Lazy Blogging = Scavenger Hunt

OK, here’s the mission:

Find a link which shows George Bush / the United States as being bad / warmongers / etc. for not considering Osama bin Laden’s “truce” offer.

The more reputable the source, the more points. e.g. D.U = .5 pts., Washington Post = 15 pts.

International sources are fine.

The lucky winner will recieve lavish praise on Six Meat Buffet and his/her choice of a custom-made Flash/Photoshop logo or 1/2 a box of Girl Scout Mint cookies (sent anywhere in the U. S.) If the winner is outside the U.S. a gift of comparable worth will be agreed upon by both parties.

Remember, the cool part of this whole Internet-thingy is the interactivity!


UPDATE: It’s 11:00 pm EST and voting is now closed.
Let’s recap, shall we?

Vol Abroad fears that after VAT, the cookies would cost $27.39, so no entry. Score: 0

ViVi wins points for cuteness with the kitty pic and bonus points for posting Gene Rayburn. Sadly no matches.
Score calculation: 10 for kitty, 15 for Gene and -22 for no link – Score: 3

Cindy in PA nails it with a Star Jones quote. The source is Drudge so credibility points are not too high and the talking head is Star Jones. However, this was the lame-brained money quote I was looking for.

Quote:

You know what? At some point, one of these men has to put it back in his pants and zip up the zipper.”

She even suggested that Bush hold some kind of talk with the man behind 9/11.

“I won’t trust him, but anything that gives me the opportunity to seek peace, I would at least check it out.

“People make deals with the devil all the time. We make deals with people we don’t like,” she said.

Score calculation: 75 for quote, -15 for Drudge being the source, 5 for Drudge being a Conservative hero, -25 for the quote originating from this Oprah Winfrey/Michael Moore love child. Score: 40

Blogging Powerhouse Brian B delivers the goods too. He turns up one Democratic Underground quote and a near-hit from Howard Dean.

Score calculation: 15 for taking this stupid scavenger hunt seriously , 2 for the DU quote, 20 for the Dean quote -10 because the quote wasn’t dead on, just the usual Dean rant. Score: 27

The anonymous source with a Counterpunch article. Another perfect hit. The article’s title – What Kind of War Doesn’t Allow for a Truce?

Quote:

To refuse even to negotiate is irresponsible and reckless, and unrealistic. We cannot destroy an invisible enemy, no matter how many bombs we drop, no matter how many civil rights we erase. We will merely impoverish ourselves, and our brutality will only win the enemy more recruits–who will attack us again and again. A truce is what we need. It is better than anything we could have hoped for in the dark days after 9/11.

Score calculation: 100 for quote, -20 for Counterpunch for being the source. -80 for the “anonymous” source being the other voice in Preston’s head. Score: 0

Finally, we have Smantix who does a fine research job.

Score calculation: 45 for classic Robert Fisk, -10 because, like Dean it was just standard general fare and not 100% on topic. 8 points for Antiwar.com quote. On the plus side, the article is an exact hit, however Antiwar.com is one step above gibbering monkeys. 40 points for a Walter Cronkite quote -10 that it wasn’t 100% on topic either.
Score: 83 Disqualified.
(Six Meat Buffet staff and their families are prohibited from participating.)

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winner is….

Gene Rayburn! 1000 points for the years of witty banter between him and Charles Nelson Riely and the creative use of the word, “blank”.

Thanks for playing!

Actually, any one who scored greater than zero and is brave enough to send me their address will receive the cookies.

37 comments

  1. yummm…Thin Mints my fave…they don’t have them over here. I was gonna spend the afternoon on your challenge pretending to do “work reserach”, but seeing as how the offer applies to US only, I’m not sure I can be bothered.

  2. Girl Scout Cookies, Wink and a Bush scavenger hunt. Does life get any better?
    Cranky, are they the same cookies you found under your recliner yesterday afternoon?

    Love the new Wink endorsement!

  3. Well ViVi, that’s a nice pic, but it doesn’t address the issue at hand.

    HOWEVER, you are in the lead being the ONLY person to make an entry.

    The rest? Excuses.

    Regarding Wink – well we here at 6MB are very worried for Preston. Not sure when the Wink picture went up and the fixation began. Me, I’ve always been a Gene Rayburn fan.

    Cindi, the other 1/2 of the box is under the recliner. This one is still in the wrapper. We only deal in quality merchandise here.

