- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 13, 2009


We like to get our political wisdom from a variety of places. With that in mind, we queried Curtis Lovell II - a Los Angeles-based escape artist and magician - for his advice to politicians who have, uh, gotten themselves into a bind. Keep in mind, Mr. Lovell has been buried alive, shackled and dropped into the Singapore River and once sawed Paris Hilton in half. So he ought to know.

“How should Republicans and Democrats escape from the tight fixes they get into? I have been accused of being double-jointed or having bones removed to achieve some of my escapes. Similarly, I think that Republicans and Democrats might have double-jointed tongues, telling us one thing and doing another,” Mr. Lovell tells Inside the Beltway.

“They should stop stretching the truth and using tricky-tongue speeches. Tell the American people the truth. As a nation, we tend to bond together in troubled times if we understand the nature of our problems,” he continues. “Politicians: Put your backbone back in and stand up for what is right and admit what is not right within your own parties.”

Mr. Lovell does not advocate throwing lawmakers overboard, though.

“Our politicians should realize that both parties should work together to achieve their common interest: the survival of the United States,” Mr. Lovell concludes.


Indigenous peoples? Native Americans? Some people are very cautious about such labels in this excruciatingly PC era. But there’s some evidence that the lexicon is evolving in the White House.

“I look forward to hearing directly from the leaders in Indian country about what my administration can do to not only meet their needs, but help improve their lives and the lives of their peoples,” President Obama said Monday, announcing that he would host the White House Tribal Nations Conference on Nov. 5.

The event will include one leader from each of the country’s 564 “federally recognized tribes.”

“This conference will serve as part of the ongoing and important consultation process that I value, and further strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship,” Mr. Obama said.


The loudest gadfly of the Clinton era has a new book out Tuesday. Larry Klayman - founder of Judicial Watch, emperor of Freedom of Information Act requests and a former U.S. Senate hopeful - has penned “Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment,” now in major bookstores despite the title, which almost didn’t make it into this paper.

“Well, that ‘w’ word is in the Bible, so people can’t get too offended. And guess what? My next book will be called ‘Screwed.’ You think I’m kidding? It’s about the legal profession, and may require 20 volumes,” Mr. Klayman tells Beltway in his best waggish mode, perhaps reflective of his recent foray into stand-up comedy.

And not for laughs, he has also served Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a $10 billion class-action complaint filed on behalf of “all oppressed, tortured and murdered Iranians seeking freedom,” delivered to the leader via a “Middle Eastern” journalist in late September.

“I’m based out of Los Angeles now, and I am still doing stand-up. It’s the only way I can survive with the Obama administration in charge,” Mr. Klayman adds. “My mission continues to be educate America, and do it legally. We’re in crisis. Even the Left is mad now.”


“Stop repeat offenders. DON’T RE-ELECT THEM.” - bumper sticker spotted in Frederick, Md.


The big presidential Nobel Prize caused partisan pundits and the press to rise up in full cry for days, both pro and con. And the American public? Uh-h-h, well, the event kind of came and went.

Barack Obama appears to have gotten a slight bounce in support after he was announced as the Nobel Peace Prize winner on Friday. His 56 percent job-approval rating for the last two Gallup daily tracking updates is up from a term-low 50 percent as recently as last week, and 53 percent in the three days before the Nobel winner was announced,” Gallup Polls analyst Jeffrey M. Jones says.

“Odds are the bump will not last, since the improvement in his rating … has come exclusively among independents and Republicans, who are less likely to stay loyal to the president. Democratic support has not changed.”

Mr. Obama retains an 83 percent approval rating among Democrats - the exact same number before and after the Nobel moment.


• 60 percent of likely voters say American society is generally “fair and decent.”

• 41 percent feel President Obama would agree society is decent.

• 27 percent say American society is unfair and discriminatory; the figure is 66 percent among black voters.

• 13 percent are not sure.

• 75 percent says immigrants should adopt American culture, language and heritage.

• 52 percent say American allies should “do what the U.S. wants.”

• 11 percent say the U.S. should do what its allies want.

Source: A Rasmussen reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Oct. 4-5.

Hoots, hollers and polite chitchat to jharper@washingtontimes.com or 202/636-3085.

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