Tuesday, December 14, 2004
"SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Osama bin Laden take note: You wouldn't be safe in Costa Rica. A startled taxi driver shot and wounded a jokester wearing a plastic mask of the al-Qaida leader, police said Tuesday.

Leonel Arias, 47, told police he was playing a practical joke by donning the Bin Laden mask, toting his pellet rifle and jumping out to scare drivers on a narrow street in his hometown, Carrizal de Alajuela, about 20 miles north of San Jose.

Arias had startled several drivers that way on Monday afternoon. But when he jumped out in front of taxi driver Juan Pablo Sandoval, the motorist reached for a gun and shot him twice in the stomach. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

"For me and I think for anybody else at a time like that one thinks the worst and so I fired my gun," Sandoval told Channel 7 television.

Police declined to detain Sandoval, saying he had believed he was acting in self-defense"
That's funny right there, I don't care who you are. I bet that jackass learned his lesson.

Kojo Annan criticized the inquiries into the oil for blood scandal.
"In a written statement to the network, the 31-year-old said: 'I have never participated directly or indirectly in any business related to the United Nations'"
I guess he forgot all about his job at Cotecna, a Swiss based company that was hired by the United Nations in 1998 to verify paperwork on imports purchased by Iraq with revenues from its oil exports.

The Only Thing Necessary For Evil To Triumph
Is For Good Men To Do Nothing