- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2006

And furthermore

Length of the op-ed piece written by Sen. Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina Republican, published in The Washington Times June 29, in which she accuses the online newsmagazine Salon.com of being at the center of a left-wing smear campaign against Judge Terrence Boyle, President Bush’s nominee to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: 797 words.

Length of the response to Mrs. Dole’s op-ed, written by Joan Walsh, editor in chief of Salon.com, published in this newspaper Wednesday, in which she calls the senator’s charges completely false: 974 words.

Still twirling

The National Republican Congressional Committee doesn’t want anybody to forget the fact that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, a senior White House aide to President Clinton, was once a professional ballet dancer.

Mr. Emanuel’s “ballerina training sure is coming in handy these days. Too bad it can’t twirl him away from his involvement in the ongoing Chicago … scandal,” the Republican camp weighs in with this week.

The congressman’s name has surfaced in accusations that Chicago city workers were dispatched on numerous occasions by Mayor Richard M. Daley to work on Mr. Emanuel’s re-election campaign (as well as campaigns of other Illinois Democrats) and appear at the congressman’s campaign rallies.

Mr. Emanuel has denied any involvement.

Change of heart

The Center for the Study of Popular Culture has changed its name to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and for two reasons.

“First, when the center began, just as the Cold War was ending, we thought that the significant issue of our time would be the political radicalization of popular culture. The culture is still the battleground, but after September 11th it is clear that freedom itself is under assault from the new totalitarianism — Islamic fascism,” explains board Chairman Jess Morgan.

“Secondly, David Horowitz, the center’s founder, has become increasingly identified with issues of freedom at home and abroad.”

An entrenched conservative thinker, Mr. Horowitz has been considered “the left’s most brilliant and articulate nemesis.”

Why not lobster?

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations is recommending that an Islamic mosque in Lewiston, Maine, hold an open house after a frozen severed pig’s head was rolled into the mosque during prayers Monday.

Because Muslims are prohibited from eating pork, explains CAIR communications director Ibrahim Hooper, the use of pork products is a favorite theme of “Islamophobic bigots.”

A 33-year-old Maine man was arrested and released on bail Tuesday, charged with desecration of a church, a misdemeanor. Lewiston is home to 2,500 Somali Muslim refugees.

Suddenly a senior

Congratulations to Rep. Adam H. Putnam of Florida, chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, on the arrival of Adam Hughes Putnam Jr., tipping the scales Sunday afternoon at 8 pounds, 14 ounces.

Not supporters

Aren’t those candid photographs of House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny H. Hoyer and Maryland Democratic senatorial candidate Kweisi Mfume appearing with a certain Republican candidate on the front page of the Michael S. Steele for U.S. Senate Web site?

“This is proof positive that the Michael Steele building bridges across party lines is not talk but real action for all Marylanders,” says Steele spokesman Doug Heye.

The picture with Mr. Hoyer was snapped at Bowie’s Independence Day celebration on Tuesday night.

Klaus in town

One can now conclusively argue that Morton’s co-founder, Klaus Fritsch, wrote the book on steak.

Indeed, Mr. Fritsch will be paying a visit to the downtown Morton’s on Connecticut Avenue next Wednesday evening to celebrate the release of “Morton’s Steak Bible,” which contains some of the popular restaurant’s recipes.

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

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