- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wear sunscreen

That would be Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine joining hands with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada in pushing for a free summer “global warming” concert on the U.S. Capitol Grounds, organized by (who else?) former Vice President Al Gore.

The “Live Earth” concert — scheduled for July 7, when hopefully it will be sunny and hot in Washington — is part of a series of seven concerts scheduled around the world to raise awareness and draw attention to the need for action to combat global climate change.

‘Cowboy General’

Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican and possible 2008 presidential candidate, remembered “the Cowboy General” during a memorial service yesterday for retired Army Lt. Gen. Charles Winston Brown at historic Christ Church in Alexandria.

Returning to his family’s Nebraska cattle ranch after his retirement from the Pentagon, where he had dealt with Middle East policy, Gen. Brown, whose grandparents helped settle the Nebraska territories, was described by the Rocksprings (Texas) Record as both “one of the great leaders in the U.S. Army” and a “true American cowboy.”

Indeed, during the 1950s, reads the newspaper’s obituary, the general led a 300-member rodeo team before launching his 37-year military career that took him around the world and into combat in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, Legion of Merit (twice), and the Distinguished Service Medal.

“At the end of his career, his respect in the Middle East extended equally among the Israeli as well as the Arab leaders. He could walk with cowboys and kings and be equally at home,” the obit notes, adding that the general never forgot his roots.

“As a brigadier general in Germany, he participated alongside his troops in Rodeo USA. After an absence from rodeo of 20 years, he proudly roped a calf in his personal record time of 8 seconds, at age 48, to his troops’ delight. The photograph of this accomplishment was displayed on the front page of the Stars and Stripes newspaper, under the caption of ‘The Cowboy General.’ ”

Radical studies?

“Unfortunately, Women’s History Month is turning into Radical Feminist’s History Month on many college campuses,” Karin Agness, a first-year law student at the University of Virginia and founder of the Network of Enlightened Women (NEW), told Inside the Beltway yesterday.

Thus the reason for a debate this evening on the UVa. campus, which will also take a look at “women’s studies departments” in place at hundreds of colleges around the country. Part of the Cicero’s Podium Debate Series, the event is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Miss Agness opined in a recent column that radical feminists “have been wildly successful in creating their own academic departments — purportedly for the benefit of all women — that exclude all views but their own under the guise of an innocuous-sounding name.”

A flier states that women and gender studies have been offered at college campuses since the rise of the modern feminist movement in the early 1960s, yet “some continue to question the ideological bias inherent in the discipline. Others contend that a political agenda is a key tenet of the discipline.”

Leading the discussion will be Jennifer Roback Morse and Amy Richards, the latter a graduate of Barnard College and founder of the Third Wave Foundation. She’s author of “Manifesta: Young Women Feminism, and the Future,” and was named by Ms. Magazine as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.”

Ms. Morse taught economics at Yale and George Mason University before launching into a career as a pro-family activist. She’s author of several books, including “Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work,” and “Myths of the Sexual Revolution: Why Recreational Sex is No Fun.”

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

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