Friday the 13th/Weekend edition - October 13-15, 2006
Bush: I am proud to be standing with Hastert
British Army Chief Wants His Troops Out of Iraq
Foley Email Bush
Happy Friday the 13th!
"Earlier today at a press conference, President Bush said he will not attack North Korea. Well, of course not. They actually have weapons of mass destruction." --David Letterman
US Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,757 Guardian Unlimited, UK
15 killed in attacks across Iraq San Jose Mercury News
Bomb kills 3, raising Lejeune toll to 6 in week News & Observer, NC
Suicide Bomber Kills 8 in Afghanistan
US forces killed ITN man in Iraq BBC News, UK
Pentagon moves to buttress US troop levels in Iraq Washington Post
Soldiers take citizenship oath before deploying to Iraq Houston Chronicle
Bin Laden urged to disown Iraq's Qaeda chief: TV Washington Post
Bush dismisses Iraq death-toll study Ireland Online
The numbers do add up Guardian Unlimited, UK
The Pundit Path for Death in Iraq Huffington Post, NY
"The Army has a new slogan. It's replacing its slogan, 'An Army of One,' with 'Army Strong.' I knew we were lowering the academic requirements. I didn't realize we were wiping out the use of verbs." --Jay Leno
Journalist's death exposes the truth of Putin's brutal, lawless ... Scotsman, United Kingdom
Condi Acknowledges Gay Marriage!
At a State Department
ceremony this week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warmly acknowledged the
family members of Mark Dybul, whom she was swearing in as the nation's new
global AIDS coordinator.
As first lady Laura Bush looked on, Rice singled out his partner, Jason Claire, and Claire's mother. Rice referred to her as Dybul's "mother-in-law."
"Now there are dozens of calls for House Speaker Dennis Hastert to step down. As you know, Hastert was a former gym teacher and boys' wrestling coach. To which Mark Foley said, 'Why would anybody quit a dream job like that?'." --Jay Leno
Foley Scandal: Overseer of pages testifies today The News-Press, FL
Bush to rally Republicans at fundraiser for Sen. Allen
Daily Press, VA
DA investigating phony Democratic Web site that endorsed ...
Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA
'Republican' stickers appear on Brownsville candidates' signs
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Since we can't get the lobbyists out of the capitol, we're going to have to move the capitol to someplace lobbyists would never set foot in, like Bed-Stuy or South Central, or a public golf course. It's not as crazy as it sounds, because that's how Washington got moved here in the first place. America's capitol had been in Philadelphia, and then New York. But it was deliberately moved to a swamp in far-off Virginia in order to separate lawmaking from the moneyed interests. And okay, to keep Thomas Jefferson out of Harlem. -- Bill Maher
Pelosi says it may take a woman to clean up US House
Missouri Republicans allege illegal campaigning for McCaskill News-Leader.com, MO
Giuliani visit to boost Rhode Island Republicans Eyewitness News, RI
Politics gets them talking at charity galas Los Angeles Times, CA
Here's an analogy for you: we're all just PAGES being boinked by the White House. -- Grant Gerver
Jon Stewart explains the big gay conspiracy in Washington
From Russia With Love -- Gifts to President Bush from Russian President Vladimir Putin
Least Expensive Gift
Given to Bush:
* 8-by-11-inch photograph of former President George H.W. Bush and family on the rocks in Kennebunkport, Maine, and inscribed by the former president. Russian President Vladimir Putin, $5.
Other Gifts from Putin:
* 8-by-10-inch print of a photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in a gold-tone and wood frame, $20.
* Silver horse shoe inlaid with aquamarine stones, $250.
* 40 color photos documenting Bush's trip to Russia in honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, in a navy blue leather album stamped "1945-2005" around a silhouette of Red Square, $235.
Odd assortment of gifts from Putin to Bush. I wonder what kind of message he was trying to send with the least expensive gift?
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) CEO Bill Novelli announced today that the 35 million member organization's Board Of Directors has approved a name change, and will now be known as the American Association of Old People Who Must Work Until They're Dead. - DemocraticUnderground Forum
Heating oil supplies fall, shoring up crude prices Houston Chronicle
Wal-Mart Workers Win Wage Suit Washington Post
Money Laundering - Conservative Style
Five conservative nonprofit groups laundered money and wrote opinion pieces for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and sold their influence with U.S. government officials, according to a Senate report.
"Bush the younger has two things going for him that his father never had. One: an easy charm with regular people and two: the power to make them disappear without a trial." —Bill Maher
UK: Guantanamo Bay unacceptable Aljazeera.net, Qatar
"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." - Tacitus
Republican Exposes Sex Ring!
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays
was under fire yesterday after saying in a debate earlier this week that the
abuse at Abu Ghraib prison was not torture but rather a "sex ring" involving
National Guard troops.
Amnesty International officials and Shays' challengers in the 4th District said it was absurd for the Republican incumbent to call the acts at the Iraqi prison anything but torture.
That Kim Jong-il, boy. He's such an arrogant despot. He'd make a great Republican. - Grant Gerver
Cheney says Democrats soft on national security Washington Post
Cheney raises $200,000 for Ryun’s race
ALL HAT, NO CATTLE?: That wasn't the only chatter floating around the Cattle Baron's Ball. Each year since 1996, the event has changed venues and themes; this year's theme was ``Serenade, Stetsons, Stars'' and guests brought out their best Western or Spanish wear for the occasion. But the rumor floating around Saturday night was that the name of the event, borrowed from similar fundraisers in Texas, would be changing as well next year, because the word ``cattle'' has fallen out of favor.
"There is more to life than increasing its speed." Mahatma Gandhi
US Mail: Lisa Casey PO Box 88 Ashford, AL 36312
Canadian soldiers occupy a temporary observation post overlooking a field of marijuana plants in Afghanistan's Panjwaii District in this September 14, 2006 handout photo released October 12, 2006. Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of 10-feet (three meter) high marijuana plants. Picture taken September 14, 2006. Photo/Canadian Forces/Sgt Lou Penney