John McCaslin

Disney's new animated feature "Brother Bear" is following the anti-hunting footsteps of "Bambi" as it hits theatres in time for the holidays - and hunting season.

So charges the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, which says Brother Bear (we haven't seen the flick) is about a young Indian hunter, Kenai, who is transformed into a bear. Soon, Kenai becomes the adoptive father of a cub, only to find that another hunter - like he once was - is stalking the animal.

"In sportsmen's eyes, the Disney flick could not come at a poorer time," says the alliance, which is preparing for campaigns in Maine and Alaska "to protect bear hunting from anti-hunting attacks that promise to be on the 2004 ballot."

Meanwhile, the alliance says that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has "gone overboard" by modifying a film poster from the Disney blockbuster "Finding Nemo" to promote its anti-fishing campaign.

Disney's cartoon fish, Nemo and Marlin, appear on PETA's Web site and leaflets that read, "Fish are friends, not food!"

ARNOLD'S ADVISERS

Congress has a passed a resolution honoring Sargent Shriver for his years of military and public service, especially as ambassador for the poor and powerless of America.

It was back in 1961 that the Kennedy inlaw organized the Peace Corps, and he didn't stop there. Later, during Lyndon Johnson's administration, he helped establish Head Start, VISTA, Community Action, Job Corps, Legal Services, Foster Grandparents, Indian and Migrant Opportunities, and Neighborhood Health Services.

Later, Johnson appointed Shriver ambassador to France.

In 1972, he was picked to be the Democratic vice presidential running mate of South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, although that's not to say that Shriver doesn't support a Republican every now and then.

In fact, you might say the chairman of the board emeritus of Special Olympics and wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver, President John F. Kennedy's sister, are unpaid advisers to their Republican son-in-law, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the newly-crowned governor of California.

"He (Schwarzenegger) has been committed to people all his life," Eunice Shriver offers as her excuse.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

A recent briefing on the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston got off to an aggressive start when the chief executive officer, Rod O'Connor, accused the Republican Party of exploiting the Sept. 11 attacks by choosing New York City as site of its convention.


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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