Tuesday edition - October 9, 2007




British pullout in Iraq leaves Basra in chaos
Newsday, NY - 10-9-07
 WASHINGTON - The British troop pullout from Iraq announced yesterday leaves Basra, Iraq's second largest and most strategically important...


Iraq demands Blackwater pays £4m to each victim's family
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 10-9-07
The Iraqi authorities want the private security firm Blackwater to pay millions of pounds in compensation to the families of 17 civilians that they claim were killed by the company's guards in Baghdad last month...

Top court won't hear appeal in CIA torture case
Reuters - 10-9-07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A German citizen who claimed he was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA lost his appeal on Tuesday when the Supreme Court refused to review a decision dismissing the case because it would expose state secrets.


Impeach? Hell, no, Impale!



"The Iraqi government has ordered $100 million worth of weapons made in China. An Iraqi official said, 'We're hoping China makes weapons that are half as deadly as their toys.'" --Conan O'Brien





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


"The FBI is concerned that the mafia may go into business with al Qaeda. That's scary, isn't it? Wake up and find a goat head in your bed, that would be awful. In fact, they made al Qaeda an offer they couldn't refuse -- 72 hookers in this life." --Jay Leno


Freedom of Press, Military Style


The U.S. military returned a videotape and digital camera memory card Monday that American soldiers had seized last week from an AP Television News cameraman.
The tape and card were taken without explanation from Ayad M. Abd Ali at the scene of an insurgent attack against the Polish ambassador in Baghdad...He says he was never told why he was handcuffed, blindfolded and put in a Humvee, or why the tape and film were taken. Subsequent contact with the U.S. military also has failed to produce a clear explanation for the military's actions...Other news organizations shot video and still photographs of the scene and had no apparent difficulty.




Disturbing News


"This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a victim of identity theft. Someone stole Mayor Bloomberg's identity. By the time police arrested the thief, he had already passed three ordinances and dedicated a museum." --Conan O'Brien




Jeb Bush Update


A federal agency says there is "substantial likelihood" the Army Corps of Engineers acted improperly in handling a politically connected Florida company's $27 million flood-pump contract after Hurricane Katrina...MWI is owned by J. David Eller and his sons. Eller was once a business partner of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a venture called Bush-El that marketed MWI pumps.

Republican Shenanigans

The Man Who Outed Valerie Plame Update



Appearing at the Society of Professional Journalists convention in Washington, DC. this weekend, Robert Novak said that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson knew that Novak was going to out his CIA agent wife Valerie Plame in a column and "was not terribly exercised by it." ... "I hope Novak is going to confession because otherwise he's going straight to Hell. Because he's a chronic liar."

"While out on the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that Republicans have to start acting like Republicans. I don't know, last week they avoided a debate with black people. You can't get more Republican than that." --Jay Leno



Rock-The-Voter News

How Not To Attract Minority Voters


Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson tapped former Republican Sen. George Allen on Monday to serve as a campaign co-chairman.

Allen, who derailed his once-promising political career after making ``macaca" a household word, has been raising his public profile of late by campaigning for Virginia Republicans. His Web site, www.georgeallen.com, touts his travels around Virginia, mostly in Republican-friendly territory.





By Don Davis





Biz-Tech News





By Don Davis



The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!


Mikhail Gorbachev drew loud cheers in New Orleans Friday when he promised to lead a local revolution if the Army Corps of Engineers doesn't keep its promise to improve levees by 2011.

"We will be coming back," the Soviet Union's last leader said, through an interpreter, during a ceremony in the Lower Garden District.
"If this pledge is not fulfilled, we will start a new revolution in New Orleans."


Bush-Prison-Torture News


Go-F***-Yourself News



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A lavatory-shaped home is seen in this computer graphic image released in Seoul October 9, 2007. South Korean sanitation activists will mark the November start of a global toilet association by lifting the lid on a lavatory-shaped home south of Seoul that offers plenty of water closet space. Photo/Office Of Koki-woong