Wednesday edition - July 23, 2008





A Private, Blunter Bush Declares, ‘Wall Street Got Drunk’
New York Times, United States - 7-23-08
But Mr. Bush offered a far blunter assessment last week at a closed Republican fund-raiser in Houston: “Wall Street got drunk.

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Congress Pursues $80 Oil With Trading Limits, Disclosure Rules
Bloomberg - 7-23-08
``Americans are being taken advantage of not only by OPEC but by speculators right here in our own country,'' says Senator Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican

Iraqi PM pitches reconstruction work to German firms
AFP - 7-23-08
BERLIN (AFP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki expressed confidence Wednesday that German companies would decide "in the coming days" to head back to


Bush will ride mountain bike with American athletes in Olympic opening ceremony  - Grant Gerver,



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

Blackwater Update


The world over, guns for hire are known as "Blackwater guys" — and that's the reason Blackwater Worldwide wants to move beyond the business of private security contracting.

But Blackwater's breakneck growth in the past decade has come largely from successfully protecting the nation's top diplomats on the world's most volatile streets. The company has earned more than $1 billion since 2001 in government contracts, much of it providing security and protective services for U.S. diplomats working in Iraq.



McCain is hopping mad that the surge that he backed, and Obama resisted, has now set the stage for the Bush puppet Maliki to agree with Obama’s exit strategy...It doesn’t work for McCain — and his foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger — to keep insisting that timetables will lead to defeat.

The Angry One can try to paint The One as having bad judgment. But who is being advised by Kissinger, the man who helped keep us in Vietnam and get us into Iraq?
- Maureen Dowd, NYT




Disturbing News

 Iraq Looks to Iranian Tourism!


The opening of a new airport Sunday in the southern city of Najaf is expected to help boost the number of religious pilgrims, mostly Iranians, visiting Shiite shrines to 1 million this year, double the number that came in 2007.





I like that John McCain. He looks like the guy they’d send out to the mound to settle down a young pitcher. - David Letterman







Republican-Shenanigans News


McCain volunteer speaks out CNN Video



President Bush spoke with the U.S. Olympic team at the White House Monday before they took off for China. The athletes were warned that their BlackBerrys could be copied, their cell phones could be tapped, and their hotel rooms could be searched. This is the last time they stay in a hotel President Bush reserves for them. - Argus Hamilton




Rock-The-Voter News


Texas Ranger Chuck Norris has just joined the McCain campaign. Just what the candidate needed: a Walker. Laugh Lines


Obama Press Told To Cover Up


Reporters traveling overseas with Sen. Barack Obama were thrown a bit of curve last week when the campaign emailed a “dress code” for Israel and Jordan. Aides had passed along as a courtesy the list that they had distributed to their staff to follow.

But some of the tips raised a few eyebrows, particularly among the female reporters.






Alaska Approves Natural Gas Pipeline


The Alaska State House of Representatives has approved a state license for a Canadian company to pursue a natural gas pipeline project that could unlock 4.5 billion cubic feet of North Slope gas reserves daily.

Biz-Tech News


Talk about bad luck: I just replaced tomatoes in my diet with jalapenos. - Grant Gerver,




Norway Upset At Gas Taxes


In Norway, many motorists are up in arms over why they have to pay the highest petrol (gasoline) prices in Europe when the country is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter and a recent tax hike has done little to cool tempers.


Bush-Prison-Torture News




A new study says that Viagra may help arouse women who are taking antidepressants, presumably because their husbands are taking Viagra. - Laugh Lines


Go-F**k-Yourself News


'Vanity Fair' gives the McCains a 'New Yorker' cover treatment
USA Today 




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“In San Francisco, a 75-year-old woman came out of retirement to start a new career as a stripper. 75 years old. See, that's when you know we got to do something about Social Security, okay?” - Jay Leno



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Odd News



The new China Central Television headquarters building is seen in Beijing Thursday July 17, 2008. The building consists of two angled towers connected at the top to form a continuous loop of horizontal and vertical sections. The spectacular 230 meter (755 foot) building, one of Beijing's tallest, will house more than 10,000 staff. The building is one of a series of landmarks, notable for their futuristic design, that will greet visitors to the Olympics Games, which open Aug. 8.
Photo/Greg Baker