Wednesday edition - July 19, 2006


UN reports rising civilian toll in Iraq each month of 2006
San Jose Mercury News,  USA - 7-19-06
Nearly 6,000 civilians were slain across Iraq in May and June, a spike in deaths that coincided with rising sectarian attacks across the country, the United Nations said Tuesday.


1,000 Americans flee Lebanon on ship
Houston Chronicle - 7-19-06
... Lebanon — An eight-deck cruise liner carrying more than 1,000 Americans sailed out of ... Dozens of Americans waved from the top decks of the Orient Queen as ...

Fighting ends recovery of Lebanon tourism
Houston Chronicle - 7-19-06
By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press Writer. BEIRUT, Lebanon — Thousands of foreigners are packing ships in Beirut's port, and long ...


I think it's about time for Dr. Phil to do an "intervention" on George W.



"That's the big story -- President Bush being recorded using a four-letter word at the G-8 Summit in Russia. Actually, it's kind of ironic. President Bush listening in on everyone else's phone calls and now he gets caught saying something he shouldn't." --Jay Leno




Subject: I am so ashamed


I am so ashamed of GWB at the G8 meeting. He talks with his foul mouth full while he is stuffing in more. He has no clue about the world of diplomacy. He has no clue about the real world - i.e., flying time. He stands behind the Chancellor of Germany and puts his hands on her shoulders for a neck rub. He loudly disses Kofi Anon. Then he shows up in a picture with numerous beer bottles, looking like a boozer from under the local bridge. And this is a world leader. Or so he thinks. You would think that some cooth from Yale and Harvard would have rubbed off on him. Too bad more of the people in the U.S. who voted for him don't get to see him cut loose in these poses more often. I'll swear, I think that Russian camera man was just following him around. Where was the Secret Service when he was making a fool out of himself?


It also was embarrassing watching the president of Russia, not only outperform Bush, but release, audio, video and photographs of our president acting as though he was at a college kegger.


No one else at the G8 showed their a**. If they did, my bet is that Putin would have released the proof.


It is the first time in my adult life where I have seen my president look and sound so undignified in front of world leaders.


I'd guess the Secret Service can't save Bush from making a fool of himself. I bet they're tired of that detail.


I bow my head.


Should I hold my breath waiting for a in depth news analysis of Bush's G8 behavior?





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


[Bush] was overheard using dirty language at the G-8 Summit and not only that, later he was ejected for head-butting." --David Letterman






Subject: confused


Hi Lisa,

I love your site. My day doesn't start until I've read it.

Lately I've been wondering, though... why are you coming down so hard on Israel for the current conflict with Lebanon? For instance, the  cartoon (copied from your site, below). I really don't get it. I definitely don't support all Israel's policies, but I don't understand why Israel's being portrayed as the villain in this case. Is there some obvious fact that I'm somehow overlooking that would change my perspective? That's a serious question, because I respect your site and usually find myself agreeing with the opinions expressed there, so this time I feel adrift. Please fill me in.





Hi Jay,

Thanks for writing.

Did you notice the nose is an Arab symbol (crescent moon/star) in the cartoon? The toon blames both sides it seems. As I do. An ancient battle with today's deadly weapons.

Israel is acting as thuggish as the US is, in my humble opinion. Overkill. Shock and awe.

Israel has done about 2 billion worth of damage to the Lebanese infrastructure (not Hezbollah's)  and killed many innocent people.  Well, will their bombing will work this time, unlike the past? Or breed more ancient hatred? We get to watch it unfold, live.

Lebanon is a young democracy and is now facing financial devastation because Israel wants to stop Hezbollah.


I compare it to my neighbor running his truck over my family in my front yard to catch the guy who just robbed him.

I don't think the hearts and minds of the innocent Lebanese people have been won over by Israel and the US backing of their actions  -- or by Hezbollah, yet.

Bush is gladly stoking the fire in the Mideast via Israel.

I hope this answers your inquiry.





"Those of you following the Iraq war on television know that it has been pre-empted by the summer action-packed replacement series, 'Lebanon.' It's new. It's scary, but it's important for everyone to remain calm and keep the situation in perspective [on screen: various politicians calling the situation World War III]. .... So rest of the news media, stop calling it a 'regional conflict' or a 'police action.' It's a World War III.or IV. Adjust your graphics accordingly." --Stephen Colbert




Disturbing News






Jeb Bush and His Compassionate Conservatism


In a 24-page report released Tuesday, the Virginia-based National Coalition for Child Protection Reform blasted Florida's child welfare system for wrongly removing thousands of children from their parents, flooding an already weary social service system and causing life-long trauma to children.



"Some of Bush's other comments, however, were less focused [on screen: Bush saying, 'I'm not going to talk too damn long like the rest of them. Some of these guys talk too long.'] Come on Condi, you got to crumble the Ritalin into his food or he's not taking it." --Jon Stewart


Republican Shenanigans




Subject: Joe Scarborough - Dead Aide


Just read your page and all the news links on him. I never heard about his aide being found dead. What do you think happened to that poor woman? I read somewhere that Jeb Bush secretly hired a bogus coroner and Joe is the killer. Why isn't her family fighting to know what happened?




