- The Washington Times - Friday, November 1, 2002

Hillary's monuments
Was she afraid they'd "TP" (toilet paper) the lawn of her mansion?
Was she afraid they'd soap the windows of Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's Cadillac sport utility vehicle parked out front?
Whatever the reason, a half-dozen Metropolitan Police cruisers and even more cops on motorcycles showed up to greet five members of the protest group "FreeRepublic.com," who'd obtained a permit to erect "Hillary's Political Graveyard" outside Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's fund-raiser for New York gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall.
Anxious they'd have to spend a cold and rainy night alone, one of the police officers observed that the protesters arrived 30 minutes past the time specified on their permit.
"You're late," he said.
Recognizing the handful as peaceful from past protests, several officers soon departed to fight crime. Others stuck around to view "Hillary's Political Graveyard" tombstones marked "Janet Renofl" "Robert Reichfl" "Al Gorefl" "Carl McCall" and "Hillary's Presidential Ambitions."

Ship's greetings
"No way," said Chief Petty Officer Ray Mooney, when told about the image circulating on the Internet. "That's impossible."
The photo, shot from high above the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, shows the ship's crew standing on deck in neat formation, wearing white uniforms. Their formation spells out a two-word sentence, the first word of which is an obscenity and the second word is "Iraq."
Chief Mooney, who works in public affairs for Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet, says no commander would allow vulgarity in a "flight-deck spell-out," as such events are called.
"The image on the Internet is a hoax," said Cmdr. Jack Papp, Chief Mooney's boss. "It's a doctored version of a legitimate flight-deck spell-out."
The real photo was taken shortly after the Lincoln arrived in the Persian Gulf theater, where the ship and its crew are "on the tip of the spear," Cmdr. Papp said. And the real message the Lincoln's crew spelled out on the flight deck is: "READY NOW."

Reaching youth
A former homosexual-porn star who we wrote this week was paid federal dollars to lecture on HIV prevention is now said to have stripped and engaged in sexual contact with attendees.
Quoting two members of the audience, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that actor Edgar Gaines, aka Bobby Blake, was wearing few threads when he spoke to the Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS (BABAA) function.
"Bobby comes out in a towel and boots, and I said, 'Erise, you know you can't do this,'" says Kevin Coleman, BABAA's former youth center director, referring to Erise Williams Jr., the AIDS group's executive director.
"He says, 'Kevin, how many times do I have to tell you that this is how we reach the young people?' Time goes by, and Bobby is buck naked," Mr. Coleman continues. "It was like we were at a strip show, except there was no money being passed. Guys would run up and touch him. Erise was cheering them on."
Matters got worse for Mr. Coleman, who was fired in October after complaining of sexual harassment to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He's now cooperating with St. Louis authorities investigating BABAA.
Another former BABAA employee backs up Mr. Coleman's version, says the newspaper. In addition, both men charge Mr. Williams showed pornographic movies at an April event.
An attorney representing BABAA, Bruce Hopson, says the charges are false.
The $500 paid to the ex-porn star was earmarked by Uncle Sam for syphilis prevention.

Go figure
"How have we lived so long?" Cricket Stewart, who hails from Sumter, S.C., writes to her favorite columnist who celebrated yet another birthday yesterday (please, no belated gifts).
She sends a birthday reflection, worth passing along to those of us who grew up in a far different country than children find themselves in today. The author is unknown.
"Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint, with slats of wood several inches apart. We had no child-proof latches on medicine bottles or cabinets. We learned what the word 'no' meant.
"When we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. We drank water from garden hoses, not expensive bottles. If a classmate or loved one passed away, we didn't have counselors or psychologists rushing in to aid us. We learned that death is imminent and part of life, and we coped with it.
"We would leave home in the morning and play all day; nobody was able to reach us. We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda, but we were never overweight.
"Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team; those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment, also part of life. Some students failed and repeated a grade, not diagnosed as having a learning disability and prescribed drugs. Those generations produced some of the best risk takers and problem solvers the world has ever known. How have we lived so long?"

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