Friday, May 11, 2001yellow peril
Thursday, May 10, 2001humus sandwich
who wants to be a politician?
WASHINGTON (Variety) - Marketing hoopla over Disney's upcoming wartime drama ``Pearl Harbor'' has reached all the way to the U.S. Senate, where an ethics committee has dive-bombed a studio plan to put several war veteran politicians on ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.''
Stars from the film, including Ben Affleck, were also in talks to appear as contestants on the hit game show, which airs on Disney-owned ABC. Proceeds from the ``Millionaire'' guest spots would have gone to the World War II Memorial fund.
The show would have taped over the weekend and aired the final weekend of May sweeps. Instead, ``Millionaire's'' producers were forced to sink the special edition.
Unfortunately for the would-be congressional contestants, the ethics panel said late last week that Senate rules prohibit members from receiving honoraria exceeding $2,000, even if the money is going to a charitable cause.
Disney is paying Washington great deference in the days leading up to the picture's May 25 release. The day before, the company will throw a special screening for politicians who served in the U.S. military.
The ``Millionaire'' idea is said to have been hatched by Walt Disney Co. chairman Michael Eisner and former Republican Sen. Bob Dole, who is moonlighting these days as a consultant/lobbyist for various Hollywood interests.
Lawmakers tentatively slated to appear on the show included Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. John Warner (R-Va.). Dole also was on the list.
``As part of our due diligence, we took the idea to the Senate ethics committee,'' a Disney spokesman said. ``We thought this would be both a fun show as well as raising money for a worthy cause.''
down for you is up
Wednesday, May 09, 2001just desserts
chip off the ol' bock
i joined a union today. cant say what its called or what it does except that i get low(er) cost health insurance. i told my father that i was going to run for foreman of the union which he thought appropriate because he said they get nothing done and are good at causing trouble. well?
they say its your...
tony tony tony
Tuesday, May 08, 2001taxing developments
land o' lakes
"Phil Jackson's bouquet for the Kings: "They're just a bunch of goofy guys having a good time. You don't want the dogs sniffing their luggage when they get off the plane."well?
"Scientists at the American Museum of Natural History are building a 21st century version of Noah's Ark. Except this time, instead of two by two, the animals will go in little bits and pieces, deep frozen." well?
this time is our time
Monday, May 07, 2001us nues
den of iniquity
what what now?
easy does it
steppe it up
shooting it out
Instead of looking to the heavens for a shield, Bush ought to be gazing upward for energy -- as well as looking at wind, crops, hydrogen, and the like. John Pike, a specialist in space weapons, knocked Bush's NMD policy as one that promotes "systems that don't work to deal with threats that don't exist." On the energy front, Bush and Cheney could turn to alternative energy technologies that do work (but that need extra-market support to reach cost-competitive status) to deal with problems that do exist.well?