John McCaslin

A small but lively group of Iraq war veterans took up positions Saturday afternoon outside the headquarters of "Code Pink," the feminist antiwar group huddled inside what is zoned as residential housing at 712 5th St. NE.

The war vets charge that Code Pink should be "evicted" due to zoning violations, arguing the women operate a corporate lobbying practice in a single-family dwelling in what is zoned as a residential neighborhood of Capitol Hill.

Quoting Colbert

We had to laugh at David M. Walker, comptroller general of the U.S. who leads the Government Accountability Office, the so-called "investigative arm of Congress."

"Or as Stephen Colbert would say, we're all about combating 'truthiness,' " Mr. Walker said during his presidential lecture series last week, quoting the popular comedian and satirist.

Saluting women

Friendship brought Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, where the Independent Women's Forum's (IWF) Woman of Valor award was given posthumously to R. Gaull Silberman, known as "Ricky," an IWF founder and board member who died of cancer in February.

Elizabeth "Liz" Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, presented the award to Mrs. Silberman's husband, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Senior Judge Laurence Silberman.

"Ricky gave real hugs in a town where people give air-brush kisses," Mrs. Cheney praised.

Inside the Beltway is told that Justice Thomas will write a "long, personal reminiscence" about Mrs. Silberman in the IWF's forthcoming newsletter. IWF's president and CEO, Michelle Bernard Silberman, explained that Justice Thomas had "inadvertently" contributed to the decision by Mrs. Silberman and others to found IWF, because during his stormy Supreme Court confirmation hearings the founders felt that the women interviewed by the press for a "women's view" did not represent mainstream America.

In addition, the newly appointed chief of protocol of the U.S., Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, also was awarded the Woman of Valor award at last week's gala. The award was presented to Mrs. Brinker by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson. Each year, the award is given in honor of Mr. Olson's late wife, Barbara K. Olson, who was killed during the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Hillary's choice

Given the latest presidential polling, it's becoming evident that the Democratic Party, for what would be a fifth time, will not select a black candidate as their party's nominee for president.

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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