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Slam-dunk book-sales ploy?

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first_imgJust slightly misunderstood: In his new political tell-all, “At The Center of the Storm,” former CIA chief George Tenet says that his “slam dunk” comment did not refer to Saddam Hussein having WMD, but to putting “a better case together” to make the American public think Saddam did. Asked why he took three years to explain the catastrophic misinterpretation, Tenet said that the answer is simple … and he will explain it in his upcoming 2010 book, “Just To The Left of The Storm.” Not so slammin’: Tenet said the worst part of the past three years was having Vice President Dick Cheney continue to distort his “slam dunk” comment as the reason we went to war, “as if (Cheney) needed me to say `slam dunk’ to go to war.” Vice President Dick Cheney said that despite the book, he held no grudges. “In fact, I’ve already invited George to go hunting next weekend.” Screwed – I mean, massaged: Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias was among the many power players listed as clients of a Washington, D.C., escort service. “It was only for a massage,” said Tobias, who was in charge of the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, in which, in order to receive money, countries must have a policy opposed to prostitution. “Having the escort hoisting me on my own petard was extra,” he added. Wall Street Post?: News Corp head honcho Rupert Murdoch has offered $5 billion for The Wall Street Journal. “There is an urgent need for larger fonts in the Journal headlines,” said Murdoch, “as well as stories on how the day-to-day Dow Jones average will be affected by Natalee Holloway’s disappearance.” “Sure, I shouldn’t have given her anything,” admitted Wolfowitz, “But $500 billion down to only $60,000 – at least I’m getting closer.” Mission accomp … never mind: Last week marked the fourth anniversary of President Bush’s announcing an end to major combat operations in Iraq. So … didja enjoy the four years of minor combat operations? Rude factor: A University of Indiana study alleges that Bill O’Reilly uses name-calling more than once every seven seconds in his “Talking Points Memo” at the beginning of his nightly TV show. The IU researchers found that O’Reilly called a person or a group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds. O’Reilly said those behind the study are “moronic, pin-headed, gutter-snipe, America-hating crazies.” Cheap help: Donald Trump gave $10,000 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help pay off his campaign debts a month after the governor guested on Trump’s “The Apprentice: Los Angeles.” Some have called the donation a quid quo pro. “That’s ridiculous,” said Trump. “If I could buy a governor that cheap, I would have stopped using $10,000 bills to polish my shoes years ago, and bought a couple of governors to shine them for me.” Need to play smarter: The Lakers are once again, one and done, mostly because Kobe didn’t score 120. Tip for next year: Sign the El Camino High Academic Decathlon champions. They know how to win. Steve Young is the author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Another reason to let them stay: Participants claim that the pro-immigration rallies were not smaller because of a lack of commitment. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” said one anonymous organizer. “Many undocumented marchers from last year were marching in rallies American marchers refused to march in.” Who could afford to be married anymore?: A new study shows that the typical mommy’s work is worth more than $138,000 a year for about 92 hours of work a week. Right now, other than room and board, most live-in mothers are getting paid something around $138,000 less. “Sure, many moms aren’t getting what they’re worth,” says divorce lawyer Rip Emapart. “But at least they’re getting plenty of overtime.” Don’t-breathe-in alert: Once again, Los Angeles has topped the American Lung Association’s list of most-polluted cities in America. At the same time, only one out of the 150 expensive-as-a-new-home public toilets planned for the city is working. Coincidence? His math is getting better: Paul Wolfowitz, the Bush administration official who was only about $500 billion off when he told Congress that the Iraq war would pay for itself, and then was promoted to run the World Bank, is now at the center of an ethics probe. Wolfowitz is accused of getting a $60,000 raise for his girlfriend, an ex-World Bank employee. last_img