TGIF/Weekend edition - July 11-13, 2008



Rove ignores subpoena, refuses to testify
The Associated Press -7-11-08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House adviser Karl Rove defied a congressional subpoena to testify Thursday about allegations of political pressure at the..


White House vows veto of Medicare bill
Los Angeles Times - 7-11-08
The legislation, passed this week in the Senate, would avert fee cuts to doctors who treat patients under the federal program. By Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday renewed a vow to veto popular

McCain Advisor Says US In A "Mental Recession," Not An Actual One
CBS News, NY - 7-11-08
Phil Gramm, a former senator and top economic policy adviser advisor to presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, has suggested in an interview with the


Condoleezza Rice met Poland's foreign minister to try to get him to host the U.S. missile defense system. Dick Cheney tried but couldn't get anywhere with the Poles. Once you have survived Hitler and Stalin, fending off Cheney is just batting practice. - Argus Hamilton


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


Poor George. They are even mocking him in Texas, just to sell motorcycles.


Where Has All The US Oil Gone?


While the U.S. oil industry wants access to more federal lands to help reduce reliance on foreign suppliers, U.S.-based companies are shipping record amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel to other countries...The surge in exports appears to contradict the pleas from the U.S. oil industry and the Bush administration for Congress to open more offshore waters and Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.




Disturbing News


Fox News Needs A Geography Lesson (VIDEO)



"It's SO VULGAR AND SHOCKING that we CAN'T EVEN SAY IT ON THE AIR!" - Cable news anchors choking on Jesse Jackson's "nuts"




Back In Russia


Russia said on Friday Iran's missile tests showed there is no military justification for U.S. plans to deploy missile defenses in eastern Europe because Tehran's rockets cannot travel that far.






Republican-Shenanigans News


Wham! Bam! No Thank You, Phil Gramm!
By Madeleine Begun Kane

We’re “a nation of whiners,” says Gramm.
Our economy’s not in a jam.
It’s a “mental recession,”
This public obsession
With price hikes and jobs on the lam.

So who is at fault? It’s the press.
Yes, says Gramm, they have brought on this mess.
It would seem that reporting
The news isn’t sporting.
Vote McCain for continued “success.”




Obama Backtracks on Brandenburg Gate Speech


Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she finds Barack Obama's plan to give a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin a bit "odd." Obama's spokesman now says Obama will find a Berlin location for his speech that makes the most sense for him and his hosts.



At a campaign event yesterday, John McCain refused to answer any questions about Viagra. Mainly because all the Viagra questions came from his wife Cindy. - Conan O'Brien


Rock-The-Voter News


Obama Woos Hillary Supporters, Sort Of


Stevie Wonder's song "Signed, Sealed, Delivered " was playing, as Barack Obama had just ended his speech at a fundraiser at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

"Hold on a second," Obama said, coming back to the microphone in front of several hundred of his supporters. "One more thing.... Senator Clinton still has some debt. And I could have had some debt if I hadn't won, so you know the drill. There are many supporters of mine here who have not yet given something to help her retire that debt... I would be very grateful if you looked under your chair, I think there should be an envelope or a pledge sheet or something.... That is part of the process of making sure that we're unified. Alright, turn on the music again, let's keep on partying."


Dear Obama
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Dear Obama, your flight to the right
Is making me feel quite uptight.
It’s alarming how fast
You’re forsaking the past
And converting to GOP-lite.


"The notion that somehow that's me trying to look like I'm, you know, more centered, more centrist, is just not true" - Barack Obama






Biz-Tech News


"This is what I love about America. According to a new report, after people started getting their government stimulus checks in the mail, internet porn sites had a 30% increase. You know what that means? People use their stimulus package to stimulate their packages." --Jay Leno





Number of Mexicans gaining citizenship soars in 2007

The figure rose nearly 50% from the year before, a federal report says. Officials cite a campaign by Spanish-language media and community groups, plus a desire to apply before a fee hike kicked in.


Bush-Prison-Torture News




Dan Quayle met with reporters to promote his celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. He was a real pioneer in his way. Just like Jackie Robinson paved the way for Hank Aaron, Quayle jokes paved the way for President Bush jokes. -Argus Hamilton


Go-F**k-Yourself News




At the Minnesota State Fair, the most popular new snack is the “Pig Licker,” which is deep-fried bacon, covered in chocolate and dipped in sea salt. And for those Minnesotans not dieting – try the “Pig Licker with Cheese.”- Conan O'Brien


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Odd News




Ow. Wei Shengchu, 58, a supporter of traditional Chinese medicine, poses for photos with his head covered with acupuncture needles depicting 205 national flags and an Olympic torch, in front of Beijing Railway Station July 7, 2008. Wei wanted to express his well wishes for the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games as well as to promote traditional Chinese medicine, local media reported.
Photo/Henry Lee