Monday edition - July 31, 2006
Iranian president: Lebanese crisis makes Tehran
Iraq's Vice President Criticizes Israel
Gee, which is worse, holding hands with the Saudis or Fidel?
Blair fails to see humor in Bush's dog-toy gift. In an effort to silence his critics once-and-for-all, a proudly defiant Tony Blair chirps, "I have never been Bush's poodle! At the very least, I am his Doberman."-- Grant Gerver
Seven killed in fresh Iraq violence Irish Examiner, Ireland
Gunmen kidnap 25 people at central Baghdad company Reuters Canada
Israel suspends air strikes after 37 children die Scotsman, United Kingdom
Troops in Iraq counting down the days until home leave San Jose Mercury News
Report on Prewar Intelligence Lagging
Arizona lawmaker to serve in Iraq
International oil firms ready to invest in Iraq: minister Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates
Audit Finds US Agency Hid Cost Overruns in Iraq Reconstruction ... Voice of America
Japan Celebrates Safe Return of All Troops from Iraq
Iraq pushes for international aid Denver Post, CO
"President Bush has been very clear that, through his leadership, he has made the world safer. My question to you is simply this: how much safer can the world afford to have him make us?" --Daily Show host Jon Stewart to Sen. John McCain (Watch video clip)
A federal grand jury
investigating leaks of classified information has summoned a former National
Security Agency officer who says he talked to reporters about the agency's
warrantless eavesdropping program....In response to the subpoena, Tice said,
"This latest action by the government is designed only for one purpose: to
ensure that people who witness criminal action being committed by the government
are intimidated into remaining silent."
AT&T says in the second quarter their profits increased by 81%. 81%. So apparently, the government is paying them to listen to our phone calls. -- Jay Leno
Rx for War: Full-strength "911 Truth" Panel on C-SPAN, Tues. 6-8 pm -EDT
grand slam," panelist Webster Tarpley calls the surprise fourth showing of the
landmark Los Angeles American Scholars Symposium on "9/11 and the Neo-Con
Agenda." CSPAN will broadcast it again on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:10 PM Eastern
Time on Cable TV.
Currently the show may also be viewed online from the "Recent shows" archive, or live via the CSPAN1 "Live Stream" link on Tuesday, at http://www.c-span.org. It is also on google video, http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5004704309041471296.
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The Passion of Mel
A day after being busted for drunken driving, Mel Gibson apologized yesterday for getting behind the wheel while "inebriated" and said he was "deeply ashamed" of the "despicable" things he said in an abusive rant to cops... "F------ Jews. Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," --Mel Gibson when stopped for a DUI
Jewish groups call for hate-crime probe on Mel Gibson Scotsman, United Kingdom
Did Cops Cover-Up Mel Gibson Tirade? CBS News
Israeli bomber seen circling Mel Gibson's Malibu estate. -- Grant Gerver
Subject: Very good question
The Israelis are still waiting for the Messiah. And right wing Christians are still waiting for Armageddon. Oy vey, give it up, already!
Maybe the question should be -- What isn't religious about these wars?
Bush methodically laid the groundwork for these Holy Wars
Gore v Bush 2000 Debate: Bush -- "Jesus is my favorite political philosopher."
Bush's post 9-11 speech that Muslims around the world heard, too -- "This crusade, this war on terrorism is gonna take awhile."
Pissed off the Middle East/World invading Iraq -- and now Beirut is pretty much demolished while Bush twiddles his thumbs
What's next? Will Bush tell us to prepare for the rapture by giving our worldly goods to our local church?
No wonder our forefathers created the phrase "separation of church and state."
Of course, Mel Gibson did give us a little humor with his Academy Award performance of an inebriated Nazi.
This saga continues...
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
Rove Spinning His Spin
"There are practitioners of politics who hold that voters are dumb, ill-informed and easily misled, that voterscan be manipulated by a clever ad or smart line," Rove said
Democrat Bombs as Comedian
"I enjoy cocaine because it's a fun thing to do. ... I enjoy the company of prostitutes for the following reasons: it's a fun thing to do. ... If you combine the two together it's probably even more fun." --Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), in an interview with Stephen Colbert (Watch video clip)
Meanwhile, back to Osama
"He made a
similar proposal to the Europeans. He warned them and gave them six
months," Abu Jandal says. "When there was no response, he started with the
Madrid bombing, then London. So I believe Osama bin Laden is planning a
new attack inside the United States. This is certain."
Asked if he is sure Osama is preparing a new attack, Abu Jandal said, "When Sheikh Osama promises something, he does it."
Abu Jandal hasn't seen bin Laden since the summer of 2000, but he says there is no question as to where he is hiding: Afghanistan.
'If you're a United States senator, unless you're under indictment or detoxification you can automatically consider yourself a candidate for president of the United States,'"Sen. John McCain said.
The White House was urged by
conservatives to attack Iran as the Middle East war worsened Friday.
Evangelical preachers are the most upset. Lately when they tell their
congregations that the end is near, it doesn't get the laugh it once did.
comedian Argus Hamilton
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Russian pipeline breach no threat to environment - ministry RIA Novosti
Conflicting reports on Russian oil spill Houston Chronicle
Russian WTO Entry Unlikely Before 2008 Chief Negotiator
Euro Static Against US Dollar MSN Money
Wal-Mart`s Chinese workers unionizing Monsters and Critics.com
Japan auto production increases overseas AP
Verizon Wireless to end music download fee AP
China shuts blog by Tibetan author that wished Dalai Lama happy birthday AFP
As a shock tactic,
a national group that opposes abortion plans to fly a billboard-size
picture of an aborted fetus over Cleveland beginning Monday.
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, which frequently employs such attention-grabbing advertising, hopes to jar people into reconsidering their support of abortion, director Gregg Cunningham said.
NYPD's hostage negotiator helps train Gitmo staff New York Daily News, NY
But alas, there is some GOOD news amidst all the darkness: Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock have tied the knot. I can't wait for the consummation video. --Grant Gerver
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