Monday edition - July 7, 2008





Bush, Medvedev Agree on Iran, Not Missile Defense
Voice of America - 7-7-08
US President George Bush and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev say they are united in trying to convince Iran to stop enriching uranium...


Veterans could be the swing vote
Seattle Times - 7-7-08
But this time, Republican vets are angry, and, if my research is correct, things are about to change. This research suggests veterans are becoming increasingly alienated from the American political system, especially the Republican Party,

Al Qaeda not in Iraq but in Pakistan, says lawmaker
Economic Times, India - 7-6-08
WASHINGTON: An influential Democratic lawmaker who backs Senator Barack Obama for the Presidency has said the al Qaeda is not...


27% of Americans will use Stimulus Payment to buy siphoning equipment - Grant Gerver,


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

BushThink: What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You


Only about a dozen reporters are currently embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq -- a shockingly low number. The latest is Scott Hadly of the Ventura County (Ca.) Star, who arrived in-country on Thursday, along with a freelance photographer.

Awaiting his first mission, he sent back from Baghdad a blog posting to his paper about another freelance photog, Zoriah Miller, who has been kicked out of his own embed after he published on his blog a photo of a dead U.S. Marine. The military says this violated embed rules. Miller says he took every step possible to guarantee that the Marine could not be identified in any way, and that left him within the rules.


Condoleezza Rice told Judy Woodruff Friday that she is proud of the decision to invade Iraq. The interview aired all weekend. July Fourth is a day when Democrats drink beer, Republicans drink Scotch, and the Bush administration drinks the Kool-Aid. - Argus Hamilton





Disturbing News

Joe Wilson Was Right Five Years Ago and Is Still Right Today


So much has been said and written about the outing of former CIA operative Valerie Plame -- and the cast of characters that swirled around it, from Judith Miller to Karl Rove -- that today, on the fifth anniversary of how it all began, it seems proper to quote the first lines of the fateful Joseph C. Wilson IV op-ed in the July 6, 2003 edition of The New York Times:

"Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq? Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat."


As a result of the Supreme Court ruling about detainees’ legal rights, the White House is trying to scare the public with statements like this one from press secretary Dana Perino: “I’m sure that none of us want Khalid Sheikh Mohammed walking around our neighborhoods.” Wait a minute. Now that the Supreme Court has also ruled we can all own handguns, walking around our neighborhoods is EXACTLY where we want him.  - Laugh Lines










Republican-Shenanigans News


Glenn Beck on how the US should treat Gitmo detainees: We’re going to shoot them all in the head


Yo From The  YoYo


U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday kept up his tradition of informal relations with fellow world leaders by summoning Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a brusque "Yo Harper!"





Rock-The-Voter News

GOP: Locked and Loaded


Barack Obama has proved to be a difficult target to hit — just ask Hillary Rodham Clinton. Opposition researchers, though, hope that they’ve found a weapon to wound Obama in his own voice as recorded for the Grammy Award-winning audio version of his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father.”



A Sacramento couple has been threatened with a $746 fine after they let their lawn die in an attempt to save water during Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s statewide drought emergency. Luckily, they’ll be able to easily pay the fine by selling the gas still in the lawn mower they don’t use anymore.  - Laugh Lines





Biz-Tech News


Federal Reserve officials have been delighted to announce that, owing to the low dollar, China is pouring millions of dollars into the United States. They are somewhat less thrilled about the name the Chinese are giving it: foreign aid. - Laugh Lines


This should be my license plate!




Bush-Prison-Torture News


Go-F**k-Yourself News


Larry Harmon, the longest-running Bozo the Clown, is dead at 83. Over 300 fellow clowns attended his memorial service. They all got out of the same car.- Laugh Lines





All Hat No Cattle CD review:

“Songs of the Bushmen” by Harry Shearer


Comedic actor, writer, director and musician Harry Shearer’s new CD lampooning the Bush administration is well worth checking out. And don’t just take our word for it.

The right wing already is recoiling with self-righteous horror at Shearer’s musical dissection of Dubya and his crew. Billboard ads for Shearer’s just-released “Songs of the Bushmen” have been refused by Clear Channel – the arch-conservative radio station and outdoor advertising conglomerate – because the CD cover features President Decider with a bone through his nose. How’s that for an endorsement?

