Tuesday edition - April 17, 2007






UN seeks aid for 4 million uprooted Iraqis
Washington Post, DC - 4-17-07
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations' refugee agency on Tuesday appealed for international aid for nearly 4 million Iraqis driven from their homes by ...

Iraq Group: We Make Own Rockets
Washington Post, DC -4-17-07
The voice was said to be that of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group that includes al-Qaida in Iraq. The tape was posted on an Islamic Web site frequently used by militant groups, but its authenticity could not be ...

Iraqi PM says govt talking with insurgent groups
International Herald Tribune - 4-17-07
AP. BAGHDAD: Iraq's government is holding talks with some insurgent groups, including members of Saddam Hussein's former regime, as part of a reconciliation plan to stop violence, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday.


“And the White House said today that they have lost the e-mails requested by congressional investigators -- e-mails that may have dealt with the firing of those eight Federal prosecutors. They lost them. Yeah, yeah. Today, the Administration has tried to assure Americans that they are not corrupt, just incompetent. Just incompetent. Thank God for that.” - Jay Leno




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

Alberto Gonzales Update


Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is getting a two-day reprieve in his high-stakes appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee because of the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.



By Don Davis



Disturbing News



Al-Jazeera's English language television has in its six-month existence gained strong viewership across Europe, in parts of Asia, Australia - and even Israel, according to executives and local companies that carry it..."It's extraordinary that while the rest of the world is happy to watch us ... the U.S. stands in splendid isolation," said Al-Jazeera English managing director Nigel Parsons at the station's headquarters in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar.


You know, if you played a drinking game where you did a shot every time Rush Limbaugh attacked someone for being elite, you'd almost be as wasted as Rush Limbaugh. - Bill Maher




Republican Shenanigans

U.S. Senator Ted "The Internet is a series of tubes" Stevens


Friday is a milestone for U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. The Alaska Republican is now the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history. The 83-year-old senator has been there for more than 38 years -- and he's not finished yet.




Tons of food spoiled after FEMA ran out of storage space
Daily Mail - Charleston, WV 



Whenever there's a Bush Administration scandal, it always traces back to some incompetent political hack appointment, and you think to yourself, where are they getting these screw-ups from? Well, now we know. From Pat Robertson. I'm not kidding. Take Monica Goodling, who, before she resigned last week...was the third-ranking official in the Justice Department of the United States. She's 33 years old. And though she never even worked as a prosecutor, she was tasked with overseeing the job performance of all 93 U.S. Attorneys. How do you get to the top that fast? Harvard? Princeton? No, Goodling did her undergraduate work at Messiah College. You know, Messiah, home of the Fighting Christ-ies? And then went on to attend Pat Robertson's law school. Yes, Pat Robertson, the man who said that the presence of gay people at Disney World would cause earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor, has a law school. - Bill Maher

Rock-The-Voter News


In 200 years, we've gone from "We, the people," to "Up With People." From "the best and the brightest" to "dumb and dumber." And where better to find people dumb enough to believe in George Bush than Pat Robertson's law school? The problem here in America isn't that the country is being run by "elites." It's that it's being run by a bunch of hayseeds. And, by the way, the lawyer Monica Goodling just hired to keep her a$$ out of jail, went to a real law school. - Bill Maher


Where's Karl?


A glance at Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s prepared testimony for this week’s make-or-break hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee is a bit like a game of “Where’s Waldo.” Only in this case, the missing characters are President Bush, Karl Rove and the rest of the White House cast.





Biz-Tech News



Andy Borowitz: Imus Moves to Al-Qaeda Network
YubaNet (satire)






David Brooks has a dirty mouth - YouTube


Bush-Prison-Torture News


 “And scarier moment – a scary moment earlier today for Vice President Dick Cheney’s plane. You hear about this? Air Force Two. He’s on the plane -- wham! Hits a bird over O’Hare Airport. The bird got sucked in the engine. Or as Cheney called it, ‘hunting accident.’ I think it’s the first bird he ever hit, actually.” - Jay Leno


Go-F***-Yourself News


Keith Olbermann to join Sunday Night Football Commenting Team in the fall

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Odd News



The 'Geo-Cosmos', covered with one million LEDs (light emitting diodes), displays a simulation of future global warming at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo April 5, 2007. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently warned that climate change posed as much danger to the world as war, adding that he would make it the focus of talks with industrialized nations including the United States and Japan. Photo/Yuriko Nakao