Monday edition - December 22, 2008




Former Army chief General Sir Mike Jackson attacks US failures in Iraq, United Kingdom - Dec 20, 2008
A former head of the British Army has accused the Americans of "appalling" decision making during the Iraq war. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph

Bush shoe-thrower 'will sue for police beating' - 12-21-08
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush plans to sue the Iraqi security services for beating him, his brother says...

Iraqi shoe-thrower to go on trial Dec 31
AFP - 12-21-08
BAGHDAD (AFP) - The Iraqi journalist thrust to instant fame when he threw his shoes at US President George W. Bush will go on trial this month on charges that risk up to 15 years in jail...


"I tell you, the economy's rough. People are standing behind President Bush just to get the free shoes." --Jay Leno

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I have been obsessed, of late, with the video image of Bush and Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist-shoe thrower. In this time when actual justice is dead, the only kind of redress that remains in the hearts of free people of good will is the symbolic kind. There is now a call across the Muslim world for a "shoe jihad" against President Bush (I kid you not). Al-Zaidi received summary Amerikan thug-justice for his spontaneous act of righteousness and retribution against the biggest criminal and mass murder since Pol Pot. He was severely beaten, his arm was broken, and he was whisked off to a hospital within the Green Zone. I find it hard to believe his fellow journalists administered such a beating. His recent recantations smack of evident "reprogramming." The punishment for killing over a million of your fellow humans is a cushy pension, a presidential library and retirement to a fortified compound in a South American country, whereas one who throws his shoes at such a criminal and calls him a dog, faces up to 15 years in prison.

I fervently hope and pray that this idea catches on and, for the rest of his life, Bush will have to remain eternally vigilant for unexpected, incoming, high velocity footwear. I for one pledge, that if I ever come near the man, my shoes will be off to him, no matter what the personal consequences. That, for my mind, would be only partial justice.


Bob Boldt

I love it, Bob! I've been obsessed with the shoe incident, too, just in a different way.


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"Deep Throat" Mark Felt has died. Oh, how I wish we had an even "Deeper Throat" to take Bush, Cheney and Rove down.- Grant Gerver





Disturbing News

The Rich Get Richer


Banks that have their hands out in Washington this year were handing out multimillion-dollar rewards to their executives last year.

The 116 banks that so far have received taxpayer dollars to boost them through the economic crisis gave their top tier of executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses and other benefits in 2007, an Associated Press analysis found.


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Republican-Shenanigans News

Former Bush Aide Pleads Guilty


 A former Bush White House aide pleaded guilty Friday to stealing nearly $600,000 from a government-funded center that promotes democracy in Cuba.




"Gay leaders are furious at Barack Obama because he picked an anti-gay minister to deliver a prayer during the inauguration ceremony. Yeah. Gay leaders are also furious at Obama because the tie he's planning to wear is all wrong." --Conan O'Brien


To U.S. TAXPAYERS: Mind Your Own Business


It's something any bank would demand to know before handing out a loan: Where's the money going?

But after receiving billions in aid from U.S. taxpayers, the nation's largest banks say they can't track exactly how they're spending the money or they simply refuse to discuss it.

"We've lent some of it. We've not lent some of it. We've not given any accounting of, 'Here's how we're doing it,'" said Thomas Kelly, a spokesman for JPMorgan Chase, which received $25 billion in emergency bailout money. "We have not disclosed that to the public. We're declining to."

Rock-The-Voter News


"According to a new survey that just came out, the most admired profession is doctor. Doctor is the most admired profession. Yeah. The least admired profession? Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's barber." --Conan O'Brien



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Biz-Tech News


"And the big financial story, Bernard Madoff, the man they call the most hated man in New York, as you know, has been arrested after confessing to running this Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of $50 billion. That's almost hard to believe. But the good news, today he was named A.I.G.'s man of the year." --Jay Leno


Some Good News


The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 5 percent from two weeks earlier, hitting its lowest level since February 2004, according to the nationwide Lundberg survey released on Sunday.





Time magazine has selected their person of the year. Guess what, it's President-elect Barack Obama. Yeah, ironically, Ebony magazine announced their person of the year, and it's Ed Begley Jr." --Conan O'Brien


Bush-Prison-Torture News

Germany Wants Guantanamo Prisoners


Germany is considering taking released inmates from the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay detention camp who refuse or cannot return to their home countries when it finally closes down, officials said Monday.




Go-F**k-Yourself News


Santa's helpers are all depressed. Being laid off + no bailout = low Elf Esteem. - Zing!






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Odd News


Handout computer generated picture released by London's Mayor Office of the winning design in the New Bus for London competition. The new environmentally-friendly version of London's iconic red double-decker bus will be introduced in the British capital from 2011, officials have said.