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Mar. 12 2009 - 12:49 pm | 2 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Bombs v. shoes: which are more dangerous? More punishable?

Not a lethal weapon, but one thatll get you three years. Photo via AP

Not a lethal weapon, but one that'll get you three years. Photo via AP

Apparently bombing the hell out of country, to the tune of nearly 100,000 civilian deaths, isn’t as bad as throwing a shoe at the guy responsible.

The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at then-President George W. Bush was convicted today of assaulting a foreign leader and sentenced to three years in prison, lawyers said. He defiantly shouted “long live Iraq” when the sentence was read.

Iraqi who threw shoes gets 3 years | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press

This is an outrage. Someone should be giving this guy a plaque, not throwing him in jail. Meanwhile, GW is back on the ranch, roasting marshmallows.


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    From a Jan. 30 report:
    “BAGHDAD, Jan. 30 (UPI) — Children at an Iraqi orphanage helped build a giant sculpture of one of the shoes thrown at President Bush during a Baghdad news conference, the director says.”

    You gotta wonder what kind of path Iraq is on if one day a man’s a hero, the next an outlaw. That used to happen in the USSR a lot. Freedom of speech and democracy, huh?

    (The sculpture was removed a day later)

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    Welcome, Alex!

    That’s a really interesting addition, thanks for drawing my attention to it.

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    What’s wrong with roasting marshmallows?

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