Monday edition - April 27, 2009





Leahy wants to probe 'chain of command' on torture

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An independent commission is needed to determine who authorized the use of abusive interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists, a leading advocate of such a panel said Sunday.


GOP: Time to Mimic the French
The Associated Press - ‎Apr 25, 2009‎
In the GOP weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Lamar Alexander says the US should follow the example of France, which promoted nuclear power decades ago

Obama: Swine flu cause of concern, not alarm
Politico - 4-27-09
 President Barack Obama said Monday that he is closely monitoring the swine flu, and the global outbreak is


The Cheney Method of Interrogation: torture first, ask questions later.  - Grant "Bud" Gerver



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Another War?


AMMAN, Jordan – Jordan's king urged President Barack Obama Sunday to take a more forceful role in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, warning of a new Mideast war if there is no significant progress in the next 18 months.






Disturbing News


Secession? Did I Say Secession?
By Madeleine Begun Kane

My Texas is quite independent,
Said Rick Perry — secession-defendant.
Then he called for the feds
To send anti-flu meds.
With hypocrisy Perry’s resplendent.





Lest we forget …

the moronic behavior of the past President who so seriously harmed our nation, All Hat No Cattle now offers a different notable quotation from George W. Bush each week.

“We ought to make the pie higher.” – Feb. 15, 2000



Republican-Shenanigans News


Palin Was Right! It Really Was The Media's Fault This Time!


The New York Post today published, and I linked, a slap at Obama's promises of bipartisanship attributed to Gov. Sarah Palin.

The only problem: Palin didn't write the article. Conservative writer Meghan Clyne did.


Rock-The-Voter News




A federal judge has refused to give former Gov. Rod Blagojevich permission to travel to Costa Rica to appear in a reality show. He pretty much told him, “You’re Not a Celebrity and You’re Not Getting Out of Here.” - Laugh Lines


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Biz-Tech News

Iraqi Style Bonuses


Iraq increased its signature bonuses for international oil companies to take part in six oil and two gas blocks to a total of $2.6 billion.

A signature bonus is an up-front payment by producers to the host country as a means to secure exploration rights. It does not guarantee future revenue, however.


Olbermann offers $1000 per Second to Charity if Hannity Undergoes Waterboarding... News Hounds


Bush-Prison-Torture News


Google Earth Tracks the Swine Flu



Another Legal Mess Bush Created


More than three years ago, KindHearts, a registered charity in Toledo, Ohio, had its offices raided, all its documents and records seized and its assets frozen. The charge against it? There was none. The Treasury Department simply said KindHearts was "under investigation" and invoked a provision of the USA Patriot Act to shut it down. It was never given a trial, a hearing or a statement of reasons. To this day it has not been charged with any wrongdoing, yet its assets are still frozen. The investigation is ongoing, and under the Patriot Act, that is enough to keep the freeze in place.





Rumors say that G.M. will idle all its plants for nine weeks. During that time they will change their name to Generally Motionless. - Laugh Lines


Go-F**k-Yourself News


With the new tax, cigarettes now cost $10 a pack in New York. Cigarettes are so expensive, second-hand smoke has been renamed “pre-owned” smoke. - Laugh Lines





In case you missed it …

In its tireless effort to provide news and giggles for its readers, All Hat No Cattle offers this Monday glimpse back at the previous week with an emphasis on the weekend dump. (We mean the time preferred by government officials, politicians and titans of industry to release unsavory news in the hope it receives less media coverage – not the bathroom activity.)

Sun., 4-26-09
Swine flu fears prompt Limbaugh to seek vaccination
GENEVA (AP) – Canada became the third country to confirm human cases of swine flu Sunday as global health officials considered whether to raise the global pandemic alert level.

Nations from New Zealand to Spain also reported suspected cases, and some warned citizens against travel to North America while others planned quarantines, tightened rules on pork imports and tested airline passengers for fevers.

