Thursday edition - October 4, 2007





Iraq reveals $100 million purchase of Chinese arms
San Jose Mercury News - 10-4-07
WASHINGTON - Iraq has ordered $100 million worth of light military equipment from China for its police force, contending that the United States is unable to provide the material and is generally too slow in delivering..


Bush vetoes children's health insurance bill
Boston Globe - 10-4-07
"I'm not too sure why the president and the Republicans in Congress chose this issue to plant the flag," said Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster whose firm last week released a poll showing 61 percent of GOP voters support the expansion of the...

Bush says Iraq exit would bolster Iran
Los Angeles Times - 10-4-07
Warning that a premature American departure from Iraq would create turmoil throughout the region, President Bush said Wednesday that his determination to stand firm in Iraq would send a crucial signal to Iran. "There would be nothing worse for world


Gee, Iraq won't even buy arms from us. You doing a heckuva job, Bushie!



By Don Davis


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

Twisting Torture


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.



By Don Davis





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




Disturbing News


"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


The Federal 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


Republican Shenanigans



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.



"Now 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

Rock-The-Voter News



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




Biz-Tech News

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.



Bush-Prison-Torture News


Go-F***-Yourself News


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Odd News



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