- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2003

Save the seeds

A major legal battle will be decided in the not-too-distant future on whether to continue to allow hemp ingredients in food products like waffles, breads, cereals and snack bars.

It’s HIA v. DEA — Hemp Industries Association versus the Drug Enforcement Administration — and the former, which represents more than 200 hemp companies in North America, is predicting victory over a federal ban of the “nutrients.”

And no wonder.

During final oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Judge Alex Kozinski asked DEA lawyer Daniel Dormont: “Can you tell me how you are going to save the [poppy seed] bagel?”

Grant’s enemies

A new version of Ulysses S. Grant is to be introduced on Capitol Hill.

The Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table will convene at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 1302 of the Longworth House Office Building to hear the case of lawyer Frank Scaturro, founder and president of the Grant Monument Association and author of the book “President Grant Reconsidered.”

Mr. Scaturro will argue against the traditional view that the 18th president’s administration was dominated by “corruption.” He will insist instead that Grant was victimized in “partisan” fashion much as modern-day presidents — like George W. Bush — are today.

A closer study of Grant and his administration will reveal an interpretation that “more closely resembles the partisan critiques that were produced by a relatively small group of elite reformers during the 1870s,” the author says.

“Grant created these enemies by, for example, showing independence in selecting his Cabinet without consulting Congress and the Congress criticized him for it,” he points out. “He had a balanced Cabinet — and future President Rutherford B. Hayes praised the Cabinet as one of fitness and qualifications, rather than rewarding people for political service.”

Local celeb

Ranked No. 5 between rapper Eminem and actor Leonardo DiCaprio in Details magazine’s new list of “50 Most Influential Men Under 38” is Washington’s own Bruce Friedrich.


You know, Bruce Friedrich. The Washington representative for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who happens to be more influential than singer Justin Timberlake (No. 16) and golfer Tiger Woods (20).

Mr. Friedrich is the man behind successful PETA campaigns against Safeway, Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonald’s, resulting in the latter fast-food giant becoming the first corporation in America to adopt “farmed animal welfare policies.”

As today’s photo demonstrates, Mr. Friedrich currently is encouraging KFC (aka Kentucky Fried Chicken) to make life less painful on its chickens.

It’s melting

On the heels of word — from scientists at the World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine — that 160,000 people die each year from global warming, Ben & Jerry’s, the Dave Matthews Band and Save Our Environment say the Bush White House is ignoring the heat.

(In all fairness to the Bush administration, the summer of 2003 never came to Washington. Rather, the city suffered through three miserable months of extremely cool temperatures, which resulted — in this columnist’s opinion — in one of the most damaging hurricanes ever to strike the city.)

So the three groups are teaming up to offer Americans “free ice cream” if they will contact their individual senators and urge them to support the bipartisan Climate Stewardship Act, introduced by Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat.

“Want some free ice cream?” the activists ask. “As a little incentive, we’ll give you a coupon for some free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.”

The legislation offered by Mr. McCain and Mr. Lieberman proposes to set mandatory limits on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases that some scientists blame for the rise in the Earth’s temperature.

By the way, how much ice cream is each person rewarded after contacting their senator?

“One scoop,” Ben & Jerry’s tells us.

John McCaslin, a nationally syndicated columnist, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or [email protected]

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