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Revisiting the Shoe-Tossing Iraqi Journalist

Now that the Major League baseball season is well under way and nearing the halfway point and since I can’t think of anything else interesting to post about tonight, I thought it appropriate to revisit this blog entry from December regarding the shoe-tossing Iraqi journalist.

Note: the Orioles still need some pitching…


In Baghdad, a man identified as an Iraqi journalist tossed his shoes at President Bush earlier today.  Bush was able to dodge the shoes.  The man, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, was dragged away while saying “This is a farewell … you dog!”  He currently remains in custody while the Iraqi judiciary decides whether or not he will face charges for assaulting Iraqi President al-Maliki, who was standing next to Bush.

In related news, the pitching-starved Baltimore Orioles have tendered a one-year offer to al-Zaidi on condition of his release.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it is speculated that the Orioles may agree to trade one million euros (since the dollar has been devalued) and one thousand unused burkhas to the Iraqi government in exchange for al-Zaidi’s freedom.  The Iraqi government is not commenting at this time but is rumored to be looking into a possible trade with Palestinian authorities on a Zaidi for suicide bomber exchange.

When asked about the possible deal with the Orioles, al-Zaidi commented that “I’m not sure about the Orioles but I am open to it since the American League is known as a junk-ball league, so it fits my style better.”  Oriole officials are tight-lipped but Orioles owner, Peter Angelos, is considering a three-way deal with Iraq and the New York Yankees if they are willing to put George Steinbrenner on the chopping block.


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