- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Pearl diver
Everybody seems concerned about the health and stamina of Strom Thurmond except Strom Thurmond.
The 98-year-old South Carolina Republican spent his Fathers Day at the Stardust Restaurant and Lounge in Old Town Alexandria slurping down his favorite sustenance — raw oysters.
"Six orders of raw oysters went to the table," says the Stardusts Avery Kincaid. "I can confirm that he ate 30 again, but cannot confirm that he ate all 36. It still amazes me."

Mingling with adults
They pay little, if anything. But internships in the nations capital provide valuable learning experiences and often career launching pads — particularly for those toiling under senior executives in the White House and atop Capitol Hill.
Come to think of it, its not unheard of for an intern to catch the eye of the president of the United States.
Still, most internships arent very glamorous. A whopping 700 young persons are tapped for White House internships every year, so the chances of a president ever knowing an intern by his or her first name are practically zero (one recent president, for instance, referred to an intern as "that woman").
Summer is the time of year when thousands of such nameless faces invade Washingtons corridors of power (Congress attracts 4,000 to 8,000 interns a year, more than any other federal organization). To help them along, the Capitol Lounge on Pennsylvania Avenue — one of the closest watering holes to the U.S. Capitol — is distributing the "Intern Survival Guide Summer 2001" to its young customers.
Among the pointers:
In college, you may be at the top of the heap and close to graduation. Here you are at the bottom. Act accordingly.
Do not order silly shooters. You are drinking with adults now.
If you are in a conversation with someone older than you, pay attention. They can tell you are an intern (they may once have been an intern as well). Lying will not fool them.
Relax, have fun; you can save the world later.

World tour
Former President Bill Clinton, whos kept extremely busy on the world lecture circuit, will return to Washington June 28, as luncheon speaker for a John F. Kennedy School-Shorenstein Center conference on race and the press.
Unlike the majority of his other speaking engagements, Mr. Clinton will appear for free at next Thursdays invitation-only event at the Hotel Washington, says school spokesman Doug Gavel.
Mr. Clinton made headlines last week when it was reported he will receive $500,000 to deliver a speech to the state government of South Australia in February.

Church and state
Uncle Sam might frown on religious expression in the federal workplace, but that doesnt mean hes not interested in his bureaucrats beliefs.
One concerned federal employee, we are told, has never seen the likes of the confidential survey mailed to all employees in the EPAs Office of the Administrator (OA), "designed to collect information about how people in OA work together."
Herbert Z. Wong & Associates, an independent consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., was contracted by the government to conduct the survey, the controversial question being:
"What is your religious preference?
"1 = Buddhist
"2 = Catholic
"3 = Jewish
"4 = Mormon
"5 = Muslim
"6 = Orthodox churches (Greek, Russian, etc.)
"7 = Protestant (Adventist, Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc.)
"8 = Other religion not listed
"0 = No religious preference."
Everything from the EPAs Office of Congressional Affairs to its Office of Civil Rights falls under the OAs umbrella, senior executives and supervisors to staff assistants and clerks alike.

Sucking dirt
The brown sucker fish is the latest creature after Sen. James M. Jeffords to divide Congress.
The National Council for a Republican Congress (NCRC) is condemning two dozen Democrats on the House Resources Committee for boycotting a committee hearing held in Oregon over the weekend attended by more than 6,000 residents.
The hearing dealt with a recent ruling under the Endangered Species Act that cuts off 1,500 farms from irrigation water to protect the brown sucker fish.
"Much like the arrogant French royalty centuries ago, congressional Democrats message to Oregon farmers is let them drink dirt," says NCRC First Vice Chairman Marc Levin. "It is sad that many Democrats are so beholden to the radical environmental groups run by limousine liberals that they are oblivious to the plight of farmers whose way of life is being exterminated by the federal government."
The Bureau of Reclamation ordered irrigation stopped along the Oregon-California border, leaving thousands of farmers hung out to dry.

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