Monday edition - August 25, 2008
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Clinton backers split over Biden as VP choice
Clinton hails 'exceptional' Biden as Obama VP pick
McCain: Biden A “Very Wise Selection”
the moderators were announced for the upcoming presidential debates. …
Apparently, Barack Obama insisted on someone who asks even-handed, probing
questions, while John McCain insisted on someone who will talk into his good
ear.” - Conan O'Brien
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4146 The Associated Press
US Probes Afghan Assertions That Raid Killed 70 Civilians Washington Post
Raid on governor's office in Iraq's Diyala province sparks outrage
Iraqi Trash Talking
It was the largest sports
crowd in Iraq since the start of the war in 2003.
Tens of thousands of fans filled a Baghdad stadium yesterday to cheer their team in the final game of Iraq's top soccer league...There was some trash-talking. Irbil is capital of the self-governing Kurdish region, known for its dairy products. And the Baghdad supporters chanted at their rivals: "You know how to make yogurt, but you don't know anything about football."
Kristol-izing Feminism (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Bill Kristol is outraged that Hill
Ain’t the Democrats’ Veep pick. Dear Bill,
Your concern about gender
Would strike me as tender
If phonies did not make me ill.
1 million cut off by monsoon floods in India The Associated Press
Is This Really Obama's Half Brother? Obama Won't Say
Obama's half-brother calls a
shack home and lives on less than $1 a month...George Obama says he again saw
his famous half-brother two years ago, when Obama traveled to Africa with his
wife and daughters.
"It was a short meeting," George Obama recalled. "We spoke to each other. It was odd -- like meeting a stranger."...George Obama says he leads a hard life in a community rife with violence. He talks of people being hacked to death with machetes. He says the police don't bother to arrest people -- they just shoot them instead.
Barack Obama's campaign had no comment...
Ralph Reed on the Republican identity crisis
Madonna Trashes McCain
As Madonna kicked off her
"Sticky and Sweet" tour on Saturday, she took a none-too-subtle swipe at John
Amid a four-act show, a video interlude carried images of destruction, global warming, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe's authoritarian President Robert Mugabe - and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Another sequence, shown later, pictured slain Beatle John Lennon, climate activist Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi and finally Barack Obama.
John McCain has "homephobia": an irrational fear of knowing how many houses one owns. - Grant Gerver, writer
African Opinion On Obama's VP Choice
Kabiru Mato chairs the political science department at the University of Abuja. He told VOA Africa hopes the selection of Senator Biden would increase the Democrats' chances of winning in November.
"To be very sincere, I think a lot of Nigerians and people all over Africa imagined that he (Obama) was going to nominate Hilary Clinton. This basically as a result of many factors one of which is the tradition in American politics where you have very serious competition in party primaries, the winner normally carries along the loser so that they can forge a common front, reassure the unity of the party and party members with a view to facing the opponent in genera election," ...
Obama aims to heal party rift Reuters
Obama's mass VP text message fails to deliver
Republican gets speaking slot at Dem convention
Praise of McCain could haunt Biden Politico
Barack Obama first revealed his running mate choice by text-messaging the name to his supporters. John McCain absolutely refuses to announce his running mate by text message. He knows that when you send people telegrams they think somebody's died. - Argus Hamilton
Oil steady as dollar offsets Russia tension The Associated Press
Halliburton Opens Laboratory in Norway Neftegaz.RU, Russia
Barack Obama came clean
Sunday on his true motivation behind running for president -- to keep his
daughters safe from undesirable suitors.
"The real reason is Secret Service protection for my two girls as they enter into their teenaged years," the Democrat said, joking with voters at a barbecue here in a woodland setting beside a lake.
"Whatever young guy comes by for a date, we're going to have one of these mean-looking guys who don't crack a smile. They're armed. They're dangerous," he said, pointing to the dark-suited agents monitoring the good-natured crowd.
Algerian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay says he was waterboarded The Canadian Press
India Says No Conditions On Nukes
unconditional exemption from the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group to buy fuel
and technology for its energy plan, Anil Kakodkar, chairman of the country's
Atomic Energy Commission, said today.
``The NSG exemption should be clean and there should be no additional condition,'' Kakodkar told reporters in Mumbai. ``They may want to push, but India can't be pushed.
Cheney heading to Georgia war zone The Associated Press
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Olympics close with pizzazz, a little Led Zep San Francisco Chronicle
Nasa Destroys Errant Rocket
A statue of
late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley is seen in the village of Banatski Sokolac
in Serbia on August 21. Musicians from the former Yugoslavia have unveiled the
statue of Bob Marley as a symbol of peace.