Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
CNN founder Ted Turner has objected to displays of the American flag by journalists — saying they should have a more neutral posture. And now Turner says that he was not sure which side he was on in the War on Terror following the 9/11 terror attacks. Turner spoke to the National Press Club in Washington yesterday, and referred to a quote by President Bush in February of 2002:
"Our president said it very clearly. He said 'either you're with us, or you're against us.' And I had a problem with that because I really hadn't made my mind up yet." Turner did not say whether he has since made up his mind about which side he's on.
Lesson In Tolerance?
Fans who paid an average of $250/ticket to see Barbra Streisand at Madison Square Garden in New York got a little more than they bargained for when the singer traded barbs with a President Bush impersonator during a skit last night.
One report said the actor portrayed the president as a "bumbling idiot." Some in the crowd objected to the scene by jeering — and Streisand told one heckler to "shut the 'f' up" — and she didn't say "f." Streisand later apologized and then lectured the crowd on tolerance. She said of the Bush impersonator —"the artist's role is to disturb."
An insurgent group in Iraq purportedly says that while it is capable of fighting U.S. led forces for a dozen years — it is not opposed to peace talks. The interview posted on an Islamic Web site is attributed to a spokesman for the Islamic Army in Iraq — a terror group that has been involved in kidnappings and executions — and is believed to include former members of Saddam Hussein's regime. The voice on the interview says truce and peace talks are a "religious duty." It says militants are "ready for any kind of negotiations" with what it calls the "enemies of God." It says those talks could be public or private, and could be done through intermediaries.
Pretty in Pink
And ... the Mason County, Texas jail is small — so small it has room for only five people. So to discourage repeat offenders, Sheriff Clint Low makes inmates wear pink jumpsuits and slippers, and sit in pink cells with pink bars. Prisoners often sit inside their cells rather than go outside and be seen in this small town of 3,800.
Sheriff Low says the incidence of repeat offenders is down 70 percent since he switched to pink jumpsuits — and there have been NO fights between inmates since the jail was painted pink.
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.