Wednesday edition - May 31, 2006
Press 1st to tell Bush of Iraq civilian deaths
Privacy row puts flights to US at risk
After $38 Million Last Year, the Pay Is Not an Issue
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."
2 Iraqi women killed by coalition troopsAP
At Least 45 Die in Iraq Violence Los Angeles Times
Developments in Iraq on May 31 Reuters AlertNet, UK
Wounded CBS Iraq reporter still in intensive care Reuters
House: Haditha findings to be made public
Lawmaker believes fallout
will be worse than Abu Ghraib prison ...
Afghans want legal action in hit-and-run Seattle Times
US says troops fired in self defense in Afghan riot Reuters
Saddam's defense team shows DVDs at trial
Judge told Saddam slaying victims alive London Free Press
Judge throws out Saddam co-defendant AP
Chronology of journalists killed in Iraq in 2006:
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
Java earthquake toll passes 5,800 BBC News
Stalemate grips chaotic E Timor Bangkok Post
Scott Ritter Speaks On the Bush/Blair "Apology"
Neither expressed any regret over the decision to invade Iraq in the first
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.
“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.
FBI Raid Hits a Constitutional Nerve Washington Post
New CIA Chief Gen. Michael Hayden Sworn In Washington Post
Wall Street vet to lead Treasury Detroit Free Press
Kenny Boy's Connections The Nation., NY
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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.
McCain pulls out of Bilbray fundraiser San Diego Union Tribune
Abramoff money may trip Duncan Business Gazette, MD
Justice Department employees involved in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Sept. 11 detainees must disclosewhether they know of any government monitoring of conversations between the detainees and their attorneys, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Aussie climber to make full recovery from Mount Everest ordeal ABC Online, Australia
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
Oil falls more than $1 on Iran Reuters
China's Carmakers at the Crossroads BusinessWeek Online
Toyota recalls 170,000 Prius models in US for steering defect Louisville Courier-Journal
Symantec repairs flaw in antivirus software
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 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:
No news on Dick -- he must be in that undisclosed location.
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