Thursday edition - June 8, 2006

The Rose Thorn Garden




VP accused of interfering with probe into phone records
Houston Chronicle, United States - 6-8-06
WASHINGTON - In an unusually pointed letter, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accused Vice President Dick Cheney of interfering with his panel's attempts to examine the ...


Al-Qaeda's Zarqawi killed by US aircraft
ABC News - 6-8-06
BAGHDAD - US aircraft killed al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the insurgent leader who masterminded the death of hundreds in suicide ...

Gay vote is just W playing to his pals
New York Daily News -
The White House always knew the gay marriage amendment was doomed in the Senate, but didn't care. Winning was less urgent than making the gesture.


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



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


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 lives."]
Jon Stewart: "And that's why I want to ban gay people from getting married."




Disturbing News


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 pounds less.




Republican Shenanigans


"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.


Rock-The-Voter News



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


Biz-Tech News


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


Bush-Prison-Torture News


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."


Go-F*ck-Yourself News

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.

Among them is Donato Dalrymple, who was on a fishing trip with his cousin on Thanksgiving 1999 when they found and rescued Elian, who had survived a shipwreck that killed his mother and others fleeing Cuba.



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Odd News


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)