Thursday edition - October 11, 2007
UN says prosecute Iraq contractors who commit crimes
Main US Military Base Near Baghdad Attacked
Gates plays down report Marines want Iraq exit
Bush is the happiest president ever, isn't he? He's always laughing and making jokes. He's walking proof that ignorance is bliss.
"The Republicans had another big presidential debate earlier on CNBC. CNBC -- it's like NBC, but with even less viewers. ... All the big name Republican candidates were there. The old guy was there, the really old guy was there, and the really, really old guy was there. ... Did you see 'em lined up? They looked like a pack of vanilla wafers. It's the attack of the white guys. It's a hockey game about to break out." -Jay Leno
Turks warn US over genocide vote CNN International
Muslim Scholars Call for Peace
More than 130 Muslim scholars from around the globe called on Thursday for peace and understanding between Islam and Christianity, saying "the very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake."
"Anyway, who's still in our coalition? Let's take a look. Romania, they've got
500 people there. That's enough to fill a movie theatre. Many of the Romanians,
of course, are vampires. Armenians have got 46 soldiers, that's enough for one
of them Atlantic City buses. One of the few places, by the way, more depressing
than Iraq. ... And then there's Iceland. They're counted in the coalition as
much as the United States is, and they've got enough people to fill a suit. That
is not a typo. That is the numeral one. And she wasn't a troop. And she just
left." --Jon Stewart
Subject: Your presidential endorsement
You wrote, "I will endorse whomever wins the Democratic primary."
But you are anti-war, are you not? Most of the Democrats running for President are pro-war-mongerers. How do you resolve that?
And there is a far distance from Hillary (pro-war) to Mike Gravel (who is strict anti-war). Would you be willing to endorse both end-of-spectrum candidates if chosen?
And isn't blind endorsement of a political party - instead of endorsement of a person and that person's policies - dangerous?
I emailed you earlier about Ron Paul. The following is another article (there are so many) which gives more information about him.
Ron Paul may be on the Republican ticket, but he stands out from the rest of the rethuglican white-guys (he won his 1st-of-10 Congressional races as a Libertarian, but changed to Republican in order to get more recognition in our very limited 2-party system).
Thank you for writing.
I've had enough of Texan politicians, thank you very much.
I stand by my endorsement.
Here's a little information about Ron Paul.
Ron Paul is against stem cell research. And he is for "the government" telling women what to do with their reproductive systems.
Paul is anti-NASA. I thank NASA for kick starting this whole "computer thingy" and for the satellites providing a plethora of communication services -- and for all the private research that resulted/profited from the NASA program.
Excerpt: Paul "never voted for what he saw as unconstitutional spending." For instance, he voted against NASA funding even though the Johnson Space Center was in his old district. Paul's reasoning...was that "if there's a military purpose to it, then the Pentagon should be doing it. But he thought a civilian space agency was obviously unconstitutional."
Ron Paul strikes me as a short sighted man. If he was in charge when NASA was in it's infancy you wouldn't be typing on a keyboard today -- you'd be using a manual typewriter.
The Democratic presidential candidates did not start this war, Bush started this war by manipulating intel. Bush lied to all of us. And to call most of the Democratic candidates "pro-war-mongers" is absurd.
No political party is perfect. I am a Democrat because no other party cares more about human rights, the advancement of technology and higher education as much as the Democrats do. Their voting record proves it.
I have voted for Republicans and Independents, too. In 1980 I voted for John Anderson, Republican-turned-Independent, for president. I felt Carter couldn't win against Reagan. I didn't fear Reagan back then, I feared George H. W. Bush, ex-head of the CIA -- and here's why -- in the late 70's Papa Bush was photographed in matching Guayabera shirts with Manuel Noriega, president of Panama. Coincidentally, at the same time those pictures surfaced, a close friend of mine was dating the daughter of a Panamanian official who worked directly with Noriega and would often express his fears of Noriega, his cocaine dealing and his close ties with the CIA. Being one who is not fuzzy with math and who was living in the cocaine distribution capital of the world at that time, I feared George H. W. Bush would lead us down a dangerous path in Central/South America. He didn't disappoint me. He even brought Iran into the mix, with Iran-Contra and eventually the invasion of Panama and the arrest of Noriega.
