- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2003

Not so green
Just back from a fascinating environmental debate and tour of several Midwestern academic institutions, sponsored by Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, is Christopher Horner, senior fellow and counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington.
"To address our energy and environmental future on and around Earth Day," Mr. Horner explains of the journey, stops for which included the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, or as the fellow describes "Berkeley-by-the-Dells."
"First I was told of the previous evening's celebratory enviro assault of slashing and otherwise flattening the tires of SUVs having the misfortune to be left outside overnight," reveals Mr. Horner, equating it to "environmental alarmism generally, being an emotional response to emotional claims of environmental havoc."
Like all good counsels, the Washingtonian launched into his detailed presentation by emphasizing with the greenies the importance of data.
"Still, in the post-presentation the local Green Party representative objected," Mr. Horner says. "This pleasant if earnest law student dismissed the actual, official temperature records I offered: from the remarkably unchanged global atmospheric records down to those from the nearby regional Manitowoc measuring station, with its approximate 1.5 Fahrenheit degree cooling trend since 1930.
"His faith that appreciable warming has occurred in Wisconsin remained unshaken, as was his conviction that this must be stopped because of particular economic harm it was causing," he continues. "It seems the Department of Commerce assessments have failed to reach Wisconsin that the relatively warm 2001-02 winter cushioned our economic slowdown, recovery from which suffered mightily from winter's resumed fury in 2002-03."
But the clash between data-based and instinctive realities was complicated by a further twist.
"The Green Party champion complained that the Wisconsin winters being, he assured me, not so bone-chillingly cold has led people to walk more often to wherever they were going instead of calling taxicabs. And the private car industry was thereby suffering. I am not making this up," Mr. Horner says.
Aspen anyone?
Dani Doane is director of House Relations for the Heritage Foundation. In that capacity, she has just distributed to senior management of the Washington think tank the latest complete list of congressional caucuses.
"It is quite sizeable I counted 139 which means about one out of every four members 'chairs' a caucus," Ms. Doane wrote in a memo. "They have to re-register every year, which means they are active but [the] level of activity is always varied."
Some of the more intriguing caucuses:
The Congressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus, Horse Caucus, House Potato Caucus, Congressional Bike Caucus, Congressional Caucus on Sri Lankan Americans, Congressional Entertainment Caucus, Congressional Furnishings Caucus, Congressional Organic Caucus, Hellenic Caucus, Religious Prisoners Congressional Task Force, and the Silk Road Caucus.
More Donnas?
We already knew CNN was losing viewers. Has it now lost its clout?
Donna Brazile, Al Gore's outspoken presidential campaign manager and now top minority voter outreach adviser to the Democratic National Committee (she recently warned that Democrats cannot take black voters for granted in 2004 because Republicans are making "inroads" into one of the party's most loyal voting blocs), was asked last week by CNN to appear in the popular 8:30 a.m. time slot.
That happened to be the same time Miss Brazile agreed to be interviewed by Jim Blasingame, creator and host of the radio/Internet talk show "The Small Business Advocate."
"Guess what she did," Mr. Blasingame wrote later to a few of his listeners. "She told CNN she had already made a commitment and would have to pass. I told her, on the air today, that I thought she should be America's first woman president. The Democrats heck, politicians period need to start cloning Donna Braziles."
Normandy to Baghdad
What does the soon-to-conclude war in Iraq have to do with the quaint town of Moberly, Mo. (population 12,839)?
The latter is the picturesque site of the annual General Omar Bradley Lecture, given this May 12 by Anthony J. Principi, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
"The lecture is part of a daylong event honoring the memory of General Bradley, a native of Moberly, who commanded the largest American army ever assembled, was the last five-star general officer in the American military and was the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," says the lecture's spokesman, Samuel C. Richardson II.
Mr. Richardson educates people that President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Bradley to head the Veterans Administration on V-J Day in 1945.
"All the boys did what you told them to do, and now it's your job to take care of them," Gen. Bradley said the president told him on the occasion of accepting the VA post.
Given the current world climate, speakers throughout the day this year are expected to compare the performance of the American military in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the armed forces Gen. Bradley commanded in World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. Principi will be introduced by Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican. After his lecture, a keynote address will be delivered by fellow Missouri Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof.

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