- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Anybody else?

First lady Laura Bush yesterday morning gave in to numerous requests for interviews in advance of her appearance at the Republican National Convention, or so we gather from this amazing spate of transcripts released by the White House Press Office titled:

“Interview of the first lady by E.D. Hill of Fox News”

“Interview of the first lady by Harry Smith of CBS News”

“Interview of the first lady by Matt Lauer of NBC News”

“Interview of the first lady by Bill Hemmer of CNN”

“Interview of the first lady by Diane Sawyer of ABC News”

I-raq-o-ribs

Several years ago, a glamorous group of Texas ladies published a colorful, if not revealing, pin-up calendar.

Now, these “Babes for Bush” have been busy baking, their effort to raise awareness that millions of women want to see President Bush re-elected to a second term. Yesterday, the ladies released the “Babes for Bush Cookbook, Second Term Selections” (order yours at www.babesforbush.com).

“This book is a compilation of recipes sent in from Bush supporters around the country, including photos and quotes on why they support the president,” babe Karen Henry tells Inside the Beltway.

Some of the more intriguing recipes for victory: ANWAR Reserve Crab-Onion Dip, Border Control Poblano Pepper Soup, and our favorite, I-raq-o-ribs.

Central Park tale

No protesting allowed in New York’s Central Park, Democrats on hand for the Republican National Convention have been told by the city’s fathers. And don’t ask why.

Which causes Wendel Allen, U.S. Secret Service (retired), to recall the story of a famous prankster from 50 years ago who regularly entertained crowds in Central Park.

“I had a friend who knew him personally,” he says. “This man used all of the old classics for his stunts. He sold a refrigerator to an Eskimo, he found a needle in a haystack, he changed horses in midstream — ad infinitum.

“He got the idea if he built a large enough kite, and could find a small enough midget, he could devise a harness to attach the midget and could fly him. Well, he advertised for a small midget and built the kite. He took them down to Central Park and prepared for the first test flight.

“Of course, the word was out as to what he was going to do, and the city government sent a policeman down to stop him. The police arrived and told the prankster that he could not fly the kite.

“The prankster looked the policeman straight in the eye and said, ‘But officer, what law am I violating?’

“The policeman shuffled on his feet for a minute and then said, ‘Well, we don’t allow no midgets on no kites in no Central Park!’”

Explain thyself

If one congressman gets his way, “activist judges” will be brought before Congress to explain the constitutional basis for their rulings.

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, has held discussions with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, about bringing judges before the committee to explain their rulings in light of the Constitution.

“On issues like the federal ban on partial-birth abortion, judges who overturn the will of the people and their elected representatives must be held accountable for their decisions,” Mr. King says. “It is time to ground these out-of-touch judges in the Constitution.”

A member of the House Judiciary Committee and the subcommittee on the Constitution, Mr. King notes that both the House and Senate passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was signed into law by President Bush.

Legal challenges immediately were filed by abortion advocates in New York, San Francisco and Lincoln, Neb.

“The conclusions reached as a result of congressional hearings are the highest standard of fact-finding,” Mr. King says, noting that expert medical testimony was presented to lawmakers during exhaustive hearings. “For judges to brush aside such evidence is the height of arrogance.”

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


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