John McCaslin

Hot head

Get a load of the somewhat threatening letter sent by the head of a national energy council to Marlo Lewis, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in response to an article the latter penned in the American Spectator about the various "global warming" bills introduced in Congress and their potential economic impact.

"Marlo, you are so full of crap," writes Michael T. Eckhart, president of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE). "You have been proven wrong. The entire world has proven you wrong. You are the last guy on Earth to get it.

"Take this warning from me, Marlo. It is my intention to destroy your career as a liar. If you produce one more editorial against climate change, I will launch a campaign against your professional integrity. I will call you a liar and charlatan to the Harvard community of which you and I are members. I will call you out as a man who has been bought by Corporate America. Go ahead, guy. Take me on."

Inside the Beltway reached Mr. Eckhart at his home yesterday, and he confirmed he did in fact write the letter.

Colony of Mexico

Is the United States of America being colonized all over again?

Don't think such a scenario is far-fetched, says a congressman — albeit the "colonists" of today are owing allegiance to their home country while "exploiting the new land."

"I asked ... whether or not the United States of America is becoming a colony," Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican, said in a recent speech, pointing a "valid" finger directly at the illegal aliens from Mexico.

"They pledge allegiance to another flag, many to the Mexican flag, not to the American flag. And that is the current problem with many illegals in this nation; they want to be colonists, not citizens," Mr. Poe opined.

The congressman, a former Texas judge, said illegal aliens accept all the benefits from the United States, but "they refuse to learn the language, they refuse to assimilate, and most importantly, they refuse to be loyal to this nation."

Lo and behold

Yes, that is $100,000 of your hard-earned federal taxpayer dollars destined for "signage and streetscape improvements for the Los Angeles fashion district."

But let's not single out California as the sole beneficiary of the "egregious pork" projects spilling out of the 2008 House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Act, as called to our attention by Citizens Against Government Waste.

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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