Thursday edition - July 3, 2008




US outgunned in Afghanistan
San Jose Mercury News,  USA - 7-3-08
WASHINGTON - The nation's top military officer said Wednesday that more US soldiers are needed in Afghanistan to tamp down an increasingly ...


Bush Officials Condoned Regional Iraqi Oil Deal
Washington Post - 7-3-08
Bush administration officials told Hunt Oil last summer that they did not object to its efforts to reach an oil deal with the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, even while the State Department was publicly expressing concern

Iraq bans pictures of non-candidates in vote
The Associated Press - 7-3-08
The ban is likely to have the greatest impact on al-Sadr, who has built a large following among disgruntled Shiites in Baghdad and southern Iraq who haven't


A recent poll found that more Americans would rather barbecue burgers with Barack Obama than with John McCain. Most Americans would still rather drink beer with President Bush, but only until he got drunk enough to shove into the pool. - Laughlines



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


"Russia does not have enemies and Putin is not going to start a war against the United States or any other country for that matter. Yet we see the United States approving a military budget and the defence secretary pledging to strengthen conventional forces because of the possibility of a war with China or Russia. I sometimes have a feeling that the United States is going to wage war against the entire world."
 -- Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet President, claiming the US military buildup risks leading to a new cold war with Russia



Racists are "afraid that the moment Obama takes that oath of office, he's immediately turning into (Flavor) Flav...And from now on there's gonna be Newports and grape drink served in the Rose Garden." - Robin Williams on "The Tonight Show," June 24



Disturbing News



President Bush says he’s considering sending more troops to Afghanistan. Bush planned to call it Operation Afghanistan Freedom until Dick Cheney pointed out that the initials are OAF. - Laughlines







Republican-Shenanigans News




$400 Million Propaganda Pill Popping Machine


Rush Limbaugh has a new deal to keep talking for another eight years and he'll get paid a pretty penny for it.

Make that loads of pennies, reportedly upwards of $38 million a year.

"This is exactly where I want to be, doing what I was born to do, with an amazing audience and phenomenal support from affiliate stations and sponsors," the conservative host said. "I'm having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have."




Subject: The New Democrats


Hi Lisa,

Obama should be 20 points ahead of McCain...instead he's running neck and neck with McCain.

This is not good and I asked myself why and started Googling.

I ran across this article

Destroying Hillary Clinton, 

which explains the deep division within the New Democrat party.

I am an Old Democrat who is very grateful to the Clintons for giving this country 8 years of relative peace and prosperity while enduring constant unwarranted investigations (Clintons were 10 million in debt when they left the White House) which ended in a president impeached for cheating on his wife. And Obama Democrats revived the GOP hatred of the Clintons, all the while the GOP sat back and laughed.

Now Obama has flip flopped on campaign financing, FISA, and disturbing to me, he supports expanding Bush's faith based programs and the death penalty. I'm wondering why I should vote for him other than to keep McCain from being president.

And that is what my vote has come down to, not pro Obama but anti-McCain.

America---what a country.

Thank you so much Lisa for being there for us. I can't thank you enough.




Thank you for writing.


I agree. Obama should be far ahead of McCain. My guess is that Obama hasn't sufficiently wooed the other half of the Democratic party, remember them -- the "bitter" Hillary supporters?


Obama has made one speech with Hillary since she suspended her campaign four weeks ago this Saturday. Not much of an effort to "woo" if you ask me.


Obama may have won the nomination but it was at a high cost and the polls seem to reflect that.


Anti-McCain votes count too! Good for you!



Barack Obama just announced an outreach program for faith-based groups. Does that include Chicago Cubs fans? - Laughlines




Rock-The-Voter News




Biz-Tech News



The Rich Keep Getting Richer



As supply fears helped set a new price record, Saudi Arabia's oil minister said Thursday that OPEC's dominant producer had no immediate plans to boost crude output because there was no need to do so....For now, "all our buyers are satisfied and happy," he told reporters on the fringes of the 19th World Petroleum Congress and against a backdrop of soaring oil prices that hit a trading record above US$145 a barrel.

Bush-Prison-Torture News


All Hat No Cattle CD review:


“Songs of the Bushmen” by Harry Shearer


Comedic actor, writer, director and musician Harry Shearer’s new CD lampooning the Bush administration is well worth checking out. And don’t just take our word for it.

The right wing already is recoiling with self-righteous horror at Shearer’s musical dissection of Dubya and his crew. Billboard ads for Shearer’s just-released “Songs of the Bushmen” have been refused by Clear Channel – the arch-conservative radio station and outdoor advertising conglomerate – because the CD cover features President Decider with a bone through his nose. How’s that for an endorsement?

