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Iraqi shoe-thrower sentenced to three years in prison!

BAGHDAD – A court convicted an Iraqi journalist of assault Thursday for hurling his shoes at George W. Bush and sentenced him to three years in prison, prompting an outburst from his family and calls for his release from Iraqis who consider him an icon for a nation decimated by war.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, 30, defiantly shouted, "Long Live Iraq!" when the sentence was imposed, according to defense lawyers. Some of his relatives collapsed and had to be helped out of the courthouse. Others were forcibly removed by guards after shouting "Down with Bush!"

"This judiciary is unjust," al-Zeidi's brother, Dargham, said tearfully.

Other family members shouted insults against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who like al-Zeidi is a Shiite.

Although al-Zeidi received the minimum sentence — it could have been 15 years behind bars — his lawyers denounced the verdict and said they would appeal, possibly hoping a public outcry would aid their cause.

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should step in and ask for his release. I don't think Bush has had a finer moment than when he dodged that shoe. He was so quick on his feet. It was so funny. He cannot be upset with this guy for making him look better than he has looked in 8 years. Give the guy a break. Bush sits on top of the world, he can afford to be a little bit charitable for pete sake. Asking for this guys release would help Bush's tarnished legacy that he is so worried about. Forgiveness is a virtue. After all, Bush dismissed it when it happened saying, "That is what happens when a people are free." Three years in jail is not FREE. Come on, Bush.

Good point!

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You make good points there! I totally agree with you on this!

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Three Years for a shoe?

What do you get for a brick?

I’d sort of like to find out, you know what I mean?

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It's so nice how we have freed...

the Iraqis. I bet GWB will be paying him personal visits-or he will be transferred to Guantanamo. This guy should be running Iraq.

I saw that today on Chicago news. That’s a crime.

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He needs Barney as a prison guard!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze4MqlLO7LM&NR=1
lol
You're right, it IS a crime that the REAL criminals aren't locked up!

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Yeah. Old Barn the Love God would accidentally let him out…

…the first day. =)

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LOL!

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How have you been?

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Busy! Yesterday was my birthday and now I am trying to decide

what I should wear to question Justice Roberts tomorrow! lol oh god...long trip and hope I don't lose my voice! :-(

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Happy birthday!

Who’s Justice Roberts?

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The guy on the U.S. Supreme Court who swore in Obama :-(

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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I just figured it out.

Perhaps my question sounded kind of dumb but I don’t ‘get out’ as much as most people; at least not in the same way. My physical handicap (a term I’ve grown to really despise) pretty much keeps me imprisoned. I hope you never have to know firsthand what my kind of debilitation is like.

I’ll definitely pray for you.

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No, it's ok! I was frowning because he swore in Obama.

I am really sorry for your "physical handicap" for lack of a better term. May God bless us all!! I am just trying to get my nerve up to do it is all!

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What exactly are you going to do? :-/

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Well, the drive itself is one thing...public speaking another...

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I wish I could help!

Communications/speech/writing is my specialty. I seem to come by it naturally

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Lol I'm not making a speech, I just don't like audiences or

listening to myself talk. I just intend to ask about Obama's birth certificate issue.

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Oops; I kind of botched the old comment sequence.

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Haha Well, whatever! I just double-botched it! ;-)

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You…you…you double-botcher! ;-]

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That's MY job you triple-botcher! lol

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Smart alec. HEEHEEHEE

We’re really messing up this thread! We’re so proud. (But don’t worry; we’re of Scandinavian heritage—we can do whatever the heck we want. (I think it’s a law or something.)

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Yup! That's the Norwegian grandmother I knew! lol

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Now I’M rolling on the floor laughing.

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Hahaha me too!

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Never waste a good sense of humor.

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Yes, like money and water, it's a terrible thing to waste! lol

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