Wednesday edition - June 18, 2008





McCain Now Backs Offshore Drilling
U.S. News & World Report, DC -6-18-08
John McCain "formally changed his position on drilling for potentially millions of barrels of oil offshore, although he continues to argue the US should not...


US cracks down on oil speculators
BBC News, UK - 6-18-08
The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission said the London-based electronic exchange would have to comply with US rules. The move comes as oil prices notch

McCain fundraiser's joke about rape resurfaces
Houston Chronicle, United States - Jun 14, 2008
WASHINGTON — An 18-year-old joke about rape told by 1990 Texas gubernatorial contender Clayton Williams has erupted as an issue in the...


"I got to mention this right right away, 'cause we were all watching it here at the show. At the U.S. Open, 32-year-old Tiger Woods came back to beat 45-year-old Rocco Mediate. It was amazing. ... And apparently, when he heard that a younger, African-American beat an older white man, John McCain said, 'Uh oh. That's not good.'" --Conan O'Brien



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

Using Our Vets To Test Drugs


As if the "soldier suicide" problem wasn't bad enough already, word has just emerged from ABC News and The Washington Times that our government is testing drugs with severe side effects, including promoting suicidal behavior, on hundreds of vets.



Saudi Arabia agreed to increase its crude oil drilling Monday. High oil prices are destabilizing the world. When newspapers said Sunday gasoline prices in Iran are forty cents a gallon, Americans no longer wanted to invade Iran, they wanted to defect.- Argus Hamilton



Disturbing News




"President Bush is wrapping up his farewell tour of Europe. And you know, he is getting contemplative now. He is thinking that he will write his memoir, he wants to write a book, a presidential memoir. Unfortunately, the problem with the president writing his presidential memoir, I mean, I think before you write a book you have to have read one." --David Letterman


Hillary versus Halliburton


Former presidential contender Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is back on the Senate beat. She is calling Tuesday--via a press release, she has not surfaced for a week--for a probe of government contracts with a Halliburton subsidiary with over $1 billion in questionable charges for work in Iraq.






Republican-Shenanigans News



Pin at the GOP state convention in Texas: "If Obama is President... will we still call it the White House?"






"John McCain, listen to this, he is going after the Hillary Clinton female voters. As a matter of fact, today he was campaigning in a pantsuit." --David Letterman



Tim Russert: A Gallery of Gotcha Moments - Time





McCain Copies Bush


We've heard these words before.

Randy Scheunemann, foreign policy adviser to Republican Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, suggests that Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's stance on the handling of suspected terrorists is "the perfect manifestation of a Sept. 10 mindset.''

Back in the fall of 2004, the reelection-campaigning President Bush told supporters at a rally in Wausau, Wis.: ..."Sen. Kerry approaches the world with a September the 10th mindset,'' Bush said of his Democratic challenger.


Rock-The-Voter News


"President Bush said that, after he retires, he wants to write a book. ... Bush said, he's not sure if it will be about politics or about his personal life, but he is sure it will be a pop-up book." --Conan O'Brien




Hillary Hatred Continues


In a clear sign of how fractured the party remains, Obama supporters at his rally in Detroit Monday night booed when Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a former Clinton supporter, mentioned the former First Lady.

"Come on now," an irritated Granholm lectured the crowd. "She's a great American."



I'm Voting Republican - YouTube




Biz-Tech News


“A lot of US airports are getting these full body scanners, you know, where they can actually see through your clothes. And a lot of people are uncomfortable with this. And they say anyone who is uncomfortable can choose to get patted down instead. Well, that’s a nice choice.”- Jay Leno





Freewayblogger on Global Warming


Bush-Prison-Torture News

Oh, For Crist's Sake


Gov. Charlie Crist has dropped his long-standing support for the federal government's moratorium on offshore oil drilling and endorsed Sen. John McCain's proposal to let states decide.

The governor said he reversed his position because of rising fuel prices and states' rights. Crist is considered a possible running mate for McCain, the Republican presidential nominee.



"I suggested we put the vice president on 'Meet the Press,' which was a tactic we often used. It's our best format," as it allows us to "control the message" --  Cheney media aide Cathie Martin, under oath at the Libby trial



Go-F**k-Yourself News


Bleep! Bleep! George Carlin To Receive Mark Twain Humor Prize
Washington Post 



"Congressman Anthony Wiener of New York -- listen to this -- that's his name. Yeah, he has introduced a bill that will grant immigrant status, immigrant visas, to supermodels that want to come here. Well, I have never been prouder to be an American. Of course, the nice thing about bringing these foreign supermodels here, you don't have to worry about them taking food out of American mouths. So that's one thing." --Jay Leno



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Odd News


The New York Times building is struck by lightning in New York June 10, 2008.
Photo/Nic Fulton