Thursday edition - August 17, 2006


Bush Pitches Economy From a Harley
ABC News - 8-17-06
President Bush gets on a motorcycle during a tour of the Harley-Davidson vehicle operations plant on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006 in York, Penn.

Alaska area to open for drilling bids
Houston Chronicle - 8-17-06
The Interior Department is set to open a vast area of environmentally sensitive wetlands in Alaska to new oil drilling, even as opponents point to corroding pipelines to the ...

3 Texas Men Face Federal Charges After Terror Charges Dropped
Cellular-News, UK - 8-17-06
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP)--Three Palestinian-American men who were found with nearly 1,000 cell phones were charged with federal fraud ...


It looks as though Bush has a hole in his crotch.



"More Americans can name the three stooges than the three branches of government. Well, that's because the three stooges are more likely to get something done." --David Letterman






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


Judge Halts Another Bad Bush Decision


A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.






Fox News Resignations


Two weeks ago, two producers working for Fox News in Amman, Jordan resigned in protest of the network's coverage. In their resignation letter, Serene Sabbagh and Jomana Karadsheh wrote "We can no longer work with a news organization that claims to be fair and balanced when you are so far from that."




Homeland Security mandates that all Americans must feel safer, or they'll be put on surveillance. -- Grant Gerver


Disturbing News




Rickie Lee Jones has had enough Bush






What Does Crap and Cowboy Have In Common?


Tony Blair's deputy John Prescott denied Thursday a report he called U.S. President George W. Bush "crap" and "a cowboy."

According to a report in The Independent newspaper, Britain's Deputy Prime Minister said Bush had been "crap" on the Middle East road map and was just a "cowboy with his Stetson on."



Republican Shenanigans




Pat Robertson was blasted by Jewish leaders Tuesday for flying to Israel and lobbying against any cease-fire with the Muslims. He was calling for a war to the finish. Nothing is scarier than an eighty-year-old man who doesn't fear Armageddon. -- Comedian Argus Hamilton




Shhh, It's Bush v Gore



At a law school Supreme Court conference that I attended last fall, there was a panel on “The Rehnquist Court.” No one mentioned Bush v. Gore, the most historic case of William Rehnquist’s time as chief justice, and during the Q. and A. no one asked about it. When I asked a prominent law professor about this strange omission, he told me he had been invited to participate in another Rehnquist retrospective, and was told in advance that Bush v. Gore would not be discussed.



GOP Senator George Allen's Sister Documents Her Brother's Bully Tactics





Rock-The-Voter News



"According to a recent poll, more Americans can name the seven dwarfs than can name the nine Supreme Court justices. Strangely, Justice Souter is on both lists." --David Letterman





Zogby: Bush Job Approval—34%

Rating down despite foiled terror plot and Lebanon cease fire; Democrats hold generic Congressional lead



Biz-Tech News




The United Nations cease-fire in southern Lebanon held for a second full day Tuesday. It's shaky. Last night there were five shootings, three rocket attacks and one major explosion when some idiot tried to boot up a Dell laptop near the border. - Comedian Argus Hamilton



Subject: My "w" key is actually sticking! a true story (mostly)


Hi Lisa,

Perhaps you can help me ith some tech support. Read on, I'll try to be brief.

A couple months ago, I ent to the closest almart and plunked don about 800 bucks for a ne laptop.

No, I get this thing home and it orks great, helps me be more efficient in my job and get things done.

Then, today, hile I'm riting an email, I discover something, my dubya key is actually sticking!

I kid you not. I can provide references.

Any advice?

Signed, dubyaless, in Ioa. (Iowa)









Bush-Prison-Torture News






Being Dick Cheney


The sideshow accompanying Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to Boise to stump for congressional candidate Bill Sali included the irreverent: Sportsmen in blaze orange vests handing out leaflets on hunter safety.

The somber: Peace activists silently lining a major downtown arterial with tombstones to mark the mounting death toll in Iraq.

And the zany: A Dick Cheney look-alike contest sponsored by a third-party candidate. The man with the most Cheney-like visage was promised $22 in free gas and a box of shotgun shells.



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Odd News



Leonard Sonnenschein, president of the World Aquarium in St. Louis, holds We, a two-headed albino rat snake, in this Jan. 2, 2006 file photo. Aquarium officials hope an exhibit that opens next week and runs through Sept. 5 will prompt the creation of a Guinness World Record for the most two-headed animals on display. So far, the aquarium has lined up 10 two-headed snakes and turtles, including We. (Photo/James A. Finley)