Thursday edition - November 1, 2007




Iraqi Cabinet Votes to End Security Firms’ Immunity
New York Times, United States - 10-31-07
BAGHDAD — Draft legislation that lifts immunity for foreign private security companies gained the consent of the Iraqi cabinet...


Compelled Iraq duty angers US envoys
Los Angeles Times, CA - 11-1-07
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of US diplomats Wednesday vented anger and frustration over the State Department's decision to force Foreign Service officers to take jobs in Iraq, with some calling it a "potential death sentence

Blackwater sneak silencers into Iraq
MSNBC - 11-1-07
WASHINGTON - Federal agents are investigating allegations that the Blackwater USA security firm illegally exported dozens of firearms sound suppressors - commonly known as silencers - to Iraq and other countries for use by company


Definition of ambushery: The bungling of both military and mercenary operations



 "The big story this week is the terrible wildfires here in California. ... President Bush arrived in San Diego, where he met with Governor Schwarzenegger. Our fate is in the hands of the only two American politicians who don't speak English." - Jimmy Kimmel


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

Surprise, Surprise, More Money for Iraq Needed


 The demands of supplying soldiers in combat require an additional 1,400 military and civilian personnel with the authority to sign contracts, a new report finds.

U.S. officials familiar with the report, which was to be released Thursday, did not say how much the additional personnel would cost.



Councilman supports investigating Giuliani's 9/11 failures







Disturbing News


We Don't Want Legal Aliens!!


The United States admitted only 450 Iraqi refugees in October, fewer than half the number it needs per month to meet a goal of 12,000 by the end of this budget year, according to State Department statistics



"FEMA had a phony press conference and they had FEMA members posing as reporters asking them easy questions. They had no reporters there, just FEMA members. As opposed to a disaster where it's all reporters and no FEMA members." --Jay Leno

Republican Shenanigans


"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a little trouble this week, little trouble for saying marijuana is not a drug, it is a leaf, it is a plant. He said marijuana is not a drug and today his approval rating in California, 99.99%" --Jay Leno





We Don't Need Bridge Repairs!


The House Transportation Committee approved scaled-back bridge safety legislation Wednesday, offered grudgingly by the chairman after his plan to pay for repairs with a gas tax increase fell flat.


Rock-The-Voter News


By Don Davis


Did Rumsfeld's Memos Come Back To Haunt Him?



In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Muslims avoid "physical labor" and wrote of the need to "keep elevating the threat," "link Iraq to Iran" and develop "bumper sticker statements" to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.






"Folks, when I decided to run for president I did not do it for attention. I did it to fulfill a dream of being the most popular man in the world. But the media can't keep their sticky hands out of my populous pie. Look at these headlines: ABC NEWS, 'Colbert Campaign May Run Afoul of Law;' Politico, 'Colbert 'run' risks breaking law;' Outside the Beltway, 'Colbert Run May Violate Federal Election Law.' For the record, I would never knowingly violate any federal election laws. Luckily, I don't know any federal election laws." --Stephen Colbert




Biz-Tech News


MSNBC's Keith Olbermann parses what he calls Bush's "tantrum" yesterday.




"Waterboarding" is not torture. It's a surfing term, for God's sake. - Grant Gerver,


Don't Ask, Don't Tell


President Bush, seeking to salvage the nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, on Thursday defended the former judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding as illegal torture.



Bush-Prison-Torture News




Did I just hear Dubya say
That our childrens are learning today
Seems to me to be so unkind
But I reckon he got left behind
He's the master of low expectations
He acts loco at dance celebrations
Of English he is no master
His speeches turn into disaster
Of real life he has no clue
Oil money paid all of his dues
And kept him out of a jam
When he should have gone to the 'Nam
He got himself a free pass
Now his cabinet just kisses his ass
The rest of us sure have to pay
'Cause he just doesn't know the right way
Here we are all involved in this war
What the hell are we fighting for
It seems to be all about oil
While our kids die on faraway soil
I'll bet poor Laura just cries
While he's making up all of those lies
Though for now we're on the wrong track
A village will soon get their idiot back
Maybe then he'll stand up in front
When Dick Cheney goes on a hunt

- Don Wiley Quixote



Cheney tortures his dogs - AP Photo


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Odd News



In this artist's portrayal by Aurore Simonnet of Sonoma State University, the black hole lies at the upper left and its companion star is on the right. US astronomers discovered the biggest black hole orbiting a star 1.8 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, with a record-setting mass of 24 to 33 times that of our Sun, NASA said Tuesday. Photo/NASA