TGIF/Weekend edition - August 11-13, 2006



Democrats say plot shows Iraq war a diversion
Reuters - 8-11-06
Prominent Democrats said on Thursday a foiled plot in Britain to blow up US-bound planes showed the Bush administration's pursuit of war in ...

New Iraq books paint dismal picture for Americans
Washington Post - 8-11-06
With titles like "Fiasco" and "The End of Iraq," the latest books on the Iraq war make depressing reading for Americans.

Lieberman, on the Offensive, Links Terror Threat and Iraq
New York Times - 8-11-06
Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut seized on the reports of a terror plot yesterday to attack Ned Lamont, his Democratic opponent for re-election, saying that Mr.


What's Bizarro is that not one picture of the 19 terrorists has been released. Why not?



George Bush blamed for middle-finger arthritis epidemic.-- Grant Gerver - Shot Off the Press




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



Enabling a Democracy to Bomb a Democracy or a Detour on the Road to Peace


Israel has asked the Bush administration to speed delivery of short-range antipersonnel rockets armed with cluster munitions, which it could use to strike Hezbollah missile sites in Lebanon, two American officials said Thursday.



The terrorists are coming! The terrorists are coming! Raise the alert; it's close to election time!-- Zing!

Disturbing News




Even before the bombs fell on Baghdad, a group of senior Pentagon officials were plotting to invade another country. Their covert campaign once again relied on false intelligence and shady allies. But this time, the target was Iran.




George W. Bush: "The Great Inciter" .-- Grant Gerver - Shot Off the Press


Republican Shenanigans



79% of Democrats Glad Lieberman Lost


The Zogby Interactive survey was conducted Aug. 9-10, 2006, and included 1,229 Democratic respondents nationwide. It carries a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

It found that nearly four out of five Democrats (79%) were happy the former Democratic vice presidential nominee was knocked off by Lamont, a wealthy cable television executive whose campaign focused almost exclusively on his opposition to the war –
and Lieberman’s support of it.



Sen. Joseph Lieberman was defeated in Connecticut's Democratic primary, losing to political newcomer Ned Lamont who appears to be from the Steve Forbes school of non-blinkiness. But the real story was not the unblinking, yet gleeful winner but sore Loserman if you will who seemed blissfully unaware of the reality of the situation." --Jon Stewart



Rock-The-Voter News



New rules for the flying public: Pre-ship all luggage by non-passenger airline. Arrive at the airport in a mumu-like gown (nothing underneath) and no socks or shoes..-- Grant Gerver - Shot Off the Press





Subject: George W Bush Memorial Ideas


Big HELLO and big THANKS from the state of CT....
Heres the story...back in 2000 CT. D.O.T. tried like hell to post
these signs on the city limits of NEW HAVEN the actual birthplace of the boy
wonder....I think they thought that some folks would actually be proud
of that fact[???????]. Very soon after erecting these huge signs along
I-91 they were knocked to the ground.They tried again and then a third time
all with the same results.The pictures show the result of the fourth and
final sorry you cant see the whole sign but when i was able to
get the photos they were laying on the ground at the D.O.T. garage getting
ready to be cut up for scrap and the damn things were so big I just couldnt
fit the whole thing in the frame.Believe me i tried!!! They really are
priceless....Hope you enjoy and thanks alot for all the daily laughs!!!



Thanks so much!







Maybe the reason Reagan had the Florida Turnpike, an aircraft carrier and an airport named after him was because:

1. He was surrounded by hot air.

2. He was adrift in a sea of incompetence.

3. Occasionally he would soar to new heights of stupidity.


Ron B



Good News



"A lot of people think Joe Lieberman lost because of the kiss that President Bush gave him at the State of the Union address. So let that be a little lesson for all the Democratic Senators out there. You wanna keep your job, don't make out with President Bush in public." --Jay Leno


Skullcaps OK, Turbans Not


The Coast Guard is changing its regulations to allow religious head coverings such as skullcaps, but Sikh turbans still will be excluded, officials said Wednesday...Lawmakers called for the change after Jack Rosenberg, a Hasidic Jew who passed his training for the Coast Guard last year, was told he could not serve without taking off his skullcap.

The U.S. Armed Forces under the Defense Department have permitted religious head coverings since 1987.



Biz-Tech News


Immunity for Chinese Water Torture aka Waterboarding


The Bush administration drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal...At issue are interrogations carried out by the CIA, and the degree to which harsh tactics such as water-boarding were authorized by administration officials.


Bush-Prison-Torture News

Cheney vs Lamont


Democratic Senate nominee Ned Lamont responded yesterday to Dick Cheney's suggestion that his primary upset heartened terrorists, saying the vice president was mixing up the war on terror with the invasion of Iraq.

"I just think that this Bush administration confuses a comprehensive attack on the terrorists with the invasion of Iraq," Lamont said in a telephone interview yesterday...Cheney said the Democrats' embracing of Lamont and his position on Iraq after he won the primary showed that the party had become isolationist and unconcerned about terrorism.


Go-F*ck-Yourself News




Oh, Lisa, I just can't stop laughing except when I'm crying. Fearless Leader "said the arrests are a "stark reminder" that the U.S. is "at war with Islamic fascists." Now, stop me if I'm wrong, but who started the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? And Miriam Webster defines fascism as "a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition".
so it seems to me to be the old pot/kettle kinda thing.

Of course, I've found little reason to believe anything our government has said throughout my lifetime, and that's over 50 years now. So I am just a little bit skeptical of this latest revelation about a thwarted airplane bombing scheme. Let's see, the wars are not going well, the price of gas is through the roof, and Lieberman lost. Let's scare the public!! They kinda forgot about the effect this would have on airline stocks, though.

A guy like Dubya really makes me miss Walt Kelly. Just think what Pogo could do with Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rummy, Rove and the rest. Or Jay Ward could have had Cheney and Condi as Boris and Natasha. "Keel Moose and squir-rel.




But, Bush tell us, "It's all good!"!!! And the world is a safer place without Saddam, too!


At the very least, Bush has inspired a plethora of political humor websites!




General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner insisted Wednesday that four-dollar-a-gallon gas won't hurt SUV sales. The problem solves itself. As Americans sell their children to buy gasoline they'll eventually be able to downsize to more a fuel-efficient car.---- comedian Argus Hamilton



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Odd News


Danish clown Lars Lottrup grimmaces while trapped in a giant balloon Thursday Aug. 10, 2006 at the International Clown Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. As the rest of the world frets over terror alerts and Mideast violence, clowns at the show have the simple task of making people laugh. (Photo/John McConnico)