TGIF/Weekend Edition - August 4-6, 2006
Hillary: Rumsfeld should quit
Taliban `were too organized'
Rumsfeld, Rice OK plan to train Lebanese army
Feel safe, yet?
Mel Gibson blamed his anti-Semitism on alcohol Monday. Tour de France winner Floyd Landis blamed alcohol for his steroid test. The Distilled Spirits Council just announced that President Bush's decision to invade Iraq could be blamed on sobriety. --Argus Hamilton
At least 18 die in attacks in northern Iraq Reuters
US-Led Troops, Afghan Soldiers Kill 25 Taleban Fighters Voice of America
Canadian convoy escapes ambush Toronto Star
Outgoing ambassador warns of 10 years of 'mess and difficulty' Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom
Senator Faults Bid to Classify Report on Iraq New York Times
Counting the Lebanon dead not so easy AP
Christian villages in Lebanon spared AP
U.S. to freeze Saudi charity's assets AP
Sweden stops Venezuela arms sales BBC News, UK
La. delegation against pullout at New Orleans Times-Picayune
More than a third of the
American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist
attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in
the Middle East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.
The national survey of 1,010 adults also found that anger against the federal government is at record levels, with 54 percent saying they "personally are more angry" at the government than they used to be.
'War Tapes' unflinchingly confronts us with the cost of war
The News Journal, DE
Protesters Surround Stock Exchange Building
Somalia's transitional government on the verge of collapse Christian Science Monitor
'US military chiefs misled 9/11 probe' People's Daily Online, China
Oh My God, Iraqis Support Hezbollah
Hundreds of thousands of Shiites chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" marched through the streets of Baghdad's biggest Shiite district Friday in a massive show of support for Hezbollah in its battle against Israel.
Iraq refused the resignation Tuesday of the national soccer team coach, Akram Salman. He was getting death threats over the team's poor play. Ever since Udey Hussein's wood chipper was retired, the soccer team has had trouble getting motivated.--Argus Hamilton
Sensenbrenner tops list of privately funded travel
US condemns Castro 'imposition' BBC News
FDA Nominee's Future Hinges on Pill
The Brand New Bush Diplomacy
Russia and other UN Security Council members
are unhappy Washington is blocking attempts to pressure Israel over its
offensive in Lebanon, Vitaly Churkin, its ambassador to the United
Churkin told the Izvestia newspaper in an interview published today that the US position had weakened the position of the United Nations on the crisis.
"Discontent has been rising recently among Security Council member countries with the fact that the US is prepared to block any decision which would bring pressure to bear on Israel," Churkin said
Stephen Colbert Causes Chaos on Wikipedia, Gets Blocked from Site
Donald Rumsfeld refused to testify before a Senate committee Thursday about progress in the war in Iraq. He was swamped with work. All day long he had his head buried in the Oxford English Dictionary looking for upbeat-sounding synonyms for civil war.--Argus Hamilton
Harris sounds unfazed as Senate run takes hits Sun-Sentinel.com, FL
Justice frees records in library search AP
Feeling the Heat of Hell, Pat?
Conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson said on Thursday the wave of scorching temperatures across the United States has converted him into a believer in global warming...This week the heat index, the perceived temperature based on both air temperatures and humidity, reached 115 Fahrenheit in some regions of the U.S. East Coast. The 76-year-old Robertson told viewers that was "the most convincing evidence I've seen on global warming in a long time."
Last year, Robertson said natural
disasters affecting the globe, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita that
wrecked the U.S. Gulf Coast, might be signs that the biblical apocalypse was
The issue has divided conservative Christians.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew back home to Washington D.C. on Monday after her unsuccessful attempt to settle things in the Middle East. Her trip was not a total failure. She got Mel Gibson to agree to a cease-fire against Israel. --Argus Hamilton
Storm worries send gas prices up Louisville Courier-Journal
Merrill drops Halliburton from model portfolio Globe and Mail, Canada
Google pays for AP news content shocker Silicon.com
AOL's Strategy Shift Calls for Trimming 5,000 Jobs Los Angeles Times
Microsoft says Nowegian Gates interview made up
Professor wins suit against blog site AP
The White House press room closed down Wednesday for a nine-month remodeling project. The conditions had gotten cramped. There's been so much whitewashing in that room over the years that the paint on the walls is three-and-a-half feet thick. --Argus Hamilton
Six Marines Charged With Criminal Abuse in Iraq Los Angeles Times, CA
Subject: The Flags of Our Sons
I wanted to share this with you, I found it very difficult to read, something we have been shielded from during this war. Something nobody really wants us to think about. Like Rummy says, "we don't do body counts".
New Bern, NC
Thank you Sally
for sharing a snapshot of how America is feeling about our troops.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi derided Republican scare tactics Wednesday. Some say if Democrats win the House this fall, schools will have gay history books. For crying out loud, the history books we have show the Founding Fathers in silk tights and powdered wigs. --Argus Hamilton
Reality Check -- Is It the Year 2006 AD Here in 'Merica?
“I was SHOCKED to see a giant
breast on the cover of your magazine,” one person wrote. “I immediately
turned the magazine face down,” wrote another. “Gross,” said a third.
These readers weren’t complaining about a sexually explicit cover, but rather one of a baby nursing, on a parenting magazine — yet another sign that Americans are squeamish over the sight of a nursing breast
I began laughing hysterically when I read the lead in this article. "Giant breast" "Gross"! Gee, I see a baby looking lovingly at Mama.
The Good News: Only a quarter of Babytalk readers were offended.
The Bad News: A quarter of Babytalk readers are afraid of breasts.
Hide the Quail
"Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is still in the hospital with a serious medical condition. Castro said that a half century of Communist rule seemed like a good idea right up until the point he was rushed to the hospital in a '55 Oldsmobile." --Conan O'Brien
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Kill a bird for Castro... Reuters
Woman gets stuck on toilet, suffers burns AP
Floating prison planned Reuters
Police arrest man after nunchuks threat AP
N.H. woman bakes cookies on dashboard AP
Slot machine multiplies deposit by 10 AP
Beijing aims to stamp out "Chinglish" Reuters
A man steps over a part of the Moscow Panorama, constructed by over 300 workers in 1977, in Moscow, Monday, July 31, 2006. The panorama draws swarms of sightseers from around the world. But the company that now owns the 16-meter (50-foot) wide model of the city center said it doesn't have the money to maintain it, and has put it up for auction at a US$380,000 (euro 300,000) starting price. (Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)