Tuesday edition - January 10, 2006

Connecting the Dots: Abramoff and Rove
Rolling Stone - 1-9-06
Did you know that Jack Abramoff and Karl Rove shared an executive assistant?
In 2001, Karl Rove needed a Gal Friday, someone to help oversee the "strategic planning, political affairs, public liaison, and intergovernmental affairs efforts of the White House."

He chose Susan Ralston, who came highly recommended from a friend: Jack Abramoff.

Report: Iraq war costs could top $2 trillion
Christian Science Monitor, MA - 1-10-06
A new study by Columbia University economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001, and Harvard lecturer Linda Bilmes concludes that ...

Pentagon rejected Bremer's call for troops
San Jose Mercury News,  USA - Jan 9, 2006
WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials acknowledged Monday that Paul Bremer, the senior ... needed to effectively fight the insurgency but his advice was rejected. ...


Stick a needle in his eye...

President Bush returned $6000 given to him by super lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He said he hadn't done anything with the money. In fact, it still had the original strings attached.—Jay Leno

The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News

If we succeed in planting democracy in Iraq and the Middle East, maybe we can get some cuttings to grow back here in the U.S. – Zing!

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Disturbing News


Subject: Who's the Capo di tutti Capi?


Another good one (as usual) with "The Abramoff Papers"!

Being half Italian, it inspired this:

Abramoff's singing against his "pal's" wishes,
while they're saying, "Whadda doity rat dis is!"
Jack is saying half in jest:
"Where's my bullet-proof vest?"
While he hopes not to sleep with the fishes.


The Capo di tutti Capi is probably Cheney, eh? These guys are our very own Ivy League Sopranos, they steal everything from votes to oil. And some of them even dress like Al Capone. Great comedy fodder. I couldn't make this stuff up.
Love the poem!

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The Top 10 Conservative Idiots

Republican Shenanigans

Things are so bad now the Iraqis are offering to help us restore democracy in Washington." --Jay Leno

 Alito Has Memory Lapse

CONCERNED ALUMNI OF PRINCETON: Alito said he had no specific memory of the organization, which Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt. described as resisting the admission of women and minorities to the Ivy League school. Alito acknowledged that he must have been a member, since he listed the group on a 1985 job application, but said he would remember if he had been actively involved in it.

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Even when she's perfecting her tan, Sheryl Crow can't get George Bush off her mind.

One Republican Facing Reality and Probably Retribution

"We simply have too much power," says Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaking of lawmakers' ability to target tax dollars for particular projects, contractors or campaign donors. "We Republicans have abused that power badly over the past several years."

The scandals spring from several factors, ethics authorities say. The Republican Party enjoys nearly unchallenged control of the federal government. The congressional ethics committees, which normally enforce the rules, have been moribund.

Rock-The-Voter News


"Did you hear about this, Pat Robertson said that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s massive stroke was God’s punishment for him giving up Israeli Territory? If you are playing along at home, this is Pat’s first idiotic statement of the New Year." --Jay Leno

Yet More Connected Dots

Bob Ney, chairman of the House Administration Committee, seems to have particularly welcomed Abramoff's favors.

To hear Ney's friends tell it, the five-term Ohio Republican was set up. He was lulled into believing that a golfing trip to St. Andrews in Scotland with Abramoff and Reed in 2003 was perfectly acceptable because he was told, said one ally, that "it's just like the trip DeLay took" with Abramoff two years earlier. The official purpose, listed on House disclosure forms, was to give "a speech to Scottish Parliamentarians." Never mind that the Scottish Parliament was not in session

Biz/Tech News

When you have to choose between heating and eating, your government has failed you. – Zing!

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Author Explores CIA Connections to Torture Tactics From Cold War to Present

"The origins of the Abu Ghraib scandal and the Guantanamo controversy can be traced very directly to the 1950s, when the Central Intelligence Agency launched a massive mind-control project that discovered psychological torture. This proved an unheralded scientific breakthrough, indeed, the first real revolution in five centuries in the cruel science of pain," McCoy says.

Bush-Prison-Torture News

"According to the Washington Post, Vice President Dick Cheney is limping today because he injured his foot. Cheney said 'If you think my foot looks bad, you should see the old lady I was kicking.'" --Conan O'Brien

Go-F***-Yourself News

"Republicans now want Donald Trump to run for governor of New York. I think it'd be nice to see the guy get a little publicity for a change. Friends though say that Donald is very excited about this and he's seriously thinking about throwing his hair into the ring" --David Letterman

Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime

It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.

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Odd News



Artist's rendition of the Milky Way, obtained from Smithsonian-Harvard CFA. The most prominent of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies called the Magellanic Clouds appears to be interacting with the Milky Way's dark matter, creating a mysterious warp in the galactic disk, astronomers said.