To gauge political or cultural hot buttons here at All Hat No Cattle, we occasionally utilize the CAST Barometer (Conservatives Are Soiling Themselves): If the far right finds something particularly objectionable, it’s often because there is an intrinsic truth or some highly redeeming social value to the statement or issue. Using the CAST Barometer, “Songs of the Bushmen” registers 8.2 on a 10-point scale because it really pisses off neo-cons with some inconvenient truths.

Here are a few lyrical tidbits from Shearer’s tribute to Bush and his legacy.
A think tank did the counting
The numbers still could rise
Total what we were told before the war: 935 lies …
Couple hundred thousand Iraqis
Said their early goodbyes
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, thanks to 935 lies
-- selections from “935 Lies”, a bluesy piece (and our personal favorite) about the Bush Administration’s illegal war

He was the soul of loyalty
Wouldn’t even look at a drink
Now it’s the reward of royalty
Scooter’s skatin’ past the clink …

No cooler for the Scooter
In a way that was the point,
He’s still free to bend over
Scooter’s rescued from the joint
-- selections from “No Cooler for the Scooter”, a soft jazz rendition on the prison pardon granted to vice presidential hatchet man Scooter Libby after his felony conviction

Karen do they love us again?
Do they see Uncle Sam as their friend?
Does their heart swell with pride
Knowing God’s on our side?
Is the whole hatred thing on the mend?
-- from “Karen”, a lilting country ballad dedicated to former White House Communications Director Karen Hughes

“Songs of the Bushmen” contains seven other songs, each dedicated to a different player in the administration:
"Gym Buds" (Condoleeza Rice)
"Stuff Happens" (Donald Rumsfeld)
"Wolf on the Run" (Paul Wolfowitz)
"Turd Blossom Special" (former Karl Rove)
"Carrot Soup" (John Bolton)
"Who Is Yoo" (John Yoo)
"Smooth Moves" (Colin Powell)

“Songs of the Bushmen” was released July 1 by Courgette Records on digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon. The CD is a follow-up to Shearer’s release last year of “Songs Pointed and Pointless”, which was nominated for a Grammy for best comedy album. Although his latest musical effort seems headed for similar success, Shearer admits to a twinge of regret over the imminent departure of the Bush Administration because it will be “sorely missed by comedy writers everywhere.”



"Songs of the Bushmen."  See it here.



About Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer is best known to millions worldwide over the past two decades because of his voice work on The Simpsons television show, in which he plays the characters Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Rev. Lovejoy and Scratchy.
The Los Angeles native entered the entertainment industry in his teens with guest appearances on TV shows including The Jack Benny Program, General Electric Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
In 1968, Shearer joined a news satire team at KRLA-AM called The Credibility Gap, which developed a strong fan following with comedy such as alternative live commentaries on the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. The Gap crew formed a band to play local clubs and eventually recorded a number of comedy albums.
In the early 1980s, Shearer and friends Michael McKean and Christopher Guest, along with director Rob Reiner, began to incubate an idea for a fake documentary about an aging heavy metal band. The resulting movie, This Is Spinal Tap, became the granddaddy of the “mockumentary” genre.
Shearer's other film credits include Real Life, The Right Stuff, Portrait of a White Marriage, The Fisher King, Godzilla, The Truman Show, Small Soldiers, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.
On TV, he has been a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live during two different time spans.
Theatrically, Shearer has collaborated with writer Tom Leopold and composer Peter Matz to create the book and lyrics for an original musical about J. Edgar Hoover titled J. Edgar!: The Musical. The play premiered at The Aspen Comedy Festival and currently is being developed for Broadway.
On radio, Shearer's one-hour satirical sandbox Le Show is heard weekly on stations worldwide.
In 2006, Shearer released his first novel, Not Enough Indians (Justin, Charles & Company). The book takes a darkly comic look at the proliferation of Native American gaming and what happens to a fictional town when it transforms into the sovereign nation of a long lost tribe. The critically acclaimed novel is also available in paperback and on tape.
In 2007, Shearer plunged into the on-line video universe when the Harry Shearer Channel became a cornerstone of My Damn Channel ( (, an entertainment studio and new media platform specifically created to empower artists to co-produce and distribute episodic video content. Each week a new political or pop culture satire written by and featuring Shearer is unveiled.


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Odd News




Kent Couch lifts off from his gas station in Bend, Ore., in his lawn chair rigged with more than 150 giant party balloons, Saturday, July 5, 2008. Couch, 48, is making his third cluster balloon flight and hopes to go more than 200 miles to Idaho before running out of daylight or helium.
Photo/Jeff Barnard