- The Washington Times - Monday, August 16, 2004


“To clear up any possible misconception from Pool Report No. 1, Scott McClellan says that President Bush would of course support the American soccer team in any hypothetical game with Iraq.”

White House Pool Report No. 2, clearing up any confusion gathered from a previous White House pool report quoting White House spokesman Scott McClellan about where Mr. Bush’s loyalty would lie if the U.S. Olympic soccer team were to face a surprisingly competitive Iraqi soccer team.

Father of … sorts

First lady Laura Bush said she won’t forget one visit she and President Bush made to an elementary school not long ago, where “a little second-grader came out to welcome us and bellowed, ‘George Washington!’

“Close, just the wrong George W.,” Mrs. Bush said.

Dakota dung

Can’t we just all get along?

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle’s campaign has called on Republican Senate challenger, South Dakota Rep. John Thune to apologize on behalf of his campaign manager, who reportedly verbally berated a Daschle staffer and referred to Mr. Daschle with a barnyard obscenity.

During a candidate forum held in front of school administrators and board members in Sioux Falls, Mr. Thune’s campaign manager, Dick Wadhams, is said to have approached Jeremy Funk and told him that his boss — Mr. Daschle — was a “chicken [expletive deleted]” for not showing up.

“Berating young staffers and referring to public officials with obscenities is not how we do things in South Dakota,” says Mr. Daschle’s campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand.

On to more important matters, the first of five debates between Mr. Daschle and Mr. Thune will be held Wednesday.

Hold the bacon

Apart from Hurricane Charley, we’ve been following a most intriguing story out of Orlando, Fla., where a woman says she was fired from her job because she ate a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich at work, offending Muslim employees.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Lina Morales has filed a religious-discrimination lawsuit against Rising Star Telecommunications, saying she lost her administrative position because she violated a policy banning pork and pork products from the workplace.

She says the rule “constitutes religious discrimination because it is based in Islamic law for the benefit of some Muslim employees who were offended by the presence of pork — and at the expense of non-Muslims such as Morales, who is Catholic,” explains the newspaper.

“I felt I was being discriminated against because I was not Muslim. I wasn’t trying to make somebody else eat it,” the woman reasons.

Is you invited?

Tomorrow evening in Washington, the sixth anniversary of Bill Clinton’s grand jury testimony, there will be a “The Meaning of ‘Is’ Party.”

The party, titled after one of Mr. Clinton’s more memorable lines while testifying, celebrates the publication of former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr’s new book, “The Meaning of Is,” which he says exposes the true legacy of the former impeached president.

Hoochy call

“Extras Needed — Major Hollywood Movie in Town!” blares Carlyn Davis Casting in Washington, saying now’s your chance to “star in a movie” with Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson and Willem Dafoe.

“XXX: State of the Union” is the title of the movie, and the first two simultaneous casting calls will be held — Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. — at the ESPN Zone in the District and the ESPN Zone at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

What type of talent are they looking for?

“Mechanics, prisoners, prison guards, farmhands, NSA types, tactical NSA, FBI agents, cops, extras with cars, some with upscale cars, (can’t be black, white, red, yellow or a neon color), SWAT team, bouncers, tough gangster types, hoochy women, tourists, business types — Capitol Hill suits, senators, Frisbee-throwers, one baby, BAMA commandos, teachers, Secret Service, news reporters and news camera/sound teams, reporters, sharp shooters, military soldiers (must be fit and have military hair), dog walker, joggers, bike courier, pimped-up cars, etc.”

(Not exactly sure what “hoochy women” are, we researched some recent news clippings and found this one, for what it’s worth: “J.Lo’s reportedly working on a new fragrance targeted at more sophisticated and no doubt less hoochy women.”)

Filming takes place both in the District and Baltimore from Sept. 14 to Oct. 1.

• Fans of this column will enjoy John McCaslin’s new book, “Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans From Around the Nation’s Capital.”

You can purchase it through BarnesandNoble.com.

• John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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