Thursday edition - May 11, 2006




NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
USA Today - 5-11-06
... like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined ... the customers of these companies, it means that the government has detailed records ...


White House logs list only 2 Abramoff visits
CNN -5-11-06
Newly released visitor logs show disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was signed ...

NSA stymies Justice Dept. spying probe, MI - 5-11-06
The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter.


I hope someone is wiretapping Bush.  It can happen.



“A lot of people are now blaming their problems on sleep medication. Yeah. Like today, President Bush said he took Ambien right before he invaded Iraq.” -- Jay Leno



The only card in Bush's' deck





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



It Really Is "All About the Oil"


U.S. troops in this oil refining center are cracking down on a vast fuel theft and smuggling operation that robs from Iraq's economy and helps finance the insurgency.

The troops are chasing the smugglers and closely monitoring refinery workers. For American Soldiers, it means
ending a hands-off approach at the facility and doing jobs that would normally fall to police.



The good news... OPEC lowered its price to just under $70 a barrel. The bad news is... That's just for the barrel. -- Jay Leno




Disturbing News



Oh Great, More Bush Diplomacy


A top Kremlin aide said on Thursday that reported moves by the United States to equip some strategic rockets with non-nuclear warheads were "irresponsible" and "extraordinarily dangerous" for Russia.




Alexander Zudin




Breaking News! Bush Admits Reading Books!


...Said he's reading lots of history books. He just finished a biography of William Jennings Bryan and said he is delving into David Kennedy's Freedom from Fear, a 936-page history of the Depression era through 1945.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to read next. I've got a choice of a history of Afghanistan or there's an interesting book on Timbuktu."


What, you got a problem with Bush and the NSA tracking every call we make? You ungrateful unpatriotic bastard. -- Grant Gerver


Republican Shenanigans


Rock-The-Voter News







Rewarding Failures


Vice President Dick Cheney and outgoing CIA Director Porter Goss were honored by their former House colleagues Wednesday with awards for distinguished service.




Alexander Zudin


Biz-Tech News



Tax Cut for the Wealthy - Taxi Fare For the Rest of Us


Some analysts say the plan favors the rich. An analysis by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates that millionaires would save an average of $42,000, while people earning less than $50,000 would save less than $50.






Welcome to the CIA, General Michael Hayden. It shouldn't be too long till you receive your obligatory "Heckuva job, Mikey." -- Grant Gerver


Bush-Prison-Torture News




Like Father, Like Daughter


Cheney says she was sitting in the studio audience when Edwards mentioned her sexual orientation. Her reaction? She says she glared at the candidate and mouthed the words ''Go f*** yourself.''


Go-F*ck-Yourself News



The Nut Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree


For much of the world, the bald man with the crooked smile is a scary figure who operates in the shadows of a superpower, dragging the US into wars, defending torture, making oil companies rich. For Mary Cheney, he's just dad.




Bird Flu Hits Florida Trailer Park





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Odd News



NASA file image shows a meteor streaking across the sky during a meteor shower. A remarkable meteorite the size of a beach ball, found in heat-forged crystals in one of the world's largest impact craters, may push back the boundaries of knowledge about space rocks, a study due to be published on Thursday says.

Photo by NASA