- The Washington Times - Monday, September 9, 2002

Osama Nut Crunch
"They want to kill you, they want to kill Jerry, they want to take your ice cream and cram it down your throat."
Bill O'Reilly, of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," trying to persuade a skeptical Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, why the United States should do everything in its power to eradicate suspected terrorists and their supporters.

The economy, again
The economy, not the threat of terrorism, will be the primary theme of Democratic congressional candidates in these final eight weeks before the 2002 fall elections.
The Democratic National Committee will insist that the nation's political climate has undergone "substantial" changes this summer, banking on one poll showing that more than twice as many voters listed the economy, not homeland security, as their top issue.
Of course, as with other issues, one can find polling to show the opposite to be true.

Less is better
Homeland security is being debated in earnest on Capitol Hill, with Democrats and Republicans jockeying for their fair share of allotted time to assert themselves on the Senate and House floors.
At one point during last week's debate, Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee asked that fellow Republican Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas "be given as much time" as he might consume.
"Why don't I take up to 10 minutes?" Mr. Gramm replied. "Every time I have ever heard anybody say they will not use it, they talk more. But certainly everything I would want to say or should say or am competent to say I can say in 10 minutes."

Call to action
House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas has written "one of his last memos" to Republican colleagues as he prepares to retire from Congress. He concludes by telling them that their top priority should be standing united behind the cause of freedom.
He recalls the words of President Reagan, who said, "I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing."
Mr. Armey said, "That should be our call to action."

My three sons
Writing last week about the United States' looming war with the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, we observed that one Capitol Hill congressman moonlights. Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, is a colonel in the Army National Guard, assigned to the 218th Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
"Most other members didn't know he was still active, so he got a lot of ribbing for it on the House floor," Mr. Wilson's communications director, Wesley M. Denton, now writes to us. "He still trains every month, and actually has his physical fitness tests this weekend. He's been running around the Capitol every night this week to get ready."
One might say the military runs in the congressman's family.
Mr. Wilson's oldest son, Alan, is a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard.
His second son, Add, is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and is now an ensign attending Uniform Services Medical School.
And his third son, Julian, is a cadet of the Army ROTC at Clemson University.

Harper's Index
Percentage of U.S. college students who say they would try to evade the draft if one were called today: 37.
Understanding Islam
The first national initiative of its kind to counter anti-Muslim bigotry and educate the American public about Islam will begin in Washington this morning.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations tells us its yearlong campaign will distribute books, videos and audiocassettes about Islam and Muslims to some 16,000 public libraries nationwide. Other library materials include copies of the Koran, children's books on Ramadan and books describing the experiences of African-Muslim slaves brought to America.
To mark this week's September 11 anniversary, the Islamic council is sponsoring an interfaith candlelight vigil featuring a children's choir and poetry readings at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool.

Sir Ed
South Korea's equivalent to knighthood has been conferred by South Korean President Kim Dae-jung on Ed Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation in Washington.
The Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Gwanghwa Medal, was bestowed in recognition of Mr. Feulner's contribution to improving relations between South Korea and the United States.
There is no truth to the rumor that a horse stable is being built in the courtyard of the Capitol Hill think tank.

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