TGIF/Weekend edition - July 7-9, 2006
Colin Powell taken ill at Clinton dinner
supervisor at the hospital, where former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay
was rushed to and pronounced dead early Wednesday, refused to
Lay's death likely to erase his convictions
Question mark over Lay’s $43m stash
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
Daily Look at US Military Deaths in Iraq Washington Post
Iraqi soldiers and Shiite gunmen clash, leaving seven dead Providence Eyewitness News, RI
Mini-bus bomb kills 12 in southern Iraq
Coalition soldier, eight Taliban fighters killed Globe and Mail
Australia clears soldiers over Iraq shooting Reuters.uk, UK
Ex-soldier pleads not guilty in Iraq rape case
N. Korea tests come amid US troop drawdown Seattle Post Intelligencer
N. Korea may have another missile at site AP
US officials deny Venezuelan leader's claim of possible invasion Houston Chronicle
Budget woes hit Army posts nationwide AP
US war veterans have tough time finding jobs: survey AFP
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
Explosion in Northern China Kills 43
"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.
Judge: DeLay's name to remain on ballot Fort Worth Star Telegram
Katherine Harris alleges Nelson took illegal money for campaign Orlando Sentinel, FL
State's hiring of lobbyists needs clearer guidelines, report says Fort Worth Star Telegram
When the going on the Korean Peninsula gets tough, the tough go on a doughnut run
Mexico has electronic voting with a paper trail, but Florida can't manage to do it? -- Zing!
Clinton, Rove visit Colorado to raise funds Rocky Mountain News
Deal on Sales Tax Ends Shutdown in New Jersey
Davis: Scandal touches Smith
Harris defends her small-town strategy Bradenton Herald
General Electric tops corporate list of spenders Boston Globe
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
Limbaugh's Dominican Stag Party
The Smoking Gun
Oil hits record high Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom
June`s job creation strikingly weak Monsters and Critics.com
'Google' joins 'Xerox' as a verb CNET News.com
EBay disallows use of Google checkout MarketWatch
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.--
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 Whitecrosstake a no-frills approach that creates a disturbing picture of political wrongdoing.
House issues subpoena in Abu Ghraib case Albuquerque Tribune
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.
"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
Washington residents want to impeach Bush-Cheney Greater New Milford Spectrum
Fairfax council votes to oust Bush and Cheney Marin Independent-Journal
"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
Putin explains controversial kiss online
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)