Shoe thrower to get early release

Remember that Iraqi journalist who threw both of his shoes at Bush last winter? He’s getting released early for good behavior next month.

It was a pretty stupid thing to do, but then again it’s easy for me to say that when I haven’t been living in an actual war zone for the past 6 years. So he got his 15 minutes, got himself beat up a bit, according to Democracy Now and some other sources (Guardian/Observer, CBS):

Muntadhar al-Zaidi has been held in prison for over a week. His attorney said al-Zaidi has been subjected to repeated beatings in jail. He has internal bleeding in his left eye, as well as bruises over his face and stomach. (DN)

and then he got his statue:

Kind of a lame way to be remembered, all things considered

Kind of a lame way to be remembered, all things considered.

And now that he’s paid his fine for his speeding ticket at the Indy 500, he’s going to get to move on. I hate to say it, but I kind of hope he drifts into obscurity. He’s like the Code Pink women – people I generally agree with, but still kind of make me cringe in their methodology.

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