- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Let's roll
Good grief. Did you catch what Michael Moore, author of the best-selling book "Stupid White Men," told one audience about the brave passengers aboard United Flight 93 and three other terrorist-hijacked planes that came crashing down on September 11?
The London Independent's Yasmin Alibhai-Brown writes of going with a family member to see Mr. Moore live at the Roundhouse, in north London, before Christmas.
"The U.S. radical and author was (mostly) clever, funny, angry, sharp, iconoclastic and skeptical about the lies and humbug processed by the U.S. government and big business," says the writer. "Sure there were some flunked bits you expect that, the troughs are part of the adventure, an evening with a well-worn rebel.
"What we did not expect was to feel so enraged at one point that we almost walked out. It was when Moore went into a rant about how the passengers on the planes on 11 September were scaredy-cats because they were mostly white."
Say that again?
"If the passengers had included black men, he claimed, those killers, with their puny bodies and unimpressive small knives, would have been crushed by the dudes, who as we all know take no disrespect from anybody."
Despite "Stupid White Men" rising to the top of the best-seller lists, Mr. Moore ("Roger and Me," "TV Nation," "Downsize This!" and "The Big One") was widely criticized for his lazy research, which duped readers on issues including welfare rolls and defense spending, and people such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Still the economy
That was Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, playing hostess at last night's book party for Democratic strategist Paul Begala at the Palm in Washington.
Best known for teaming up with James Carville to introduce Bill Clinton beyond Arkansas, Mr. Begala is author of the new book, "It's Still the Economy, Stupid: George W. Bush, the GOP's CEO" (Simon & Schuster).
Mr. Begala's reaction to having Hillary on hand last night?
"She is the most admired woman in America," Mr. Begala tells Inside the Beltway. "I think she has been one of the strongest, clearest voices that we've had. She is as strong as garlic in a milkshake."
The book Mrs. Clinton is helping the author sell to America "is 622 footnotes documenting the failed Bush economic policy," says Mr. Begala. "And it's a wake-up call for Democrats, too. The Democrats have been way too wimpy in taking on the president's economic policy."
Mr. Begala says "even my conservative friends" like the book not so much for its content and hard partisan edge, but because it's sprinkled with humor.

Eat your sprouts
Look for greener bureaucrats in Washington beginning next week.
Green is the theme of the shiny new Environmental Protection Agency headquarters cafeteria, to be opened on Monday by EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. Or so we gather from a memo to all EPA headquarters staff from assistant administrator Morris X. Winn:
"This state-of-the-art facility will incorporate the latest best practices in 'green' cafeteria facilities including, among other things, the use of recyclable products and materials, furnishings and carpet manufactured from post-consumer recycled materials, green cleaning products, and energy-efficient lighting.
"Additionally, as part of its normal operation, the cafeteria vendor, Sodexho, will offer a menu featuring foods from sustainable sources, such as organic fruits and vegetables and shade-grown coffee."
Observes one veteran EPA official who sent us his memo: "But they don't say if you have to eat all your vegetables before you get dessert."

Elvis sighting
Proof that Americans enjoy taking a break from politics is evidenced by the amount of correspondence we received yesterday after pointing out several strange similarities between Elvis Presley and Rep. Richard W. Pombo, California Republican.
Even the nation's top weapons specialists took time out from the looming war with Iraq to weigh in on the eerie "Elvis and Pombo" comparisons.
Take Robert Catherwood Sr., project management professional with the Weapon Systems Engineering division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
"Further proof that Representative Pombo could indeed be Elvis is evidenced by the fact that the both of them have never been seen together," observes the scientist.
Good point, sir.
And be sure to let us know if any official types from Washington pay you a visit this week.

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