TGIF/Weekend edition - August 18-20, 2006


CBO Sees $1.76 Trillion Deficit Ahead
WJLA, DC - 8-18-06
The federal deficit will shrink dramatically this year but will total $1.76 trillion over the next decade, and could be double that estimate if President Bush's tax cuts are made permanent, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday.


Can Guard handle two big storms?
Gainesville Sun, FL - 8-18-06
WASHINGTON - Strapped by war and equipment shortages, the National Guard will find it difficult to deal with two or more major hurricanes if they sweep ashore in different regions around the same time, Guard leaders say.

Florida Restricts 5 Abortion Clinics
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 8-18-06
... Dr. James Pendergraft denies the accusations and plans to appeal the order. Spokeswoman Marti Mackenzie said he was ``the target of government agencies determined to limit the access of Florida women to safe and legal late-term abortions.'' ...


At least we got our money's worth when Clinton was working in the White House.

By the way, Bush is at Camp David this weekend.



"Good news. President Bush had his physical last week, and passed his physical. No word on the mental. But the doctors say he's okay, but he might want to go on a diet, because his Body-Mass Index has jumped to 26. On the bright side, his Body-Mass Index now matches his approval rating." --David Letterman




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


China Tells US to Shut Up


The United States should "shut up" with its concerns about China's growing military spending because the increase is no threat, a Chinese ambassador said Thursday.



A majority of Americans could name the Three Stooges: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. - Zing!





Subject:Two headed snake



I think that two-headed snake should be renamed "Bushnrice."







Disturbing News

Ignoring Court Rulings - Bush Family Values


Gov. Jeb Bush reinstated a death warrant Thursday for condemned killer Clarence Hill and prison officials scheduled his execution for next month although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the inmate can challenge the state's method of lethal injection...In June the high court unanimously ruled Hill and other condemned inmates could make last-minute claims that the chemicals used are too painful and therefore amount to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution



"I'm going to take Karl Rove's deposition." -- Joe Cotchett, a top Democratic fundraiser, trial lawyer and longtime wine and restaurant partner of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom



I live on the edge: I snuck a tube of lip balm on an airplane. -- Grant Gerver





Republican Shenanigans






Racism Rampant Throughout GOP


"I grew up in Alabama and I understand and I know this from my own experiences that blacks aren't the best swimmers or may not even know how to swim," Republican Tramm Hudson, a banker, made the comments earlier this year at a Christian Coalition political forum.






Rock-The-Voter News


Bush PacMan



Subject: My Seven Dwarfs



One way for Progressives to remember the Seven Dwarfs




= Dopey


= Grumpy


= Sleepy


= Doc


= Happy


= Sneezy


= Bashful


 Thanks Ron!



Brotherly Love Of Moolah


Three times this year, a lobbyist sought help from Rep. Christopher Cannon for his clients and got it. The lobbyist was the congressman's brother, Joseph Cannon.

The Utah lawmaker acknowledges helping his brother's clients, including pressing Congress last month
to intervene in a business dispute over an Internet contract estimated to be worth as much as $1.3 billion.





RE: the Harley pic

All Hat no Cattle
and doesn't know how
to mount a saddle.

No wonder he has bike accidents, he probably tips over trying to get on.



Hahaha -- he can't ride a bike or a segway. The question is -- can he ride a horse while wearing a cowboy hat?






Does anyone really believe that we would still be hearing about JonBenet if her name had been LaKeisha Rene Ramsey? - Zing!



Wal-Mart reported its first quarterly loss in ten years Tuesday. The chain store is gigantic. Sixty percent of Americans think Wal-Mart is bad for the country, the other forty percent are afraid that commenting will affect their performance review. -- Argus Hamilton, comedian




Biz-Tech News



Video Wars


An Iraqi militant group has produced an elaborate video of what it said were attacks on U.S. troops, in the latest example of the increasingly sophisticated propaganda war being waged by Iraqi insurgents...Lifting scenes from Michael Moore's anti-war film "Fahrenheit 9/11," Rashedeen's narrator taunts President Bush in softly spoken English over graphic images of Humvees being blown up by roadside bombs, and purportedly dead U.S. troops...


"We have to address the problems of global warming; the government is ignoring the dire weather predictions, but the insurance companies are not. They are canceling homeowners' policies - and not just along the Gulf Coast, but right here in New York State." -- Hillary Clinton






Bush-Prison-Torture News





When will Iraq finally become a beacon of Jeffersonian Democracy for the other Mid-eastern countries to envy and emulate? Any date on that yet?



Maybe when the USA gets our "freedoms" back?



Jack Cafferty (CNN) on the NSA Ruling: Bush is breaking the Law!





Go-F*ck-Yourself News



"NASA lost the original film of the moon landing. Did you hear about this? Well, you know, in their defense, they're not exactly rocket scientists." --David Letterman



A nation of sheep will begat a government of wolves. -- Edward R. Murrow



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Odd News


The image shows the Niagara River that connects Lake Erie to Lake
Ontario , snaking around Goat Island , in the lower left of the full
image. Most of the river's water plummets over the
Canadian/Horseshoe Falls, but some diverted water spills over
American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls down stream. Every second, more
than two million liters of water plunges over the Horseshoe Falls
segment of Niagara Falls creating one of the world's largest
waterfalls as well as eating away as much as two meters of rock per
year. The image was acquired August 2, 2004.Photo/Space Imaging


Have a peaceful weekend.