TGIF/Weekend edition - July 18-20, 2008





The secret hidden within John McCain's campaign schedule
Los Angeles Times - 7-18-08
You can tell a lot about any political campaign by how it invests its most precious resource: the 1440 minutes in each candidate's day.

War Fatigue, Frustration Play Into Americans' Decreasing Interest ...
ABC News - 7-18-08
The Pentagon and presidential rivals Barack Obama and John McCain all seem to agree on the need to send more troops to Afghanistan, but they are at odds with much of the country these days on the need to send more Americans into the

Poll: Obama backers are more excited than McCain's
The Associated Press - 7-18-08
... backers of Barack Obama are more fired up and express more loyalty to their candidate than McCain's do, a poll by The Associated Press and Yahoo News


And with all this financial panicking going on, President Bush held a press conference and told everyone to “Take a deep breath.” “Take a deep breath.” That’s a good advice, huh? The economy is tanking and he’s giving Lamaze classes.
“Take a deep breath.” Isn’t that what he told the people of New Orleans when the water was rising? -
Jay Leno




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

Go San Francisco!


A measure seeking to commemorate President Bush's years in office by slapping his name on a San Francisco sewage plant has qualified for the November ballot.



They are playing T-ball on the lawn of the White House. George Bush and the Vice President and Condoleezza, all the folks down there playing T-ball. Beautiful summer day, playing T-ball. Let’s see, bank failures all over the United States. Record oil prices. A war with no end in sight. Well sure, let’s play some T-ball. - David Letterman



Disturbing News


 Well, according to the latest Zogby poll, 10% of Americans are giving President Bush’s economic policy the thumbs up. The other 90% using a different finger. - Jay Leno





Friend of Bush


One of the services performed by people like Houstonian Stephen Payne — highly paid political fixers who help foreign politicians win favor in Washington — is cross-cultural education.

Thus we find Payne, a longtime Republican fundraiser with a consulting firm called Worldwide Strategic Partners, explaining in a series of e-mails to an exiled politician from Kazakhstan the American folkways that allow you to purchase certain political benefits without actually committing a crime.


Child Crying, Runs Away from President Bush ! - YouTube



Subject: Comment


Really disappointed with your comments about the New Yorker cover and the other one you used later on. You help the Republicans by reinforcing their belief that Obama is Muslim and his wife is a terrorists...were you that upset because Hillary didn't win? Let's face it, it will be a wonder if this country can actually elect something besides a white male, but your comments about no sense of humor was way off mark. Sorry, first time you have ever disappointed me.




You are mad at a cartoon done by the most avant-garde magazine in the United States which has been skewering politicians since 1925.


I've been an artist for five decades and am always amazed at what people see in my art. Art is in the eye of the beholder. Simple. Move on.


You accuse me of helping the Republicans. What nonsense. I'm voting for Obama, and I daily extol the consequences of a McCain presidency.

Why bring Hillary into the discussion?  Hillary has nothing to do with my opinion of any cartoon and how silly to accuse me.


All of this attention to that cartoon could have been avoided if Obama and his staff showed their sense of humor and  just laughed at the cartoon. Instead the complaining brought a lot of traffic to the New Yorker website. has shown a quadrupling of visitors to the New Yorker website since the cartoon was published.


Do you see how important it is to have a sense of humor?









Republican-Shenanigans News


Larry Craig Wants To Jerk Your Gas Nozzle
Wonkette (satire), DC



Barack Obama is planning a trip to visit Iraq and several other Middle East countries. Obama says he’s excited about the trip – mainly because he’s looking forward to meeting other people named Barack Obama. - Conan O'Brien





Obama Releases List
Of Approved Jokes
About Himself

Bid to Help Late Night Comics

Saying he is “sympathetic to late night comedians’ struggle to find jokes to make about me,” Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) today issued a list of official campaign-approved Barack Obama jokes.

