- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Quote of the week
"I'm a psychiatrist. I don't usually practice on camera. But this is the edge of looniness, this idea that there's a vast conspiracy, it sits in a building, it emanates, it has these tentacles, is really at the edge. He could use a little help."
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Harvard Medical School-educated psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer, appearing on "Fox News Sunday," diagnosing former Vice President Al Gore's claim that several major news organizations, including The Washington Times, are organs of the Republican Party.

Republican recruitment
Former Vice President Al Gore will be most intrigued to learn that retiring House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Texas Republican, has chosen the National Press Club in Washington to deliver parting remarks Friday.
Topic of Mr. Armey's address: "Freedom Works: The Future of the Republican Party."

Global cooling
Washington isn't the only capital in the world shivering in frigid temperatures weeks before winter's official arrival.
During the past week, at least 26 persons have frozen to death in Russia's capital of Moscow, while another 157 Muscovites were hospitalized for hypothermia. And in Norway, this columnist's maternal clan has just shivered through their coldest November in 22 years, the thermometer sinking one morning to 36 degrees below zero.
"Remember, cold temperatures are merely anecdotal, just what the models would predict if they worked and probably due to global warming anyway," remarks Myron Ebell, director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at Washington's Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Mexican rerun?
The immigration-watchdog group Project USA equates today's U.S. border with Mexico to what it was 100 years ago a place of violence, chaos and political intrigue.
A century ago, the group observes, a bloody revolution was raging south of the border. As Mexican agitators and partisans operated out of the United States, massive illegal immigration from Mexico was under way.
"Things boiled over in January 1916 when Pancho Villa, a brutal, undisciplined, semi-literate horse thief, and his 'Villistas' pulled 16 American engineers off a train in Mexico and shot them each in the head," the group recalls. "In return, outraged Americans formed citizen vigilante groups, and racial violence between Anglos and Latinos intensified."
Two months later, Villistas raided Columbus, N.M., massacred 18 Americans, then burned most of the town. It proved to be a turning point and prompted an "inattentive Washington" to finally pay attention to the border.
"Today the conditions on the U.S.-Mexico border are strikingly similar to what they were in the 1910s," says Project USA. "There is again massive illegal immigration from Mexico, violence and chaos are the order of the day, political agitators in the United States conspire with factions in Mexico, and there is a growing militant Mexican separatist movement."
In sounding warnings to the Bush administration, the group applauds the efforts of Chris Simcox, a newspaperman in Tombstone, Ariz., described as "the Rosa Parks of the immigration moderation movement."
Mr. Simcox has called for the formation of a nonviolent, strictly law enforcement "citizen militia" to guard against the region's rampant illegal immigration.

Year of the judge
It's that time of year when Washington malpractice lawyer Jack Olender invites 600 of his closest friends for music, food and philanthropy. This evening's venue: the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where the Olender Foundation will honor those who "lift up the lives of others."
"This year we have an unusually high number of judges in the spotlight," says Mr. Olender, referring to D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Julia Cooper Mack, (honored as a "Hero in Law") and Judge Inez Smith Reid, who will introduce Judge Mack.
In addition, the late D.C. Superior Court Judge Luke C. Moore will be remembered with the "Generous Heart Award" for his work with at-risk youths. Judge Moore's widow, Atlanta Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore, and Eugene Hamilton, former chief judge of D.C. Superior Court, will accept the award.
Two-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader will present the "Advocate for Justice Award" to his protege Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen. The only awardee from outside the Beltway this year is Catherine Gugala, reigning Ms. Wheelchair America 2003. The married mother will be recipient of the "America's Role Model Award."
Denise DiNoto, winner of Ms. Wheelchair New York 2002, will perform "My Life's Too Good To Be a Country Western Song," which challenges the pitying views that many have toward the disabled.

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