- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Little leagues
More on last week's "Books Not Bombs" rally on the campus of the Washington International School.
We wrote that WIS students below eighth grade participated in the rally, reportedly without the knowledge of their parents. One student dismissed early for the rally described it as "anti-Bush."
Which perhaps isn't surprising, considering the statement of rally organizers:
"The Bush administration is intent on plunging America into an illegitimate and pre-emptive war in Iraq that will only increase danger for Americans and the world. At the same time, education, health care and the economy are being neglected. Its time for youth and students to take a stand for America's future."
WIS parents might (or might not) be interested in knowing that the "Books Not Bombs" organizer is the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition, which lists among members: the Young Communist League, Young Democratic Socialists, Young People's Socialist League, Black Radical Congress-Youth Division, Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada, and Students Transforming and Resisting Corporations.

Under God
With a single constitutional amendment to be filed next week, an Oklahoma congressman will seek to protect the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments and school prayer.
On the heels of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals once again ruling the Pledge unconstitutional, and with no letup of attacks on public displays of the Ten Commandments or students who wish to pray, Rep. Ernest Istook, Oklahoma Republican, says it's time to "stop the courts from supporting intolerant attacks on expressions of faith."
"Such an amendment would avoid the establishment of an official religion, while protecting our religious expressions and freedom," he says. "This Pledge and prayer amendment protects what America cherishes."
The proposed amendment to the Constitution would "secure the people's right to acknowledge God according to the dictates of conscience: The people retain the right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage and traditions on public property, including schools."

Green prank
"I'm glad to learn that at least some 'enviros' have a sense of humor," Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, warns his colleagues in a memo.
"If you get in the mail, but haven't opened yet, a [cream-colored] invitation-sized envelope with a white sticker sealing the back flap that says Council on Environmental Quality … please don't open it, but do keep it and let me or someone know you have it. It's some sort of environmentalist hoax. … U.S. postal inspectors may want to examine your un-opened envelope. Inside is a thin pasteboard invitation. Here is the full text:
"'The White House Council on Environmental Quality cordially invites you to a private reception honoring Lee R. Raymond, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Exxon Mobil, for his years of leadership in advancing voluntary solutions to global warming in the U.S. on the 2nd anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. Brief remarks by President George W. Bush.'"
Notes Mr. Ebell: "An additional joke is that the U.S. hasn't withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol, but President Bush has said unkind things about it."

Bunch of turkeys
Kathleen Caron of Chantilly is rushing to defend Frying Pan Park, which pledged this week to provide better shelter for those fortunate Thanksgiving turkeys pardoned each year by the president of the United States.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced yesterday that three months after being pardoned by President Bush, Zach the turkey kicked the bucket at the Northern Virginia park.
But not for lack of care, says Mrs. Caron, who like her daughter, Marie, is a volunteer animal caretaker at the park.
"The people from PETA are just making a fuss about the turkeys to try to embarrass President Bush, and in the process they are insulting and defaming a decent, hard-working man, Todd Brown, who cares for the animals as if they were his own children," she says.
"I can tell you, those critters are pampered and loved. The turkeys have a nice, comfy little barn and a pen to run around in. They are well-fed and watered. Why on earth they need a heated barn (they have feathers, duh), chickens to play with (those huge turkeys would stomp chickens to death), a tree to sit under (what, do they need to meditate?) or a varied diet (my dog eats the same thing every day and doesn't seem to mind at all) is beyond me.
"And by the way, if the PETA people think those turkeys are smarter than cats, the cats they know must be really stupid."

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