Wednesday edition - June 21, 2006
Iran Won't Respond To Offer 'Til August
House Passes Defense Bill Funding Iraq War
GOP House: Broad Immigration Bill Unlikely
Gee, I wonder how much safer the world would be, if Donald Rumsfeld didn't shake hands with Saddam in 1983 and Iran wasn't sold WMDs in 1986.
That's Ronald Reagan's legacy -- the mess we are in now.
A message to you big, tough, badass Evangelical hawks: has it ever occurred to you that the way to spread freedom and democracy is through PEACE? I didn't think so. -- Grant Gerver
US pair reported tortured, beheaded Boston Globe
Car bombing kills 2 in Baghdad AP
North Korea seeks talks to ease missile tensions Reuters.uk
Saddam's lawyer shot dead and dumped Guardian Unlimited
U.S. embassy memo outlines Iraqis' fears AP
21,000 troops notified for Iraq deployment AP
Australia to review Iraq troop levels AP
Al-Qaida video shows alleged 20th hijacker AP
Notification upsets kin of slain GIs AP
Ooops, Unguarded Missile Silo - Feel Safer Now?
A peace activist group
says a Roman Catholic priest and two Minnesota military veterans infiltrated a
Minuteman III missile silo site in northwestern North Dakota, using
sledgehammers and hammers to gain access.
The Wisconsin-based group Nukewatch, in a statement, said the men were able to break a lock and enter the silo site Tuesday morning, paint the word "disarm" on the silo...
Those who gut our Country deserve to be gutted themselves. -- Grant Gerver
Florida ranks 5th in carbon dioxide emissions Tallahassee.com, FL
"Republicans in the House of Representatives forced everyone to spend an entire day discussing a non-binding resolution praising the troops and labeling Iraq part of the War on Terror. Later they will debate a resolution declaring kittens 'adorable'" --Jon Stewart
Jeb Bush Darkens Sunshine Law
Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed a bill that would have required prompt replies to public records requests while signing 37 measures into law Tuesday, including legislation making key lime Florida's official state pie.
Former federal official guilty of hiding Abramoff's favors Houston Chronicle
Out on a Limb with Libby Washington Post
Bush Begins Talks With European Leaders Houston Chronicle
Rich get even richer in third world Guardian Unlimited
"This is frightening. North Korea is ready to test long-range ballistic missiles. And next, they're going to start working on indoor plumbing." --David Letterman
Raising Funds for a Soon to Be Pardonee
Supporters of Vice President Dick Cheney's
indicted former chief of staff have raised more than $2 million since late
last year for his legal defense in the CIA leak case.
Former Cheney spokeswoman Mary Matalin was hosting a fundraiser at her home Tuesday night to help pay the legal expenses of I. Lewis Libby,
It's All Good When Republicans Leak
No Democrat needs to apologize. Rove testified
five times before the grand jury with a resourceful lawyer in frequent
touch with the prosecutor. Lesser mortals would not have had five
opportunities to explain their conduct.
There is no question Rove was a leaker. And the president has often spoken of his anger about leakers. But Rove is apparently immune from that standard of Bush's ethics.
First Lady Laura Bush in August 2004 when she said claims that stem cell research could lead to cures for dreaded diseases such as Alzheimer’s were creating “false hopes.”
It's All Good When Republicans Do It
Gov. Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky a year ago,
after being accused of illegally forcing Democrats out of state Civil
Service jobs and giving the jobs to political loyalists, Mr.
Fletcher, a Republican, dismissed the charges...
"I think—tide turning—see, as I remember—I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of—it's easy to see a tide turn—did I say those words?"—George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006
Conflict could triple oil prices AME Info, United Arab Emirates
World oil demand 'to
rise by 50%'
Lego to Cut 1,200 Jobs in Denmark, US Houston Chronicle
frozen chip at 500GHz
Microsoft vague on departure of key Windows Live leader
The National Entertainment State, 2006
Yemeni, Saudi fathers of Guantanamo victims question suicide ... Monsters and Critics.com, UK
Bush Revenge of Dan Rather Kicks In 28 Years Later
That's how incoming "Today" show host Meredith Vieira characterized CBS News' treatment of Dan Rather yesterday during a lunchtime appearance at the Friars Club..."And this is the guy who did in my husband."
She was referring to the anchorman's alleged role in the February 1988 firing of her husband, Richard Cohen, as CBS News senior political producer, after Rather got the worst of a live on-air encounter with then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.
Fox News Cuts off Cheney Appearance After Tough Question News Hounds, CA
Cheney the practical jokester
BBC Interviews Ann Coolter (that's how the anchor pronounces it)
Quotes from the interview:
I've criticized the 911 widows and there hasn't been a peep about it- Ann Coulter
The more reasoned critiques as you put it - aren't the number one book in America, and mine is, so I think I'm doing just fine. - Ann Coulter
(You have to watch for about 12.5 minutes before it gets to Coolter)
“Republicans in the Senate have announced they are moving on from gay marriage -- that's over -- to a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. They want to ban flag burning, this so we can join the only other three countries in the world that ban flag burnings -- China, Cuba, and Iran.” -- Jay Leno
New Study Says Up to 3,000 Pandas May Be in the Wild Voice of America
A young pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus) hangs with its mother in their enclosure at the zoo in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. (Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri)