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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades?

"Um, what we meant was that Saddam was here 2, er, 24 hours ago, and that we're here now. Yeah, that's the ticket. We missed him by mere hours." Close, but no Groucho.

While I'm on the subject of changing stories, I ought to include this experience from late last week which was provoking enough for me to type up this report in an e-mail to a co-conspirator of mine:
Last night on CNN, alien-robot Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr said she "saw the photos" of the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein, and that they were too gruesome to show, yada yada. Anchor Zain Verjee subsequently asks (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Since you saw the photos, can you at least describe what you saw?" Ms. BS (fitting initials!) hems and haws and it is revealed that in fact she didn't actually see them, but that a "Pentagon official" told her they were really yucky.

To quote the prolific writer Anonymous, "This sentence is false."
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