Wednesday edition - August 20, 2008




Rice calls Russia 'outlaw'
AFP - 8-20-08
WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Russia an "outlaw" Tuesday as she fumed over the country's refusal to immediately pull its...


Rice to sign missile defense deal with Poland
International Herald Tribune, France - 8-20-08
AP WARSAW, Poland: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to sign a deal with Poland on Wednesday that will see a US missile defense base built on the

NATO freezes ties with Moscow
Independent, UK - 8-20-08
NATO linked the future of the alliance's relations with Moscow to the pullout of troops from Georgia yesterday and warned


Obama, McCain will disclose running mates after election - Grant Gerver, comedy writer




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

The National Guard Should Guard Our Nation, Don't You Think?


The Pentagon is determined to overhaul both training and active duty tours for the Army National Guard, but finding a way to give these part-time soldiers more time at home will cost more than $128 million, The Associated Press has learned.

After struggling for more than a year and a half to compress the training process, Guard leaders have managed to chop months off the time that citizen soldiers must spend away from their jobs and families because of deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan.



Disturbing News

Obama Takes A Nose Dive


Republican John McCain has taken a five-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama in the race for President, the latest Reuters/Zogby telephone survey shows.

McCain leads Obama by a 46% to 41% margin.

And McCain not only enjoys a five-point edge in a two-way race against Obama, but also in a four-way contest including liberal independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr, the poll reveals. In the four-way contest, McCain wins 44% support, Obama 39%, Barr 3% and Nader 2%.







Republican-Shenanigans News



Subject: My choice for VP


My # 1 choice would be:
Governor Bill Richardson (NM): The ticket needs someone with administrative
experience. As a rule of thumb, Senators pontificate while Governors
administrate. Mr. Richardson, with 14 years of Congressional experience was
a Cabinet member, 1998-2000, under Clinton and also served as our Ambassador
to the UN 1997-1998. Richardson has been recognized for negotiating the release
of hostages, American servicemen, and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq,
and Cuba. The Governor is also Hispanic, born in California, raised in Mexico,
and earned a Bachelor's degree at Tufts in 1970, majoring in French and political
science. He went on to earn a master's degree in international affairs from Tufts
University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971.

My second choice would be Hillary as I think she might help the ticket. She violates
my premise of Administrative experience, but... Another choice might be Chelsea
Clinton (not seriously), but she has a political future if she wants one.

The other choices being thrown about by the press are Biden, Bayh, and a few
others...all of whom have very little to offer to POTUS-to-be Obama to add strength
to the ticket...all have baggage to drag it down just a little.

Other than JFK, in modern times we have only elected men with administrative
experience. LBJ can be excused as he was a VP and part of the Administration.
The Moron of course did nothing as governor except make Texas worse, as Reagan
did for California, but nonetheless, they qualify. Ike administered a huge military
regime and Bush, the smarter, was head of the CIA and earned his spurs as a VP.
Carter(GA), Nixon(CA) and FDR(NY) were Governors and Truman also was a VP
as well as a judge and a Senator.

Bradenton, FL


Thanks for writing Nat.


I love Bill Richardson and he'd bring in the Hispanic vote.  Plus, their skin color is almost identical!



Barack The Tease


 Barack Obama and his newly named running mate will campaign together Saturday at the place where the Democratic presidential hopeful formally launched his White House bid.


Rock-The-Voter News


No Sleepovers


Poll workers will not be allowed to take voting machines home for safekeeping in the days before the November presidential election because the practice known as "sleepovers" is an unacceptable security risk, the state elections chief said Tuesday.



Biz-Tech News

The Russians Are Staying, The Russians Are Staying


Russian military trucks crossed from Georgia back into Russia on Wednesday but there was no sign of the large-scale, rapid pullout demanded by the West.




Comedy gymnast




Bush-Prison-Torture News


I’m really into the Olympics. Just today while watching, I pulled a hamstring in my left eye. - LaughLines


Go-F**k-Yourself News


Anybody see the pin to my grena

Grant Gerver, comedy writer




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Odd News



Ten-year-old African Spurred Tortoise "Arava" (L) is seen at Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo August 18, 2008. Arava is paralyzed in her back legs and is unable to walk. It is not known how the tortoise got paralyzed. After veterinarians were unable to restore the use of her legs, they attached wheels to help her maneuver. According to Shmulik Yedvav, a zoological curator at the zoo, everyday for a few hours, Arava is attached to the wheels, and is moving in the enclosure in an almost normal way.
Photo/Ronen Zvulun