The Washington Gadfly
Not all publicity is good publicity.

Chimpstein Gets Action The illustrious Simean-American who bested David Horowitz in a television debate about Paul Weyrich now stares down Ralph Neas . . . How's that for a beast of burden?
Last year, Chimpstein reported that People for the American Way was hawking Noam Chomsky books on eBay for its Christmas fundraiser.

Washington Times reporter Greg Pierce followed-up with an item for his "Inside Politics" column.

And World Net Daily re-published the chimpstein story.

Is that why books by Chomsky are nowhere to be found on the 2005 Christmas auction launched December 4?

The liberal lobbying group, which "All in the Family" creator Norman Lear founded to fight the religious right, boasts on its website that the eBay auction offers such goodies as "a guided private tour of "Wisteria Lane" with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, a guitar played (and somewhat destroyed!) by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, a twork from blue-chip artists such as Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Robert Rauschenberg, William Wegman, Richard Misrach, and Roy Lichtenstein."

They forgot to brag about the "HEART: GREATEST HITS, signed album cover" also available to the highest bidder.

However, one lovely musical compilaton on the PFAW auction block sounds like the kind of stuff Noam Chomsky might use to unwind after a long day at the office writing an introduction to a Holocaust denier's book.

It's a "Signed CD of The Terror State by ALL members of Anti-Flag, which is a Pittsburgh punk rock band."

Heard of them?

One review posted on the internet says the first song, Turncoat, on the album "is based around accusations of Bush Jr being a "Turncoat, Killer, Liar and a Thief". These charges are thoroughly explained with a full page of the inlay dedicated to citing examples and references to said charges."

The sympathetic reviewer, his mastery of the English language much in evidence, concludes that "in such an apathetic age it's nice to see the tradition of protest music been continued by people who genuinely give a shit."

Another website says the lyrics go like this,


Criminal with protection of the law!


States lies dressed up as evening news
We're tired of lies we want the truth
Brodcast by corpses courting you
We're tired of lies we want the truth
Most people they will never know
We're tired of lies we want the truth
With your or against you?
Then I am against you because you're a...

Criminal with protection of the law

Criminal with protection of the law

In your corner
Makes me wanna
Douse myself in gasoline!
Civil servants fall in line for you
Too brainwashed to see the truth
You use anyone you can!

Criminal with protection of the law

Criminal with protection of the




Criminal with protection of the law!

Oh, really?

PFAW president Ralph Neas does not return phone calls anymore. (Is he embarassed that Chimpstein found the potential smoking gun on John Roberts that his huge opposition research outfit missed?)

Neas also continues to dodge questions about the self-described recovering terrorist who told a PFAW conference that women should deface federal property with their own menstrual blood.

If this Simean shocker ignits another uproar, Neas can pull the book easily enough.

The most obnoxious thing about People for the American Way, however, is its name. It presumes anyone who dissents from its particular policy prescriptions is un-American.

Then again, so does, "American Values," the home base of Gary Bauer (who continues to dodge questions about the Hudson purge his former aide Tim Goeglein instigated in cahoots with Karl Rove and Jay "a little anti-Semitism is good for the Jews" Lefkowitz.)

Neas and Bauer should record a duet together.

And auction it on eBay, with proceeds earmarked to fund the first ever Peter and Marian Wright Edelman scholarship at Bob Jones University.

Meanwhile, perhaps if People for the American Way wants a safe book to auction it can have Ralph Nader write an introduction to a new version of the classic, Black Like Me.

Clinton isn't happy with D.C. blogger's medication claim

Bill Clinton has been out of office for nearly five years, and still the conservatives won't get off the former President's case.

Washington blogger Evan Gahr, who runs the Web site, yesterday wrote that "a psychiatrist colleague of Clinton's physician" revealed to him that Clinton is "taking antidepressants."

The 59-year-old Clinton underwent open-heart surgery in September 2004, and Manhattan psychiatrist Peter Shapiro, who does not treat Clinton, told me that 20% to 30% of heart-surgery patients - compared with 5% to 15% of the general population - suffer post-operative depression. Yesterday Clinton's spokesman, Jay Carson, denied that his boss is taking antidepressants.

From Tel Aviv, where the former President is on a well-publicized visit to Israel with his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Carson E-mailed: "This is totally untrue, but this kind of fabrication is probably to be expected from a guy who has made his living attacking President Clinton and was fired from his last job for, among other things, playing with stuffed animals during a serious TV interview." Carson is "lying about me, and he's probably lying about Clinton," Gahr retorted. "When you work for a known liar, you probably shouldn't question others' credibility."

Gahr, who in 2001 was fired from his job as a senior fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute, conceded that he once brandished a stuffed chimp during a debate on Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes." But he said he was fired at the behest of the Bush White House for criticizing the Christian right.

Gahr told Lowdown his source was Frank T. Miller, a Manhattan psychiatrist who treats Gahr for depression. Gahr said Miller - who confirmed his patient's account to me, but declined further comment - made the claim about Clinton's antidepressant use during Gahr's visit last Friday morning at Miller's Fifth Ave. office.

   Evan Gahr, a former press critic for the late New York Post editorial page editor Eric Breindel, recently broke the story of a race discrimination lawsuit against the Washington Post. He has written for almost every major conservative publication.