- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 28, 2002

Sad clown
A senior congressional aide says that news reports that biologically decontaminated mail being delivered to offices in the U.S. Capitol is only "two weeks" behind schedule is a "crock of anthrax."
"Let's go over today's mail that I have received," says the aide, who requested anonymity.
An invitation from the Society of American Florists postmarked January 30 for its annual reception held two weeks ago.
A Cato Institute invitation postmarked January 22 to a February 5 book forum on global trade.
A Heritage Foundation position paper on India and Pakistan postmarked Jan 25.
The February 4 "Notable Quotables" from the Media Research Center.
"The mail we get looks like it's really been through the ringer," adds the aide. "You've read reports of how bad it is brittle, singed, etc. But you can't imagine it until you see it. Our mail looks like it's been dropped in the toilet and dried in an oven."
In addition, congressional offices still cannot receive FedEx or other overnight packages, nor anything via courier.
"In fact," says the aide, "I just witnessed last week as I was walking into the Rayburn Building a guy from Ringling Brothers being turned away because he had one envelope with him. He was asked by Capitol Police, 'Sir, are you dropping that envelope off?' and when he replied yes they were circus tickets and were expected the officer denied him entry."

Daddy's revenge?
In the wake of public backlash from criticisms of President Bush's leadership of America's war effort, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle recently joined with Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott in passing a resolution declaring the Senate "stands united with the president in the ongoing effort to destroy al Qaeda."
Now if Mr. Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, could only persuade House Minority Leader Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, and fellow Democrats on the House side to stand behind the U.S. war effort.
"Our colleague [Democrat Rep.] Tom Allen of Maine has now written two letters justifying these criticisms [of the anti-terror war effort] as a constitutional responsibility on the part of Congress to demand a full airing and discussion of the commander in chief's views on the goals, conduct, progress and exit strategy of the war," says Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican.
"Further, he resents the implication that congressional oversight of the deployment of U.S. troops is somehow divisive and partisan."
Which causes Mr. Barr to wonder how some define the words "divisive" and "partisan" particularly a California Democrat who recently initiated a bitter attack on Mr. Bush's conduct thus far in the war.
"Some of us, maybe foolishly, gave this president the authority to go after the terrorists. We didn't know that he too was gonna go crazy with it," Rep. Maxine Waters reportedly told a forum at the University of Southern California. "Now we know he has a problem with Saddam Hussein. We know that. We know that he's got to take revenge for what Saddam did to his daddy."

Bush backing
Last week, we told you about the left-wing coalition including such groups as the Communist Party USA and (we're not making this up) Queers for Racial & Economic Justice planning an April 20 anti-war protest in Washington.
Now, flag-waving supporters of America's current war against terrorism are gearing up for their own demonstration on the same day.
"Freepers" from the D.C. Chapter of Free Republic have announced a Patriots' Rally for America www.rally4america.org "a family-friendly event to show support for America and for the men and women of our armed forces."
The pro-America rally will start at 11 a.m. at the northwest quadrant of the Washington Monument grounds near the intersection of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
"We are asking those who attend the rally to bring American flags, large and small, and signs with messages supporting America and our troops," organizers say. "This will be a great opportunity to peacefully counter the anti-war rally and march being held the same day … by the usual collection of America-hating communist/leftist/anarchist groups."

Buffalo stampede
Speaking of protests, a buffalo stampede on Washington is set for next Thursday, with activists from the Buffalo Field Campaign, Fund for Animals, the Endangered Species Coalition and the Humane Society converging here to protest the ongoing "slaughter" of Yellowstone bison, the nation's largest wild-buffalo herd.
Bison living in and around Yellowstone are descendants of a small herd that survived slaughter from the mid- to late-1800s. Since 1985, 3,200 of the buffalo have been shot to protect the livestock industry.
The stampede will begin at high noon at the Department of Agriculture.

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