TGIF/Weekend edition - May 23-26, 2008
McCain: Ditching Hagee and Parsley
Spending On Iraq Poorly Tracked
Indiana Jones makes Russian communists see red
John McCain dumped his finance co-chairman Sunday in a continuing effort to get all the lobbyists off his campaign staff. Everyone close to him is a lobbyist. Last night Cindy came to bed wearing a blue nightgown saying Viva Viagra on the front. - Argus Hamilton
US Military: Coalition Forces Detain 21 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq Voice of America
Petraeus Expects to Recommend Troop Cuts Washington Post
Meanwhile, Back In China and Russia
The presidents of China and Russia
have condemned a U.S. plan for a global missile defense system.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev say in a joint statement that the plan "does not help to maintain strategic balance and stability or strengthen international efforts to control nonproliferation."
"Barack Obama spoke before 75,000 people at a rally in Oregon. 75,000. That's the equivalent of 75,000 Ralph Nader rallies." --Jay Leno
Growing Ocean Acidity May Erode Coastal Ecosystems
Condi Rice's Jet Bed
Reviving a two-year-old incident that caused Britain's former top diplomat Jack Straw no end of embarrassment while in office, Miliband jokingly accused Straw of "pathetic" behavior when he appropriated Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's cabin on a long-haul flight to Iraq.
Barack Obama blamed his struggle in Kentucky on the influence of Fox News Monday. This is nuts. You know the world is upside down when the Yankees are in last place, the Cubbies are in first place and Fox News is accused of helping the Clintons. - Argus Hamilton
Subject: Re email "Hillary should quit"
Your recent response to an e-mail from Samantha (gun owner in the Adirondacks) blames the Democratic party for Florida's votes not counting for the Democratic presidential nominee. This is not entirely accurate.
While the Democrat's leadership is surely responsible for the rule regarding not seating delegates elected before the New Hampshire primary, it is not they that set the date for the Florida primary. That was set by the (Republican) legislature of the state of Florida, probably with an intention to cause just the kind of dissention within the Democratic party of their state that we are witnessing. Ditto for the state of Michigan.
Disgruntled voters within those states (or any other state, for that matter) who either vote for McCain, or decline to vote entirely, due to matters such as these, will surely be assisting with a continuation of the Bush administration in all it's anti-science, anti-education, free-trade glory (A particular sore point for me. If this nation were to have relied on market forces to bring about, say, desegregation, there would still be separate restrooms for blacks, and they still couldn't eat in the same restaurants as whites...Not to mention common use of the "N-word" in polite company still being in fashion. We have a more balanced and fair society when such things are given the force of law.)
I, too voted for Hillary in the primary (since John Edwards dropped out before our primary, here,) but I'll vote for Obama, Hillary, John Edwards Chris Dodd, or any of their dogs in the November elections. There's just too much at stake to allow the foxes to keep guarding the hen-house.
Yes, the Florida legislature backed by Gov Crist did push up the date for the primary. Many Democrats backed the legislation by the way.
The Democratic party punished the voters of Florida for what the GOP set into motion.
Howard Dean didn't see this coming?
"I should've seen this
coming like an atom bomb!"
My well read eighty five year old mother who has lived in South Florida since 1953 recently said, "Ever since Jeb Bush and the GOP took over Florida we have had problems voting we never had before. And now the Democrats don't want to count my vote, too? Why should I bother voting in the general election? Get me my heart pills."
Hey, I'm still waiting for my Florida vote to be counted from 2000!
Disenfranchising Florida voters will hurt the Democrats. It already has.
I agree with you that people should vote but when your vote hasn't been counted twice already you may not care anymore.
Mission Accomplished by the GOP? Possibly, but the Democratic party surely made things worse.
Thanks for writing.
McCain's Rules on Lobbying Face Test
Senate vote overrides Bush veto of farm bill Seattle Times
If Elected, Barak Obama Would Become 'The Abortion President ...
"This week, Barack Obama, true story, campaigned on an Indian reservation, and the tribal chief adopted him. Yeah, adopted him, part of the ceremony. The Indians actually prefer Obama to John McCain, because they still remember when McCain took their land." --Conan O'Brien
Whoever Gets The Most Votes Wins, Right?
