Wednesday edition - August 2, 2006



9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon
Washington Post, United States - 8-2-06
Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public.."We to this day don't know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us," said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission...

Merchants in Iraq shut down stores
Houston Chronicle, United States - 8-2-06
Haidar Ali used to worry about whether to stock three-piece suits or casual wear in his boutique. Now he worries about feeding his children.

Most of the Army National Guard not ready for combat
WISH, IN - 8-2-06
WASHINGTON Most of the Army National Guard is not ready for combat, according to its top general. Lieutenant General Steven Blum ...


My, my, my, the 9-11 investigation rears it's ugly head with new fangs.



The Democrats unite to urge Bush to begin withdrawing troops this year. Testosterone injections have obviously done the trick.-- Grant Gerver






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




Iraq Wants USA to Hop, Skip and Jump Before 2007


President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday that Iraqi forces will take over security in all provinces in the country by the end of the year. U.S. forces currently are responsible for security in 17 of Iraq's 18 provinces.


Condoleezza unveils the new White House Middle East Peace Plan: "CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?" -- Grant Gerver



Grounds for Impeachment?


``The president wanted a war, the administration wanted a war,'' said retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who served in the Pentagon's Near East and South Asia office in 2002 and 2003. ``Lies were told.''





Disturbing News




I'm Not My Daddy!


When they first met as United States president and Israeli prime minister, George W. Bush made clear to Ariel Sharon he would not follow in the footsteps of his father...“He told Sharon in that first meeting that I’ll use force to protect Israel, which was kind of a shock to everybody,” said one person present, given anonymity to speak about a private conversation. “It was like, ‘Whoa, where did that come from?’ “


The L.A. sheriff said in his report that Mel made anti-semitic remarks. To give you an idea of how much trouble he's in, today he hired the law firm of 'Goldfarb, Weinstein and Coen.'-- Jay Leno


Republican Shenanigans


Another George Bush Supporter Indicted


Former Texas Southern University President Priscilla Slade was indicted Tuesday along with three others in an alleged spending scandal involving hundreds of thousands of dollars of state money


Her last donation to Bush




Rock-The-Voter News


Santorum links Casey to wrong al-Jazeerah


Picture the TV commercial, a deep voice delivering this ominous message, in a slow, deliberate cadence: "Even al-Jazeera endorsed Democrat Bobby Casey Jr. Whose side is he on, anyway?"

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa) referenced it himself Thursday on Fox's O'Reilly Factor.

But there was one little wrinkle.

The Web site was not related to the Arabic TV network based in the Middle East - spelled al-Jazeera, no h.

It's based in Dalton, Ga., not Qatar



The Ballad Of Joementum Joe Lieberman (To be sung to the tune of Danny Boy)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Joementum Joe, you've long outstayed your welcome.
You've let us down, it's time to pay the price.
You've been disloyal to voters and your party.
You're way too close to Rummy, Bush, and Rice.

Don't want you back, your war support is damning.
You've dealt democracy so many blows...

Continued here:


"On Friday, President Bush held a press conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and then he met with the 'American Idol,' Taylor Hicks. Those are our two last remaining allies apparently." --Jay Leno





Jewish Penance for Catholic Mel Gibson


"He should take that $350 million he made for 'Passion of the Christ' and donate it to Israel."  -- Broadway performer Jackie Hoffman.



Good News


Biz-Tech News






The House of Representatives has voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour -- or as Wal-Mart calls it, the 'end of the world as we know it.' -- Jay Leno




Subject: Jehovah Witness


Since you're talking about Jehovah's Witnesses on your site the last couple of days, I'll share a joke with you.

Two Jehovah's Witnesses die and go to heaven.

As they are standing patiently outside the Pearly Gates, they hear a voice inside whisper "Turn out the lights and everybody be quiet. Maybe they'll think we aren't home."



Bush-Prison-Torture News


Geez Louise, We Can't Even Trust the Chamber of Commerce!


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce slightly altered ads praising lawmakers for backing the Medicare prescription drug program as Democrats complained that two Republicans weren't in office when Congress approved the plan.

The Chamber also pulled a spot focused on an incumbent who voted against the program.



"Lebanon. Our president, President Bush, has rejected calls for an immediate cease-fire on the grounds that he'd prefer a 'sustainable cease-fire.' It makes sense. He doesn't want the killing to stop until he's sure it will stop. So, there will be more killing until the president's convinced that there will be no more killing. Or everyone else runs out of people." --Jon Stewart


Go-F*ck-Yourself News





Subject: Priorities & Checklists


Hi Lisa,

The following checklist occurred to me as I was getting ready for work
& using various typical personal hygiene products this morning:

1. Have I made sure that my armpits do not smell bad? Check.
2. Are my teeth clean & white? Check.
3. Is my hair sufficiently smooth & presentable? Check.
4. Have I ensured that my government is not killing, torturing, or
enabling another government to kill & torture innocent civilians & (especially!)

We are so easily led to obsess on the superficial, & so easily taught
to ignore the important. Thanks to All Hat for helping me to remember
what is important.

Best regards & peace,


Wow. Thank you.



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The home of Paul Pedini and Cristina Perez-Pedini in Lexington, Mass., is shown Tuesday, July 18, 2006. The structure is constructed almost entirely of steel and concrete from Boston's Big Dig, utilizing over 600,000 lbs of recycled materials. (Photo/William B. Plowman)