- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 3, 2002

41st regiment
Desert Storm commanders who served under former President George Bush, including retired Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, will land in Washington on Friday for the National Defense University Foundation's presentation of the American Patriot Award to the nation's 41st president.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard B. Myers, CIA Director George J. Tenet and possibly Vice President Richard B. Cheney, who served as elder Mr. Bush's defense secretary, will also be on hand to pay tribute to Mr. Bush at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
The American Patriot Award recognizes "an exceptional American whose inspirational leadership and selfless dedication to national security and to world peace have significantly advanced this nation's ideals, values, and democratic principles."
Most fittingly, honorary chairmen of the award dinner are the nation's 43rd president, George W. Bush, and first lady Laura Bush.

Day late, dollar short
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Unless, of course, you live in Pennsylvania, where constituents of one congressman are waking up a day later than the rest of us.
J. Keen Holland of Berks County, Pa., had read our recent item concerning the humorous caption found in Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning's calendar, and now writes that "you might be amused to know that Rep. Tim Holden, Pennsylvania Democrat, sent out 2002 calendars which show 31 days for November and carry through the error on the next page by shifting all of the dates in December one day later in the week."
Concludes Mr. Holland: "No wonder these guys can't figure out the budget, they don't even know what day it is."

Cal unplugged
Cal Thomas, the country's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist, was handed a terrific birthday present yesterday when Fox News Channel announced a new Saturday night television talk show, "After Hours," to be hosted by the outspoken commentator.
"This is going to be a different kind of show," Mr. Thomas tells us, "each featuring a liberal and a conservative guest from among three venues: Hollywood, Broadway and Washington. It's going to be conversational, not confrontational. I want people to feel as if they are coming into the living room of my home."
And talk about landing an influential inaugural guest, Mr. Thomas will welcome Vice President Richard B. Cheney when the show debuts Saturday at 11 p.m.
His column appears in more than 540 newspapers. Mr. Thomas is also host of a daily radio program broadcast on more than 300 stations and the author of 10 books, including "The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas."
No word on how old Cal turned yesterday.

Tax testament
It's easy for politicians to beat up on individuals and corporations who appear to be dodging taxes, and no one can deny there are genuine cheats who deserve to be caught and punished, says Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner.
"But when you consider what a complicated mess the U.S. Tax Code has become, you can see we're not exactly encouraging good behavior here," Mr. Feulner adds.
The income-tax system, observes the think tank president, was launched in 1913 as a two-page form backed by 14 pages of law. Today, Americans struggle with 742 different forms and 254 separate publications, backed by more than 17,000 pages of law.
Notes Mr. Feulner: "Clocking in at close to 6 million words, the tax code is more than seven times longer than the Bible."

Replacing Herb
While we're inside the Heritage Foundation, staff at the influential think tank were informed yesterday that Rebecca Hagelin has been appointed senior vice president for communications, replacing veteran public relations mogul Herb Berkowitz, who retired this year.
Mrs. Hagelin was director of public relations for the Center for Judicial Studies and held a similar position for Concerned Women for America, the national women's lobbying and legislative action organization. She's also the former Washington bureau chief for New Dimensions magazine and was most recently vice president of communications for WorldNetDaily.com, a fiercely independent news site.

In passing
"May you live 100 years, plus another year to repent."
National Symphony Orchestra Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch, passing along an Irish blessing, of sorts, to the "A Celtic Evening" audience at the Kennedy Center, starring Irish vocalist Mary Black, Celtic violinist Eileen Ivers and uilleann piper Jerry O'Sullivan.


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