Thursday edition - September 21, 2006
Naughty Bush Photos
Civilian summer death toll in Iraq reaches record high of 6600
Torture rampant in Iraqi prisons, streets, UN says
Bill Clinton warns against wide torture approval
I wonder how quickly George Bush would break down while being water boarded?
"According to the latest poll, Bush's approval rating has rebounded to 44% -- the highest level in a year. The White House says it's thrilled that Bush has gone from an overwhelming dislike to a general dislike." --Conan O'Brien
Civilian Death Toll on the Rise in Iraq Los Angeles Times
Iraq takes over security for southern province
Hussein's lawyers oppose attempt to oust judge Boston Globe
Iraq central court announces conviction of 35 suspected insurgents International Herald Tribune, France
Security developments in Iraq, Sept 21 Reuters AlertNet, UK
After summer of violence, schools reopen across Iraq Seattle Times
US Senate Democrats plan probes into Iraq war Reuters AlertNet, UK
CIA Backs Away From Bush
The Bush administration had to empty its secret prisons and transfer terror suspects to the military-run detention centre at Guantánamo this month in part because CIA interrogators had refused to carry out further interrogations and run the secret facilities, according to former CIA officials and people close to the programme.
"You folks have any trouble with traffic today? It's because of the big opening of the U.N. General Assembly. You know who's here? The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He's the president who can actually pronounce 'nuclear.'." --David Letterman
Don't visit Istanbul, John Paul's attacker warns Pope
3rd Ind. preemie infant dies of overdose Houston Chronicle
As the rich and powerful politicians chopper their way to the Ryder Cup, they might have to avert their gaze from my little farm next door. If they dare to look, they might see me shaking my head in silent rage at their stupidity and arrogance.
Overall, Republicans Lead Money Race
Laura Bush to campaign for Iowa Republicans DesMoinesRegister.com, IA
Top Republican says Ney should resign Houston Chronicle
St. Jack' hits the religious right
"I am sick of Karl Rove's bullsh*t." --Former President Bill Clinton, to the New Yorker's David Remnick
Naughty Bush Photos
Burns, Frist, Santorum
Top List of Corrupt Pols
"And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. [crosses himself] And it smells of sulfur still today. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world." --Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, on President Bush, addressing the United Nations General Assembly
Your Land Is My Land
President Bush said Wednesday he would order military action inside Pakistan if intelligence indicated that Osama bin Laden or other top terror leaders were hiding there. "Absolutely," Bush said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist reversed himself Monday and introduced the Mexican border fence bill in the Senate. The country's future is at stake. The wall is seven hundred miles long and it is designed to prevent impeachment hearings. - Argus Hamilton
Mock Obituary of Ann Coulter by Ted Rall
A federal judge on Wednesday reinstated the "Roadless Rule," a Clinton-era ban on road construction in nearly a third of national forests.
“Earlier today, the president of Iran refused to attend a United Nations banquet because wine was being served. Yeah, the Iranian president said he was afraid he would get really drunk and say something pro-Semitic.”-- Conan O'Brien
Ex-OPEC official: Oil price could dip to $40 Middle East Online, UK
George W Bush's Resume
Dick Cheney addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in Washington Tuesday. It was a brainstorming session. The vice president wanted to ask the car dealers if they've got any ideas on how to sell the invasion of Iran. -- Argus Hamilton
Cheney-Kuhl visit today to be preceded by protests Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY
On This Day - September 21
1938 - A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England killing more than 600 people.
1966 - The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.
1973 - Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
1993 - Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
1998 - The videotaped
grand jury statement that U.S. President Bill Clinton made concerning the
Monica Lewinsky case was made public.
“The good news -- unemployment continues to fall. In fact, the only person who lost his job recently, the Pope's speech writer.” -- Jay Leno
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It's a girl -- she's 3.3 million years old, almost human San Francisco Chronicle, USA
Jerusalem? Never heard of it Reuters
A full-scale model of "Lucy," the celebrated skeletal remains of a female hominid who lived 3.2 million years ago, is seen at a prehistoric museum in Bidon, France. Lucy will leave Ethiopia next year for her first-ever foreign exhibition, officials said.(Photo/Bidon Museum)