Sean Penn Can Help You Escape Bolivia

Sean Penn Can Help You Escape Bolivia

Submitted by hart20 on December 18th, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Currently stuck in Bolivia? Sean Penn can help you out with that:

It's a smoke and mirrors saga fit for Hollywood, complete with a major movie star, murky reports of a kidnapping and an American fugitive sneaking across the border of a nation unfriendly to the U.S.

Little is being revealed about Jacob Ostreicher's flight from house arrest in Bolivia and into the care of actor-activist Sean Penn.

The New York businessman arrived in the U.S. on Monday after an ordeal that began more than two years ago when he was jailed as part of a money laundering probe into a rice-growing venture.

No one is saying how the 54-year-old fled, or who helped him.

"You'll never find out," Peter Hakim, president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, said Tuesday. If the U.S. was involved, "it was done through layers and layers of cover," he said.


Not OT, because Bolivia, obviously.



Submitted by profitgoblue on December 12th, 2013 at 1:01 PM
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"
-Emma Lazarus
Did you wake up one morning and find yourself stranded in Bolivia with nowhere to turn for help?  Did you anger the Moderators at some point and now struggle to regain credibility with your MGoPeers?  Do you find the accommodations in Bolivia to not be as comfortable are you imagined before flaming out?  Does your negative MGoPoint total make you feel somehow inadequate (or even impotent)?  Do people just hate you in general?
If your answer to any of these questions, have no fear!  I may be able to help . . .
As some of you know I am a very busy and important MGoLawyer and have very little time for common MGoFolk.  However, I was allegedly recently forced to do community service - I allegedly had no alleged idea that alleged prostitute was an alleged undercover cop! - and I will be serving my alleged time by representing one lucky MGoOutcast in an attempt to re-establish and welcome them back into MGoSociety.
Please be advised that this will not be an easy process.  You will be required to be on your best behavior, to participate in all sorts of discussions on the Board by making thoughtful and positive contributions to discussions through GIFs, PICs, or memes.  However, at the end of the day, you may find yourself free, free as a bird.  On of our fellow MGoMembers "FuManBlue" can attest to my abilities:
If you are interested in restaining my services free of charge, please submit a well-written application below, stating why you deserve to have MGoTransport out of Bolivia and be welcomed back into society.  I will consider each application on a first-come, first-serve basis and reserve all rights to reject any application for any reason that I choose in my sole discretion.  To all of you other members of the MGoCommunity, please submit all comments in support or against said applications in reasponse to each application.  Your participation in evaluting these applications for representation is critical. 
Disclaimer:  I will also be soliciting the opinions of the moderators prior to taking up a case.  It may be that no applicants are worthy, or it may be that I simply decide that this idea was dumb and will take too much time, in which case you can all rot in Bolivia for all I care.  I'll just join a chain gang to serve my alleged sentence.  I mean, how was I supposed to know that people aren't supposed to allegedly pay for alleged favors of a sexual nature!  Allegedly.
The idea of resurrecting this came to me from a discussion with member "OMG Shirtless" in the spirit of the new old point system being operational again.

[OT, Meta, Politics] Abraham Lincoln and the little-known origin of an mgoblog meme

[OT, Meta, Politics] Abraham Lincoln and the little-known origin of an mgoblog meme

Submitted by Yeoman on April 30th, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Found this in Reinhard Luthin's First Lincoln Campaign; I think the good professor may not have fully recognized the significance of the tale he tells.

You probably know the story of the 1860 Republican convention—the leading candidate, William Seward, was opposed by conservatives because his strong anti-slavery position made success in the western border states doubtful; the anti-immigrant sentiments of the more conservative #2, Edward Bates, made him anathema among German-Americans.

In the days leading up to the balloting Lincoln's supporters had made inroads among the opponents to Seward as a possible compromise candidate without the baggage of Bates. Enough progress had been made by the night of the nomination that the vote on the third ballot was Lincoln 231 1/2, Seward 180, with 233 needed to nominate.

At this point Joseph Medill, a former Ohioan now publisher of the Chicago Press and Tribune, who had been asked by Lincoln's managers to sit with the Ohio delegation to prevent a defection to Seward of Ohio's votes, most of which had been committed to Salmon Chase and favorite son Benjamin Wade, whispered to David Cartter that if the 4 votes from Wade's delegates were switched from Chase to Lincoln, “Ohio would be well cared for.” After a few moments Cartter stood: “I rise, Mr. Chairman, to announce the change of four votes of Ohio from Mr. Chase to Mr. Lincoln.” The nomination was Lincoln's.

That was Medill's story, anyway. Cartter claimed that it wasn't just Ohio, but Cartter himself, that Medill had promised would be “well cared for,” and he came to Washington after the inauguration to lay claim to the governorship of the Nebraska territory that he said Medill had promised him.

This posed a problem. The slavery crisis was then largely focused on the territories, especially Kansas and Nebraska. The governorship of Nebraska was no small matter and it couldn't be handed to any joker claiming he'd been made a patronage promise by a newspaperman not even directly part of Lincoln's staff. On the other hand, Medill had clearly said something to get Cartter to change the votes, and Lincoln couldn't very well have Cartter out there telling stories about how he and his men couldn't be trusted to keep their promises. What to do?

Any reader of mgoblog probably has the solution, but it took a man of real vision to come up with it in 1861, well over a century before the first internet troll....

David Kellogg Cartter was named Minister to Bolivia.

Enjoy your time in La Paz, Mr. Cartter. Points come back when the war is over.



META: Looking to get banned from MGoBlog?

META: Looking to get banned from MGoBlog?

Submitted by profitgoblue on September 19th, 2011 at 2:39 PM

This thread is a public service announcement to any of those MGoReaders that are looking for a sure-fire way to get to Bolivian . . . Inasfar as this moderator is concerned, the fastest and easiest way to get banned from the site (if I have any say in the matter) is to "out" a fellow member of the community or other nameless celebrity/personality. 

Do not - I repeat - DO NOT post any personal information about a fellow MGoMember without prior written approval

References to fellow readers are acceptable (as long as it is positive and not argument-inducing). For example:  "Lloyd Brady is awesome" OR "Profitgoblue is extremely intelligent" OR "StephenRKass has a great username." (oops!)

But consider yourself forewarned:  If I see or if anyone notifies us in the Moderator Action Sticky (link at top of page) that you are "outing" a fellow member, I will do everything in my power to make sure that you are not able to post again.

Thank you, and have a nice day.