The six Canadian cases in Nova Scotia and British Columbia all had links to people who had traveled to Mexico, and all are the same swine flu strain.


Sat., 4-25-09
Mafia making out like bandits in global financial crisis

NAPLES, Italy (AP) – While businesses around the world are hunkering down for survival, the Italian mob is living a golden moment.

Italy's various organized crime syndicates — often lumped together colloquially as Mafia Inc. — are gobbling up gas stations, muscling in on supermarket franchises, making loans to cash-starved businesses, taking over trattorias and acquiring buildings in swank neighborhoods in Rome and Milan, investigators say.

These mobsters have lots of what is in short supply for many businesses these days — liquidity — as well as centuries-honed expertise in preying on the vulnerable, whose ranks are swelling in the current financial crisis.

Fri., 4-24-09
Palin creates legal defense fund, but IQ still in question  
(Politico) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced the creation of a legal defense fund Friday to help pay down legal debts stemming from a series of ethics complaints.
The Alaska Fund Trust will be run by longtime Palin friend and Wasilla native Kristan Cole. The Republican governor owes more than $500,000 in legal bills, but donations to the fund will be capped at $150, according to a release.
"Over the past months it became increasingly clear that supporters of Gov. Palin needed to help defend against the onslaught of frivolous attacks against her. These baseless accusations are designed to inhibit her ability to focus on the issues Alaskans truly care about and force massive personal debt on her and her family," Cole said.

Thurs., 4-23-09
Army suicides another testament to Bush’s military strategery
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Army has approved new guidance to military commanders in an effort to stem the rising toll of soldier suicides, officials said late Thursday.

The plan includes hiring more mental health workers and tightening the way officials handle drug testing, health screening and a host of other long-standing procedures that in some cases became lax, according to officials, as the Army focused on fighting two wars.

Army leadership has become more alarmed as suicides from January through March rose to a reported 56 — 22 confirmed and 34 still being investigated and pending confirmation. Usually, the vast majority of suspected suicides are eventually confirmed. The 2009 number compares to 140 for all of last year, a record blamed partly on strains caused by repeated deployments for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wed., 4-22-09
Let’s just call it an extended vacation
DETROIT (AP) – Thousands of GM workers could learn as early as Thursday that they will be idle for up to nine weeks this summer as the automaker's plants stop making all but its most popular cars and trucks.

The move is a result of slumping sales and growing inventories of unsold vehicles, but some analysts and dealers fear the plant closings could further scare car buyers already made nervous by talk of a GM bankruptcy.

General Motors Corp. is planning to temporarily close most of its U.S. factories for up to nine weeks, three people briefed on the plan said Wednesday.


Tues., 4-21-09
And we wonder why health care is so costly
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) – A state investigative report said a surgeon performed an appendectomy on the same patient twice after he mistakenly removed a piece of fatty tissue instead the first time. The Star Tribune reported that the surgeon realized his mistake two days after the first operation after a hospital pathologist reported what was removed was "not an appendix."

The patient had been complaining of pain and fever and was ordered back for a second surgery.

The by now ruptured appendix was removed, after which the unidentified patient spent 11 days in the hospital with complications from the second surgery.

The Health Department found no evidence the hospital did anything wrong. Complaints against doctors are handled by a separate state agency. The Board of Medical Practice isn't commenting on the case.


Mon., 4-20-09
Chrysler execs say no to Uncle Sam, yes to bonuses
WASHINGTON (AP) – Chrysler LLC's financial arm turned down additional government aid after some top executives refused to accept new limits on executive pay, according to a government official with knowledge of the negotiations.

The official said Monday that the Treasury Department denied Chrysler Financial's request for more aid because some of its top 25 executives would not waive their rights to legal claims against the government and Chrysler Financial regarding new caps on executive compensation. The official did not want to be identified because the decision has not been made public.

The Washington Post reported on its Web site Monday that Chrysler Financial turned down $750 million in aid on top of $1.5 billion it already has received.






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