TGIF/Weekend edition - May 29 - 31, 2009



Bush defends interrogation program in Michigan speech
CNN - ‎5-29-09‎
By Peter Hamby BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (CNN) -- Former President George W. Bush on Thursday repeated Dick Cheney's assertion that the administration's enhanced interrogation program, which included controversial techniques such as waterboarding...


Did Erich 'Mancow Muller Fake His Waterboarding for Publicity?

Gawker - 5-29-09

Despite the emails indicating that the whole thing may have been staged, there's a small part of us that still wants to extend Erich "Mancow" Muller the benefit of the doubt, despite his being no stranger to controversy, but our skepticism at this point is pretty dang high, and we can't help from feeling as though we, along with a host of others, have been duped by a cheap publicity stunt.
Editors note: Check out the video of Christopher Hitchens being waterboarded.


Obama Most Popular Leader, Poll Finds
New York Times -5-29-09
PARIS — President Barack Obama remains by far the most popular world leader among people in major Western nations and is the one political figure on whom people consistently pin their hopes in the economic crisis, according to new polls conducted for the International Herald Tribune.



And during a speech at a high school, former President George W. Bush said he’s really enjoying the fact that he’s no longer president. Hey, join the club.- Jay Leno



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North Korea Update


 North Korea defiantly test-fired another short-range missile Friday and warned it would act in "self-defense" if provoked by the U.N. Security Council, which is considering tough sanctions against the communist regime for conducting a nuclear test.





I kid you not, this is Bush speaking about what he wants his legacy to be: "Well, I hope it is this: The man showed up with a set of principles, and he was unwilling to compromise his soul for the sake of popularity." What a punch line. He never had a soul to compromise. - Grant "Brad" Gerver



Disturbing News

Alabama Senator Beholding To Foreign Car Manufacturers


 Sen. Richard Shelby said Friday the government should have allowed the marketplace to decide General Motors' fate and that the huge federal stake in the company puts Washington on "the road to socialism."...Shelby represents Alabama, a state with a significant presence of non-U.S. automakers, including Honday, Mercedes and Hyundai.



"Sarah Palin has got a deal to write her memoir. Got a deal to write her memoir, yup. I believe it's titled, 'The Book to Nowhere.'" --David Letterman


Republican-Shenanigans News

Cheney Gives Powell A Back Handed Compliment


Former vice president Richard B. Cheney unleashed another round of attacks on the Obama administration today, taking the new president to task for his economic policies and criticizing a former colleague, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, for supporting cuts in missile defense programs.

But in an interview with CNBC's Larry Kudlow, Cheney also sought to bury the hatchet with another former Bush administration colleague, Colin Powell, after opining that he wasn't sure that the former secretary of state was still a Republican


"Dick Cheney was on the news this week, and he said that it would be a mistake for the Republicans to moderate their policies. He said they should remain true to their core principles: gay bashing, war profiteering and torture." --Bill Maher

Rock-The-Voter News

Crazed Right Winger "Journalist" Carried Away From Air Force One


A woman claiming to be a Roman Catholic priestess was carried away by airport police Thursday after refusing to leave the press area near Air Force One, about 30 minutes before President Barack Obama was scheduled to leave Los Angeles International Airport.




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Biz-Tech News

This Is What Will Probably Happen To Me If My House Doesn't Sell Soon


The mortgage crisis is spreading and hitting new heights: Borrowers with good credit now make up the largest share of foreclosures as job losses and pay cuts exact their toll.



Automotive CEO Obama says the fist vehicle to roll off the new Chrysler line will be the 2010 Barackuda. - Laugh Lines




It just doesn't get any worse than this - The Smirking Chimp


Bush-Prison-Torture News


"Hey, President Obama has found a way to quickly close Guantanamo Bay. He's going to turn it into a Pontiac dealership." --Jay Leno



Go-F**k-Yourself News

All Hat No Cattle weekend commentary

It’s time for Republicans to reinvent their party

As the Republican Party continues to implode ideologically and shrink in terms of popular support, the time is ripe for it to reinvent itself.
Let’s start with the name.
Extreme-right Republicans have been demanding for years that the Democratic Party should rename itself the Democrat Party or something else entirely (like liberal or socialist or communist). They claim that use of the name Democratic Party implies that the other folks – those feisty Republicans – aren’t for democracy. And as we all know, far right-wingers are very democratic. But that’s a subject for another day.
So what would be a suitable name for the new Republican Party, also known popularly as The Grand Old Party and as The Party of Lincoln?
Today’s Republicans should go with something more geographically definitive of their political base, but that would require way too many words and letters for many of their members to remember. The Conservative Party of Mostly White Southerners, Some Westerners and Small Pockets of People in the Northeast and Midwest doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. And if they identified themselves with the acronym CPMWSSWSPPNM, it would sound like someone in dire need of a Heimlich maneuver.
There’s got to be something shorter, sweeter and just as appropriate. That flaming liberal Chris Matthews of MSNBC suggested the other night that the executive leadership of the party, the Republican National Committee or RNC, stands for what the party has become – the party of Rush, Newt and Cheney.
But that’s not a good name for a political party. That’s more like the title of a Three Stooges episode.
Here at All Hat No Cattle, we prefer something referencing the historical roots of the Republican Party. How about, The Party That Lincoln Would Leave Today?
Or maybe give it a more amiable, fraternal-sounding name – something that would pay homage to the foreign policy, judicial philosophy and economic “strategery” espoused by our semi-literate former President George W. Bush and his minions during the last eight years.
That’s it! The Republican Party should rename itself Skull and Bones – just like Dubya’s old secret society at Yale, where he showed up less often for classes than he did for his Texas Air National Guard service a few years before.
Skull and Bones: It brings to mind images of pirate flags and stolen elections, of the Nazi SS Death’s Head insignia. It will serve to remind us of the graves of hundreds of thousands caused by an illegal war and the destruction of the global economy.
Skull and Bones it is.


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Odd News

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Transpower's offshore wind energy converter station is seen being installed in the North Sea off Vlissingen. A new type of converter station for wind power that enables electricity to travel over long distances is set to be installed near the site of an offshore wind farm in the North Sea in the next few days. The 300 million euro ($413.6 million) project is operated by Transpower, a division of German utility E.ON. It will convert alternating current (AC) from the wind farm into direct current (DC) so it can travel 200 km (124 miles) to Germany. Hopefully, Obama will help America catch up with Germany. Sigh. Photo/Transpower


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