John McCaslin

Mourners arriving for last Friday's service at the Miller Funeral Home in Woodbridge, Va., were informed by Mr. DeKay's distraught widow that the remains were sent to Virginia by an Austin, Texas, funeral home via USPS registered mail, which is standard procedure. But the ashes didn't arrive for two weeks, and by then, as the old saying goes, Mr. DeKay was late for his own funeral.

Wrecks everywhere

Washington pundit and talk-show host Bill Press has never been one to hide his liberal leanings, and the title of his new book continues that tradition: "Trainwreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon)."

Mr. Press will be reading from his book tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Politics & Prose on Connecticut Avenue Northwest. Maybe he'll mention the "train wreck" that at least one leading Democrat warns is headed in the direction of the Democratic Party.

Shades or mittens?

First, we are told yesterday that several U.S. governors will convene next Friday on the campus of Yale University to review programs to combat climate change and hear remarks on "global warming" from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Then we are sent a lead paragraph from this week's Bellingham (Wash.) Herald newspaper: "Fluctuations in solar radiation could mean colder weather in the decades ahead, despite all the talk about global warming, retired Western Washington University geologist Don Easterbrook said Tuesday. Mr. Easterbrook is convinced that the threat of global warming from mankind's carbon dioxide pollution is overblown."

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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