Lost in the excitement of Barack Obama's coronation this week was an inconvenient fact of Tuesday's results: Hillary Clinton netted approximately 150,000 votes and is now poised to finish the primary season as the popular-vote leader. In some quaint circles, presumably, these things still matter.
Obama to stand in for Sen. Kennedy at Wesleyan
Bill Clinton says race card allegation 'revolting strategy'
Bill Clinton says that he
thinks most people in the media are in Barack Obama’s demographic, telling
People magazine “There have been times when I thought I was literally lost in a
In an interview hitting newsstands Friday, the former president said his wife Hillary Clinton has been “outspent, dismissed, denigrated, declared dead” this primary season.
John McCain unveiled his new slogan. 'Hey, you, get off my lawn!'" --Jay Leno
Home price index posts largest drop in history
Stash some cash for gas money this weekend Houston Chronicle
Facebook Getting Facelift With Redesign InformationWeek
Yahoo renominates board
"But don't discount Hillary Clinton, because she's nothing if not shrewd. … Don't ever forget that. Hillary has a back-up plan. First, nothing but superdelegates. Remember when we heard all about the superdelegates? ... Well, now she has another back-up plan to get to the White House. She's going to marry John McCain." --David Letterman
Subject: Jim from Mass
Jim in Mass wrote you (in part) " ...Did I have a good time today? Well, yes I did, now that I've told you how I feel about your lousy site. Get a job, you hack."
Apparently, Jim thinks you invest all of the hours that go into researching and maintaining an interesting, informative web site such as yours, just because you don't have a "job."
I'd say that keeping your site up to date is REALLY "A hell-of-a-job..."
Gee Lisa, did you hold a gun to Jim's head and FORCE him to read your site today? Have you, "threatened" his life or limb is he doesn't donate money to you? I know that you have never done so to me - I just look forward to reading your site EVERY week day! And you are definitely not a "Hack!"
Sarcasm aside, Jim obviously does not have to open AHNC, and if he CHOOSES to do so, his insulting email was certainly not necessary. I sure wish I had a nickel for every time I have stumbled upon a site of which I don't particularly like, and guess what? I've never felt the need, nor had the time, to send any rude emails about it either, duh...
Hang tough, kiddo!
Most of your readers (save Jim) love you!
Poor Jim, he must have tons
of time on his hand if he can go thru all the sites you do. I just don't have
the time and you pick such delightful cartoons and the articles are from all
over that I feel I get a good pick of the news for the day. Truly do love your
cartoons (yours plus the ones you glean from all over). Just keep up the good
work and let the grippers quit viewing if it makes them unhappy.
Hi Lisa ...
I just read the comment from "Jim in Mass." in yesterday's edition. ("I'm getting a little behind in my work," he said, sitting on his desk.)
I don't like to call people names, but what a scumbag that guy is! If he doesn't like the site, then don't visit it! Just go away and read some other site. Jim in Mass. has issues, all right, but they have nothing to do with you.
Jim's letter reminds me of an earlier time when an impudent young writer wrote an abusive letter to Voltaire. Voltaire replied, "I am seated in the smallest room in the house. I have your letter before me. Soon it will be behind me."
You do great work and I personally appreciate your efforts. Thank you!
Hang in there,
Thank you all. Loyalty is such a rare commodity these days and I treasure yours. And loyalty is why I am hanging in there.
Memorial Day 2008
Hagee Withdraws Endorsement of McCain
his own statement Thursday, saying that he was withdrawing his endorsement to
prevent any further damage to the presumptive GOP nominee's candidacy.
"I am tired of these baseless attacks and fear that they have become a distraction in what should be a national debate about important issues," he said in a statement.
State Dept. employees deface portraits of Bush, Cheney and Rice ... Think Progress, DC
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Brooklyn Bridge turns 125 with a bang New York Daily News
Children of polygamists may be released soon
Extreme Life Found a Mile Below Seafloor LiveScience.com
Wolf whistle works, woman strips Reuters
A third red spot has appeared alongside its cousins - the Great Red Spot and Red Spot Jr. on Jupiter, as seen in these visible-light images taken by Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on May 9 and 10, and near-infrared adaptive optics images taken by the W.M. Keck telescope on May 11 which reveal the relative altitudes of the cloud tops of the three red ovals. This third red spot, which is a fraction of the size of the two other features, lies to the west of the Great Red Spot in the same latitude band of clouds. Photo/M. Wong and I. de Pater/University of California, Berkeley