Al Qaeda put out a statement on the internet today about Osama Bin Laden's death:
"It [Bin Laden's blood] will remain, with permission from Allah the Almighty, a curse that chases the Americans and their agents, and goes after them inside and outside their countries. Their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears."
Sounds like they hired Baghdad Bob to write that thing. I'm sure our Navy SEALs are trembling. I can't wait to hear about the capture (or otherwise) of more of those clowns.
Inside, we pick a couple of names who have contributed to the local investigative journalism site Broward Bulldog. One name stands out.
Here's the list of Bulldog contributors. You'll see the big dog at the Bulldog is Michael Connelly, a former Sun-Sentinel reporter turned best-selling novelist. But up there toward the top -- members of the "New River Club" who gave $500 to $999 -- are defense attorney Benedict Kuehne, who has represented Josephus Eggelletion and Stacy Ritter; and one of the Pulp's all-time favorite lobbyists, Judy Stern.
Now let me say something right off the top -- the guy who runs Broward Bulldog, Dan Christensen, is a great investigative reporter who plays no favorites. Nobody is going to buy that guy.
But human nature is human nature, and Stern is a master of the influence game. She knows a solid contribution won't hurt if she has to make a plea regarding her own political activity or that of one of her politicians (who for starters basically make up the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and a chunk of the Broward County Commission) or clients.
Another name that pops out on the list -- Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar. But the notoriously cheap and increasingly politically ineffective Ceasar lived to up his reputation and gave less than $100.