Tuesday edition - December 12, 2006






Protest against US Iraq Study Group report held in Iraq
International Herald Tribune, France - 12-12-06
AP. KIRKUK, Iraq: About 1,500 people marched through Kirkuk on Tuesday to protest a recommendation by the US Iraq Study Group that a referendum on the future of this oil-rich city be delayed.


Americans' pessimism about Iraq is growing
Indianapolis Star, United States - 12-12-06
By Susan Page. WASHINGTON -- As President Bush weighs changing course in Iraq, Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the war, according to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll.

Former ambassador, outed spy, to settle in Santa Fe
KOB-TV, NM - 12-12-06
SANTA FE (AP) - CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband, former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson, are moving to Santa Fe. Wilson ...


No Lego characters were hurt in making today's cartoon.



"Vice President Cheney's lesbian daughter, Mary, is pregnant. ... The big guessing game in Washington now is who donated the sperm? I'm guessing Ann Coulter." --Jay Leno





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



"The long anticipated Iraq Study Group report was delivered to President Bush this week. He promised to take it just as seriously as all the other Iraq reports stuffed down between his desk and the wall." --Amy Poehler


Baghdad Bad Guys Bag a Million Bucks


Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms ambushed a security vehicle transporting money to the Central Bank in Baghdad and made off with $1 million in cash on Monday, police and Interior Ministry sources said.


Disturbing News



"First Lady Laura Bush shelled out $8,500 for this Oscar De La Renta gown to wear to the Kennedy Center Honors. Unfortunately, so did a bunch of other women. ... At this point in her marriage, this is somebody who's probably used to being embarrassed." --Jimmy Kimmel







A Way Forward To Where, Exactly?

By Madeleine Begun Kane

Iraq's current state is abysmal,
With its prospects of peace rather dismal.
Dubya started this war,
Yielding blood, sweat and gore,
And success odds quite infinitesimal.


Republican Shenanigans



On This Day - December 12



Drunk Duck



Hoosier Edward Bruce Tinsley, creator of the conservative comic strip Mallard Fillmore, was arrested in Columbus Dec. 4 and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence -- his second alcohol-related arrest in less that four months, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department.



Rock-The-Voter News



"When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct."
- Thomas Jefferson





"Christmastime is upon us. Every year, the White House puts out a video starring the First Dog, Barney. ... Did anyone else notice that the president has a very gay dog? For a guy who's from Texas who's opposed to gay marriage, he has an unfathomably gay dog." --Jimmy Kimmel



Biz/Tech News



By Don Davis


Bush-Prison-Torture News




"In an interview on the 'Today Show' Wednesday, Al Gore said the war in Iraq is the worst strategic mistake in the entire history of the United States. Disagreeing with that statement? Slaves." --Amy Poehler



Guns + Blind Hunters =Texas


In this gun-loving state, nearly everyone can enjoy the pleasure of the hunt - even those who can't see what they're shooting at.
But now, a Texas legislator is proposing to give legally blind hunters more of a fighting chance by allowing them to use laser sights to target their prey.

Go-F***-Yourself News




"Oh, here's something kind of embarrassing. Yeah, the -- you see this on the news? The White House Christmas tree fell over today. Apparently, leaning too far to the right,." - Jay Leno




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Odd News


This photo, supplied by NASA and the European Space Agency on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, shows Pismis 24-1, a bright young star that lies in the core of the small open star cluster Pismis 24, the bright stars in this Hubble Space Telescope image. The star cluster Pismis 24 lies in the core of the large emission nebula NGC 6357 that extends on the arm of the Sagittarius constellation. (Photo/NASA/ESA)