Tuesday edition - April 25, 2006


RETIRED US GENERALS More Top Brass Blast Rumsfeld
Spiegel Online, Germany - 4-25-06
By Mark Follman. Two retired generals and an admiral denounce his leadership -- and say he's protected by a handpicked ring of high-ranking yes men. ...


Bush ad-libs as he dips in polls
Chicago Tribune, United States - 4-25-06
By Mark Silva. WASHINGTON -- President Bush, with his public job-approval ratings dipping to an all-time low, faced a new round of ...

Rebuilding of Iraqi Pipeline as Disaster Waiting to Happen
New York Times, United States - 4-25-06
The partly destroyed bridge over the Tigris River at Al Fatah, Iraq, which was bombed by American forces in April 2003, cutting off a road and a series of oil ...


This administration is going to hell in a Humvee.



"Big shakeup in the Bush administration. Karl Rove will no longer coordinate policy at the White House. That is a shocker -- someone coordinates policy at the White House?" --Bill Maher







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



Even Mick Jagger Doesn't Like Bush


George Bush can’t get no satisfaction — after Mick Jagger grabbed his hotel room.

The Rolling Stone splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite days before the US leader tried to book it.

Now Mick, 62, who has been a fierce critic of the Bush-led war in Iraq,
is refusing to give it up.




"The Minutemen, the vigilante group that's on the border, they gave Bush an ultimatum. They said, 'Either you build a wall along the border, Mr. President, or we will.' I say let them try, because if there's one thing that will change your mind about immigration, it's trying to build a 2,000-mile fence without the help of Mexicans." --Bill Maher


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E-Mail from Belgium

Subject: Biking with Bush


Hello Lisa,

After reading that bit about how Bush likes to ride at the head of the column, suffering no-one in front of him I thought I could hazard a few guesses as on what this tells us about him, his character and behaviour...
He is no team-player, except when he can be the boss. He won't tolerate opinions which he does not share himself and won't accept good advice. He likes to play the rough tough ranch-boy but needs an ambulance, a team of medics, and heavily-armed thugs -oops, I meant Secret Service Officers- to follow his every move, playing it safe at all times. He pretends to be the "commander-in-chief", when all the military experience he has was flying and goofing a bit around while dodging service in a real war-situation. He likes to dress up when he visits people. He likes to play a role.
And that last bit is important. Very few know the real George W. Bush. He rarely deigns to offer a glimpse of his true self to the public. While Clinton charmed a crowd by picking up a saxophone and sharing a not-so-bad jamming session in public, taking the risk that he might make a fool of himself by playing badly, Bush will never ever commit a spontaneous gesture or display. The man is a control-freak. He needs a carefully selected crowd to work with. He's rarely at ease in public and always displays this dominant body language that I can only compare with the swaggering stance of a dictator who knows he's in control of the situation. When you watch him biking you see a man driven by something. He likes to call it character, I prefer to think of obsession. He's obsessed with control.
Basically I pity that kind of person. They find no true joy, they cannot appreciate a fine moment because to them every moment is dedicated to staying on top of things. Bush claims biking gives him a sense of peace. I fear his biking is just another way of telling the world how on top he is, because he continues to radiate the message "I am in charge" at all times.

With a degree in communication sciences, specializing in non-verbal communication, I think I can speak with some confidence. I don't say people with his kind of behaviour pattern could be good rulers. But I do say that when this is allowed to go on unchecked that kind of person can become a danger.

And that doesn't include his religious beliefs, which I fear are a bigger danger still. Or his particular type of upbringing - the wealthy spoiled überbrat.

Your ancestors fled from that kind of people in charge in the Old World. And now it has come to you at last. I hope your Constitution is strong enough to survive it.

Kind regards,
Vilvoorde, Belgium, Europe


Are you "Old Europe" -- the phrase Donald Rumsfeld coined?


Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an eloquent response.


