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Monday, February 21, 2011

Rained Out

Most of the Arab world was waiting when word came that Brother Leader Qadhafi was finally going to make a TV appearance.

It lasted about 22 seconds:
"I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela," he said, under a large umbrella in the rain and leaning out of the front seat of a van.
Reports on Monday said Gaddafi had fled to Venezuela. Gaddafi, in his first televised appearance since protests to topple him started last week, said "I wanted to say something to the youths at the Green Square (in Tripoli) and stay up late with them but it started raining. Thank God, it's a good thing," Gaddafi said in a 22-second appearance.
Other reports say he denounced "dog radios" for their reporting. Someone has tweeted that he beat out even ‘Omar Suleiman for shortest political speech ever.

He may be massacring his own people, but he is still as unpredictable as ever. As is his choice of clothing.

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