Wednesday edition - May 31, 2006



Press 1st to tell Bush of Iraq civilian deaths
Chicago Tribune, United States -
President Bush learned of reports that US Marines had killed two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians only after reporters began asking questions, the White House said Tuesday.


Privacy row puts flights to US at risk
Times Online - 5-31-06
PASSENGERS flying across the Atlantic face chaos after Europe’s supreme court yesterday threw out an agreement to hand over passenger details to US counter-terrorism authorities before take-off. Airlines ...

After $38 Million Last Year, the Pay Is Not an Issue
New York Times, United States - 5-31-06
Henry M. Paulson Jr. took home more than $38 million last year as the chairman and chief executive of Goldman Sachs. If the Senate confirms him as the next Treasury secretary, he will collect a mere $183,500 ...



So, Bush learned of our Marines allegedly murdering Iraq civilians from the press he tries to suppress --  I hope he thanked them.




Dick, Karl and George


Dick, Karl and George are at the doctor's office for a memory test. The doctor asks Dick, "What is three times three?"

"274" is his reply.

The doctor rolls his eyes and looks up at the ceiling and says to Karl, "It's your turn, sir. What is three times three?"

"Tuesday," says Karl.

The doctor shakes his head sadly then asks George, " George, your turn. What's three times three?"

"Nine," he responds.

"That's great!" says the doctor. "How did you get that?"

"Simple," George says, "just subtract 274 from Tuesday."




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


Chronology of journalists killed in Iraq in 2006:

-- Jan. 24, 2006 - Mahmoud Za'al, who worked for Baghdad TV, is killed while filming an attack by U.S. forces in Ramadi.

-- Feb. 22 - Gunmen kill Atwar Bahjat, a correspondent for Al Arabiya television, her cameraman, Khaled Al Falahi, and her soundman, Adnan Khairallah, as they filmed in Samarra.

-- March 7 - Munsuf Abdallahal-Khaldi, a presenter with Baghdad TV, is shot dead as he was driving from Baghdad to interview poets in the northern city of Mosul.

-- March 11 - Gunmen kill Amjad Hameed, a senior editor for Iraqiya television, in central Baghdad. The military wing of the Mujahideen Council claims responsibility.

-- March 13 - Muhsin Khudhair, editor of news magazine Alef Ba, is gunned down in Baghdad.

-- May 29 - Cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan, two British members of a CBS news crew are killed in a bomb attack on a U.S military patrol in Baghdad. U.S. Correspondent Kimberly Dozier is in critical condition from the attack.

-- May 31 - In Baghdad, gunmen kill Ali Jaafar, a sports anchorman for Iraqiya television station. Sources: Reuters, RSF: , CPJ:





Stuck Out in the Middle of Nowhere is a Bush Family Value


"If people want to get to know me better, they've got to know my parents and the values my parents instilled in me, and the fact that I was raised in West Texas, in the middle of the desert, a long way away from anywhere, hardly. There's a certain set of values you learn in that experience."— George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006



Disturbing News


Scott Ritter Speaks On the Bush/Blair "Apology"


President Bush kicked himself for "talking too tough", while the British prime minister ruminated on the decision to disband the Ba'athist infrastructure that held Iraq together in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Neither expressed any regret over the decision to invade Iraq in the first place.




 “Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert…arrived in Washington to meet with President Bush. He's talking with President Bush about the Israeli/Palestinian border. And believe me, if there's anyone you want border advice from, it's President Bush.” -- Jay Leno



Jeb Bush Bans College Travel


Colleges and universities in Florida now are banned from using state money to travel to such countries as Cuba under a law Gov. Jeb Bush signed Tuesday.

The Travel to Terrorist States Act also prohibits spending state money on any aspect of organizing a trip to any of the five nations listed by the U.S. State Department as a state sponsor of terror.



Republican Shenanigans


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"Good news abounds: the more murders in Iraq, the closer we are to Cheney's "last throes of the insurgency."-- Grant Gerver - Shot Off the Press




John Kerry vs Swift Boat Veterans/Jeb Bush


The president's brother, Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, sent a letter thanking the "Swifties" for "their willingness to stand up to John Kerry.


Unverified copy of the letter.



"The former Governor of New Jersey has written a book in which he said he had a lot of anonymous gay sex with a lot of different men. I'm sorry, that's the book Ken Lay's going to write in a few years." --Jay Leno




Halliburton Is Everywhere


“There is big money in disasters,” New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said recently at a conference of mayors. “Huge money."

Although the contracts went to more than 1,200 businesses, including some small and minority-owned firms, most of the biggest deals were awarded to the giant construction and engineering companies that dominate the disaster-recovery business. These companies, including well-known names like Halliburton and Bechtel, tend to have deep political connections and long histories doing business with the government.


Rock-The-Voter News



D.C. Confidential


Justice Department employees involved in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Sept. 11 detainees must disclose whether they know of any government monitoring of conversations between the detainees and their attorneys, a judge ruled Tuesday.


Good News



Meanwhile, Back in Pakistan


"The government is helpless. The Taliban is in full control there, not religious students, but militant Taliban," said the 30-year-old Wazir tribesman.





"Former Enron founder Ken Lay and CEO Jeffrey Skilling found guilty in the Enron case. Ken Lay is so guilty I'm surprised people aren't calling him Congressman Ken Lay. Wait 'till these guys find out in prison that insider trading has a whole new meaning." --Jay Leno


Biz-Tech News


About Face - US to Talk to Iran


The United States, in a major diplomatic shift, said on Wednesday it would join key European powers in talks with Iran if the Islamic Republic suspends its nuclear enrichment program.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the talks offer was part of a package of incentives and sanctions whose "essential elements" have been agreed with Britain, France and Germany.


Bush-Prison-Torture News

Radical Toons



Bush the Great Delegater


So, the first thing that a President does, which I didn't realize, was pick a rug. I have no idea about rugs. And so in this job you've got to delegate. The American President is in a position where there's just unbelievable complexities to the job -- Darfur, Iran -- a whole lot of issues. So I delegated the decision about the rug to my wife.


 "The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. was on lock down because someone heard gunshots coming from the parking lot. When the Capitol police heard this, they all said the same thing: 'Cheney.'" --Jay Leno

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