Wednesday edition - June 21, 2006


Iran Won't Respond To Offer 'Til August
CBS 11, TX - 6-21-06
(AP) TEHRAN, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday his country will respond in mid-August to the package of incentives on its nuclear program ...


House Passes Defense Bill Funding Iraq War
Guardian Unlimited - 6-21-06
By ANDREW TAYLOR. WASHINGTON (AP) - The House's annual defense spending measure combines new funding for the war in Iraq with money ...

GOP House: Broad Immigration Bill Unlikely
Washington Post, - 6-21-06
Republican congressional leaders, reacting to their voters' concerns about border security, say an immigration bill offering citizenship along the path outlined by President Bush is unlikely to pass this year.


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




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


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



Disturbing News



"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.


Republican Shenanigans


"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,
who is charged with five counts of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI in the Valerie Plame affair.



Rock-The-Voter News


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.

Good News


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




Biz-Tech News


The National Entertainment State, 2006



Bush-Prison-Torture News



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.



Go-F*ck-Yourself News




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


Odd News

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)