Monday edition - July 17, 2006
Microphone Captures Bush's Unscripted Comments at G-8
"What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to
stop doing this shit and it's over," Bush says with his mouth full as
he buttered a piece of bread.
Heckler In Chicken Suit Runs Over Corker Supporter
Foreign Companies Buy US Roads, Bridges
Bush's mouth wasn't only filled with profanity, but he was chewing bread like cow when he delivered that line. Click here for the video.
A more embarrassing time was the Bush/Putin press conference, where the Russian president came across as a strong leader in command of the moment, and Bush was the shoulder shrugging comedian who repeatedly bombed. I have a few examples listed below.
George W. Bush is the straw that stirs the drink of gloabal terrorism. And, he just keeps on stirring, and stirring, and stirring... -- Grant Gerver
Gunmen Attack Market in Iraq, Killing 41 San Francisco Chronicle
11 wounded by mortar strike in Baghdad AP
British troop among 17 killed in Iraq violence
Iraqi Oil Ministry official kidnapped AP
Iraqis turn to drugs to escape violence AP
Escalating violence batters Mideast stock markets Reuters
Iraq and U.S. sign commercial agreement AP
Japan completes troop withdrawal from Iraq Ireland Online, Ireland
300 Texas Guardsmen head for Iraq Houston Chronicle
US Congressional Delegation Visits Iraq Amid New Violence Voice of America
Galbraith, Witness to Murder, Incompetence, Ponders Iraq Future Bloomberg
3 wounded in Hezbollah strike on Haifa AP
Israel hammers at Lebanese infrastructure AP
Lebanon-Israel developments AP
"A lot of trouble in the Middle East right now between Lebanon and Israel. ... Last night Israel bombed the runways at Beirut's airport, putting a stop on all flights in and out. So I'm sorry everybody, you're just gonna have to cancel that relaxing weekend getaway to Beirut." --Conan O'Brien
CNN repeatedly reported on the lone Israeli
civilian causality without making any mention of the more than 50 Lebanese
civilian casualties. To be exact, CNN did that at 10:31 a.m., 11:02, 12:09
p.m., 12:19, 1:00, 1:30, 1:52, 2:00, 2:17, 2:30, 2:50, and 4:04.
Note that at 12:05 p.m. CNN did report that "at least 45 Lebanese civilians have been killed in this offensive," but that's because the news channel was airing a feed from CNN International, which seemed to understand one of its fundamental responsibilities in covering bloody, revenge-driven political conflicts was to report civilian deaths suffered on both sides. In fact, a check of CNN Europe's reporting yesterday afternoon showed CNN Europe routinely reported on the death of the Israeli woman and as well as death of nearly 50 Lebanese civilian. CNN's U.S.-based anchors and reporters though, seemed mostly unable or unwilling to do the same.
"It's been a very busy and somewhat disturbing day throughout the world. President Bush was overseas in Germany as events unfolded. Here is his press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany where he wasted no time addressing the many troubling developments [on screen: Bush saying, 'I'm looking forward to the feast you're going to have tonight. I understand I may have the honor of slicing the pig']. He may have the honor of slicing the pig? I'm just going to assume that is some euphemism for solving the Middle East crisis" --Jon Stewart
"Bush's pilot" 2:48 video
Bush Walks Over Putin's Request
BUSH: He's [Putin] a strong man. Look, he's willing to listen, but he also explains to me, he doesn't want anybody telling him how to run his government...
BUSH: I talked about my desire to promote
institutional change in parts of the world, like Iraq, where there’s a free
press and free religion. And I told him that a lot of people in our country
would hope that Russia will do the same thing. I fully understand, however,
that there will be a Russian-style democracy.
PUTIN: We certainly would not want to have same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, quite honestly.
And Putin ends it with another strong zing. Bush needs to act as a John Wayne, instead of Gomer Pyle. Click here for the video clip
Putin Makes Religion Remark, Goes Over Bush's Head
I have already mentioned
that we will not participate in any crusades, in any holy alliances. This is
true. I reaffirm our position in this matter. But our common goal is to make the
world a more secure place, and certainly we'll be working with all our partners,
including the United States, in order to address this problem.
