TGIF/Weekend edition - September 22-24, 2006
The Abuse Can Continue
US Threatened to Bomb Pakistan, Musharraf Says
Bush 'taken aback' about report on Pakistan, 9/11
The experts tell us torture doesn't work, so why does Bush insist on using it?
“In his speech, President Bush said the United Nations is in danger of losing its credibility. And believe me, when it comes to international affairs, President Bush is an expert on losing credibility.” -- Jay Leno
US deaths in Iraq Cleveland Plain Dealer
Two US soldiers killed in Iraq, military command says
Kentucky Guard medic dies in Iraq quarters Louisville Courier-Journal, KY
Iraq Says Abductees Used in Car Bombings
US troop numbers in Iraq not likely to drop soon Seattle Times
Enlistee Flees Return to Iraq Los Angeles Times
Spies, Lies and 9-11
The Pentagon's inspector general on Thursday dismissed claims that an Army intelligence unit code-named Able Danger uncovered data that could have thwarted the September 11 attacks, saying the allegations could not be substantiated....But the report was roundly criticized by Republican Rep. Curt Weldon..."Acting in a sickening bureaucratic manner, the (inspector general) cherry picked testimony from witnesses in an effort to minimize the historical importance of the Able Danger effort," Weldon said. "I question their motives and the content of this report, and I reject the conclusions they have drawn."
“Today, the President of Venezuela addressed the United Nations. He said maybe we need to move the UN out of the United States. We should move the UN out of the United States. Yeah, afterwards, a confused President Bush said, ‘But then it would just be the ‘Ited states.’” - Conan O'Brien
Military tightens its grip in Thailand Chicago Tribune
U.S. Health-Care System Gets a "D" BusinessWeek Online
Experts see more salad bar problems Chicago Tribune
SF reporters ordered to jail Monterey County Herald
The USDA recommends all Americans grow their own spinach. -- Grant Gerver
Don't Mess With Texas
A gun shop is running a radio commercial advising Houstonians to arm themselves against Katrina evacuees, contributing to rising tensions between longtime residents and the storm refugees who have been blamed for the city's rising crime rate...According to police, Katrina evacuees are suspects or victims in 59 of Houston's 262 homicides between Jan. 1 and Aug. 26.
Race remark draws campaign barbs Boston Globe
For Sen. Allen, Questions of Much More Than Faith
Bush Base Bailing
Christian conservatives, traditionally a reliable Republican constituency, aren't necessarily a GOP gimme this time around. There is an undercurrent of concern that some evangelicals, unhappy that the GOP-led Congress and President Bush haven't paid more attention to gay marriage and other "values" issues, may stay home on Election Day or even vote Democratic.
President Bill Clinton on The Daily Show 9/18/06 - YouTube
Kinky Friedman Defends 1980 Racial Slur
College Republicans flyers advertise prejudice
Oil Prices Rise Houston Chronicle
Hedge fund's losses widen
Chavez Catches Hell For 'Devil' Slam CBS News
Teens turn to TV, Internet for news USATODAY.com
Amazon Sees Server Problems Spread PC Magazine
While walking down the
street one day a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. "Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the man.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises...The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
"Now it's time to visit heaven."
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."
The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking
up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
"I don't understand," stammers the senator.
"Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time.
Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"
The devil looks at him, smiles and says,
"Yesterday we were campaigning... today you voted."
Naughty Bush Photos
Subject: Costa Rica
I donated $12 for a year's subscription. You are worth more than 4 gallons of gas! I wish it could be more.
How is Costa Rica? I bet you have a great tan!
Thank you so much Mary. Some say I am full of gas!
Costa is gorgeous even in the rainy season. No tan yet, too busy working after I post AHNC. I am deep cleaning some rentals, making drapes and doing general repairs for the upcoming tourist season. I'll be advertising them soon on AHNC.
Today I hope to take a long walk on the beach as the sky is mostly blue for the moment and hopefully I'll get some sun and shells.
The other day I saw a baby boa constrictor (about a foot long) ingesting a six inch green wiggling lizard. This was happening on my front gate.
Iraq torture 'worse after Saddam' Trade Arabia, Bahrain
The healthy man does not torture others -- generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers. -- Carl Jung
Judge hands Libby defense initial win
According to a new survey by Zogby International, 70% of men say that breast
implants are not sexy. Sure! Guys are going to Hooters for the food! Those
little chicken wings are so delicious! - Jay Leno
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