- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2002

Dubya's ally
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's feathers were ruffled after President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union address last month, bunched North Korea with Iran and Iraq in the global "axis of evil," although that's not to say that every Democrat is at odds with the Republican commander-in-chief.
Inside the Beltway has obtained a letter concerning North Korea that Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, sent to Mr. Bush on Feb. 5.
"In your State of the Union address," Mr. Markey wrote, "you correctly identified North Korea as part of an 'axis of evil, aiming to threaten the peace of the world.' You noted that 'North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.'
"And we welcomed your pledge that 'we will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state sponsors the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction.' We want you to know that we share your concern over the threat posed to the United States and global security by the efforts of nations like North Korea's obtaining nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction."
Mr. Markey joins two Republican congressmen, Reps. Christopher Cox of California and Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, in requesting that Mr. Bush take the steps necessary to ensure that Pyongyang doesn't obtain access to sensitive U.S. nuclear technologies or materials.

Cards anyone?
A tastefully painted portrait of a nude woman (rear view) that since 1953 had hung over a mantelpiece at the Manor Country Club in Rockville has been relegated by the club's board of governors to a card room.
"Manor Country Club is by all means a modest club with a very long line of tradition," club member Tom Whelan informs us. "The club was formed in 1922 and has had some very prominent businessmen, attorneys, doctors and politicians from Montgomery County as its members over the years."
So what about the painting?
"The portrait was painted by Gib Crockett, the legendary political cartoonist for The Washington Star," Mr. Whelan says. "After a devastating fire that completely destroyed the clubhouse in 1950-51, the club commissioned Mr. Crockett 'to paint a classic nude that would sit prominently over the mantel' in what was then the men's grill."
"Legend has it that several wives of members offered to model for the portrait, but Mr. Crockett denied that any wife of a member served as the model," Mr. Whelan reveals. "The new clubhouse was opened in 1953 when then-Vice President Richard Nixon was the guest of honor for the grand opening."
According to one female member of the Manor Country Club (she holds a doctorate in art history), the portrait is a classic 1940s-50s period piece, like something one might find in a prominent art gallery or even in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
"When visiting other clubs, many will ask me about the portrait when they know I am from Manor. It is what has separated our modest club from the rest of the field," Mr. Whelen notes. "As is always the case with political correctness, a few people get upset about something and force their will on the rest of society."

Arkan-SAW
It's not that the Libertarian Party is against laws. It just feels too many are imposed on us.
To demonstrate how many, the nation's third largest political party has compiled a list of "senseless statutes and outrageous ordinances" passed by politicians that remain in the books.
In Fairbanks, Alaska, for example, lawmakers wanted to reduce the urge of loose moose to reproduce. So they made it illegal for moose to mate on city sidewalks. (Similar legislation passed in Los Angeles, where it is a crime for dogs to mate within 500 feet of a church).
Other goofy, but real laws:
In Merryville, Mo., it's a crime for a woman to wear a corset. (In Norfolk, it's a crime for a woman to appear in public without a corset).
In Cleveland, women are banned from wearing patent-leather shoes.
In California, it's a crime for a woman to drive a car while wearing a housecoat.
In Blythe, Calif., it's a crime for a man to wear cowboy boots unless he owns at least two head of cattle.
In Nogales, Ariz., men are banned from wearing suspenders.
In Arkansas, it's a crime not to pronounce the state's name Arkan-SAW. (You may be flirting with a noose if you pronounce in Ar-KANSAS.)
In Joliet, Ill., one faces a $5 fine by pronouncing it Jolly-ETTE instead of the correct Joe-lee-ETTE.
Finally, in Iowa, it's a crime for any kiss to last more than five minutes.


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