Bush reminds me of the kid who always took his ball home when things didn't go his way and went and got his Dad to straighten the other kids out.


Isn't Bush already an unchecked danger?


Our Constitution would be strong if it was followed by the überbrat and his minions.  That is the problem in my eyes.


The Bush America (father & son) has ravaged our Constitution and Treasury from Iran-Contra to an unprovoked war in Iraq.  And they have made the world a more dangerous place with their presidential decisions. Yet they never let war or hurricanes disturb their excessive "vacation time". 


I often wonder how many Americans are even paying attention? Because the rest of the world is.


Thank you, Babeth.



Accused Leaker Claims Her Faucet Was Closed


The lawyer for a Central Intelligence Agency official dismissed last week after being accused of leaking classified information said on Monday that his client denied disclosing any classified information and was not the source for newspaper articles about secret C.I.A. prisons abroad.







Republican Shenanigans



"I don't see panic setting in yet, but there's certainly increasing concern when the president is in the 30s [in approval polls] and we're [Congress] in the 20s," said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)



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Gas Pumper-in-chief


ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE -- President Bush is trying to calm Americans' outrage over soaring gas prices by ordering an investigation into whether the price of gasoline has been illegally manipulated, his spokesman said Monday.

During the last few days, Bush asked his Energy and Justice departments to open inquiries
into possible cheating in the gasoline markets






George  Goes Horseback Riding


Being a real cowboy, George Bush decides to go horseback riding.. He mounts the horse unassisted, and the horse immediately springs into motion.

It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but W begins to slide from the saddle. In terror, he grabs for the horse's mane, but cannot seem to get a firm grip. He tries to throw his arms around the horse's neck, but he slides down the horse's side. The horse gallops along, seemingly oblivious of its slipping rider.

Finally, giving up his frail grip, W attempts to leap away from the horse and throw himself to safety.

Unfortunately, his foot has become entangled in the stirrup, and is at the mercy of the horse's pounding hooves as his head strikes the ground over and over. As his head is battered, he is mere moments away from unconsciousness when to his great fortune........

Frank, the Wal-Mart greeter, sees his dilemma and unplugs the horse.


Sent in by Chris C


The President George W. Bush Story: "American Dildo" - Grant Gerver





Rock-The-Voter News


Snow Job


 Sources close to the White House said Monday that Fox anchor Tony Snow is likely to accept the job as White House press secretary, succeeding Scott McClellan.

The sources said they expect him to announce his decision within the next few days.





Bush continues White House shakeup; moves West Wing to FOX News studios.- Grant Gerver


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Some E-mail Responses to Biking with Bush Thank you all














Biz-Tech News



Bush: God Shapes My Foreign Policy


President Bush today said he had tried to avoid war with Iraq "diplomatically to the max."

Speaking to a business group in Irvine, Ca., he admitted mistakes were made in planning for the Iraq invasion, but he defended the troop level, saying "it was the troop level necessary to do the job," and
he would commit the same number if given a second chance.



Bush-Prison-Torture News




Deep Throat's New Book


While drawing few conclusions about his role in Watergate, Felt remained stalwart in his belief that the public needed to know the truth.

"People will debate for a long time whether I did the right thing by helping Woodward," he wrote. "The bottom line is that we did get the whole truth out,
and isn't that what the FBI is supposed to do?"






“A professor at USC wrote the story on Kobe Bryant. He said that Kobe is not very popular with his fans. … He said, ‘Kobe has about as much street cred as Dick Cheney.’ Actually, Cheney has more street cred. He actually shot a guy.” -- Jay Leno


Go-F*ck-Yourself News



"During the big meeting [with Chinese President Hu], Vice President Cheney fell asleep, although the White House said he was just reading his notes. That's the same way he hunts: with his eyes closed. " --Jay Leno







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Qi Pao style : Models display body paint at a live exhibition of the Qi Pao, the classic Chinese Dress, to officially launch Australian Fashion Week in Sydney. (Photo/Greg Wood)