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A substantial amount of the $1.3 billion aid package will be used to buy helicopters—$360 million for 30 Blackhawks from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies. Sikorsky is based in Stratford, Connecticut, which is represented by Congressman Sam Gejdenson, the ranking member of the House International Relations Committee. Connecticut senator Christopher Dodd is the ranking member of the Foreign Relations subcommittee on narcotics. United Technologies has contributed generously to both Gejdenson and Dodd.

Military chopper sales had looked glum for Sikorsky until Dodd visited Colombia earlier this year. Shortly thereafter, the Colombian government announced it would purchase six Blackhawks. In this, it was assisted by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which normally is prevented from underwriting military purchases. However, in this case a special exemption was granted by the State Department.

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth should make about $66 million on the sale of 33 Huey choppers. "The entire Texas delegation is working on this," a company spokesman told Legal Times. That includes majority leader Dick Armey, and whip Tom Delay, along with Congressman Marvin Frost, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Tony Gillespie, a former U.S ambassador to Colombia, is the main lobbyist for Bell on the issue.


Bush's Adviser's Biblical Lecture
Women in Their Place

Marvin Olasky, the University of Texas journalism professor who was a Jewish Communist in Massachusetts before becoming a born-again Christian and a key adviser to George W. Bush, isn't too keen on women politicians, according to a 1998 essay he penned in The Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. "I would vote for a woman for the presidency in some situations," Olasky wrote, "but again, there is a certain shame attached," he reflected. "God's word says very plainly that an elder is to be a man; he is to be the husband of one wife. It's harder when there are women who are CEOs of companies, and so forth."

Olasky, whose employers have included the Christian Anti-Communist Crusade and DuPont, believes that women who read Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and then joined the workforce were led astray. "This they have done with dire consequences for society as a whole," he wrote. "Feminism has led to great sexual irresponsibility. We have aborted 38 million unborn children since Roe v. Wade. Those are victims of feminism." Olasky maintained that "feminism has led to increased poverty among women. No-fault divorce is one of the early products of feminism, but it's been largely to the advantage of men—just like abortion." He argued that whereas formerly many women had worked for charitable enterprises, since the onslaught of feminism most have gone to work in for-profit enterprises.

Olasky views women as a mystical socializing force in society. He noted that when his wife is "not here there is a certain social glue that's lost." Men, according to Olasky, are "more like a pack of wolves. When women are removed from their families for a long period of time, the family is weakened. And when families become unglued, the culture becomes unglued."


Fatal Attraction

Shortly after Bill Clinton first met the Gores in the mid 1980s, Bill Turque writes in his new book Inventing Al Gore, a family friend heard Al's mother, Pauline Gore, tell the veep-to-be: "Bill Clinton is not a nice person. Don't associate with him too closely."

Additional reporting: Kate Cortesi and Camila Gamboa

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