There were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terrorism.  

With Congressional Democrats pushing hard to require that all airport baggage screeners, as you heard earlier, be federal employees, a new survey finds that federal workers themselves think that nearly a quarter of their colleagues are -- quote -- "not up to par," and only 30 percent think such sub-par workers are properly disciplined.

In the survey, conducted for the Brookings Institution among 1,000 federal workers, only 37 percent rated their senior leaders as competent, and only 32 percent thought highly of their mid-level managers.

Despite the repeated call for a halt of the bombing over Afghanistan during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, there's a long history of Muslims themselves waging and indeed even starting wars during that month.  Indeed, the famous 1973 surprise war, which Syria and Egypt waged against Israel, was launched during both Ramadan and on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews.

Historians also note that fighting continued during the Iran-Iraq war in 1981 during Ramadan, and that the prophet Mohammed himself chose the month of Ramadan to launch his conquest of Mecca back in the year 632.

ABC's "World News Tonight," which led its Sunday night broadcast with a report on two civilian deaths from U.S. bombing in a Northern Alliance controlled area of Afghanistan, said nothing about the massacre of 16 Christians that day in a Pakistani church.

That event made headlines the next morning in stories that noted that the murders appeared to be in retaliation for U.S. bombing in Afghanistan.  But according to the Media Research Center, as of Monday evening's broadcast, "World News Tonight" had yet to mention it.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson is proposing that Halloween be canceled or at least boycotted.  In support of that idea, he argued in a newspaper column that -- quote -- "even in normal years, it is a holiday of risk.  Every year we read tragic stories of children who are bloodied by sick tricks.  They bite on an apple and are cut with a hidden razor blade.  They are poisoned by doctored treats."


The trouble is that a study of crime data going back to 1958 found only 76 reports of candy tampering, and nearly all of them turned out to be fraudulent or mistaken.  That, according to David Murray, director of the Statistical Assessment Service.