- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2009


Hats off to Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Mark Udall of Colorado for having just introduced a resolution to amend the standing rules of the Senate to state:

“Not later than 48 hours after the request, each request for a congressionally directed spending item for an appropriations or authorization bill made by a senator shall be posted on the senator’s web site. The posting of the request for a congressionally directed spending item shall include the name and location of the specifically intended recipient, the purpose of the congressionally directed spending item, and the dollar amount requested. If there is no specifically intended recipient, the posting shall include the intended location of the activity, the purpose of the congressionally directed spending item, and the dollar amount requested.”


A young man walked up to LaDonna Hale Curzon, executive producer and host of Sarah Palin Radio, and handed the surprised talk-show host a million-dollar bill featuring the face of President Obama, albeit with a cigarette dangling out of the corner of his mouth, looking suspiciously, shall we say, very “Chicago-land” like.

There never has been a million-dollar bill, but that hasn’t kept people from trying to spend one. In March 2004, Alice Regina Pike attempted to use a $1,000,000 note with a picture of the Statue of Liberty to purchase $1,671 in goods from a Wal-Mart in Covington, Ga. She was promptly arrested.

In 2001, a man purchased a sundae at a Dairy Queen with a $200 bill featuring the face of then-President George W. Bush and received $198 in change. In 2003, an unknown person in North Carolina used a $200 bill (once again, with Mr. Bush’s likeness) at a Food Lion to purchase $150 in groceries. The cashier obligingly cashed the fake bill and presented the perpetrator with $50 in change.


Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., urging him to back off his attempt to restore the so-called “assault weapons” ban of 1994.

Mr. Barr, who supported Mr. Holder’s appointment despite some policy differences, called on the attorney general to focus instead on restoring the civil liberties of American citizens following “eight years of Bush administration policies eroding Americans’ civil liberties.”

He wrote that “focusing on reinstating a bad - and totally unnecessary - lapsed federal law, when there are so many truly positive and vital matters before the Department of Justice, would be inconsistent in my view with the clear mandate you enjoy to restore integrity and confidence in the government of which you are an important part.”


For the second time, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of the Ohev Sholom - the National Synagogue has chosen Janet Langhart Cohen, wife of former senator and Defense Secretary William S. Cohen, to portray the brave “Queen Esther, Hadassah” in the 2009 National Purim Parade through the District on Monday.

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. As told in the biblical book of Esther, it commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.

Mrs. Cohen, who like her husband has Jewish roots, has told Inside the Beltway she is “honored to have the opportunity to draw attention to the need for an end to racism and anti-Semitism in the world.”

In addition to her role as “Queen Esther,” Mrs. Cohen has been busy with her play “Anne & Emmett,” an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, with all 2009 productions of the play being held in commemoration of what would have been Miss Frank’s 80th birthday. A full production of the play will take place at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10 and at George Washington University on June 12.

No. 55

That’s two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, lined up as special guest of this week’s 2009 Aftermarket Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill.

He also will be feted by legislators and staff of the 111th Congress at a congressional reception Wednesday evening in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, Mr. Waltrip won the Daytona 500 in 2001 and 2003. Driving a self-owned No. 55 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he’s coming off a seventh-place finish at the Daytona 500 this year, and is currently seventh in the NASCAR championship points standings.

• John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or e-mail John McCaslin.

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