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TRIPOLI, Libya When Moammar Ghadafi, dictator/tyrant/bad-boy/terrorist turned humanitarian/man-about-town, announced that he was ready to "assume the position and kiss and make up" with the United States last week, most journalists reported that it was for economic/oil reasons. However, top advisors to the man, whose last name is spelled so many different ways by the media that not even his own mother is sure how it should be spelled, today revealed a surprising personal reason for the about face.
"Have you seen Mo' lately?" asked his top aide. "He's not getting any younger and years of exposure to the harsh Libyan desert climate have played havoc with his skin. He saw the crude makeover that Saddam got when he got captured - blunt haircut, quick shave, cursory dental exam - and vowed that would never happen to him. He's hoping that by giving up his weapons of mass humanitarianism he can snag a guest appearance on 'Extreme Makeover.'"
Although the aides' claim could not be immediately confirmed, fellow Libyans recount how Ghadafi has been running around the countryside recently muttering, "Well, at least I look better than Glen Campbell, don't I?"
Mr. Campbell could not be reached for comment but his press agent did confirm that he was last seen "driving the main road searching in the sun for another overload."
In related news, Ghadafi also admitted that Strom Thurmond was his father, thus confirming a story that has been grist for the Libyan rumor mill for many years.
"I am hopeful that when I come to the US for my appearance on 'Extreme Makeover,' I can meet some of my many half brothers and sisters," he said.
Naomi D. Plume
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