- The Washington Times - Monday, March 8, 2004

Uh-oh

Based upon political developments, the Paradigm Clock, last reset on Nov. 13, 2002, has moved forward 15 seconds — reset to 11:58:45 p.m. — to 1 minute and 15 seconds before midnight.

Modeled after the Doomsday Clock published in 1947 by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (midnight on the Doomsday Clock meant nuclear war had begun), the Paradigm Clock represents the proximity to formal acknowledgment by the U.S. government of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the planet.

“Midnight on the Paradigm Clock will mean formal disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence has taken place,” says an official with the Paradigm Research Group, which holds its X-Conference next month at the Washington Hilton.

Why reset the clock in 2004?

“John Kerry locks up the Democratic Party nomination, thus creating the prospect of two alumni of Yale University-based secret society, Skull and Bones, facing each other on the November presidential ballot,” the official says. “This serves to place the issue of government and cabalistic secrecy as a societal detriment more prominently on the nation’s radar.”

Higher authority

Democrats still disgruntled with the Supreme Court’s choice for president in 2000 might want to sign up as co-sponsors to legislation to be introduced as early as today by Rep. Ron Lewis, Kentucky Republican, that would allow Congress to reverse Supreme Court decisions.

Baldrige Index

There might be a slump in this country’s job market, but the performance and output of U.S. workers is improving.

Today, President Bush will join Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans in presenting seven U.S. organizations with the 2003 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — the largest number of recipients since the nation’s highest award for performance excellence was established by Congress in 1987 to jump-start a stagnant U.S. quality movement.

This year’s award winners are Boeing Aerospace Support of St. Louis; Caterpillar Financial Services Corp. U.S. of Nashville, Tenn.; Stoner of Quarryville, Pa.; Medrad of Indianola, Pa.; Community Consolidated School District 15 of Palatine, Ill.; Baptist Hospital of Pensacola, Fla.; and St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Mo.

It’s worth noting that David Spong, president of Boeing Aerospace Support, was vice president of Boeing Airlift and Tanker Programs when that division won the Baldrige Award in 1998.

“Our first journey took six years to receive an award,” Mr. Spong told Inside the Beltway in a telephone interview yesterday. “When I took over this new organization … I obviously believed in the Baldrige process, but I never imagined we could be an award winner in three years.”

Asked if he’s given thought to running for elective office, Mr. Spong replied: “I never viewed myself as much of a politician, to be quite honest with you.”

For the eighth year in a row, a hypothetical stock index made up of publicly traded U.S. companies that have received the Baldrige Award has outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500. This year, the “Baldrige Index” outperformed the S&P; by more than 4 to 1.

Mr. Baldrige was secretary of commerce from 1981 until his death in a rodeo accident in 1987.

Jesus freaks

It’s being labeled “yet another shamefully offensive display” — a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) antimeat billboard comparing Jesus Christ to a barnyard animal.

“He died for your sins — go vegetarian,” says the ad, featuring a photograph of a pig.

“This appalling ad is not the first time PETA has used crude religious angles to promote its political agenda,” says U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. “Last year, the animal-rights group launched a campaign that compared the slaughter of animals to the murder of 6 million Jews during World War II.”

PETA’s Web site — www.jesusveg.com — additionally draws attention to a billboard depicting Mary, the mother of Christ, with a chicken in her arms and the tag line: “Go Vegetarian — It’s an Immaculate Conception.”

Stubborn hawk

Failed presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman is challenging likely Democratic presidential nominee Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry to “transcend the partisan-reflex rancor that has become the norm in our politics.”

Saying the nation’s highest priority during this presidential election year must be to defeat the terrorist insurgency in Iraq, Mr. Lieberman of Connecticut says President Bush and his opponent must “see beyond the red states and the blue states to a larger cause that is as critical to the red, white and blue as any America has ever fought for.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or [email protected]

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