TGIF/Weekend edition - July 7-9, 2006


Colin Powell taken ill at Clinton dinner
CNN International - 7-7-06
...Colin Powell was briefly hospitalized early Friday after he fell ill at a restaurant where he was dining with former President Clinton and others ...

A nursing supervisor at the hospital, where former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay was rushed to and pronounced dead early Wednesday, refused to comment.


Lay's death likely to erase his convictions, VT - 7-7-06
By Kristen Hays. HOUSTON -- The death of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay will likely cause his conviction to be erased from the record, experts said Thursday. ...

Question mark over Lay’s $43m stash
Business Day - 7-7-06
HOUSTON - Ken Lay’s sudden death on Wednesday will scuttle US prosecutors’ bid to seize $43,5m they charged the former CE earned through illegal acts at Enron, legal experts said.


I love the smell of a good conspiracy in the morning - and in Aspen of all places. FYI: Hunter S. Thompson was found dead last year in his Aspen area home from an apparent suicide.



The White House reacted calmly and rationally to North Korea's missile tests and decided to let the U.N. Security Council handle it. The peace-loving nations of the world had no choice but to reach one conclusion. President Bush is on Prozac.-- Argus Hamilton






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


Ken Lay Cremation


Family and friends will begin paying their last respects to former Enron Chairman Ken Lay at a private service here Sunday, followed by another gathering in Houston next Wednesday.

Lay, who died early Wednesday in Colorado after a heart attack, wished to be cremated and have his ashes buried in Aspen


Disturbing News


"A new poll shows that 66% of Americans think President Bush is doing a poor job on the War in Iraq. And the remaining 34% think Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs to church." --Tina Fey






What Does A Wild Boar, A Jet Full of Spies and 12 Million Euro Have In Common?


Officials in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are feverishly preparing for a visit by US President George Bush next week. A local hunter is trying to shoot the perfect wild boar for the event and 12,000 police and a jet full of Secret Service agents have descended on the area. Most residents, however, are worried about the €12-million security costs.

Republican Shenanigans



When the going on the Korean Peninsula gets tough, the tough go on a doughnut run

President Bush, making his first public remarks since North Korea test-fired seven missiles in open defiance of the United States, boarded his motorcade yesterday for an unannounced trip to a doughnut shop in Alexandria -- to talk about immigration.




Mexico has electronic voting with a paper trail, but Florida can't manage to do it? -- Zing!


Rock-The-Voter News


Events Shared on July 6 -  Birthday of George W. Bush


1535 - Sir Thomas More, author of Utopia and one time Lord Chancellor of England, is executed for treason by King Henry VIII after refusing to agree to Henrys' decision to separate the English church from the Roman Catholic church.


1777 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Ticonderoga: Due to a bombardment by British artillery under General John Burgoyne, American forces retreat from Fort Ticonderoga, New York.


2003 - Joseph Wilson, who wrote a July 6 piece in The New York Times disputing President Bush's claim that,  “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. ” Wilson has said his wife's identity as a CIA agent was leaked as retribution.





"He knew who I was, at that time, because I had a reputation as a writer. I knew he was part of the Bush dynasty. But he was nothing, he offered nothing, and he promised nothing. He had no humor. He was insignificant in every way and consequently I didn't pay much attention to him. But when he passed out in my bathtub, then I noticed him. I'd been in another room, talking to the bright people. I had to have him taken away." -Hunter S. Thompson on meeting George W Bush at Thompson's Super Bowl party in Houston in 1974




"President Bush's approval ratings have taken somewhat of a dive. A senior slump, if you will. Leading President Bush to one conclusion: He is the only one who realizes what a great job he's been doing." --Jon Stewart


Rush Limbaugh's Dominican Stag Party
The Smoking Gun




Biz-Tech News



Rush Limbaugh learned Wednesday he won't have to face charges for possession of Viagra without a prescription. The story has a happy and charitable ending. He is donating the pills to North Korea to help get their missile program off the ground.-- Argus Hamilton


Guantanamo - The Movie


In their examination of the treatment of three young British Muslims who end up incarcerated at Guantanamo as Taliban terrorists, directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross take a no-frills approach that creates a disturbing picture of political wrongdoing.


Bush-Prison-Torture News


Bush Says No To Canada



For the Americans, it was a bit of harmless fun. For the Canadians, it was another reminder of how little interest Americans have in them.

Just minutes earlier, Harper had pleaded with Bush and Congress to reverse a plan to require that travelers between the two countries have a passport rather than the usual driver's license. "If the fight for security ends up meaning that the United States becomes more closed to its friends, then the terrorists have won," Harper urged -- in French and English.

Bush could not be very encouraging.
"We are responding to congressional law," he replied, neglecting to mention that he signs the laws.





"Every GOP administration since 1952 has let the Military-Industrial Complex loot the Treasury and plunge the nation into debt on the excuse of a wartime economic emergency. Richard Nixon comes quickly to mind, along with Ronald Reagan and his ridiculous 'trickle-down' theory of U.S. economic policy. If the Rich get Richer, the theory goes, before long their pots will overflow and somehow 'trickle down' to the poor, who would rather eat scraps off the Bush family plates than eat nothing at all. Republicans have never approved of democracy, and they never will. It goes back to pre industrial America, when only white male property owners could vote." -- Hunter S. Thompson


Go-F*ck-Yourself News


"President Bush said that Bill Clinton has become so close to his father, he is like a brother. Which is great because it gives the first President Bush the smart son he never had." --Jay Leno



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In this photograph provided by the Smithsonian Institution, National Zoo Veterinarian Carlos Sanchez, right, uses an eye scope to examine a Sumatran tiger cub held by Animal Keeper Jeanne Minor Thursday, July 6, 2006 in Washington. Three tiger cubs one male and two females were born at the National Zoo May 24, 2006. The 6-week-old cubs received their first round of vaccinations during Thursdays medical exam. (Photo/ National Zoo, Jessie Cohne)