TGIF/Weekend edition - April 20-22, 2007
Gonzales Losing Gop Support
New abortion bills expected
Boston Globe -
By Kirk Johnson, New York Times News Service | April 20, 2007. DENVER - Both sides of the abortion debate expect a new push for legislation as state lawmakers around the country digest the implications of the Supreme Court decision Wednesday upholding ...
Wolfowitz absent as World Bank board decides fate
Alberto Gonzales is almost as embarrassing as Bush.
"Because of the storms back East, over 250,000 people still without power. In fact, it was so bad in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had to resort to destroying e-mails by hand." --Jay Leno
Gates To Iraq: Us Patience Is Limited
Iraq attack may be attempt to flush out Shiites
Coroner rejects US pilot error claim in Iraq crash
Yeah, be careful not to ruin Troop morale by supporting an end to the war. I bet they'll dread having to come home. - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
Halliburton's Performance Matches Bush/Cheney
U.S. lawmakers on Thursday railed against senior Army officials and defense contractor KBR Inc. over persistent allegations of fraud and contract abuse on a multibillion-dollar deal to provide food and shelter to U.S. troops in Iraq.
"Profiteering during wartime is inexcusable," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. "This is the most significant waste, fraud and abuse we have ever seen in this country."
Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran - as sung by Sen. John McCain who is obviously losing his mind
Johnson Space Center evacuated after weapon report Houston Chronicle
Copycat threats logged around the country Cincinnati Post, OH
ON HIGH ALERT Slew of threats to schools in Michigan spurs warning Detroit Free Press, MI
Lawrence caller's threats disrupt several schools
Suspect arrested in Edmonds college bomb threats
School Districts Deal With Threats, Increase Security
Va. Tech Professor, Holocaust Survivor Buried in Israel Washington Post
FDA asks if pet food tainted on purpose
Crazy People Can Buy Guns in Virginia
A judge's ruling on Cho Seung-Hui's mental health should have barred him from purchasing the handguns he used in the Virginia Tech massacre, according to federal regulations. But it was unclear Thursday whether anybody had an obligation to inform federal authorities about Cho's mental status because of loopholes in the law that governs background checks..."On the face of it, he should have been blocked under federal law," said Denis Henigan, legal director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
"FEMA told Congress this week that a revised emergency response plan it was ordered to develop after Hurricane Katrina will not be ready by hurricane season. Well, there's a shock. It's only been two years. I'm surprised FEMA even knows when hurricane season is." --Jay Leno
California Rep. Doolittle leaves House appropriations seat Los Angeles Times
RNC Resists Democratic Demands for Database Access U.S. News & World Report
Foley paying bills with campaign
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA
The Price of Inexperience
Testifying before the Senate
Judiciary Committee in what one lawmaker called a "reconfirmation hearing,"
Gonzales apologized for what he described as a flawed process in which a group
of young political appointees at the Justice Department led a review that
resulted in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
"In a recent interview, First Lady Laura Bush says she can't fall asleep at night without reading. She says that her nightstand holds so many books, she fears it might collapse. I guess that makes it easy to tell which side of the bed is hers" --Jay Leno
"The Bush administration is searching for a war czar to manage all the wars we're in and cut through the federal bureaucracy. Because federal bureaucracy is why we're losing. ... So far, at least five four-star generals have declined the position, some citing that this administration -- this is true -- doesn't appear to know what it's doing" --Jon Stewart
Limbaugh said Virginia Tech shooter "had to be a liberal"
BP Texas City plant workers taken to hospitals Houston Chronicle
Texas Senate OKs raising smoking age to 19 Houston Chronicle
Alberto Gonzales is as believable as Ken Lay was. - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
Bush Continues to Embarrass Self and Country
...When Bush went to Ohio on Thursday to talk about terrorism, he ended up musing about marriage and chicken-plucking plants, the agony of death and his Oval Office rug, which resembles a sunburst...
_Politics comes and goes,
but your principles don't. And everybody wants to be loved — not everybody. ...
You never heard anybody say, `I want to be despised, I'm running for office.'"
_"The best thing about my family is my wife. She is a great first lady. I know that sounds not very objective, but that's how I feel. And she's also patient. Putting up with me requires a lot of patience."
_"There are jobs Americans aren't doing. ... If you've got a chicken factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what I'm talking about."
_"There are some similarities, of course" between Iraq and Vietnam. "Death is terrible."
_"I've been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at times."
As he has before, Bush told the story about how his first presidential decision was to pick a rug for the Oval Office, a task he quickly cast to his wife. He told her to make sure the rug reflected optimism "because you can't make decisions unless you're optimistic that the decisions you make will lead to a better tomorrow."
Later, when he talked about his hope for succeeding in Iraq, Bush said, "Remember the rug?"
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Love at first bite? Reuters
Xia Aifeng, 36, stands on a chair to comb her long hair as her daughter (L) and a neighbor watch in Shangrao, in east China's Jiangxi province April 8, 2007. The 1.6 metre tall (5.31 feet) woman has grown her hair to a length of 7.94 feet. Xia has never cut her hair since she was 20 and now she has to spend 90 minutes to wash her hair once a week. Photo/China Daily