more opportunities for the young to learn, to dream, and to work for answers to the challenges that face mankind. Do these things, and you will return to this world a thousandfold the gift of your wonderful birth."
Today, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, Mr. Reagan will open a letter from the same infant girl he'd written to in 1985. Her letter reads:
"Dear President Reagan: Sixteen years ago you sent me a letter on the occasion of my birth, welcoming me into the world. Now it is my great honor to wish you a happy 90th birthday and thank you for the mark you left not only on our great country but also on the entire world… .
"After many years of desiring to go into medicine, I recently decided to pursue a career in politics also. I have come to believe that this is the best path for me in order to lead my generation, as you wrote in your letter 'to learn, to dream, and to work for answers to the challenges that face mankind.' I hope I will be able to do even a fraction of the good for humanity as you have done… .
"Love always, Jennifer Jana."

Trefoil tattoos

Scouting for girls was once as American as apple pie, says the summary of "Not Your Mother's Girl Scouts."
Today, however, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has become a casualty of political polarization, increasingly identified with leaders and positions of "radical feminism."
In an article for Organization Trends, a publication of the Capital Research Center, Kathryn Jean Lopez, associate editor of National Review, writes that Girl Scouts this spring will once again be selling cookies, but now with an added ingredient.
Girl Scout officials "seem intent on a cookie-cutter approach to shaping a new generation of like-minded women with disdain for the past," opines Miss Lopez, who likens the Senior Scout handbook for girls 14 and over to an insert in YM or Seventeen.
It contains exercises relating to situations like "ending a pregnancy," or suggestions on how to organize "an event to make people aware of gender bias."
And what about those badges?
"You might know a Girl Scout who earned a badge for selling cookies or learning to cook," says Miss Lopez. "But did you notice her 'Domestic Violence Awareness' badge?"
A girl with green hair and fingernails also appears in a hip ad campaign unveiled by the Girl Scouts in Georgia: "Yeah, we still wear green. But a lot else has changed." Another ad features a girl's shoulder bearing a tattoo with the Girl Scouts' trefoil symbol.
Shortly after becoming executive director, the Scouts' Marty Evans boasted, "We're not your mother's Girl Scout troop."
"No kidding," says Miss Lopez. "Remember that when you consider buying this year's box of Thin Mints."

Everybody's Luntz

A prolific adviser to virtually every Republican since his Contract with America days, pollster Frank Luntz now appears headed in a new direction.
He spent the first two hours of the 107th congressional session on the House floor mingling with the newly sworn-in representatives, and he's been hired as a commentator for the upcoming British elections.
But during the inaugural weekend, Mr. Luntz was seen huddled with Comedy Central's Ben Stein, dining with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and hosting comedian Yakov Smirnoff and Cheap Trick lead guitarist Rick Nielsen at his posh McLean home.
The music channel VH1, meanwhile, aired a special featuring Mr. Luntz and his polling technology, determining those music videos that were merely sexy and those that were objectionable.

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