- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Remain calm
Citizens of Washington were already on edge, and then came word just after lunchtime yesterday that a letter opened in the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, contained a powdery form of anthrax.
Literally moments before the letter was opened, firemen and hazmat teams raced to the Department of Agriculture, a few blocks from the White House, where a powdery substance was discovered in a bathroom. It turned out to be a piece of drywall.

Protect her
He no longer pilots military bombing missions, but that's not stopping Sen. John McCain from rallying around the troops.
"My warrior days were long ago, but not so long ago that I have forgotten their purpose and their reward," the Arizona Republican, featured speaker at the United States Naval Academy's Forrestal Lecture Series, told midshipmen.
"This is your call to arms. This is your moment to make history. There will never be another nation such as ours. Take good care of her. The fate of the world depends upon it."

Thanks, Osama
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have inspired a greater outpouring of patriotism by the American people than most, if not all, previous wars.
"The signs of this upsurge are everywhere. The grass-roots response of the American people has been phenomenal," reacts Walters Berns, resident scholar at Washington's American Enterprise Institute.
In his opinion, the display of bottom-up public patriotism has been "unseen in this nation in at least half a century, slicing across boundaries of race, class, age, and gender."
Just look again at all the American flags, he says, which continue to fly more than a month after the attacks from office windows, Victorian porches and the antennas of battered pickup trucks.
"Not since Pearl Harbor, and perhaps not even then, has there been anything like it," says Mr. Berns. "There surely was nothing like it during the years of Korea, Vietnam, or even the Gulf War. Not then did crowds of people gather in the streets, shouting 'USA, USA, USA!'"

Fortress of freedom
Before lunching with President Bush yesterday, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid his respects to the shattered Pentagon building, a target of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
There, on behalf of his country, Mr. Berlusconi issued an unprecedented "thank you" to the United States for everything it has sacrificed on behalf of Italy.
"Italy knows very well and remembers very well that it owes its freedom, its democracy, its well-being to the United States of America, who have contributed with so many young lives to our own freedom," the prime minister said. "Freedom is our flag. And freedom in the world has one irreplaceable bulwark, the United States of America."

Save your money
Number of gas masks sold since Sept. 11 to army surplus stores by one major distributor, Military Outdoor: 39,000.
Number of gas masks sold by the same company during the same period last year: 250.
(Note: Emergency officials in the United States say gas masks are ineffective in protecting against terrorism.)

Item of the week
Word from actor Wesley Snipes that Bill Clinton is perfectly suited to portray Martin Luther King Jr.
"You never know," says Mr. Snipes. "I'd go to see it."

Small world
It's been ten years since the controversial confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Commemorating the anniversary, Washington author John Greenya has written "Silent Justice: The Clarence Thomas Story." The book goes beyond the Anita Hill trials to examine not only the justice's personal and political philosophies, but the often overlooked political impact that Justice Thomas has had on this country.
Most recently, Justice Thomas administered the oath of office to another controversial presidential nominee, Attorney General John Ashcroft. Few realize that the two men once shared office space in Missouri. Justice Thomas, in fact, delighted in playing jokes on his office mate, at the time a budding and shy politician.
Should the issue of constitutional rights in light of the recent terrorist attacks wind up before the nation's highest court next, there should be little doubt that Justice Thomas will line up behind his old friend.

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