- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2002

Defining Hillary
Number of lines it takes Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, to define herself in the 2002 edition of "Who's Who in America" 65.
Number of lines similarly used by former President Bill Clinton 15.
Then again, Mr. Clinton wasn't recipient of the "Eleanor Roosevelt Living World" award in 1997, one of the myriad honors bestowed upon his wife that she lists in the book.

W. stands alone
Noticeably absent amid all the colorful "W. 2004" campaign paraphernalia, now available through the Republican National Committee Web site, is Richard B. Cheney.
Not that many people expected Mr. Cheney to serve a second term with Mr. Bush. Still, whereas "Bush-Cheney" caps and T-shirts were once the trend, W. stands alone in this latest line of campaign wearables, etched coffee mugs, lapel pins, buttons, stainless steel tumblers, cocktail glasses, license plates and bumper stickers.

Washington skeletons
Jack Horner, curator of paleontology at Montana's Museum of the Rockies, has been named senior scholar of paleobiology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington. And he's carting with him his newly excavated dinosaur.
Mr. Horner led the expedition this summer near Hell Creek, Mont., that discovered and excavated two Tyrannosaurus rex specimens and one Triceratops. This weekend, a helicopter will airlift those and other specimens to the team's base camp.
A partial T. rex found by Mr. Horner's team near Hell Creek is being donated to the Smithsonian, which considers the remains a "significant" addition to its bones collection.

God and Abe
One congressman has spent part of his August recess filing a "friend of the court" brief defending the Pledge of Allegiance from a federal appeals court that ruled it unconstitutional for school children to recite the words "under God."
"Judges that step over the line and attack our heritage need to be brought back to the plain and simple intent of America's Founding Fathers," says Rep. Ernest Istook, Oklahoma Republican, who calls the 9th Circuit Court's "outrageous attack" on the pledge an assault on the nation's heritage and beliefs.
"I'm not just wringing my hands over it, I want to make sure that decision in reversed," he says. His brief contends that the court not only misinterpreted the First Amendment to the Constitution, but also ignored several U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
One was a 1963 case in which a Supreme Court justice stated the pledge "may merely recognize the historical fact that our nation was believed to have been founded 'under God,' [and that] reciting the pledge may be no more of a religious exercise than the reading aloud of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which contains an allusion to the same historical fact."

Freshman orientation
Students headed for college each fall
Have to keep their opinions in thrall:
It's essential to be
Perceived as "PC,"
So they try not to speak up at all.

F.R. Duplantier

August filler
We had to laugh when reading a recent item in "The Reliable Source" column, penned by our good friend Lloyd Grove of The Washington Post.
An alert reader had informed Mr. Grove that the Passport Agency in Washington was displaying an erroneous caption on its framed portrait of Vice President Richard B. Cheney, and the columnist "pulled out all the stops."
"Not only did we call the White House and the State Department, we persuaded a colleague to visit the government facility to confirm that the caption misidentified the veep as Richard M. Cheney. The correct middle initial is B for Bruce," wrote Mr. Grove.
"In due course, State Department spokesman Phillip Reeker launched an investigation of how the errant M got there and Cheney's staff arranged for the portrait to be removed," the columnist concluded.
End of story?
Not at the State Department. Mr. Reeker says that when Mr. Grove first called him to comment on the inaccurate spelling, he asked the columnist what it was that he expected the spokesman to say? Mr. Grove, according to Mr. Reeker, responded that it didn't matter, and that he was just trying to fill his column in August (not an easy task when both the White House and Congress close up shop for the entire month). So Mr. Reeker played along and promised a "full investigation" of the misspelling.
Wouldn't you know, when the item appeared in the newspaper the next day, the first thing Mr. Reeker noticed was that his own name had been misspelled. It appeared as Phillip, instead of Philip. So Mr. Reeker is taking the opportunity to remind all Washington columnists that his name is spelled like "the prince," meaning Britain's Prince Philip.

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