When word first circulated around the Internet of a billboard showing a smiling George W. Bush emblazoned with the message "Miss me yet?" some thought it was another viral e-mail hoax.
But it wasn't.
The billboard along Interstate 35 near Wyoming, Minnesota is real.
So who bought it?
The Nation's Capital fell to conquerors this week, defeated by a mighty force that overwhelmed the might of a world superpower.
The Washington Post announced on its front page that the National Capital Region "surrendered" to Mother Nature.
Overwhelmed by the weekend blizzard that dumped more than two feet of snow on the center of power and politics in America, nature hit the region with a second strike Tuesday, adding five inches of snow to the mix along with sleet, freezing rain and more misery and woe.
Federal officials announced the government would remain closed for the week. The city's Metro subway system is operating only underground, leaving suburbs without service because most of their stations -- including the one that serves Washington's National Airport -- are above ground.
More than 230,000 federal employees in the National Capital Region stayed home for a second day Tuesday as Washington and the surrounding area tried to dig out of the record-breaking storm that dumped more than two feet of snow over the weekend.
Taxi drivers collected a $100 "snow fare" over the standard rate for anyone who needed to get to the region's airports and Washingtonians braced for even more snow bearing down on the area.
"I'm done with city, urban snow life," Washington resident Chis Vaughan told The Associated Press. Vaughan managed to avoid the "snow fare" by bribing a friend with a bottle of wine in exchange for a trip to the airport.
Joe Farah, the bombastic, right-wing extremist who runs WorldNetDaily, tried to interject the long-ago discredited "birther" movement into the Tea Party convention over the weekend.
Farah devoted 10 minutes of a speech to the convention rehasing the same, tired questions over President Barack Obama's citizenship while overlooking -- as he always does -- the simple fact that the State of Hawaii verified Obama's birth and ended the debate in the eyes of all but the most fanatical zealots.
His comments irritated blogger Andrew Briebart who told WND's Chelsea Schilling that Farah was barking up the wrong tree.
Republicans have said all along they want the health care debate out in the open and criticized President Barack Obama for holding discussions behind closed doors.
So Obama proposes a televised summit with Democrats and Republicans and now the GOP says it's not too sure that's such a good idea.
Republicans have issued a list of "pre-conditions" and -- if they don't get what they want -- they might not show up.
Some feel Obama and the Democrats are laying a trap and they say they're not going to walk into it.
You know times are bad when the Mortgage Bankers Association, the outfit that represents more than 2,000 real estate finance companies, can't afford its own mortgage and has to dump its property at a loss.
The MBA has sold its 10-story headquarters in Washington, DC, for half what it paid for the building just three years ago.
The top counterterrorism adviser to President Barack Obama struck back at Republican members of Congress Sunday, saying they use national security issues as a "political football" for their own agenda.
Republicans have pounded the White House for mistakes in the arrest of Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, accused of the failed Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.
"Quite frankly I'm tiring of politicians using national security issues such as terrorism as political football. They're going out there, they're unknowing of the facts, and they're making charges and allegations that are not anchored in reality," White House counterrorism adviser John Brennan told David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Yes, Sarah Palin is considering a Presidential run.
Yes, she would do it is she thought the country needed her and if she thought it was "right" for America and her family.
No, we're not making this up.
Is lying about military service and claiming to have won a medal a crime or just bragging that is covered by freedom of speech?
That's a question facing federal courts right now as they struggle to deal with those who lie about being war heroes.
The question tests the validity of the Stolen Valor Act, a law passed by Congress three years ago that makes it a federal crime to falsely claim to have received a medal from the military. Those convicted face up to a year in jail even if they haven't profited from the lie.
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School says the law could violate the First Amendment protections of free speech because it, in effect, makes it illegal for someone to brag.
"Half the pickup lines in bars across the country could be criminalized under the concept," Turley says.
When it came to stunts, nothing was too gonzo for James O'Keefe.
The man who offered himself up as a pimp to set up activists at ACORN would do just about anything for the cause -- as long as the cause was conservative and anti-liberal.
O'Keefe would set up bogus photo ops, brandish over-sized checks and even dress up in a chicken suit if it suited the purpose.
He produced a video, "Bailout Prize Patrol, on YouTube a year before his famous ACORN "pimp" undercover video.
Sometimes people laughed. Other times they called the cops, like the New Jersey bank branch manager who wasn't amused when O'Keefe and four others conned her into posting for a photograph with an oversized check that was supposed to represent federal bailout funds.