Wednesday edition - July 26, 2006
No Agreement on Mideast Cease-Fire
Rice Pressured to Call for Mideast Truce
Desperate refugees try to flee Lebanon's war zone
Well, we now know for sure -- exercise and vacations have not made Bush a better president or Condi a better Secretary of State.
Condoleezza Rice flew to Beirut and
met with Lebanese and Israeli and Syrian diplomats all week to try to stop the
war and bring peace to the region. Neither Syria or Lebanon or Israel has any
oil. Every now and then we take on charity cases.----
At least 25 civilians dead in ongoing Iraqi violence (Roundup) Monsters and Critics.com, UK
US, Iraqi troops to go to Baghdad 'in fairly good numbers': Rumsfeld AFP
Iraqi forces ill-equipped for west Baghdad battlefields AFP
Turmoil follows Iraq's new leader San Francisco Chronicle
Saddam Hussein: if I'm Convicted Shoot Me Forbes
Ancient statue looted in Iraq is returned AP
Many Americans stuck in southern Lebanon AP
Families of British soldiers killed in Iraq win key court victory AFP
as some see mayhem and chaos in the violence, Rice sees chaos and makes 'mayhemade'
[on screen: Rice saying, 'What we're seeing here, in a sense, is the growing
birth pangs of a new Middle East']. Birth pangs? Yes, I believe today's
contraction took out a city block." --Jon Stewart
New site - funny!
Heavy News - Retarding Citizens Daily
Subject: Stem cells vs whole people
If stem cell research
can use embryos that will be destroyed anyway, then why not use them? I think I
know why the Bush administration says not to, contrary to what they say...
First, there is a huge profiteering business in disease treatments and drug sales. Anyone who stands to profit largely from that industry might be tempted to think twice about allowing cures to be developed that could put them out of business. I've heard that there have been cures for cancer that have been destroyed and buried by "Big Medicine" just to keep it from taking away their profits. And there are herbal treatments for cancer that the AMA refuses to endorse. So, it seems to me that there must be medical profiteers that want to resist stem cell research because of the promise of curing diseases with it.
Second, the twist of the truth here is really quite clear. All that is needed to prevent stem cell research from encroaching on otherwise good and promising childbirth is laws that restrict its use to embryos that would be discarded anyway. In that case, no one has to die just to make scientific research possible. But Mr. Bush would have us think we are descending on the dark ages of medicine again when stem cell research is in fact just the opposite. AND these are embryos we are talking about, Mr. Snow-job, NOT fetuses! There is quite a bit of difference.
Ok, I don't know exactly where life really begins, but if there are lots of living people today whose suffering can be eliminated by stem cell research, then why not put those discarded embryos to good use? Perhaps the host of one of those embryos will be told in Heaven some day that he/she helped bring about the ultimate eradication of the AIDS virus. Maybe.
Thanks for writing Jim.
Goodbye West Wing, Hello Right Wing
ABC reportedly has huge hopes for a new series to air this fall called "Brothers & Sisters," which will follow the hit "Desperate Housewives" on the schedule. Calista Flockhart, best known as Ally McBeal, plays a conservative radio host turned TV pundit. ...Asked to describe the pundit, producer Ken Olin (formerly a star of “Thirty Something’) said, "She's not Ann Coulter. She's not insane."
Coulter Comes Out Against Gay Clinton Marriage
President Bush signed a law forcing
condo and homeowner associations to permit the display of the American flag.
It's all politics. It helps the Republicans' get-out-the-vote efforts when you
can see from the sidewalk where the Republicans live. ---- comedian
Bayh bucks party to vote for bill limiting abortions Indianapolis Star
DC Jury Duty
Even the bigwigs get the call for jury duty. Monday was looking like a dull day for the jury pool in DC Superior Court until two names were called - Karl Rove and Madeleine Albright.
"This Friday, 'American Idol' winner
Taylor Hicks will go to the White House to meet with President Bush. That's
pretty cool, isn't it? Imagine an awkward Southern guy, who nobody thought could
win anything, sitting down with the 'American Idol,' Taylor Hicks." --Jay
Coulter Dropped by 'Augusta Chronicle' Over 'Stridency'
"Happy Birthday to Senator Bob Dole.
Bob Dole turned 83 on Saturday. Bob said today every year is a little harder for
him, thanks to Viagra."
The National Review magazine said
Monday conservatives are favoring Newt Gingrich for president. He talks before
he thinks, and he left his second wife for his office intern. Stand-up comics
are lighting candles and sacrificing goats to make it happen.
---- comedian Argus Hamilton
Oil Prices Nearly Flat MSN Money
Texas, Illinois Vie for Clean Coal Plant MSN Money
Apple's two-button mouse loses its tail CNET News.com
Hands Free E-mail While Driving Wired News
"Saddam Hussein has been on a hunger strike for seventeen days. They had to nurse him back to health with a feeding tube to get him healthy enough so he can go back on trial. And then be put to death. It is an odd thing. Two years ago, we were dropping ten thousand pound bombs on the guy. Now we're feeding him nutrients through a tube. No wonder he's confused." --Jimmy Kimmel
Saw it at www.democraticunderground.com
Are These the Same People Who Put the Horse's Ass in the White House?
New York authorities are investigating the discovery a
severed horse's head in a councilwoman's swimming pool.
Police in Wawayanda, N.Y., said the head was found Tuesday and is being treated as a threat against Councilwoman Gail Soro. A spokesman said she's been harassed before.
White House Bill Proposes System to Try Detainees
Floyd Landis cruised into Paris Sunday
to win the Tour de France. He is from a strict Pennsylvania Mennonite family. It
was an especially impressive feat when you consider that during the last stage
of the race he stopped to erect a barn.
---- comedian Argus Hamilton
Cheney visit provides some fodder for Baxley campaign The Decatur Daily, AL
The demand for air conditioning caused a power outage in Santa Monica that crashed MySpace for eighteen hours. Law enforcement officials said it was the safest teenage girls have been in twenty years. -- Jay Leno
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Cache of artifacts found in Jamestown well AP
Man accused of shoving phone down throat AP
Homeless Man Rewarded $4,000 for Honesty
Inmate includes own name in bomb, anthrax threats Reuters
Ill. man attempts to cross U.S. on ATV AP
A keeper measures a newly-born panda cub at the Wolong Giant Panda Protection Center, in China's southwest Sichuan province, Monday, July 24, 2006. A 16-year-old panda named Bai Xue gave birth to the 160-gram female cub on July 22. The panda cub was the first to be born at the Wolong center this year. (Photo/Color China)