TGIF/Weekend edition - May 4-6, 2007




GOP Contenders Embrace Reagan Legacy
Forbes - 25-4-07
Ten Republican presidential candidates wanting to replace President Bush embraced a more popular president, conservative icon Ronald Reagan, at every turn in their first debate of the 2008 race.


Republican presidential candidates endorse muscular approach to foreign policy
International Herald Tribune, France - 5-4-07

Meeting for their first debate, the 10 Republican presidential candidates each endorsed a muscular approach to foreign policy and national security, with several of them invoking Ronald Reagan as a model for staring down Iran on nuclear weapons and remaining resolute on Iraq until it is more stable.

'Scantily clad' musician prompts Iranian walkout
CNN - 5-4-07
Mottaki immediately told his hosts that he had to excuse himself because the female violinist playing nearby was "scantily clad," the official said, ...


Why doesn't PBS/CNN/MSNBC/A&E/History Channel/ETC... do a documentary on Reagan/Bush arming Iraq and Iran against one another.  Isn't that an important historical component relevant to the war we are in?


I don't know which was worse in the post debate analysis-- listening to Chris Matthews discuss his own opinions with himself or hearing those empty suits, Tucker Carlson and Joe Scarborough, trying to convince us that they know what-the-hell they're talking about.



"The Washington, D.C., madam has threatened to release more names of Washington politicians who were her customers. ... She says another member of the White House will be named very soon. This proves once again that members of the Bush administration don't know when it's time to pull out." --Jay Leno






By Don Davis



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

Rice Diplomacy With Iran Includes Clever Little Insults


Iran's foreign minister walked out of a dinner of diplomats where he was seated directly across from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, ostensibly because a female violinist entertaining the gathering was dressed too revealingly.

"I don't know which woman he was afraid of, the woman in the red dress or the secretary of state," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday, regarding the actions of Iran's Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday night.

"I talk to a lot of families who have got a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan, or anywhere else in this global war on terror, and they are in constant communication with their loved one. That's amazing, isn't it. You've got a kid in Iraq who is emailing mom daily, talking about the realities of what he or she sees. Information is moving -- you know, nightly news is one way, of course, but it's also moving through the blogosphere and through the Internets."
George W. Bush, who did not invent the InternetS



"President Bush vetoed the Iraq troop withdrawal bill. He said it would turn the country into a cauldron of chaos. And you hate to see Iraq become unstable." --David Letterman




Disturbing News



George Bush used to be a fluent linguist!




1st Veto: No Stem Cell Research

2nd Veto: No Iraq War Funding

3rd Veto: No Hate Crime Bill


Four hours before House passage Thursday of a federal hate crimes bill that has languished since 1991, the White House issued a threat to veto the bill, which would be just the third veto of the Bush presidency.

"It makes it apparent to a lot of people," said Rep. Barney Frank, a gay Massachusetts Democrat, "that as long as you have George Bush as president, nothing that tries to promote fairness for gay and lesbian people has any chance."




Two decades in the making, the Hate Crimes bill passed by the House is threatened with a Bush veto. Pious George wants to preserve the homophobic intolerance of the Religious Right. - Grant Gerver,



Republican Shenanigans



"We begin tonight with news about the news. The fourth estate has had a rough ride of late, covering the stalemate over the war funding bill, the possible influence and peddling at the Department of Justice, some World Bank thingy. It makes the brain hurt. Well, help is on the way [on screen: reporters saying the D.C. madam story is fun to cover]. Oh yeah, sex scandal baby! Happy days are here. It's like we got our pre-9/11 boners back. ... The first casualty was Randall Tobias, a deputy secretary of state who resigned last week after admitting to using the escort service. ... Tobias had been running the Bush administration's Global AIDS Prevention program, which emphasized abstinence ... because there is nothing the administration can do that is not ironic" --Jon Stewart


Imus Blames CBS/MSNBC


 Fired radio host Don Imus plans to sue CBS for breach of contract, saying the radio network approved the racially charged language that led to his removal, his lawyer said on Friday.

Attorney Martin Garbus told ABC's "Good Morning America" that CBS and MSNBC indicated their approval of Imus's remarks by failing to use delay buttons to prevent the comments from going on the air.

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Rock-The-Voter News


"I'd rather not hear about Vietnam, but the cut-and-runners won't stop comparing it to Iraq. Just listen to former Senator Max Cleland from last Friday's 'Situation Room' [on screen: Cleland saying, 'The essence of what we're seeing in Iraq is what we saw in Vietnam']. How can he compare these two wars? He only fought in one of them. Whereas people like me and the president didn't fight in either, so we have a consistent perspective" --Stephen Colbert









"President Bush vetoed Congress' Iraqi bill, so the two branches of government are now battling. This is why President Bush wanted a monarchy ... so we wouldn't have these kinds of problems." --Jay Leno



Biz-Tech News



Here's the golden solution that will bring an end to the war, and peace and unity to Iraq: hand over Bush, Cheney and Rove to the terrorists. Throw in Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Gonzales and Condi for good measure. - Grant Gerver,


Clinton Does End Around


Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., proposed Thursday that Congress repeal the authority it gave President Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq, injecting presidential politics into the congressional debate over war funding.

Clinton's proposal in effect brings her full circle on Iraq, and sharpens her own political positioning at a time when the Democratic Party is increasingly willing to confront the White House on the war.

"It is time to reverse the failed policies of President Bush and to end this war as soon as possible," said Clinton as she joined Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., in calling for a vote on a plan to terminate the authority as of Oct. 11, the fifth anniversary of the original vote.


Bush-Prison-Torture News



Go-F***-Yourself News



Odd News



Inmate Edward Parent, who is serving a ten-year sentence for a DUI death resulting in a conviction, sits with Chuck, a black Labrador he is training to be a service dog as part of NEADS' Prison Pup program, at the John J Moran medium security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island, in this April 24, 2007 file photo. Dozens of dogs are being trained by prison inmates in a fast-growing program that provides "service dogs" to help U.S. veterans who have lost arms and legs or suffered brain injuries in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Photo/USA-PRISONS/Brian Snyder




I hope you all have a peaceful weekend.