Tuesday edition - December 16, 2008






Shoe-thrower's brother: He wanted to humiliate 'tyrant' Bush
CNN - 12-16-08
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The brother of the journalist now famous for hurling his shoes at President Bush said his sibling's actions were "spontaneous" and represented millions of Iraqis who want to "humiliate the tyrant...


Caroline Kennedy launches Senate campaign
Los Angeles Times - 12-16-08
The daughter of John F. Kennedy, who wants to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, is calling New York's governor and other key Democrats to press her desire to extend the family dynasty

Obama Cabinet Is Shy on Southerners, Republicans
Bloomberg - 12-16-08
Republicans including Arizona Senator John McCain, Obama’s opponent in the presidential election, also have applauded his choices


"Five years ago...they captured Saddam Hussein. Captured Saddam Hussein. Yeah. You know who gets a really big kick out of that? ... Bin Laden. He just thinks that's the funniest thing" --David Letterman



Graphic by Mel


The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without George W. Bush

How Bush Spent $904 Billion


U.S. military operations, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, have cost $904 billion since 2001 and could top $1.7 trillion by 2018, even with big cuts in overseas troop deployments, a report said on Monday.




"Prosecutors said Tuesday there is no evidence that Barack Obama was involved in the Blagojevich scandal. Or, as Fox News reported it, 'Is Barack Obama involved in the Blagojevich scandal?'" --Amy Poehler




Disturbing News

Colin Powell vs Rush Limbaugh


Colin Powell, in a lengthy interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN, questioned whether the Republican Party had a future if it continued listening to and taking its cues from right wing radio host Rush Limbaugh. Powell said that figures such as Limbaugh appeal to Republicans' lesser instincts, suggesting that's not the kind of party that the GOP wants to be.




Subject:  the Bush/Iraq legacy - "Waved off With Wingtips"


Greeted with "flowers and cheers", invited to leave with "Florsheims and jeers".

Best wishes, Lisa, for great Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year - Pudge


Thanks Pudge!


I love another description of that event -- shoe-i-cide.





"This is what politicians do whenever they get in trouble. Early this morning, embattled Illinois Governor Rod Bla-son-of-a-bitch -- is that his name? -- I keep saying it wrong. ... Well, they always do this. He invited several ministers into his home this morning. Well, first, he prayed with them. And then, you know, out of force of habit, he tried to take up a collection." --Jay Leno


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Republican-Shenanigans News



"President Bush's term is winding down, and all these articles are coming out, very strange articles about him. According to an article that just came out in a fitness magazine ... the president often rides a stationary bike on-board Air Force One. That's true. Advisors say he pedals really hard because he thinks he's powering the plane." --Conan O'Brien

More U.S. Missile Strikes In Pakistan


A suspected U.S. missile strike killed two people in Pakistan near the Afghan border, officials and a witness said Tuesday, as two prominent U.S. senators visited Islamabad amid flaring tensions over the Mumbai attacks in India.

The Monday night strike in Tabi Tolkhel village, in the North Waziristan tribal region, appeared to be the latest in a surge of alleged U.S. missile attacks on militant targets in Pakistan's northwest border region, long bedeviled by al-Qaida and Taliban extremists. More than 30 have been reported since August.

Rock-The-Voter News



"Illinois, where our governors make our license plates"




After weeks trying to find a suitable replacement for the departing Alan Colmes, Sean Hannity will go it alone.

Hannity on January 12 will debut "Hannity," a retooled version of the second highest-rated program in cable news (after Fox News Channel's own "The O'Reilly Factor"). It will be the first time since signing on in 1996 that Fox News Channel has changed its 9 p.m. program in any way, the network said.


New Rule: All reporters must attend press conferences shoeless.- Zing!


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Biz-Tech News


A car czar. What democracy has a czar?- Jay Leno



As unemployment rises painfully higher and nest eggs are shattered, the Federal Reserve is prepared to slash a key interest rate — perhaps to an all-time low — in a desperate bid to stem the country's economic slide.

With the Fed's key rate dropping ever closer to zero, the central bank is moving into uncharted territory.

Bush-Prison-Torture News

Russian Warships Heading to Cuba


Russian warships will visit U.S. foe Cuba for the first time since the Soviet era, the navy said Monday.


Oh the audacity of it all: some ungrateful Iraqi journalist throwing a shoe at Bush. God, what a waste of a perfectly good shoe. - Grant Gerver


Cheney Compliments Obama


Vice President Dick Cheney is calling President-elect Barack Obama's national security lineup "a pretty good team."


Go-F**k-Yourself News



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Odd News


In a photograph provided by the Belgrade Zoo shows two rare white lion cubs born this week. Staff at Belgrade Zoo showed off two white lion cubs to the public on Sunday, the first of their rare species to be born here.
Photo/Belgrade Zoo/Andrej Isakovic