The five jokes, which Sen. Obama said he is making available to all comedians free of charge, are as follows:

Barack Obama and a kangaroo pull up to a gas station. The gas station attendant takes one look at the kangaroo and says, “You know, we don’t get many kangaroos here.” Barack Obama replies, “At these prices, I’m not surprised. That’s why we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

A traveling salesman knocks on the door of a farmhouse, and much to his surprise, Barack Obama answers the door. The salesman says, “I was expecting the farmer’s daughter.” Barack Obama replies, “She’s not here. The farm was foreclosed on because of subprime loans that are making a mockery of the American Dream.” Read more …


"Obama's camp initially agreed that the cartoon was, 'tasteless and offensive.' Really? You know what your response should have been? It's very easy. Here, let me put the statement out for you. Barack Obama is in no way upset about the cartoon that depicts him as a Muslim extremist, because you know who gets upset about cartoons? Muslim extremists. Of which Barack Obama is not. It's just a f**king cartoon." --Jon Stewart, on the New Yorker cartoon controversy




Rock-The-Voter News


The New Yorker magazine cover is just another example what happens when liberals try to help. – Will Durst


May We Mock, Barack?


When I interviewed Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for Rolling Stone a couple years ago, I wondered what Barack Obama would mean for them.

“It seems like a President Obama would be harder to make fun of than these guys,” I said.

“Are you kidding me?” Stewart scoffed.

Then he and Colbert both said at the same time: “His dad was a goat-herder!”




Subject: McCain Receives Social Security



McCain is complaining that Social Security is broken. That his children will never receive their benefits.

Maybe if he, and all the other rich people who don't really need to receive Social Security, stopped receiving those benefits there might be some money left over for our children.;_ylt=Anbju4JYMrewOmRRyWg7PjSs0NUE

"...Social Security benefits are projected to exceed the system's tax revenues in about nine years. The program's trustees have said the Social Security trust fund will be depleted by 2041 unless the system is changed.
McCain, who will turn 72 next month, was eligible to receive full-retirement benefits when he turned 65. In 2008, the maximum benefit for a person retiring at full retirement age was $2,185.

McCain reported a total income of $405,409 in 2007. As a senator, he is paid $169,300 a year. Last year, he donated $105,467 to charity, his return shows.

McCain's wife, Cindy, reported a total income of more than $6 million in 2006, according to the campaign. She files her tax return separately from her husband and has received an extension for 2007. Heiress to a large Arizona beer distributorship, she is reportedly worth more than $100 million.

People are not required to take Social Security payments, according to B.J. Jarrett, a spokesman with the Social Security Administration...."

Take care Lisa.



McCain also said that "Americans have got to understand that we are paying present-day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today," he said. "And that's a disgrace. It's an absolute disgrace, and it's got to be fixed."


Doh! That's how Social Security is supposed to work, the working people pay for the retirees. McCain just reinforces the point that he does not know much about economics or how Social Security functions.


The day that ultra-wealthy Americans give up their Social Security is the day that Dick Cheney becomes a Democrat.



Biz-Tech News


President Bush said in his press conference our nation’s troubled financial system is basically sound. Really? I mean, banks have folded, mortgage lenders are going under, basically sound? I think “basically screwed” is probably more like it. - Jay Leno


Al Gore Update


Former Vice President Al Gore, seeking to shake up an energy debate that is focused mostly on drilling, challenged the United States to shift its entire electricity sector to carbon-free wind, solar and geothermal power within 10 years, and use that power to fuel a new fleet of electric vehicles.



Senator Larry Craig, you know Larry Craig, America’s favorite restroom enthusiast, you know Larry Craig…he was talking about the gas crisis today. And, again, considering his situation, not the best choice of words to describe our problem. Here he is. Listen. Larry Craig: “And we won’t let the Venezuelas or the Nigerias or the Saudi Arabias or the Irans jerk us around by the gas nozzle the way they are doing it now.”- Jay Leno


Bush-Prison-Torture News

Pat Tillman Update


A House committee chairman asked the Pentagon on Thursday to declassify some documents about the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, saying the public and Tillman's family should get to see them.


Analysts say they’re not sure why oil prices are falling. But today Dick Cheney vowed to get to the bottom of this. “Heads will roll!”- Jay Leno


Go-F**k-Yourself News


In a speech yesterday, the Pope said that the world’s resources are being squandered because of insatiable consumption. Then the Pope put down his jewel encrusted staff, got into his Popemobile, and sped off to the Vatican palace.- Conan O'Brien




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Odd News





The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel splits the sky over Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. North Korea's phantom hotel is stirring back to life. Once dubbed by Esquire magazine as "the worst building in the history of mankind," the 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel is back under construction after a 16-year lull in the capital of one of the world's most reclusive and destitute countries.

Photo/Teruaki Ueno