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  5. Also, while not directly calling Bush a warmonger, Howard Yeeaaarg… umm… Dean, did use it as an excuse to get his licks in:

    http://www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20060120-093600-8142r

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean used the tape as a way to criticize the Bush administration over the Iraq war.

    “I wish we had not spent as much of our time and efforts in Iraq as we have, because we really need, the real battle against terror is in Afghanistan and the surrounding areas where al Qaeda is now holed up,” Mr. Dean said.

    Really? I’m sure that will come as some surprise the the US troops CURRENTLY STATIONED IN AFGHANISTAN!!!!!!!!

  6. Brian,

    Isn’t using the DU kind of cheating?

    Someone sent me this link to a Florida professor bent out of shape because we’re not taking OBL’s offer for a “truce”.

    But it is Counterpunch, which is no better than the DU, I suppose.

    The guy didn’t say if he was officially entering it in the contest though.

    For argument’s sake, I’ll say he was.

  7. Well I cannot sit by and let Vivi win those cookies. Last time she sat at her PC eating jam and crackers she awoke with sticky stuff

    ::snip::

    comment by Cindi in PA — Friday, January 20, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    NOT the alleged jam incident again!! And no way can I let you win the cookies. I know what happens when you have too much sugar–not pretty at all.

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  9. Vivi, you may or may not have noticed that Gene Rayburn has temporarily taken Wink Martindale’s spot. But it’s only temporary.

    comment by Preston Taylor Holmes — Friday, January 20, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

    I see that NOW that I was about to deliver yall a Rayburn pic and try to score some extra scavenger points.

  10. They don’t call it a “fisking” for nothing. The UK Codependent:

    “And all the time we in the West fail to look for a way to end this “war” …

    But they would also like another kind of freedom – freedom from us. And this, it seems, we are not going to give them. So the war goes on. Stand by for more audio tapes, and more threats, and more death.”

    It’s difficult to match Cranky’s rigid qualifications for this contest. I’m running across too many sites that insist that Bush and the CIA are actually using bin Laden From Beyond the Grave….muhahahahaha so he can declare martial law and suspend everyone’s civil/human rights.

    The lunatic Queer site Antiwar.com,that bills itself as some super-Libertoid clearinghouse, excretes these theories:

    Of course, according to the demonological view of bin Laden, which depicts him as an irrational monster entirely without any strategic sense – or even any genuinely religious conviction – he is not capable of sincerity. The offer of a truce had barely been uttered before it was rejected by the U.S. government, which announced that it doesn’t “negotiate with terrorists.” We negotiated with Stalin, with Hitler, with despots of every size, shape, and hue – and yet to do so with bin Laden, even if indirectly, is impermissible.
    […]
    We are hurtling so quickly toward a cliff that few can see, let alone try to prevent our eventual collision, that it’s almost too late to turn away from the abyss and take another road. Yet we can still change course and call a truce in our relentless war against the rest of the world – and our own tradition – if only we have the leadership and the will.

    Some fella who claimed to be a journalist at one time, a Walter Cromkin or something, said Karl Rove is behind the bin Laden tape on Larry King:
    In fact, I’m a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign.

  11. Jezzzzzusssssssssss at least I nailed something this week! But I will not give out my address, even for a thin mint. I do have a cousin who is an under cover narcotics officer in Philly. Name the place, he can pick up the stash 😎

  12. Dammit! I had me some Reuters, too. :(

    The al Qaeda leader said he was offering his conditional truce because polls indicated “Americans do not want to fight Muslims on Muslim land, nor do they want Muslims to fight them on their land.”

    “Bin Laden ridiculed the president’s arguments that we’re fighting them in Iraq so we don’t have to fight them here,” Scheuer said. “I think he raises that as a foreshadowing of what’s coming.”

    It’s not a demand for instant surrender, but it’s certainly a warning…

  13. Sorry Doug, powerful source and Michael Scheuer. But the credits have rolled. Perhaps we’ll do this again next week!

    Cindi, pick any mailbox in West Philly and I’ll place the “merchandise” under it.

    BTW, if you want a Flash or Photoshop graphic, let me know.

  14. I smell Ford-Family style voter fraud and I’ve gotten complaints of race-based voter intimidation.

    David Boies and Al Gore just left me a message saying that they’re “on their way over to have a talk with me.”

    This can’t be good.

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