TGIF/Christmas edition - December 15-25, 2006




Rice rejects engaging Iran, Syria on Iraq
Reuters AlertNet, UK -12-15-06
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has rejected a bipartisan panel's recommendation that the Bush administration engage Syria and Iran in efforts to stabilize Iraq, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

McCain in Iraq: We need up to 30000 more GIs here
Chicago Sun-Times, IL - 12-15-06
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Sen. John McCain took his controversial proposal for curbing Iraq's sectarian violence to Baghdad on Thursday, calling for an additional ...

Iraq can 'break' Army, general says
Baltimore Sun, MD - 12-15-06
WASHINGTON // The Army's top general said yesterday that the mission in Iraq "will break" the Army without an expansion of the size of the active-duty force or the remobilization of the National Guard and Reserves.


Happy holidays !



"A new poll shows that one in five Americans believe they can't trust President Bush. To put it another way, more Americans would be comfortable accepting a ride from Nicole Ritchie." --David Letterman




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

The Poodle Is In Trouble


British Prime Minister Tony Blair's case for attacking Iraq has been dealt a new blow with the release of once-secret evidence from a former British diplomat who dismissed the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

Carne Ross, who was responsible for handling Britain's Iraq policy at the United Nations from 1998 to 2002,
accused the British government of overstating the danger posed by Saddam Hussein's regime to support the invasion.





"This is an anniversary. Do you know what happened on this day in 2003? We found Saddam Hussein. And isn't it nice that since we've captured Saddam Hussein, we haven't had to worry about terrorism or nuts with nuclear weapons? Everything's so much better now" --David Letterman





Depeche Mode: "John The Revelator"



Disturbing News



“I must tell you, I'm sleeping a lot better than people would assume.” - George W. Bush,



Partying - Cheney Style


Borat wasn’t on the list, but at least one product of Kazakhstan managed to gain access to Vice President Dick Cheney’s holiday party on Tuesday night at his Massachusetts Avenue residence.

Snow Queen vodka, a product of the central Asian country, was the “official liquor donor” at the 400-strong party of high-powered pols and their staffers.

Republican Shenanigans




By Don Davis


Journalists Trusted More Than Politicians! Barely.



Journalists once again do not score real well in the annual Gallup survey on how the public ranks various professions in terms of "honesty and ethical standards."But it could be (a lot) worse. Consider: car salesman. And: senators, congressmen, please heed the call...Only 7% rate the ethics of car salesmen highly. Ad salesmen score 11%, HMO managers 12%, insurance salesmen 13% -- and then congressmen (14%) and senators (15%).

So what about journalists? Just over 1 in 4 (26%) give them high/very high marks for ethics, with 48% saying they are average and 25% low/very low. So it's a wash.

Rock-The-Voter News



"This is kind of scary. The new head of the House intelligence committee, Congressman Silvestre Reyes, failed a quiz on terrorist organizations. He didn't know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite, didn't seem to know what Hezbollah was. So apparently, the term 'intelligence committee' is just a suggestion." --Jay Leno




Subject; McCain


John McCain went from a respected "maverick" to just being another politician. I lost all respect for him after I saw the way he caved in to bushco during the election. Now he is just like every other Ho' on the hill- he will do whatever it takes to be elected.



Here's a picture worth a thousand words.



"All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of the people - speaking out - in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out - in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes - let that voice speak and the stillness you hear will be the gratitude of mankind." - Robert Kennedy Jan 22, 1963



Biz/Tech News


"The idiot president of Iran ... is holding a conference on whether or not the Holocaust actually took place. ... The good news? The conference is being catered by Taco Bell." --Jay Leno




Bush-Prison-Torture News



"President Bush actually said today he will not be rushed into a decision about Iraq. I guess one time is enough for him." --Jay Leno


Go-F***-Yourself News



"This week a top general at the Pentagon said the War on Terror could take a 100 years to fight. President Bush was furious about the 100-year prediction and said, 'Stop setting a fixed timetable.'" --Conan O'Brien



“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm” —James Madison



 Six Years and still kicking - Thank you all for a fabulous six years.




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Drive safely! Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all.



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