Thursday edition - August 3, 2006
Bush trims this year's Texas stay to 10 days
Democrats refuse to lift `hold' on FDA nomination
Bush trims his vacation to ten days? Gee, I never knew he stopped vacationing.
Israel's government sent ten thousand troops over the border into southern Lebanon on Tuesday while paratroopers landed up north in the Bekaa Valley. President Bush heard the news in the Oval Office and took immediate action. He lit a second cigar. - comedian Argus Hamilton
Motorcycle bombing kills 12 in Baghdad AP
12 killed in Iraq soccer-field attacks AP
Suicide car attack kills 20 civilians in Afghan south
US commander expresses fear about possible civil war in Iraq USA Today
Turkey Seeks Extradition of Top PKK Member from Iraq Zaman Online
US probe suggests coverup in Iraqi shootings Boston Globe
U.S. Military increasingly using air lifts AP
Ahmadinejad: Destroy Israel, end crisis AP
Hezbollah increases rocket fire into Israel Houston Chronicle
Halliburton subcontractor settles Iraq fraud allegations for $4 ...
Iran warns oil could reach $200 on sanctions Reuters
"More serious newspapers in Israel are now starting to question their government's actions in Lebanon. The critics say Israel leaders underestimated the strength of the enemy, didn't have a well thought-out military plan, and may have gotten them bogged down in a quagmire fighting a guerrilla war in foreign country. Well thank god our leaders would never let anything like that happen."--Jay Leno
We are delivering to the Lebanese border and around Gaza
Pizza, soda, ice cream and more!
Bush approval rating makes slight increase to 40 percent Newark Star Ledger
Four More Officials Quit Somalia's Government Washington Post
No sign of Castro brothers Reuters
"Miami's Hispanic population took to the streets last night to celebrate Fidel Castro temporarily stepping down from power. Way to go America! Our plan to slowly deteriorate his health over the course of 50 years is working." --Stephen Colbert
Hey, Sen. Burns - Don't Dial 9-11
Sen. Conrad Burns' recent verbal attack on a firefighting team for its work on a Montana blaze angered some firefighters, drew harsh criticism in state newspapers and has left the three-term Republican scrambling to repair the political damage. Burns, one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the fall elections, confronted members of a firefighting team at the Billings airport on July 23 and told them they had done a "piss-poor job," according to an official state report and the U.S. Forest Service.
Burns' comments have gotten him into
trouble in the past.
In 1999, Burns issued a written apology after referring to Arabs as "rag heads" during a speech while commenting on oil prices. In 1994, Burns repeated a story that included the word "niggers" and commented that living with blacks in Washington, D.C., was "a hell of a challenge." He also onced asked a woman who was wearing a nose ring what tribe she belonged to.
Last year, the senator denied a flight attendant's claim that he told her she could "go home and be a mother" if her airline job were eliminated.
Celebrity Cruise captain Periklis Petridis pleaded guilty Monday to operating a ship while drunk on alcohol. They should make an example of him. He tested at four times the legal limit and he still didn't have a bad word to say about the Jews. - comedian Argus Hamilton
Subject: Rumsfeld, Pace and Immigration
Did you catch old Rummy on TV [yester]day mumbling and repeating himself and stuttering and stammering? He needs to be certified to a looney ward.
When Peter Pace became the Big Kahuna of the services, I had the Pollyanna idea that I would write to him, in long hand yet, and beg him to speak truth to power and get some sense into the Defense Department. I did exactly that and said exactly that, with other stuff. I thought surely a Marine wouldn't be a toady. Well. Scratch my ever writing to another big stuffed shirt. The back scratchers will get their promotion and silently slip away into retirement like Miller of the Air Force did before Pace. I don't know how a respectable military officer could stand by Rummy and translate what he says with a straight face. The perks must be pretty good.
I think Rummy and GWB must be on the same stuff because all the 'joking' and other inane talk in the Press Corp room today didn't make any more sense than Rummy's press conference. And there was Tony Snow right behind George just grinning like a monkey. I'm considering immigrating!
I feel imprisoned here in America with the barbed wired press conferences and obfuscation by this entire administration.
Of course, these are the same people who told NYC post 9-11 that the polluted air was OK to breath.
Ann Coulter Slams Ivins, Keller, Hillary, Couric in Latest Column Editor & Publisher
Congress accepting fewer free rides
Evolution Scores in Kansas Primary Science Now
Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage and the GOP Palm Beach Post
One Less Freedom to Fight For
Cruz, 21, told the NBC 10 Investigators that
police arrested him last Wednesday for taking a picture of police activity
with his cell phone.
Cruz said that when he heard a commotion, he walked out of his back door with his cell phone to see what was happening. He said that when he saw the street lined with police cars, he decided to take a picture of the scene.
"I opened (the phone) and took a shot," Cruz said.
Moments later, Cruz said he got the shock of his life when an officer came to his back yard gate.
"He opened the gate and took me by my right hand," Cruz said.
Cruz said the officer threw him onto a police car, cuffed him and took him to jail.
“But it's fascinating, this
Taylor Hicks, you know who I'm talking about? He's the big ‘American Idol’
winner and he won by four million votes more than President Bush won his
election. This is true. Coincidentally, so did Al Gore.” -- David Letterman
Views of Republican Party Improved, but Still Negative Gallup Poll News, DC
The people of Miami are celebrating
tonight because Fidel Castro has temporarily stepped down. He had to undergo
surgery so he temporarily transferred his presidential power to his brother, Jeb
Castro. -- Jay Leno
"Castro took over in 1959. He's the longest reigning dictator in power currently, if you don't count Martha Stewart. He's going to be 80 years old. He's talking about retiring. You know what that means? He could wind up in Miami." --Jay Leno
Ford issues recall, sees 2Q loss Houston Chronicle
Costs of Illegal Immigrants Called 'Catastrophic' Los Angeles Times
AOL offers freebie email, IM and more Silicon.com
"The Hungarian government put together an internet voting thing to let their citizens vote on who a new bridge that will span the Danube River will be named after and so far the frontrunner is Chuck Norris. So either the Hungarians have a very good sense of humor or very bad taste. It's not a bad strategy though, because if war ever breaks out with Hungary what red-blooded American pilot is going to bomb the Chuck Norris bridge? Not one who's seen 'Missing In Action 2,' I'll tell you that." --Jimmy Kimmel
Psychologists, Guantanamo and Torture The Baltimore Chronicle
Mel Gibson entered rehab Monday after
his drunken anti-Semitic rant. He said the Jews cause all the wars in the world,
prompting Disney to cancel his Holocaust television movie project. Condoleezza
Rice said that at least both sides are talking. -
comedian Argus Hamilton
Cheney, Richardson to headline state party fundraisers Bizjournals.com, NC
"I'm dreaming of a white Cuban-cigar Christmas..."-- Grant Gerver
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Researchers create dementia 'risk score' AP
Brazilian military to aid stray penguins AP
Rare snowfall across South Africa AFP
This is an undated handout photo issued by Wookey Hole Caves Wednesday Aug 2, 2006, of the security guard Greg West and his Doberman Barney who went on the rampage. A 40,000 pound (US$75,000 euros 58,000) teddy bear formerly owned by Elvis Presley was one of the bears destroyed when the guard dog which was supposed to protect it went on the rampage Tuesday . The rare Steiff bear, named Mabel, was due to form the centerpiece of an exhibition at Wookey Hole Caves near Wells, England. The bear was bought at auction in Memphis, Tennessee, by Somerset aristocrat Sir Benjamin Slade and had been loaned to the collection, a Wookey Hole spokesman said. (Photo/Wookey Hole Caves)