Thursday edition - January 3, 2008



Oil flirts with $100 a barrel
Houston Chronicle, United States - 1-3-08
By KRISTEN HAYS Oil prices closed at a record high Wednesday, after a single futures contract drove crude briefly to $100-a-barrel for the first time.


Bush to Visit Saudi Arabia
The Associated Press - 1-3-08
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) Saudi Arabia's king will urge President Bush when he visits the country later this month to apply pressure on Israel to halt

US Offers Iraqis Service Jobs
The Associated Press - 1-3-08
But the US military believes it has a way to help residents and the village by providing jobs that also could dim the allure of militancy.


Two oily men went to war and oil prices skyrocket. Makes sense to me.


"Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, one of our guests tonight, has reached what they call 'the top tier' of GOP candidates. That means during the debates he no longer has to wear a nametag." --Jay Leno




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

Roll Out The Barrels


As oil futures topped $100 a barrel today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said congressional Democrats would try again to end government breaks for the industry an approach that has been rejected by President Bush...The White House, meanwhile, spoke of expanding domestic production, including drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.






Disturbing News

We're Arming A Dictator


A senior US senator lashed the administration of President George W. Bush Wednesday for its decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, calling it a sign of a "dangerously misguided" policy toward Islamabad.



"Tomorrow, of course, is the Iowa caucus. As you may know, caucus is a Greek word which means, 'the only day anyone pays any attention to Iowa.'" --Jay Leno



Subject: HELLO IOWA!




I want to thank Iowa for showing Americans are still involved in the political process. It has been fascinating watching them on CNN.




Hello Iowa and great job, from Jim and AHNC!


My Costa Rican sat TV  provides CNNI and nauseously, FoxNews. My neighbor here said watching FoxNews is like watching a train crash, you just can't look away.




Republican Shenanigans



"My understanding is that there was a special arrangement made for the late-night shows, and the writers have made this agreement to let the late night shows to come back on, so I don't anticipate that it's crossing a picket line," Huckabee told reporters traveling with him Wednesday from Fort Dodge to Mason City.

In fact, that is true only of David Letterman, who has a separate agreement with writers for his "Late Show."

Told he was mistaken and that writers had cleared only Letterman's show, Huckabee protested: "But my understanding is there's a sort of dispensation given to the late-night shows, is that right?"

Told again that he was wrong, Huckabee murmured, "Hmmm," and, "Oh," before answering another question.

Click here for the political view from Racine, Wisconsin


"It's freezing in Iowa. It's like 20 degrees in Iowa. In fact, it is so cold Hillary Clinton can actually see Barack Obama's breath breathing down her neck." --Jay Leno



Rock-The-Voter News

Big Brother Lives


And he may live a lot closer to home than you might think or want.

Human rights organization Privacy International compiled list of the best and worst countries in 2007 for citizen privacy versus government surveillance. The United States sits squarely at the bottom of that list with Privacy International classifying the country as one of the world's most "endemic surveillance societies."








Biz-Tech News


The Iowa caucuses will be held tonight after a year of nonstop campaigning by the presidential candidates. Many Iowans are sad to see this circus end. After the candidates leave, the farmers will have to go back to fertilizing the crops themselves. - Argus Hamilton


Bush-Prison-Torture News




The Los Angeles Times said Mitt Romney ran shell companies in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. They helped investors evade U.S. taxes. For a party that started the American Revolution, Republicans sure seem to have gotten over their hatred of British tax laws. - Argus Hamilton


Go-F***-Yourself News


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Odd News



A protestor lies covered in fake blood at the centre of a Japanese national flag during an anti-whaling demonstration outside the Japanese Consulate in Melbourne, Australia, in this photograph released January 3, 2008. Protesters from Animal Liberation Victoria (ALV) staged the demonstration to draw attention to the Japanese whaling fleet who have commenced their cull which has angered conservationists. Photo/Animal Liberation Victoria