It's A Republican Thing - Honoring Bribery
Four months after being sent to prison,
former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham is being honored for serving time – in
Cunningham, who admitted to accepting $2.4 million in bribes, will be among 37 departing members of Congress honored for “hard work, service, time and sacrifices” by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in a reception next week.
Bush retort missing from transcript Palm Beach Post
Abramoff ex-law firm hit with subpoena
Pryor has Doubts About Bush Nominee KAIT, AR
Oh That Crazy Florida Republican!
Katherine Harris gave her campaign more than $3
million to run for Senate, but then took back $100,000 to finish
renovating her "historic home in Washington, D.C." her campaign revealed
The campaign said that the Republican congresswoman would sell the house, if necessary, to fund her embattled Senate race to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. The decision was immediately questioned.
"I have never heard of a candidate taking money out of a campaign coffer like it's an ATM. It absolutely boggles my mind," said former Harris campaign manager Jim Dornan
Bush says the “jury's still out on evolution.” The jury is still out on whether he actually won the election. - Zing!
Big Dig’s Troubles Persist as Ramp Closes New York Times
Protesters call for recount in Mexican election Seattle Times
Novak on "Meet the Press" Claims He Didn't Out Plame
Editor & Publisher -
Bob Novak on MEET THE PRESS
"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
When the Going Gets Tough, Dan Quayle Runs Away
Dan Quayle took time out from
participating in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Stateline,
Nev., on Friday to attend John Mellencamp's concert only to run into a political
He then made a statement of his own by walking out during Mellencamp's rendition of ``Walk Tall.'' Before launching into the song, Mellencamp told the Harveys casino crowd, in effect, that it was dedicated to everyone hurt by policies of the current Bush administration.
Quayle, who served as vice president for President Bush's father in 1989-93 walked out of the venue before Mellencamp finished the song.
"Evidently, low approval ratings can be contracted through saliva." --Stephen Colbert, on the effect of President Bush kissing Joe Lieberman
"At a joint press conference with President Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a 'de-escalation of Mid-East violence.' Later, Bush called for both sides to 'de-angrify' and 'de-hurt' each other." -Conan O'Brien
Racist ringtone sets off alarms Reuters
World War 3 !! World War 3!! Squawks Chicken Hawk Newt
Former U.S. House Speaker
Newt Gingrich says America is in World War III and President Bush should say so.
Gingrich said in an interview Saturday that Bush should call a joint session of Congress the first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much starker terms than have been heard from the president.
"We need to have the militancy that says 'We're not going to lose a city, " Gingrich said.
16 Pakistani prisoners confirmed in Guantanamo Xinhua, China
It's too bad we can't imprison some congressmen with as little evidence or recourse as we give the inmates of Guantanamo. -- Zing!
Protesters gather outside Cheney Talk Oneida Dispatch, NY
Arlen Specter-Dick Cheney Deal FOX News
"Homeland Security expects to have a new warning system in place by the end of the year that will warn you of a national emergency on your cell phone. They will call you on your cell phone if we are under attack or there's a tornado or there's a hurricane. Of course the important question for most Americans -- 'Does that use up our minutes?'" -Jay Leno
Jumbo Jet vs People on the Beach YouTube 14 second video
Australians upset over loud Manilow music Monterey County Herald, CA
Trip to Moscow top prize in Hungary uprising quiz Reuters.uk, UK
Gohgo the polar bear licks ice cubes encased with apples at Tennoji Zoo in Osaka, western Japan, on Saturday July 15, 2006. Some parts of the Japanese archipelago has been gripped by high pressure system in the Pacific Ocean that zoomed the mercury to 38.2 degrees Celsius (100.7 degrees F) at Hamamatsu, central Japan, on Friday. (Photo/Kyodo News, Muneyoshi Someya)