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Cheney wannabe, Blackwater-in-exile, Jerry Brown on Goebbels, and the sad plight of Wall Street lobbyists

Dick Cheney sighting?

The Associated Press reports that an American man armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was caught in northern Pakistan, claiming he was on a one-man mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Authorities identified the man as 52-year-old California construction worker Gary Brooks Faulkner, who had plans to cross into Afghanistan to hunt the terrorist leader. The episode brings to mind the "Saturday Night Live" spoof of former vice president Cheney in a cave in Kandahar, stalking bin Laden with the benefit of a "bionic ticker" that makes him invisible to radar and brews Sanka: "I'm a one-man Afghani wrecking crew!"

Faulkner and Cheney aren't the only soldiers of fortune on the march. Blackwater owner Erik Prince, according to a report in the Nation magazine, is planning to move to the United Arab Emirates. This, the magazine says, could have something to do with the fact there is no extradition treaty between the USA and the UAE. Five of Prince's deputies have been indicted on conspiracy, weapons and obstruction charges.


Jerry Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor of California, has apparently received an errant moonbeam. First he said the campaign of his Republican opponent, Meg Whitman, was "like Goebbels" in its propagandizing. He apologized for that, but then found himself with more explaining to do when he joked about his program for the state's budget deficit: "I have a plan. I'll tell you after the election." That, Whitman's campaign pointed out, sounded a bit like Nixon's "secret plan" for getting out of Vietnam.

Whitman is making no secret of her plan to win the race. The Los Angeles Times reports that she put another $20 million into her campaign, bringing her total personal spending on the race to more than $91 million.


A terrible hardship has befallen the men and women who run our government. We speak, of course, of the lobbyists. "Lobbyists Can't Get in Door," reports the Wall Street Journal. In this tale of woe, lobbyists are finding it difficult to reach lawmakers as they negotiate the final details of the Wall Street reform bill. "One bank has complained that it no longer has access to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank." The horror! Also, Frank and the committee's ranking Republican, Rep. Spencer Bachus, "have postponed scheduled fund-raising events." But fear not, dear lobbyists: The lawmakers' self-deprivation will not last more than a couple of weeks.

With Matt DeLong, Felicia Sonmez and Dylan Matthews.

By Dana Milbank  | June 15, 2010; 10:28 PM ET
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Say what you will about Faulkner, I'm glad someone was actually still looking for OBL.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 16, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I know how to get Barney's attention....throw him a 'bone'.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 16, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Like Jerry Brown or not, he's telling the truth about Meg Whitman.

Posted by: jjedif | June 16, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

You gotta love the man for trying.

But Faulkner, before you went all the way half way around the world, you should have checked the Bush Ranch in Crawford, Texas first.

I heard Bush was having Osama Bin Laden over for a lengthy stay to thank Bin Laden for the 2 terms in the White House.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 16, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The joke around Nashville is that we've received ironclad intelligence that OBL is hiding near the intersection of Old Hicory Boulevard and one of the interstates. Bad news is we don't know which of the 100 or so of such intersections it is.

Posted by: JoeT1 | June 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

eBay is a Nazis Company?

Hey, Jerry I going to retrieve that incident back when you was Governor previously, and you Linda Ronstadt went to Africa and she realize what a Coward WIMP you was!

I can't recall exactly the details, except she was more of a MAN then you!

Posted by: theaz | June 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Jerry Brown is a booorriiinnnggg liberal weenie.
A real democrat wuss, and irrelevant as usual.

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Brown's Nazi comment will get as much play int the post as Fiorina's comment about Boxer's hair. Comparing someone to a Nazi is little more serious than making comments about someone's hair I would think but the Post has it's own bias's so I'm sure the Nazi comment will dissapear.

Posted by: RobT1 | June 16, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Jerry Brown on re-energizing Whitman's campaign. Just when a flap over Whitman assaulting an employee was giving her a couple of cycles of bad press, Brown comes to the rescue in grand style.

Posted by: blert | June 16, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This story is at least a week old. But that's what WaPo calls "news" unless, of course, the story is about a Republican or other conservative. Then its treated like breaking news.

Posted by: infuse | June 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Leona Whitman just can't seem to get away with nothing.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 16, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Guess Faulkner qualifies to be CA's Governor if Jerry doesn't make it.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Whatever...Jerry should apologize FOR NOTHING!!! In the age of swift boating and commercialized race baiting, game on, I say.

Repubs and Dems refer to good old Adolf and his Third Reich to score political points. Silly, but welcome to American politics and campaigns.

My bet: Evil Empress Eva Whitman, who mingles with right wing maniacs and is in bed with Wall Street, is going down! GOING DOWN!

Posted by: theodorebrown | June 16, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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