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Friday, May 05, 2006
Friday Highlights
by Cordeiro
Kennedy Capitol Collision

Somebody has to say it - so I'll just get most of the lame jokes out of the way.

Like father, like son. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Chip off the old, mostly drunk and always unintelligible block.

Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) had an unfortunate collision with a Capitol Hill barricade in the early morning hours of May 4th. No injuries were reported, all though Kennedy now has the unique distinction of having trashed a vehicle of iconic status in American automaking - the Ford Mustang.

The cause of the crash is still a bit hazy, much like Kennedy's reasoning abilities. He claims that no alcohol was involved and blames the collision and his subsequent behavior on the prescription medications Phenergan and Ambien. Ambien is a sleeping aid - so why he was driving after taking such a medication is far beyond me.

No arrest was made. No field sobriety test was administered. Kennedy was driven home by a Capitol Hill Patrolman.

And yet, for some obscure reason, included in the press release is a claim that "no special treatment was afforded to the Congressman".

Maybe they've just grown accustomed to dealing with impaired Kennedys behind the wheel because its been going on for so long.

Rummy Heckled By A Hack

Some people will do anything for their fifteen minutes of fame. Ray McGovern took shots at Rummy in a public forum so he could primp and preen for the cameras. McGovern is a hack. Rummy remained civil, illustrated by the fact that McGovern is still able to use all of his extremities. Video from Ian.

al-Zarqawi - How do you use this thing?

al-Zarqawi would have the US believe he's a battle hardened experienced insurgent whom we should fear. His propaganda films show him expertly using a machine gun (American made by the way) all the while wearing a bomb vest to guarantee his trip to Allah and some virgins should he be captured.

Propaganda films cut both ways - al-Zarqawi shouldn't leave his un-edited practice films laying around. Evidently he knows about as much about how to work a SAW (Squat Automatic Weapon) as I do. Ian has the video - note the qualified remarks by the CNN reporter - "this weapon has a heavy trigger and is hard to used unless you're trained to do it."

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