- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 2, 2001

White House gas
Talk about feeling insecure, here's yesterday's lead-off question posed by a member of the White House press corps to spokesman Ari Fleischer: "Has the president updated his smallpox vaccination? Has he had an anthrax inoculation? And have gas masks been issued in the White House?"

First line of defense
Terrorists don't give up their weapons when they cross jurisdictional boundaries, so why should police officers?
That's what Steve Young, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, pointed out to White House officials in urging passage of legislation enabling active and retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms when traveling outside their jurisdictions.
"For too long, this has been considered to be a 'firearms' issue," Mr. Young says. "If it ever was it certainly is that no longer. On Sept. 11, 2001, it became a critical public-safety issue."
Congress obviously agrees. The legislation has 193 co-sponsors, 25 shy of a House majority.
"We are blessed with the knowledge that, at any moment, no matter what happens, a police officer maybe in uniform, maybe not will be ready to come to the aid of his or her fellow citizens, honoring the oath to protect and serve," Mr. Young says.

Women facing war
The Independent Women's Forum (IWF) has added to its annual advisory board agenda of Oct. 17 a National Press Club discussion on "what the home front of the 21st century will look like."
Nothing like the 20th century, that's apparent. Given the recent terrorist attacks, the nation's "home front" is permanently altered and women, in particular, no longer feel secure in their little pink houses.
Among the IWF's speakers: Margot Hill, a Boston police commander and expert on "personal safety."
Meanwhile, the IWF continues to mourn the loss of one of its founders, GOP activist and television commentator Barbara Olson, who perished on Sept. 11 aboard the hijacked flight that crashed into the Pentagon.
"She was one of IWF's great heroes," says IWF board Chairman Ricky Silberman. "Even to the end she showed the kind of courage she brought to all the challenges she faced."
Mrs. Olson's husband, U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, has established a memorial scholarship in his late wife's name at her alma mater: The Barbara Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, c/o Office of Development, 55 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10003.

Drown your campfires
Uncle Sam has joined the Girl Scouts.
"We are kicking off the month by announcing our work with the Girl Scouts of America to incorporate environmental health into their programs," Christie Whitman, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says in a memo to staff. "Through grants totaling $20,000, the Girl Scouts have developed a new Environmental Health Badge, a new chapter on environmental health in their Junior Girl Scout Handbook, and expanded their Web site to educate girls on water, sun and air quality."

Heeeere's Willie
Historians charting Bill Clinton's rapid ascension to political stardom should re-watch an old episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
Writing in TV Guide, Ed Weiner recalls when the obscure Arkansas governor introduced presidential nominee Michael Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, only to grab the spotlight with his interminably long and windy speech.
"Thus was Bill Clinton brought to the attention of the country and Johnny Carson," explains Mr. Weiner. "A week later, Carson welcomed Clinton on the show with an intro that digressed into 16th-century history and also listed Arkansas' major tourist sites. When Clinton finally came on Johnny plunked down a gigantic hourglass and gave Clinton the floor. Johnny was often a star maker this time he might have made a president."

The Towers
On misty night, when tolls the bell,
The twins, their mournful story tell,
Of evil plan and sore intent
To murder young, and innocent
Who not their scheduled time had spent,
And render thus a Nation rent.
But waked a sleeping Giant, they
In arrogance, who chose their prey,
And foolishly considered naught
The consequence of what they wrought.
The Giant awoke, as well he may
And rose to fight another day.
And then with fury full unleashed
The Stealthy hid like hunted beast
No haven do they find to hide
For All the World their deeds deride.

Margaret S. Emanuelson, Howardsville, Va.

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