Monday edition - January 19, 2009




Obama to Order Iraq Withdrawal on Day One, Axelrod Says
ABC News - 1-19-09
Incoming White House senior adviser David Axelrod said this morning that President-elect Barack Obama will fulfill his campaign promise and...


Iraqi shoe thrower to seek Swiss asylum: lawyer
The Associated Press - 1-19-09
GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss lawyer working on behalf of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at US President George W. Bush says his client will seek political

Obama Reaches Out for McCain’s Counsel
New York Times, United States - 1-19-09
WASHINGTON - Not long after Senator John McCain returned last month from an official trip to Iraq and Pakistan, he received a phone call from President


"I tell you, it's cold all over the East Coast. And did you see those blizzards all over the place? The whole country was so white the Republicans thought they were back in charge again." --Jay Leno


The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without George W. Bush

Hey Israel and Hamas: Stop It Already!


Israel plans to pull all of its troops out of the Gaza Strip by the time President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated Tuesday, but only if Hamas militants hold their fire, Israeli officials said.


"Bush will leave January 20th. Yes. Will it never get here? Cheney, meanwhile, said, "I'll leave when I damn well feel like it." But that's another story." --David Letterman





Disturbing News


Miserable Failure


As George W. Bush spends his final days in office, a national poll suggests that two-thirds of Americans see his presidency as a failure.


"Incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs said President-elect Barack Obama will allow gays to serve openly in the military. So the days of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' are over. Actually, that's not quite true. Congress will continue to use the phrase when referring to the bailout money. 'Don't Ask Us What We Did With It, We're Not Going To Tell You Where It Went.'" --Jay Leno


Graphic by AHNC viewer Rick



Republican-Shenanigans News


Asked about Obama's inauguration last week, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay hammered on the cost.

If Obama were "serious" about changing Washington, DeLay said, "He would announce to the world: 'We are in crisis, we are at war, people are losing jobs; we are not going to have this party. Instead, I'm going to get sworn in at the White House. I'm going to have a nice little chicken dinner, and we'll save the $125 million.'"



President Bush gave his farewell address last week. Let’s hope he doesn’t give a forwarding address. - Laugh Lines


Rock-The-Voter News


Still Crazy After All These Years



Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday Barack Obama had the "stench" of his predecessor as U.S. president and was at risk of being killed if he tries to change the American "empire."



The worst inaugural addresses ever





I suggest this Bush memoir title: “The Compete Idiot’s Guide to the Presidency.”  - Laugh Lines


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Biz-Tech News


The Secret Service is reassuring Americans that should a “bird strike” occur, Air Force One is also equipped for water landings. At which point Obama will simply walk to safety. - Laugh Lines




January 20th, 2009: The InAWEguration - Grant Gerver,


Bush-Prison-Torture News


"President-elect Barack Obama plans to close Guantanamo, you know, the big holding center, the big prison, the interrogation center in Cuba. He is going to close that down. And Dick Cheney - I thought this was interesting - Dick Cheney said, 'Oh, fine, sure, I'm going to buy it and turn it into a vacation home.'" --David Letterman



George W. Bush is already working on his autobiography (ghost-written by Karl Rove): I Don't Walk, I Swagger

- Grant Gerver,



Go-F**k-Yourself News


The Good, The Bad and the Ugly


The Good: This morning, my 22 year old son called from China and he is doing fantastic

The Bad:   The salmonella producing peanut butter factory is a hop, skip and a jump from my home

The Ugly:   I ate several packages of peanut butter crackers on Saturday (no ill effects, yet!)



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A picture of Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with a halo of gas flames and a text reading 'That doesn't warm us' is placed on a security fence outside Bulgarian Parliament building during a protest in Sofia January 18, 2009.
Photo/Stoyan Nenov