TGIF/Weekend edition - April 18-20, 2007





Depression hits US troops hard
Detroit Free Press, United States - 4-18-08
About one in five US troops suffers from major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in...


 Petraeus hid Maliki's resistance to US troops
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong - 4-18-08
When Vice President Dick Cheney, who had previously played the "bad cop" in the George W Bush administration's relations with Maliki, visited Baghdad in mid March...

 Rep. Frank introduces marijuana decriminalization bill
Politico, DC - 4-18-08
Barney Frank (D-Mass.) introduced a bill Thursday that would decriminalize the personal use of marijuana and legalize the use of medical marijuana in..


"Actually, one really embarrassing moment, you see this on the news? When the pope blessed the crowd with holy water? Well, some of it splashed on Dick Cheney -- burned his skin." --Jay Leno




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

al Qaeda Sticks Tongue Out At U.S. Troops


Marking the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, al Qaeda's media arm released an audio recording, purportedly from the group's second-in-command, saying U.S. troops there have failed.



"The president picked up the pope at the airport. How bored is our president? He's not the president anymore. Now he's like your college stoner roommate, doing favors for pizza. Next week I think he's helping Putin move." --Jon Stewart



Disturbing News


"Now, you may have seen this earlier on the news. Did you hear what President Bush said to the pope after his speech today? This is an exact quote. I'm not changing it. He said, 'Awesome speech, your Holiness.' That's what he said to the pope. See, he didn't want to say 'dude,' because it was a formal affair." --Jay Leno


Just What The Iraqis Don't Need - A Sandstorm


A thick layer of yellow dust blanketed houses and cars in the Iraqi capital Thursday as a heavy sandstorm over central Iraq sent dozens of residents to hospitals with breathing difficulties.

The spring storm, one of the worst in years, forced the closure of the Baghdad International Airport. It also appeared to hamper military flights.

Republican Shenanigans

 It's OK When Republicans Do It!


The Delaware County prosecutor wants to know why Republican Party officials were given access to police reports on a fight involving a voter registration deputy, a reporter and a candidate before the documents reached his desk.

"The Republican Party chairman is not a member of the law enforcement community and does not have access to police reports," Prosecutor Mark McKinney, a Democrat, said Wednesday.




Rock-The-Voter News



Imus: Obama "Almost A Bigger Pussy" Than Hillary - Huffington Post






Biz-Tech News


"This is the day after tax day, of course. See, this is the day that unites people, I think. It's a day when wealthy Americans with money from big cities are just as bitter as Americans in small towns who are broke." --Jay Leno



Bush-Prison-Torture News

Mid-life Crisis?


He is the president of a resurgent superpower. She is a rhythmic gymnast less than half his age.


Now all Moscow is ablaze with rumours that Vladimir Putin, 56, and the flexible 24-year-old Alina Kabaeva have decided to tie the knot.





Go-F***-Yourself News



"Did you see the pope's plane land yesterday? I think it's called, was it 'Shepherd One'? Is that the name of the pope's plane? 'Shepherd One'? And he's also German, isn't he? ... So that would make it 'German Shepherd One.'" --Jay Leno



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Fireworks are released at the grand opening ceremony of the world's largest observation wheel also known as the Singapore Flyer on Tuesday April 15, 2008, in Singapore. Photo/Wong Maye-E