Wednesday edition - December 3, 2008
US carmakers head back to Congress
Gates: Military looks to accelerate Iraq pullout
US soldier seeks asylum in Germany over Iraq
"And this week, they will flip the switch on the White House Christmas tree, which has over 25,000 lights on it, one light for every CEO that's looking for a bailout." --Jay Leno
The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without George W. Bush
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4207 The Associated Press
Bombs kill 21 Iraqis, including children International Herald Tribune, France
Journalist jailed in Iraq over homosexuality story The Associated Press
Rice lands in India to ease tensions CNN International
What's Jeb Bush Been Up To?
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
– the younger brother of the president – is weighing a run for the Senate seat
currently held by Republican Mel Martinez.
Martinez announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in 2010. Asked whether he was interested in running for the seat then, Bush told Politico by email Tuesday night: “I am considering it.”
Former Gov. Jeb Bush was
named to the board of directors for Rayonier, a Jacksonville-based timber and
real estate company that claims ownership of 200,000 acres along Interstate 95
from Savannah, Ga. to Daytona Beach....In 2000, Bush blasted a $20 million deal
with the company as too expensive but joined a unanimous vote from the Cabinet
to approve the agreement. Here’s his quote that ran in the Orlando Sentinel and
the Vero Beach Press Journal:
“Man, I can’t wait to get back into the real estate business and sell property to the state,” Bush said.
Tracy teen found with chain padlocked to foot says he escaped torture San Jose Mercury News, USA
The Drug of Choice: Money
Duffel bags stuffed with
cocaine were delivered by plane to an out-of-the-way suburban airport while two
sheriff's officers provided security. A police officer stood by to guard the
cash and keep out the riffraff at a poker game where $100,000 changed hands. And
a drug dealer was told squad cars marked "sheriff" and "sheriff's police" might
be available on a "freelance" basis to provide protection for his deliveries.
Such tales of law enforcement gone awry emerged in court papers Tuesday as federal prosecutors unveiled a series of elaborate sting operations aimed at officers who hired out to ride shotgun for drug deals and other criminal activities.
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Chambliss wins US Senate runoff in Georgia The Associated Press
Mel Martinez To Retire
White House nixes ornament backing impeachment Seattle Times
Turns out Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
wasn't the only candidate with donor-financed duds
At least five candidates used campaign money for clothing, according to a complaint that a watchdog group filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the campaigns of Democratic Reps. Loretta Sanchez of California and Rob Andrews of New Jersey, Republican candidates Bill Dew of Utah and William Breazeale of North Carolina and Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr each spent hundreds of dollars on clothing.
Sarah Palin was being interviewed at a turkey farm in Alaska last week when the cameras showed turkeys being slaughtered right behind her. What was she thinking? She has the job on Saturday Night Live if she wants it, she can stop making demo reels.- Argus Hamilton
Just Separate Church And State Once And For All!
A group of atheists filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove part of a state anti-terrorism law that requires Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge it can't keep the state safe without God's help....Of particular concern is a 2006 clause requiring the Office of Homeland Security to post a plaque that says the safety and security of the state "cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon almighty God" and to stress that fact through training and educational materials.
Gallup: Americans Give Obama Transition the Thumbs Up Washington Post
"Seems ironic that the flamiest state in the union voted against gay marriage, doesn't it?"- Jimmy Kimmel on the Southern California wildfires
Subject: AHNC Thanksgiving dinner
Thank you for taking the time to describe your Thanksgiving. Due to
many circumstances, my husband and I spent Thanksgiving quietly alone
(first time in 39 years of marriage). I think my husband was a little
"down in the dumps" about it while I was thankful for the peace!
Reading your account only reinforces my point of view! I feel so
sorry you, but I have been through many Thanksgivings like the one you
Thanks for sharing! Where would we be without patience and a sense
I hear ya...and to think I never even mentioned Sarah Palin and her talent for field dressing a moose!
After reading about YOUR Thanksgiving, I have decided that we must be related - because I too have a similar bunch of Republican turkeys, but mine live in the state of Virginia. Over the years, we have had many dinner-table conversations, such as you described, that just avoid becoming fist-fights - but that's only because my relatives (and myself) are all advanced in age. My dearest cousin (who is fast approaching her 70th birthday) and her husband have a picture of George W Bush hanging over their bed - and because of their age, we KNOW it's not being used for birth-control either! So you see, that I know, from where you are coming... "Oy Vey" is all I can say. All and all, I'd say this was a pretty entertaining piece - I am still laughing.
Good job Lisa!Tata for now,
I think most families/friends
have political divisions, especially during the holidays...it's the American
I'm glad your enjoyed reading my Thanksgiving scenario. I just couldn't resist sharing it with AHNC viewers.
Have a great day.
I read you piece about your Thanksgiving ordeal. My heart aches for you. I quit doing the holiday meals with family years ago and feel much healthier for it. I was happy to hear you are continuing with your website for the foreseeable future. Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the comments! Yes, I sure didn't fit into that flock of turkeys. It'll be a long time before I attend my cousin's holiday meals again. I'd rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick. lol At least the food was very good and so were the toasted pecans I brought from my mini orchard. Yes, AHNC is going to be needed...these GOPers are angry and want to get even. Yay! More stuff to make fun of!
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Oil Prices Flat Ahead of Supply Data Wall Street Journal
European markets down ahead of Dow's expected fall The Associated Press
US Steel idles 3 plants, affecting 3500 workers
The Blind And The Dragon
Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. will urge China to maintain a strong currency during high-level talks this week as worries grow in the United States that Beijing may be exacerbating the global slowdown by deflating the value of the yuan to spur its own economy, Treasury officials said yesterday.
"Today was the big day for online shopping. This is known as Cyber Monday. Did you know that? And of course, tomorrow is Identity Theft Tuesday." --Jay Leno
Gates: Closing Guantanamo Bay prison a 'priority'
Bush Tries For Lowest Approval Rating Ever!
The Bush administration finalized rules yesterday that will make it easier for mountaintop mining companies to dump their waste near rivers and streams, overhauling a 25-year-old prohibition that has sparked legal and regulatory battles for years.
"I didn't know you were good." -- Queen Elizabeth II praising Condoleezza Rice after a piano recital at Buckingham Palace Monday
Dick Cheney must be in that undisclosed location again. Probably shredding what remains of his vice presidential papers.
"The stock market lost 679 points . It's not even a stock market – it's a flea market. " - Jay Leno
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. - Indira Gandhi
THE LAST FUNDRAISER OF 2008
We passed the halfway point!
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In this image released by the SportandNews agancy, Duncan Zuur of the Netherlands rides on a wakeboard through a flooded St. Marks square in Venice, Italy, Tuesday Dec. 2, 2008. The tidal surge peaked at 3 feet, 4 inches (102 centimeters), well below Monday's 5 foot, 1-inch level (156 centimeters), which marked the fourth highest tide in the city's recorded history and the worst since 1986. Still, the water Tuesday was high enough to flood the city's landmark St. Mark's Square and other low-lying areas. Photo/SportandNews