Show Us the Money
Slate.com writer Annie Lowry comments on the $25 million reward for Osama bin Laden
“For much of the past 10 years, the United States has been offering a reward of $25 million for information leading to the capture of Osama Bin Laden. Now that he has been found and killed, who, if anyone, gets the reward money?
The unsatisfying answer is that we do not know. It seems that nobody sold Bin Laden out—the government likes boasting about it when it happens, in part to encourage more people to turn criminals in for cash. But for the moment, the government is not saying whether it paid any informants.”
Well duh! The guy may be in Guantanamo and suffering brain hemorrhaging from water-boarding but this money will go a long way to pay his legal fees and get the best cell accommodations there. Something with a view of the ocean and Persian carpets perhaps.
But then again the real recipient of the reward could be Sohaib Athar, the guy who tweeted the entire event from his home just across from bin Laden’s compound. This would of course remain a secret for security reasons for Athar and his family but was it a stroke of luck that he was up when the event occurred or was it part of the deal with the U.S. State department that he would also get exclusive rights to first tweet the highly classified raid of the century?
If so he will need some of that money to clean his browser and perhaps pay for legal fees resulting from a bug his website gave to so many who logged in. After getting some 76,000 hits on his blog it was discovered that it had been hacked as someone left some malware to latch on to those who visited his website. I smell lawsuits. SOURCE
George W. Bush DOES have a brain and it’s not Karl Rove
Or it seems like he has developed one since leaving office. Either as a factor of being heavily criticized in his waning years as POTUS or, less likely, finally realizing that he embarrasses the nation every time he opens his mouth, George W. Bush no longer wants to be in the spotlight.
The most recent example is where he declined President Obama’s invite to join him at Ground Zero this Thursday in honor of the fallen there and in lieu of Obama’s recent success for having the man killed who is responsible for it all, Osama bin Laden.
Bush responded when asked by Obama that he “appreciated the invite but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight”.
Lest you think I exaggerate on Bush junior’s foot-in-mouth disease here is but a small sampling of what has been so affectionately referred to as Bushisms by Jacob Weisberg with Slate.com
- “I’m telling you there’s an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That’s the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best.” —Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009
- “This thaw—took a while to thaw, it’s going to take a while to unthaw.” —Alexandria, La., Oct. 20, 2008
- “I didn’t grow up in the ocean—as a matter of fact—near the ocean—I grew up in the desert. Therefore, it was a pleasant contrast to see the ocean. And I particularly like it when I’m fishing.” —Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2008.”
- “We’re fixing to go down to Galveston and obviously are going to see a devastated part of this fantastic state.”— Houston, Sept. 16, 2008
- “I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.”— Washington, D.C., June 26, 2008
These and other Bush malapropisms can be found at Slate’s The Complete Bushisms
Say what you will about Obama but destroying the queen’s english is not a character flaw of his. He knows how to pronounce NU-CLE-AR and that Africa is a continent and not a nation. Now if we can just get him to avoid being fooled more than twice by bi-partisanship, he will rank right up there with … well, let’s let history write that part.
The Tea Party in upstate New York
You’re gonna love this parody on Tea Party/GOP Candidate Jane Corwin running for New York’s 26th Congressional district vacated by Chris Lee, that hunka, hunka burning man caught sending partially nude pictures of himself posing as Atlas while responding to a personal ad from a woman on Craigslist, claiming to be a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist . Yes, this Chris Lee
But I digress. Catch this satirical parody on Jane Corwin here that opens with a great one-liner on her site to sign up as a volunteer. “Together we can make delicious soup from the bones of the poor. Sign up now to be served by Jane Corwin”. Then leave that page to read the humorous accounts of how Jane outlines comprehensive pandering strategies, addresses rumors that she’s “not a joke candidate” and addresses comments from another famous Tea Partier in upper New York, Carl Paladino, who said he’d much rather “bang Jane Corwin because Kathy Hochul’s got a dog-face” Find out who Kathy “Dogface” Hochul is.