Wednesday edition - September 24, 2008




Congress balks at huge US financial bailout
AFP - 9-24-08
WASHINGTON (AFP) — US lawmakers were digging their heels in Wednesday against the government's 700-billion-dollar financial rescue package



Democrat Takes 52-43 Lead Among Likely Voters, Erases Republican's Post-Palin Pick Gains
ABC News - 9-24-08
Barack Obama has seized the reins of economic discontent, vaulting over John McCain's convention gains by persuading voters he both better understands their economic troubles and can better address them...

Young voters, solidly behind Obama, registering in droves
Arizona Republic, AZ -  9-24-08
The Washington, DC-based Rock the Vote, a political-advocacy group, conducted the random telephone poll of 500 young people shortly after the Republican

BREAKING NEWS: McCain Suspends Campaign; Obama Presses to Go Ahead With Debate Bloomberg


"And it is pretty scary, this economy, don't you think? Doesn't it make you yearn for the good old days when we were just worried about oil hitting 150 bucks a barrel? Remember those days? It was such an innocent time." --Jay Leno


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

What Security Pact?


US officials negotiating a controversial security pact with Iraq have returned to Baghdad to resume discussions which have been deadlocked since early September, a US official said on Wednesday...Negotiations became deadlocked in early September after Iraqi officials demanded that Iraqi authorities must be allowed to prosecute American troops committing "grave and intentional mistakes" in the country.

US soldiers currently are immune from Iraqi law...Aside from the immunity question, there are also disputes...


Disturbing News



This Is Supporting Our Troops!


The government is more than quadrupling monthly payments to some veterans suffering brain injuries, as the number of such war wounds mounts from the roadside bombings of Iraq and Afghanistan.






Republican-Shenanigans News

Where's The Outrage?


Poor Larry Craig got a truckload of moral condemnation for tapping his wingtips in the men's john, but his party proposes to spend 5 percent of the GDP to buy up bad loans made by men who walk away with their fortunes intact while retirees see their 401K go pffffffff like a defunct air mattress, and it's business as usual. Mr. McCain is a lifelong deregulator and believer in letting brokers and bankers do as they please -- remember Lincoln Savings and Loan and his intervention with federal regulators on behalf of his friend Charles Keating, who then went to prison? Remember Neil Bush, the brother of the C.O., who, as a director of Silverado S&L, bestowed enormous loans on his friends without telling fellow directors that the friends were friends and who, when the loans failed, paid a small fine and went skipping off to other things? Mr. McCain now decries greed on Wall Street and suggests a commission be formed to look into the problem. This is like Casanova coming out for chastity.


"The federal government, you know them, they announced a plan to spend, like, a trillion of taxpayer dollars to buy out bad mortgages and debt. Wall Street was surprisingly enthusiastic about the plan to save their asses with other peoples' money. It was either that, or Sarah Palin's idea to sell it all on eBay." --Bill Maher



Half of self-described conservatives now express the view that churches and other houses of worship should stay out of politics; four years ago, only 30% of conservatives expressed this view.


 McCain’s Memory Purge
By Madeleine Begun kane

Please beware of McCain’s mem’ry purge.
He was wrong on Iraq, so this scourge
Proves his judgment was poor.
He cheer-led the war
Which did not get its start with the surge.

Let The Drilling Begin?



A long-standing congressional ban on new offshore oil drilling will expire in seven days, with Democratic leaders conceding Tuesday they stand no chance of renewing it this year over President Bush's opposition and in a year where gasoline prices have become a campaign issue.



"And Governor Sarah Palin said, yes, she did watch Tina Fey portray her in that skit on Saturday Night Live, but she said she watched it with the volume turned down. Oh shut up! That's right up there with all the other political phrases, isn't it? Remember Clinton's, 'I smoked, but I didn't inhale'? John Kerry, 'I was for it before I was against it,' and John McCain's, 'I've fallen and I can't get up.'" --Jay Leno




Rock-The-Voter News

Free Movie!



Filmmaker Michael Moore released his latest documentary for free on the Internet on Tuesday, marking a first for the maverick director who aims to encourage young people to vote -- preferably for Democrats -- in November's U.S. presidential election.

"Slacker Uprising," a feature-length film documenting Moore's tour of swing states during the 2004 presidential election year, was made available for a free download instead of being released in movie theaters.





"Yesterday, at a big campaign rally, Sarah Palin drew a crowd of 60,000 people. Yeah, after hearing about it, Joe Biden got new glasses and a boob job." --Conan O'Brien


Biz-Tech News



"The economy is in big trouble, but the Bush administration is now running it. So finally some good news." --David Letterman



"Now, here's how bad the economy is. There are now Americans taking jobs away from illegal aliens. That's how bad it's gotten." --Jay Leno

Bush-Prison-Torture News



Bush waiting to give his speech at the United Nations yesterday. Sigh.



Fewer than 90 shopping days left before Christmas. Let’s hope there’s 90 shops left open by Christmas. — Will Durst





For all us George Bush junkies dreading the thought of going cold turkey on Jan. 20, Sarah Palin is a fresh breath of methadone. - LaughLines


Go-F**k-Yourself News


But, I mean, the thing - the thing about Palin is - is - you know, the sort of liberal talking point about McCain is it's four more years of Bush - Palin is much closer to four more years of Bush. I mean, you have all of these traits in common. Secrecy and unwillingness to cooperate with inquiries. A belief that foreign policy is dictated by God. I mean, she's basically Bush in drag. And then when add the hunting - you've got Cheney, you know. – Naomi Klein




"Speaking of politics, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently said that in the 1970s, he smoked marijuana. Yeah. Apparently, Arnold got so stoned, you could understand every word he was saying." --Conan O'Brien


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Odd News




Gem Diamonds, a London-listed mining firm, has said Sunday it had recovered a 478 carat diamond from its mine in Lesotho: the 20th-largest rough diamond ever found. Photo/Pelham