John McCaslin

Now we learn that the department has selected AirTran Airways and Spirit Airlines over the other three carriers, citing their records of competitive pricing and offering more seats.

"These new services will mean lower fares and more choices for thousands of passengers flying to Washington," noted Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters.

Spirit says it plans to fly to and from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and AirTran will decide on one of two routes: to and from Jacksonville, Fla., or Milwaukee.

True love

We had reason to drop into former White House Cabinet member-turned-radio talk-show host Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" Web site yesterday and discovered this intriguing submission from American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Michael Ledeen, titled "True Love."

It was written, Mr. Ledeen says, by a "great warrior," the now-deceased Gen. Louis H. Wilson Jr., a Mississippi native who won the Medal of Honor for his heroics in World War II and went on to become the 26th commandant of the Marine Corps. The general died in 2005 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Without further ado:

The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
The love of a staunch true man,
The love of a baby, unafraid,
Have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves,
The quintessence of loves,
Even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
Of one drunken Marine for another.

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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