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Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2004 8:18 am | Updated: 5:28 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

BRICK to Arizona State University assistant professor John Leanos, who has been putting up anti-war fliers on Valley streets with a photo of Army Ranger and former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman and an antiwar message written in the first person, as though it were something Tillman himself had said.

Leanos told KPHO-TV in Phoenix that he respects Tillman, who was killed in action in Afghanistan — an utterly nonsensical statement, given the flagrant disdain of his gesture for the cause for which Tillman gave the last full measure of devotion.

BRICK to county elections director Karen Osborne for failing to make sure one stamp would be enough for voters to send in their mail-in ballots. Turns out some of the ballots were returned for insufficient postage. Osborne since has made arrangements with the Postal Service to deliver the ballots and for taxpayers to pick up the tab for any additional postage needed.

BRICK to the terrorist vermin of the Tawhid and Jihad gang in Iraq, who have foully murdered yet another of their hostages, Kenneth Bigley of Britain. Bigley’s slow and painful decapitation was captured on a video by his killers, who had earlier released videos showing the 62-year-old construction engineer tearfully pleading for his life. This barbarity is fresh proof — as if anyone needed it — of the utter depravity of the radical Islamic enemy.

BOUQUETS to all the people who’ve made the effort to register to vote, including the 21,000 Arizonans who registered on Monday, the deadline to vote in the Nov. 2 General Election. And BRICKS to those who couldn’t bother, but who will still grouse about the election outcome.

BOUQUET to U.S. chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer, for detailing in his report released Thursday the multifarious ways in which Saddam Hussein skimmed mountains of money from the grotesquely corrupt United Nations oil-for-food program that was intended to provide relief for the privation ordinary Iraqis were suffering because of U.N. sanctions imposed after the 1991 Gulf War. The U.N.’s many uncritical admirers would do well to peruse Duelfer’s findings.

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