- The Washington Times - Friday, November 20, 2009

“Sasha what?” exclaimed rap artist and reality-TV star Flavor Flav on Wednesday evening in response to a question by one of the many reporters crowded around him during his visit to the Sasha Bruce House for homeless youth in Southeast Washington.

Flav knew that he and other members of his reunited rap group, Public Enemy, were hosting a Thanksgiving dinner to raise awareness of homeless children; he was a just bit confused about the name of the shelter hosting the holiday feast.

Because Flav was wearing a Yankees hat and is a native New Yorker, we asked him what he thought about Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed being tried in New York City instead of in a military court. “Check this out,” he said, standing a little taller. “This is where he needs to be tried. The reason why is because it’s his fault right now that the Twin Towers ain’t standing; it’s his fault that a lot of children lost their parents. You know what I’m saying? It’s because of him that a lot of mothers and fathers … lost their kids. You know what I’m saying? It’s real messed up, so, yeah, he needs to [be] tried here!”

Game night

It’s not uncommon for politicians to use sporting events as a way of raising money, but an invitation to a fundraiser for Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, Ohio Democrat, caught our attention.

Miss Fudge, who succeeded the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones in Congress, invited donors to a party at the Washington Wizards-Cleveland Cavaliers game Wednesday night, including a “very special gift package” to those who ponied up $2,500 or more.

What was this special treat, you ask?

We’re told that Miss Fudge, a former mayor of a suburb of Cleveland, arranged for a meet-and-greet during the pre-game warmup between her high-roller guests and Cavs players Delonte West, Mo Williams and “Mr. Cavalier” himself, former Cavs guard Austin Carr.

Proving that he’s really a hometown kid at heart, Cleveland native and Wizards player Earl Boykins also moseyed over to join the huddle.

Way to build a “bipartisan” coalition, congresswoman!

But Mr. Boykins did not go so far as to reveal any team secrets to his homies. The Wizards ended up winning 108-91.

Miss Fudge and her guests enjoyed the action from the coziness of a Verizon Center suite.

Also in the stands, we saw the Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman kicking back, enjoying the game with beer in hand.

FishbowlDC reports that Martha Stewart (yes, the Martha) was present, as were “media moguls” Wolf Blitzer of CNN, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard.

Talk about a motley crew!

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