Monday edition - August 11, 2008




Iraq Should Use Its Oil Sales to Pay for Rebuilding, Levin Says
Bloomberg - 8-11-08
The US should stop paying for reconstruction projects in Iraq because the Baghdad government can fund the rebuilding from its sales of...


Iraq hopes to finalize China oilfield deal in August
Reuters UK, UK - 8-11-08
BAGHDAD, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Iraq's oil minister will visit China before the end of August to try and finalize a deal to develop the Ahdab oilfield south of

 Report: US using 'money as a weapon' in Iraq
The Associated Press - 8-11-08
WASHINGTON (AP) - A US Army program in which soldiers pay cash to Iraqis to help with expenses, large and small, has spent $2.8 billion in five years


How in the world did Bush get his lips to do that?



Finally hoping to put some distance between himself and the President, McCain declares his disdain for clearing brush and riding mountain bikes. - Grant Gerver




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

This Is Why Church and State Should Always Be Separated


A bizarre ruling banning women from buying suggestively shaped vegetables such as cucumbers, and the brutal slaying of children, lost Al Qaeda the support of the Iraqi population, it emerged yesterday.


Disturbing News

Meanwhile, Back In Georgia (Not the Peach State)


Swarms of Russian jets launched new raids on Georgian territory Monday and Georgia faced the threat of a second front of fighting as Russia demanded that Georgia disarm troops near the breakaway province of Abkhazia.







Republican-Shenanigans News


"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


Snooping On The Messengers


FBI Director Robert Mueller has apologized to the editors of The Washington Post and The New York Times for improperly obtaining phone records of the newspapers' reporters while investigating terrorism four years ago.



Want a yard sign expressing your support for Barack Obama or John McCain? Be prepared to pay for it.


Rock-The-Voter News


My “Dear John” Edwards Letter (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Dear John, to your run I said, “Yay!”
And I thought you’d go far, come what may.
Then you cheat on your spouse
And deny it, you louse!
But will Coulter stop calling you gay?




Barack Obama heading to Hawaii for a vacation with his family. And President Bush commented on that today. He said: “First Europe, now Hawaii. Maybe he should spend some time campaigning in America.”- Jay Leno



Biz-Tech News


"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 preindustrial America, when only white male property owners could vote." -Hunter S. Thompson



Bush-Prison-Torture News



Former President George H.W. Bush doesn't like to talk about his son, the incumbent. For years, journalists assumed it was because Bush 41 didn't want to have to defend Bush 43 against critics.

Now it turns out that he didn't want to be subjected to arm-chair analysis about their relationship.


Go-F**k-Yourself News

Invisible People


Scientists say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people and objects invisible.



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