Wednesday edition - October 1, 2008
Russia extends $1bn loan to Venezuela for defense purchases
Pentagon announces 2009 deployments to Iraq
Palin talks abortion and newspapers — sort of — in Couric
Speaking of bailouts: why don't we bail the hell out of Iraq? - Grant Gerver
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4176 The Associated Press
Pirates off Somalia deny reports of a bloody mutiny
Russia to help Venezuela build nuclear reactor Xinhua, China
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.
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
U.S. Decline Under Bush Is Hot Topic at U.N. U.S. News & World Report
Subject: I like your cartoons but...
Obama strongly supports
the bailout proposal as it was rejected yesterday…. You don’t seem to ever
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
cartoons yesterday reflect what 80-90% of what Americans feel---they just don't
trust politicians with the handling of billions of dollars!
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
Veterans Group Hits Obama on Afghanistan and Iraq Washington Post
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
Have a great Fall!
Hi Eric, Thanks for writing!
Sarah Palin, one 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency.
"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
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,
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.
New poll shows Obama ahead in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com, OH
Obama Notes 'Remarkable' Resemblance of Palin and Fey Washington Post
Moderator is prepping for debate, too St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
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
Asia makes broad gains; Tokyo wary after tankan MarketWatch
Costa Rica gets extension on CAFTA Tico Times, Costa Rica
Nasdaq steps in after glitch slams Google stock Los Angeles Times
Microsoft’s frequent searcher program
Now You Can Buy Computers Pre-Loaded With Movies Washington Post
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.'"
Lawyers call for Omar Khadr's repatriation to Canada Canada.com, Canada
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.
Cheney takes Bush's place at Reno conference Reno Gazette Journal, NV
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!
I hope you had a good time today!
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Florida pooch is no shark snack Seattle Times
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.