- August 15, 2006
Bush Says Israel Defeated Hezbollah
The Columbian, WA -
President Bush said Monday that Israel defeated
Hezbollah's guerrillas in the month long Mideast war and that the
Islamic militants were to ...
FBI: No sign of terror-phone tie
Chicago Tribune, United States -
CARO, MICHIGAN -- The FBI said Monday it had no
information to indicate that the three Texas men arrested in Caro with
about 1,000 cell phones in their van had ...
Airport security still lagging, experts say
The sudden change in air security rules imposed
last week in response to the British terror plot has raised new
questions for the Department of Homeland Security.
It was really
hard, hard work finding anything comical today.
"The airlines are saying no more hair
gels, shampoos, make-up or hair spray allowed in carry-on bags. Who's attacking
us? Drag queens? They also said men cannot carry on shaving cream. Why? When was
the last time you saw an Islamic militant guy with a can of shaving cream?."
Iraq Body Count
15 killed in bombing, gunbattle in Iraq
43-year-old Army veteran from Hillsdale killed in Iraq
San Jose Mercury News
US, Iraq Differ on Cause of Baghdad Explosions
US sending 300 newly returned troops back to Iraq
Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 15
Reuters AlertNet, UK
Iran Said to Support Shiite Militias in Iraq
No evidence Iran active in Iraq: US general
Rosy assessments on Iraq `not related to reality,' some say
San Jose Mercury News
Speaker of Iraq's Parliament Considers Stepping Down
New York Times
Why has Iraq war lasted nearly as long as WWII?
Fox News Poll: 58% Want US Troops Out of Iraq Within a Year
Editor & Publisher
Mo. Army base leader in gays discharged
military recruiting irregularities rose last year
Down and Down He Goes, Where
He'll Stop Nobody Knows
A spate of good news at home and abroad has so far
failed to boost how Americans feel about President Bush's job performance.
approval rating slipped to 35% in a TIME poll taken this week, down from 37% in
March (and 53% in early 2005).
"On some flights the only thing airlines are letting
you take on are a passport and cash. The passport, of course, for identification
and the cash, so they can sell you a bottle of water for $20." --Jay Leno
The Top 10
When All Else Fails, Make Racial
Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) apologized
Monday for what his opponent's campaign said were
demeaning and insensitive comments the senator made to a 20-year-old volunteer
of Indian descent.
Bringing in the
As discontent with the Republican Party
threatens to dampen the turnout of conservative voters in November, evangelical
leaders are launching a massive registration drive that could help counter the
malaise and mobilize new religious voters in battleground states.
The program, coordinated by the Colorado-based group Focus on the Family and its
influential founder, James C. Dobson, would use a variety of methods — including
information inserted in church publications and booths placed outside worship
to recruit millions of new voters in 2006 and beyond.
Why waste taxpayer money on Florida
elections? Just let Diebold tell us who "wins."-- Zing!
Fox News Reporters
Kidnapped - No Demands Made
reporter Steve Centanni, 60, and New Zealand cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, were
seized by masked gunmen Monday near the headquarters of the Palestinian security
No one has claimed responsibility for kidnapping, and police said no demands
have been made.
Major militant groups denied any connection to the abduction.
"Today President Bush said the United
States is still under the threat of attack. Then he went back on vacation. I
don't think President Bush really understands the severity of this situation.
Like when they first told Bush about the terrorist plot against the airlines, he
said, 'Let me guess, snakes on a plane?'"
SO OSAMA WALKS INTO TO THIS BAR,
by Greg Palast
Monday August 14, 2006
So, Osama Walks into This Bar, See? and Bush says, "Whad'l'ya have,
pardner?" and Osama says...
But wait a minute. I'd better shut my mouth. The sign here in the airport
says, "Security is no joking matter." But if security's no joking matter,
why does this guy dressed in a high-school marching band outfit tell me to
dump my Frappuccino and take off my shoes? All I can say is, Thank the
Lord the "shoe bomber" didn't carry Semtex in his underpants.
Today's a RED and ORANGE ALERT day. How odd. They just caught the British
guys with the chemistry sets. But when these guys were about to blow up
airliners, the USA was on YELLOW alert. That's a "lowered" threat notice.
According to the press office from the Department of Homeland Security,
lowered-threat Yellow means that there were no special inspections of
passengers or cargo. Isn't it nice of Mr. Bush to alert Osama when half
our security forces are given the day off? Hmm. I asked an Israeli
security expert why his nation doesn't use these pretty color codes.
He asked me if, when I woke up, I checked the day's terror color.
"I can't say I ever have. I mean, who would?"
He smiled. "The terrorists."
America is the only nation on the planet that kindly informs bombers,
hijackers and berserkers the days on which they won't be monitored. You've
got to get up pretty early in the morning to get a jump on George Bush's
There are three possible explanations for the Administration's publishing
a good-day-for-bombing color guidebook.
1. God is on Osama's side.
2. George is on Osama's side.
3. Fear sells better than sex.
A gold star if you picked #3.
