Thursday edition - June 8, 2006
The Rose Thorn Garden
VP accused of interfering with probe into phone records
Al-Qaeda's Zarqawi killed by US aircraft
Gay vote is just W playing to his pals
Remember the good old days when a scandal was a Democrat campaign contribution that got you a night in the Lincoln bedroom?
"Some are surprised that President Bush would back a gay marriage amendment when he clearly doesn't have the votes to pass it. ... I mean, since when has a lack of votes held back President Bush? It's never been a problem in the past." --Jay Leno
Al-Zarqawi Killed in US Bombing in Iraq
Bombs kill 19; Iraqi ministers sworn in AP
U.S. dropping more bombs on Afghanistan AP
Iraq oil still at risk after Zarqawi's death-analysts Reuters
Russian MP Margelov downplays killing of Iraq al-Qaeda leader
US accused of 'judicial apartheit' in anti-terror fight
Delayed US Army brigade may go to Iraq after all
Military Officer Would Chose Jail Over a Stint in Iraq
House panel clears another $50 billion for Iraq Reuters
More Cheney Interference
A U.S. district court
judge has ordered the Army to release 14 documents, including six emails,
dealing with the Halliburton oil contract in Iraq.
At issue is a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, an anti-corruption public interest group. Judicial Watch believes the award of a multi-billion contract to Halliburton subsidiary KBR for the restoration of Iraq's oil fields may have been unduly influenced by Vice President Dick Cheney, who headed Halliburton for five years prior to joining President George. W. Bush's campaign.
[Clip of Bush: "America is a
free society, which limits the role of government in the lives of our
citizens. In this country, people are free to choose how they live their
Jon Stewart: "And that's why I want to ban gay people from getting married."
French Bashing Alive and Well in Congress
The legislative body that introduced "freedom fries"
to the world has once again thumbed its nose at France.
The US House of Representatives, where french fries were renamed in anger at France's opposition to the Iraq war, late on Tuesday passed a resolution honouring a landmark 1976 wine tasting that saw California's Napa Valley beat the best Bordeaux and Burgundy had to offer.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert threatened in 2003 to label French wines with a warning that they might be refined with bovine blood.
"The Senate is considering a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. The amendment is expected to fall a few votes short because Senators Orrin Hatch and Trent Lott are antiquing in Vermont." --Conan O'Brien
Lying for Jesus
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says
it is the God's honest truth — he did, indeed, once leg-press a ton when he was
almost 73 and had prostate cancer, and he still regularly lifts up to 1,200
pounds with his legs...But sports experts questioned the assertion in recent
weeks, with one noting that
the leg-press record for football players at Florida State University is 665
"The Secret Service arrested a guy for trying to jump the fence at the White House again. Think about this: they want to build a fence along the Mexican border? We can't even build a fence around the White House to keep people from jumping over."--Jay Leno
Book Buyers Don't Like Mary Cheney
She got a reported $1 million advance. She has had a blitzkrieg of publicity. And according to Bookscan's data yesterday, she sold a total of 1,633 books last week. Her year-to-date sales are 4,091.
The Constitution is for amending. How about one for mandatory electronic voting machines with no records? -- Grant Gerver - Shot Off the Press
D.C. - Richest and Smartest in the USA Except in Homeland Security Funding
The Washington area has the wealthiest households and most educated work force of any metropolitan area in the United States, according to a report released on Thursday by a local business group.
The report also found the Washington area, which has seen a major increase in defense-related technology employment in recent years, to have the largest science and engineering work force of any U.S. metropolitan area
Halliburton gets big Saudi contract Monsters and Critics.com, UK
Halliburton spill results in acid cloud in Farmington Santa Fe New Mexican, NM
5 papers fetch $450 million Seattle Post Intelligencer
FCC Indecency Fine Boost Passes
Websites wreck 'photos of the year' scoop
Beijing's censors accused of disrupting Google.com Financial Times
AOL Users Object to E-Mail Ads PC World
New CD swap site to give back to struggling artists
A painting entitled 'Picnic' by artist Muayad Muhsin, who was both inspired and enraged by a photo of Donald H. Rumsfeld slumped on an airplane seat with his army boots up in front of him, is displayed in Baghdad, Iraq Monday, June 5, 2006. The painting, which is expected to be unveiled at an exhibition in Baghdad next week, illustrates the simmering anger of Iraqis with the United States three years after it rid them of Saddam Hussein, whose ouster has been followed by an enduring wave of violence, sectarian tensions and crime.
Terry Schiavo's doctor, Bill Frist, is hell-bent on saving the institution of holy matrimony from gay evildoers who, if left unchecked, could turn the whole country gay. -- Grant Gerver - Shot Off the Press
Pentagon: Forced-feeding OK on hunger strikers Stars and Stripes, D.C.
Leahy demands answers from Pentagon about letters from Guantanamo ... BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT
Key State Department official says Haditha 'nothing like' Abu ... San Diego Union Tribune
When All Else Fails, Blame Bill Clinton
During a radio appearance on Long Island, [Ann]
Coulter countered that [Hillary] Clinton was attacking her "for being mean
to women. This is, I remind you, Bill Clinton's wife.
"If she's worried about people being mean to women, she should talk to her own husband."
Republican senator blasts Cheney over NSA oversight Washington Post
Remember Elian Gonzales?
Lawsuit persists 6 years after Elian Gonzalez invasion
The plaintiffs include supporters of Elian who were outside the home and neighbors who were sleeping at the time of the raid.
Donato coming out of the closet.
Did you have a good time today?
Most leggy millipede rediscovered BBC News
Pint-sized dinosaur discovered Chicago Sun-Times
This Image shows the central region of the Trifid Nebula (M20) taken by the Gemini North 8-meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Two US astronomers have discovered huge quantities of carbon gas mixed with a cloud of dust surrounding a young, yellow star that could resemble our own solar system at its inception, NASA said. (Photo by Gemini Observatory)