Thursday edition - March 8, 2007
US troop "surge" may be needed in Iraq until next year
US general says no need now
for more Iraq troops
Pentagon Deploys More Troops
Bush leaves for Latin America today -- anyone taking bets he's house hunting for an place to exile to?
"Afghanistan reported a record opium crop. I think that explains why Dick Cheney came back from his trip saying, 'Hey, they greeted us with flowers. And they blew my mind'." --Bill Maher
US military deaths in Iraq at 3188
5 indicted for transferring money to Iraq
China says US actions in Iraq violate human rights
Rep. Young says he told Army of care lapses St. Petersburg Times, FL
The Reason Why George Washington Never Had Children (According to Bush, that is)
Even before President
George W. Bush set out for his four-day visit to Latin America, a predictable
game of rhetorical ping-pong began. In a speech to the US Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce this week, Mr Bush pledged to “complete the revolution” for social
justice begun by Simon Bolívar.
Comparing the South American liberator to George Washington, Mr Bush said: “Neither Washington nor Bolívar was destined to have children of their own, so that we Americans might call ourselves their children.”
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Shooting of Putin critic in US raises questions Washington Post
Coulter Losing Her Ammunition
Three newspapers said this
week they will drop Ann Coulter's column after the conservative author referred
to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as a "faggot."
The Mountain Press in Sevierville, Tennessee, The Oakland Press in Michigan and the Lancaster New Era in Pennsylvania said they would stop running Coulter's syndicated column because of the comment she made last week.
"We are 10
months away from anyone even casting the first vote in the presidential
election, but already the mud is flying. Did you hear the latest about Barack
Obama? He comes from a family of slave owners. He's black, but he's half white.
Apparently, on his mother's side, which is the white side, they owned slaves.
The Barack Obama camp is going to deny it, but his approval ratings in the South
shot up 27 points. That's nothing. Apparently, President Bush's entire family is
owned by Saudi Arabia." " --Bill Maher
McKay: Hastings' office called about probing Gregoire's election Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA
Giuliani's Divorce Worries Evangelicals Guardian Unlimited, UK
Jenna Bush Wrote a Book. No, Really!
Jenna Bush, in a rare
interview, says her forthcoming book for teens - about a 17-year-old single
mother in Panama who is living with HIV - will end with a "call to
action."...Bush says she will donate her earnings to UNICEF.
she "very, very modestly" hopes her book will have some of the influence of two
books about girls caught up in the Holocaust: Lois Lowry's novel Number the
Stars and Anne Frank's The Diary of Anne Frank.
Edwards To Skip Debate Hosted By Fox Guardian Unlimited, UK
about the big John McCain gaffe. He was on the David Letterman show announcing
his presidential campaign, and he pulled a Joe Biden. ... He used the word
'wasted' to describe the lives lost in Iraq. Next day, he said he should have
used the word 'sacrifice'. But to put it into perspective, when McCain was a
prisoner in Vietnam, George Bush was wasted. Sorry, I meant to say he was
sacrificing brain cells." --Bill Maher
Credit card firms promise more transparency CNNMoney.com
Walgreen Sued for Bias Against Blacks Houston Chronicle
Online ad sales up 34% in '06 Los Angeles Times
Gates: US risks losing technology leadership role Macworld.com
"Why aren't we hearing the other side of this issue? Yes, there is tons of black mold growing in the walls where we house our wounded soldiers. But nobody mentions, mold can be used to make cheese ... and penicillin. You might say Walter Reed's walls are dripping with medicine." --Jon Stewart
Gates says closed Guantanamo hearings needed Los Angeles Times, CA
To Pardon or Not to Pardon?
[T]here’s one significant roadblock on the path to Libby’s salvation: Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff does not qualify to even be considered for a presidential pardon under Justice Department guidelines.
Subject: Chinese pets as dinner?
Thanks for my morning dose
I hope you are being sarcastic. The reason I made that comment was due to my son's culinary experiences in China last summer. He said he ate chicken, beef, fish, frog, pork, rat and dog -- and a delicious mystery meat on stick.
I was just kidding!
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Humanoid robot HRP-2 uses a tap after washing a cup during a demonstration at Tokyo University in this February 28, 2007 picture. A Japanese university has developed two humanoid bartender and waiter robots who can also wash dishes -- sort of. The two robots, named HRP-2 NO.7 and NO.8, work as a pair to serve drinks and then collect the empty glasses. They are also designed to open a faucet and place objects beneath it. Photo/Kim Kyung-Hoon