TGIF/Weekend edition - July 28-30, 2006
Rice shares ASEAN stage with furry green frogs
Iran's Role in Lebanon Conflict
Blair to visit Bush over Mideast turmoil
Too bad the Israelis and Lebanese people couldn't enjoy Condi's piano recital, but it would have been so hard to hear over the exploding of bombs.
Condi Rice refused to agree to a cease-fire in Lebanon at a summit in Rome Wednesday. She really stood her ground. If we have learned anything, it's that this administration stands for certain principles, and cease fire isn't one of them. ----comedian Argus Hamilton
32 Killed in Baghdad Blasts Los Angeles Times
4 die as mortars hit Iraq mosque CNN International
Salvadoran Soldier Killed in Iraq Attack on Halliburton Convoy Bloomberg
Up to 16 killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan Seattle Times
Hezbollah rocket hits deeper into Israel AP
Lebanon Official Says 600 Civilians Killed ABC News
5 Muslim nations call for end to fighting AP
Pentagon extends brigade's Iraq tour
Iraq, UN join forces to launch Compact to support peace ...
UN Troops Caught in Israel, Hezbollah Crossfire Los Angeles Times
Israelis, Lebanese Blog To Each Other As War Rages
3,500 troops expected to redeploy in Iraq to boost Baghdad ... San Jose Mercury News
Saddam Trial Adjourned Until Verdict in Mid-October Voice of America
500 Americans leave Beirut on last ship AP
15,000 extra Israeli troops as al-Qaeda steps in
Moscow snubs US to sell arms to Venezuela
You'd think that with all the disasters overtaking the world, Condi Rice would be far too busy to play Brahms or Shostakovich at a piano recital (and to do all the practicing essential to ensure a respectable performance.) But apparently Condi has some time on her hands:
Hey Condi, When They Asked You To Be A Hands-On Secretary of State, This Isn't What They Meant
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Like Rice, I'm a well
“Condi shops for couture on 9/11,” a hypothetical - By Margie Burns
Gayety Not Allowed
sergeant with vital Arabic language skills was expelled from the US army after
an investigation based on anonymous email rumours, it has been claimed.
Bleu Copas, 30, says his dismissal was unjust even within the terms of the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a compromise introduced by Bill Clinton in 1993 after he failed to lift the ban on gay people in the armed forces.
"You know Ann Coulter? She was on CNBC today and she said 'Bill Clinton is gay.' Please, just because she's the only woman on the planet he wouldn't have sex with doesn't make him gay." --Jay Leno
Hmm, Check the Photo and See the "Gesture"
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana (L) gestures as he chats with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the 13th ASEAN Regional Forum in Kuala Lumpur.
Pyongyang boycotts test talks The Age
Ministers desert sinking Somali government Business Day
Conservatives Without Conscience
John Dean, the White House lawyer who famously
helped blow the whistle on the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon
from office, says the country has returned to an "imperial presidency"
that is putting the United States and the world at risk.
In his new book, Conservatives Without Conscience, Dean looks at Republican-controlled Washington and sees a
"A Tomahawk cruise missile fell off a
truck in the Bronx this week. A cruise missile, isn't that unbelievable? You
know what that means? There are now more weapons of mass destruction in the
Bronx than there are in Iraq."
Ohio GOP chairman fires staff member, apologizes for Strickland ...
Congress divide jeopardizes pension bill Houston Chronicle
Where's Jeb's Influence?
When President Bush signed the military base
closing plan last year, Eglin Air Force Base looked like a winner with the
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter set to bring in 2,400 new jobs.
But local leaders and Gov. Jeb Bush's office now say they were misled into thinking the Base Realignment and Closure plan was the last word on major changes at the state's bases. They say were surprised when a plan to move up to 3,400 jobs from Eglin to California's Edwards Air Force Base quietly surfaced this month.
"Condoleezza Rice was in Rome and she visited the Vatican and all the priests were very happy to see her. And everybody kept asking her 'What's it like to be celibate?'." --David Letterman
Mike Palecek, former federal
prisoner for peace, small-town newspaper reporter, editor, publisher, and the
Iowa Democratic Party nominee for Congress, Fifth District, 2000 — will appear
on Arts Magazine on WBAI
Saw this on www.seriouskidding.com
An Anthem for Our Times:
"Oh, a storm is threatening
My very life today
If I dont get some shelter
Oh yeah, Im gonna fade away
War, children, its just a shot away
Its just a shot away
War, children, its just a shot away
Its just a shot away..." ~ from Mick & Keith's "Gimme Shelter"
Tie His Tubes
Mocked by comedian and host of "The Daily Show" Jon Stewart for calling the Internet a bunch of tubes, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Thursday he is open to appearing on the popular cable television program for a rebuttal...."I have a letter from a big scientist who said I was absolutely right in using the word 'tubes,'" he told reporters. However,Stevens said he had not been invited to appear on the show to respond.
Stem Cell Advocates Regroup Washington Post
Sheehan's group buys land in Crawford San Jose Mercury News
SOS: John Bolton on a Shingle for sale on ebay!
click on picture
U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris demanded an apology
Thursday from Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean, who during a speech this
week likened the senatorial candidate to former Soviet ruler Joseph
Stalin...Dean said in Wednesday's speech that Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson
is "going to beat the pants off Katherine Harris,
who didn't understand that it is ethically improper to be the chairman of a
campaign and count the votes at the same time. This is not Russia and she is
New World Order: CHAOS, MURDER, & MAYHEM -- Grant Gerver
Oil hovers near $75, Nigeria outage Mining Weekly, South Africa
Where will big oil's big profits go? Christian Science Monitor
Metro to Buy 85 Wal-Mart Stores in Germany Lakeland Ledger
Home sales slow as housing market cools Miami Herald, FL
US probes deal to stall generic drug Boston Globe
3 guilty in brutal Xbox slayings St. Petersburg Times
Threats against federal judges are on a
record-setting pace this year, nearly 18 months after the family of a
federal judge was killed in Chicago...The most notable change that grew
out of last year's killings was the decision by Congress to set aside $12
million to install security systems in judges' homes.
About 1,700 judges have asked for the home alarms. Fewer than a third of those, about 500, have received them.
Court Wants More Guantanamo Arguments Washington Post
"How 'bout that Saddam Hussein? I'm beginning to think the guy's wacky. He announced that if he's found guilty he would like to be shot. Sounds like a job for Cheney." --David Letterman
Photo sent in by Susan S.
Take a Bite Out of Brownie
A Mississippi congressman hit back at Michael Brown on Thursday after the former FEMA director described him as "that little twerp."... For that little twerp to claim I didn't recognize death and suffering - he can just bite me, for all I care."
Dick Cheney's Lesbian Daughter Huffington Post, NY
The Weather Channel reported Wednesday that the United States was experiencing its hottest July in recorded history. The national weather map looks like an orange hunting vest. We may be frying alive but at least we're safe from Dick Cheney.---- comedian Argus Hamilton
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'Miss Cicciona' : A contestant (not an Italian sausage) takes part in the 18th beauty contest "Miss Cicciona", held every year at Forcoli near Pisa in Tuscany. (Photo/Tiziana Fabi)
Wishes for a peaceful weekend