Wednesday edition - October 1, 2008





Russia extends $1bn loan to Venezuela for defense purchases
Jane's, UK - - 10-1-08
Russia is understood to have agreed to provide Venezuela with a USD1 billion loan to fund the procurement of defense materiel: a move...


Pentagon announces 2009 deployments to Iraq
The Associated Press - 10-1-08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six Army brigades, a National Guard unit and three military headquarters have been ordered to Iraq next summer in a move that would allow..

Palin talks abortion and newspapers — sort of — in Couric interview
Reuters - - 10-1-08
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is happy to discuss her views on social issues like abortion and homosexuality


Speaking of bailouts: why don't we bail the hell out of Iraq? - Grant Gerver




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

U.S. exports to Iran, from about $8 million in 2001 to nearly $150 million in 2007



The AP found cigarettes, bull semen, military apparel and a grab-bag of other U.S. goods including musical instruments and brassieres went Iran's way during that period in addition to medical supplies, corn and soybeans. The exports were sent under agricultural, medical and humanitarian exemptions to U.S. sanctions on Iran. The Bush administration has declined to say who is getting the export licenses.



A candidate for president should not be judged by the color of his skin. And to - and to anyone who thinks differently, I say, please do not reject John McCain just because he's white. I think the recent news from Wall Street has made us all less tolerant, and only reinforced the stereotype that white people are shiftless, thieving welfare queens. - Bill Maher




Disturbing News



Subject: I like your cartoons but...


Obama strongly supports the bailout proposal as it was rejected yesterday…. You don’t seem to ever mention that…

Alex, CA


Hi Alex, Many links I ran included Obama's support for the bailout. Here's another link from a speech he made yesterday in Reno, NV --->  Obama urges 10,000 in Reno to support bailout plan


My cartoons yesterday reflect what 80-90% of what Americans feel---they just don't trust politicians with the handling of billions of dollars!


Bloated military budget won. Corporate crime won. Bailing out Wall Street crooks won. Peace advocates lost. Huh? Georgia and USA lost, right? So, he wants to rebuild Georgia over there. What about Georgia here?
– Ralph Nader








Republican-Shenanigans News


An Ode To Crybaby Republicans
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Republican leaders assert
That the plan that attempts to avert
A depression just failed
Cuz Pelosi’s speech nailed
Bush’s failures — their feelings were hurt.

They are patriots first, they proclaim,
But when action’s a must they hurl blame,
Rushing out to condemn
“Hurtful” words from a Dem.
They treat critical bills like a game.




Subject: Is Sarah Palin for real?


Hi Lisa! John McCain's people wanted to trump Barrack Obama by picking
a woman as his v.p., and Sarah Palin was the best they could dredge
up? She actually claimed that living next door to Russia and Canada
automatically gives her foreign policy experience. I suppose if she lived
in Florida next door to Cape Kennedy, that would make her a rocket
scientist. :->

Have a great Fall!

Eric M


Hi Eric, Thanks for writing!


Sarah Palin, one 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency.


Real scary.



"Sarah Palin actually watched the debates very closely. Actually she watched with one eye the debate and the other eye across on Russia, because you never know." --Jay Leno




Wolf Shootin'



These are not the typical wolves of political ads — not the menaces depicted by George W. Bush in 2004 or John McCain just a couple of weeks ago. These animals are bloodied, gruesome victims.

As depicted in a Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund ad, they are Sarah Palin's prey. The commercial denounces, in graphic form, the aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska, a practice Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, has supported as the state's governor.

Rock-The-Voter News



Gov. Sarah Palin cites vigilance against Russian warplanes coming into U.S. airspace over Alaska as one of her foreign policy credentials. But the U.S. military command in charge says that hasn't happened in her 21 months in office.




Subject: Caribou Barbie draws a blank on Supreme Court Cases


Am I the only American that is torn between the urge to laugh like mad and the need to cry in horror that a candidate for any Federal office can't name one Supreme Court case besides Roe v. Wade?

I'm trying to be generous and considering the circumstances I'm willing to overlook the fact that Caribou Barbie couldn't come up with old standards like Dredd Scott, Brown v. Board of Education, Plessey v. Ferguson and Marbury v. Madison; after all those decisions were all written pre-9/11 and they happened here in America, not in Alaska, where she's from. But shouldn't the Feminist Governor have Ledbetter v. Goodyear right there on the tip of her tongue? And wouldn't a sharp, engaged, politically aware Governor of ALASKA not only have knowledge of, but also an opinion on EXXON SHIPPING v. BAKER (the Exxon Valdez case) where all of that oil ended up in the waters off of Alaska (right there next to Russia), and decimated the COMMERCIAL FISHING industry, Todd's part-time job?

I'm begging you, talk me down from this ledge, PLEASE.

Palin is like a moose caught in the snow-machine's headlights and the McPalin campaign reminds me more and more of Katherine Harris' Senate campaign in '06 - Unspooling right before our eyes. It's getting hard to watch... but I manage, somehow.

Thank you for being a beacon of truth in these dark days.

Danielle in South Bend, Indiana

Don't jump off the ledge! Keep the faith!


If Sarah Palin's interviews are any indication of how she "answers" questions, then let the debates begin.


It seems as though the more America sees McCain and Palin, the higher Obama goes in the polls.


Thanks for writing Danielle.




I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show, if you get any e-mails from Washington asking for money, it's a scam. Don't fall for it." --Jay Leno


Biz-Tech News




"Today the House of Representatives voted against the Wall Street bailout plan, a plan which House Minority Leader John Boehner called 'a crap sandwich.' Yeah, that's what he said. Congress hasn't given up though. They're already working on a new plan which they call 'a crap sandwich with cheese.'" --Conan O'Brien

Bush-Prison-Torture News


Today at CNBC, they said without a bailout, consumers wouldn’t be able to get credit cards at favorable rates. Oh, that takes some getting used to, huh? You mean they’ve been spoiling us with that low 30% interest?- Jay Leno




Bailout Bill Quote


“This is a huge cow patty with a piece of marshmallow stuck in the middle of it and I am not going to eat that cow patty,” said Representative Paul Broun, Republican of Georgia.


Go-F**k-Yourself News


Cheney is scrambling behind the scenes to broker a deal for Halliburton to take over Wall Street.

- Grant Gerver






Thank you Jerry from Mill Valley, CA!



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Odd News



Japanese wave after modeling the latest styles of adult diapers during a show in Tokyo Thursday Sept. 25, 2008. The show was organized to display the latest styles of adult diapers and to raise awareness of some of the issues facing the county's rapidly aging population.
Photo/David Guttenfelder