- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 1, 2007

Hispanic fight

Rep. Loretta Sanchez is accusing the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus of calling her a “whore.”

According to the Associated Press, Rep. Joe Baca denied uttering the insult, which Mrs. Sanchez cited among grievances that led her to announce this week that she was quitting the group.

“Let me be clear: Her comments are categorically untrue,” Mr. Baca said.

“He said it. For him to deny it is just a silly thing,” Mrs. Sanchez said in an interview.

She and Rep. Hilda L. Solis said that Mr. Baca made the comment at an event in Sacramento, Calif., in the summer and that it was repeated to them by people they declined to identify. All three lawmakers are California Democrats.

The furor became public with a report Wednesday on the Web site politico.com about the “whore” comment.

Nazi America’

George Soros accused the United States of being a Nazi regime at the recent conference in Davos, Switzerland, and nobody noticed. That has Martin Peretz angry.

The New Republic’s editor in chief began his column by citing a New York Times report in which the billionaire liberal says: “America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany. We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process.”

“No, you are not seeing things. He said de-Nazification,” Mr. Peretz wrote. “Even for Davos, this was stupid. Actually, worse than stupid. There is a historical analysis, a moral claim, in Soros’s word. He believes that the United States is now a Nazi country. Why else would we have to go through a ‘certain de-Nazification process’? I defy anybody to interpret the remark differently.”

“Imagine the outcry if a Republican moneybags — say, Richard Mellon Scaife — had declared that Hillary Clinton is a communist or that Bill Clinton’s America had been in need of a certain de-Stalinization process. But I hear no outcry from Soros’s congregation. … There seems to be a renaissance among liberals of the view that there are no enemies to the left. I hear no Democrats expressing embarrassment, or revulsion, at Soros’s comment. Whether this silence is owed to their agreement or to their greed, it is outrageous.”

Mr. Peretz then noted that Mr. Soros has experience with real Nazism, citing a 1998 “60 Minutes” interview in which the Hungarian-born Jew said he escaped the Holocaust by posing as a Christian and helping the Germans confiscate the property of Hungary’s Jewish population. Mr. Soros said he had “no guilt feeling” over it.

“In the same conversation at Davos, Soros announced that he is supporting Senator Barack Obama, though he would also support Senator Hillary Clinton. So my question to both of those progressives is this: How, without any explanation or apology from him, will you take this man’s money?” Mr. Peretz closed his column by asking.

Not political

The decision to become pregnant and raise a child with her lesbian partner was not political, Mary Cheney, a daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, told a Barnard College audience.

“This is a baby,” Miss Cheney said Wednesday at a forum sponsored by Glamour magazine. “This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child.”

Miss Cheney, 37, announced in December that she and Heather Poe were starting a family. She did not say how she became pregnant. The baby is due in the spring and will be the vice president’s sixth grandchild, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Cheney became testy last week when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him what he thought of conservatives who are critical of his daughter’s pregnancy. Mr. Cheney told Mr. Blitzer he was “over the line.”

In a brief interview with the New York Times after Wednesday’s panel, Miss Cheney said she agreed that Mr. Blitzer had crossed a line.

“He was trying to get a rise out of my father,” she said.

The end is near

“The networks on Wednesday, without any sense of any questions about the media-fueled scientific ‘consensus,’ continued their hyperbolic panic over the supposed dire threat of global warming,” the Media Research Center’s Brent Baker writes at www.mrc.org.

“ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ displayed this on-screen throughout a report from weather reader Sam Champion: ‘Will Billions Die from Global Warming?’ Champion eagerly relayed how the upcoming report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ‘will estimate that between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people will suffer from water shortage problems by 2080. That’s not your grandchildren, that’s your children. And between 200 million and 600 million more people will be going hungry.’

“Over on NBC’s ‘Today,’ co-host Matt Lauer warned of ‘a controversy in Washington over what literally could be the end of the world as we know it. Did the Bush administration freeze out scientists trying to sound the alarm on global warming?’ CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’ on Wednesday night featured a panel under the on-screen heading: ‘Could Global Warming Destroy Earth?’ ”

Mercenary’ war

William M. Arkin, a Washingtonpost.com columnist, finds himself in very deep and very hot water these days over a column he wrote this week rebuking soldiers fighting in Iraq who said they feel demoralized by the eroding support for their war effort.

“These soldiers should be grateful that the American public … do still offer their support to them, and their respect,” wrote Mr. Arkin. A recent TV news report about the soldiers “is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary — oops sorry, volunteer — force that thinks it is doing the dirty work,” he added.

Outraged Republicans in Congress yesterday wrote Washington Post publisher Donald Graham, reports Charles Hurt of The Washington Times.

“Many Americans have concerns about the war in Iraq,” wrote Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Jon Kyl of Arizona and James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma. “Yet we are confident that almost every American would disagree with Mr. Arkin’s reference to our country’s troops as ‘a mercenary force.’ We think they would share our disgust with Mr. Arkin’s contention that ‘through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform.’ ”

Everyone, they said, is entitled to their opinion about the war, but “it is counter to your own standards that a representative of your publication would malign our troops in such a vicious and insulting manner,” the Republicans wrote.

“We would be curious to know who at the Post, if anyone, was the editor of such a piece — and what standards of conduct Mr. Arkin and other columnists are held to, if any.”

Newsom’s apology

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom apologized yesterday for having a sexual relationship with his former campaign manager’s wife.

“I’m deeply sorry,” Mr. Newsom said during a brief press conference at City Hall. He did not take questions, the Associated Press reports.

Alex Tourk, 39, resigned Wednesday after confronting the mayor about his relationship with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, 34, who once worked as the mayor’s appointment secretary.

Mr. Newsom, 39, is seeking a second four-year term in November.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes. com.

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