Thursday edition - July 6, 2006


Taiwan to test-fire missile: report
ABC News -7-6-06
Jul 6, 2006 — TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan plans to test-fire a missile capable of hitting China, alarming the island's main ally, the United States, a cable ...

North Korea vows to continue missile tests
Reuters -7-6-06
SEOUL - A defiant North Korea acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that it had launched several missiles, vowed to carry out more tests and threatened to use force if the international community tried to stop it..

Putin: Russia Shouldn't Be US Opponent
Washington Post -7-6-06
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia's role should not be to counter the United States, adding that Washington was "our principal ...


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North Korea has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it can, indeed, attack water. -- Grant Gerver





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


"We shouldn't fear a world that is more interacted."—George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 27, 2006.


Disturbing News



“I Miss Monica”…






Rush + OxyContin + Viagra = Freedom


Rush Limbaugh will not face criminal charges in Palm Beach County after authorities found he had a bottle of Viagra that was prescribed in his doctor's name, prosecutors said Wednesday...It is generally not illegal under Florida law for a physician to prescribe medication in a third party's name if all parties are aware and the doctor documents it correctly


Republican Shenanigans


Eisenhower on Illegal Immigration


General Eisenhower...quoted a report in The New York Times, highlighting one paragraph that said: "The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican 'wetbacks' to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government."


Rock-The-Voter News



Jeb Bush offers to send election "experts" to Mexico (wink, wink)  -- Grant Gerver




Bend Over and Kiss Your States' Rights Goodbye


A report last month from Representative Henry Waxman, Democrat of California, shows that since 2001 Congress has enacted 27 laws that pre-empt state authority in areas from air pollution to consumer protection.

The Bush administration is following Congress's lead — but in a quieter way that is likely to undermine states even more. Its strategy to block California limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from cars (which 10 other states plan to adopt) is a case in point. Since 1967, California has been allowed to set its own automotive pollution limits, subject to limited review by the Environmental Protection Agency. But this spring, the Department of Transportation stepped in by inserting into its new fuel-economy standards for light trucks a statement that the exclusive federal authority to set fuel-economy standards bars California's emissions limits




Biz-Tech News


Getting the Snow Job


Q One other quick question. What has been the President's reaction to the death of Ken Lay?

MR. SNOW: I really haven't talked to him about it. I'll give you my own personal reaction, which is when somebody dies you leave behind those who grieve and I think they deserve our compassion. But I don't know, what do you think would be the appropriate thing to say?

Q I don't know. I don't know him. The President was his friend, not me.

MR. SNOW: No, the President has described Ken Lay as an acquaintance, and many of the President's acquaintances have passed on during his time in office. Again, I think -- it's sort of an interesting question, but not answerable by me.


Bush-Prison-Torture News



Katherine Harris Loses More Voters


The Florida Cannabis Action Network staged a protest at the district office of U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, on Wednesday to speak out against Harris' recent vote against a bill that would have supported those states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.


Go-F*ck-Yourself News








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Odd News




In this photo provided by Jerry Patterson, a bear cub sits in a vintage red Buick convertible in a Lake Tahoe neighborhood, in Stateline, Nev on July 2, 2006. The bear drew a crowd of spectators as it munched on barbecue-chicken-and-jalapeno pizza in the back seat of the 1964 Buick Skylark. It also apparently washed it down with a swig of a Jack Daniel's mixer, an Absolut vodka and tonic, and a beer taken from a cooler, the vehicle's owner said. (Photo/Jerry Patterson via The Tahoe Daily Tribune)