And now the most interesting two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
New Book on Bush
David Frum, the former speechwriter for President Bush, has new book out about the president called The Right Man. In it, he describes a hallway encounter he had with Barbra Streisand at an environmental conference. Frum said that when she heard whom he worked for, Streisand said "Ewww." She then accused Mr. Bush of flip-flopping on global warming and declared that the snow atop Mount Kilimanjaro is melting. Frum says he replied that he was no expert on such things, adding, "I suspect that neither are you. For you this is religion, not science." To which he writes, Streisand replied, "I know what I'm talking about. I give a lot of money to environmental causes."
A group of Marin County, Calif., women say they will protest the possibility of war with Iraq by marching through San Francisco naked. Their march down the city's Market Street will be part of a nationwide set of peace demonstrations on Jan. 18. Donna Sheehan, founder of a group called Unreasonable Women Baring Witness, said, "Our message to women all over the world is be bold, be courageous, be vulnerable for peace."
New Job Working With Young Minds...
The Washington based Middle East Media Research Institute reports that Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif has agreed to become the honorary president of the Saudi Information and Communications Association at King Saud University in the capitol city of Riyadh. Last November, the prince said in a newspaper interview that, “It is impossible that 19 youths, including 17 Saudis, carried out the operation of Sept. 11, or that bin Laden or [the] Al Qaeda organization did that alone." As for who was behind the events of Sept. 11, "I think they [the Zionists] are behind these events." His new honorary post recognizes "Prince Naif's interest in and realization of the importance of information communication."
In Scotland, hundreds of schools have been told not to make ill-behaved students stay after school because of fear it might breach their human rights. Indeed, Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights says it is illegal to give schoolchildren detention without first getting a court order. That article has been incorporated into Scottish law and one 15-year-old student has already filed a legal action based on it, in which she claims that staying after school disrupted her education.