Monday edition - January 7, 2008





Israel seeks ban on settlement report ahead of Bush visit
AFP - 1-7-08
... on the publication of a key report on settlements, a peace group said on Monday, just days before US President George W. Bush begins a landmark visit.


Musharraf: Bhutto to blame for her assassination
CNN International - 1-7-08
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (CNN) -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination was her own fault, the country's president, Pervez Musharraf, said in an interview that aired Sunday on US television

Qaeda Urges Meeting Bush With Bombs
New York Times - 1-7-08
By AP CAIRO (AP) - An American member of Al Qaeda urged fighters to meet President Bush “with bombs” when he visits the Middle East this week, according to a new videotape posted on the Internet on Sunday.


I guess Bush's mom never taught him to wipe his nose with his crisp linen handkerchief tucked in his Brooks Brothers suit.




"They say al Qaeda is now trying to recruit women. See, this kinda makes you wonder what does al Qaeda promise women to become terrorists? Like men get the 72 virgins. What do women get -- 50 guys that help around the house?" - Jay Leno



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


Another Secret Prison?


As the Bush administration struggles for a way to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a similar effort to scale down a larger and more secretive American detention center in Afghanistan has been troubled by political, legal and security problems, officials say.







Disturbing News

Rolling Out The Red Carpet for King George


Israeli officials in Jerusalem are to deploy more than 10,000 police officers in a vast security operation ahead of the arrival this week of George Bush, the first US president to visit in a decade. Graffiti are being cleaned off walls, road markings are being repainted and hundreds of American flags are being put up across the city. The floodlights which illuminate the stone ramparts of the Old City will stay on for an extra two hours every night, until 2am, to give the president the chance to catch the view....Bush, who arrives on Wednesday for his first visit as president, will stay at the King David hotel. Eight truckloads of equipment have already arrived in advance of his two-night stay. All the hotel's rooms will be taken by his entourage - tourists have had their bookings cancelled.



"The Writers Guild strike does continue. Fortunately, we've been able to negotiate an agreement but the strike continues. ... Here's what the writers want and you tell me if you don't think this is fair. Here's all they want: The Writers Guild wants a share of Internet revenues and four more years of President Bush." --David Letterman





Republican Shenanigans

Chef Admits Bush Is Crackers


Bush, who called Scheib “cookie,” “wanted his food to hit the table at the same time his posterior hit the chair,” and would never eat anything green or “wet.” What did he eat? Almost exclusively BLTs, grilled-cheese sandwiches made with Kraft singles and white bread, peanut-butter-and-honey sandwiches, and hamburgers. Whichever item Scheib had at the ready, the president would reject. (Scheib learned to anticipate this, keeping all four foods prepared at all times.) In his final weeks on the job, Scheib admitted he was fired, rather than saying he resigned. For this perceived act of disloyalty, he was immediately dismissed.


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Rock-The-Voter News


“No, I always love when they campaign because you always see the candidates holding up ears of corn” because “that’s what they grow in Iowa. … See, how come they don’t do that when they come to L.A.? Like, you don’t see the candidates on Hollywood Boulevard, arm around a hooker, big vial of crack.” - Jay Leno


Bush Officials Blow Another CIA Operation


Senior U.S. officials, concerned over intelligence reports that al Qaeda and the Taliban are more intent on destabilizing Pakistan, are considering expanding the authority of the CIA and the military to conduct far more aggressive covert operations there, the New York Times said on Sunday.

Citing senior Bush administration officials who spoke off the record, the Times said that while no decisions had been made, the options under discussion included the CIA working with the military's Special Operations forces.




"Because of the strike ... many of the awards shows may be cancelled this season. So, something good has come from all of this." --David Letterman




Biz-Tech News

US Dollar Axed in India


In a sign of how the once-mighty U.S. dollar has fallen, India's tourism minister said Thursday that U.S. dollars will no longer be accepted at heritage tourist sites, including the Taj Mahal.




Bush-Prison-Torture News

George McGovern on Impeachment


"Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses," McGovern writes. "They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time.

"Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world."

Go-F***-Yourself News




Why are candidates not addressing Britney issues? - Grant Gerver,




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Odd News




View of the Popocatepetl volcano, near Puebla, 120 km east from Mexico City. The volcano put on a spectacular show Saturday, spewing out a huge, billowing cloud of ash and steam eight kilometers (five miles) high, but creating little danger, officials said.
Photo/Jose Castanares