WASHINGTON (AP)--Curious about The Jimi Hendrix Polka? Looking for a new recipe for kielbasa and sauerkraut? Wondering where to bowl next time you're in Cleveland?
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, has the answers on a new World Wide Web site (www.house.gov/kucinich), which went online Jan. 9, in which bowling, polka and kielbasa--staples of his blue collar, multiethnic district--share cyberspace with serious policy papers.
"Only on our Web site will Americans be able to find the answer to the age-old question, 'Who stole the kishka?'" he said.
Kishka, a kind of blood sausage, is popular among Russian-Americans; a variation, spelled kiszka, is popular among Polish-Americans. Some people who would never eat the stuff have heard about it in a song about
a butcher shop theft.
"Polka King" Frank Yankovic's version of Who Stole the Kishka? is one of more than a dozen polka snippets being posted on the Kucinich web site.
The Beer Barrel Polka is on there, too.
So is If You Can't Do the Polka, Don't Marry my Daughter, and as a bonus, an excerpt from the polka-rock band Brave Combo, whose Grammy-nominated CD offers a version of Purple Haze called The Jimi Hendrix Polka.
Almost all members of Congress now have Web pages, ranging from simple electronic brochures to elaborate sites updated with each day's news release or floor speech. Kucinich was the last from Ohio's delegation to launch one.
His site allows a one-click connection to The Sausage Shoppe, which does not sell its product over the Internet but whose kielbasa was selected "best of city" by Cleveland Magazine.
The page on Kucinich's site that features pictures of polka album covers and snippets of polka favorites also has a local flavor: the music comes from Cleveland International Records.
The company's president, Steve Popovich, said he'll consult with lawyers to determine whether to let Kucinich post entire songs instead of 10- or 20-second samples.