John McCaslin

No sooner did we write that National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice may try to muscle out fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bid for California's top political seat - dethroning embattled Gov. Gray Davis - and "Rice for Governor" campaign buttons have hit the streets.

The GOP Shoppe (, official vendor for the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2001 presidential inaugural, started peddling the Rice buttons this week for $3 each - half of which goes to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

"The Leadership California Needs," the buttons say beneath Rice's name, although she and Schwarzenegger have only expressed an interest in the California post.

Meanwhile, CNN talking head Tucker Carlson displayed an "Arnold for Governor" button on TV this week, then surprised former Bill Clinton adviser James Carville with a personalized button that read: "James Carville supports Bush/Cheney '04."

What else is big in political paraphernalia this non-election year?

"The Bush Bobblehead Lapel Pin," replies Brian Harlin, president of the GOP Shoppe. "That's right, a lapel pin with a Bush bobbing head. It's the new thing and very popular."


It reads like science fiction, but a computer scientist and former "Educator of the Decade" says he's discovered the exact method for locating any concealed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq by analyzing visual satellite data through "spectrometry."

Richard R. Sills said in a phone interview from his New York City home that he was summoned to the Pentagon June 9 to give a two-hour presentation on his patented "Analog Processing System."

"There were 10 people at the meeting" who were interested in the latest technology for uncovering hidden weapons in Iraq - bombs to biological-warfare agents, he said.

With the assistance of Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), Sills gave a similar briefing last November to Leslie J. Deutsch, chief engineer of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology but was later informed by letter that the lab already possessed "better techniques than mine."

"If better, why are they not using them to identify where these weapons of mass destruction are?" Sills asks. He'll pose that question at the National Press Club July 23 in a briefing titled, "Scandal Brewing Re: Weapons of Mass Destruction."


Michael Deaver, one of President Reagan's chiefs of staff, is writing a book to be published by William Morrow titled Why I Am a Conservative.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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