Tuesday edition - June 19, 2007
Troops' 1-month breaks blocked
US says 10000 troops in major Iraq offensive
Iraqis Assure Bush Progress Being Made
Talk about bad luck: Bush transplanted American democracy into the Middle East and it's being rejected like a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
US soldier killed in Iraq Channel 4 News, UK
Ryan C. Crocker, the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq, bluntly told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a cable dated May 31 that the embassy in Baghdad -- the largest and most expensive U.S. embassy -- lacks enough well-qualified staff members and its security rules are too restrictive for Foreign Service officers to do their jobs. "Simply put, we cannot do the nation's most important work if we do not have the Department's best people," Crocker said in the memo. The unclassified cable underscores the State Department's struggle to find its role in the turmoil in Iraq.
Rice Sentenced - No, Not THAT Rice
A federal judge closed a
chapter in the Enron story Monday by ordering a 27-month prison term for the
former head of the company's broadband division, the last to be punished of
former executives who admitted to crimes.
Loose ends remain in the Enron criminal investigation after the sentencing of former broadband division CEO Kenneth Rice, who pleaded guilty in 2004 to securities fraud.
"Cheney is having an operation on his heart this week. Talk about microsurgery." --Jay Leno
White House Press Evacuated For 90 Minutes in Bomb Scare Editor & Publisher
Better Late Than Never
Pentagon is sending another deck of playing cards to troops in Iraq - this time
showing some of the country's most precious archaeological sites instead of the
most-wanted former regime officials.
Some 40,000 new decks of playing cards will be sent to troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan - as part of an awareness program so troops can help preserve the heritage of those countries, said Laurie Rush, archaeologist at Fort Drum in New York
Iranian parliament has passed a law calling for the execution of all Iranian
porn stars. It’s true. Yeah, of course, of course, in Iran, a porn movie is any
movie where a woman exposes her chin.” - Conan O’Brien
Oil Prices Dip Below $69 a Barrel Baltimore Sun
Best Buy Net Falls 18%, Wall Street Journal
Wendy's management may put chain up for sale Los Angeles Times
US Housing starts decline 2.1% in May FXstreet.com
"Iran's parliament has voted in favor of a bill that would give the death penalty to people convicted of making pornography. Under Iran's penal code, that's one of the worst criminal offensives they have. To give you an idea of how strict it is, you get 20 years just for saying the phrase 'penal code.'" --Jay Leno
Guantanamo Bay puzzles candidates
On the June 18 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Neal Boortz advocated building a "double fence along the Mexican border, and stop the damn invasion." Boortz continued: "I don't care if Mexicans pile up against that fence like tumbleweeds in the Santa Ana winds in Southern California. Let 'em. You know, then just run a couple of taco trucks up and down the line, and somebody's gonna be a millionaire out of that."
"Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is heading an 'Impeach Dick Cheney' movement. First of all, how many heart attacks has Cheney had? Five? Six? Want to get rid of this guy? Buy him a cheeseburger." --Jay Leno
The Cheney Primary Atlantic Online
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Duke Univ. Settles With 3 Ex-Players ABC News
A computer-generated image of a EADS Atrium aircraft which will enable space tourists to experience weightlessness that will carry passengers briefly outside the earth's atmosphere in 2012. The aircraft, about the size of an executive jet will be able to carry four passengers around 100 kilometers from the earth, where they will be able to experience about three minutes of weightlessness and see the curve of the earth at a price of between 150,000-200,000 euros ($199,500-$265,900), it was announced in Paris on Wednesday June 13, 2007. REUTERS/EADS Atrium/Marc Newson Ltd/NASA