Tuesday edition - June 17, 2008





Taliban Seizes Seven Afghan Villages
Washington Post - 6-17-08

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Hundreds of Taliban fighters took control of seven villages in southern Afghanistan on Monday in what appeared to be a major offensive near the country's second-largest city...


Bush regrets rhetoric, nothing else, on Iraq
Chicago Tribune - 6-17-08
 WASHINGTON - While facing repeated questions about the war in Iraq during a weeklong tour of Europe, President George W. Bush has made it clear: He regrets only some of the words he used, not the actions his

Nuclear designs found with smugglers spur US fears
Reuters - 6-17-08
WASHINGTON - A nuclear watchdog's report that sophisticated warhead designs were found on the computers of Swiss smugglers has spurred fears in the Bush administration and elsewhere that atomic secrets may be


"And OPEC said, this week, it will call a meeting of its members to discuss what it calls unjustified oil prices. See, not to bring the price down. They just want to come up with a reason to justify it." --Jay Leno





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

Military Industrial Complex Update


The senior civilian official who managed the military's largest contract in Iraq says he was reassigned in 2004 when he refused to approve more than $1 billion in charges to KBR until the Houston company provided credible spending records, The New York Times reported.

"They had a gigantic amount of costs they couldn't justify," retired Army official Charles M. Smith told the Times in a story posted on its Web site Monday night. "Ultimately, the money that was going to KBR was money being taken away from the troops, and I wasn't going to do that."





Disturbing News


"Now, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia says he wants to have this meeting. Now, you ever notice, when OPEC nations get together, there's always kings and sultans and crowned princes? See, that's where the term 'royally screwed' comes from." --Jay Leno


Royal Torture


As a trusted adviser to a member of the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates, Texas businessman Bassam Nabulsi says he safeguarded the sheik's most important documents: financial records, investment documents, and videotapes showing the sheik torturing people with a cattle prod and a spiked plank.










Republican-Shenanigans News




How Not To Woo Hillary Supporters


Chicago native Patti Solis Doyle, former Clinton campaign manager jettisoned in the final months of the primary, joins the Obama team as the chief of staff to Sen. Barack Obama's eventual running mate, as Michelle Obama beefs up her operation with a new chief of staff.

For tea leaf readers: The Solis Doyle appointment could be seen as a sign that Sen. Hillary Clinton is drifting down and out from Obama's vice presidential short list. The minus is that perhaps Obama should not have sent this signal so soon, as he is busy wooing disgruntled Clinton supporters.



Rock-The-Voter News


In this photograph provided by 'Meet the Press,' Democratic strategist James Carville and his wife Republican strategist Mary Matalin burst into tears during a taping of 'Meet the Press' in memory of the late moderator Tim Russert Sunday, June 15, 2008, at the NBC studios in Washington.
Photo/Meet The Press, Alex Wong



Biz-Tech News



"There was a big power outage in DC this morning, the whole city. The good news is, Homeland Security says it was not terrorism. Whew! Luckily, it was just our lousy energy policy. So that's a relief." --Jay Leno


She's Still Failing After All These Years


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wound up her visit by hosting a trilateral meeting with the Israeli defense minister and Palestinian prime minister. But after two days of talks in Jerusalem and the West Bank there was no sign of progress in peace talks sponsored by the United States.




Bush-Prison-Torture News

I Wonder If The Pentagon Used The Google


A Senate investigation has concluded that top Pentagon officials began assembling lists of harsh interrogation techniques in the summer of 2002 for use on detainees at Guantanamo Bay...




Hi Lisa,

Would you care to predict the price of a gallon of gas just before the November presidential election?



Me predict the cost of gas? Yes, the cost of a gallon of gas in November will be much more than I can afford.


Go-F**k-Yourself News



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Odd News




This May 2008 St. Sugar Cancer Sniffing Dog Training Centre (SCSDTC) photograph shows Marine, a six-and-a-half-year-old Labrador trained in Japan to detect cancer patients by smell. A South Korean firm said Monday it has successfully cloned four dogs from Marine. The cloned retrievers will soon be sent to Japan for training in the same skills as their mother.
Photo/Yuji Satoh