- The Washington Times - Monday, August 7, 2006

Mum’s the word

We told you last week that the 2005-06 House of Representatives is scheduled to have met only 241 days by the end of its term, whereas the infamous “Do-Nothing Congress” of 1947-48 managed to meet 254 days.

“Shhhhh!” writes Stu Sheldon, of Naperville, Ill. “Every time Congress does something, life gets worse for me. I prefer a ‘Do-Nothing Congress.’”

Seconding that emotion is Bruce Williams of Englewood, Fla.:

“I was encouraged to hear about the ‘Do-Nothing Congress.’ Except for passing legislation to reduce our taxes (which I encourage), the longer they are in session, the more likely they are to create laws that we might inadvertently break, thereby providing us more avenues to become criminals.”

Boycotting America

China is going to be the next country to tell America to quit meddling in its affairs.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for a U.S. boycott on Chinese products (in other words, boycott most of what America buys) because the Chinese government was forced to kill 50,000 dogs or face a possible deadly rabies outbreak among humans.

Said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk: “We are urging everyone to actively boycott — not a word we use lightly — anything from China, given the bludgeoning killing of thousands of dogs.”

Basically, what Miss Newkirk is calling for here is boycotting a good portion of what fills America’s shelves. Take Wal-Mart alone: According to reports, more than 80 percent of Wal-Mart’s 6,000 supplier factories are located in China.

Power lunches

Within one hour after we received word from the Republican National Committee summer meeting in Minneapolis that South Carolina has been chosen to host a Republican presidential debate on May 15, 2007 — the state holds the “First in the South” Republican presidential primary in early 2008 — the following announcement arrived from Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican:

“On Thursday, Aug. 17, Senator McCain will attend a reception in South Carolina for Adjutant General Stan Spears. Friday, Aug. 18, he will remain in South Carolina for a lunch for state Superintendent of Education Karen Floyd.”

Frist opts to run

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist — who like Arizona Sen. John McCain has his eyes on the White House in 2008 — said it was a tough decision, but he finally decided to run.

You see, the Tennessee Republican and avid runner had been having knee problems when he faced a recent seven-mile race in Davenport, Iowa, which his Senate aides had signed him up for.

Once there, in 98-degree heat, he said he had to decide whether to run the full seven miles, or opt for an easier two-mile trot provided for participants. The deciding factor? “I heard that the governor of Iowa was there,” Mr. Frist said.

Hunting with Hillary?

We think we’ve discovered one way for New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a leading Democratic contender for the White House in 2008, to appeal to millions of outdoor sportsmen across the country.

Grab a bow and arrows, and return home to Arkansas.

As we speak, council members in the capital, Little Rock, are contemplating allowing bowhunting within city limits. Seems the city’s deer herd has grown so large that injurious car accidents and other property damage are skyrocketing.

Currently, discharging a bow within Little Rock city limits is banned under a city ordinance.

Must be August

“Then he went out and did some brush-cutting and trail-clearing, followed by a bike ride, and will be doing other vacation relaxation sort of things for the rest of the day. The week ahead has more of the same, through Wednesday.”

White House spokesman Tony Snow, laying out President Bush’s vacation schedule at his Texas ranch.

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

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