TGIF/Weekend edition - September 19-21, 2008







McCain criticizes Fed bailouts; Obama calls for 'bold' action
Los Angeles Times - 9-19-08
John McCain says regulators should protect consumers and punish fraud and predatory lending. Barack Obama urges decisive government moves to restore confidence in the financial system


Bush draws 25% approval rating
San Diego Union Tribune, United States - - 9-19-08
By John Marelius As has been the case for the past year and a half, only one-quarter of California voters approve of the job President Bush is doing and a

Obama rebounds in polls as economic crisis bites
AFP - - 9-19-08
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Democratic White House contender Barack Obama has reversed a Republican surge in national polls for the presidential election swayed by


"Everybody is trying to find out more about Sarah Palin. Everybody is trying to find out who she is. This is the latest. This week, true story, someone was able to hack into Sarah Palin's Yahoo! email account because she hadn't taken the proper security measures. Yeah. So, folks, it's official. No one in the Palin family uses protection. This is a problem. It starts with mom." --Conan O'Brien




The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without Saddam


First Afghanistan Then Iraq Now Back To Afghanistan: The Merry-go-round Wars


The Pentagon is taking a close look at its war strategy in Afghanistan in the face of rising violence from an increasingly complex insurgency, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.


"President Bush is keeping busy. Yesterday in Washington, President Bush met with the cast of the Broadway musical, 'The Lion King.' This country is going down the toilet and he's meeting with them. No, he did. He met with the cast of 'The Lion King,' yeah. Yeah, there was an awkward moment when Bush called Simba his favorite African leader." --Conan O'Brien



House of Representatives Protects Mark Foley, Accused Predator of House Pages



Almost two years to the day disgraced former congressman Mark Foley resigned after ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit instant messages with former congressional pages, state officials announced Friday that he won't face criminal charges in Florida after they concluded a long investigation into his associations with teenaged boys...The House of Representatives denied requests from FDLE "to review any computer equipment or emails that Foley used while in office," according to a summary of the state investigation, so investigators were unable to obtain original records of e-mails and instant messages. Foley also denied investigators access to his personal computers, according to the report.


Geez, we don't even protect our young house pages. Head hanging in shame.


I'm so ashamed of the first female House Speaker. I can't even say her name.


Disturbing News


"The big news story today is Sarah Palin. Every day, Sarah Palin. And it is not exactly hard-hitting stuff. I haven’t seen the media fawn over a celebrity this much since -- Barack Obama." --Craig Ferguson


Premiere: New Film ‘Third Term’ John McCain’s repeat performance of the Keating 5




EFF Sues Bush, Cheney and More


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), U.S. President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other government officials, alleging that an NSA electronic surveillance program continues to illegally spy on U.S. residents.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges that the NSA is conducting mass surveillance on U.S. residents, even as Bush and other officials say the program only targets U.S. residents when they communicate with overseas terrorism suspects. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit is a class-action complaint on behalf of all residential customers of AT&T's telephone and Internet services.








Republican-Shenanigans News


First Dude Todd Palin refuses to testify despite subpoena




I'm Voting Republican




Palin Enjoyed Watching Tina Fey’s Impersonation On Mute eFluxMedia 


Subject: Joe Scarborough calls reporter a son of a bitch on his tv show this morning



You nailed Joe years ago. He is an ass. I saw him call a reporter on his show a son of a bitch because the reporter said Scabby took millions in earmarks for beach replenishment in Pensacola. Mika his cohost made him apologize. They were all laughing. It was so uncomfortable to watch.

Could you imagine if Matt Lauer on NBC or John Roberts of CNN called someone a son of a bitch on their morning shows?

Not only is our country going to hell in a hand basket but we have these babbling bubbleheads leading the way. God help us.

If it wasn't for your website I'd just cry.

Love you,



Thank you for writing. Love you too!


Oddly enough, I saw Scabby blurt that out this morning and wondered if I was watching Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Joe is from the GOP school of "insult and giggle".


