- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Guard the men
Good grief. Look what's marching into Washington this weekend.
The Lesbian Avengers are "Calling all lesbians, dykes, bi-women, lesbian moms, lesbians, transwomen, androgs, queers, gay girls, womanists, Asian dykes, dykes on bikes, senior lesbians, lesbians of color, rural dykes, femmes, butches, goddesses, poly girls, amazons, hippy chicks, lipstick lesbians, lesbian avengers, differently abled dykes, wise old lesbians, boychicks, grrrls, leather dykes, baby dykes and all those in between!"
Baby dykes?
"That's right, D.C. Dyke March is back for its fifth consecutive year," say the Avengers, organizers of Saturday's "in-your-face celebration/demonstration of dyke love, power and rage."
And what section of Washington should the non-androgs avoid?
"Dupont Circle," organizers say, "1 p.m. for the rally, 2 p.m. for the march."
The nation's first so-called "dyke march" took place in Washington in 1993, and brought together 20,000 women. It is said to be "the largest lesbian event in the history of the world."

Life goes on
War isn't stopping Uncle Sam from celebrating Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, recognized every June.
Bureaucrats not busy tracking down terrorists who threaten to annihilate Americans with nuclear, biological and chemical weapons are encouraged by a U.S. government memo "to explore opportunities to participate in these events."

Liberal minds
Leon Panetta, President Clinton's White House chief of staff, heads the California-based Panetta Institute for Public Policy at least when not tending to his family's walnut orchard. ("When I was first elected to Congress, my father said I was perfectly suited for Washington because I've always worked around nuts," he once told us.)
Weighing the results of the institute's annual poll of U.S. college students, conducted in recent weeks by Hart Research, Mr. Panetta reports that a wide margin of students believe the post-September 11 jump in American patriotism and national unity is temporary and not durable.
Even more eye-opening: While 86 percent of Americans support the nation's war on terrorism, just 57 percent of college students back the government's anti-terror efforts.
What are their problems?
"Students seem more inclined to question the motives, methods and effectiveness of our fight to stop terror," Mr. Panetta opines. "Life appears to be getting back to normal for America's college students."
In fact, an overwhelming three in four students, or 74 percent, say poorly performing schools are a bigger threat to the future of the United States than terrorism.
Wait until the next shoe drops.

Pass the mustard
On the subject of college students, we had to laugh at National Review's review of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual dinner, during which Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. cited an example of philosophical conversations with his college-age daughter: "If James Carville and Geraldo Rivera were both drowning, and you could save only one, would you read the paper or eat lunch?"

Been there, done that
Many Americans don't realize it, but the American some consider a hero, others a villain, was once the U.S. government's counterterrorism coordinator.
And soon he is going on tour.
In the coming months, Oliver North, a member of the White House National Security Council under President Reagan, will start touring the nation in a specially designed bus, part of a marketing effort to promote the first in his upcoming series of books, "Mission Compromised" (Broadman & Holman), due out in September.
Mr. North says his three-part novel draws heavily on his contacts with intelligence officers, clandestine operatives, and military and allied government officials relationships forged from his White House days.
Mr. North says Americans have learned a great deal about him and his activities from the Iran-Contra hearings, but he insists there's plenty more to his story.
"The rest," says the syndicated columnist, radio and television host, "can only be told in a novel."



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