As you may have noticed, marc’s blog has recently acquired a Contributing Editor. His name is Ron Carmean. That’s his hairy mug up on the header. The guy at the typewriter (do you younger folks know what that is?!!) is an unreasonable facsimile. Ron has a pretty good eye for stuff we can use to liven up the blog. You can expect some “holy crap!” moments once he gets started. Why, just today he proved his incomparable skills for discovering exclusive materials no other blog has. Ron leaves no stone, or piece of paper, unturned. He regularly tours the world, scouring press room floors for discarded reporter notes, picking through celebrity trash cans and hacking political e-mails. Why? Because those are the places where he finds some of the juiciest stories he’ll be sharing with us. In fact, right here and now I will share with you a list of items Ron retrieved while on his most recent trip abroad…and remember, you read it first on marc’s blog!
–found in Kremlin men’s room, scribbled on torn page from reporter’s notebook: do fact check on Vladimir Putin re his asking Edward Snowden if he’d like to have his phone number and Snowden replied, “No thanks. I’ve got it.”
–reporter’s discarded “to do” list found on Austin, TX bike trail: …ask Lance Armstrong if it’s true he has a new exercise program.
–left on a scrape piece of paper in U.S. Capitol trash can: …question for John Boehner: “When you talk to President Obama, do you ever say ‘yes?'”
—found hours later on the grass following White House press briefing in Rose Garden …ask President Obama “When you speak to Speaker John Boehner, do you ever say, ‘That’s a good idea, John. I wish I had thought of that.'”
—found in the sand on the Jersey Shore, note from editor to reporter: …ask Chris Christie how he really feels about teachers’ unions.
–found in cleavage on South Beach, Miami, reporter’s note to self: …ask LeBron James: “What’s your second favorite sport?”
–seen written on back of reporter’s bank withdrawal slip: …ask Warren Buffet what his kids give him for Christmas.
–written on ticket stub found under red carpet: …question for Jennifer Lawrence: “Are you the next Bette Davis or Kathryn Hepburn?”
–hieroglyphics spotted on pyramid wall depicting image of Mohamed Morsi: “Now you see him; now you don’t.”
–discarded reporter question found in trash can at Hollywood and Vine: …askf Steven Spielberg if there is any truth to the rumor that his next blockbuster will be “Humpty Dumpty: After the Fall.”
So there you have it. Now this is what I call good old fashioned investigative reporting. It doesn’t get any better than this. Even as we speak, Ron is busy building a network of news scavengers around the globe. I bet it won’t be long before you start coming here for all the news that’s fit to spit. Hmmm, I wonder if we’ll have room for the comics and a crossword puzzle…
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