- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2006

Political science

The father of a junior high school student in Kentucky is appealing for help after the teachings of former Vice President AlGore were injected into his daughter’s class curriculum.

The parent, who works in the technology sector, wrote to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in Washington: “My daughter’s seventh-grade private school science class is essentially using Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ as a textbook. Aside from IainMurray’s CEI, do you know of any competent rebuttal sources in academia? Iain’s stuff is good, but I want to ‘two source’ it.”

Mr. Murray, a senior fellow at CEI who specializes in global climate change and environmental science, says he forwarded the parent a major critique of Mr. Gore’s film on global warming, “but the idea that ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ is being used as a school textbook is very worrying.”

The climate specialist suggested balancing Mr. Gore’s beliefs by adapting a school textbook titled: “Global Warming: A Case Study in How Politics Distorts Science.”

Dusty trek

Who would have thought the day would come when a leading U.S. senator, while seeking advice on combating terrorism, would travel deep into Libya’s desert to huddle with Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in his tent?

By golly, Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, has just returned to say he’s witnessed a remarkable transformation of Libya and its leader, “where they have moved from being the world’s leading terrorist state in very heavy competition.”

He says he embarked on a several-hour plane flight from Tripoli into the “middle of the desert, met with him in his tent, and had a discussion with him looking for some guidance as to how a major world terrorist could rehabilitate, pay compensation, as to whether there could be any insight as to what we might do with North Korea and Iran today.”

Regrettably, he said, Col. Gadhafi couldn’t offer a definitive solution, “but the rehabilitation of Libya and Gadhafi showed that there is some hope to turn major terrorists into a rehabilitated situation.”

Troy’s tale

Usually when one’s dog goes missing, the only folks who know about it are a few close friends and neighbors. Not this week. Not in Washington.

Troy, a large 12-year-old yellow Labrador retriever belonging to Washington-based radio host and conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, escaped his fence on Labor Day and the “devastated” host actually took time off from her popular show to try to locate him.

But not until she first made a “tearful plea” over the airwaves for his safe return.

Making matters worse, Troy had just moved with his master into a new home in Northwest Washington, and she thought the dog, which wasn’t wearing his tags, was disoriented.

Miss Ingraham received word late yesterday that Troy had been found in what she described as a “very unique rescue story, which you might not even believe.” (Stay tuned to her show — which airs in Washington weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon on WTNT-570 AM — today to hear that amazing tale, but let’s say there’s a possibility that Troy was being held for “doggy ransom,” so to speak.)

“I had 30 people canvassing the neighborhood, a group I called ‘Team Troy,’” Miss Ingraham told Inside the Beltway last evening. “I was beside myself. I had 600 fliers around the city. I’ve been operating on three hours’ sleep. … Now I am beyond overjoyed.”

And yes, Troy is now wearing his dog tags.

Recess is over

“With tongue in cheek, people ask me what I like about the Senate. I draw an analogy about when I was in elementary school. What I liked most about elementary school was recess. Now that I serve in the Senate, I am still quite fond of recesses.”

Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware Democrat, on returning to Capitol Hill after his lengthy late-summer recess.

Pause to reflect

President Bush has proclaimed tomorrow through Sunday as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance of the September 11th attacks, asking for memorial services to be held in places of worship, the ringing of bells and evening candlelight vigils.

A new era?

Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, will be on Capitol Hill today to participate in a discussion of a new documentary featuring her family that questions the “undying loyalty” of the old black political guard to the Democratic Party.

“We are showing a shortened version of our film on Capitol Hill in honor of the Congressional Black Caucus week,” film producer Nina May explains. “We have several conservative black leaders coming to town to give a different perspective on a variety of issues like illegal immigration, vouchers, etc., that you won’t hear from the black caucus.”

Also participating will be Tony Williams, son of Washington writer and commentator Juan Williams, who is running as a Republican for D.C. Council.

The screening and panel discussion will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 2212 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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