Wednesday edition - May 17, 2006
DHS Does About-Face In Backing Use of National Guard to Seal Border
IRAQ: Families still await reparations for wartime
Bush reverses stand on spy program oversight
I miss the old secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge -- at least he gave us a sense of safety in the form of color coded terror alerts and duct tape.
George Bush has to stop laughing at himself. When you're incompetence literally costs lives, giggling at it isn't cute or funny... And he wants everyone to know that he doesn't take himself too seriously. Which is working out great, because now nobody else in the world does either. -- Bill Maher
36 killed as violence rises in Iraq Boston Globe
Driver of kidnapped diplomat dies in Iraq Reuters.uk
Gunmen Seize UAE Diplomat in Baghdad AP
Iraq Sunnis accuse US of "atrocity" over raids
Rumsfeld Seeks Extra Funds for War Bills AP
Saudi Arabia Casts Wary Eye at Iraq, Iran Voice of America
Gas pipeline blown up in Pakistan, three killed Reuters
"Last night was the season finale of 'West Wing.' 'West Wing' is gone. And ABC has cancelled 'Commander In Chief.' So, now the only fictional president is Bush."--David Letterman
Bush Diplomacy Marches On
The Bush administration said Tuesday it had broken off negotiations on a free trade agreement with Ecuador following the South American government'sdecision to annul an operating contract with Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Misery follows flood's havoc
Car bomb explodes in southern Russia: 7 killed Pravda, Russia
Cuts in funding and staff at the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are threatening job security for millions of Americans,a federal workers' union claims in a new ad campaign.
I'm just practicing: "Goodbye, Karl. Don't worry, there are plenty of jobs for architects in the prison system." -- Grant Gerver
GOP poll numbers hit lows Political Gateway, FL
House GOP unmoved by Bush plan Boston Globe
Ex-Wis. Assembly Speaker Gets Prison Washington Post
"On Thursday, the president will follow up his speech by going to the Arizona border, which is historic. It will be the first time he's actually ever shown up with a National Guard unit." --Jay Leno
It's OK When Republicans Do It
Just two weeks after the House passed a reform bill requiring lawmakers to attach their names to pet projects, GOP leaders are advancing spending bills containing billions of dollars in such parochial "earmarks"whose sponsors remain anonymous.
100 voting machines broken Philadelphia Daily News, PA
Commentator defeats Iraq veteran in Congress primary Kentucky.com, KY
7 House Members Arrested at Sudan Embassy Washington Post
Troops Destroy Baghdad Dental Clinic
Oil edges higher CNN
Demonstrators announce plans for Halliburton protest Team 4 News, TX -
Weighs Selling US Jets to Iran
Chavez May Price Oil Exports in Euros
Skype offers free calls to North Americans
Trolling - The T Word
...last Thursday the country experienced an uncomfortable moment when the President of the United States reassured us that the government was not "trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans." Apparently W's speech writing staff doesn't knowthat trolling is slang for an older gay man cruising for anonymous sex with younger men....
"All these conspiracy theories have the two basic problems: one, they believe the government is competent. And two, they believe the government can keep a secret." –Richard Clarke
At 70-ish, he's Guantanamo's oldest Detroit Free Press
So, Mr. President, don't laugh at yourself, because breaking the law is not cute. Having Americans torture people isn't adorable. Leaving poor people to drown wasn't enchanting. And WMD's wasn't a shaggy dog story. So, I'll make a deal with you. We won't impeach you if you just stay on your estate — I mean "ranch" — and fish on your man-made lake. For perch. Maybe you'll beat your own record. -- Bill Maher
Tony Snow Debut - Uses the T Word - Tarbaby
Snow said, "I don't want to hug the tarbaby of
trying to comment on the program, the alleged program, the existence of
which I can neither confirm nor deny."
The expression, which refers to a character in the most famous of the fictional Uncle Remus stories, is sometimes used to portray an inextricable situation. But, as the word also has been used as a derogatory term for blacks, it raised eyebrows when spoken from the White House podium.
Later in the briefing, Snow was asked what he meant.
I Googled "hug the tar baby" andgot one result. Here's an interesting definition of tar baby
Mubarak's Son Met with Bush, Cheney Last Week
Protesters Gather Outside During Cheney's Speech
Airplane black boxes must now be made out of Keith Richards. The man, who has taken more drugs than Whitney Houston, Rush Limbaugh and Robert Downey, Jr., combined, recently fell out of a tree, and then crashed a jet ski. And yet, somehow, that cigarette never fell out of his mouth. What is this guy still running on? I've got to know. Because I'm beginning to think the future of medicine isn't injecting stem cells, it's injecting heroin. -- Bill Maher
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Critics pan 'Da Vinci Code' CNN International
Australian spin bowler Shane Warne undergoes laser hair treatment at the Advanced Hair Studio in London, to halt his hair loss, in 2005. A hair-loss treatment advertisement featuring Warne was found in breach of British advertising industry rules. Photo by Advanced Hair Studio