To gauge political or cultural hot buttons here at All Hat No Cattle, we occasionally utilize the CAST Barometer (Conservatives Are Soiling Themselves): If the far right finds something particularly objectionable, it’s often because there is an intrinsic truth or some highly redeeming social value to the statement or issue. Using the CAST Barometer, “Songs of the Bushmen” registers 8.2 on a 10-point scale because it really pisses off neo-cons with some inconvenient truths.

Here are a few lyrical tidbits from Shearer’s tribute to Bush and his legacy.

A think tank did the counting
The numbers still could rise
Total what we were told before the war: 935 lies …
Couple hundred thousand Iraqis
Said their early goodbyes
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, thanks to 935 lies
-- selections from “935 Lies”, a bluesy piece (and our personal favorite) about the Bush Administration’s illegal war

He was the soul of loyalty
Wouldn’t even look at a drink
Now it’s the reward of royalty
Scooter’s skatin’ past the clink …

No cooler for the Scooter
In a way that was the point,
He’s still free to bend over
Scooter’s rescued from the joint
-- selections from “No Cooler for the Scooter”, a soft jazz rendition on the prison pardon granted to vice presidential hatchet man Scooter Libby after his felony conviction

Karen do they love us again?
Do they see Uncle Sam as their friend?
Does their heart swell with pride
Knowing God’s on our side?
Is the whole hatred thing on the mend?
-- from “Karen”, a lilting country ballad dedicated to former White House Communications Director Karen Hughes

“Songs of the Bushmen” contains seven other songs, each dedicated to a different player in the administration:
"Gym Buds" (Condoleeza Rice)
"Stuff Happens" (Donald Rumsfeld)
"Wolf on the Run" (Paul Wolfowitz)
"Turd Blossom Special" (former Karl Rove)
"Carrot Soup" (John Bolton)
"Who Is Yoo" (John Yoo)
"Smooth Moves" (Colin Powell)

“Songs of the Bushmen” was released July 1 by Courgette Records on digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon. The CD is a follow-up to Shearer’s release last year of “Songs Pointed and Pointless”, which was nominated for a Grammy for best comedy album. Although his latest musical effort seems headed for similar success, Shearer admits to a twinge of regret over the imminent departure of the Bush Administration because it will be “sorely missed by comedy writers everywhere.”



"Songs of the Bushmen."  See "935 Lies" here.



















About Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer is best known to millions worldwide over the past two decades because of his voice work on The Simpsons television show, in which he plays the characters Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Rev. Lovejoy and Scratchy.
The Los Angeles native entered the entertainment industry in his teens with guest appearances on TV shows including The Jack Benny Program, General Electric Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
In 1968, Shearer joined a news satire team at KRLA-AM called The Credibility Gap, which developed a strong fan following with comedy such as alternative live commentaries on the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. The Gap crew formed a band to play local clubs and eventually recorded a number of comedy albums.
In the early 1980s, Shearer and friends Michael McKean and Christopher Guest, along with director Rob Reiner, began to incubate an idea for a fake documentary about an aging heavy metal band. The resulting movie, This Is Spinal Tap, became the granddaddy of the “mockumentary” genre.
Shearer's other film credits include Real Life, The Right Stuff, Portrait of a White Marriage, The Fisher King, Godzilla, The Truman Show, Small Soldiers, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.
On TV, he has been a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live during two different time spans.
Theatrically, Shearer has collaborated with writer Tom Leopold and composer Peter Matz to create the book and lyrics for an original musical about J. Edgar Hoover titled J. Edgar!: The Musical. The play premiered at The Aspen Comedy Festival and currently is being developed for Broadway.
On radio, Shearer's one-hour satirical sandbox Le Show is heard weekly on stations worldwide.
In 2006, Shearer released his first novel, Not Enough Indians (Justin, Charles & Company). The book takes a darkly comic look at the proliferation of Native American gaming and what happens to a fictional town when it transforms into the sovereign nation of a long lost tribe. The critically acclaimed novel is also available in paperback and on tape.
In 2007, Shearer plunged into the on-line video universe when the Harry Shearer Channel became a cornerstone of My Damn Channel ( (, an entertainment studio and new media platform specifically created to empower artists to co-produce and distribute episodic video content. Each week a new political or pop culture satire written by and featuring Shearer is unveiled.


Go-F**k-Yourself News


Jesus Fireworks


“I think this year with the economy the way it is, people are going to stay home more, so they’re probably going to put more money into fireworks,” said Brenda Barnette who each year operates Fireworks for Jesus, a stand at the corner of Alabama highways 157 and 69 which raises money for her church, Spirit Life.


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