Called the most unique British B&B this side of the pond, Cameron's Restaurant, Pub & Inn in Half Moon Bay, Calif., is addressing the absurdity of the California recall election by offering a 10 percent discount to all gubernatorial candidates.
And it's first come, first served, as the inn has just three "quaint" rooms. If all 135 governor-wannabes showed up at once, there'd be more than a houseful.
Don't be fooled by the B&B sign, either. At Cameron's, which features dozens of different beers, B&B stands for Bed and Beverage.
"We ain't doin' no breakfast," says the innkeeper.
IT'S A GUY THING
Finally, a politically incorrect candidate from California.
Warren Farrell has officially launched his candidacy for California governor, and his No. 1 campaign agenda is male birth control. Which isn't meant to be funny. His campaign will focus on reducing the economic costs of social neglect, such as when children lose their dads after divorce.
Farrell says he's running because he feels that although his recent literary research with "Father and Child Reunion" and "Why Men Are The Way They Are" has uncovered findings that can alleviate the state's budget crisis, it is too politically incorrect for mainstream candidates to discuss. Thus, policy implications are overlooked.
Like why children raised by single dads, at least in his opinion, do better than children raised by single moms.
"In a normal election, no candidate would say these things," Farrell says. "Thus no one would discover, for example, that children raised by single dads do better than children raised by single moms, in part because both parents are more likely to be involved when the dads are the primary caretaker than vice versa."
What are the candidate's solutions? In order, a men's birth-control pill and a paternity-fraud bill; universal prenatal care; listening skills taught from first grade, with simultaneous retraining of parents; equal father and mother involvement, especially if there is divorce; more male teachers; stressing female empowerment rather than victim power; keeping taxes on businesses low; schools that are friendlier to boys; a commission on the status of men and men's health; and restraining the government-as-substitute-husband.
Uncle Sam obviously supports the independent-minded Farrell, who sees himself not only as a bridge between Democrats and Republicans, but between men and women. He's consulted for NASA and the departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development and Energy.
The first six months of the busy 108th Congress saw a total of 66 bills and resolutions signed into law.
Better yet, of the 66 pieces of legislation, 35 contained no or no significant costs to taxpayers, according to the Republican Study Committee.
The new law with the largest amount of spending: the 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, at a cost of $397 billion.
The greatest savings to taxpayers: the Jobs and Growth Tax Reconciliation Act, reducing federal revenue by $306 billion over five years.
MONDAY MORNING QB
Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright has issued a blistering attack on U.S. foreign policy under President Bush.
The Clinton appointee charges that the Bush administration, under the mistaken belief that Sept. 11 changed everything, has imposed a home grown geopolitical viewpoint on the world alienating even America's staunchest allies (except, of course, Britain, Australia, Spain, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Japan, India, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, South Korea and other staunch U.S. allies, including Russia, which in recent days worked covertly with America to thwart another potential terrorist attack on U.S. soil).
Writing in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, "Bush at Midterm: The Bush Doctrine's Calamitous Consequences," Albright says the three pillars of the doctrine - pre-emptive self-defense, linking terrorism with rogue states and unabashed unilateralism - are not just questionable in theory, but have proven highly damaging to U.S. interests.
She argues that Bush needs to wake up to the fact that Sept. 11 increased the need to work with others.
"By complicating its own choice, the administration has complicated the choices faced by others, divided Europe, and played into the hands of extremists who would like nothing better than to make the clash of civilizations the defining struggle of our age," Albright says.
Rather than attacking George W. Bush in the midst of "his noble mission" of leading the allied war on terrorism, former President Gerald R. Ford says he's praying for him.
In fact, Ford states that he prays for President Bush with heartfelt concern daily, asking God to bless the president.
"I understand the enormity of his responsibilities, the never-ending complexities of the Oval Office, and I'm favorably impressed with his leadership," said Ford, when announcing that he was adding his name to the committee of the Presidential Prayer Team.
Thursday's massive regional power outage is "certainly a goal of our terrorist enemies," says Homeland Security Chairman Christopher Cox, whose committee will now hold a series of hearings to examine the implications of blackouts for everything from cyber-security to critical infrastructure protection.
The California Republican says his committee, when it reconvenes next month, will investigate the attack vulnerability of the nation's power supply and distribution system, as well as catastrophic secondary consequences of a sustained denial to the nation's public health, food and water supply.
"The denial of electrical service for an extended period of time causes a dangerous ripple effect of death and destruction across virtually all our nation's civic and economic sectors," says Cox. "This is certainly a desirable outcome to, and hence a goal of our terrorist enemies."
NIGHTMARE ON 42ND STREET
It's like a scene out of a horror movie:
"Businesses shut down. Passengers stuck on subway cars. People walking home or sleeping on sidewalks.
"An eerie, unsettling peek into the future," says House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) of last week's massive blackout.
"The only sure way to prevent this nightmare from occurring time and time again, in cities all across America, is to modernize and improve our outdated energy policies," says Tauzin, whose goal is to have a strong, comprehensive national energy bill on President Bush's desk for his signature "before Thanksgiving."
In the meantime, the chairman began a probe into the blackout and intends to call leading energy officials to Washington to testify, as well as Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, New York Gov. George Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Tauzin is one lawmaker who can honestly say he told you so. Earlier this year, he spearheaded House passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2003, which would modernize electricity, fuel and power generation. Discussions with the Senate on a final bill are under way.