The Fear Factory
I'm going to tell you something which is straight-up heresy: America is
not under attack by terrorists. There is no WAR on terror because, except
for one day five years ago, al Qaeda has pretty much left us alone.
That's because Osama got what he wanted. There's no mystery about what Al
Qaeda was after. Like everyone from the Girl Scouts to Bono, Osama put his
wish on his web site. He had a single demand: "Crusaders out of the land
of the two Holy Places." To translate: get US troops out of Saudi Arabia.
And George Bush gave it to him. On April 29, 2003, two days before landing
on the aircraft carrier Lincoln, our self-described "War President"
quietly put out a notice that he was withdrawing our troops from Saudi
soil. In other words, our cowering cowboy gave in whimpering to Osama's
The press took no note. They were all wiggie over Bush's waddling around
the carrier deck in a disco-aged jump suit announcing, "MISSION
ACCOMPLISHED." But it wasn't America's mission that was accomplished, it
Am I saying there's no danger, no threat? Sure there is: 46 million
Americans don't have health insurance. IBM is legally stealing from its
employees' pension plan and United Airlines has dumped its pensions
altogether. Four-million three-hundred thousand Americans were injured,
made sick or killed by their jobs last year. TXU Corporation is right now
building four monster-sized power plants in Texas that will burn skuzzy
gunk called "lignite." The filth it will pour into the sky will snuff a
heck of a lot more Americans than some goofy group of fanatics with
bottles of hydrogen peroxide.
But Americans don't ask for real protection from what's killing us. The
War on Terror is the Weapon of Mass Distraction. Instead of demanding
health insurance, we have 59 million of our fellow citizens pooping in
their pants with fear of Al Qaeda, waddling to the polls, crying, "Georgie
And what does he give us? In my own small town, the federal government has
paid for loading an SUV with .50 caliber machine guns to watch for an Al
Qaeda attack at the dock of the ferry that takes tourists to the Indian
casino in Connecticut. The casino dock is my town's officially designated
"Critical Asset and Vulnerability Infrastructure Point (CAVIP)." (To find
the most vulnerable points to attack in the USA, Al Qaeda can download a
list from the Department of Homeland Security -- no kidding.)
But that's not all. Bush is protecting us from English hijackers with a
fearsome anti-terrorist tool: the Virginia-class submarine. The V-boat was
originally meant to hunt Soviet subs. But there are no more Soviet subs.
So, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin have "refitted" these Cold War
dinosaurs with new torpedoes redesigned to carry counter-terror
commandoes. That's right: when we find Osama's beach house, we can shoot
our boys right up under his picnic table and take him out. These
Marines-in-a-tube injector boats cost $2.5 billion each -- and our
President's ordered half a dozen new ones.
Lynn Cheney, the Veep's wife, still takes in compensation from Lockheed as
a former board member. I'm sure that has nothing to do with this
multi-billion dollar "anti-terror" contract.
Fear sells better than sex. Fear is the sales pitch for many lucrative
products: from billion-dollar sailor injectors to one very lucrative war
in Mesopotamia (a third of a trillion dollars doled out, no audits, no
Better than toothpaste that makes our teeth whiter than white, this stuff
will make us safer than safe. It's political junk food, the cheap filling
in the flashy tube. What we don't get is safety from the real dangers: a
life-threatening health-care system, lung-murdering pollution production
and a trade deficit with China that's reducing mid-America to coolie
status. Protecting us from these true threats would take a slice of the
profits of the Lockheeds, the Exxons and the rest of the owning class.
War on Terror is class war by other means -- to keep you from asking for
real protection from true menace, the landlords of our nation give you
fake protection from manufactured dangers. And they remind you to be
afraid every time you fly to see Aunt Millie and have to give up your
hemorrhoid ointment to the underpaid guy in the bell-hop suit with a
Oh, hey, you never got the punch line.
So, Osama Walks into This Bar, See? and Bush says, "Whad'l'ya have,
pardner?" and Osama says, "Well, George, what are you serving today?" and
Bush says, "Fear," and Osama shouts, "Fear for everybody!" and George
pours it on for the crowd. Then the presidential bartender says, "Hey,
who's buying?" and Osama points a thumb at the crowd sucking down their
brew. "They are," he says. And the two of them share a quiet laugh.
Greg Palast is the author of the just-released New York Times bestseller,
"ARMED MADHOUSE: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats Bush Sinks, the
Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left and other Dispatches from the
Front Lines of the Class War" from which this is adapted. Go to
Tucker Carlson Can Dance? Tap
It sounds like the answer to a
"Jeopardy!" question gone terribly wrong: Jerry Springer, Tucker Carlson and
No, the question is not "People one is likely to find on the televisions in
All three will be part of the next season of "Dancing With the Stars" when it
premieres Sept. 12.
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provided by NASA shows a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope that
probes deep into the clouds of dust that permeate theOrion nebula. The image
shows infrared light captured by Spitzer's infrared array camera. Nasa says The
striking false-color picture shows pinkish swirls of dust speckled with stars,
some of which are orbited by disks of planet-forming dust.(Photo/NASA)