Footnotes of an America United

And there were these footnotes to the story of "America Strikes Back."  

The "Los Angeles Times" reports that CBS is considering a production of a comedy centered around the terrorist attacks.  CBS president, Les Moonves, says the series was proposed before the attacks as a middle-aged romance.  But after September 11th, the writer suggested it revolve around a widow and widower who get together after losing spouses in the World Trade Center.  Moonves says the network is not trying to exploit the tragedy, but wants to share survivors' personal stories.  He adds that the plot line is subject to change.  

The Reverend Jesse Jackson reportedly is calling on the administration to pursue more diplomacy with the Taliban.  He says the White House should pressure our allies to fight both diplomatically, while we're fighting militarily.  Jackson told the "Chicago Sun Times" -- quote -- "The Saudis know the Taliban.  The Egyptians know the Taliban.  The Pakistanis know them," and he adds that those Islamic states ought to be trying to open lines of communications with the Taliban.  

Jackson also reiterated his denial that he approached the Taliban about diplomatic negotiations.  He said -- quote -- "What was I going to do?  Pick up a phone and call 1-800-Taliban?"  

Meanwhile, the "Sun Times" also reports that a man arrested Wednesday on a Continental Airlines flight from Tel Aviv has a history of arson.  The man alleged grabbed the plastic knife served with his meal, looked at a flight attendant and then dragged the knife across his throat repeatedly in what he called "a joke."  The man was convicted in 1994 of burning down an annex of a synagogue in the Chicago area, and at the time of his most recent arrests, he was out on bond for allegedly robbing an Arab-American gas station owner at gunpoint.  

 Finally, that guy lurking in the weeds with a shotgun probably isn't a  terrorist.  At least that's the message from the Massachusetts state police.  Troopers are reminding Bay State residents that it's now duck-hunting season.  The hunters are a little nervous, too.  They're worried that they may be mistaken for bad guys, but the Coast Guard said duck hunters are still welcome in Boston Harbor, as long as they have their hunting licenses with them.