Wednesday edition - September 24, 2008
Congress balks at huge US financial bailout
Democrat Takes 52-43 Lead Among Likely Voters, Erases
Republican's Post-Palin Pick Gains
Young voters, solidly behind Obama, registering in droves
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
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4170 The Associated Press
US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 534 The Associated Press
President Bush Says Situation In Iraq Has Changed Substantially Voice of America
North Korean nuclear plant seals removed CNN International
Iran's Ahmadinejad Denounces 'Bullying Powers' in UN Address
Christian soldier ruled a conscientious objector The Associated Press
Fiji truck drivers warned of Iraq recruitment firms Radio Australia, Australia
"U.S. drone" crashes in Pakistan Reuters
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...
Galveston residents begin return to devastated island Houston Chronicle
This Is Supporting Our Troops!
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.
McCain Calls Debate Important, Praises Obama's Eloquence Washington Post
Republican anger at ‘financial socialism’ Financial Times
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.
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
Obama 'best placed to sort out economic mess', says Hillary Belfast Telegraph
Obama out to flip Indiana to Dems The Associated Press
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."
Oil rises above $108 as investors eye US bailout The Associated Press
Iraq exporting crude to neighbor Jordan Toronto Star
Iraq, China to finalize $3 bln oil deal next week International Herald Tribune
Federal grand jury meets on Palin hacking case Computerworld
The Last Microsoft Ad Strategy: The Disco Mom PC Magazine
"The economy is in big trouble, but the Bush administration is now running it. So finally some good news." --David Letterman
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
Abu Ghraib photos must finally be released Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, VA
Restrictive Guantanamo Bay Homeschool Policy Abandoned Home School Legal Defense Association
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
Republicans to Cheney on $700-billion bailout: We're not buying it Los Angeles Times
'Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency' by Barton Gellman' Los Angeles Times
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
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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Solar Wind Getting Weaker, Says NASA Wired News
Give us a break! Some say David Blaine's feat deserves asterisk New York Daily 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