Thursday edition - February 9, 2006


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Iraqi construction funds go to security
Washington Times, DC - 2-9-06

...The testimony from James Jeffrey, senior adviser on Iraq to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, shows the hurdles that the fledgling Iraqi government faces in erecting basic water and electrical services, hospitals and schools...Only $3.2 billion of $13 billion pledged by foreign countries for rebuilding has reached Iraq..."What has happened is an incessant and insidious insurgency has repeatedly attacked the key infrastructure targets reducing outputs," Mr. Bowen said.

Secret Court's Judges Were Warned About NSA Spy Data
Washington Post, United States - 2-9-06
Twice in the past four years, a top Justice Department lawyer warned the presiding judge of a secret surveillance court that information overheard in President Bush's eavesdropping program may have been improperly used...

Fla. officials oppose plan to open Gulf area to gas drilling
Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS - 2-9-06
WASHINGTON - The government indicated Wednesday that it plans to open a large area of the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas leasing despite strong opposition from Florida officials.


Let's make Bush president of Iraq and call it even.



"If President Bush is wiretapping my phone and listening to my calls, I think he actually should pay for half of the phone-sex bill." --David Letterman



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


Kindergarteners Labeled Terrorists.  You're doin' a heckuva job, Chertoff! And America is Now Officially Declared Nuts.


WHILE ATTORNEY GENERAL Alberto Gonzalez assures the U.S. Senate that the Bush Administration’s domestic eavesdropping program is a vital “early warning system” for terrorists, another homeland security measure strikes at a local elementary school...Since new security regulations went into effect in May 1, 2005, access to the Visitor Center is restricted to United States citizens. All others might be terrorists.

New word for the dictionary: Poligion. The consolidation of religion and politics into one belief system. The belief in and reverence for a political party or person with unwavering faith in their supremacy and infallibility.-- Zing!


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Disturbing News


Tom DeLay To Investigate Himself.  Really.


DeLay, R-Texas, also claimed a seat on the subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, which is currently investigating an influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his dealings with lawmakers.


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Republican Shenanigans


Separation of Church and the Air Force


An evangelical group petitioned Wednesday to intervene in a lawsuit by an Air Force Academy graduate who alleges senior officers and cadets illegally impose Christianity on others at the school.





Liberals attack Christians? When has anybody ever heard the phrase "Onward, liberal soldiers"?- Zing!



Rock-The-Voter News


"President Bush unveiled his new $2.2 trillion budget. Yeah, the president settled on $2 trillion after being told that $2 bazillion was not a real number." --Conan O'Brien


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Good News


"The Attorney General of the United States, Alberto Gonzalez testified before the senate about the domestic spying program. But first there was a big fight about whether or not to place him under oath. Ultimately they decided not to place him under oath. See, baseball players, they have to be under oath. But the attorney general, no." --Jay Leno



Biz/Tech News



“In Washington, the Pentagon announced plans to build new long-range weapons as a deterrent to China. Unfortunately, we don't have any factories left in this country, so the weapons will be built in China.” -- Jay Leno


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Bush-Prison-Torture News


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Why Barbara Bush Didn't Attend Coretta Scott King's Funeral



Former First Lady Barbara Bush said that while she'd "likely never" rent a hydraulic lift, she and her husband--former U.S. president George Bush--were probably "your biggest clients" for event rental because "my husband loves to give parties!" She made her remarks yesterday morning as the keynote speaker at the opening of the Rental Show exhibits in Orlando, Fla.




ENRON is an exact microcosm of the White House. —Grant Gerver



Go-F***-Yourself News


Did you hear about that gigantic NHL betting scandal? Frankly, my dear, I don't give a puck. —Grant Gerver



Odd News


American adventurer Steve Fossett flies over the Atlantic Ocean in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer II, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006. The US adventurer is aiming to fly 26,084 miles non-stop - one and a quarter times around the world. If all goes to plan, he is expected to end his 80-hour journey at Kent International Airport, England, on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Dan Chung)