Thursday edition - January 12, 2006

In Shift, Bush Says He Welcomes Inquiry on Secret Wiretaps
New York Times – 1-12-06
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 11 - President Bush said Wednesday that he would welcome a Congressional investigation of whether he had the authority to order the National Security Agency to monitor communications in the United States without warrants

NSA Whistleblower Alleges Illegal Spying
ABC News - Jan 10, 2006
A longtime insider at the NSA alleges secret operations were conducted in ways that he believes violated the law…The NSA revoked Tice's security clearance in May of last year based on what it called psychological concerns and later dismissed him. Tice calls that bunk and says that's the way the NSA deals with troublemakers and whistleblowers. Today the NSA said it had "no information to provide."

CIA prisons alleged in fax
Newsday – 1-12-06
An intercepted Egyptian government fax alleges the CIA operated five secret detention centers in Europe for terror suspects, adding new fuel to the controversy over the purported prisons.

I hope Cheney's foot gets better for his upcoming perp walk.

Doctors say that Ariel Sharon is emerging from his coma and can move his hand. The first thing he did was give Pat Robertson the finger. – Jay Leno

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

Meanwhile, back in Alaska...

The Interior Department on Wednesday opened nearly half a million acres of federal land in an ecologically sensitive area of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development.

The department said it would allow oil development in virtually all of the wetlands surrounding Lake Teshekpuk

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Disturbing News

 The Pentagon argues that skin is truly the best body armor anyway. -- Grant Gerver

Perp Walk Photos To Come

Up to a half dozen people, including two members of Congress, could face charges after high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff's plea deal with the Justice Department, sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN.

Republican Shenanigans

The Supreme Court confirmation hearings are under way for Judge Sam Alito. Democrats wants to know his position on privacy; Republicans want to know his position on prison terms for bribery. – Jay Leno

Republican Makes Alito's Wife Cry, Blames Democrats

Martha-Ann Bomgardner left her husband's confirmation hearings in tears, returning not long after. The episode elicited sympathy for her from senators of both parties — and instant finger-pointing…she left the room during questioning of her husband by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

And Graham was trying to vouch for him.

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 Five years ago on this day: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights concluded a two-day hearing on Florida’s presidential election, with members accusing Secretary of State Katherine Harris of presiding over a “disaster” and trying to shift blame to others.

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 Rock-The-Voter News

 The American Bar Association gave Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito their highest rating. President Bush gave Alito his highest rating, too, because he called him 'Super' and 'Duper.'" -- Conan O'Brien

Impeachment Signs From Around the Country

 Jack Abramoff's First Campaign

They've made much over his 1972 race for student council president -- when he was in the eighth grade -- where he was disqualified for violating the $100 campaign spending limit by serving hot dogs at an election party.

Biz/Tech News

 Interesting photograph of Samuel Alito

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The Great Miscommunicator

It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly stupid George Bush thinks America is. I am seemingly never surprised anymore by the utter contempt he shows for the collective intelligence of this country he would be king over. The past five years has been replete with fake news, fake interviews, fake reporters, and fake questions to a man who cannot put a coherent sentence together with two hands and a thesaurus.

Bush-Prison-Torture News

"Vice President Dick Cheney had a little scare -- he was rushed to the hospital due to difficulty breathing. Fortunately, the difficulty breathing wasn't due to heart problems, but because of the Bush administration's environmental policies." --Jay Leno

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 Go-F***-Yourself News

Department of Defense Issues Anti-Hooker Order

 Red lights in certain, seedy districts of European cities have come to mean anything but stop.

But since the Department of Defense has specifically made it a crime for U.S. troops to patronize prostitutes worldwide, those red lights could mean trouble for U.S. servicemembers.

"Lisa, Congrats on your sweep! As George Bush might have said, 'Lucky me, I hit the trifecta.' Seriously, I'm glad to be able to salute you and all the great laughs you provide." - Daniel Kurtzman, Guide to Political Humor.

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Scientists at the National Taiwan University have successfully bred three pigs which glow fluorescent green in the dark, marking a breakthrough in stem cell research. (Photo by Taiwan University)