- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2005

People from Flint

If it’s not in your bookstore yet, “Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy” will be within days.

The expose, by investigative reporter Peter Schweizer, reveals some outrageous contradictions between the public stances and real-life behavior of America’s favorite liberals: from Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edward M. Kennedy to radio host Al Franken and filmmaker Michael Moore. Take the self-described “poor boy from Flint.”

“Michael Moore claims he grew up poor in urban, blue-collar, largely black Flint, Michigan,” Mr. Schweizer notes. “Actually, he grew up nearby in the largely white, middle-class town of Davison.”

The author reveals that Mr. Moore’s dad was not “just another working stiff,” as Mr. Moore insists; rather, he put his four children through private schools, “played golf every afternoon at a private club, and retired comfortably at the age of 56.”

And get this, the rotund filmmaker and defender of the little guy once owned shares of Halliburton Co. that the Internal Revenue Service says he sold for a 15 percent profit, gobbling up next some shares of McDonald’s Corp.

If the author sounds familiar, his other books include “The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty” and “Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph over Communism,” which was made into an award-winning documentary in 2004 — not by Mr. Moore, obviously.

Cashing in

How eager is one side to cash in on former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s indictment?

They’re already taking orders for T-shirts with the Texas Republican’s police mug shot.

Even before Mr. DeLay — charged with violating Texas election law — was booked on the charges, the Public Campaign Action Fund was offering $15 mug-shot T-shirts for sale on its Web site (www.pcactionfund.org/tshirt/).

The PCAF is a “a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to reforming America’s campaign finance laws.” Writing in FrontPageMagazine.com, Richard Poe reports that the PCAF is heavily backed by left-wing billionaire George Soros.

The charges against Mr. DeLay involve his successful efforts to elect a Republican majority in the Texas legislature. Mr. DeLay says Ronnie Earle, the Democratic attorney general in Travis County, Texas, is pursuing a partisan vendetta by pressing charges of money laundering.

King memorial

Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas has just made a $1 million contribution to help build a memorial in Washington to Martin Luther King, to be located on the Mall in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.

Memorial project President Harry E. Johnson Sr. says that with this latest contribution, more than $40 million of the $100 million needed to complete the memorial has been raised. In August, Congress authorized $10 million in matching funds for the memorial, which is slated for completion in 2008.

Mr. Lucas joins a growing list of national figures supporting the memorial, including Coretta Scott King, Andrew Young, Colin L. Powell, Jack Kemp and J.W. Marriott Jr.

In making his donation, Mr. Lucas stated: “Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired millions of people, and this memorial will ensure that his message endures for generations to come.”

Fighting words

Washingtonians including lawyer C. Boyden Gray, publisher Al Regnery, Bush religion strategist Leonard Leo and Father William Stetson of the Catholic Information Center were among the many who gathered in Georgetown Wednesday night to celebrate Kevin Seamus Hasson’s new book, “The Right to be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion in America.”

The party for the founder and chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Curtin Winsor III.

Although most call it the “culture war,” Mr. Hasson says the country is actually experiencing a running feud over religious diversity that rears its head during judicial confirmations and school board meetings alike — one side demanding only their true religion be allowed in public, the other insisting no religions belong there.

A summary says the book provides a solution that avoids both pitfalls, drawing lessons from “heroes and scoundrels, of riots, rabbis and reverends, founders and flakes, from the colonial period to the present.”

The fund is a nonpartisan, interfaith, public-interest law firm that protects the free expression of all religious traditions.

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

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