Wednesday edition - July 5, 2006


North Korea tests 7th missile amid furor
Contra Costa Times, CA - 7-5-06
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea test-fired another missile Wednesday, intensifying the furor ignited when the reclusive regime launched at least six missiles ...


CIA folds bin Laden unit, reports say
Seattle Times, United States - 7-5-06
 NEW YORK — A CIA unit that had hunted for Osama bin Laden and his top deputies for a decade has been disbanded

Putin Says Russia Won’t Honor WTO Commitments If Not Accepted
MOSNEWS, Russia - 7-4-06
Russia will stop honouring its commitments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) if it is not accepted as a member of this global organization, Russian ...


Since both of North Korea's long range missiles failed -- is it time to clap?



"The Supreme Court ruled that President Bush over stepped his authority by ordering military trials for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Yeah, yeah, a setback. They also said that Bush overstepped his authority when he appointed Cap'n Crunch to be joint chief of staff.” -- Conan O'Brien



George Bush in "The Jerk"





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


Hunger Strikers


Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan began a hunger strike on Tuesday – and Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn and other stars are joining her in her "Troops Home Fast" protest...Sarandon, Penn, Danny Glover, Willie Nelson and the Rev. Al Sharpton will join communities across America on a "rolling fast," giving up food on designated days and encouraging others to fast with them on those days.

So far, more than
3,000 people from the U.S. and 18 other countries have signed up to join the fast.




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Ken Lay Dies At Vacation Home


Enron Corp. founder Ken Lay, who was convicted last month of fraud and conspiracy for his part in the Houston-based company's collapse into bankruptcy in 2001, has died of a heart attack at his vacation home in Colorado, a Houston television station reported on Wednesday.



Disturbing News


Clinton Still Draws Crowds

More than 3,000 people visited the Clinton Library next to downtown Little Rock on Tuesday, the Fourth of July.

Tuesday was the first time the Clinton library has been open on a major holiday. He says today's success will lead to more holiday events for the library.





Republican Shenanigans


Abuse of Power? Nah!


The environmental group Greenpeace has waged a long war against oil giant Exxon Mobil and in return, Greenpeace says, the company pulled strings and tried to get the Internal Revenue Service to pull the group's nonprofit status.

In Texas, a similar situation occurred after the group Texans For Public Justice went after Republican Tom DeLay.

These are just two examples of groups that say big money and the Republican political power structure in Washington are abusing their powers.



Hurricane season or campaign season: Which should we be more afraid of? -- Zing!





Top Ten Signs You're At A Bad Fireworks Display - David Letterman

10. What you call a fireworks display, the police call arson

9. Best part was when the bug zapper fell in the pool

8. Only celebrity they could get is the Geico lizard

7. Al Gore shuts it down because of atmosphere-warming sulfur emissions

6. It starts at noon

5. It's just a couple of guys yelling, "Ka-Boom!"

4. Finale of show: A stick of dynamite blows up your car

3. Fireworks form a colorful image of CNN personality Larry King

2. You're handed a program and a business card of several personal injury attorneys

1. When you complain that it's over after an underwhelming two minutes, your wife says, "Tell me about it"




Biz-Tech News



Unguarded Borders Pentagon PCs


The number of reported attempts to penetrate Pentagon computer networks rose sharply in the past decade, from fewer than 800 in 1996 to more than 160,000 last year - thousands of them successful. At the same time, the nation's ability to safeguard sensitive data in those and other government computer systems is becoming obsolete as efforts to make improvements have faltered and stalled.

Bush-Prison-Torture News




Mama MIA, Not the CIA!


Prosecutors said Wednesday they had arrested two Italian intelligence officers and were seeking four more Americans as part of an investigation into the alleged CIA kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Milan in 2003



Go-F*ck-Yourself News


 Bush Celebrates 60th Birthday/4th of July with World's Ugliest Cake

 Bush also celebrates tucking in his new Hawaiian shirt



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Odd News

A gopher tortoise moves towards the space shuttle Discovery, seen sitting on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 3, 2006. (Photo/Rick Wilking)