DAVID A. PETERSEN, REPUBLICAN, THE TREASURER OF ARIZONA HAD A STRANGE REQUEST. HE WANTED HIS COMPUTER CLEANED.
NOT THE KEYBOARD, NOT THE MONITOR SCREEN. HE WANTED "EVIDENCE OF VISITS TO PORNOGRAPHIC WEB SITES . . . SANTIZED FROM HIS COMPUTER".
APPARENTLY WHEN NOT "MEETING WITH A CONTROVERSIAL EVANGELIST," PETERSON ENJOYED A BIT OF THE PORN IN THE MIDST OF THE WORK DAY.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, PETERSEN TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "NO COMMENT." HE ALSO CURSED US OUT ABOUT "KNOCKING ME OFF THE WEB BY CALLING!" LEADING THESE REPORTERS TO ASSUME HE HAD A DIAL UP CONNECTION AND ONLY ONE PHONE LINE.
A CLOSE FRIEND WHO DID NOT WANT TO BE NOTIFIED ("WOULD YOU?!!!?") TOLD US THAT HE FELT DAVID A. PETERSEN "PROVES THAT BEING THE FATHER OF 8 DOESN'T MEAN YOU LOSE INTEREST IN THE PORN. HE'S ALWAYS BEEN A PORNY LITTLE DEVIL."
POSSIBLY, BUT PLEADING GUILTY YESTERDAY MEANS HE IS NOT STATE TREASURER MUCH LONGER. PETERSEN PLEADED TO A CLASS 1 MISDEMEANOR FOR "FAILURE TO DISCLOSE A $4,200 COMMISSION HE RECIEVED FROM THE CHARACTER TRAINING INSTITUTE." ONE THINKS HE SPENT TOO LITTLE TIME AT THE CHARACTER TRAINING INSTITUTE BUT MAYBE THEY USED A "NET NANNY" ON THEIR COMPUTERS. PETERSEN WILL BE SENTENCED DECEMBER 1ST AND "AS PART OF THE PLEA AGREEMENT REACHED WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL TERRY GODDARD, MR. PETERSEN MUST RESIGN NO LATER THAN DEC. 1".
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Meanwhile, Qassim Abdul-Zahra (AP) notes that the US military death toll in Iraq has "reached the highest level in nearly two years on Thursday following the deaths of four U.S. Marines and one Navy sailor in volatile Anbar province." The US military announced: "One Sailor assigned to 3rd Naval Construction Regiment, two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 and two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died Wednesday from injuries sustained due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province." The BBC notes that Bully Boy "on Wednesday admitted being seriously concerned about the scale of American casualties." Not 'seriously concerned' enough to get the number of American fatalities correct. Some people are seriously concerned such as Diana Unger who spoke to CBS' Byron Pitts about her son David Unger: "My son died in a country that I have no idea, really, why we're even there" and, of the Bully Boy, "Unless he puts his daughters over there and he has that real fear everyday of not wanting to turn on the television, that fear that gets into your heart and your head, he can't fathom what that means."
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". . . truth is often denied at first, then grudgingly accepted until it becomes comventional wisdom," Danny Schechter News Dissector notes writing about the parallels between Vietnam and Iraq (at BuzzFlash): "There is a word missing in most of the coverage of Iraq. It's a ghost-laden word that conjures up distressing memories that Washington and most of our media prefer to keep in that proverbial 'lock box,' hidden away in dusty archives and footage libraries. The word is Vietnam. Its absence was never more noticeable than in the coverage this past weekend of the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, marked in Vietnam with celebrations, but largely ignored in America where CNN led with the story of a bride who went missing when she had second thoughts. Is this denial or is it deliberate?"
Recommended: "Iraq snapshot"
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