Monday edition - January 8, 2007
Pelosi: No blank check for troop surge
Court Drops Charges Against Saddam
Dems Look at Tax Cuts for Middle Class
Shouldn't stupidity be cause enough for Impeachment and removal from office?
"Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House. They say this is the furthest anyone in a dress has gotten in Washington since J. Edgar Hoover." --Jay Leno
In the year 2008...
5 More US Soldiers Killed in Iraq CBS News, NY
soldier dies in Iraq accident
Britain could cut troops in Iraq Kentucky.com, KY
UN urges stay of Iraq executions
Gator fans stationed in Iraq gear up for championship game San Jose Mercury News, CA
Grab the Children and Run!
Vice President Dick
Cheney is expected to visit Westmoreland County today, but not for any political
instead he plans to go duck hunting.
Now that we've hanged Saddam and forgotten about Osama, whom do we blame our problems on? - Zing!
Three Middle Eastern men in
a cargo truck sparked a brief terrorism scare at the Port of Miami until
officials determined their freight was harmless and
the incident had stemmed from a simple misunderstanding.
"President Bush is claiming that a new postal law gives him the authority to read anyone's letters without a warrant. If you're upset about the law, you can let Bush know by writing to your sister." --Conan O'Brien
Governor: Cut welfare to pay for health care
Bush Is #1 - The First President to Close Access to the White House Visitor Logs
The White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement last spring in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal declaring that records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to the public.
Aren't women usually in charge of the House?- Zing!
48% Trust Dem Leaders in Congress, 38% Trust Bush
"In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the Prime Minister of Iraq says not only will he not seek a second term in office, he wishes he could quit early. He says he has other interests he'd like to pursue, like trying to stay alive." --Jay Leno
Our long national nightmare -- still going strong
The man who coined Ford's most hopeful phrase was among the first to learn that Cheney and Rumsfeld would use Watergate as an excuse to expand executive power.
...Two other Ford administration heavyweights — Nixon holdovers Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney — outmaneuvered Ford's most trusted lieutenant in launching what would become a career-long struggle to maintain and expand the powers of the executive branch against what they saw as a feckless Congress and media. This constitutional blood-feud continues to fundamentally shape the way the United States is governed today.
C-SPAN site gives students inlet to politics San Gabriel Valley Tribune, CA
"As you know, Saddam Hussein was hung. Or that's what he'd like to tell the ladies." --Jay Leno
German soldiers to be quizzed over former Guantanamo prisoner Monsters and Critics.com, UK
British Guantanamo Bay prisoner `losing his sanity' Taipei Times, Taiwan
At Guantánamo Bay, military guards find it
difficult to balance ...
Miami Herald, FL
Troop surge = Stay the Corpse - Grant Gerver - www.seriouskidding.com
Apocalypse Now? Dead Birds and the Odor of Gas
AUSTIN, Texas -- Police shut down several blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin early Monday after dozens birds were found dead in the street.
Gas-Like Odor Permeates Parts of New York City
New York Times, NY
Tim Hinchey, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said reports of a gas odor started coming in shortly before 9 am. Office workers were evacuated from some ..
The sad thing is that after Cheney leaves office, he won't really be a private citizen again. He'll have a security detail which will insulate him from his fellow American's demonstrations of gratitude like pelting him with filth or tarring and feathering. - Wonkette Blog
Scooter Sound: 19 News Orgs Ask for Release of Audio Tapes
Dick Cheney Gives Up Guns, Goes Bow Hunting
The Spoof (satire), UK
I love the smell of impeachment in the morning...
January 6, 2007 -- Over 1000 people gathered in Nancy Pelosi's district, on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, to spell out the message "IMPEACH!" "America is a great country," said event organizer Brad Newsham, a local cab driver and author. "But President Bush has betrayed our faith. He mislead us into a disastrous war, and is trampling on our Constitution. He has to go. Now. I hope Nancy Pelosi is listening today."
A majority of Americans share Newsham's sentiments. A 2006 Zogby poll found that 52% of Americans agreed with the statement: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?"
9 out of 10 dermatologists prefer Global Warming. - Grant Gerver - www.seriouskidding.com
Twenty days in paradise
Well, I’m back down in Costa Rica till March, I arrived here on December 19th. It has been wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones amidst the palm trees and warm breezes.
I live on the top of a hill perched on a cliff about 700 feet from a hotel called the Iguanazul (blue iguana) The Iguanazul has a spectacular vista overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is one of those places where kindred souls meet each night and revel in the sunset together. I prefer to go there every other night, wallet permitting. And it is the only place within walking distance.
