Wednesday edition - February 8, 2006


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Cheney says Iran nuclear situation "dangerous"
Reuters - 2-8-06
Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday said the nuclear standoff with Iran was a dangerous situation that had been aggravated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's "outrageous statements...

Republican Who Oversees NSA Calls for Wiretap Inquiry
New York Times, United States - 2-8-06
A House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.

Bush Plan Would Cut Survivor Benefits
Houston Chronicle, United States -
 If President Bush gets his way, the venerable $255 Social Security death benefit will fade into history. ...


I'm surprised Cheney hasn't told us that Osama is in Iran.



"ABC announced their show, 'Commander In Chief,' is going on a six-week vacation. Or as Bush calls it, August." --Jay Leno



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


Far easier & quicker to compile a list of Bush administration officials NOT involved in any scandal. —Grant Gerver


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A Friday Skit

(Sound of Champagne Bottle opening with a loud Pop!)
Congratulations Sir! What a great State of the Union Address!
Why thank you Condi.
Champaign for everyone!
No, sir. None for Sir.

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Disturbing News



Doesn't Homeland Security Do Background Checks on NASA Employees?


George C. Deutsch, the young presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to limit reporters' access to a top climate scientist and told a Web designer to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang, resigned yesterday, agency officials said.

Mr. Deutsch's resignation came on the same day that officials at Texas A&M University confirmed that he did not graduate from there, as his résumé on file at the agency asserted.


NEWSFLASH: The Civil Rights Movement Wasn't Political!


On "Hardball," according to Expose the Left, Kate O'Beirne said "'liberals can't seem to be able to keep politics away from funerals' and called Carter what he is, a "southerner with no graciousness.'"

The Anchoress calls it "Wellstoning the King Funeral."


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Republican Shenanigans



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Breaking News: George Washington Tapped Phones


Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday: "President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale."




Birds of a Feather Still Flocking Together




Presidential assistant Donald Rumsfeld, right, and his deputy Richard Cheney meet with reporters at the White House in Washington, D.C., in this Thursday, Nov. 7, 1975 file photo. Rumsfeld was named by President Ford to replace James Schlesinger as Secretary of Defense and Cheney was to replace Rumsfeld. Newly disclosed historic government documents obtained by the Associated Press include one with startling similarity to Washington's current atmosphere over disclosures of classified information by the media....George H.W. Bush, then director of the CIA, wanted to ensure "no unnecessary diminution of collection of important foreign intelligence" under the proposal to require judges to approve terror wiretaps, according to a March 1976 memorandum he wrote to the Justice Department. Bush also complained that some major communications companies were unwilling to install government wiretaps without a judge's approval. Such a refusal "seriously affects the capabilities of the intelligence community," Bush wrote.


The Really Oily Addicts


I don't remember the president admonishing the public on its oil "addiction" when he worked at oil companies like Harken or Arbusto, which is Spanish for "bush." Vice President Dick Cheney was chief executive officer of Halliburton, a very large oil and gas services company. This is, I remind you, the only administration whose secretary of state once had an oil tanker named after her.


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Rock-The-Voter News



Well, the Rolling Stones and the NFL probably won't spend the night together

A Stones spokeswoman Tuesday refuted the league's contention that Mick Jagger agreed to self-censor his lyrics during the band's Super Bowl halftime performances of "Start Me Up" and "Rough Justice"--and the NFL backed down from its initial contention that he had.

Good News


Boehner, Abramoff and Karl Rove


A White House aide who was once chief of staff to House Majority Leader John Boehner helped plan a 1996 trip to the Northern Mariana Islands that was organized by fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff, billing records from Abramoff's firm show.

Barry Jackson, now chief deputy to White House adviser Karl Rove, accepted an invitation to travel to the island of Saipan in April 1996





Biz-Tech News


Beam Scotty Up Please


Senate Democrats lambasted the George W. Bush administration's "totally inadequate" response to the escape in Yemen this week of 23 Al-Qaeda members

White House spokesman Scott McClellan on Monday told reporters that the prison break -- which included a man convicted in the deadly bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 -- was a "disappointing development."


Bush-Prison-Torture News


Another Big Boehner


Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who was elected House majority leader last week, is renting his Capitol Hill apartment from a veteran lobbyist whose clients have direct stakes in legislation Boehner has co-written and that he has overseen as chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee.




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Odd News

Chairman of De Baarsjes City District Executive Henk van Waveren stands next to a 'No Marijuana Smoking' sign in Amsterdam, in this undated handout. Amsterdam's new street signs banning cannabis smoking in parts of the city have sparked global interest. The sign shows a red circle around a fat cannabis joint in a cloud of smoke sparked by white marijuana leaves. It has been installed at one square and surrounding streets in Amsterdam where young cannabis smokers are a nuisance. Photo by Wim Sales