- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2007

Big bull’s-eye

We have to laugh at left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who was asked the following question during a live chat on the Huffington Post:

Jonathan in Los Angeles: “I would like to ask Mr. Moore … have you ever thought about running for president?”

Mr. Moore: “No. I would like to live.”

Washington posts

Speaking of which, that was Ariana Huffington dropping by Washington political pollster Frank Luntz’s annual baseball all-star party in McLean on Tuesday night.

The former conservative turned “progressive populist” tells Inside the Beltway she’ll be making the rounds in official Washington during most of July before returning home to Los Angeles.

Getting whipped

“I’ve learned that life in the minority provides you a little more time to think. Not necessarily a good thing, but not necessarily a bad thing to have occasional moments to take stock.”

House Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri, reflecting this week on the eight months that have passed since Democrats swept to power on Capitol Hill

Persistent problem

Republican Party activist LaDonna Hale Curzon says she just enjoyed watching on Turner Classic Movies a Ronald Reagan B-movie made in 1939.

“Entitled ‘Secret Service of the Air,’ a dashing 28-year-old Mr. Reagan plays the role of LieutenantBrassBancroft, an ex-Navy flier who works as a commercial airline pilot. One day he quits his well-paying, safe job to become an agent for the Secret Service,” she explains.

“His first assignment is to infiltrate a gang that smuggles illegal aliens from Mexico into the United States by airplane. I found it fascinating that illegal aliens from Mexico were an issue in 1939.”

Say what?

Speaking of infiltrators along the U.S.-Mexican border, a Republican congressman isn’t buying Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s claim that illegal entry into the United States is decreasing.

“According to their reports, the number of illegals arrested on the Mexico-U.S. border has decreased almost 25 percent,” notes Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, a former judge. “Now [Mr. Chertoff] claims illegal crossings are down because apprehensions on the border are down. That is like saying there are fewer cars on the road because the police are issuing fewer traffic tickets.”

Urgent matters

Now that some in Congress have heaped praise on this past weekend’s Live Earth global warming concerts, a Republican congresswoman from Tennessee says it’s time to get back to work.

“The last time I checked, global warming didn’t have one single thing to do with putting a bomb in Piccadilly Circus or trying to blow up the JFK airport,” says Rep. Marsha Blackburn. “Global warming didn’t bomb the USS Cole or take down the Twin Towers. Climate change can be studied, but it need not be done at the expense of human intelligence needed to help eliminate international terrorism. We need to adjust our priorities.”

Balancing act

No, those won’t be protesters closing down Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 13th streets Northwest, rather waiters and waitresses.

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of Washington’s original Bastille Day Waiter and Waitress Race — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — part of the Brasserie Les Halles 2007 Bastille Day Races & Celebration.

Washington, organizers will have you know, was the first U.S. city ever to host a Bastille Day race, and tomorrow restaurant wait staff from all across the region will speed-walk the Pennsylvania Avenue course while balancing a tray and its ingredients on one hand.

Our taste buds, meanwhile, can’t help but observe that this week’s Brasserie menu is drawn from the historical 1824 return to Washington (after a 39-year absence) of French Gen. Marquis de Lafayette. The Frenchman played an essential role in the American Revolution and was much revered and feted by the young nation.

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washington times.com.

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