- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2006

Boil them first

We now know where Easter eggs come from — including the thousands scattered yesterday across the South Lawn for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. According to the official White House pool report, “the First Easter Bunny … left the appropriate droppings.”

Try smaller bites

We’re glad to hear Rep. Rob Simmons, Connecticut Republican, is on the mend after choking on a piece of meat during a recent fundraiser.

Never one to miss an opportunity to send a get-well card is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which wrote, “We heard about your harrowing incident at a recent luncheon in which you choked on a 4-inch piece of meat that was later extracted during an hour-long operation …

“While we were impressed by your brave response to the choking incident, we’re concerned that if you continue to eat meat, your life … will still be in peril. The high levels of cholesterol, saturated fat, and contaminants (like arsenic) found in animal products contributes to an array of serious health problems.”

Don’t forget

Author Tom Kuiper has assembled a large collection of eye-opening quotes attributed to New York’s junior Democratic senator, “I’ve Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton In Her Own Words.”

Former Bill Clinton guru Dick Morris writes in the foreword that Mr. Kuiper’s new book is essential for ensuring “that Hillary’s quotes and lies are not forgotten, but come back to haunt her” in her expected 2008 White House run.

Beyond ‘CSI’

One congressman isn’t kidding when he says, “Every once in a while, an issue presents itself that we cannot ignore,” referring to charges that Chinese authorities are harvesting healthy organs from living humans.

“Witnesses say captive [prisoners of conscience] are shipped in sealed freight trains to secret concentration camp-like facilities that are staffed by surgeons and equipped with crematoriums to dispose of the corpses and other evidence,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, informs President Bush, calling for an investigation.

One Chinese military doctor told a reporter that he witnessed a freight train transfer more than 7,000 prisoners to one of 36 Chinese camps holding as many as two million prisoners. Another medical technician said her “treatment center” harvested hearts, kidneys, corneas and skins from the living.

Sin cities?

If anybody is intrigued by the History Channel’s newest documentary on whether Sodom and Gomorrah actually existed, it’s the kingdom of Jordan, the modern-day home to myriad biblical events.

Last night, Jordan’s ambassador to the U.S., Karim Kawar, held an embassy preview of the documentary, titled “Digging for the Truth: The Real Sin City, Sodom & Gomorrah?”

Bryant Wood, of Associates for Biblical Research, is convinced that the ruins of the cities have already been discovered southeast of the Dead Sea inside Jordan, their modern names being Bab edh-Dhra (thought to be Sodom) and Numeira (Gomorrah).

“The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah became an example in the Bible of how God judges sin,” writes Mr. Wood, who offers one leading theory that the cities were destroyed by burning sulfur raining down from a massive earthquake.

Cough it up

The living-wage debate has taken center stage at the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.

Students and professors on the historic campus have created a Living Wage Campaign, which received 80 percent approval in a student referendum. It argues that every university employee and those workers the school contracts out with should be paid an hourly minimum of $10.72.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Chairman Julian Bond, a University of Virginia professor, spoke in support of the campaign at a campus rally last week, while appearing in the background was Karin L. Agness, a conservative activist on campus.

“I was frustrated that no one stood up to it, so I launched the Market Wage Campaign,” she tells Inside the Beltway.

Adjacent to the Bond rally, she gave students “the opportunity to vote for their favorite economist, Karl Marx or Adam Smith. Also, students could play pin the equilibrium point on the supply-and-demand curve graph,” she explains.

“Living Wage supporters could also sign up to pay the difference of what a living wage would give to an employee — like [liberal activist] Michael Moore did in his film with senators’ children. We passed out info about the negative consequences of the living wage.”

“It was tremendously successful,” she adds. “One student held up a sign in the front row during Professor Bond’s speech that read: ‘Professor Bond: How much of your salary are you willing to pay?’”

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

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