The Bush Family foreign policy hasn't changed much -- it's still filled with secrecy, deceit and paper tigers. It's also their legacy.
I agree with Will Rogers, when he said in 1934 (loooooong before I was born), "You've got to be optimist to be a Democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one."
"As the war in Iraq grinds on, we can take at least one comfort as the president reiterated recently -- we are not alone [on screen: Bush saying, 'The success of a free Iraq matters to every civilized nation. We thank the 36 nations who have troops on the ground in Iraq']. 36 nations ... a fact not at all diminished by the fact that it's actually 25 nations. ... You can see it's a very common mistake. 36 is six squared, whereas 25 is five squared. Knowing our commander-in-chief, he's probably thinking in higher math again. You should hear how impressive our coalition sounds in base two." --Jon Stewart
"They finally revealed the cause of those fires ... in the bathroom of the Senate office building last week. Turns out, Idaho Senator Larry Craig's scented candle tipped over and lit his massage oils on fire." -Jay Leno
Three Chances - animation from AirFarceOne
President resists curbs on spy bill Chicago Tribune
'Blue' Republicans fleeing the Hill Seattle Post Intelligencer
On the hill: Brownback considers dropping out Kansas City Star
McCain to Unveil Health Plan Focusing on Quality of Care New York Times
Huckabee: Rivals Might Consider Suicide The Associated Press
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Bush vetoed S-CHIP
Cuz he had a better plan:
No Child Left Alive.
"A new study says that more than 10,000 Cubans a year are entering the United States by going to Mexico and then crossing the border. U.S. border agents are furious 'cause the Cubans are stealing jobs that should go to Mexicans." --Conan O'Brien
"Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is being criticized for being
out of touch, because in a recent interview, he talked about strengthening our
relationship with the Soviet Union. Which, of course, no longer exists. Thompson
says he feels bad about the mistake and he plans to personally apologize to
Stalin." --Conan O'Brien
Oil climbs above $82 ahead of US inventory data Business Day, South Africa
ConAgra refuses to recall potpies The Oregonian
Malaysia Hopes Space Voyage Will Inspire Future Scientists Voice of America
Subject: Costa Rica Votes for CAFTA
Of interest to you.
“The Costa Rican anti-CAFTA movement – made up of unions, environmentalists, students and religious organizations – was heavily outspent, took on the entire economic and political Establishment, a hostile media and the president of the United States. Nonetheless, they managed to receive 48 percent of the vote, a very strong showing. The Costa Rican anti-CAFTA coalition is part of a growing, worldwide movement, including in the United States, which understands that unfettered free trade policies are designed to represent the interests of multi-national corporations and the wealthy and not ordinary working people.” - Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent-Vermont
dennis in CO
Thank you for the quote. This is of great interest to me considering my personal stakes in both countries.
What is equally or maybe unequally interesting is a few months ago, Costa Rica cut their trading ties with Taiwan in favor of mainland China. Methinks the Costa Ricans will be importing much more from China than the United States. Just like Wal-Mart does.
"Hybrid vehicles are so quiet at slow speeds that blind people say they are a safety risk. Again, this is another issue I don't think President Bush understands. Like today, Bush said, 'Maybe blind people shouldn't be driving them'" --Jay Leno
Jimmy Carter: US Tortures Prisoners The Associated Press
"Today is Columbus Day. Or, as Native Americans call it, 'Illegal Immigration Day.'" --Jay Leno
Ex-Bush aide: No good trying to advise Cheney Baltimore Sun
Always forgive your enemies.
Nothing annoys them so much.
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