Wednesday edition - April 22, 2009
Report: ‘Extreme' tactics sought Iraq, al-Qaida link
Federal judge hears challenge to Iraq war
interrogation may have worked, Obama official says
"Well, as you know, President Obama's been reaching out to Iran, reaching out to Cuba, reaching out to Latin America. The only place he can't seem to be able to reach out to, Texas." --Jay Leno
The Mercenaries That Just Wouldn't Leave
spokesman insisted Tuesday that the former Blackwater Worldwide can have no
long-term presence in the country and said authorities will continue to press
for compensation for a deadly September 2007 shooting.
Ali al-Dabbagh confirmed that the company — now known as Xe — will have a presence at least until summer in some ground and air protection roles, but gave no other details of when the last former Blackwater units could be out of Iraq.
David Letterman's Top Ten Things
Overheard in the Meeting Between Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez
10. Donde esta 'el Presidente dumb-ass'?
9. Sorry, Mr. President, they don't sell Marlboros here.
8. Let's get a picture of you shaking hands with Hugo Chavez to really piss off Rush Limbaugh.
7. Mr. Chavez, I have a book for you, too -- Artie Lange's "Too Fat To Fish."
6. Does this breakup mean Lindsay Lohan is back to dating guys?
5. Remember, you can't spell Hugo without "hug."
4. I can't believe they killed Edie on "Desperate Housewives."
3. Does Biden really think he's fooling anybody with those plugs?
2. I think there's one thing we can both agree on -- there's a new star in the
Hollywood galaxy by the name of Zac Efron.
1. Is it too late for me to buy your Senate seat?
"And a lot
of people thought that Miss California lost the contest when she said she was
opposed to gay marriage. So, apparently, she forgot who the audience is who
watches beauty pageants." --Jay Leno
Subject: Video in today's AHNC
I would like to make a few comments on the video you included with
today's AHNC. I watched it carefully and it touched me deeply.
In the beginning it started with pictures of a Colonel Sander's
sign, a Jollie Bee sign and one other sign of places that
specialize in chicken. If anyone didn't recognize the country, it
is the Philippines.
This was a country family. The first thing I noticed was the
father of the family had a vehicle, a bicycle. It also seemed
that they lived in what we would call abject poverty but to them it
was, no doubt, a loving home. The father was out foraging for
additional food for his family. With a little land he might have
room for a little rice and maybe a pig. Because of their church
teachings they all have large families. It seems terrible to
Americans to see a family live like this. There are worse places
Filipino families can live, find any large city garbage dump and
you will find generations of people living and picking food from
the garbage. If there was a caste system in the Philippines these
poor people would be the lowest. Others will not allow them to
leave the dump area, they are outcasts. Children are born and
live to adulthood and die in the dump. There is no school. There
are no leftovers from Jollie Bee.
I saw all this first hand when we lived in the Philippines.
Unhappily they are not the only country whose citizens must live
like this. Marcos said "no work, no eat". If an old person has
no family to look after them, they crawl off someplace and die
alone. For everyone who viewed this video they should be
thankful for the bounty of our country and the excess we can share
with the world. And have pity for those who can never aspire to
have any thing.
Thank you for writing. You said it beautifully.
Here is the link in case you missed it.
I clicked on that short film you featured on your website today and I can tell you I will never feel the same way again when I throw away food. I try to be green and compost my leftovers but seeing these small children enjoying food that has been thrown away makes me feel so guilty about wasting food. I live in San Francisco where we have a large homeless population. Whenever I have left over lunch or anything I give it to a homeless person. I wish I could do more. But this movie really got to me. Thank you for posting it on your website I plan to share it with others.
Its funny but if you were to show this to a right winger they would say "that's there problem not mine" That is the difference between Democrats and Republicans Democrats have more humanity and want to help their fellow man. When I hear the Republicans tear down President Obama because he trying to help the American people and the tea baggers who criticize him because they have been brainwashed by the right winger media it makes me sick to my stomach.
Keep up the good work and thanks for the video it will stay with me for a long time as it should!!
a film worth watching.
Those hungry children tugged at my heart, too. They were enjoying food that most Americans put down their garbage disposals.
I guess that Compassionate Conservatism didn't work out too well for the Republicans. Neither did the teabagging. I wonder what they'll come up with next?
Whatever it is I will attempt to put it in a cartoon. Republicans are much funnier than Democrats!
Note to Washington, D.C.: Texas is a sovereign state.
After Gov. Rick Perry's recent comments about some Texans talking secession from the union made national news, legislators are considering issuing a "cease and desist" order to the federal government.
Thousands of confidential
files on the U.S. military's most technologically advanced fighter aircraft
compromised by unknown computer hackers over the past two years, according
to senior defense officials.
Well, recently, that evil Hugo Chavez from Venezuela slipped President Obama a book that is printed in Spanish. But President Obama does not read or speak Spanish. It would be like handing George W. Bush any book. - David Letterman
A federal judge has
shot down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plans for reality-show stardom.
Judge James Zagel said Blagojevich cannot go to Costa Rica to shoot NBC's summer series "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here." The former governor had requested that the judge loosen his travel restrictions to appear on the show.
"Congratulations to 'The New York Times,' which won five Pulitzer Prizes today,
including one for breaking the call girl scandal that ended Eliot Spitzer's
career. And Spitzer won a prize for fiction, for the story he told his wife
about the affair." --Jay Leno
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Fidel Castro says President Barack Obama "misinterpreted" his brother Raul's remarks regarding the United States and bristled at the suggestion that Cuba should free political prisoners or cut taxes on remittances from abroad as a goodwill gesture to the U.S.
Freddie Mac CFO Suicide
David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide.
Is Cheney trashing Obama? Card says no. Christian Science Monitor
here today in L.A. In fact, it was so hot, I called up the CIA and begged to be
waterboarded." --Craig Ferguson
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To Help You Deflate Photo
In this photo
provided Tuesday April 21, 2009 by the Global-Newsroom agency, Russian extreme
sport star Valery Rozov glides through the air after jumping from a MI-8
helicopter into the active Mutnovsky volcano on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula on
Saturday April 18, 2009. Rozov opened his parachute after dropping below the rim
of the volcano crater and then landed safely on a sheet of ice in the middle of
the simmering crater.
Photo/Predrag Vuckovic, Global-Newsroom