Monday edition - June 22, 2009


McCain: Board N. Korean ship if we know it has banned cargo
CNN- 6-22-09
WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. forces should board a North Korean ship if there is "hard evidence" it is transporting nuclear weapons technology in violation of the recent U.N. Security Council resolution, Sen. John McCain said Sunday.

NKorea threatens to harm US if attacked

AP - 6-22-09

 North Korea reminded the U.S. on Monday that it has nuclear weapons and warned it will strike back if attacked, as a U.S. destroyer continued to trail a North Korean cargo ship suspected of carrying illicit weapons.

Wolfowitz: U.S. should reach out to Moussavi

CNN - 6-21-09

President Obama should reach out to Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi as tensions in Iran over the disputed presidential elections continue to heighten, a former Bush administration official told CNN Sunday.


Thank God, McCain and Palin weren't elected.



"But this guy, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I mean, he claims victory and he is very unpopular. And the danger politically of this, he could ruin the political career of his brother, Jeb Ahmadinejad." --David Letterman

The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without Saddam


As the Obama administration ramps up the Drug Enforcement Administration's presence in Afghanistan , some special-agent pilots contend that they're being illegally forced to go to a combat zone, while others who've volunteered say they're not being properly equipped.



Disturbing News

American Exports


 Ships from Miami steam into Jamaica's main harbor loaded with TV sets and blue jeans. But some of the most popular U.S. imports never appear on the manifests: handguns, rifles and bullets that stoke one of the world's highest murder rates.




"But I thought this was nice. When he heard Hillary broke her elbow, Rush Limbaugh sent over some painkillers. So she's going to be fine." --David Letterman



How's Joe Scarborough's Book Doing?

The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise Sales Rank: #341 in Books


Barnes&Noble Sales Rank: 536


NEW YORK TIMES Best Seller List #7 ????


Joe Scarborough Conservative Bashing Book Tour Flops Bigtime NewsBusters


So, which is it?




Thanks to Larry for the great graphic!



Republican-Shenanigans News


"Here's fascinating news. Dick Cheney, do you remember Dick Cheney? Dick 'Boom Boom' Cheney. His approval rating is up to 26%, up to 26%. Yeah, crazy, isn't it? He's been upgraded from hated to unpopular." --David Letterman



The Froomkin firing
by Paul Krugman


....Here’s how I see things: many people in the news media, especially at the managerial level, decided a long time ago that movement conservatism was The Future — and that the sensible thing, whether or not you yourself were a conservative, was to go with the wave. That meant treating right-wing politicians and media figures with great respect, while ridiculing the opposition


Rock-The-Voter News


Bachmann Boasts About Breaking The Law: I’m Refusing To Fill Out The Census


Next year, the 2010 Census will be sent to every American household, as required by the U.S. Constitution. The far right has issued dire warnings of the Census; on a May 29th episode of Bill Bennett’s radio show, RNC Chairman Michael Steele intoned, “Certainly the collection of this information is going to be part of an ongoing political campaign by this administration.”




"Not such a great day for Hillary Clinton. She fell down, broke her elbow. You know, Fox News is going to be all over this story. This proves the Democrats are weak. Reagan fell over 10 times, didn't even break his hair." --Craig Ferguson


Being Sarah Palin


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says her political enemies are abusing state law with a flurry of frivolous ethics complaints against her, putting her more than $500,000 in legal debt.

Those filing the grievances — there have been at least 18 cases so far — say it's their legal right to hold the Republican governor accountable for what they see as abuses of power.



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Biz-Tech News


"In his speech yesterday, former President George W. Bush attacked President Obama's policies on anti-terrorism, healthcare, and the economy. Then Bush spent the next 20 minutes trying to kill a fly." --Jimmy Fallon


Ground the Airbus?
by William John Cox


Since entering service in 1974 with many technological innovations, such as computerized fly-by-wire control systems, user-friendly cockpits, and extended use of composite materials, 5,717 aircraft have been manufactured by Airbus, an European aerospace company. More than 5,100 Airbuses remain in service.

Not including losses attributable to terrorism, rebellion or military action, Airbuses have been involved in 23 fatal crashes causing the deaths of 2,584 passengers, crew members and people on the ground. In addition, there have been five nonfatal accidents causing 21 serious injuries.

While the overall number of accidents and fatalities are not disproportionate to the crash experience of Boeing aircraft, three of the Airbus crashes involved a separation of the composite vertical stabilizer (tail fin) from the fuselage. Five hundred, or one in five of the Airbus deaths, including 228 from Air France Flight 447, resulted from these three crashes.

In addition, Airbus composite stabilizers, rudders and couplers have also been involved in a number of other emergency in-flight incidents that did not lead to crashes, injuries or deaths.

There is now a question whether all Airbus aircraft equipped with composite stabilizers and rudders should be grounded until the cause of the crash of Flight 447 can be identified and it can be determined if the aircraft can be inspected, safely repaired, and returned to service.




Bush-Prison-Torture News



"I'm not surprised that Dick Cheney's approval rating has really soared, really skyrocketed, up to 26%. Because you know, he gave people what they wanted. He left office." --David Letterman


Go-F**k-Yourself News


PBS’s board of directors has voted to phase out religious programming. But they still plan to pass the collection plate every couple of months. - Laugh Lines


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An albino baby turtle swims with green sea babies turtle in a pond at Khram island, about 30 km from Pattaya, east of Bangkok June 17, 2009. Special care is given to around 15,000 green and hawksbill baby turtles hatched and housed at the navy's conservation center each year. Once the baby turtles' shells are big and strong enough to protect them from various predators at about six-months-old the young turtles are released to the sea.
Photo/Chaiwat Subprasom





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