- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Radio bailout

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat and a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is leading an effort to petition the Treasury Department to bailout minority-owned broadcasting businesses.

Mr. Clyburn’s effort is supported by several of his House Democratic colleagues, such as Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York.

“Like so many businesses caught in the maw of the most severe recession and contraction of credit since the Great Depression, minority broadcasters are not failing businesses looking for a free pass,” they wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. “They are looking for continued access to capital to continue their otherwise fundamentally sound operations. And while many jobs are at stake, a more important principle - the government’s fundamental interest in promoting a diversity of voices, including service to underserved communities - is severely threatened.”

The group asked that Treasury create a new lending program for minority broadcasters, like the government did to assist the auto industry and asked Mr. Geithner to respond to the letter by June 5.

Other signers of the letter include Democratic Reps. Bobby L. Rush of Illinois, Edolphus Towns of New York, Maurice D. Hinchey of New York, Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Maxine Waters of California, Gregory W. Meeks of New York, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Barbara Lee of California, Lynn Woolsey of California and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.

Mancow reverses

Shock jock talk-radio host Erich “Mancow” Muller volunteered to be waterboarded, thinking it would help prove the procedure wasn’t torture.

It didn’t work out as expected.

He brought a film crew and a producer to help record and narrate the event and after being waterboarded for roughly seven seconds, Mr. Mancow cried “uncle.”

“I thought I could hold out for 30 seconds, 60 seconds,” Mr. Mancow said when it was over. “It was instantaneous. And I don’t want to say this, I do not want to say this, it was absolutely torture. That’s drowning.”

“If I knew it was going to be this bad, I would not have done it,” he added.

First euthanasia

A Washington woman has become the first person in her state to die under the state’s law allowing physicians to assist in suicides.

Linda Fleming, 66, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was considered terminally ill when she asked her doctor for barbiturate pills to end her life.

“The pain became unbearable, and it was important to me to be conscious, clear-minded and alert at the time of my death,” Ms. Fleming wrote in a statement released by the pro-euthanasia Compassion & Choices advocacy group Friday, shortly after she died.

Washington’s law went into effect earlier this year. Oregon has a similar law that passed in 1997, under which 342 Oregonians have died, according to the state Department of Human Services.

Reagan’s memorial

London’s Westminster Council has voted to allow a 9-foot bronze statue of former President Ronald Reagan to be erected outside the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square. The Reagan stature will be placed across from a statue of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Conservative Way Forward, a group founded in 1991 to defend and promote principles espoused by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was among the top groups lobbying for the structure.

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at [email protected] times.com

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