- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

The Duke
President Bush should airdrop a few select John Wayne flicks to Osama bin Laden, to help the terrorist pass the hours while he's cowering in his cave.
"If someone is unclear about the character of America, he or she needs only to watch a few John Wayne films," explains reader Ray Kraft. "While the context and the plot lines differ, there is a constant quality in the character that John Wayne played in every film I can remember, from 'Flying Tigers' to the 'Shootist' to a lot in between.
"In every role, John Wayne was the man who didn't want to fight. He was reluctant to be drawn into a conflict. But when his hand was forced, when he couldn't avoid a battle without losing his integrity, he put everything he had into it and did whatever was necessary to win even if it cost his own life."

Calling 007
"Now that we have heard about a third anthrax case I'm reminded of a quote from Ian Fleming's James Bond book 'Goldfinger.' In it, Goldfinger said: 'Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; the third time, it's enemy action.'"
Inside the Beltway reader Harold Hough

Nation on edge
A hazardous-materials team rushed to a Washington-area post office yesterday, where a postal worker's hands were "tingling" after handling a suspicious package. Citric acid, it turns out, was leaking from the box's contents fruit.

Modern-day Rushmore
Today is the one-year anniversary of yet another horrific terrorist attack on the United States, the bombing of the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen.
At the Norfolk Naval Station today, the ship's home port, a 10-foot chunk of sturdy Rushmore granite obtained near South Dakota's Mount Rushmore will be dedicated as a memorial pillar to the 17 men and women who died in the attack, believed to be orchestrated by Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.

Wipe out Osama
Officials of the Public Advocate of the United States, a nonprofit pro-family organization, stood atop Capitol Hill yesterday to announce an unusual campaign to support the victims and families of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Not only is Public Advocate distributing 100,000 American flags as a fund-raising effort on behalf of the Salvation Army, among other relief groups, it's selling "Wipe Out Terrorism" toilet paper the smiling face of terrorist Osama bin Laden plastered atop every two-ply sheet.
Rolls of bin Laden can be ordered online at www.conservativeaction.org, or by writing the Public Advocate, 5613 Leesburg Pike, Suite 17, Falls Church, Va. 22041.

Cage, Fini and Berra
Actor Nicolas Cage will be the first inductee into the National Italian American Foundation's (NIAF) "Italian-American Hall of Fame" during the foundation's 26th anniversary awards gala in Washington next Saturday night, Oct. 20.
Yankee legend Yogi Berra is among Italian Americans who will gather at the Washington Hilton Hotel to honor Mr. Cage, who as a lesser-known actor in 1994 received the NIAF's special-achievement award. We're told Mr. Cage will be accompanied to the dinner by Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the late Elvis Presley.
Actor Christopher Reeve and his wife, Dana, will together receive NIAF's "One America" award for their work to promote spinal-cord injury research.
Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, will serve as this year's dinner chairman, while Gianfranco Fini, Italy's vice president of the council of ministers and deputy prime minister, will represent the motherland.
Prior to the dinner, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan will lead a discussion with leading Italian-American business executives, who will also attend a briefing at the White House.

Military spotlight
For its unfailing reporting and commentary spotlighting social problems in the U.S. military, which has had profound effects on morale and readiness, The Washington Times is being presented with the Center for Military Readiness' "Spotlight" award next Thursday at the Reserve Officers Association building.
Times Editor in Chief Wesley Pruden will accept the award from CMR President Elaine Donnelly and the center's sponsors, including Republican Sens. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Don Nickles of Oklahoma, and Republican Reps. Bob Barr of Georgia, Philip M. Crane of Illinois and Jennifer Dunn of Washington.
The evening's other honorees include syndicated columnist Mona Charen, national radio talk-show host Janet Parshall and the National Review's Washington editor, Kate O'Beirne.

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