- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 1, 2000

Pass the salt

Christopher Horner's mid-winter vacation is over now that the snow and ice that has gripped Washington for the past two weeks is beginning to finally melt, no doubt due to global warming.
Snowbound for the second time in a week, the counsel to the Cooler Heads Coalition of the Competitive Enterprise Institute turned on his television (before the power outage) over the weekend to watch two cartoon characters "Captain Climate," in his red cape and leotard, and "Boy Atmosphere" pester the presidential candidates across frozen New Hampshire, demanding it be made even colder.
The captain said he traveled back in time from 2050, when global warming begins to destroy the planet.
"Irony abounds here, as this dipstick traipses around in the snow and ice warning that we are dangerously heating our planet," Mr. Horner told us yesterday, after chiseling an inch of ice from his igloo, er, car window.
"That's what substituting feminist theory for the classics does to one's ability to think critically," he opined. "Maybe this flock of worriers had it right until 1978, to which time they were equally hysterical, and equally certain, that our sinful ways were rapidly bringing about 'global cooling.' "

Cooling off period

Marsha Berry, press secretary to Hillary Rodham Clinton during the first lady's most trying times in the White House, finds new challenges as vice president of communications for the Export-Import Bank far more predictable.
"It's an interesting place to be after being in politics for 20 years," the White House and Capitol Hill veteran tells this column. "While [the Export-Import Bank] is part of the federal government, it's the closest link to the private sector, so you could say I have my foot in both camps."
Including one set up in New York.
"I'm keeping my eye on her," she says of Mrs. Clinton and her uphill campaign to become the next Democratic senator of the Empire State. "She's got incredible fortitude, and when she puts her mind to something, she is extremely disciplined, which are good traits to have with nine or 10 months [of campaigning] ahead of her."
Mrs. Clinton recently appointed Lissa Muscatine, her former speech writer, to replace Miss Berry.


It didn't take President Clinton long to earn an award for his blizzard of State of the Union proposals, including one to track handgun purchasers with photo IDs.
John Michael Snyder, public-affairs director of the Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, has awarded the Civil Liberties Infringement Prize (CLIP) to Mr. Clinton.
The periodically awarded CLIP recognizes efforts to eliminate personal protection and public safety in the United States by undermining the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property.
Or, as Mr. Snyder puts it, "these people are a bunch of hypocrites."
On the one hand, he says, they proclaim themselves champions of citizen empowerment, but then "work deceitfully to disempower the people, to disarm the people with incremental gun-control proposals."
"They talk about public safety, but at the same time cripple the ability of law-abiding citizens to obtain the guns they want to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals."


Peggy Noonan, speech writer to Presidents Reagan and Bush, will tell how Washington and the rest of the country has changed during the Clinton years as keynote speaker for the Claremont Institute's fourth annual Lincoln Day Colloquium and Dinner on Feb. 10.
Miss Noonan left Washington for her native New York in 1989, where she wrote the best seller, "What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Years." She's since written "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," and has an upcoming work about the Republican-controlled 104th Congress.

'The Bronx'

People from all across America are weighing in about the reader of Ukrainian descent who was offended by our referring to "the Ukraine."
"After all," says one, "we say 'the United States,' 'the Netherlands,' 'the Republic of South Africa,' and a whole long list of other examples. As a citizen of this country, I am not offended, and I have yet to hear howls of indignation from 'the Dutch.' "
While Mike Reynolds, of Tarrytown, N.Y., points out: "I am a proud native of 'the Bronx.' I have never read or heard of referring to the Bronx without the 'the.' Anyway, all hail the Bronx, the only part of New York City on the mainland of the United States. America begins in the Bronx."

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