Wednesday edition - January 11, 2006

Democrats Attack Alito's Refusal to Disavow 1985 Abortion Memo
Bloomberg - 1-11-06
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito's refusal to disavow his 1985 view that there is no constitutional right to abortion was attacked by Democrats as the Senate Judiciary Committee resumed his confirmation hearings.

Amnesty releases new claims of torture, ill-treatment at Guantanamo
Forbes -
The father-of-two was shackled, blindfolded and gagged, put on a small, private plane and taken, possibly via Azerbaijan, to Afghanistan, where he was held 'in secret, illegally and incommunicado' for two years, Amnesty said.

Amnesty said al-Hela suffered psychological torture at five prisons in or around Kabul, a number of them underground, before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay in September 2004.

Pentagon's inspector general won't probe US eavesdropping
Indianapolis Star, United States -
Rejecting Democratic requests, the Justice Department's independent watchdog says it does not have jurisdiction to investigate the legality of the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.


It's surprising that Republicans are against abortion, they kill or torture everything else.



Bush declares War on Ethics: "We've got more than we really need." – Grant Gerver

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

"As veterans and soon to be veterans, you have placed the nation's security before your own lives. You took an oath to defend our flag and our freedom, and you kept that oath underseas [sic] and under fire." (Applause.) -- George W. Bush misspeaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Washington


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Abramoff Supporter

Talk about going against the grain: while all in Washington are scrambling to distance themselves from Jack Abramoff, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher leapt to his defense Tuesday… You may remember that Rohrabacher made headlines a few months back when it was revealed that he had opened doors in Washington for Joseph Medawar, a small-time Hollywood producer pitching a TV series about the Department of Homeland Security, after Medawar had paid $23,000 to option Baja, a 30-year old script the congressman had written.

Disturbing News

A President's wishful thinking: "Your great, great grandchildren will see the Iraqi democracy I've promised."  – Grant Gerver

Some Call It Blackmail

A U.S. campaign to remake the United Nations through an infusion of democratic values and corporate efficiency has stalled, raising the prospect that Washington lawmakers will exact a financial penalty on the world body to back up their demands for change… Failure to break the stalemate would give momentum to Republican lawmakers who want to withhold half of the $429 million in U.S. contributions to the UN's 2006 budget.




Republican Shenanigans

DeLaying the Inevitable

A day before a television ad linking Rep. Tom DeLay to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was set to hit the airwaves in the Houston area, lawyers for his campaign told local stations Tuesday that the ad contained falsehoods and hinted that it could lead to court action.

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Israel Throws Out The Moneychanger

Israel will not do business with Pat Robertson after the evangelical leader suggested Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's massive stroke was divine punishment for the Gaza withdrawal, a tourism official said Wednesday.

 Pat Robertson is proof that God is punishing America. – Zing!

Rock-The-Voter News

 Conan the Unlicensed

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to update his driver's license after police determined he had been riding his Harley Davidson illegally when he got into a minor accident over the weekend…Schwarzenegger said he had a motorcycle license when he lived in Europe but never considered obtaining another one after he immigrated to the United States in 1968.

 “Do you know what the difference is between a bribe and a gift? Neither does Congress, that’s the problem.”—Jay Leno

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Biz/Tech News

 Because of the Jack Abramoff and Duke Cunningham bribery scandals, Republicans in Congress are now putting together what they call a sweeping lobbying reform package. It's such a popular idea that they're charging companies a million dollars to sponsor it.—Jay Leno

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 Bush-Prison-Torture News

“If Pat Robertson ever gets tired of being a televangelist, he would make a great administrator for an HMO. ‘Broken leg? Yeah, God’s mad at you.’”—Jay Leno

College Loans Higher?- Thank Dick Cheney

It won't take an economics degree for college students to figure out what happened while they were away on winter break: Student loans got more expensive.
The increased costs, scheduled to kick in July 1, are the result of a federal budget-cutting bill approved by the Senate just before Christmas. It has attracted limited attention from college leaders during the holidays, but education officials said that would probably change when students return this month.

With a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Dick Cheney, the Senate voted 51-50 to cut $12.7 billion from the federal government's student-aid programs


Go-F***-Yourself News

 A movie theater in Utah abruptly cancelled a screening of the movie Brokeback Mountain. They felt it was inappropriate for the community standards. Instead, they ran Deliverance..—Jay Leno

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Odd News


The spaceship Stardust is pictured in this artist's rendering. A sample of comet dust, collected by the Stardust with what looks a bit like a big tennis racket (top-left), is scheduled to parachute down to earth next month, NASA scientists said on December 21, 2005. The spaceship is coming to the end of its seven-year, 2.9 billion mile (4.8 billion km) round-trip mission to fly by comet Wild 2, catching dust that could give astronomers clues about how the planets formed some 4.5 billion years ago. Photo illustration by NASA












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