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 Contents

Ask Not What They Do in Their Homes: Using Tobacco in Privacy
Ask What They Have Done for Their Country: Robert F. Kennedy v. Bill Buckley
Times Change, Part One: Seven Ways to Fix Flying
Times Change, Part Two: Pro-American Demonistrators in an Unlikely Place
Kyoto a No-Go for U.S. Air Force
Send Them to Help in Afghanistan

 

Ask Not What They Do in Their Homes: Using Tobacco in Privacy

The county council of Montgomery County, Maryland, which borders our nation's capital, just approved a bill that would make it illegal for homeowners to smoke in their own homes if their neighbors object (See "Montgomery Plans $750 Fine if Tobacco Odors Bother Neighbors," Jo Becker, Washington Post, November 21, 2001).

With pundit George Will's to the point comments on ABC's This Week comparing the Montgomery County Council to the Taliban, the right has weighed in against this in no uncertain terms. The left has not joined in. A search of Lexis-Nexis and the websites of four groups (NOW, Human Rights Fund, ACLU, National Women's Political Caucus) well known for opposing "government in the bedroom" found no condemnation of this infringement upon what people do at home.

 

Ask What They Have Done for Their Country: Robert F. Kennedy V. Bill Buckley

Now that, as the Washington Post put it November 21, the left and right have converged to honor Robert F. Kennedy by naming the Justice Department building after him, we suggest a moratorium on naming any more national landmarks after Kennedys. The moratorium could be lifted after people such as the late U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Bill Buckley -- the CIA station chief in Beirut who was tortured to death in 1985 by a group called Islamic Holy War -- have their share of honors.

 

Times Change, Part One: Seven Ways to Fix Flying

On April 23, 2001 Newsweek's cover story read: "Seven Ways to Fix Flying."

None of the seven mentioned security.

Before Scoop acts too superior, however, we acknowledge that our think tank published "Mad About the Quality of Air Travel?" in March 2001 ( http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA331.html ). We didn't mention security, either.

 

Times Change, Part Two: Pro-American Demonstrations in an Unlikely Place

If you start to get down about the number of anti-American demonstrations, editorials, quotes and snippy comments coming at us from some parts of the globe, remember this: Since September 11 there have been pro-American demonstrations in, of all places, Iran.

 

Kyoto a No-Go for U.S. Air Force

A sentence offered here for consideration by those who still support U.S. ratification of the Kyoto agreement: "We would be constrained in flying B-2 bombers from Missouri to Central Asia under the Kyoto global warming accords, which threaten to count war-related air emissions (except for U.N.-approved missions) towards a U.S. carbon dioxide budget." - Michael Greve, "Washington Goes to War," The Weekly Standard, November 12, 2001

 

Send Them to Help in Afghanistan

Now that Congress has federalized airport security, asks a Scoop reader, what happens if these workers "go postal"?

by Amy Ridenour

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