Monday edition - June 26, 2006
Bush, impersonator banter at Washington gala
No need to change laws after Abramoff
Bush urging GOP candidates to focus on war
When does Bush work?
"President Bush says he gets up every morning at 5:30 a.m. and he makes a cup of coffee for his wife, Laura. Isn't that nice? And he has to tip-toe very softly because Cheney has a gun under his pillow" --David Letterman
Iraq web video shows killing of Russian hostages Mail & Guardian Online
US General in Iraq Outlines Troop Cuts New York Times
Taliban Audiotape Mocks Afghan Government New York Times
Iraq offers a plan for rebel amnesty Boston Globe
Top Islamist takes power in Somalia International Herald Tribune
Costa Rica wants Iraq reference removed
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The government of Afghanistan has sent a letter
to the news stations and journalists ordering them to report only favorable news
about the government. That sounds harsh, but you have to remember, they don't
have Fox News over there. -- Jay Leno
First cases found of avian flu caught from wild Guardian Unlimited
NASA Wrestling With Same Old Problems Washington Post
Mystery still surrounds chancellor's apparent suicide San Jose Mercury News
White House Frequent Flyers
Congress debates a crackdown on members' and their staffs' accepting travel paid
for by outside interests, newly filed records show Capitol Hill lawmakers aren't
Washington's only frequent fliers. According to filings with the Office of
Government Ethics, White House staffers have accepted nearly $135,000 in free
trips since November 2004. Among those picking up the tab: some of the
president's top business supporters, including the National Association of
Manufacturers, and dozens of conservative and religious groups, among them
Baptist Convention, Focus on the Family and the Federalist Society.
With Republicans trailing in the polls, Congress will probably introduce laws this summer to stop gay flag-burning illegal immigrants from getting abortions.-- Zing!
Americans are more socially isolated than they were 20 years ago, separated by
work, commuting and the single life, researchers reported on Friday.
Nearly a quarter of people surveyed said they had "zero" close friends with whom to discuss personal matters. More than 50 percent named two or fewer confidants, most often immediate family members, the researchers said.
Republican urges prosecution of 'treasonous' New York Times Guardian Unlimited
E-Mails Detail Abramoff Requests, Contacts Washington Post
Bush to set up home tax study group Miami Herald
Senate could vote on flag burning this week Detroit Free Press
If not having a Voting Rights Act was good enough for our white grandfathers, it's good enough for us Republicans today. -- Grant Gerver
And who should be the next president?
Maher: Al Gore. And I'm not the biggest fan. If he would just do what he didn't do in 2000, that is, talk about what he really cares about, then I think he would be the right man for the job. I think the country is so off the track and that's now recognized by the vast majority of Americans. They probably, in the next election, will just take stock and say to themselves, "Last time we voted for the guy we wanted to have a beer with. That didn't work out so well."
Vast Interstate Highway System Marks Half a Century Voice of America
"Helen, will you stop heckling and let me conduct a press conference... Well no, I'm making an argument, and you're, you're pestering the teacher." --White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, to veteran reporter Helen Thomas
Yesterday, of course, was the longest day of the
year. To give you an idea of how long the day was, the owner of the gas station
near my house was able to change the prices twice. -- Jay Leno
Oil slips below $71, eyes Iraq exports, China Reuters Canada
Time's Cooper Joins Portfolio MEDIAWEEK
Five surgeons are discussing the types of people they like to operate on.
The first surgeon says: "I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."
The second responds: "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."
The third surgeon says: "No, I really think librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order."
The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers...those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over."
But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when he observed: "You're all wrong.
Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable.
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Saudis backs calls to close Guantanamo Daily Telegraph, Australia
Thirteen Saudis and a Turkistani return to Saudi from Guantanamo Monsters and Critics.com, UK
The Republican motto: "When the going gets tough, the tough get praying and/or taking millions from Abramoff" - Grant Gerver
Republicans anticipate Cheney visit to GI Grand Island Independent
Meanwhile, Orbiting Around Earth...
The Russian cargo spaceship Progress will bring 2.5 tonnes of cargoes and gifts from relatives for the crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday evening. The cargo spaceship Progress M-57 that was launched at the Baikonur last Saturday will dock in the automatic regime to the ISS at 20.30 Moscow time, a source in the Moscow regional Flight Control Center told Itar-Tass.
“Police in Omaha, Nebraska, said they arrested a man after finding a bag of marijuana hidden underneath a roll of fat in his stomach. He had it hidden up here. Isn't that unbelievable? Talk about a pot belly.” -- Jay Leno
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Hubble's Main Camera Shuts Down
45-year-old, Wu Yulu controls his homemade rickshaw
pulling robot in Beijing, China,Tuesday June 13, 2006. Wu fulfilled a 20 year
old dream when he spent a year and 8000 yuan (US$1000) to make the robot. The
robot is said to be capable of forward and backward movement for 6 hours
covering 8km and is powered by electricity.(Photo/EyePress)