- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Chasing Clinton
Bill Clinton is lucky hes not a kid growing up today, or hed wind up in jail for playing one of his favorite childhood "games."
"I should confess … I used to play one not-so-nice game," Mr. Clinton recalls in the soon-to-be-published Simon & Schuster book "The Games We Played: A Celebration of Childhood and Imagination," edited by former Clinton press aide Steven A. Cohen.
"We had two huge oak trees in my front yard, one of which had a lot of hedges around it. It was perfect for hiding," Mr. Clinton begins. "Right in front of my house was a thoroughfare, Park Avenue. We would wait for the cars to go by and try to hit the hubcaps with our acorns.
"We never tried to hit the cars — anybody could hit a car going by," the nations 42nd president stresses. "The idea was to hit the hubcap, because it made the loudest, most delicious sound. Although sometimes if a pickup went by, wed try to land the acorn in the back of the pickup. But we never wanted to hit a windshield or do any damage.
"But one time we hit a guys hubcap and it sounded like the world was coming to an end — BONG! The guy put on his brakes, stopped the car, and pulled over. He came racing up on our yard and we ran and ran. Thank goodness nobody was home to beef to. Both my folks worked."
(Tomorrow: Favorite games Hillary Rodham Clinton played with boys growing up.)

Not a good start

Minutes after Environmental Protection Agency chief Christie Whitman issued a memorandum yesterday that "requires" the entire EPA staff to attend Information Security Awareness Training — saying "every employee must be aware of his or her responsibility for ensuring information security [and] the threats associated with electronic communication and computer usage" — an EPA official electronically leaked it to this column.

Jeffords wipes

The darndest things come in the mail, like the roll of James M. Jeffords Toilet Paper — the Republican-turned-independent senators smiling mug on every one-ply sheet — sent to us by www.ConservationAction.org.

Just the facts

How much tax money are we really getting back from Uncle Sam?
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist has a nifty device available on his Web site (www.atr.org) that calculates, on an individual basis, ones expected tax cut once the tax-cut bill is signed into law by President Bush.
If one provides general information, like ones tax bracket and marital status, the calculator will estimate ones actual savings under the much ballyhooed — and controversial — tax-relief package.

Bush suits

It didnt take long — barely four months into the new administration — for several unions and one federally funded corporation to file suit against two Bush Cabinet members, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.
The suit, which seeks to prevent unionized employees of federal contractors from learning about their rights to be nonmembers and reclaim forced union dues spent on politics, is likely to raise many eyebrows.
After all, says National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation Vice President Stefan Gleason, "the same unions that have long claimed to be defenders of workplace rights are now suing to prevent employees from learning about workplace rights."
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia without fanfare last month by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, the UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, and two affiliates of the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
A case won by National Right to Work attorneys in 1988 established that employees cannot be compelled to formally join a union or pay dues spent for politics or any other activities unrelated to collective bargaining. Those same attorneys are now preparing to intervene on behalf of workers whove been "lied to or outright threatened by unions, including UAW officials," when theyve tried reclaiming forced dues spent on electioneering.

Something fishy

If something else smells fishy today on Capitol Hill besides Sen. Tom Daschles cakewalk into the majority leaders office, youre not mistaken.
In the courtyard of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washingtons top seafood chefs — from Cafe Atlantico, Georgetown Seafood Grill, Georgia Browns and New Heights Restaurant, among others — will join fishermen and conservationists to prepare and serve to members of Congress seafood delicacies from fish caught using only sustainable-fishing practices.
The fishy affair is intended to build awareness and support to strengthen the conservation standards in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The House and Senate are holding hearings on reauthorizing the act.


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