Shoe-throwing journalist Muntazer Al-Zaidi must feel as if he’d died and gone to suicide-bomber heaven. At least one of his fellow Arabs is offering him a woman who may or may not be a virgin.
Sure, it’s only woman, not the 72 promised to martyrs, but he’s alive and she’s alive and, well, you know.
And she’s thrilled about it, as Reuters reports from Cairo:
An Egyptian man said on Wednesday he was offering his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad on Sunday,
The daughter, Amal Saad Gumaa, said she agreed with the idea. “This is something that would honor me. I would like to live in Iraq, especially if I were attached to this hero,” she told Reuters by telephone.
Start unlacing, baby. But until marriage, no tongues.
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
N.Y. Post: ‘MTA OKS HIKE IN DOUBLE WHAMMY’
Agence France Presse: ‘Chrysler halts manufacturing as clock ticks on gov’t bailout’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Just like humans! Yes, a squirrel can waterski, just like us! And we have video of the versatile squirrel in action.’
N.Y. Times: ‘Obama Selects Evangelist for Invocation’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Regulator Schapiro to Run SEC for Obama’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Lillo’s smirks spur fury as jury deliberates’
N.Y. Post: ‘NYERS BET ON KENNEDY BUT WANT ANDY’
Guardian (U.K.): ‘Antisemites feast on Madoff misery’
Instead of infiltrating breaks in the skin, HIV appears to attack normal, healthy genital tissue, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday in a study that offers new insight into how the AIDS virus spreads.
They said researchers had assumed the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, sought out beaks in the skin, such as a herpes sore, in order to gain access to immune system cells deeper in the tissue.
Some had even thought the normal lining of the vaginal tract offered a barrier to invasion by the virus during sexual intercourse.
Register (U.K.): ‘Don’t delay: Delete your DNA today’
McClatchy: ‘Kabul residents have more fear of gangs than of Taliban’
Washington Post: ‘End of the Hedge Fund?’ (Sebastian Mallaby)
… Because it is possible to commit undetected fraud, the industry will attract fraudsters; eventually, investors will realize that they can’t tell the good guys from the bad and yank their money out. If this is going to happen, the Madoff scandal could be the catalyst, especially because it has hit at a time when hedge funds are in trouble for other reasons.
Hedge fund strategies depend on borrowing, or “leverage,” which is hard to come by now. They often depend on “shorting” stocks — that is, betting that they’ll fall in value — but regulators have restricted that practice. Even before the Madoff scandal, there were estimates that hedge fund assets might shrink from just under $2 trillion a few months ago to perhaps $1.4 trillion.
Guardian (U.K.): ‘Iraqi officials arrested over coup plot against prime minister’
McClatchy: ‘Salazar pick indicates big change at Interior Department’
Guardian (U.K.): ‘UN tribunal jails Rwanda genocide mastermind for life’