News Anchor Dan Rather, NPR Reporter Cokie Roberts and a U. S. Marine > > > were hiking through the desert one day when they were captured by > > > Iraqis. > > > > > > They were tied up, led to the village and brought before the leader. > > > The leader said, "I am familiar with your western custom of granting > > > the condemned a last wish. Before we kill and dismember you, do you > > > have any last requests?" > > > > > > Dan Rather said, "Well, I'm a Texan; so I'd like one last bowl full > of > > > hot, spicy chili." The leader nodded to an underling who left and > > > returned with the chili.. Rather ate it all and said, "Now I can die > > > content." > > > > > > Cokie Roberts said, "I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my > > > tape recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen. > > > Maybe someday someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till > > > the end.." The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder > > > and Roberts dictated some comments. She then said, "Now I can die > > > happy." > > > > > > The leader turned and said, "And now, Mr. U. S. Marine, what is your > > > final wish?" "Kick me in the *** ," said the Marine." > > > > > > "What?" asked the leader. "Will you mock us in your last hour?" > > > > > > "No, I'm not kidding. I want you to kick me in the *** ," insisted the > > > Marine. > > > > > > So the leader shoved him into the open, and kicked him in the *** . > The > > > Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9mm pistol > > > from inside his cammies, and shot the leader dead. In the resulting > > > confusion, he leapt to his knapsack, pulled out his M4 carbine, and > > > sprayed the Iraqis with gunfire. In a flash, the Iraqis were dead or > > > fleeing for their lives. > > > > > > As the Marine was untying Rather and Roberts, they asked him, "Why > > > didn't you just shoot them? Why did you ask them to kick you in the > > > *** ?" > > > > > > "What!?" said the Marine, "And have you liberal ******** call ME the > > > aggressor?" Violet, Go Cubbies!