Wednesday edition - September 13, 2006
Naughty Bush Photos
US Spends More on Education, Gets Worse Results, OECD Finds
Government Sets Higher Medicare Rates and New Surcharge
US military investigates leaked photo
Stupid is as stupid does.
It's so WEIRD: the closer we get to midterms, the lower gas prices go. -- Grant Gerver
Another book by George W. Bush
Naughty Bush Photos
US soldier killed north of Baghdad
Police discover 65 bodies across Iraq
Prosecutor accuses judge of pro-Saddam bias KGET 17, CA
Marine distraught during interrogation, agent testifies
Court-martial set for chaplain who disobeyed order
Passenger Subdued On LA-To-DC Flight CBS News
Subject: I remember 9/11/01
I remember the morning of 9/11/01 in great detail. I remember hearing what was happening , the conversation between me and the coworker who was keeping several of us informed , and the running conversation between us and what I thought and felt at the time. Scott , the division head of the section of the Health Department where I worked , came out and stopped by my desk just as I ended a phone conversation and turned to a notepad to document the conversation with a permit applicant.
He said, " A plane just crashed into the World Trade Tower".
I shook my head and made a comment about idiots with too much money being able to get pilot's licenses and afford aircraft. Scott answered , "No , a jetliner!". I said , "What the hell? Those people are well-trained , and most of them are Air-force vets too." He told me the plane had been hijacked.
There was a fair amount of comment around the cube-divided room , and Scott returned in about 20 minutes , stopping at my desk. He said "Another plane just was crashed into the other tower!" I thought he was joking , but he said no - and the whole scene was on TV by then.
I went to the boss' office , saw the very odd sight of a plane stuck in a skyscraper , with billowing clouds of black petroleum smoke . Pretty much hysteria - maybe more like a quiet hysteria that you could call shock was the prevailing mood.
I was angry- I knew what this meant for my country. When Bush was nominated by the Republicans , my wife and I shifted our modest investments to CDs - the quick and easy route to doing this mapped out in the week after Rove gutted McCain to take the South Carolina primary. I had watched the lunatic babble and strut , making overt and idiotically belligerent gestures to nation after nation. I listened to the grumbling of even old redneck nitwits , Clinton haters from the word Go , discussing how they thought they had really screwed up voting for "that Texas millionaire". The nomination of John Ashcroft - who had just lost his Senate race to a corpse - as Attorney General was as clear an "F- You " to the American People as a president has ever utterred. The murder of Japanese school kids by rich Republican investors on a tour of a U.S. nuclear submarine , one of them at the helm , convinced me that our nation had a madman at the helm.
When the World Trade Center Towers were hit on 9/11/01 - I realized that the Fascists had found a way to consolidate power - even as their misled "base" of sub-literate bible-thumping nitwits had begun to see what they had put within stealing distance of the White house. And here we are . I have had a lot of opportunities in my life to say "I told you so".
It's been a long , long time since I got any enjoyment at all from saying that. Lisa , have a good day today; take a drive somewhere now that gasoline has been dropped down to only $.75 a gallon higher than pre-Bush prices just before the 2006 elections.
Tom - Not A Republican
Thanks for writing Tom.
Bush prematurely ejaculated Afghanistan to hump Iraq while raping Lady Liberty. Excuse my crudeness.
I was here when one of my students said in a thick Cuban accent, " Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center!" I said, "No. Are you sure?" He replied, "I saw it on TV in the Captain's office." I had one of my students rig an antenna for the TV that I used for video education so we could find out what was happening.
Gas is cheap in the USA (just kidding) -- I paid $5.25 a gallon in Costa Rica but I got my car washed for free while the gas was being pumped.
"She's either Puerto Rican, or the same thing as Cuban, I mean they are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it." --California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on California Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, the lone Latina Republican in the Legislature
Amid scandals, GOP keeps lobbyist machine humming USATODAY.com
A GOP leader takes terror swipe at Dems San Francisco Chronicle
Noe given 27 months in prison Columbus Dispatch
Barbara Bush raises cash for embattled Indiana rep Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN
Barbara Bush Praises Shays Hartford Courant
Barbara Bush stumps for Rainville BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT
hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so
overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you
know, were underprivileged anyway, so this -- this (she chuckled slightly) is
working very well for them." -- Barbara Bush, referring to Katrina victims
in Houston, TX, 9/4/05
President Bush addressed the nation from the Oval Office Monday night with a speech the White House promised would be non-political and healing. He was careful not to pre-empt Monday Night Football. There's still an election to consider.- Argus Hamilton
Another book by George W. Bush
Naughty Bush Photos
Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said
Thursday he will go to the United Nations to take on President Bush personally.
Not wise. President Bush may be out of troops, but as long as he's in charge of
FEMA he can reduce any country to rubble.-
Oil rebounds above $64 ahead of Iran debate Engineering News (press release), South Africa
BP must show pipeline repair won't cause risk Louisville Courier-Journal
California on way to $8 minimum wage Seattle Times
Apple unveils new iPods, movie downloads Computerworld
Arnold Schwarzenegger apologized Friday for saying California Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia is hot. He said her mixed Caribbean blood made her that way. You get the feeling that Mel Gibson's career is far from over when a German leader is categorizing people by race and he's ten points ahead in the polls in California.- Argus Hamilton
Guantanamo trial rules split Senate Republicans Houston Chronicle
Lady Margaret Thatcher flew to Washington D.C. on Monday to attend remembrance services at St. John's Episcopal Church with Vice President Dick Cheney. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the service. It's so rare that God gets to hang out with His peers. - Argus Hamilton
Cheney insists on Iraq-al-Qaeda link NEWS.com.au, Australia
The English Language is Safe
U.S. citizens concerned that Latino immigrants will have them singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in Spanish can rest easy, according to an academic study published on Wednesday.
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An African elephant calf was born at the San Diego Zoo?s Wild Animal Park September 11, 2006 evening, marking the second birth for the herd rescued from culling in 2003. The calf was born to 16-year-old, first-time mother Umngani (oom-GAH-nee), photographed here on September 12, 2006. Weighing in at 214 pounds, the female calf was born at 7:49 p.m. Umngani was one of seven African elephants rescued by the Park in August 2003. Photo/Ken Bohn/Zoological Society of San Diego