Monday edition - April 23, 2007




Laurie David, Sheryl Crow: Our Exchange
With “Dismissive, Condescending” Rove

By Laurie David and Sheryl Crow 4-22-07

..The "highlight" of the evening had to be when we were introduced to Karl Rove. How excited were we to have our first opportunity ever to talk directly to the Bush Administration about global warming...

Gates, Putin to face off over missile defense
Reuters - 4-23-07
By Kristin Roberts. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew into Russia on Monday to try to reassure President Vladimir Putin over US plans to put missile defenses in Europe, a dispute that has helped drive relations to a new low.

Al-Qaeda‘planning big British attack’
Times Online, UK - 4-23-07

Spy chiefs warn that one operative had said he was planning an attack on “a par with Hiroshima and Nagasaki” in an attempt to “shake the Roman throne”, ...



May I suggest if anyone insists on touching WH officials, please carry SaniWipes.



Karl Rove getting all pissy with Sheryl Crow and Laurie David is a good reminder for us all: we're fighting the War on Terror, not Global Warming, damnit. - Grant Gerver,




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

NRA - National Rifle Asses


Think Iraq is violent? It is. In March alone, 600 Iraqis died. During the same period here at home, 3,000 Americans died in gun-related violence. It's the same every month. Eighty gun deaths a day. Thirty-thousand a year. Over 30 years, more Americans will die from gun deaths than died in all the wars this nation has ever fought...In chilling testimony to Congress in the wake of Sept. 11, former Attorney General John Ashcroft revealed seized documents in which terrorists were urged to take advantage of America's lax gun laws to easily buy large volumes of deadly weapons.

Weapons like the Barrett .50-caliber rifle, which can pierce armor, hit a target more than 2,000 yards away, and could easily bring down a commercial airliner. Thanks to the gun lobby, the Barrett can still be purchased by anyone age 18 or older who passes a simple background check. Happy hunting.



"After weeks of mock testimony, there you have it. Alberto Gonzales doesn't know what happened, but he assures you, what he doesn't remember was handled properly." --Jon Stewart





"There are some similarities, of course (between Iraq and Vietnam). Death is terrible." --George W. Bush, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007




Disturbing News


Subpoena Rice & Card? Oh, My.


If President Bush's former chief of staff can chat about the identifying of CIA agent Valerie Plame on Jon Stewart's comedy show, he can talk about it to the House oversight committee, the panel's chairman said Friday. If Andy Card refuses, the panel will vote Wednesday on whether to compel his testimony with a subpoena, said Rep. Henry Waxman..Also being considered for a subpoena on a related issue: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.




 “Today on Capitol Hill, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales raised his right hand, swore to tell the truth, then everybody had a good laugh.”  - Jay Leno

Republican Shenanigans


Brownie's Legacy


FEMA exposed taxpayers to significant waste - and possibly violated federal law - by awarding $3.6 billion worth of Hurricane Katrina contracts to companies with poor credit histories and bad paperwork, investigators say.Among the winners was joint venture PRI-DJI, which received $400 million worth of contracts. DJI stands for Del-Jen Inc., a subsidiary of Fluor, one of the original, no-bid winners which has donated more than $930,000 to mostly GOP candidates since 2000.


Picture of Wolfowitz and Fred Thompsons wife at the White House Correspondent's Dinner - Please remove children from your viewing area






To celebrate Earth Day, I will go on a solo day-long journey to the woods in my untuned, catalytic converter-free diesel Hummer, tossing trash out the window as I finish my mini-mart snacks and malt liquor.  - Grant Gerver,


Rock-The-Voter News

Other Happenings At The White House Correspondent's Dinner


All the Democratic presidential hopefuls skipped the dinner, but Republicans Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson worked the room as did Rudy Giuliani, who looked like he was selling himself to Rupert Murdoch at the News Corp. table. . . .Attorney General Alberto Gonzales claimed, "I'm having a great time, thanks." Another dead man walking, Paul Wolfowitz, partied late at the Vanity Fair bash hosted by Christopher Hitchens, Carol Blue, Todd Purdham and Dee Dee Myers. Also there was chain-smoking Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, deep in conversation with blogger Ann Marie Cox



"More terrifying news on the 2008 presidential election front ... John Edwards has taken the lead in the Iowa polls. What's really frightening about this is Edwards' socialist rhetoric [on screen: Edwards talking about eliminating poverty.] That's class warfare, folks. Eliminating poverty? Who's going to pay for that? Not the poor. They don't have any cash. " --Stephen Colbert



"Please, I was talking to some of my old veterans friends. My response is, Lighten up and get a life." - John McCain defended his "joke" about singing "Bomb, bomb, Iran" during a campaign stop in Nevada on Thursday


Biz-Tech News


George Washington never told a lie. George Bush never told the truth. - Grant Gerver,





"After weeks of mock testimony, there you have it. Alberto Gonzales doesn't know what happened, but he assures you, what he doesn't remember was handled properly." --Jon Stewart



Bush-Prison-Torture News



Bush is right, you can not compare Iraq with Vietnam: Iraq has no jungles. - Grant Gerver,





The three major obstacles to peace in Iraq: Sunnis, Shiites and Bushites.



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Odd News




This handout photo provided by Canadian Coast Guard the trawler Cape Richards is rafted on ice after non essential crew evacuated off the coast of Newfoundland on Thursday April 19, 2007. There were signs Friday that pressure from the heavy pack ice that has trapped more than 100 sealing vessels off northeastern Newfoundland and southern Labrador was starting to ease in places. Photo/CP, Canadian Coast Guard