Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Other People's Money
The nonpartisan group Citizens Against Government Waste has named Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha its "Porker of the Year" for 1987. Murtha received 63 percent of the vote in the group's online poll.
Murtha was cited for what the organization calls — "flouting the rules and playing games with reform, while filling spending bills with pork and arrogantly threatening anyone that challenges his authority."
The group says Murtha brought home 72 pork products worth almost $150 million in the current fiscal year.
Coming in a distant second was Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska — who had 18 projects for just over $10 million. He was followed closely by Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas — who sponsored 95 projects worth almost $143 million.
Rock singer and noted social activist Bob Geldof is praising President Bush for his work in delivering bills of dollars to fight disease and poverty in Africa — and ripping the media for ignoring it. The Washington Times reports Geldof has joined the president during his African trip, and is interviewing him for TIME Magazine.
He says Mr. Bush — "has done more than any other president so far."
He adds — "This is the triumph of American policy really. It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion. What's in it for him? Absolutely nothing."
And of the press— Geldof says — "You guys didn't pay attention." And as if to prove the point — neither The New York Times nor The Washington Post printed a word of his praise for President Bush.
Special Guest Star
Documentary film director Michael Moore says he would love to bring Fidel Castro to the Oscars Sunday night. Moore suggests Castro could give the acceptance speech if Moore's film "Sicko" — which criticizes U.S. health care while praising Cuba's system — wins an Oscar — "As long as he keeps it under five hours. I'm telling you, that's got to be a ratings grabber. Can you imagine him? Showing up? If I could talk to Oscar producer Gil Cates and maybe get Castro in a dance number at the beginning of the show?"
What's in a Name?
And 21-year-old Flagstaff, Arizona resident Rachel Feather wanted to do something to illustrate her passion for fish. So she has legally changed her name to Rachel Fishing-Hurts.
She wanted to go with Fishinghurts.com — the title of PETA's anti-fishing Web site. But a judge vetoed the "com" part. Ms. Fishing-Hurts calls fish — "the forgotten animal". She contends that fish experience stress and pain, just like other animals, and undergo excruciating decompression when dragged from the ocean's depths.
She says — "I hope that by changing my name, people will be inspired to trade in their fishing rods for hiking boots and their fish sandwiches for veggie burgers."
— FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.