Cos & the Chief: D.C.'s Ream Team?

We imagine that the telephones will ring off the hook at WTOP news radio today when comedian Bill Cosby teams up (via phone) with D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey at 10 a.m. for Ramsey's weekly call-in show, "Ask the Chief."

Earlier this year, the Cos created a firestorm when he used the gala at Washington's DAR Constitution Hall celebrating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education to chastise black parents to do a better job raising their children at a time when people are getting "shot in the back of the head for a piece of poundcake."

Cosby told The Post's Hamil Harris at the time that he felt compelled to speak out after he heard Ramsey talking on WTOP about the shocking number of homicides of children in Washington. Cosby's agent had called the station months ago, Jim Farley, vice president of news and programming, said yesterday, but "this is the first time that we could get their schedules to match. . . . It goes to show that you never know who is listening."

Less Than Starry-Eyed Over a Flag


Speaking of WTOP -- on an entirely different front -- it just so happened that we fielded a call yesterday from Mark Plotkin, the station's political analyst, who seemed rather distressed. (We forewarn: This could be considered evidence that very little occurs in Washington in August.) Walking past the FBI building yesterday, Plotkin, who is admittedly a bit "flag-obsessed" (and who has never met an affront to D.C.'s political status that didn't warrant a tantrum), noticed that the flag "draping the entire entrance" had, uh, only 48 stars.

"I counted three times, and there's six rows of eight," he told us, practically stewing. "I always thought the nation's capital didn't recognize the District as part of America, but I didn't know they've extended it to Alaska and Hawaii!"

When we called the FBI to inquire, spokeswoman Megan Baroska countered Plotkin's conspiracy theory by explaining: "There is a historical ceremonial display of flags along Penn Ave.," adding "there are flags that have 50 stars outside the building."

That ain't cuttin' it with the self-appointed flag police. "If it's an exhibition, great, but then title it as such. This is not [displayed] with other flags, it is the flag -- the most prominent flag in the most prominent place. You can't miss it."

CNN's Cooper: What's a Son to Do

CNN's Anderson Cooper is not embarrassed about his mom's sexcapades -- a reaction that could be either very mature or highly dysfunctional.

Cooper's mommy, heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, 80, shares the nitty-gritty details of the various romps from her heyday -- Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Howard Hughes, Gene Kelly, Roald Dahl, to name a few (and those weren't even any of her four husbands!) -- in her new book, "It Seemed Important at the Time."

Cooper summed up his feelings to the New York Daily News in perfect sound-bite form: "My mom and I have always been very open with each other. I wasn't surprised by anything in the book. I thought it was a terrific read. It's like an older 'Sex and the City.' Smart, funny and all about love -- finding it, losing it, keeping it."

Noted . . .

Former CIA agent (and D.C. rez) Robert Baer was probably pretty flattered when he learned that George Clooney would be playing him in the upcoming movie "Syriana," based on Baer's 2002 bestseller "See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism" and also starring Matt Damon and Amanda Peet. Hmm, what does it mean that Clooney plans to shave his head and gain 40 pounds for the role? We can only wonder.

. . . and Quoted

"Maybe you should work on your issues of impulsiveness or something."

-- Laura Bush, revealing to CBS's "Early Show" Wednesday morning the advice she gave to daughter Jenna, 22, who was caught on the campaign trail sticking out her tongue at the media.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

Richard Leiby is on vacation.

Bill Cosby returns -- via telephone -- to the scene of his controversial comments about blacks when he joins D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey on his call-in show on WTOP today.MARK PLOTKINANDERSON COOPER