They were supposed to have a celebration for him in his hometown, but that has been canceled due to the influence of the Drudge/FOX right wing propaganda machine and a clueless American public.
I am still trying to figure out what it is about this guy that we didn't know years ago. I read that excellent Rolling Stone article back in 2012 for crying out loud, and everything we are learning about him now we read about him back then.
I suspect that all the politicians in Washington knew his story as well. Of course you wouldn't know it now by listening to the flip flopping from some of them.
"Republicans are executing some Looney Tunes-style moves as they scramble to condemn the deal releasing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, after having earlier called on the Obama administration to work hard to secure his release:
In the clearest contradiction, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in February that he “would be inclined to support” “an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man,” like the one Taliban officials had offered in 2012. He has since labeled Obama’s deal “ill-founded” and a “mistake.” [...]
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) — the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee — has also said that the U.S. “must make every effort to bring this captured soldier home to his family.” But appearing on Fox News just days after Bergdahl’s release, Inhofe criticized the administration for agreeing to free “people who have killed Americans, people who are the brain power of Taliban.”New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte ran the same play, focusing repeatedly on the need for Bergdahl's release. Basically, for these charmers, it was "Bring him home, bring him home, why aren't you doing whatever is needed to bring him home? Sure, swap some prisoners, just bring him home" only to be followed by "why did you do that?" once Bergdahl was released. And if President Obama hadn't gone through with the deal and news of that had gone through, McCain would likely have gone charging onto the Sunday morning talk shows to denounce the president for leaving an American soldier in captivity. It's all about opposing Obama with these guys, always.
Several Republicans also celebrated Bergdahl's release on Twitter, only to delete those tweets as the issue became politicized. Those stalwarts include Reps. Lee Terry and Mark Amodei and Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst. For Democrats, meanwhile, the bottom line continues to be this:
We rescue our soldiers first and ask questions later. If action by justice system is needed, I prefer American justice over Taliban justice." [Source]
Bowe might tend to disagree.
Finally, back in the eighties I met a guy in my hometown who was visiting Jamaica and he wanted to smoke some collie.
He wanted to know where the best Jamaican ganja was and I told him (not being a weed smoker myself) that he could get good weed darn near anywhere on the island, but that the less humid parishes like Manchester and St Ann is probably where he would find his best stuff.
I saw the guy again a few weeks later and he told me that he was quitting his job in Texas and moving to Jamaica. "The shit is that good", he told me.
I thought about that dude while reading about Maureen Dowd's "excellent adventure" in Colorado.
Girlfriend wanted to do like the Romans while in Denver and found herself tripping out on some edible weed.
"What could go wrong with a bite or two?" Dowd writes in the column (titled "Don't Harsh Our Mellow, Dude"). "Everything, as it turned out."
According to Dowd, she didn't feel anything at first. But an hour later, while the 62-year-old was relaxing in her hotel room with a glass of chardonnay, things began to deteriorate:
'I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn’t answer, he’d call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy. '
Maureen you naughty girl.
'I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall. As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.'
After Dowd's near-death experience, she says she interviewed "a medical consultant at an edibles plant" who told her marijuana candy bars "are supposed to be cut into 16 pieces for novices," but that "hadn’t been on the label." [Source]
Maureen should have written an article or two while she was high, because unfortunately she hasn't written a decent one while sober for a minute.
Besides, I doubt that she is a "novice".
Some folks will do anything for attention.