Thursday edition - October 4, 2007
Iraq reveals $100 million purchase of Chinese arms
Bush vetoes children's health insurance bill
Bush says Iraq exit would bolster Iran
Gee, Iraq won't even buy arms from us. You doing a heckuva job, Bushie!
Gates Plans Changes to Supervision of Security Contractors in Iraq
Russia Angry Over Iraq Security Incident
Shiite Pilgrims Fill Iraqi Holy City The Associated Press
How Did Specialist Ciara Durkin Die? CBS News
When the Justice
Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December
2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly
unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.
But soon after Alberto Gonzales’ arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Rush Insults Another Veteran*
RUSH: The phony soldier smear is going on out there -- so we are forced to continue, not really forced, because it's an opportunity to continue to discuss this. Today, all over television after posting on the Internet yesterday, was the mad bomber of Bosnia. That would be General Wesley Clark known affectionately here as Ashley Wilkes. General Clark is lying through his teeth today. His impetus, purpose for going on television, is to get me taken off of Armed Forces Radio...
*from Rush Limbaugh's website
More than 3000 South African miners trapped Newsday, NY
Hill Collapse Destroys San Diego Homes
"My job is a decision-making job. And as a result, I make a lot of decisions." - George W Bush
Of the Corporations, By the Corporations, For the Corporations
Communications Commission is doing a swell job communicating with lobbyists, but
with the public? Not so good, according to a government report.
The Government Accountability Office says the agency tips off some people with business before the commission in advance about what items are coming up for a vote, usually before the public is notified.
"Situations where some, but not all, stakeholders know what FCC is considering for an upcoming vote undermine the fairness and transparency of the process and constitute a violation of FCC's rules," the GAO said.
"Presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani also on the campaign trail. He spoke to the NRA, the National Rifle Association, last week and he tried to appeal to them by saying that two of his marriages were shotgun weddings." --Jay Leno
Ron Paul's Fund Raising Doubled in Quarter Wall Street Journal
Another GOP exit: Domenici to retire
Giuliani Tries to Reassure Religious Conservatives New York Times
Jon Stewart Smacks Down Chris Matthews of Hardball
Pilot said 'this is fun' before fatal Blackwater crash
A 2004 crash that killed everyone on board -- three crew members and three U.S. troops -- was caused by pilots from a Blackwater plane taking a low-level run through a mountain canyon in Afghanistan, testimony revealed Tuesday.
"I swear to God, they wouldn't pay me if they knew how much fun this was," the doomed plane's cockpit voice recorder captured the pilot saying shortly before the November 27, 2004, crash.
there is a new biography of President Bush out, have you heard this? Where it
says the president cries a lot. The president said, 'I do tears.' So lets see,
he's impulsive, he's stubborn, he's weepy. Sorry Hillary, apparently we already
have our first female president." --Bill Maher
Congress has been having hearings this week concerning the increasing number of
late airline flights. ... Congress said they may even have to intervene in order
to help the airlines improve. And really, who better than Congress to show you
how to make your business run more efficiently? - Jay Leno
Oil Prices Fall Below $80 Barrel The Associated Press
GOP No Longer The Party Of Business?
Costa Ricans Against CAFTA Tico Times, Costa Rica
End to the Korean War?
The leaders of North and South Korea pledged on Thursday to bring peace to the Cold War's last frontier by seeking talks with China and the United States to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War.
Guantanamo reflects US-Cuba history BBC News
Quick Take: The Buck Don't Stop at Cheney
Author: Cheney Wants More Power San Francisco Chronicle
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Britney's no-show means no kids New York Daily News
Diana was on pill at time of death
Howard K. Stern Sues Rita Cosby Over Book Claims NewsNet5.com
Charred chilli dip causes terror alert
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) keeps its distance from a honey bee as it rests atop a tree in a canyon in Encinitas, California September 26, 2007. The increased planting of ornamental and flowering plants in California has allowed the hummingbird to expand it's population and range in North America. Photo/Mike Blake