Tuesday edition - April 22, 2008





Rice Presses Iraq’s Neighbors to Give It More Support
New York Times, United States - 4-22-08
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called for greater financial and diplomatic support for Iraq during a meeting with Arab...


Iraqi children desperate to learn in ruined schools
Reuters - 4-22-08
Even after clashes erupted in the Sadr City slum in Baghdad, Thamir Saadoun still tried to go to school, hoping it would be open

Rice says Carter was warned against meeting with Hamas
The Associated Press - 4-22-08
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration explicitly warned former President Carter against meeting with members


Condi and Dubya have so much in common -- they're both miserable failures.



 "Hillary Clinton now, over the weekend says that she is pro-gun, likes guns, and lovers to hunt ducks. Vice President Dick Cheney said 'Ooh stop, you're making me hot.'" --David Letterman






 Iran Update


Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he believes Iran is "hell bent" on acquiring nuclear weapons, but he warned in strong terms of the consequences of going to war over that.

"Another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need and, in fact, I believe it would be disastrous on a number of levels," he said in a speech he was delivering Monday evening at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.



"How many watched the debate last night? [on screen: Light cheers and a few boos]. How many watched 'American Idol?' [on screen: Loud cheers and applause]. You get the government you deserve." --Jay Leno






Disturbing News

 Tomatoes In Baghdad


Three months after US forces dropped tons of bombs on Arab Jubur and put Al-Qaeda to flight, farmers are everywhere out in their fields tending their tomatoes.






Another GOP Lawbreaker


 A former high-ranking Justice Department official was accused Monday of criminal conflict of interest in the latest case stemming from the investigation of disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.




 "And Ralph Nader, God bless him. Ralph Nader said today, he has not taken $1 in campaign contributions. Oh, he wants to. He just can't get anybody to give him $1." --Jay Leno





If John Kerry had been elected president four years ago, do you suppose the price of Heinz ketchup would have tripled by now? - Zing!






"And with oil prices hitting an all-time high, Barack Obama promised today if he is elected, he will fund research to develop a car that runs on the bitterness of economically-strapped Pennsylvania voters." --Jay Leno




Felons Welcome!


The felons accepted into the army and marines included 87 soldiers convicted of assault or maiming, 130 convicted of non-cannabis-related drug offences, seven convicted of making terrorist threats, and two convicted of indecent behaviour with a child. Waivers were also granted to 500 burglars and thieves, 19 arsonists and nine sex offenders.





"And not to be outdone on this subject, George Bush made a speech this week on global warming. The good news? He finally admits it's real. The bad news? He wants to invade the sun." --Bill Maher










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Alicia Silverstone appears in this publicity photo for a campaign promoting vegetarianism by the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
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