Tuesday edition - October 30, 2007
US promised Blackwater guards immunity, officials say
Zogby Poll: 52% Support
U.S. Military Strike Against Iran
A majority of likely voters – 52% – would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and 53% believe it is likely that the U.S. will be involved in a military strike against Iran before the next presidential election, a new Zogby America telephone poll shows.
FEMA Aide Loses New
Job Over Fake News Conference
After almost eight years of this administration, I feel as though I am in a long running, low budget James Bond movie, with George Bush '"playing" the lead.
President Bush spoke to fire victims in California Thursday. He wanted to show he cares for their safety, their lives and their future. He would have comforted them longer but he had to get back to the White House and prepare for World War Three. - Argus Hamilton
US Military Deaths in Iraq at 3840 The Associated Press
Lack of Security Limits Iraq's Recovery
Thousands in Seattle march against Iraq war
Dems Consider More War Money The Associated Press
I Hope We're Guarding the Dam
largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could
unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water, possibly killing thousands of people
and flooding two of the largest cities in the country, according to new
assessments by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other U.S. officials.
Even in a country gripped by daily bloodshed, the possibility of a catastrophic failure of the Mosul Dam has alarmed American officials, who have concluded that it could lead to as many as 500,000 civilian deaths by drowning Mosul under 65 feet of water and parts of Baghdad under 15 feet
Citing how dang messy spreading democracy can be, the Bush administration grants Blackwater immunity from murdering innocent Iraqis. - Grant Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com
The Department of Intel Manipulation
When the United States
military command accused the Iranian Quds Force in January of providing the
armor-piercing EFPs (explosively formed penetrators) that were killing US
troops, it knew
that Iraqi machine shops had been producing their own EFPs for years, a
review of the historical record of evidence on EFPs in Iraq shows.
Alabama Football Fans Profit From Katrina
With large swaths of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos near the University of Alabama's football stadium...Locals say Tuscaloosa was included in the GO Zone through the efforts of Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, who is from Tuscaloosa, graduated from Alabama and sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee.
Justice Official Apologizes for Remarks on Minorities Washington Post
Who's really to blame for Mr. Mukasey's evasions on torture? Washington Post Editorial
Tancredo won't seek re-election to Congress Baltimore Sun
Rudy Broke Promise
months into his presidential bid, Rudy Giuliani continues to work part time at
the security consulting firm he promised to leave this past spring to focus on
his pursuit of the Republican nomination.
Giuliani's continuing involvement with a firm catering to corporate clients makes him unique among Republican contenders. It also complicates the task of separating his firm's assets from his campaign spending.
As Debate Nears, Rivals Are Directing Their Aim at Clinton New York Times
Congress Wants to Protect Reporters, Bush Promises Veto
This was in
the latter part of the 1970s, and people were trying to throw me and my partner
in a federal jail.
The memory of those hectic days is why I'm so interested in something that's taking place in our nation's capital right now...the U.S . House passed - by a lopsided vote of 398-21 - a bill to give reporters limited protection from being forced in court to reveal their sources.
Most Republicans, as well as Democrats, supported the bill...A similar bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 15-2.
Still, President Bush has said that he will veto the bill if it comes to him.
Oil prices set a record high at $93.53 Detroit Free Press
$93 Oil: Coming to a Gas Pump Near You
Justices to Hear Exxon’s Challenge to Punitive Damages New York Times
Bank of China Q3 net profit up 23 percent
FCC may end exclusive cable contracts for apartment-complex owners San Francisco Chronicle
Hail To The Chimp Video Game
Alex Seropian, the co-creator of the blockbuster video game franchise “Halo,”
has turned his attention to something less violent but with arguably more
backstabbing: presidential politics.
Under his new label, Wideload Games, Seropian is set for a March release of “Hail to the Chimp,” a metaphorical look at the election with 10 animals standing in for the candidates.
“It’s a nonpartisan game, but it’s got all the elements of our current administration,” a Wideload spokeswoman said. Including, we might add, a chimp that looks suspiciously like a caricature of President Bush.
mercenary, demagogic press will in time produce a people as base as itself.
UN Expert Seeks Guantanamo Release
Caption This Photo of Bush and His Shadow - Buzzflash
Dick's Recent Hunt
“We’re sort of used to the high rollers coming by,” said Dan Roth, 69, a member of the Mid-County Rod and Gun Club, a more modest establishment on the east side of Clove Mountain, where the membership dues average about $2,000 a year.
“Dick Cheney gets people talking, though,” Mr. Roth said. “People wonder if he’s going to shoot something. Or someone.”
Al Sharpton chides Dick Cheney over Confederate flag flap
Cheney’s Staff Says He Never Saw Confederate Flag New York Times
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This image provided Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 by hunter Rick Jacobs shows an image taken by a camera with an automatic trigger set up in Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest on Sept. 16, 2007. The only thing certain about the critter photographed by a hunter's camera is that some people have gotten the notion it could be a Sasquatch, or bigfoot. Others say it's just a bear with a bad skin infection. Photo/Rick Jacobs