Monday edition - January 9, 2006

The Abramoff/Bush Connection
Rolling Stone - Jan 6, 2006
... Bush and Abramoff's contacts date back to at least 1997, when then Governor Bush wrote a letter at Abramoff's behest supporting education reforms on the ...

Poll: Most Want Court OK for Gov't Taps
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, FL - Jan 8, 2006

... According to the poll, age matters in how people ... Democrats and one-third of Republicans want to require ... University of Wisconsin-Madison, said most people think ...

Vice President Hospitalized, Then Released
ABC News - Jan 9, 2006
 WASHINGTON —Vice President Dick Cheney was taken to George Washington Hospital early Monday experiencing shortness of breath, a spokeswoman said. He was released four and a half hours later and was expected at the White House for afternoon meetings.

My guess is that Cheney was hospitalized for S.O.B., shortness of breath,  due to breathing in all that smoke from burning all those Abramoff documents.

"Congressmen are actually now returning illegal gifts. I called the weather bureau, and sure enough, hell has frozen over." --David Letterman

TBH Politoons

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

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Congressman Tom DeLay, who has been indicted, has officially filed for re-election. Did you hear his campaign slogan? 'Give me 2 more years before the judge gives me 5 to 10.'—Jay Leno

 Remember Paul Bremer?

Today's the day that L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer 's book, "My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope," goes on sale. Early buzz was that the former Iraq reconstruction chief and Medal of Freedom winner is going to say that Washington ordered him to disband the Iraqi military -- widely seen as perhaps the most colossal strategic blunder of the Iraq war.

Disturbing News

 Has the IRS Audited Ken Lay?

The Bush administration has illegally stopped making public detailed tax enforcement data, which has been used to show which kinds of taxpayers get the most and toughest audits, a noted tax researcher says.

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I wonder if all those Congressman that gave their “Abramoff” contributions to charity, will they use that as a tax deduction?

Yes and they will be mailing their tax returns from their cells.

Ed Gillespie, Ex-RNC Chairman Lied About Knowing Abramoff on C-SPAN

I watched Ed Gillespie, ex-RNC Chairman, deny knowing Jack Abramoff on C-SPAN this morning.  Gillespie squirmed and fully denied knowing him.  I found it odd that the past chairman of the Republican National Party would not know a top fundraiser  such as Jack Abramoff. So I Googled Gillespie and Abramoff and found this quote made in 2003:

 "I know Jack Abramoff," Gillespie replied. He mentioned the other lobbyist and insisted: "They are Republicans; they were Republicans before they were lobbyists. . . . I think they want to see a Republican reelected in the White House in 2004 more than anything."

I e-mailed C-SPAN to refresh Mr. Gillespie's memory but they didn't read it to him.

 Click here for the 96 contributions I found made by Jack Abramoff in  2002-2004

Republican Shenanigans

Author of book critical of Karl Rove can't get off aviation watch list

Houstonians familiar with the work and character of former KHOU-TV Channel 11 reporter Jim Moore will be as surprised as he was a year ago to learn that the government had placed his name on the watch list designed to keep suspected terrorists off U.S. airliners.

Moore is also the co-author, with Wayne Slater, of the best-selling Bush's Brain, a critical examination of the role of political adviser Karl Rove in George W. Bush's ascension to the presidency.

 FSU Political Scientist: Gore beat Bush by 1000s of votes

It’s an embarrassing outcome for George Bush because it showed that Gore had gotten more votes. Everybody had thought that the chads were where all the bad ballots were, but it turned out that the ones that were the most decisive were write-in ballots where people would check Gore and write Gore in, and the machine kicked those out. There were 175,000 votes overall that were so-called “spoiled ballots.” About two-thirds of the spoiled ballots were over-votes; many or most of them would have been write-in over-votes, where people had punched and written in a candidate’s name. And nobody looked at this, not even the Florida Supreme Court in the last decision it made requiring a statewide recount. Nobody had thought about it except Judge Terry Lewis, who was overseeing the statewide recount when it was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

 Rock-The-Voter News


 A Bush Pioneer Who's Named Jack
By Madeleine Begun Kane

A Bush pioneer who's named Jack
Raised for Dubya a huge money stack.
Bush now queries, Jack who?
Though he won't bid adieu
To the dough from that scurrilous hack.

All five of my new limericks are here:

Good News

 Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Update

How they got caught: After lobbyist broke off engagement, ex-fiancee told of illicit dealings to FBI

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Biz/Tech News

 Howard Dean Corrects Wolf Blitzer

BLITZER: Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, who has now pleaded guilty to bribery charges, among other charges, a Republican lobbyist in Washington, should the Democrat who took money from him give that money to charity or give it back?

DEAN: There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. And we've looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure that's true.

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 Bush-Prison-Torture News

"I'm a little hobbled-up today," Cheney told workers at a Harley-Davidson factory in Kansas City, Mo., where he was highlighting upturns in the economy. "I don't usually carry a cane, but Don Rumsfeld has been chewing on my ankles."

 "The former chef of the White House has written a tell-all book. For example, he says that Dick Cheney, Vice President, his favorite dish is a dish called Chicken Gitmo. It's chicken bound and gagged on a bed of rice." --David Letterman

 Go-F***-Yourself News

 Mark Fiore Animation

PEACE is just a gay excuse not to use your nuclear weapons. -- Grant Gerver

 Odd News




In this undated photo released by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, a baby giant anteater born on Nov. 18, 2005 rides on its mother Evita's back at the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Singapore has bred the giant anteater baby, the first time that an animal from the threatened species has been born in captivity in Southeast Asia, zoo officials said Monday, Jan. 9, 2006. ( Photo/Wildlife Reserves Singapore)