- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Rep. John Culberson has come to the defense of embattled talk-radio host Michael Savage in his quest to have his name removed from a list of undesirables banned from Britain.

In a Nov. 17 letter to Secretary of State HiIlary Rodham Clinton obtained by Inside the Beltway, the Texas Republican requests Mrs. Clinton to “use all diplomatic tools at your disposal” to remove Mr. Savage from the list, which includes terrorists and muderers. British officials had accused Mr. Savage of hate speech and placed him on the list last year.

Mr. Culberson call the designation “defamatory and disturbing,” saying the ban “demeans and diminishes” Britain as a free and open society.

“Michael Savage is a loyal American, and he is passionate about protecting America, which is why I enjoy listening to him,” the lawmaker continues. “I have never heard him encourage hatred or incite anyone to engage in violence.”

Mr. Culberson suggests Mr. Savage be granted a travel visa forthwith and says he will be working with colleagues in Congress to protect Mr. Savage’s First Amendment rights.

“If he were at the fringe of society like the other people on the U.K. list, he would not have a nationally syndicated radio show,” Mr. Culberson adds.


And we do mean “mean.” In a report released Tuesday, the Culture and Media Institute analyzed 69 recent stories on Sarah Palin that were broadcast on CBS, NBC or ABC to reveal that 37 of the stories were negative, two were positive, and 30 were neutral.

Most telling: Not a single evening news show ran a positive story about Mrs. Palin, they found.

“The networks have been so intent on assassinating Palins character that they have turned for added ammunition to sources they normally ignore - conservative columnists and comedians,” the report said.

“MSNBC had to apologize for running a fake photo of Palin in a bikini holding a gun. Al Gore’s Current TV called Palin a ‘Gun-Ho and worse. The Associated Press used 11 separate staffers to fact-check the book. But one of the most ridiculous examples of bias and misogyny was Newsweeks cover image of Palin in shorts that originally appeared in Runner’s World magazine,” Dan Gainor, vice president of the Virginia-based group, tells Beltway.

“This journalistic feeding frenzy shows how desperate the old media are to discredit a conservative woman who doesnt embrace the left-wing ideas of the press,” Mr. Gainor says.


Time flies when you’re having fun.

Sen.Robert C. Byrd becomes the longest-serving member of Congress in history on Wednesday, having served in the House of Representatives and Senate for a combined 56 years, 10 months and 16 days.

Yes, that is 56 years for the West Virginia Democrat. Mr. Byrd arrived on Capitol Hill in 1953, the same year Nikita Khrushchev was elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned and “From Here to Eternity” won the Oscar for best picture.

A fitting film title, perhaps.

The previous record was held by Carl Hayden, an Arizona Democrat who served in the House and Senate between Feb. 19, 1912, and Jan. 3, 1969.


With a snappy salute, we pass on this excellent message to sailors and Marines:

“Not going home for Thanksgiving? Want to watch football and eat turkey with your shipmates? The U.S. Navy Memorial will host a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a football-watching party for active-duty, solo Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who live and work in the Washington metropolitan area. In addition to serving dinner, football games will be shown in HD in both the Presidents Room and our state-of-the-art Burke Theater.”

The hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. next Thursday, the attire casual, the location 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. An RSVP is required; to register, contact Brittney Haworth at 202/380-0733 or register online at www.navymemorial.org. Volunteers and donations are welcome; contact Cindy Collins at 202/380-0714.


Gun aficionado Ted Nugent has this to say about U.S. policy in Afghanistan:

“Barbecue the Taliban. It all boils down to one simple question. Do you want to win this war or not?” the rock guitarist says in a Human Events op-ed.


A sly reader calls this to our attention:

“Its been politically incorrect to smoke in restaurants, now it will be illegal, starting December 1, in Virginia. The Commonwealth was one of the last states to fall. Gee, might it have something to do with the profitable tobacco crop?” our source asks.

“How to celebrate the end of an era? I see that Morton’s in Reston, Crystal City and in Tysons Corner are holding a ‘Final Smoke Out’ on Nov. 30,” the source says, with cigars a-plenty.

“Oh, and expect long lines at the dry cleaners in Northern Virginia on Dec. 1,” the source adds.


*47 percent of Americans say 9/11 terrorism suspects should be tried in federal court.

*48 percent say the suspects should face military tribunals.

*58 percent of Republicans favor a tribunal, 36 percent favor federal court.

*61 percent of Democrats favor federal court, 34 percent favor tribunals.

*57 percent of conservatives favor tribunals, 38 percent favor federal court.

*61 percent of liberals favor federal court, 31 percent favor tribunals.

Source: An ABC News/Washington Post survey of 1,001 adults conducted Nov. 12-15.

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