Tuesday edition - December 26, 2006





Mass Lawmakers: "We Could Be Bush Admin's Worst Nightmare"
Probes of Bush policies in works
Globe Staff | December 23, 2006

WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts lawmakers are set to launch a blizzard of investigations in the new Congress, probing issues such as wartime contracting, post-Katrina housing assistance, and the Bush administration's relationship with Cuba and other countries in Latin America.


US deaths in Iraq exceed 9-11 count
Houston Chronicle - 12-26-06
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA AP Writer. © 2006 AP. BAGHDAD, Iraq - The number of US military service members killed in Iraq has exceeded the number of victims in the Sept.

Iraqi leader upset by arrest of Iranians by US forces
Los Angeles Times -12-26-06
By Alexandra Zavis and Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writers. BAGHDAD - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Monday protested the arrest by US forces of two Iranian envoys who were in Iraq at his invitation, a spokesman said.

It's good to be back in the saddle again.  Hold on tight, it's going to be one heckuva week!

Bah, HumBush!  www.seriouskidding.com






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


Merry Bushmess  www.seriouskidding.com



He May Read But Does He Comprehend?


Is there hope for newspapers after all? Readers may be abandoning the printed versions, but over the last couple of years, at least one person seems to have started reading them, at least sometimes. He lives in the White House.

President Bush declared in 2003 that he did not read newspapers, but at his final news conference of the year last week, he casually mentioned that he had seen something in the paper that very day.



By Don Davis




Disturbing News



W, I have your exit strategy: apologize, bring the troops home, resign, enter rehab. -  www.seriouskidding.com


Yet Another Bush Failure


President Bush's ambitious AIDS-fighting program in poor countries has pushed so hard for fast results that basic record keeping and accountability often went by the wayside, making it hard to judge the true success, according to government audits and officials.



Republican Shenanigans News


Even A Political Hack Opportunist Criticizes Bush


“I’m growing more disturbed every night by how isolated George W. Bush has become,” the former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough said on his MSNBC program last week. “Shouldn’t more Americans be disturbed at this unprecedented example of a White House that’s in — and you can only call it this — a bunker mentality?” The screen below him read, “Bush: Determined or Delusional?”

White House officials, who note that Mr. Scarborough has been finding fault with the president for months, say critics are getting ahead of themselves, given that Mr. Bush has not yet said what his next move in Iraq will be.



Rock-the-Voter News


"This is a country that is worth the investment because once it emerges as a country that is a stabilizing factor, you'll have a very different kind of Middle East. And I know that from the point of view of not just monetary costs, but the sacrifice of American lives, a lot has been sacrificed for Iraq, a lot has been invested in Iraq."

Condoleezza Rice, Associated Press interview, December 21, 2006


Yep, He's Staying the Course


President Bush has appointed an outspoken conservative television producer to the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Warren Bell, executive producer of ABC's "According to Jim," was first nominated by Bush in June. In September, his nomination was abruptly pulled from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's agenda because of some senators' concerns.



Biz/Tech News




First there was the “mission accomplished” banner. Then, last year, there was a “plan for victory” and, just this past October, the presidential assertion, “Absolutely, we’re winning.” Now that President Bush is seeking “a new way forward” in Iraq, he is embracing a new verbal construction to describe progress there: “We’re not winning. We’re not losing.”

New York Times
A New Phrase Enters Washington’s War of Words Over Iraq
December 21, 2006



Bush-Prison-Torture News




By Don Davis






25 Stupidest Quotes of 2006






Go-F**k-Yourself News


Odd News




Greg Pike's dog Booger, cat Kitty and white mouse Mousie, rest at the end of a day in Bisbee, Arizona, December 24, 2006. Photo/Jeff Topping