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. Yes, YOU. It has to be done today. There's a deadline. So don't make excuses: Go there and then come back here.
I would like to direct your attention to this fetchingly odd tale
. (It has been making the rounds of blogworld for a while now, so you may already know about it, but it came to my attention only just now.) A fellow named Tom Potter, of Ohio, claims to have found Osama Bin Laden in the United States -- and now Potter wants the $25 million reward.
How did Potter catch him? Simple. He tried the same trick I used recently (scroll down) to discover that Mohamed Atta is alive and well and living in New Jersey. Potter went to an online address search engine and typed in the name of the world's most notorious leader of a terrorist organization.
Here's where it gets really
The first listing put the al Qaeda leader at the California headquarters of media giant FOX Entertainment Group. The second placed bin Laden in the office of a Bethesda, Md., Internet firm owned by the son of a former Defense Department official. And the third pinpointed bin Laden's secret hideout as an unidentified location in Hermitage, Tenn.
FOX insists that they have not asked Osama Bin Laden to join its staff of maniacs out to ruin the country. FOX has professionals
for that sort of thing.
The former DOD official was -- get this -- the Inspector General, Joseph P. Schmitz:
"Unfortunately, I don't have Osama bin Laden on the payroll, Phil Schmitz of Bethesda Interactive Solutions told ABCNews.com. "I'm sure you wouldn't be the first person to call me if I did."
Schmitz confirmed his father, Joseph, was the top Pentagon watchdog from 2002 to 2005. Joseph Schmitz then joined the Prince Group, which owns the private security contractor Blackwater USA.
"I promise you this has no relation to that," Schmitz said of his father's activities.
[Emphasis added.] You know, if it were any other
family, I'd take this denial at face value.
I've been watching the bizarre Schmitz clan since the mid 1970s, when paterfamilias John G. Schmitz -- a man so far to the right he got kicked out of the John Birch Society -- ran for President under the American Independent Party banner. (Slogan: "When you're out of Schmitz, you're out of gear!") We later learned that Schmitz kept a mistress and a second family, including an infant son with a mutilated penis.
Schmitz’s daughter, school teacher Mary Kay LeTourneau, made national headlines when it was discovered that the father of her children was a thirteen year old student. Her brother John P. Schmitz was an Iran Contra player and Deputy Counsel for Bush the elder, a man despised by father John G. John P's brother, Joseph -- a member of the Knights of Malta and the Federalist Society -- was Haliburton's greatest enabler
when the company was stea...er, misplacing
Iraq reconstruction money.
Believe it or not, there is more. The Schmitz clan has such a strange history that one hesitates to dismiss even the loopiest accusation against them.
Think about it. What are the chances that the Bin Laden listings should lead anyone to both FOX and
the son of a Blackwater big-wig? I have no idea how to calculate the odds, but I would imagine that a very large number would be involved. Phil's "internet firm"
sounds kind of spooky to me, but maybe I'm just being paranoid.
By the way, an interesting interview with John G. can be found here
. He gives the inside dope on how the far right did things back in the day, and his observations about Nixon are fascinating.