Tuesday edition - February 21, 2006


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GOP Governors Threaten to Block Port Deal
ABC News - 2-21-06
Two Republican governors are threatening legal action to ... taking over operations in major US ports and some GOP lawmakers say ...


Rice Begins Mideast Mission, Seeking Unity Against Hamas
Voice of America - 2-21-06
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Egypt Tuesday as she seeks to shore up support for a tough stance against Hamas.

US Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review
New York Times - 2-21-06
 In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years ...

"Outsourcing the operation of our largest ports to a country with long involvement in terrorism is a homeland security accident waiting to happen." -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Gee, aren't there any American companies capable of running our ports?


Outbidding the competition, al-Qaeda wins U.S. security contract. -- Grant Gerver




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



There's a new comic book coming out where Batman goes after Osama Bin Laden. And you thought radical Muslims hated cartoons before. Holy Shiite, Batman! -- Jay Leno



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Disturbing News


"This Mardi Gras will be a little different. This year when drunks yell up at the balcony, ' 'Show us your boobs!' Michael Brown and Michael Chertoff walk out." --Bill Maher





You're Fired -- You're Rehired


Two weeks ago, 32 workers, including eight researchers, were laid off at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. The lab helps develop the very renewable energy technologies the president is promoting.

Then, over the weekend,
just before Bush's planned visit to the lab on Tuesday, the government restored the jobs.


Republican Shenanigans



Republican Takes A Cheap Shot


Arizona senators exchanged harsh words during a floor session Monday as Republican Sen. Jack Harper criticized the arrest of a Democratic candidate's son and was in return denounced by another GOP lawmaker.

Harper, R-Surprise, said the arrest Friday evening of 24-year-old James Robert Pederson, son of former state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Pederson,
"points to a culture of corruption in the Pederson household."


Rock-The-Voter News

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"I would guess it didn't exactly represent a profile in courage for the vice president to wander over there to the F-word network for a sit down with Brit Hume. I mean, that's a little like Bonnie interviewing Clyde, ain't it?" --CNN's Jack Cafferty, on Cheney's interview with FOX News




Good News


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CIA: UAE is a drug transhipment point (and money laundering)
Posted by Nothing Without Hope
Added to homepage Tue Feb 21st 2006, 09:52 AM ET


From the CIA web site (scroll to the bottom – it’s the last entry):

The UAE is a drug transshipment point for traffickers given its proximity to Southwest Asian drug

producing countries; the UAE's position as a major financial center makes it vulnerable

to money laundering...


(thanks to AllHatNoCattle for pointing out this gem.)

And as Sen. Menendez' pointed out on Keith Olbermann, the UAE supported the Taliban and have

been implicated as a major financial source for the 9/11 attackers as well as a transshipment

point for nuclear armaments (and be sure to watch this video):


Biz-Tech News



Torture: Bush Style


The Navy's general counsel warned Pentagon officials two years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal that circumventing international agreements on torture and detainees' treatment would invite abuse, according to a published report.

Legal theories granting the president the right to authorize abuse despite the Geneva Conventions were unlawful, dangerous and erroneous, then-General Counsel Alberto J. Mora advised officials in a secret memo.
The 22-page document was obtained by the New Yorker for an article in its Feb. 27 issue.

Bush-Prison-Torture News


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"To the vice president's credit, he did own up to it. On FOX News he said the fault was his, he can't blame anybody else. Boy, it's amazing, the only time you get accountability out of this administration is when they are actually holding a smoking gun." --Bill Maher



Hunting - Cheney Style


Vice President Dick Cheney went pheasant shooting in Pennsylvania in December 2003, but unlike most of his fellow hunters across America, he didn't have to spend hours or even days tramping the fields and hedgerows in hopes of bagging a brace of birds for the dinner table.

Upon his arrival at the exclusive Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township, gamekeepers released 500 pen-raised pheasants from nets for the benefit of him and his party. In a blaze of gunfire, the group—which included legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX),
along with major fundraisers for Republican candidates—killed at least 417 of the birds.


All Hat No Cattle FLASHBACK December 2003



Go-F*ck-Yourself News


In New Orleans, the Paris Casino reopened and officials are calling it a sign of progress. If you didn't lose your house before, you can now. -- Jay Leno


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Odd News



Yong Huang harvests lettuce that was grown using a new spiraling system created by his Epcot science team at the Epcot Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida February 20, 2006. Huang and the Epcot team created the agricultural system by combining a 'film' technique of nutrients with a spiral-shaped growing system to produce vertically grown lettuce. Once harvested, the lettuce will be served on salads at Walt Disney's Epcot theme park restaurants. Photo by Diana Zaluck