John McCaslin

So, what's with all the buzz about 1111?

Every day, more and more people report experiencing the so-called 1111 phenomenon - mainly glancing up and seeing 11:11 staring back at them from their clocks.

It's gotten to the point that Internet sites devote themselves to the 1111 mystery, with hundreds weighing in each week. "I started seeing 11:11 on clocks, receipts ... everywhere about seven years ago," writes one man.

"I swear," adds another, "I see this number at least three times a day but I just cant figure out why. I'm sometimes hesitant to look at my watch or an alarm clock because of this — this is really starting to freak me out."

Renowned spirituality expert Steve Pavlina points out: "You'll see the time 11:11 on the clock disturbingly often. Sometimes I will suddenly look up at a clock and notice this time twice a day for several days in a row. It's rare that more than a few days go by without my noticing an 11:11 on a clock somewhere. In fact, I just went to the kitchen to grab a snack while writing this article, and there was 11:11 winking at me from the clock on the microwave."

This columnist, on the other hand, doesn't buy into all the 1111 hype and whatever sinister might be lurking behind it. I'm too busy covering politics to concern myself and my readers with such nonsense.

That said, let me be the first to report that Rep. Denny Rehberg, Montana Republican, introduced legislation this week to restore forests to a more natural and healthy density. He's currently seeking co-sponsors for H.R. 1111.


Conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan wonders whether this country's vital interests are more threatened by what happens in Iraq and Afghanistan or by the war raging along the 2,000-mile-long U.S. border with Mexico?

"For this is where the fate of our republic will be decided," predicts Mr. Buchanan, pointing out that 6,000 Mexicans died last year in the often-ignored war where, like in the Middle East, "the tactics are massacre, murder, kidnapping and beheading."

"Beheadings in and around Acapulco have not helped," he adds. Even worse, the blood-letting recently moved into the resort town of Cancun, where in February a retired Army general sent to create an elite anti-crime unit was kidnapped, tortured and shot. Mexican troops, he recalls, raided Cancun's police headquarters and arrested the chief and dozens of his officers in connection with the murder.

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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