- The Washington Times - Friday, December 6, 2002

Keep praying
A tremendous amount of reaction poured in surrounding our lead item yesterday, which quoted Hodan Hassan, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, as suggesting that Americans, unlike those in Muslim countries, are too caught up in their daily routines to know when it is time to pray.
"When it's time to pray, you know it in those countries," she said of Islamic nations. "People in America get used to the busy lifestyle, and they need reminders."
If that was indeed the case, the recent terrorist atrocities committed against this nation seemed to be all the reminder Americans needed to pray. And pray they did. So much so that White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice recently proclaimed:
"I greatly do appreciate, and so does the president, the prayers of the American people. You feel them. You know that they are there. If you just keep doing that, it is so important to all of us."

Not unthinkable
Washington citizens and those who work here are being asked to prepare "Emergency Go Kits" in the event the nation's capital is evacuated because of a terrorist attack.
The D.C. Emergency Management Agency says numerous lifesaving items should be stored in each kit, including a minimum three-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day), a three- to five-day supply of nonperishable packaged or canned food, changes of clothes, sturdy shoes, blankets and sleeping bags, an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, a fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit.
"An emergency can occur without warning, leaving little or no time for you and your family to plan what to do next," says the emergency agency, which reminds each family in Washington a high-risk terrorist target to pick two meeting places in the event they are unable to return home during such an emergency.
In addition, businesses throughout Washington were provided "Family Preparedness Guides" to distribute to employees.
"While we do not wish to dwell on the uncomfortable challenges posed by unforeseen events such as terrorism, it is reasonable and prudent to be equipped," staff of this newspaper were advised in a memo attached to the guides.

Moralistic tale
We can't help but laugh at a dispatch out of Canada, which says when the top Kyoto minister isn't pushing ratification of the climate-change accord to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, he's driving around in a pair of SUVs.
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal now acknowledges owning two sport utility vehicles, one for his home in Ottawa, the other for his home in Vancouver.
And talk about timing, his confession comes not only after he just called on his fellow Canucks to buy smaller fuel-efficient vehicles, but on the heels of Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson's blasting those who drive gas-guzzling SUVs.
"David and I don't always agree on the SUV issue," Mr. Dhaliwal said.
And if it's any consolation, the Kyoto minister added, he has installed solar panels on the roof of his home.

The loud bang
New findings of both a review of the Warren Commission Report and hearings of the 95th Congress offer positive proof that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of President Kennedy.
So says ballistics expert Edward P. Rem, who received the Purple Heart, two Silver Stars and the Bronze Star in World War II. Mr. Rem says he has proven mathematically that a missed rifle shot caused the preliminary "loud bang" that was heard as it passed unimpeded through the enclosed grassy knoll area at a supersonic speed of 2,200 feet per second.
The loud bang was recorded by a Dallas police motorcycle radio and has been misinterpreted by many as being an independent rifle shot from the grassy knoll. Mr. Rem now disputes that misinterpretation in two manuscripts just presented in book form to each member of the Senate and House.
In the manuscripts, Mr. Rem shows in scientific detail how the phenomenon occurred. His theory was earlier supported by the Justice Department, which referred his findings to Congress.
"I've been on the receiving end of all military hardware the machine pistol, the rifle, the machine gun, the mortar, the artillery including the dreadful German 88mm, and on two occasions our own artillery," Mr. Rem says. "In combat, recognizing the acoustical aspects of ballistics is a matter of life and death."
The book form of the two manuscripts can be obtained through T.B.I. Publishing in the District, 800/732-9212.

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