Tuesday edition - August 8, 2006
This Is Diplomacy?
Washington Post, United States -
As President Bush's foreign policy oscillates between
"cowboy diplomacy" and "post-cowboy diplomacy" and back again, it's worth
pointing out that it's not ...
to Grant Gerver for the cartoon idea!
The Middle East: a
rose-petal-cakewalk-last-throes extravaganza! --
Grant Gerver - Shot Off the Press
Gee, I wonder when Ann Coulter will
attack this woman?
Lizbeth Flores of Mission plans to join
Cindy Sheehan’s second anti-war vigil in front of President George W. Bush’s
summer vacation home in Crawford, Texas, for three days beginning Monday.
In early July, Flores lost her husband, 27-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Omar D.
Flores, during his second tour of Iraq and
has been looking for a way to tell the president how she feels about the war and
her husband’s death.
Iraq Body Count
Bomb blasts, robbery kill 23 in Baghdad
bomber kills 10 in Samarra, north of Baghdad WIS, SC
2 Iraq journalists reported slain in Iraq
Investigator: Troops drank, golfed before Iraqi killings, rape
Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 8 Reuters AlertNet, UK
Militias Flex Their Muscles at Newsweek via
U.S. troops endure 125 degrees in Iraq AP
Afghan militants must be tackled before bin Laden: US
Half of US Still Believes Iraq Had WMD ABC News
"Yesterday President Bush flew out to
his prairie-chapel ranch in Crawford, Texas, to begin his eleven-day vacation.
It's not really a ranch. There's no cows or horses. It's more like an estate.
But ranch sounds better. You know like when you call Iraq a democracy. It sounds
better." --Jay Leno
Mariel Boatlift II?
The Bush administration is
preparing to help reunite some Cuban families with relatives already in the
United States as part of a limited easing of immigration rules following Fidel
Castro's handoff of power.
At the same time, draft documents obtained Monday describe proposals to
discourage smugglers trying to sneak immigrants into the U.S. from Cuba, in
hopes of impeding any mass migration. In addition, the plan would refuse entry
to Cuban government officials
engaged in human rights abuses but make it easier for some Cuban doctors to move
to the U.S.
Senate voted against raising the minimum wage yesterday, and Wal-mart employees
are furious. They said we never would have come to this country illegally if we
knew we were going to be treated this way." --Jay Leno
The Top 10
The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives announced his resignation yesterday, six months after
the launch of an internal investigation into questionable spending on a new
headquarters and other items during his tenure...Sources familiar with the
project told The Washington Post earlier this year that Truscott planned to buy,
among other things,
nearly $300,000 in extras for the new director's suite, including a $65,000
Bush is 2-for-2 and batting a 1000:
civil war in Iraq, and possibly Lebanon. That ole "Mission Accomplished" thing
keeps coming back like acid reflux. --
Grant Gerver - Shot Off the Press
Middle East Explodes In
Violence; Evangelicals Salivate - The Bilge Bucket
Don't Read These Books!
According to the conservative
the ten most harmful books of the 19th and 20th century are:
- The Communist Manifesto
- Mein Kampf
- Quotations from Chairman Mao
- The Kinsey Report
- Democracy and Education
- Das Kapital
- The Feminine Mystique
- The Course of Positive Philosophy
- Beyond Good and Evil
- General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Deutsch and Rush Limbaugh Inspire Singing Lawyer
PR Web (press release), WA
Jon Stewart, step aside. Welcome Ali Fadhel, rising
star of Iraqi spoof news _ or so he hopes. For now, the 24-year-old is a popular
contestant on Iraq's new hit reality television show "Saya Wa Surmaya," or "Fame
The show features Iraqi men and women taking on challenges in hopes of winning a
contract with Al-Sharqiya television, which airs the program. Fadhel tried his
hand at a fake newscast.
"Fame and Fortune" presents a different "reality" from every day life in Iraq _
no kidnappings, no killings, no
explosions _ except for the odd cooking accident.
"President Bush traveled to his ranch
in Texas for a ten-day vacation. The president said now is the perfect time to
take a vacation when everything in the world is running so smoothly." --Conan
Children and Cell Phones in Iraq
The cool kids in Iraq
all want an Apache, the cell phone they've named after an American military
Even more telling are the text messages and images that Iraqis share over their
phones...One of the most popular messages now making the rounds appears onscreen
with the image of a skeleton.
"Your call cannot be completed," it says,
"because the subscriber has been bombed or kidnapped."
Cyclist Floyd Landis has gone from
being the "Toast of France" to "French Toast." With Bush and now Landis, the
U.S. needs a Department of International Image Repair. --
The Sultan's Son
Once upon a time, a Sultan was blessed
with the birth of a son after years of hoping. The boy immediately became the
apple of his father's eye.
Just before his son's sixth birthday, the Sultan said to him, "Son, I love you
very much. Your birthday is coming soon, what would you like?"
His son replied, "Daddy, I would like to have my own airplane." His father
bought him American Airlines.
Just before his son's seventh birthday, the Sultan said, "Son, you are my pride
and joy. Ask what you want for your birthday. Whatever it is, it's yours"
His son replied, "Daddy, I would like a boat." His father bought him the
Princess Cruise Line.
Just before his son's eighth birthday, the Sultan said, "Son, you bring so much
happiness into my life. Anything you want, I shall get for you."
His son replied, "Daddy, I would like to be able to watch cartoons." His father
bought him Disney Studios.
Just before his son's ninth birthday, the Sultan said, "Son, you are my life.
Your birthday is coming soon. Ask what you wish. I will get it for you.
His son, who had grown to love Disney, replied, "Daddy, I would like a Mickey
Mouse outfit and a Goofy outfit"
His father bought him the Republican Party and Faux News.
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Hundreds of visitors filed through
a Virginia Tech greenhouse to get a glimpse, and a whiff, of a powerfully
malodorous "corpse flower" as it bloomed. The large Indonesian plant, whose
botanical name is Amorphophallus titanum, began opening up about 6 p.m. Friday
and was in full bloom by early Saturday morning. The plant emits a stench to
attract decaying flesh-eating beetles, flies and sweat bees for pollination.
Once it blooms, the odor lingers for about eight hours, then it takes several
more years before the plant has enough energy to bloom again.(Photo/Virginia