- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Call an architect

We think we’ve figured out the reason President Bush and Democrats don’t see eye-to-eye, why gasoline prices have skyrocketed, why Social Security is threatened with extinction and why the war in Iraq isn’t going any smoother.

The main entrances to the White House face north and south — not east.

Spiritual leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is calling on Mr. Bush and other world leaders to examine the layout of all government buildings in their countries. He says a proper entrance to the east will bring harmony and success to the government, while an improper entrance to the south — Mr. Bush greets all visiting heads of state at the south door to the White House — or west will be the unseen cause of a great deal of governmental problems, unrest and failures.

“People do not know that a greater part of the negative influences in life comes from the wrong layout of the buildings in which they live and work,” the maharishi says. “This is because the direction of the entrance of the office building or residence produces an influence of happiness, harmony and cordiality — or conflict and problems for the people.”

For this reason, he urges leaders to abandon all improperly designed buildings — “as if an earthquake had hit the buildings.”

“These buildings should be immediately rebuilt with a proper layout and orientation to the rising sun in the east,” the maharishi advises.

He also cites scientific research documenting how brain neurons fire more coherently when a person faces east, and that “is the basis of how coherently he thinks and behaves.”

We might point out the main entrance to the Oval Office, off the Rose Garden, as well as the front door of the U.S. Capitol both face due east.

Look in the mirror

As expected, there has been much reaction to Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, blaming a fictitious British slave owner from 1712, Willie Lynch, for being behind today’s destruction of the black family.

(For the record, Mr. Rangel’s office has called this column to say that the congressman does now recall his July 25 congressional statement about Lynch, who it turns out is an urban legend based on a phony Internet document.)

Gene Williams writes: “As an American of African descent, 70 years of age, I can tell you who is responsible for the breakup of the black family. Charlie Rangel and the far leftists in the [Congressional] Black Caucus, the leadership of the Democratic Party and those so-called ‘educators’ who keep black children in the public school system.

“Oh, I don’t want to forget the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or the ersatz academics like Cornell West and Michael Eugene Dyson. These individuals and organizations keep our people angry, ignorant and locked into a state of perpetual victimhood. They are despicable and destructive.”

Author Laura Merriott writes to say she has just completed a chapter in a new social ethics book — copies of which she’s offered to send to this columnist and to Mr. Rangel — that details how numerous social problems such as poverty, crime, sexually transmitted diseases, infant mortality, school dropouts, drug use and gang involvement that “affect blacks more as a percentage of the population … are a result of one behavioral choice — choosing to engage in hetero[sexual]-homosexual sex outside of the traditional boundary of the long-held conservative value: marriage.”

She says “someone needs to tell Mr. Rangel that slavery was abolished years ago — and [this] is one behavioral choice that keeps black families broken.”

Dig to America

A two-day project begins today to destroy an illegal tunnel discovered between the United States and Canada, about 90 miles north of Seattle.

Rodney G. Benson, special agent in charge of the Seattle’s Drug Enforcement Administration office, says the 360-foot-long underground tunnel — it runs from a Quonset hut in Canada into a living room of a house in the United States — was discovered July 20. Since then, it’s been under 24-hour guard by Customs and Border Protection officers.

At least three Canadians and two Americans have been arrested so far in connection with the tunnel, which was briefly used to smuggle drugs. However, U.S. Attorney John McKay was quoted as saying its presence “threatens the security of countries, whether it is used to smuggle drugs, contraband or even terrorists.”

According to the Justice Department, construction crews will be “cutting through the roadway directly above the tunnel and removing the wood beams used as supports.”

After that, and to make certain nobody starts digging again, crews will place steel and cement barriers at the U.S. entrance to the tunnel, then begin filling the void with Controlled Density Fill (CDF) — an expanding liquid foam cement that consumes crevices and hardens like rock.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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