- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 6, 2005

Honest George

“The Wounded Warrior,” a new documentary produced by X-Back Pictures, presents a strong parallel between the visions of Abraham Lincoln and George W. Bush.

According to director Yervand Kochar, grandson of communist-persecuted Armenian artist Yervand Kochar Sr., the film proves Lincoln was the first president to lay down the doctrine of spreading freedom throughout the world as a means for national defense — “the doctrine known and revived today as the ‘Bush Doctrine.’”

By a strange twist of destiny, the filmmaker adds, Lincoln expressed his line of thinking on September 11, 1858.

Finally, the docudrama reminds that Lincoln was one of the most despised presidents, was falsely accused of stealing elections, divided and dragged the country in a war over the economy and tariffs, and was proclaimed a social tyrant who violated the Constitution and civil liberties.

Troop trauma

Two female senators are rushing to the aid of women in the military who might be reporting for duty too quickly after giving birth.

Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, both Maine Republicans, are pushing for $2 million in funding to develop a Department of Defense Pregnancy Recovery Education Program for Women in the Military.

The program would address “physical recovery and potential serious illnesses” female troops might encounter in the first year after delivering.

Many women, the senators note, “continue to serve actively while still physically recovering from pregnancy and the physical trauma of giving birth.”

Patriette training

Posted in Washington: “March 20 and 22, 2005: The Patrick Henry Center’s ‘Patriettes’ Self-Defense Firearms Program for Women — National Rifle Association Firing Range, NRA Headquarters, Fairfax, Va. $75. Call: (703) 691-2301.”

Limbaugh lumber

The American dream just keeps growing, or so Mother Jones magazine observes in a feature on rising housing costs.

“Since 1970, the size of the average new home has ballooned by 50 percent,” the publication states, adding that the average new home requires 13,837 board feet of lumber — 15 percent bigger than models last year.

For whatever reason, the left-leaning magazine then points out: “Rush Limbaugh’s Palm Beach [Fla.] estate is worth 15 times the value of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua, N.Y., home.”

Reform risk?

Amount to which a San Diego defense analyst’s payments to Social Security had appreciated when he retired in 1994: $261,372

Amount to which he calculated they would have grown had he invested in a Dow Jones index fund instead: $248,166

— Harper’s Index for the month

One kid to another

Susan Allen, wife of Virginia Sen. George Allen, co-hosted a recent fund-raiser for Save the Children, featuring remarks by journalist and author Cokie Roberts about ongoing relief efforts in tsunami-ravaged South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Students from Fort Hunt Elementary School in Fairfax County presented a check of more than $2,000 to the relief organization, with one fifth-grader donating the $90 he was saving to buy a Game Boy.

“I decided that the tsunami kids had nothing and I had everything,” he said.

Buffacows

It’s not every day that buffaloes are in the news.

So, with the U.S. Mint this past week introducing its shiny new 2005 nickel — depicting Thomas Jefferson on the front and an American bison on the back — the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) thought there was no better time to educate Americans on the once-abundant beasts.

The bison image on the nickel is meant to commemorate herds of nearly 60 million buffalo encountered by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the animals’ near-extinction at the hands of European settlers, and the success of their recovery. Or, as the BFC states, the “supposed success.”

You mean buffalo aren’t recovering?

“Given the buffalo’s present situation, this nickel is a gross misrepresentation of a conservation success story,” says Stephany Seay of the campaign. “Less than 1 percent of the buffalo remaining in America are truly wild.”

There are nearly 500,000 buffalo in the United States today, the vast majority heavily managed, living on ranches and sold for meat.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washington times.com.

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