I'm glad to see Rachel Maddow is the number one show on MSNBC now. Joe must be so jealous, he's had  3 or 4 different shows on MSNBC and none of them got high ratings. I hope Rachel is earning more money than Scabby but I doubt it. You know, that glass ceiling thingy.


You'd think that MSNBC would get it - Democrat bashing pundits don't succeed as hosts on MSNBC only liberals like Olbermann and Maddow.


A couple of weeks ago Joe uses the bitch word once again and then threw an arrogant temper tantrum sprinkled with bullying.  MSNBC must be so proud - Joe Scarborough melts down throws temper tantrum on live TV YouTube


No wonder most Americans still think Saddam caused 9-11 when we have people like Scarborough spinning us.


I'll keep trying to bring a smile to your face on AHNC, Lorraine, as hard as it might be.





"But the dirt is beginning to come out. Apparently, one of Sarah's first acts as Governor of Alaska was getting a tanning bed installed in the governor’s mansion. The Republican Party is okay with it, which is weird, because usually they ask themselves, 'How can we make our candidate more white?'" --Craig Ferguson

Rock-The-Voter News


"And AIG has assets of over $1 trillion. Not billion, $1 trillion. How do you have $1 trillion and still get into financial trouble?" --Jay Leno




And Just When You Thought Things Couldn't Get Weirder


 Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr is trying to force a long-shot legal showdown in the Texas Supreme Court to keep Barack Obama and John McCain off the November ballot.



And the Democratic-controlled Congress says they’re going to adjourn for the rest of the year. This is true. The Senate majority leader said, regarding the financial crisis, no one knows what to do. Well there’s a ringing endorsement to reelect them, huh? “Hey, good luck! You’re on your own! We’re leaving!”- Jay Leno



Biz-Tech News


"The stock market crashed this week, but market analysts are not calling it a crash. They're calling it a 'correction.' Oh, shut up! A correction. You never hear that at NASCAR. 'Oh, we had a fiery correction on turn three. Four men are dead.'" --Jay Leno

Bailing Out Americans?


An enormous, taxpayer-financed program to buy up bad mortgages and other distressed debt is necessary to protect the savings and aspirations of millions of Americans, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said on Friday.





Subject: What happened to America?


Hi Lisa,

I'm from Toledo, Spain. Help me understand why your president race is so close.

John McCain is 72, several bouts with virulent cancer and sounds old and weak as a speaker he left 100s of qualified republicans to choose pretty but not qualified vice president and he is tied with the talented Obama.

What has happened to your country?

Love your has improved my English.



Bienvenido Guillermo. I'm always for improving the English!


What has happened to my country? Hatred has in my humble opinion. I felt it begin when Bill Clinton beat Papa Bush. After Clinton was elected right wing radio screamed hatred through Rush Limbaugh and various other voices. Then in the mid 90s the introduction of FoxNews and MSNBC TV news channels beat the drum for the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton had a name for it - the vast right wing conspiracy.


I extend apologies from America to you for this McCain is criticized for position on Spain Boston Globe



Don't worry, Sarah Palin has foreign policy experience, she can see Russia from her house in Alaska! (that is called sarcasm, a new vocabulary word for you)



"Stock prices are down, major companies are being purchased by the government. It is a bear market and, I have to say, Sarah Palin is just the lady to shoot it for us." --Jimmy Kimmel




Bush-Prison-Torture News


Oh, I went to my bank today. You know the toasters the give you when you open a new account? They asked for it back. That’s how bad it is.- Jay Leno


Go-F**k-Yourself News


Barack Obama said today, again, he wants to raise taxes on the rich, provided if, by November, anyone is still rich.- Jay Leno





Due to the current crisis on Wall Street, President Bush announced just a few hours ago that he’s canceled a trip to Alabama. That’s true. Yeah, Bush said, “Under the circumstances, I didn’t think it was right to leave the country.” - Conan O'Brien



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