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From our good friends at (not the exact link for the story, will transcribe it exactly out of the paper).

Ted Turned Down As Baghdad Bait

Ted Turner says he tried to go to Baghdad to cover the war for CNN but wasn't allowed.
Turner, the largest shareholder of CNN parent AOL Time Warner, volunteered for dangerous war-zone duty, but said his CNN executives believed he couldn't handle it.
"I'm 64, pretty much financially wiped out, and it would be a dramatic way to exit the world," Turner told an audience of media luminaries yesterday at a Newhouse School of Public Communications breakfast.
"But they said no, I 'wasn't qualified.' How qualified do you have to be? Holding the microphone and describing the world falling apart isn't a magical thing...'I'm here in Baghdad...bombs are everywhere...'"
Turner says his offer "was a spur of the moment thing."
"Some [at CNN] wanted to pull I said I'll stay in Baghdad if no one else will, but they don't want me to," Turner told his audience, including a chuckling NBC anchor Tom Brokaw.
"Qualifications didn't have anything to do with it. I wasn't qualified to start CNN, I wasn't qualified for anything-I was a classics major in college."
CNN had no comment on Turner's ofer, but said it has a four-person crew remaining in Baghdad.
Turner says he still has some hard feelings against former AOL Timer Warner CEO Jerry Levin for pursuing the AOL merger, against Turner's better judgement.
"I had a deal to buy NBC, but Jerry [Levin] killed it. If we'd merged with NBC instead of AOL, we'd have a $50 stock today," Turner said.
Levin, now retired, couldn't be reached for comment.

Is it time to just put Ted in the special facility with the nice white jackets? But, if Ted decides to go to Baghdad, can he bring his peanut farming buddy Jimmy with him?

If it wasn't for war, you wouldn't know what peace was.
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Part of me still hopes he spends the rest of his money to bankroll the NWA...

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.
- Theodore Roosevelt, Ocotber 12, 1915
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Say what you will about Ted, but his restaurant down the street from me Ted's (in Atlanta of course) is GREAT! I hope the man lives for 100 years so we all can eat Bison burgers 24/7.

RIP Curt Hennig: Yeah, they call me a redneck, but you know---that's a beautiful thing!

You don't get it boy, this isn't a mudhole... it's an operating table. And I'm the surgeon.
Something tells me to stop with the leg. I don't listen to it.
But where in the world is there in the world
A man so extroardinaire?

C'est moi, c'est moi, I'm forced to admit!
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