Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
A British software company is developing a video game in which users pretend to be Guantanamo Bay inmates who kill prison guards to escape.
The London Telegraph reports the makers have hired former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg as a consultant for the game, "Rendition: Guantanamo." The FBI says Begg admitted to training with, and recruiting for, Al Qaeda, as well as providing money and material support.
Begg says: "I'm involved to make sure it is as true to life as possible."
The company gets around the obvious public relations issue of shooting at U.S. soldiers by pretending that Guantanamo has been sold to mercenaries. Zarrar Chishti, the director of T-Enterprise, the company that makes the game, says: "We've had a lot of hate mail about this... but no U.S. or British soldiers get killed in it. The only ones being killed are mercenaries."
Away From Home
British Home Secretary Jackie Smith is the latest casualty of the Parliament expenses scandal. British media reports say Smith will resign and focus on retaining her Parliament seat. Smith's husband submitted reimbursement receipts for adult movies. Ms. Smith also allegedly used taxpayer funds to buy digital cameras, a camcorder and an iPhone.
We reported last month that Smith is being sued by American conservative radio host Michael Savage, after placing him on a list of individuals who cannot enter the United Kingdom.
Moore of the Same
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is welcoming the bankruptcy of General Motors. He writes in the Huffington Post: "I find myself filled with — dare I say — joy... the only way to save GM is to kill GM."
Moore suggests auto plants be converted to manufacture mass transit systems: "The things we call 'cars' may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature. To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet."
Moore says, to pay for it all, the president should impose a $2 tax on every gallon of gasoline.
Iranian officials continue to resist American requests to halt their nuclear program and have blamed the U.S. for last week's mosque bombing in the southeastern part of the country. So how are we responding? With an invitation to a barbecue.
The State Department has told all U.S. embassies that American diplomats are free to invite their Iranian counterparts to Fourth of July celebrations. Those festivities usually feature fireworks, food, and speeches about American values.
— FOX News Channel's Zachary Kenworthy contributed to this report.