- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

Add some muscle
Folks are apparently pretty fierce about the U.S. border. Rep. Tom Tancredo, chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, reports that the White House e-mail system was overwhelmed by those who want President Bush to deploy U.S. military troops along the U.S. border.
The Colorado Republican posted a petition at his own Web site on June 11, which automatically forwarded messages from signers to Mr. Bush, urging him to give the Border Patrol extra muscle in the fight to control illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
Close to 11,500 people responded, causing the White House e-mail system to seize up and spit out a "service unavailable" warning.
"Perhaps the White House is finally getting the message," Mr. Tancredo said. "It's about time to realize that the people in this country justifiably feel that the U.S. border is a sieve. It poses a real threat to our security, and ignoring this fact represents the most egregious evidence that the federal government is shirking its responsibility to the people of this nation."

Porcine fisticuffs
There's some feudin' and fussin' up in New Hampshire.
State Democratic Party leader Kathy Sullivan claims she was just kidding, but Joe Kelly Levasseur, a Republican and former Manchester alderman, thinks she threatened him in a fund-raising letter sent to voters last week.
It all got started when Mr. Levasseur called Mrs. Sullivan "Kathy, the Ultra Liberal Pig" on his public-access cable-television show. Needless to say, she was not pleased, and said so in a fund-raising letter for the "Civility Fund," which solicits donations for local Democratic candidates.
Mrs. Sullivan wrote: "I've received sympathetic phone calls, flowers and four offers to beat the daylights out of the former alderman (sorry, boys, my husband has first dibs in the event I decide a good thrashing of Mr. Levasseur is in order)."
Mr. Levasseur calls this "pretty serious stuff" and said he fears the husband in question will "smack me around." He plans to contact police, adding that Mrs. Sullivan "is not taking this job too well if she's threatening to beat me up."
Mrs. Sullivan said it was a joke, not a threat.
"I can't believe what a scaredy-cat Joe Levasseur is. He tries to pick on someone, then he turns to mush," she said. The letter, meanwhile, has raised about $1,200 just enough, city officials say, to cover its postage.

Bubba 101, 102
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has expanded its description of a new course on the Clinton presidency, to be offered next January through the fledgling Clinton School of Public Service.
Professor Margaret Scranton, who will teach the class, says the course contents will be available over the Internet, thus "enabling students worldwide" to have access. Former President Bill Clinton and the 100 million documents of his presidency stored at the nearby Clinton Presidential Library site are an inspiration for more courses, Mrs. Scranton said.
"The Clinton presidency is a topic that spans departments," she said, predicting there will be Clinton-related courses in journalism, speech communications, rhetoric and writing "even health services administration."
Clinton Foundation President Skip Rutherford promises that students can pose questions to a host of former White House players and have access to Clinton ephemera including material often overlooked in a major presidential collection.
"Some of the most interesting historical memoranda and documents were written by junior staffers or legislative assistants who never made the history books until 25 to 30 years later," he observed.

5 days in Washington?
The White House may be longing for its new Homeland Security agency but don't hold your breath, warns U.S. News & World Report's Washington Whispers column.
"Odds in Congress are that President Bush's wish to create a Homeland Security Department won't be approved soon. The reason: a 'left-right' coalition, built on privacy concerns, is blocking the rubber stamp."
Mr. Bush's supporters are ready to rumble, with a noteworthy historic primer at hand to guide the way.
"They're even studying the 1999 history 'Five Days in London, May 1940,' detailing secret efforts by Winston Churchill to squelch a bid by Lord Halifax to compromise with Hitler," the column notes.

CNN admits 'mistake'
CNN's top executive conceded yesterday that the network made a "mistake" in giving more coverage to the family of a Palestinian suicide bomber than to his Israeli victims.
Eason Jordan, CNN's president of newsgathering, apologized for a recent CNN interview with the family of a Palestinian suicide bomber, which received more prominence than one with a relative of his victims, 1-year-old Sinai Keinan and her grandmother.
"That was a mistake. It should never have happened and I think we subsequently rectified that problem by airing extensively the interview with the Keinan family," Mr. Jordan said in an interview on Israel Television.
CNN's coverage of recent suicide bombings has provoked anger in Israel and led a local cable company to start carrying CNN rival Fox News Channel. Fox said it expects others to follow suit.
Recent comments from CNN founder Ted Turner accusing Israel of terrorism have further fueled Israeli anger, but Mr. Jordan denied any bias in his network's coverage.
"On occasion we make mistakes, but that's not because there's any bias," he said while in Jerusalem as part of a damage-control visit to Israel, according to the Associated Press. "CNN is not pro-Palestinian or anti-Israeli. We're fair. We're responsible in our reporting. We try to be as accurate as we possibly can be."
CNN is now airing a series of heavily promoted half-hour specials on Israeli victims of Palestinian terror attacks and Mr. Jordan says he has issued a directive ordering staff to "go to extremes" to avoid any impression the company sees moral equivalence between terror victims and their attackers.
"We now have a new system in place where we just refuse to air any videotape or statements of suicide bombers or their families unless there's an extraordinarily compelling situation," the CNN executive told Israeli TV.
Mr. Jordan said there was no link between CNN's new policy and the possibility that it could lose local markets to Fox.

No harmonies here
Country singer Charlie Daniels has dropped out of an Independence Day TV special after PBS producers called a song he'd planned to sing about September 11 inappropriate.
Mr. Daniels wrote a letter to PBS producer Walter Miller, saying he was out of the program because he'd received "objections" to "The Last Fallen Hero," which includes the lyrics, "Now the winds of war are blowing and there's no way of knowing where the bloody path we're traveling will lead."
"The song in question is not an angry song," Mr. Daniels wrote, according to the Associated Press. "It is my feeling that our country is engaged in a battle for our very survival and that we should be constantly reminded that our enemy will do the most inhuman and dastardly things imaginable if we are to have future Independence Days to celebrate."
Last week, singer Toby Keith said ABC had dropped him from a July Fourth special because of the lyrics to his song, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." ABC officials said the song would set the "wrong tone."

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