TGIF/Weekend Edition - June 23-25, 2006

US accuses Iran over Iraqi Shias
BBC News - 6-23-06
The US military commander in Iraq has accused Iran of providing covert support to Shia extremists in Iraq. Iran equips and trains Shia militia groups, Gen George Casey said, adding that its influence had risen recently. ...

Cheney urges Congress to OK US-India nuclear deal
Washington Post, United States - 6-23-06
By Carol Giacomo and Deborah Lutterbeck. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday urged senior lawmakers to ...

Bush compares Iraq to fight against communism
Indianapolis Star, United States -  6-23-06
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg. BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Fifty years after Hungarian partisans waged a bloody but unsuccessful uprising against ...


Dick Cheney - the only vice president with five deferments.



"President Bush is in Austria. He's trying to convince European leaders to eliminate agricultural subsidies in order to promote global free trade. Yeah, he has no idea what that means either" --David Letterman





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


More Stolen Databases


Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials.



"Of course not. I remind them: I AM the law!" --Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, denying to Washington Post reporter Frank Ahrens that his two children ever download music illegally, after his address yesterday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on intellectual property theft.



Disturbing News



"President Bush raised $27 million for the Republican Party. A record at a fundraiser. Interesting pricing at the event, like for $2,500 you got dinner. ... $25,000 got your picture taken with the president. And for $250,000 you got your license plate made by a former Republican official now in jail." --Jay Leno



Didn't Jesus Throw the Moneychangers Out Of the Temple?


A bipartisan Senate report released Thursday documented more than $5.3 million in payments to Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition and a leading Republican Party strategist, from an influence-peddling operation run by the lobbyist Jack Abramoff on behalf of Indian tribe casinos.




Republican Shenanigans


Dubya Did Texas - Jeb Does Florida


A bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jeb Bush guarantees the Orlando Magic $2 million a year in state money for a new or renovated arena.

The measure certified the team as the
eighth of the state's existing pro-sports franchises to receive a $60 million subsidy to be paid during a 30-year period. The Magic have until July 1, 2010, to apply for the cash.



"President Bush said he liked Austria, but he said he got a little annoyed with everyone doing the Arnold impressions all the time." --Jay Leno





Rock-The-Voter News



"It's official. Yesterday was Dan Rather's last day at CBS. What a great couple of weeks for President Bush, huh? He got rid of al-Zarqawi and now Dan Rather. His two biggest enemies." --Jay Leno







Florida Is #46! Heckuva Job, Jeb!


What's next for Jeb? It won't be NFL commissioner, and he insists that it won't be running for president in 2008. I have some suggestions.

This month, 14 Palm Beach County schools learned that they had earned a D under the grading system Gov. Bush instituted shortly after he took office in 1999. Five of those schools have received a D for at least two years in a row. Two high schools, Boynton Beach and Glades Central, never have earned above a D. Wouldn't it be great if Jeb Bush agreed to become principal at Glades Central?...A study released Tuesday in Education Week magazine found that districts nationwide have fudged figures to conceal bad graduation rates and that Florida, at 46th, has one of the nation's worst rates. Just 57.5 percent graduate.


Dub's Shriveling Coalition

By Madeleine Begun Kane

George Dubya's Iraq coalition
Is suff'ring from major attrition.
Now Japan will withdraw
From this venture so flawed,
While Bush clings to his pricey, failed mission.



Biz-Tech News


Loose Change What really happened on 9-11?


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Why didn't the coffee shop secure their wireless network connection and avoided this whole mess?


A 20-year-old man in Vancouver, Wash., was charged with theft of services for allegedly sitting in a coffee shop parking lot and using its wireless Internet service for months, according to a report.



"It is so hot today that President Bush met with European leaders just for the chilly reception." ----David Letterman


Bush-Prison-Torture News





Missile Intercepted


 A Navy ship on Thursday intercepted a medium-range missile warhead above the earth's atmosphere off Hawaii in the latest test of the U.S. missile defense program, the military said.



"What occurred to me that morning is something that I imagine a lot of you have thought about and he's probably figured it out by now. There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he's at and if there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas." --Rep. Steve King (R-IA), at the Iowa State Republican Convention


Go-F*ck-Yourself News



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Odd News


A 26-year-old chimpanzee enjoys a cigarette at the zoo in Xian, China in August 2005. Xiku the chain-smoking chimpanzee has almost kicked his deadly habit thanks to the efforts of zoo keepers in China, but it has taken a beer or two to help get him through detox.(Photo/Xian Zoo)