Thursday edition - January 19, 2006

US Mail: Lisa Casey - PO Box 88 - Ashford, AL 36312


Bin Laden says new US attacks prepared, offers truce
Reuters India, India - 1-19-06
DUBAI (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden warned that al Qaeda was preparing new attacks inside the United States, but said the group was open to a conditional truce ...

White House will not say who met with Abramoff
AZ, AZ - 1-19-06
WASHINGTON - For the second straight day, the White House refused Wednesday to say who among its staffers met with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff or whom the recent convict was representing when he visited the executive mansion.

Rightwing group offers students $100 to spy on professors
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 1-19-06
... It is the sort of invitation any poverty-stricken student would find hard to resist. "Do you have a professor who just can't stop talking about President Bush, about the war in Iraq, about the Republican party, or any other ideological issue that has nothing to do with the class subject matter? If you help ... expose the professor, we'll pay you for your work."

Another Osama tape. I never thought I'd yearn for the days of Linda Tripp taping Monica.

"The Republican Party is still dealing with the fallout from the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal. The latest victim: Ohio Congressman and Three-Time World Comb-Over Champion Bob Ney. Ney stepped down from his position as House Administration Committee chairman this week while he's under investigation. That chairmanship goes to the next highest ranking Republican on the committee, Representative Giant Pile Of Jack Abramoff's Money." --Jon Stewart

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

 Washington did not corrupt lobbyists and the Government. REPUBLICANS DID!  -- Grant Gerver

I am sooooo sick and tired of the Constitution getting in the way of everything. Hey, Constitution, you're not the boss of Bush. -- Grant Gerver

Disturbing News

 Laura Throws Block for GOP While Jetting Home from Africa

 Laura Bush raised a ruckus in the genteel first ladies' club yesterday by labeling Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments about GOP leaders as "ridiculous."


Drip, Drip, Drip

One day after a New York investment group raised $110,000 for Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, the House passed a defense spending bill that preserved $160 million for a Navy project critical to the firm. •The man who protected the Navy money? Lewis.

Republican Shenanigans

Kstreet: Fleece, Undermine, Corrupt. (Whatever you do, don't rearrange the first letter of each word. Thank you.) -- Grant Gerver

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 Republican Rebellion

Six former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency, five of them Republicans, say the Bush administration is ignoring environmental problems.

The E-P-A's first administrator, Bill Ruckelshaus, says the administration isn't committed to preventing greenhouse gases and solving other problems. Ruckelshaus served under Presidents Nixon and Reagan.

Rock-The-Voter News

Keeping A Low Profile Might Be A Good Idea

Texas Republicans are now being led by Rep. Joe Barton of Ennis, chairman of the critical Energy and Commerce Committee. [Tom] DeLay sits in on their meetings by speakerphone. Barton is just the man for the job in these ethically sensitive times. He’s going to spend next weekend aboard a private train with lobbyists who pay $2,000 for the privilege. After a seven-hour run from Fort Worth to San Antonio, there will be cocktails, an evening tour of the Alamo, dinner and breakfast on Sunday.

“It’s going to go on for quite awhile. A lot of people with lying eyes”.  -- Sen. John McCain on the IMUS Show 1-19-06 talking about the Abramoff scandal

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Good News

"Well, tonight's show turns out better than last night's show. Oh my God, halfway through last night's show, Judge Alito's wife ran out in tears.”—David Letterman

If Not Now, Then When?
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Will Senate Dems preserve our rights
And filibuster Sam?
How 'bout it Dems? Let's see you fight
And prove you give a damn.

Cause Democrats must do much more
Than talk and primp and bluster.
It's time for Dems to show some guts
And Sammy filibuster. (podcast version)

Biz/Tech News

 Brownie's Back!

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown has placed blame on everyone from New Orleans' mayor to Louisiana's governor for the chaos following Hurricane Katrina. Now, he's including himself.

“This Alito guy, he's not very forthcoming and he is very tight-lipped. And finally, to loosen him up, Ted Kennedy sent over a couple of Bloody Marys.”-- David Letterman

Bush-Prison-Torture News

Hey Bush, Just  Google It

The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.


"Vice President Cheney is on an extended tour of the Middle East. They love him over there. They call him Lawrence of Arythmia." --David Letterman

Go-F**k-Yourself News

“And here's your government at work. This week -- this week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for thousands of Christmas lights that they say may pose a risk of electric shock. They're recalling Christmas lights. Good timing. What is it, January now? You think this is maybe where the ex-head of FEMA wound up?”—Jay Leno

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U.S. Mail

Lisa Casey

PO Box 88

Ashford, AL 36312

Odd News


Winnie, a seven-day-old brown bear weighing around 400 grams (14 ounces), drinks milk at Attica Zoological Park in Spata, near Athens, Greece. Winnie and his sister Baloo were abandoned by their mother who refused to feed them, zoo officials said.  (Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)