TGIF/Weekend edition - January 4-6, 2008




Obama Triumphs in Iowa Contest as Clinton Falters; Huckabee Rolls
New York Times - 1-4-08
DES MOINES - Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, a one-term Democratic senator trying to become the nation’s first African-American president, rolled to victory in the Iowa caucuses on Thursday night, lifted by what appeared to be a..


North Korea makes threat after missed nuclear date
Reuters UK, UK - 1-4-08
SEOUL - North Korea said on Friday it would boost its war deterrent, a day after the United States said it was sending its nuclear envoy

Report: Post-Katrina Pumps Contract Fine
The Associated Press - 1-4-08
MWI is owned by J. David Eller and his sons. Eller was once a business partner of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a venture called Bush-El that marketed MWI pumps. In the coming weeks, the Corps is expected to decide whether MWI should be awarded a $5 million...


The Iowa GOP chose the Baptist preacher over the Mormon millionaire.


The only way the current batch of Republican candidates could be any worse is if they had a Bush brother in the mix. - Zing!





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

What? No Middle East Ménage à Trois? No Photo Op?


President Bush's aides all but ruled out a three-way meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during his upcoming Mideast visit and dampened hopes that the president's high-profile travels would make tangible progress toward peace.

"Just his going there is going to advance the prospects," Stephen Hadley, Bush's national security adviser, said Thursday. "We're not looking for headline announcements."




Rudy, Exploring New ‘Territory,’ Claims Decisive Victory in Guam Caucuses

By Don Davis




Disturbing News

What's Up With This?


More evidence that new Attorney General Michael Mukasey is running a more transparent and inclusive shop than his predecessors John Ashcroft and, especially, Alberto Gonzales:

Mukasey announced today that he's appointing Chicago federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to the Attorney General's advisory committee of U.S. attorneys.

Fitzgerald was on the committee from 2001 until 2005, but his appointment to it preceded his service as special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation.

Fitzgerald's probing in that case led to the perjury conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Scooter Libby and earned the prosecutor the lasting enmity of the White House.


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Volunteer Roberta Allen, from San Jose, Calif., wears American flag contact lenses as she waits for people to sign a list seeing if they are caucusing for Republican Presidential hopeful former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Thursday, during a campaign stop in West Des Moines, Iowa. Photo/Jeff Chiu


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I thought I'd be happy when Bush left; then I looked at the candidates whom Republicans want to replace him with.- Zing!


Republican Shenanigans



The U.S. National Academy of Sciences on Thursday issued a spirited defense of evolution as the bedrock principle of modern biology, arguing that it, not creationism, must be taught in public school science classes.


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That's our Pat: Robertson predicts China will become largest Christian nation: "God's going to give us China." (I believe Pat's been sucking on too many leaded toys.) - Grant Gerver,


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Rock-The-Voter News




Barack Obama's election polling in Iowa Thursday showed that the United States is ready for a black president. The way was certainly paved for him. If nothing else, President Bush shattered the myth of white supremacy once and for all. - Argus Hamilton






Biz-Tech News



In wake of brutal CIA probe, Bush feels strongly that torture tapes were his executive-privileged private property; he was only exercising his right to freedom of speech by having them destroyed. - Grant Gerver,




Katrina Aftermath Update


A federal plan to buy thousands of flood-prone homes on Mississippi's hurricane-battered coast is shaping up to be far more modest than many residents had feared.


Bush-Prison-Torture News


Go-F***-Yourself News




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Odd News



Cabinetmaker Hermann Obenauer, 59, is carving famous typical Tyrolean mask in Oberstdorf, southern Germany, December 29, 2007. Obenauer is the last carver in Oberstdorf, producing the masks handmade. He needs around 10 to 30 hours for one mask and they cost from 200 Euros up to 1000 Euros. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle