- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Real men
Several of the top union officials in the land were on hand for a meeting late last week at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, where a disagreement between two of the nicely tailored gentlemen was carried outside into the driveway.
"A heck of a fight broke out," reveals our source, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Better yet, for those into the sport of boxing, nobody stepped in right away to break up the fisticuffs.
"These guys were really slugging it out," says our source.
Finally, several of the Teamsters' limousine chauffeurs, who were parked in the driveway, thought it prudent to separate the men before noses got too bloody.

Done arguing
The resignation of former President Bill Clinton late last week from the Supreme Court bar on the final day the high court allowed for defense of a disbarment measure issued in early October is being hailed by the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF).
It was the SLF that filed the first formal complaint with the Arkansas Supreme Court committee on attorney ethics in 1998. It calls Mr. Clinton's decision to resign from the bar the "inevitable conclusion for any attorney who admits to lying under oath and obstructing justice."
Phil Kent, president of the SLF, tells us that Mr. Clinton now is ensured a "place in legal history as the only sitting U.S. president to face disbarment charges, and only the second U.S. president to lose his law license."
Richard M. Nixon lost his license to practice law after he left office.
"When you can't practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, that makes rehabilitation in any jurisdiction a practical impossibility," says Mr. Kent.

Turbulent skies
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, happened to be aboard a flight that took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport yesterday prior to the departure of the American Airlines Airbus A-300 that a short time later slammed into a New York City neighborhood, killing more than 255 persons.
Mr. Schumer, a husband and father, said he was unaware of the crash until his cell phone rang upon landing in Buffalo one of his worried children on the other end anxiously asking, "Dad, are you OK?"

RR and terrorism
Three months before Ronald Reagan was elected president, recalled former Reagan aide Peter Hannaford yesterday, he took a stand on terrorism as timely today as it was in August 1980:
"We must take a stand against terrorism in the world and combat it with firmness, for it is a most cowardly and savage violation of peace. We must remember our heritage, who we are, what we are, and how this nation, this island of freedom, came into being.
"And, we must make it unmistakably plain to all the world that we have no intention of compromising our principles, our beliefs or our freedom. That we have the will and the determination to do as a young president said in his inaugural address 20 years ago, 'bear any burden, pay any price.' Our reward will be world peace; there is no other way to have it."

TR and terrorism
In just over a week, "Theodore Rex," one of the most eagerly anticipated presidential biographies in years and the sequel to Edmund Morris' Pulitzer Prize-winning best seller "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," hits the nation's bookstores.
Its Random House pages open in the shocked aftermath of the terrorist assassination of William McKinley, as Roosevelt raced down from Mount Marcy, N.Y., to take his emergency oath of office in Buffalo.
So it was that in his first major statement as president, Roosevelt warned Americans of the threats posed by terrorism, saying: "If ever anarchy is triumphant, its triumph will last but for one red moment, to be succeeded for ages by the gloomy night of despotism."
In fact, as Mr. Morris notes, Roosevelt's subsequent two administrations marked by several episodes of Middle Eastern terrorism were the most security-conscious yet known in American history. And similar to President Bush today, Roosevelt's foreign-policy rhetoric was notable for its blunt warnings that the United States, as the century's new superpower, would use every pound of its military hardware in self-defense.
And, also like our president today, Roosevelt continuously warned that the American way of life was threatened because terrorists take advantage of freedoms to attack freedom.

Count your blessings
In the midst of waging a war,
We have much to be thankful for,
Since it's President Bush
Who's leading the push
Instead of President Gore.

F.R. Duplantier


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