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Achenblog: March 6, 2005 - March 12, 2005

Rattling

One thing I've discovered is the joy of writing in "Draft" mode rather than in "Publish Now" mode, because in "Draft" mode I don't have to worry about such things as having a point, being amusing, being factual, or...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 11, 2005; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The American Idol Formula

The worst show on television is the Wednesday edition of American Idol. It's a half hour of rejection, and not even very much rejection, just four contestants told to take a hike while (this week at least) a dozen...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 10, 2005; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dan Rather signs off with "Courage"

I raced home to catch the last Dan Rather broadcast, and snapped on the TV even as my 11-year-old said "Who's Dan Rather?" Turns out none of the kids have ever heard of him. That's another sign of bad...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 9, 2005; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Geezers Behaving Badly

First we hear that the CEO of Boeing has been sacked in a sex scandal, and this morning the Post's Alan Cooperman delivers a fascinating tale of the sexual harassment accusations against Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 9, 2005; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Babies and Second Hand Smoke

A source sez NPR is reporting that Philip Morris commissioned a bogus study to show that second-hand smoke isn't bad for babies. You know where this is going: The cigarette industry wants babies to learn to smoke. Cigarettes as...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 8, 2005; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stallone's Face

Saw just enough of The Contender last night to wonder what the heck happened to Stallone's face. No, his entire head: He doesn't look entirely human. He's "had some work done," as they say, though perhaps next time they...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 8, 2005; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Expense Account Conundrum

Now that I'm back in DC from the Florida boondoggle, I have to do my expenses, a traumatic task requiring not only tedious scrutiny of crumpled slips of paper (including for the previous two trips to Houston and Orlando)...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 7, 2005; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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