I spent Christmas at the Iguanazul. We had a lovely turkey dinner ($25 a head) with all the trimmings and delightful company. We were entertained by a local band made up of father, son and grandson serenading us throughout the evening. When I was asked to dance, I went to step down from the dining room which has a deep two foot step – and when my foot hit the floor my injured ankle gave way (I sprained it in Costa last September) Anyway I bounced off my knee back up into my partners arms and began to dance a slow dance, with a slight limp. It was actually quite a graceful recovery, I don’t mind saying.
Back to the Iguanazul for New Years Eve. It was a blast there ($70 each – all you could eat and drink from 6-12). Dave McKague is the owner and he put on a wonderful New Year celebration. There was a fabulous buffet featuring sweet and sour pineapple gravy over roast pork, a lovely roast beef, and shrimp. The sides included a calamari type dish, the sweetest corn kernels I have ever eaten and about ½ dozen outstanding veg and seafood combos. Dessert was to die for. While the mariachi band was playing I decided to just sway to the music in my chair and play it safe. Our table was located near the pool (which has a palm tree growing out of the middle) and there were lovely floating islands of the local flora being blown by the wind through the water. The entire pool area was encircled by round red glowing paper lanterns that I swear kept beat to the band as they blew in the wind. As the evening went on and EVERYONE was dancing but me-- my Canadian friend Debby decided to teach me how to play the spoons to satiate my need to dance. I’m not a half bad spoon player. Soon it was midnight and the conga line snaked around the pool, sans moi. Hello and welcome 2007!
Soon I was walking alone back up the rocky dirt road to my place when a SUV suddenly flew over the top of the hill, kicking up an incredible cloud of dust, and was heading straight for me. It is dry season here and I know that a dust cloud hides someone like me trekking along in the dark. So I tried to jump over the ditch to the left of me to avoid being hit and landed on the side of my left foot, respraining that recent ankle injury. *#@*% I got up, dusted myself off and tried to limp the hundred feet left to home sweet home. As I took about a dozen steps ANOTHER SUV flew over the hill headed for me. I leapt like a limp iguana into a pile of scrap wood that was left on the side of the road, slipped and landed on my right hip. Double *#@*%. As I was laying there looking up at the most incredible star filled sky trying to evaluate whether or not I would have to be helicoptered to the local hospital or to try to crawl back home, I decided on the later and did sort of a lame/hop/footdrag maneuver back to my home. I am slowly recovering with help from the Pharmacia.
Life always has its challenges and my initial arrival here offered me many. Unfortunately several hit me like a rock between the eyes. Of course my constant Internet access is essential as not only do I produce AHNC online but I write for another comedy website which helps keep AHNC online financially. As I mentioned in a recent edition I am also here to do the groundwork/setup of a clothing store -- initially starting it up in my garage. I am partnering with my best friend and soul mate Peggy, the sassy Southern Belle, whom I have often mentioned on AHNC. So in other words, I have three separate jobs to do down here. Which means not much sun and fun time but looking out my second floor bedroom window at the Pacific Ocean makes it very easy.
But back to the Internet -- I apologize for the late posted editions recently. The first one of those life challenges/rocks that whomped me upside the head was when I found out I would be sharing a phone line modem and my garage with our new renters. I have only been able to spend ½ the time online I should. Hence I am taking 4 times as long to produce my site due to a slow phone modem. I apologize for the many emails that have gone unanswered. But Lo and Behold, after I explained my dilemma to our renter, Steve, he said he just happened to have a sat system and I should have high speed Internet access any day now – a big band aid for one of those rock gashes on my forehead.
My second challenge was the garage. Peggy is arriving soon and we will need to display our inventory and setup shop. Hangers are at a premium here and Lo and Behold, Steve rearranges his boxes in the garage to give me room and he just happened to have a couple of hundred hangers in a box at his building site (Steve and his gorgeous wife Suzette are building their home on five acres down the road from me directly on Playa Blanca, an exquisite white beach nestled in between jutting green lava cliffs – it is just so Jurassic Park) Band aid number two.
I called a few shop owners here and have had a modicum of success in clothing sales and this is where challenge number three comes in. I don’t have a vehicle and it is vastly limiting my ability to hawk my wares or go to the store, bank etc. This is a remote location here (about an hour from any civilized shopping) with few conveniences so a car is a necessity, especially with an injured ankle and hip. Lo and Behold I am told I will finally have a rental vehicle this week.
It is my 20th day here and I wonder what the hell is going to happen next? J
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Workers prepare a snow sculpture of the Daming Palace from the Han Dynasty for the upcoming ice and snow festival in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning province, January 8, 2007. Photo/Sheng Li (CHINA)