Below the Fold for August 25

How Did He Die?

Iraqi intelligence officials held a news conference last Wednesday in an effort to convince the world that Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal took his own life. Officials said Nidal committed suicide, with multiple gunshot wounds by the way, after being implicated in a plot to kill Saddam Hussein.

Now the real story from the London Telegraph. Nidal was actually in Baghdad as Saddam's personal guest. In recent weeks he had come under pressure to help train Al Qaeda terrorists and carryout attacks against US interests. When Nidal refused, he was assassinated by Saddam's security forces.

Lessons Learned

The National Education Association's lesson outline for teachers to use on Sept. 11 has come under fire from New York and West Virginia affiliates of the American Federation of Teachers a rival education union.

The NEA's plan recommends that teachers not suggest that any group is responsible for the Sept. 11 atrocities and that teachers be careful to point out historical incidents of American intolerance. Judy Hale, AFT president in West Virginia says, "the NEA curriculum is highly inappropriate and an insult to teachers intelligence and patriotism."

Who's Who?

The 2002 edition of Who's Who in America is notable for the biographical space used by a former president and current junior senator from New York.

As the Washington Times first reported, the book used 15 lines to list all the achievements of former President Clinton, but needs 65 lines to note all of the accomplishments of his wife Sen. Hillary Clinton. For the record, Who's Who lets entrants include pretty much whatever they choose.