Below the Fold

Now, let's check out some political stories we found this week below the fold.  

In the sight of America's increasing seriousness about waging the war on terror, police recently searched a rental van driven by Haron Amin, the Northern Alliance's American representative, as he tried to move his belongings from New York to Washington.  Says Amin spokesman, "We were stopped for driving under the influence of an Afghan."  

Also on the national security front, the Seattle Tacoma International Airport shut down yesterday, after a National Guardsman noticed that one of the metal detectors wasn't working.  Officials cleared the airport and halted air traffic for three hours, whereupon someone solve the riddle:  The detector wasn't plugged in properly.  

From the "Useful Idiot" file, Gore Vidal, who's flacking (ph) a new book, charges the United States with totalitarianism, accuses the government of waging, quote, "a perpetual war for perpetual peace." He adds that if the United States was as smart as say, Gore Vidal, it would stop bin Laden with bribes, not bombs.

Procter and Gamble has pulled its ads from an Abu Dhabi TV satire called "Terrorism."  The program, being broadcast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, depicts Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as a blood-sucking Dracula who shoots Arab prisoners and children. Ismail Abdullah (ph), director of Abu Dhabi TV, says P&G has lost its sense of humor.  

Our nominee for the most under-covered story of the war on terror, guns sales have skyrocketed in the United States since September 11, even in strict-gun-control states such as California and Maryland.  The National Instant Criminal Background Check claims sales are up 21 percent from the same period last year.  Michael Beard of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence says, "The coalition urges Congress again to take up legislation to prohibit the unlicensed sale of guns. Real protection for Americans means strong gun laws."  

And the media line of the week, bravely broadcast by ABC.  Peter Jennings on a visit to Dallas interviewed a couple of commoners.  One expressed admiration for President Bush.  The other, when asked about the mood in Dallas, replied to Jennings, "Nobody likes you."