TGIF/Weekend Edition - July 14-16, 2006
Cost of Iraq War $291 Billion So Far
Plame Says Government Betrayed Her Trust
Gee, if George Bush had paid attention to Joseph Wilson we would have saved thousands of lives and $291 billion in Iraq war costs.
Really good news: the Iraqi government has taken total control over a library. -- Grant Gerver
Iraq Body Count
Suicide car bomber in Iraq kills 5 people AP
Street sweepers among 16 dead as insurgents continue attacks Gulf Times, Qatar
Gunmen kill Iraqi national wrestling coach AP
Japan defense chief to visit Kuwait to welcome troops leaving Iraq
80-plus Kentucky Guard members head for Iraq Lexington Herald Leader, KY
Florence Little League coach bound for Iraq San Jose Mercury News
US Ambassador to Iraq Emphasizes Positive on Capitol Hill Voice of America
Health workers in Kurdish north demand more benefits Reuters AlertNet, UK
Iraq and Afghanistan: Even out here, all politics is local International Herald Tribune, France
Israel bombs Hamas offices Scotsman
Referee stops game after rocket lands near home Guardian Unlimited, UK
Iraqi Parliament speaker accuses 'Jews' AP
Talks Between North and South Korea Collapse New York Times
"You're asking yourself where's President Bush? I'll tell you where he is. He's in Europe preparing for the G8 Summit and he's very excited. He thinks it's a conference on vegetable juice" --David Letterman
Tom Delay: Valerie Plame was not a CIA agent VIDEO
Subject: Valerie Plame
It drives me nuts listening to people who say Valerie Plame wasn't an undercover cia agent that I want to scream. They say she was just a secretary or had a desk job or EVERYBODY knew she was CIA. What has this dumbass country come to?
I hear ya Annie! It was three years ago today that Robert Novak "outed" her in his column. FYI: Joseph Wilson wrote his column denouncing Bush's state of the union speech on George Bush's 57th birthday.
I wonder if George Tenet will be subpoenaed in her lawsuit? As I remember, it was George Tenet who went to the US Justice department to report one of his covert CIA operatives was "outed". Maybe he'll take his oath on the Medal of Freedom George Bush gave him.
Here is a quote from the Washington Post biography of Valerie Plame Wilson
She became expert at
firing an AK-47. She learned to blow up cars and drive under fire -- all to see
if she could handle the rigors of being an undercover case officer in the CIA's
Directorate of Operations, or DO. Fellow graduates recall that off-hours
included a trip to the movies to watch the Dan Aykroyd parody "Spies Like Us."
Plame also learned how to recruit foreign nationals to serve as spies, and how to hunt others and evade those who would hunt her -- some who might look as harmless as she herself does now as a mom with a model's poise and shoulder-length blond hair.
Sounds as though Valerie is more experienced than Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld rolled into one.
The mayor of Bogota, New Jersey says people there should boycott the local McDonald's because they've refused to take down their Spanish-language billboard. You know, the mayor might have a point -- if the name of his town wasn't 'Bogota'!-- Jay Leno
Photo of Collateral Damage
Firefighters prepare in case SoCal fires merge San Jose Mercury News
Nation's capital declares crime emergency Seattle Post Intelligencer
FoxNews Crew Shot At By Israelis - Video at Raw Story
A rock that fell out of George Bush's head.
"No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country." George Smith Patton
The Laying of Hands
Lawson likened Lay to James Byrd, a black
man who was dragged to death in a racially motivated murder near Jasper eight
"Ken Lay was neither black nor poor, as James Byrd was, but I'm angry because Ken was the victim of a lynching," said Lawson, who predicted that history will vindicate Lay.
Lawson also compared Ken Lay to Jesus here.
"President Bush had a phone conversation with the astronauts aboard the space shuttle. The odd thing is President Bush was the only one wearing a space helmet." --Conan O'Brien
Bush Will Allow Court to Review NSA Wiretaps New York Times
Md. Judge Rejects Abramoff's Request for Delay in Civil Suit WBOC TV 16, MD
Robert Novak, Traitor to His Country; Traitor to His Profession
Matalin still spinning, issuing falsehoods on Plame case Media Matters for America, DC
Ad Showing Troop Coffins Causes Clash of the Parties New York Times
"The internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material." --Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Steven (R-AK), explaining the workings of the Internet during a debate on net neutrality
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) Techno Remix: "A Series of Tubes"
"Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent." Napoleon Bonaparte
Joe Scarborough and Katherine Harris
Katherine Harris' floundering U.S. Senate
campaign lost its high-level staff again this week and is groping for a message
-- which doesn't surprise Republican insiders who trace the seeds of her trouble
to the story of ``Joe's dead intern.''
This wasn't any old Joe.
It was Joe Scarborough, host of the prime-time MSNBC show Scarborough Country and a former Pensacola Republican congressman who was courted last summer by national Republicans to run against Harris. But before he could announce he wouldn't, Harris called major donors and suggested Scarborough would have to answer questions about the strange death of a former staff member in 2001...''That was the first clue that something wasn't right with Katherine Harris,'' Scarborough told The Miami Herald in a recent interview
House renews Voting Rights Act provisions San Francisco Chronicle
Lessons from the Un-Gore of Mexico
"President Bush left for the G8 Summit today in Russia. The White House says he's going to try and convince other world leaders to develop nuclear power. Apparently, it's working, because so far, Bush has convinced Iran and North Korea." --Conan O'Brien
Scheisskopf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers." -- Nikita Khruschev
Oil hits new high of $78 a barrel Business Day
Claims for Jobless Benefits Up to 332,000 Houston Chronicle
Beer company chief faces drunken driving charge CNN International
Microsoft and Yahoo Declare Instant-Messaging Truce Sci-Tech Today
Apple Drops Case Against Bloggers BetaNews
Religion Separating From Government
By all accounts, the group of nine was a religious powerhouse: Their ranks included rabbis, imams and ministers, including the man hailed by some as the next Billy Graham. But as of Thursday, seven of the nine religious leaders serving on a committee created by the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to disburse money to churches destroyed by Hurricane Katrina had quit their posts, claiming their advice was ignored.
"President Bush went to Germany today. Did not go well. When he landed, he kept asking to see the Berlin Wall." --Jay Leno
Saudis expected home from Guantanamo within year Scotsman, United Kingdom
“Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.”Mao Tse-Tung
Voters Separating From Republicans
Republicans are in jeopardy of losing their grip on Congress in November. With less than four months to the midterm elections, the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that Americans by an almost 3-to-1 margin hold the GOP-controlled Congress in low regard and profess a desire to see Democrats wrest control after a dozen years of Republican rule.
Former CIA agent Plame sues Cheney for leaking her identity San Jose Mercury News
VP yet another VIP for Hotel Utica Utica Observer Dispatch
“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” Edward Abbey
Meerkat pups go to eating school BBC News
Members of the public look at a hanging installation titled 'Expressions' by artist Sophie Caves at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland July 11, 2006. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum reopened on Tuesday after being closed for a three-year refurbishment. Photo/Kelvingrove Art Gallery