Thursday edition - January 3, 2008
Oil flirts with $100 a barrel
Bush to Visit Saudi Arabia
US Offers Iraqis Service Jobs
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
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.
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.
Mukasey launches probe of CIA Los Angeles Times
Republican race given a new edge as John McCain comes back from dead Times Online, UK
Lott Successor Dispute Heads to Court The Associated Press
Huckabee Supporters Get Warning Letters The Associated Press
Jeb Bush to arrive in Israel for private visit Jerusalem Post, Israel
"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.
"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
Fatigue not going to stop Hillary, Obama and Edwards as caucus ...
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."
Oil hits record; is $4-a-gallon gas possible by spring?
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
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
Cheney is still MIA
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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