Some Democrats are muddying the waters by claiming, "Joe killed his intern!!!!" I don't think Scarborough had anything to do with the death of his aide, not intern.  There is no evidence whatsoever to support that conclusion, much to the chagrin of conspiracy theory liberals.


The story should be how this was kept from the national media by the "good ole boy" police dept and coroner's office that misled news organizations in order to protect Scarborough.


I have a thick phone book size copy of all the police reports, etc through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). I'll discuss that in a bit.


The problem was how the case was handled by the police dept.  They immediately came out and said there was no evidence of foul play. Very cut and dried. Hence any news media (CNN, NYT, etc..) that called the police were told exactly that -- no evidence of foul play. I believe if the media was told Lori Klausutis had trauma to her forehead, the coverage would have been much different.


The police did not tell the media, until the autopsy results were released 6 weeks later, in one description, "the fall left a scratch and a bruise," Dr. Michael Berkland said, on her forehead -- another description from Berkland was,  "small bruise on the aide's head." Yeah, that small bruise is what killed her due to a blood clot.

Well, it doesn't take Barney Fife to figure out, that the police and
coroner were not honest.  Finding a dead aid in any US Congressman's office with any body trauma surely does indicate that there may have been foul play. What a legitimate police spokesman would say is, "more investigation is needed at this point to make any further comments."


Her autopsy results claimed she fainted from an unknown heart condition and struck her head on a desk. I do find it odd that a petite woman would die from falling, from the standing position, by hitting her head on a 30+"  high desk -- a 15" coffee table I'd easily believe. And to think, all Bush got after choking on that infamous pretzel, while in the sitting position, after hitting his coffee table, was a bruised cheek.


I haven't heard another person dying from hitting their head on a desk since Lori did, have you?


I could find no forensic evidence, in that FOIA I have, of that desk having Lori's DNA at the spot where her forehead impacted it. Basic evidence gathering overlooked? Or just sloppy police work? Or they forgot to give me that FOIA page(s)? It should have been in one of the many police reports.


Lori may well have died as concluded by the coroner with a disturbing background, or worse, some thug killed her and is walking free.


And, no, Jeb didn't hire the coroner. Another bogus claim. Berkland was employed by Okaloosa county over 3 years BEFORE Lori was found dead. And he was later dismissed by Okaloosa in 2003 for unrelated reasons. Where was Jeb to "save" Berkland's butt then?  Berkland appears to be incompetent. I lived in that area at the time and the politicians and police are on the level of Okey-Dokeyville -- not all, but most.


To answer your question on Lori's family -- I bet Lori's family saw what happened to Chandra Levy's family and wanted to avoid that.  It must have been hard enough for them to deal with the death of their lovely Lori, and surely is till this day. They deserve their privacy. They chose it that way.


Clip from the first news article on Lori's death: Scarborough flew from Washington, D.C. to Pensacola on Friday afternoon, but Serrano said that flight was planned before Klausutis' death. He said that the congressman typically flies home on weekends to spend time with his two sons.

Scarborough could not be reached for further comment.

Serrano said that Klausutis had suffered from health problems in the past. But he couldn't be more specific as to what those problems were.

The medical problems could explain her sudden death, police said. "That's part of our investigation, checking into her medical history," Hogue said.


I believe the kid glove treatment of Scarborough fueled the flames of him being implicated in her death -- oddly, he got what he asked for, a close out of the press, just not the results he wanted.




Just let Bar develop Alzheimer's, or the twins diabetes, and see how fast Bush changes his mind on stem cell research. -- Zing!





Rock-The-Voter News


Bush Stem Cell Vetoes Voters


A majority of Americans support research involving stem cells from human embryos, including providing federal funding for such research. Stem cell research gets less support from Republicans than from independents and Democrats, polling suggests.

Recent Gallup polling found that a majority of Americans say such research is morally acceptable and support federal funding for it.



"President Bush is quite a character. Whenever he gives a speech, he babbles like a neighbor you caught at the adult video store. But off-camera, he's kind of a casual, regular guy. He was talking to British Prime Minister Tony Blair and he didn't realize the microphone was on. They were talking about the situation in the Middle East and our president got caught saying the 's' word. .I am appalled. I want to urge all Americans to write a letter to the FCC demanding that this potty mouth be fined heavily and immediately." --Jimmy Kimmel



The New York Times has retracted its false story about Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)





A view of a combat vehicle from General Dynamics. The defense contractor on Wednesday said second-quarter profit rose on strong sales in all its business units. (Photo/General Dynamics)




Biz-Tech News

Unimpeded Power


President Bush personally blocked a Justice Department investigation of the anti-terror eavesdropping program that intercepts Americans' international calls and e-mails, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday.


Bush-Prison-Torture News



Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose name was leaked to the press, is now suing Vice President Dick Cheney for violating her constitutional rights. She's suing Dick Cheney! Is that smart? Even the guy Dick Cheney shot in the face isn't suing him and he's a lawyer! -- Jay Leno

Go-F*ck-Yourself News



“It was so hot down in Washington DC, Dick Cheney replaced his pacemaker with an icemaker.”  -- David Letterman

Odd News


Lightning strikes above the Luxor Hotel and Casino during a thunderstorm in Las Vegas, Nevada July 17, 2006. The Mandalay Bay Resort is at left. Photo/Steve Marcus