Thursday edition - September 25, 2008


McCain Cuts and Runs




Obama calls on McCain to keep Friday debate date
Los Angeles Times, CA - 9-25-08
WASHINGTON -- Democrat Barack Obama said today he intends to travel to Oxford, Miss., for Friday night's planned debate and called on Republican John McCain


After McCain tried to bail from debate, Bush bailed him from embarrassment
The Swamp - Tribune's Washington Bureau -  9-25-08
John McCain had just made one of the riskiest, and perhaps costliest, moves of his presidential campaign, in attempting to bail out of the first televised debate of the candidates so that he could return to Washington

Top Officials Knew in 2002 of Harsh Interrogations
Washington Post, United States -
By Joby Warrick Top White House officials were told in early 2002 about harsh measures used by the CIA to extract information from suspected al-Qaeda


I'm exhausted. The amount of breaking news has been breathtaking. Sorry for the late post.



"You don't suspend your campaign. Do you suspend your campaign? No, because that makes me think, well, you know, maybe there will be other things down the road -- if John McCain's in the White House, he might just suspend being president. I mean, we've got a guy like that now!" - David Letterman


I just love Buckfush!


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

Oops. Can We Unhang Him?



Nearly two years after an Iraqi court sentenced Saddam Hussein to death, new disclosures by Western lawyers who helped guide the court have given fresh ammunition to critics who contend that he was railroaded to the gallows by vengeful officials in Iraq’s new government.





"You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves. I think someone's putting something in his Metamucil." - David Letterman


Disturbing News


Meanwhile Back In Pakistan


Pakistan's military fired at NATO helicopters along the country's border with Afghanistan as the aircraft were conducting operations, the alliance said.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization aircraft weren't hit by the small-arms fire from a military border checkpoint near the Tanai district in Afghanistan's eastern Khowst province, NATO said in an e-mailed statement. The alliance said it was working with the military in Pakistan ``to resolve the matter.''


Meanwhile Back In Pakistan: Part 2


Pakistani troops fired at American reconnaissance helicopters patrolling the Afghan-Pakistan border Thursday, heightening tensions as the U.S. steps up cross-border operations in a region known as a haven for Taliban and al-Qaida militants. Pakistan's president said only "flares" were fired.




It Takes One To Know One



"Wall Street got drunk – it’s one of the reasons I asked you to turn off your TV cameras. It got drunk and now it’s got a hangover. The question is: how long will it sober up.”- George W. Bush, July 2008



I'm a little confused on this year's candidates and their values, as presented by the Republican Party.

Let me see if I have this straight:


If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

If you grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, you're a quintessential American story.


If your name is Barack, you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

If you name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
If you graduate from Harvard Law School, you are unstable.

If you attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local beauty queen and sports reporter, 4 years on the city council, 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence-only sex education and look with disfavor on teaching kids about actual birth
control, while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America 's.

If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA , your family is extremely admirable.

Do you find this confusing too?


Sent in by Dennis M.







Republican-Shenanigans News


Today, John McCain told the press, “I did not have financial relations with that woman … Fannie Mae.” - LaughLines




Poisoning Our Troops??


Senior Army officials are investigating claims that National Guardsmen were exposed to a toxin in 2003 while protecting a water pumping plant in Iraq.

Two employees with the firm Kellogg, Brown and Root told Senate Democrats in June that members of the 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry division of the Indiana National Guard were exposed to sodium dichromate, despite promises from company officials that the Qarmat Ali facility in Basra, Iraq, was safe.


Rock-The-Voter News

What McCain Supporters Do In Their Spare Time



Officials of a small Christian university say a life-size cardboard reproduction of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was hung from a tree on the campus, an act that outraged students and school leaders alike.

George Fox University President Robin Baker said a custodian discovered the effigy early Tuesday and removed it.






Sarah Palin met with the presidents of Afghanistan, Colombia, and Iraq. She was excited because these are all countries you can’t see from Alaska. - Jay Leno



Biz-Tech News





"See, you know the way a bailout works? Here's the way a bailout works. A failed president and a failed Congress invest $700 billion of your money in failed businesses. Believe me, this can't fail."- Jay Leno




Subject: I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a "We Deserve It Dividend".

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family? Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved. Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads Put away money for college - it'll be there Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs. Buy a new car - create jobs Invest in the market - capital drives growth Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehmann Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC.

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,
Birk T. J. Birkenmeier,
A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion



Hmmm...doesn't that come out to $425.00 per person?


It was a nice thought while it lasted though, sigh.


How Many GITMO Prosecutors Have Quit? Five, Six?


 Contending that the government had suppressed evidence that could help a young man facing life in prison, a prosecutor has quit the war crimes tribunals here, several military defense lawyers said Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld quit the case -- and the Office of Military Commissions -- after growing increasingly concerned about the lack of due process afforded to Mohammed Jawad and his legal team, according to Michael J. Berrigan, deputy chief defense counsel for the commissions.





"They're still calling it a correction. I love this. When CEOs make bad decisions that cause Wall Street to crash, oh, it's called a correction. You know what we should do? Take these people and put them in a correctional institute. Okay, that's what we should do." --Jay Leno

Bush-Prison-Torture News


"Sarah Palin says she was very impressed with all of the landmarks in New York City. As they were driving over the Hudson River, she said, 'Wow! Your bridges actually go somewhere!'" --Jay Leno



Creepy Sarah


A grainy YouTube video surfaced Wednesday showing Sarah Palin being blessed in her hometown church three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office.


Go-F**k-Yourself News


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