Tuesday edition - October 30, 2007




US promised Blackwater guards immunity, officials say
CNN International - 10-30-07
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- State Department investigators promised Blackwater guards immunity from prosecution for last month's deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi...


Zogby Poll: 52% Support U.S. Military Strike Against Iran
10-30-07 - Zogby

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
New York Times - 10-30-07
By ERIC LIPTON WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 - A fake news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency has produced, along with outrage and ridicule, its first personnel casualty.


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




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

I Hope We're Guarding the Dam


The 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








Disturbing News

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.


Republican Shenanigans

Rudy Broke Promise


Ten 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.



Rock-The-Voter News

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.




Biz-Tech News

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.





A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will in time produce a people as base as itself.
Joseph Pulitzer


Bush-Prison-Torture News


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.

Go-F***-Yourself News




By Don Davis



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Odd News



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