Tuesday edition - January 27, 2009





Writer talks torture
Yale Daily News, CT - 1-27-09
..Mayer’s book, “The Dark Side,” takes its name from comments made by Cheney about the need for such techniques in the wake of the 9/11 attacks — the need, in his words, “to work the dark side.” 


Conyers subpoenas Rove, again
USA Today - 1-27-09
Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today subpoenaed former White House aide Karl Rove to testify.....Conyers said in a press release that while the Bush administration said Rove had immunity, President Obama disagreed with that claim. “Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two years of stonewalling, it’s time for him to talk,” Conyers said.

After Cheney, vice presidential house is clearer on Google Earth
Los Angeles Times, CA - 1-27-09
. Washington -- Dick Cheney may not have lived in an undisclosed location while he was vice president, but it was all but ...


I read today President Obama has made very few changes to the Oval Office itself. He’s keeping nearly everything President Bush had in there. Same desk, same chair, same pens. Well, sure, the stuff’s like brand new. It was hardly ever used. - Jay Leno


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

Homeland Security?


It sounds like the opening line to a bad joke. And this case was a bad joke -- for the Pentagon.

Chris Ogle of New Zealand was in Oklahoma about a year ago when he bought a used MP3 player from a thrift store for $9. A few weeks ago, he plugged it into his computer to download a song, and he instead discovered confidential U.S. military files.




This is kind of an awkward time for President Bush. He’s too young to retire, yet still too old to destroy the moral and economic infrastructure of another country.- Jay Leno



Disturbing News


"I was thinking about the inauguration. It was pretty amazing. There were two million people crammed into that mall this week. Two million people. Not one arrest. Not one crime was committed in Washington. Of course, that will all change now that Congress is back." --Jay Leno



Republican-Shenanigans News


"Hey, did you hear about this? Today it was revealed that the chamber music they played, you know Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma? It was recorded. It was pre-recorded, and they were just kind of lip-syncing. They said it was too important to mess up. You know, unlike the swearing-in ceremony." --Jay Leno


Rock-The-Voter News


Did you know this? We have a brand-new Miss America, Katie Stam, from Indiana. They choose Miss America based on personality, how the young woman looks in a swimsuit, and how she looks in evening gowns. That is the competition. It’s the same way that John McCain chooses a running mate. - David Letterman






In the January 19, 2009 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, January 12), 'What Would Dick Do?' explores whether President-elect Obama will adopt the antiterror apparatus Vice President Cheney helped create, or if he'll go in a different direction. Plus: why the attack on Gaza has boosted support for Israel's Labor Party; why China will likely be the only economy to grow this year and the reality of organ trafficking. Lastly: a look at HBO's documentary on Rev. Ted Haggard.



"Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, his impeachment trial is scheduled to begin on Monday. You know, so, it looks like Illinois is going to break even. They have one politician sitting in the White House, the other one sitting in the big house. It's a wash, pretty much." --Jay Leno


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Biz-Tech News


You know, I got no problem with Citi getting a new $50,000,000 jet using our money, as long as we get our own personal planes, too. - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com




Bush-Prison-Torture News

End Torture and Mercenaries



Lt. William Calley Award to DynCorp, a mercenary organization hired by the U.S. to provide security in Iraq. A Dyn Corp soldier, who was a former U.S. Army vet and prison guard, told the New Yorker, “The real problem in this war on terror is you guys, the press. Ties our hands. The only way to fight this is to give them back the same medicine, like Operation Phoenix, in Vietnam. My Lai—what Calley did there was probably just orders.”

Operation Phoenix—which My Lai was part of—executed between 50,000 and 70,000 “Viet Cong supporters” in Vietnam. The My Lai massacre of Mar. 16, 1968 was led by Lt. William Calley. There is no agreement on the number who died at My Lai, but it was over 500, mainly women and children.




Go-F**k-Yourself News


But moving out, Dick Cheney hurt his back. Did you hear about this? He was packing up his junk and moving out of his office, and he hurt himself. So apparently, the door did just hit him in the ass on the way out.- David Letterman


In Case You Missed It, This Email Took My Breath Away



For more than a few years, you have hosted a link to my website, The PTSDhelp.net. You were the first to do so and I thank you. As you know, my site provides free service to veterans and their families experiencing post-deployment mental health issues, specifically Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Because of the link on your site, thousands -- literally thousands, have come on to visit my site.

You've provided an invaluable service to those seeking help for one of this war's most pervasive problems. In addition to veterans and family members, your site has also allowed various university and institutions to find my website. After all, you do have a well-educated and intelligent reader base! Some of these are people who are specializing in treating PTSD and others are conducting studies about its impact on our newest generation of veterans. Again, your willingness to give us a link has been invaluable.

I have made a small donation to you today. I have done so in the past but not on a regular basis. Quite honestly, I did not realize your website was a full time vocation. I should have know better. My website takes a lot of my time and it is not revised on a daily basis but I do have a lot of email to respond to. If you stay up online, I'll make a point to contribute on a quarterly basis.

Lisa, along with your other fans, I hope you stay online. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Rick O'Dell


I wish I could do more.


Rick, I don't know if I ever told you of my love for our veterans.


My Dad was diagnosed with cancer in 1959  at a VA Hospital in Coral Gables, FL. He was there being treated for ongoing undiagnosed, digestive problems he acquired while serving in India during WWII. My Dad was a foot soldier, literally. He delivered messages by trudging through the swamps and jungles of India. He had his toenails removed twice so the docs could extract the leeches that were deeply embedded in his nail bed. His stomach pains began halfway through his service. The army docs in India felt he picked up some bacteria because locals suffered from a similar malady. When he returned to the states the pain became unbearable and he was treated at Walter Reed Hospital, no conclusive diagnosis other than, "its probably ulcers."  Over the years he would get treatment at a variety of Vet Hospitals ending up in Coral Gables, FL.


After his cancer diagnosis, he was told by the suits in DC that he was suffering from non-war related injuries and was not qualified for the services of the Veteran's Hospital.


The wonderful docs at the VA Hospital disagreed and fought for my Dad's treatment for three years. In 1962, he entered the VA hospital one last time.  Ten days later my Dad died in their exceptional care..


I remember my Dad saying many times, with no malice in his voice, "The fighting never ends for veterans, we continue to fight for our right to go to a hospital."


My Dad said that forty seven years ago.


Not much has changed.


I watched my friends, who had been exposed to Agent Orange and worse in Vietnam, have to fight for acknowledgement that toxic chemicals caused their disorders and then they had to fight for treatment. Many gave up. You know.


Same with the Gulf War Syndrome.


And now we have people returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, in need of  PTSD help.


Universal health care would solve so many problems, wouldn't it?


When you stated that I had sent thousands of viewers to your website, it literally took my breath away.


I can feel my Dad smiling broadly. I really can.


I thank you, Rick, I thank you.





Purple Heart, Purple Haze
The Nation., NY





And I love this story. Former French President Jacques Chirac was rushed to the hospital after being mauled by his clinically depressed poodle. See that’s how you know that the French are not fighters, okay? When their leader is attacked by a maniacal poodle.




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Odd News


Subject: It's almost spring in Minnesota!


Winter is almost over, we can see the deer wandering around  now.