- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 6, 2001

Santa Cheney
Investigative reporter Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, who wrote this week of U.S. fears that Osama bin Laden's gang of thugs could possess a crude nuclear weapon "a key reason that Vice President Dick Cheney was at a secure location outside Washington," says the Watergate scribe will be happy to learn that The Post's most popular couple, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, personally discovered Mr. Cheney's whereabouts Tuesday night.
"My 'undisclosed' location,'" the amused vice president couldn't help but joke at one of five Christmas parties he and Mrs. Cheney are hosting throughout the month of December at their Washington mansion.

Training terrorists
"There are many firearms courses available to the public in the USA, ranging from 1 day to 2 weeks or more. These courses are good but expensive. Some of them are only meant for security personnel, but generally they will teach anyone. It is also better to attend these courses in pairs or by yourself, no more. Do not make public announcements when going on such a course. Find one, book your place, go there, learn, come back home and keep [it] to yourself."
Manual "How Can I Train Myself for Jihad," confiscated among the ruins of a radical Islamic safe house in Kabul, Afghanistan, and read on the floor of the U.S. Senate by Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat.

Arctic sledding
Whether one agrees or not with Minnesota Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton's opposition to oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska, at least unlike the majority of Congress he's personally ventured into the rugged region for a firsthand look.
On two separate occasions, in fact, the senator has trudged well north into the remote wilderness area once on a two-week expedition with internationally renowned Arctic explorer Will Steger.
"We trekked through fresh snow above our knees through near white-out conditions to the top of the Continental Divide," Mr. Dayton informs us.
"Then we slid down the other side, frequently using our backpacks as toboggans and our boot heels as runners."

Boy bomber
The terrorist attacks of September 11 have given us Americans living today a glimpse into the tragedy experienced by the men and women who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor 60 years ago tomorrow, the "infamous" day of December 7, 1941.
And Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican, says while there are myriad ceremonies commemorating this 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, one event in particular in Fredericksburg, Texas stands out for several reasons.
First, it's the only national event staged by the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association that is open to the public, with more than 300 survivors of the attack traveling to Fredericksburg for the ceremony.
Second, Fredericksburg happens to be the birthplace of Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific during World War II.
Finally, the keynote speaker at the Fredericksburg ceremony is no less than the youngest pilot to fly with the Navy during World War II, a lieutenant junior grade who piloted TBM Avengers in combat from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto.
The lad's name: George H.W. Bush, who went on to become the 41st president of the United States and the father of the nation's present commander in chief.

Licking bonuses
The nation's largest taxpayer-advocacy group is calling on the U.S. Postal Service to abandon its plans to distribute more than $200 million in executive bonuses before year's end.
"For USPS to give out hundreds of millions of dollars to its executives this year would be unconscionable," says Citizens Against Government Waste Vice President Leslie K. Paige.
Between 1996 and 2000, the USPS passed out more than $1.4 billion in bonuses, including $284 million last year, when it lost money.
Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., North Carolina Republican, introduced a sense of the House resolution this year to prohibit the distribution of bonuses in years when the USPS operates at a deficit.
How much in the red is the Postal Service?
On Tuesday, it reported a $1.7 billion loss for this fiscal year. As a result, the Postal Service now foresees raising the price of a first-class postage stamp from 34 cents to 37 cents.

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