Thursday edition - July 31, 2008



Bush Cuts Iraq Tours, but No Deal Yet on Force Pact
New York Times - 8-1-08
President Bush said Thursday that increasing stability in Iraq would very likely allow the withdrawal of more American forces there...


Wiring warning came months before soldier electrocuted
CNN - 8-1-08
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An Army sergeant complained about faulty wiring in Iraq months before another soldier was fatally electrocuted in a shower in the same quarters, according to documents released Wednesday by a congressional committee.

Obama compared to Paris and Britney
The Press Association -8-1-08
John McCain suggested that Barack Obama is a lightweight celebrity who isn't ready to lead the country by releasing a commercial comparing the Democrat to..


Hey, have you heard about this group called Prayer at the Pump? They’re a prayer group that springs up, and they go to gas stations and they hold hands and they pray for lower gas prices. Otherwise known as the Bush energy plan.- Jay Leno




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


"Nation, I've got great news -- I am furious. Today Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was unfairly indicted by the Justice Department., just because the oilfield company VECO didn't charge him for an extensive renovation on his house -- including a brand new first floor, a fully finished basement, a wrap-around deck, and, one assumes, installing the latest internet tubes [on-screen: Stevens talking about the internet not being a 'big truck,' but a 'series of tubes']. The Justice Department is calling this a conflict of interest. Please -- VECO is a major oil drilling company, and Senator Stevens worked tirelessly to allow drilling in ANWR. That's not a conflict of interest -- their interests line up perfectly. This is a non-story folks, and I look forward to Stevens being proven innocent when President Bush commutes his sentence." --Stephen Colbert



The United States has "wasted" more than half a billion dollars in Iraq repairing facilities that were damaged because of poor security, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction says in a report released Wednesday.




Disturbing News

Foot Tapper                     Pork Tapper                  Tapper John


The US Republican Party reeled Wednesday from the indictment of its longest-serving senator, which dealt a fresh blow to its hope of limiting expected large-scale losses in congressional elections...The drama was the latest scandal to hit Republicans ahead of 2008 polls.

Last year, Idaho Senator Larry Craig was arrested in an airport bathroom sting and Louisiana Senator David Vitter apologized after his name appeared on call lists of an Washington escort agency.








Republican-Shenanigans News


Barack Obama announced that next month he wants to spend a week on vacation in Hawaii. Yeah, after hearing about it, President Bush said, “I can’t believe he’s taking another trip to a foreign country.”- Conan O'Brien





Will Dan Quayle Dance the Mashed Potatoe?
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Rock-The-Voter News



Barack Obama does not want Ludacris's props*. The Democratic presidential nominee has issued a statement rejecting Ludacris's latest song, Politics, in which the rapper praises Obama and attacks some of the Senator's past and present critics.



Biz-Tech News


Some 1.3 million illegal immigrants have left the United States since Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the summer of 2007. If the trend continues, according to a new study, the nation's illegal population will drop by half in the next five years.


Bush-Prison-Torture News


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In an effort to crack down on crime, Iran executed 29 people in one day. Apparently, they gave up the electric chair for electric bleachers. – Will Durst


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Undated handout picture shows a painting underneath Van Gogh's famous work 'Patch of grass' in Hamburg. Scientists have made a colored view of an early rejected painting underneath Vincent van Gogh's 'Patch of Grass' painting, using advanced X-ray techniques, a Dutch university said on Wednesday.