Thursday edition - March 23, 2006



Crist asked to investigate voting-machine companies
Tallahassee Democrat, FL - 3-23-06

The Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition is asking Attorney General Charlie Crist to investigate the three voting-equipment companies certified to do business in Florida.

All of the companies, Diebold Election Systems, Election Systems and Software and Sequoia Voting Systems, have refused to sell equipment to Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho, who is trying to buy machines that can be used by people with disabilities

General seeks review of pentagon program
Seattle Post Intelligencer - 3-23-06
The top U.S. military commander called Thursday for a formal Pentagon review of the policies that led to defense officials paying the Iraqi media to place favorable stories in their newspapers...

Guantanamo Bay Briton was MI5 spy, court is told
Times Online, UK - 3-23-06
By Daniel McGrory. THE Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been forced into an embarrassing change of heart over its refusal to press ...


There they go again, returning to the scene of the crime and fooling with Florida's voting machines.



"President Bush's approval ratings have taken somewhat of a dive. A senior slump, if you will. Leading President Bush to one conclusion: He is the only one who realizes what a great job he's being doing." --Jon Stewart



Naughty Bush Photos




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


"[Bush] is committed to one thing, he's going to disarm Iran, he's going to disarm Korea, and he's going to disarm Cheney." --David Letterman


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9-11 Trial Update


Of all the through-the-looking-glass moments in the last few days, the strangest is this: The F.B.I officer who arrested and questioned Zacarias Moussaoui told a jury that he had alerted his superiors about 70 times that Mr. Moussaoui was a radical Islamic fundamentalist who hated America and might be plotting to hijack an airplane.

Seventy? That makes one time for every virgin waiting for Mr. Moussaoui in heaven. Judging by how disastrously the prosecution is doing, the virgins will have to wait.



Disturbing News



Looking at the World Through Rove Colored Glasses


Rich Bond, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said that without the focus of a campaign, the White House had lost its edge.

"I can't imagine the Dubai ports deal occurring in the mindset of the re-election," Mr. Bond said. "I can't imagine the Cheney hunting incident being handled in the same way in the mindset of the re-election."

By most accounts inside and outside the administration, Mr. Rove is relentlessly cheerful, presenting himself as an optimistic face in a gloomy White House. One person who met Mr. Rove said he attributed Mr. Bush's problems more to external events, in particular Hurricane Katrina and Iraq, than to anything the White House did wrong.






1,889 days and no vetoes: Bush gaining on Jefferson


Republican Shenanigans




"I was taught that it was the Congress that makes the laws, and the president's supposed to sign them, and he's supposed to enforce them. He's not just supposed to make them up." -- Sen. Russ Feingold on the Daily Show




Subject: Taxes


What people don't realize is that as gas prices go up the taxes raised by them is also going up. The more money a gallon of gas cost, the more revenue brought in. Also, the FPL tax has gone up and the Telephone tax, the Cable tax, The Cellular tax have all gone up. We are being taxed to death.




Bush is cutting the wrong taxes.



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Rock-The-Voter News

Iraq war veteran fights for Democrats Toronto Star

Soros, Big Democratic Donors Targeted by Republican Measure Bloomberg

GOP Trails Democrats in Senate Fundraising AP



George Bush's Year in Review by JibJab





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Eight Year Old Lampoons Bush


Eight-year-old author Adora Svitak tackles hot button issues in her upcoming novel, "Yang in Disguise". Although the novel is set in a fantasy world, the young author says that her antagonist, a greedy and amoral king, is ‘a more toned down version of George W. Bush’. When his son leaves his father’s kingdom to see if he can find a more peaceful solution to his country’s problems, the eight-year-old author uses each land he visits as an opportunity to comment on a number of political and cultural issues, including gay rights, immigration policies, Middle Eastern women’s rights, the environment, vengeance, and nationalism.




Baghdead + Baghdebt = Baghdamned  -- Grant Gerver


Good News




Update on Valerie Plame's Husband


Nearing the end of his hour-and-a-half discussion, Wilson said that if there's one lesson he and his wife have learned during the last three years it's that "you can stand up to your government ..."

Borrowing a quote from George Orwell, Wilson seemed to sum up his experience: "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."


Biz-Tech News



"It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself." --Sen. Hillary Clinton, vowing to block legislation seeking to criminalize undocumented immigrants






You know, if the press were banned from Iraq, we'd be winning the War.-- Grant Gerver



Bush-Prison-Torture News

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Republican E-mail Blames Democrats for Debt


“The Democrat alternative to Republican efforts to restrain spending is clear: Continue to spend beyond our means, mortgaging our children’s future by saddling them with a debt of $8 trillion … and continue to ratchet up taxes to pay for their fiscal irresponsibility, stifling the American economy,” [Sen. Bill] Frist wrote.



Dick Cheney's Suite Demands



Go-F*ck-Yourself News



13 suggested audience questions for Bush's next public appearance



DJ Fired for Using the C Word


Lenihan had been heaping praise on [Condoleezza] Rice, who has frequently said she aspires to run the NFL one day but has more recently ruled out seeking to replace retiring Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
"She's been chancellor of Stanford," Lenihan said on the air. "She's got the patent resume of somebody that has serious skill. She loves football. She's African-American, which would kind of be a big coon. A big coon. Oh my God. I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that."
He said he had meant to say "coup" instead of the racial slur.




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Odd News

A stone chapel is seen on Bastoy island in winter in this photo released by Bastoy Prison. The 2.6 square km (1.0 sq mile) Bastoy island offers its 115 'residents' cross-country skiing, tennis and horse-riding. "A lot of people in Norway say that we treat them (the prisoners) too well because they should be punished. But this is the biggest mistake we have been making since the 1600s. Taking this line makes people bad," said Oyvind Alnaes, governor of the minimum security prison.  Photo by Bastoy Prison